CJ – Senior Dog Session | Red Deer/Calgary Pet Photographer

Valentine beauty, props & sensitive legs.

CJ came to visit me for his Senior Pet Session. This 12 year old boxer travelled to my studio from Calgary, just for this special shoot. He had the most gentle personality and expressive eyes. His sore legs didn’t stop him from letting us pose him on props and with a variety of props – check out that red striped scarf and adorable heart shaped glasses! He was such a sport!

He made me giggle with some of his expressions – his eyes clearly said “are you ladies crazy, why am I dressed like this…this is embarrassing!”.

I hope you enjoy some of the images we captured from this memorable session! He was such a pleasure to meet and I hope he has the best life a senior can have!

Want to see more posts about dogs? Check out Scottie Westie Cross Dog Maggie’s blog post HERE or Lab/Pitbull Mix Dog Bella’s blog post HERE.


Learn more about my studio

Amy Cheng Photography offers Red Deer and Calgary families the very best in portrait photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! I specialize in family photography but also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, wedding photography, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and Blackfalds.

Stay informed about upcoming promotions, trade fairs, portfolio building sessions – sign up for my newsletter!

Images by Red Deer Family Photography – Amy Cheng Photography © 2019

Contact me today to book your session! Amy Amy Cheng Photography ~ amychengphotography@gmail.com

Lemieux Family Session | Red Deer/Calgary Family Photographer

Studio lights, extended family & halloween costumes.

Oh how I just adore the family I’m blogging about today. I’m lucky enough to say I’ve been photographing them for a couple years now! I truly can’t believe how much the girls have grown and changed since I first met them.

For this session, we took it into the studio as the weather was a bit chilly. I love using a simple cream and grey backdrop, it can help “pop” outfits and make your family the centre of attention (as you should be!)

Oh, and as you’ll see at the end of the photos below, the girls brought their halloween costumes for a couple of the photos. They hadn’t been able to capture them previously (last fall), so this was the perfect moment to do an outfit change and have some fun!

I admit that I had to do some head swapping in this session, as the girls had a variety of expressions, but in the end, we achieved a family picture that can hang proudly on their wall.

Here’s a few of the images from this fun session.

~ Amy

ede

Want to view some more family sessions: Check out the Agu Family Session HERE or the Pulham Family Session HERE.


Learn more about my studio

Amy Cheng Photography offers Red Deer and Calgary families the very best in portrait photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! I specialize in family photography but also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, wedding photography, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and Blackfalds.

Stay informed about upcoming promotions, trade fairs, portfolio building sessions – sign up for my newsletter!

Images by Red Deer Family Photography – Amy Cheng Photography © 2019

Contact me today to book your session! Amy Amy Cheng Photography ~ amychengphotography@gmail.com

Miss Maggie | Red Deer/Calgary Pet Photographer

Shaggy, blind, and wagon rides.

Meet Maggie – a Scottie Westie cross with lots of beautiful white hair and pointy ears. This September, she will be 13 years old and has such a tender personality.

Almost fully blind, Miss Maggie has arthritis in both of her hips and knees. She also seems to be a tad forgetful at times. Yet through all this challenges, she still has a thriving appetite for food. If any meal is “late” in her books, she reminds her owners with a louder bark than usual.

As with any dog, she loved her walks. With her painful hips and knees, walks are a thing of the past. But recently, her two big sisters have implemented “walks” in a different way – by loading Maggie into their wagon and taking her for a ride. Those wagon trips are clearly one of the most joyous times for Maggie as she rides along with a wagging tail and nose stuck high up in the air, sniffing intensely. I’m sure it’s those sweet moments, that remind her of the less painful, younger years of her life.

At 8pm sharp, Maggie makes it known that it’s bedtime for the senior in the house. She barks at her owners, requesting for them to carry her upstairs to her bed.

It has been such a blessing to have met the Crane family, and continue to photograph them throughout the years. Normally, it’s just the girls that I get to photograph…but with Maggie getting older, it’s even more important to capture such photos for the family.

Here’s some more images from my Senior Dog Session with Maggie. May her sweet temperament melt your heart in the same way it melted mine.

Want to see more posts about dogs? Check out Bernese Mountain Dog Geneva’s blog post HERE


Learn more about my studio

Amy Cheng Photography offers Red Deer and Calgary families the very best in portrait photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! I specialize in family photography but also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, wedding photography, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and Blackfalds.

Stay informed about upcoming promotions, trade fairs, portfolio building sessions – sign up for my newsletter!

Images by Red Deer Family Photography – Amy Cheng Photography © 2019

Contact me today to book your session! Amy Amy Cheng Photography ~ amychengphotography@gmail.com

Beauty and Fashion Tips and Tricks for Your Senior Portrait | Red Deer/Calgary Grad Photographer

Fashion, Hair and Makeup Tips and Advice

Obviously, you want to look like the best version of yourself on your session day. After all, all these photos will be seen by your friends, family and peers for many years to come. Here are a few tips and tricks where beauty and fashion are concerned. 

