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The Art of Portraiture SVP Photography

The Art of Portraiture by SVP Photography is a home-based portrait studio specializing in custom family portraiture. Custom sessions begin with a design session in which Shelley assists you in selecting the mood and style of portraits you would like created. Shelley books only one photography session per day so you will never feel rushed. Professional hair and makeup is available. Shelley will assist you in selecting your favourite images and how you would like to display them in your home. The Art of Portraiture also offers whimsical Children's Storybook Portraits. We are now booking Winter Wonderland Sessions. You can learn more on our website just click click the Current Storybook Sessions link on the left.

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What’s the secret to taking a great photograph?

Lighting, posing and composition are important, but when photographing people there must be a genuine connection between the photographer and the subject. You are counting on the photographer to bring out the best in you, and that includes your expression. Shelley encourages you to "feel" into what you want your photo to express not just to put an expression on your face. Most people have been encouraged to "smile" or "say cheese" all their lives. Having plenty of time to become comfortable in front of the lens helps you to let go of your "picture" face and relax into who you really are. As the late Darton Drake said, "A picture is what you look like, a portrait is who you are". Instead of having a picture taken, why not have a portrait created?

What questions might you ask a client when starting a new project?

Why are you having portraits created at this time? Is it to celebrate a special occasion?
Who will we be photographing?
What mood or style would like? (Formal, casual, fun)
Are these photos a gift to yourself or someone you love?
When would you like the printed portraits to be completed?

What do you love most about your job?

Everyone deserved to exist in portraits and I love providing children with a sense of history and allow them to remember their parents and grandparents and be able to show their children the last generation. Children grow up so quickly and I love to create portraits that will be enjoyed well after the babies are in school and the children have left for university or a life of their own. I also love helping women celebrate themselves. Women are givers and nurturers and don't often pamper themselves. I love the opportunity to do that with hair, makeup, a glass or two of bubbly and personal portraits of their choice.

What inspired you to start your own business?

Looking back I realize there were many things that lead me to my second career. One was our house fire at the age of 12. Wel all got out safely but we lost everything, including the family photos. Not knowing what one looked like as a baby or a child affected me, especially when we were asked to bring a baby photo in for the yearbook. I realized how photos provide a sense of history and a sense of self.
I lost my Mom in a car accident. She never liked having her photos taken, putting her hands in front of her face. I wish I had more pictures of her. I also have lost four of my eight siblings over the years. We never know when someone we love will walk out the door and not return.
I was a Speech-Language Pathologist for 20 years when my late husband became ill with Parkinson's, Heart Disease and Cancer. Realizing how short life can be, I decided it was time to retire and enjoy life. I always had an interest in photography and planned to take it up as a more serious hobby. That quickly turned into my second career when I joined The Professional Photographers of Canada and began to learn the technical and artistic elements of photography and portraiture. I fell in love with life again!

Why should our clients choose you?

I could say because I have won awards provincially, nationally & internationally or because I was Alberta's and Canada's Portrait Photographer of the Year, but I actually think you should hire