  1. Keep crazy accessories to a minimum. For example, if you want to wear those funky cat eye sunglasses, go for it, but plan on how to use them. Don’t let them compete with a super splashy print, giant earrings and a headscarf. A wise person once said: always take off the last thing you put on. 
  2. Makeup reads differently on camera than it does in real life, due to light being bounced off your face and washing out your features. In addition, the human eye sees things differently than the lens of a camera. TIPS: Foundation – the blending of your concealer should be in harmony with your foundation. Eyebrows – to create hair-like strokes within the brow, make sure to use an eyebrow pencil. Eyeshadow – Choose a colour that is similar to your skin tone and apply it across the entire lid. Then pick a colour that is slightly darker than your skin tone and blend it through the crease for added definition. Eyeliner – apply a thin liner very close to the lashes, using a small brush. Try to apply it closer to the lash and as a tighter line. Contour – use a bronzer, highlighter or blush to give your cheeks dimension. Lips – if appropriate, choose a colour that is more subtle and compliments your overall look.
  3. Think about all the details: nails, hair, teeth, skin. Use a whitening toothpaste in the weeks leading up to your session, really look after your skin and get a manicure the day before. If you’re wearing open toes, spring for the pedi, too (you deserve it!).
  4. Practice your hairstyle in advance and take a few selfies to see how it photographs. Try to keep your true essence and don’t wear a hairstyle that’s “not you.” For example, if you regularly wear bangs, don’t pin them up for your photo shoot. If you always wear your hair down, keep it down on your session day. 
  5. Don’t make any major changes in the weeks leading up to your session. No faux tans that have the potential to convert you to oompa loompa status, don’t go from black to bleach blonde, no major haircuts that could incite tears, etc. 

Want to learn more about what accessories to wear during your Grad Session? Check out the blog post HERE.


Learn more about my studio

Amy Cheng Photography offers Red Deer and Calgary families the very best in portrait photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! I specialize in family photography but also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, wedding photography, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and Blackfalds.

Stay informed about upcoming promotions, trade fairs, portfolio building sessions – sign up for my newsletter!

Images by Red Deer Family Photography – Amy Cheng Photography © 2019

Contact me today to book your session! Amy Amy Cheng Photography ~ amychengphotography@gmail.com

Agu Family Session | Calgary Family Photographer

Chocolate milk, Easter egg, home studio.

This session caught me by surprise, in a good way! A friend referred the Agu Family to me. They were looking to update their family photos, with a specific purpose in mind – to fill a “photo wall” in their Family Room. Although not knew to photography, the Agu’s had grown tired of their “big box store” photo studio images, and were looking for something more intimate, pictures that showed a deeper connection, but also wanted a “polished look” by using a backdrop instead of being outside.

After making the quick drive to Calgary (any excuse to go to the “big city” is ok with me!), I was met by grandma Theresa, who was visiting from Nigeria. As everyone finished getting ready, I had time to set up my backdrop, scope out some locations around the house to pose the family in (I fell in love with their staircase), and interact with the kiddos as they watched tv and drank chocolate milk.

Throughout the session, an Easter egg became a special prop that couldn’t be put down. So, we worked with it. It’ll be a small reminder of what time of year the photos were taken.

As you’ll see from the photos below, this family is not only photogenic, but also a close-knit group who clearly love spending time together. On top of celebrating their family unity and a special visit with Grandma Theresa, they were also celebrating Mama Agu’s birthday! You’ll notice a few pictures of her cake – it was stunning with fondant, delicate flowers, gold, pink and burgundy accents.

I hope you’ll enjoy some of the images captured on this day.


Learn more about my studio

Amy Cheng Photography offers Red Deer and Calgary families the very best in portrait photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! I specialize in family photography but also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, wedding photography, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and Blackfalds.

Stay informed about upcoming promotions, trade fairs, portfolio building sessions – sign up for my newsletter!

Images by Red Deer Family Photography – Amy Cheng Photography © 2019

Contact me today to book your session! Amy Amy Cheng Photography ~ amychengphotography@gmail.com

Choosing the Right Accessories for Your Senior Portraits | Red Deer Grad Photographer

Accessories Make or Break Your Outfit

You’ve got your outfit planned, know exactly what you’re doing with your hair, and have already spoken to the makeup artist about that wicked cat eye. Now it’s time to consider your accessories, which can make or break your outfit. Here are four things to keep in mind.  

  1. Don’t let the accessories wear you. Too big or too zany can overwhelm your face and body, taking away from the overall image. This is about you. 
  2. Choose accessories that mean something to you. Maybe you want to wear a ring your mother gave you, or those earrings that always earn you compliments. 
  3. Try not to choose anything that’s heavily ornamented. In a few years, ultra trendy items can look really, really dated. Funky and fun are A-OK, of course, but be thoughtful in your decisions. 
  4. Make sure your accessories all work well with your outfit. For example, a thin belt may flatter your figure more than a thick belt. And those dangly earrings may look best with your hair up while the studs look good with your hair down. 
  5. Get a second, and third, opinion. Wear everything you plan to put on for your session day and ask for someone else’s advice. Take some pictures, even, and ask your friends and family if they have any suggestions.

Learn more about my studio

Amy Cheng Photography offers Red Deer and Calgary families the very best in portrait photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! I specialize in family photography but also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, wedding photography, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and Blackfalds.

Stay informed about upcoming promotions, trade fairs, portfolio building sessions – sign up for my newsletter!

Images by Red Deer Family Photography – Amy Cheng Photography © 2019

Contact me today to book your session! Amy Amy Cheng Photography ~ amychengphotography@gmail.com

Why I Love What I Do |Red Deer Family Photographer

My Passion Provides You With Amazing Photos!

If you have ever wondered what spurs on a photographer’s passion, you are about to find out. Below are just some of the many reasons why I wouldn’t change my job for anything in the world. 

  • Photography changes how I see things. I notice colours, textures, flowers, trees, people, shapes and light in a way most people never see them. And it’s always changing – just when I think I have “seen it all”, something new pops up to surprise and excite me in this journey.

  • I pay more attention to the beauty around me. Even the most mundane object or scene can become beautiful when I photograph it in a creative way. It’s a challenge that I love to take on and am always excited to see the result. I love this job because it has developed a fascination with the world around me when I view it through new eyes.
  • It’s an amazing creative outlet. I get the chance to put a little bit of who I am into each photo that I take. Anyone can click a camera’s buttons but not everyone can truly make a photo come to life. Using different locations, having different subjects, different times of year…no two sessions are ever the same.
  • It’s a challenge. Creating amazing photos that capture the magic of everyday life doesn’t come without hard work, dedication and imagination. There is always something new to explore and a new way to take the same photos. It’s a job that never gets boring.
  • I get to meet new people all the time. As a photographer, I work with people from all walks of life. Even though I am an introvert by nature, I love the energy I feel after meeting a new family and doing a session. I almost can’t explain it! Getting to know someone new is a part of the process of bringing someone’s personality through in a photo, especially when dealing with kids or pets. It also makes the job a lot more fun!

  • The flexibility is great. Being a part-time photographer means I get to work my own hours. This doesn’t mean it’s a laid back profession though. As a photographer, I am always aiming to perfect my craft, take on new challenges and help my clients achieve the perfect pictures. But it does give me the flexibility to take weekends off in the summer to go camping, set my own schedule, take some time during the “slow seasons” to focus on the business aspect of my job (ie. updating my website, revamping email templates, set up my marketing campaign for the year, etc).
  • I provide my clients with a forever gift of memories. We’ve all heard the phrase “pictures are worth a thousand words”. Well, it’s true. They capture an exact moment in time that tells a personal story about the subjects. They provide an instant recap of emotions and circumstances, that otherwise would have been forgotten. Photos have the power to make you feel happy, proud, thankful, love, peaceful and reflective. I encourage my clients to have professional photos done at least every 2-3 years. Every year would be ideal but may not be possible. Get everyone together (ie. make sure mom is in the photo…since she’s usually the one taking phone pictures of her kids throughout the year), focus on each other for a short period of time, interact, laugh, hug, play together. I consider it a privilege to be the person to capture those moments. I look forward to seeing my clients every year and watching the kids grow through my camera lens.

When you decide to pay for a professional photo session, know that you are hiring an individual who is passionate about what they do and is willing to go the extra mile to help you create beautiful photos that you can treasure forever. That’s what you get when you hire me!

Want to learn more about “How to find the perfect photoshoot location?” – read my blog post HERE.


Learn more about my studio

Amy Cheng Photography offers Red Deer and Calgary families the very best in portrait photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! I specialize in family photography but also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, wedding photography, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and Blackfalds.

Stay informed about upcoming promotions, trade fairs, portfolio building sessions – sign up for my newsletter!

Images by Red Deer Family Photography – Amy Cheng Photography © 2019

Contact me today to book your session!

~ Amy Amy Cheng Photography ~ amychengphotography@gmail.com


Boho Wedding | Red Deer Wedding Photographer

Rich Details, Modern Couple

I recently attended a workshop where we focused on our flash skills. We had a gorgeous couple model for us all day long. They had recently been married and were such troopers – smiling repeatedly, braving the cold weather, being affectionate with one another, taking our instructions for posing and trying not to kiss one another (as a way to save the lipstick she had on!). Did I mention that they were incredibly stylish and modern? Check out his pants – I had never seen anything like it – with a wide stripe down the side, and they were short, almost like a “flood pant” (just above the ankle).

The Details

I have always loved photographing room decor…and this workshop did not disappoint! The colour scheme was rich, deep colours. It reminded me of a Fall themed wedding with dark plums, rust, deep blues. The venue had an interesting mix of wood elements including a sliding barn door, dark blue armchairs, industrial overhead doors, a juliet balcony and modern metal chairs around the guest table.

Flowers were used not only in the bouquet and boutinniere, but also as a runner down the guest table and on the cake table. Dark reds, blues and greens were mixed with bright creams and oranges.

The Cake Table

The rustic wood table was set against a brick wall. It held seating place cards, a white arrangement of flowers and this unique brown-black drip cake with berries on top.

Sunset

As the day wore on, the sun started to set and we were able to grab some terrific sunset photos. It was quite cold out, so we opted to have the couple stand inside the industrial overhead door, which was raised for a short time as we all took our photos. The Mr. & Mrs. sign was a terrific addition to these images.

Evening Glow

Besides the dark, moody colours of the flowers and decor, another big theme of the space was all the string lights draped around the guest table. When the sun set, it allowed the glow of these lights to really become magical. I love the photos I got of the couple during this time of the day.

Sparklers Outside…

The last part of our day was to take the couple outside and work with sparklers. The real magic of these pictures is the glow from inside the venue, all those beautiful string lights.

Thanks to the following vendors who assisted in making this workshop a terrific learning experience for me!

Host – Chic & Crace Studios Planning & Design – Lori Angebrandt Rentals – Copper Cloud Events
Venue – 52 North Venue
Florals – Flowers by Nicole
Stationary – @bygianlee
Cake – Cakes by Carol
Hair – M. Co Hairstyling
Makeup – Black Chair Beauty Attire – Black Knight Tux Videography – Wagging Tail Studios


Learn more about my studio

Amy Cheng Photography offers Red Deer and Calgary families the very best in portrait photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! I specialize in family photography but also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, wedding photography, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and Blackfalds.

Stay informed about upcoming promotions, trade fairs, portfolio building sessions – sign up for my newsletter!

Images by Red Deer Family Photography – Amy Cheng Photography © 2019

Contact me today to book your session! Amy Amy Cheng Photography ~ amychengphotography@gmail.com

How to Find the Perfect Photo Shoot Location | Red Deer Family Photographer

Choosing a meaningful location.

Choosing a photo shoot location might seem like a big deal but it really doesn’t have to be difficult. A location usually drives some of the other decisions you will need to make about your shoot so it’s important to choose the right place. Here are a few questions to ask yourself before you decide on a location:

  • What kind of theme do I want? If a particular building or natural backdrop would work well with your theme, look around your area for spots that meet your requirements. If you don’t know what kind of backdrop you want, take an afternoon drive around Red Deer (or the city where you live) for inspiration. It’s easy to overlook beautiful spots that are practically in your backyard. Ask family, friends and of course, you can ask me (your photographer) for ideas too. 
  • Are you allowed to take pictures there? Make sure that you can legally take pictures at the location that you have in mind. If it’s not public property or available to the public you will need to get permission first. Sometimes a permit is needed (eg. Banff, Canmore), so there may be an extra expense involved.
  • Is it accessible? Consider that not all outdoor locations may be available all year round or you might not be able to get to them at all. Your safety is also an important aspect to think about before you decide on a location. Taking pictures on a mountain ledge may look neat but it’s best not to put yourself in harm’s way.  
  • How do you get to your location? Will it be easy to walk to the session location and if not, are you able to change your clothing and touch up your hair and makeup before the shoot? You should also find out whether there is a restroom that’s close enough in case you need it.
  • Will the photo session be in a public place? If the location you have chosen has a lot of foot traffic, you need to ask yourself whether you are comfortable being photographed in front of others. If not, you might want to rethink your choice in location

Make sure that your location doesn’t become a distraction and that there is shelter nearby if you need it. Your location tells a story so it’s worthwhile to choose a meaningful spot.


Want to see more interesting tips about preparing for your photo session? Check out this blog entry titled “Tips for Emotionally Preparing Your Husband for Your Family Session”


Learn more about my studio

Amy Cheng Photography offers Red Deer and Calgary families the very best in portrait photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! I specialize in family photography but also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, wedding photography, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and Blackfalds.

Stay informed about upcoming promotions, trade fairs, portfolio building sessions – sign up for my newsletter!

Images by Red Deer Family Photography – Amy Cheng Photography © 2019

Contact me today to book your session! Amy Amy Cheng Photography ~ amychengphotography@gmail.com


Bella The Beautiful | Red Deer Pet Photographer

“She’s my little lemon”

Meet Bella, an 11 year old lab/pitbull mix – a bit of a question mark when it comes to breed but I could clearly see lab in her!

Here’s some fun facts about Bella: She loves her squeaky chicken (who also attended the session) and cuddling with her dad. She has driven across Canada three times including once when per human parents were evacuated from the Fort McMurray fires. She’s quite the food connoisseur – her popcorn treat must be made on the stove, not in the microwave.

Bella is getting up there in age, I would definitely consider her a senior dog. She’s allergic to pretty much everything, has had an ear hematoma twice and currently is dealing with hotspots which can be itchy and irritating. In she short life, she has pulled both ACL ligaments in her back knees. As her mom would say “she’s my little lemon” but she’s incredibly loved.

During our session together, I worked independently with Bella as a way to get her full attention. Treats weren’t the highest priority for Bella, but in the end, she really impressed me with her personality and posing skills. As with most of the senior dogs I’ve worked with, she was most comfortable on the cushy white couch where her aching legs and hotspots could rest with ease.

As with all senior dog sessions, I love to photograph the owners holding onto their furbabies paws, or cuddling close to their head. It shows the bond they have and I anticipate that in the future, these simple close up photos will be some of their favourites.

**Want to see more sessions like Bella’s? 10.5 year old Geneva is a Bernese Mountain dog, see her blog post here – Gentle Giant – Geneva

Learn more about my studio

Amy Cheng Photography offers Red Deer and Calgary families the very best in portrait photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! I specialize in family photography but also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, wedding photography, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and Blackfalds.

Stay informed about upcoming promotions, trade fairs, portfolio building sessions – sign up for my newsletter!

Images by Red Deer Family Photography – Amy Cheng Photography © 2019

Contact me today to book your session! Amy Amy Cheng Photography ~ amychengphotography@gmail.com

Intimate Wedding on a -14 Wintry Day

On a -14 degree day in February, these two tied the knot!

To keep her warm, the bride wore a fur overcoat that was handmade by her mom. After a quick ceremony at Coronation Park with a small group of family and friends, we headed to the Rusty Pelican Restaurant for a reception packed with delicious appetizers, great speeches, family photos (inside where it was warm!) and lots of laughter and well wishes.

Tamara and Wyle have future plans of a Mexican beach wedding but it was important for them to first make this union legal here in Red Deer, but also to celebrate with those most dear to them.

Congratulations Tamara & Wyle! It was an honour being part of your special day!

Here’s a few photos from their day:

Want some more wedding inspiration? Check out this Boho Inspired Wedding Workshop I attended – Boho Wedding Link


Learn more about my studio

Amy Cheng Photography offers Red Deer and Calgary families the very best in portrait photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! I specialize in family photography but also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, wedding photography, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and Blackfalds.

Stay informed about upcoming promotions, trade fairs, portfolio building sessions – sign up for my newsletter!

Images by Red Deer Family Photography – Amy Cheng Photography © 2019

Contact me today to book your session! Amy Amy Cheng Photography ~ amychengphotography@gmail.com

How Many Hours Do I Need To Book My Photographer For?

One of our most frequently asked questions is: How long should I book my wedding photographer for? This is a great question, and we’re here to help you find the answer.

What do you want covered?

First, you need to decide what important details you want covered. Do you want a lot of getting ready shots prior to the ceremony? Do you want us to stay for the entire reception? These details will affect the length of time you will need us there. If you want us to stay until your reception exit, and you want a lot of candid, getting ready shots, you will need full day coverage. If you just want a few getting ready shots, that will knock off some time. If you want us to stay for just the main events in the reception and not until the last guest leaves, then this will also shorten the day. By deciding on a start and/or end time, this is the first step to booking your package.

Ceremony Length

Next, you need to think about the ceremony length. For a Catholic wedding, the ceremonies tend to be longer, so you will need to allot more time for that. If you want us to cover you getting ready, the ceremony, and the reception, I suggest 10 hours for Catholic weddings. If you have a shorter ceremony, you won’t need to take out as much time from your schedule. 

Location Transfer

Now let’s talk about location. If you have a shorter ceremony and your reception is at the same venue as your ceremony, then you won’t need as much time because you can take out travel time.

On that same note, if your reception is at a different venue, you will need to include travel time into your schedule. Also incorporate the amount of time it takes to pack up all of your stuff to take to the reception. If you are going to take photos along the drive to the reception, more time will need to be added for that as well.

Formal Photo Requirements

For formal photos, you have to consider how many people are in your bridal party, and how many people are going to be in your family photos. If you have a small bridal party and a small number of family members having photos done, (and you’re at the same location the whole time), then six hours will suffice. If you have a larger family or bridal party, you will need closer to eight hours.

Special Exit

If you want sunset photos or if you’re doing a special exit from the reception, like a sparkler exit, you’ll need to have full day coverage.

Some weddings can be covered in just four hours. If you’re having a backyard wedding or a courthouse wedding where your reception is short (for example, no dancing, etc.) and maybe just like a sit down dinner at a restaurant, then this could all be covered in four hours time.

I hope that helps you plan your special day!


Learn more about my studio

Amy Cheng Photography offers Red Deer and Calgary families the very best in portrait photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! I specialize in family photography but also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, wedding photography, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Ponoka, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and Blackfalds.

Stay informed about upcoming promotions, trade fairs, portfolio building sessions – sign up for my newsletter!

Images by Red Deer Family Photography – Amy Cheng Photography © 2019

Contact me today to book your session! Amy Amy Cheng Photography ~ amychengphotography@gmail.com


Pulham Family Session | Red Deer/Calgary Family Photographer

Compassion Canada Trip For This Mom

Don’t hold this against me…but Ontario has, and still remains an important piece of my heart – it’s where I grew up! Although I may call Alberta home and confidently say that it’s where I found love, stability in a job, grew my family and made great new friends…it’s still not Ontario.

That’s why, on a recent trip back to London, Ontario, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to photograph the Pulham Family. This family is pretty special to me, and although the weather was quite chilly, we managed to get some great photos out of our quick time together (even if jackets had to be kept on for part of the session!).

Compassion Canada: This coming Saturday, Mama Pulham will be travelling to Honduras with Compassion Canada. She will have the opportunity to see what Compassion is doing there as well as meet her sponsor child. As a token of her visit and a reminder of the Canadian family that supports her, some of these printed photos will be left behind. Have you ever considered sponsoring a child? Check out the available children at this link – Sponsor a Child.

The location for this session was within walking distance from the Pulham house, down by a beautiful river. The only thing we were missing from this session? Their golden retriever named Holly – next time my furry friend, next time! Oh, and I guess the guinea pig nicknamed “Fatty” should join us too!

Thanks for a fun afternoon Pulham clan, here’s a few of my favourites…

Learn more about my studio

Amy Cheng Photography offers Red Deer and Calgary families the very best in portrait photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! I specialize in family photography but also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, wedding photography, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Ponoka, Lacombe and Blackfalds.

Stay informed about upcoming promotions, trade fairs, portfolio building sessions – sign up for my newsletter!

Images by Red Deer Family Photography – Amy Cheng Photography © 2019

Contact me today to book your session! Amy Amy Cheng Photography ~ amychengphotography@gmail.com

You’re Engaged – Now What? How to Prep For The Perfect Engagement Session

Valentine’s Day just passed…did some of you get engaged?! Congratulations if you did! Here’s a blog post just for you!

If you want your pictures to really showcase your love story, I have some ideas to help you plan the perfect engagement session. Let me help you prepare for your session by sending me over the answers to the following questions:

  • Where did you first meet?

If you want to add some sentimental value to your session, tell me about how you first met. If it was at a local place, we can stop by during your session and recreate the scene. Eg. did you meet in a coffee shop? Why not have a few photos taken sitting at the black metal table, outside, under the striped overhang, while the rain pours down, with white china cups in hand, gazing at each other lovingly…too much – no way! I get excited over custom shoots like that! I want to tell YOUR story because it’s exciting and memorable!

  • What do you like to do together?

What kinds of activities do you enjoy doing together? This will help me to create memorable photos for you. Do you love riding your bikes together or racing model airplanes? Do you go to the park and push each other on the swings or playing laser tag together? Tell me your hobbies and I will try to incorporate them.

  • Where/how did he propose?

I would love to recreate this moment for you during your session. This is the moment you decided to spend the rest of your lives together. This is important, especially if it was not able to capture this moment as it was actually happening. I want you to be able to share your proposal story with photos to go along with it!

  • What are your common interests?

By informing me of your interests, I can add a more personal touch to your photos. Are you both fans of the same sports team? Are you really into comic books or video games? Do you work in the same profession? 

  • Do you have any pets together?

If so, they make a perfect addition to your session. I welcome your pets in your e-session. 

  • Do you have ‘a spot’?

You know that place where you always wind up going on date night? Where was your first kiss? What is your favorite hang out spot? Tell me your favourite go-to locations and I can check them out to see if they would be good spots for a photo shoot. (For instance…when my husband and I were dating, we would get Peter’s Drive-In milkshakes and park the car so it overlooked downtown Calgary, when we lived there…and talk for hours about everything and anything!).

Learn more about my studio

Amy Cheng Photography offers Red Deer and Calgary families the very best in portrait photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! I specialize in family photography but also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, wedding photography, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe, Ponoka and Blackfalds.

Stay informed about upcoming promotions, trade fairs, portfolio building sessions – sign up for my newsletter!

Images by Red Deer Family Photography – Amy Cheng Photography © 2019

Contact me today to book your session! Amy Amy Cheng Photography ~ amychengphotography@gmail.com

Valentine Cuteness

Whether you are single, married or coupled up for this Valentine’s Day, there is more to this holiday than just being “the most romantic day of the year”!

How Did Valentine’s Day Come About?

Although the origin of Valentine’s Day is not entirely known, one story tells of Roman Emperor Claudius II who declared marriage illegal because he thought a married man was a bad soldier. A man named Saint Valentine did not agree with this decision and continued to marry men and women in secret. When Claudius found out about this, Valentine was thrown into jail and sentenced to death. However, he fell in love with the jailer’s daughter and when he was sentenced to die on February 14th, he wrote her a love letter that was signed “from your Valentine”.

Even back then, it was traditional for men and women to exchange flowers on their wedding day, as a sign of good luck and the start of a “blooming” relationship.

Valentine’s Day Facts:

  • Every year, more than 36 million heart shaped boxes of chocolates are sold across the country.
  • The average man spends $130 on Valentine’s Day, while women spend about $70.
  • Don’t forget about your pets! Every year, around 9 million people buy their pets a Valentine’s Day gift.
  • February 14th is the second largest card giving day of the year, just after Christmas. This year, it’s expected that 1 billion cards will be exchanged around the world.
  • Teachers receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by kids, mothers, wives and girlfriends.
  • Hallmark was one of the first to mass produce a Valentine’s Day card, all the way back in 1913.
  • More than one-third of men are comfortable not receiving anything from a lover on Valentine’s Day.
  • Ordering a bouquet? Have it tied in lace. The word “lace” comes from the Latin laques, meaning “to snare or net,” as in to catch a person’s heart

(Facts taken from an article written by Petal Talk)


Valentine Itty Bitty Sessions

It’s always fun to have kiddo’s in the studio for a holiday photo session! And these kids did not disappoint – especially when mom and dad have outfitted them in beautiful Valentine outfits, curled their hair, and are ready to lend a hand to help me get some amazing smiles from each of them! Although I cannot share all of the sessions that I did (due to parent request), here’s a couple to swoon over!

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Hug someone you love today!

Amy


Learn more about my studio

Amy Cheng Photography offers Red Deer and Calgary families the very best in portrait photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! I specialize in family photography but also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, wedding photography, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and Blackfalds.

Stay informed about upcoming promotions, trade fairs, portfolio building sessions – sign up for my newsletter!

Images by Red Deer Family Photography – Amy Cheng Photography © 2019

Contact me today to book your session! Amy Amy Cheng Photography ~ amychengphotography@gmail.com

Gentle Giant – Geneva

I met this beautiful girl named Geneva, at a portfolio building session I held for senior dogs. She is 10.5 years old and at times during her session, her back legs would become twisted and she would almost fall over. But to her rescue would come her amazing owner who would proceed to lift her back end up, and straighten the legs out.

Although there were lots of photography props and equipment set up throughout the room for her to potentially trip over, she seemed to take her time…maneuvering her awkward legs around all the obstacles. This was just a small part of her sweet personality that I saw throughout our hour together.

About this breed:

The Bernese Mountain Dog breed is one of 4 breeds from the Swiss Alps, officially established in 1907. The name derives from “alpine pasture” and hound/dog, as they accompanied the alpine herders and dairymen. Originally kept as a general farm dog, these gentle giants were used as draft animals, to pull carts.

It was a pleasure to photograph Geneva and to experience this amazing breed up close. Here’s some of my favourite photos from Geneva’s senior dog session.

Want to see more posts about dogs? Check out Scottie Westie Cross Dog Maggie’s blog post HERE


Learn more about my studio

Amy Cheng Photography offers Red Deer and Calgary families the very best in portrait photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! I specialize in family photography but also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, wedding photography, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and Blackfalds.

Stay informed about upcoming promotions, trade fairs, portfolio building sessions – sign up for my newsletter!

Images by Red Deer Family Photography – Amy Cheng Photography © 2019

Contact me today to book your session! Amy Amy Cheng Photography ~ amychengphotography@gmail.com

Tips for Emotionally Preparing Your Husband for Your Family Session

For some of us, preparing our husbands for the family photo session is as exhausting as preparing the kids. If your husband is happy-go-lucky about photo day, that’s excellent. If you’re dealing with someone who’s reluctant, however, then here are some things you can do to help:

  • Especially if this is your first session together with the family now that the kids are mobile, let him know how the session will go and discuss your expectations. Also, if you have to bribe the kids, communicate this with him so he can help remind them of the bribery.
  • Warn him that the kids will probably be crazy or freak out and that he should prepare himself for that. Let him know that it will still be fine and to try not to get overwhelmed or worried.
  • Let him know that the more helpful he is in getting himself and the kids ready, the less stressed you will be and the less chance of an argument between you arising.
  • Remind him that the session is only one to two hours and then it will all be over. This way, he sees a light at the end of the tunnel and can stick it out.
  • If your husband is being difficult, bribe him to cooperate during the session as well. If it works for the kiddos, it may very well work for him!
  • And most importantly – remind him that you love him (and that he loves you, and that’s why he’s cooperating with this). Tell him how much you appreciate his support and cooperation in this, and how pleased you are going to be with the finished photos.

How to Prepare for Your Winter Session

Some people shy away from winter sessions because, well, it’s cold. But winter sessions make for some prime photo ops, so don’t write off the brr months.

1. Keep tracking the weather. Those white winter days after a lot of snowfall can result in some seriously gorgeous photographs. Booking two months out probably won’t work, and you’ll instead want to book on a shorter notice.

2. Really play up the winter accessories when planning outfits. Think cozy knit scarves, colorful coats, adorable boots, mittens and more. 

3. Plan the day out so that nobody gets fussy or too cold. A bribe of hot chocolate after the session goes a long way. Also make sure that everyone’s dressed warmly. 

4. Don’t be afraid to have fun in that snow. Snowball fights? Snowman building? Angels? The possibilities are endless and this should be all about having fun. 

5. Choose colours and prints that pop. An all white background is absolutely beautiful, but having that pop of red or that flash of gingham can really make for a gorgeous photograph.

6. Pack the necessities. Noses tend to run in the cold, and glasses can fog up. Bring tissues, hand-warming packs, clean clothes and hot beverages to keep everyone perky throughout the shoot. 

7. Because it can be really cold, note that a shorter session may be in order. Make the most of your photos by using every single second to the max, especially at the beginning of the session when everyone’s still warm and spirits are particularly high.

Learn more about my studio

Amy Cheng Photography offers Red Deer and Calgary families the very best in portrait photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! I specialize in family photography but also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, wedding photography, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and Blackfalds.

5 Reasons You NEED To Do a Winter Photoshoot!

1. Winter sessions are short: I’ve done sessions that last 1+ hours with some very brave clients who are willing to brave the cold. But let’s face it, who wants to be outside for a long session in the dead of winter? If kids are involved, that’s a whole other ballgame! Hands and cheeks start turning red, and kids get cranky fast. But that’s ok…I have sessions available for 15 minutes or 30 minutes that are perfect for winter temps! And we always have the option of jumping into our cars to warm up for a bit, then continuing the session.

2. Winter sessions are unique: What seems to be the most popular time of year to do a photoshoot – FALL! Why not be different?! Instead of hanging photos on your wall from sweaty, humid summer days, or windy fall weekends…decorate yours with matching scarves and mitts, looking cute all bundled up next to your love – whether they are two legged or four. 

3. Winter sessions are about simplicity: Without any green grass, leaves or other objects taking the focus away from you, having the white snow is like a blank canvas. The opportunities are endless, and it’s easy to have the focus directly on you. Pine trees are the epitome of winter and the holiday season, and can really accentuate a setting and make it feel even more magical.

4. Winter sessions are the perfect excuse for cuddling: The one thing I love about the cold? Hot chocolate and curling up under a blanket. Let’s go out in the snow and I’ll capture you and your love cuddled together, sipping on hot chocolate, wrapped under a blanket. Or we can get close and snuggle up with your kids and favourite furbabies. Either way, cuddling is highly encouraged. 

5. Winter sessions have gorgeous lighting: On the days when the sun shines, the light that is produced is amazing. The sun is lower, which results in more flattering light and reduced harsh shadows, which is my absolute favourite to photograph in. This beautiful light also prevents squinting by all participants! Plus, with the time change, sessions are done earlier, which means you have the evening to relax and spend with your love. 

If any of this has convinced you that winter sessions are the way to go, please feel free to contact me for any questions! Before you know it, the snow will be melting away!

(article taken in part from https://www.alyssasmolen.com/blog/5-reasons-you-need-a-winter-shoot)

Learn more about my studio

Amy Cheng Photography offers Red Deer and Calgary families the very best in portrait photography! I pride myself on delivering a fun, relaxing experience where you feel valued and beautiful! I specialize in family photography but also offer newborn sessions, maternity sessions, wedding photography, pet sessions, senior grad sessions and event photography.

I service the Red Deer and surrounding areas, including but not limited to, Calgary, Olds, Rocky Mountain House, Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and Blackfalds.

%d bloggers like this: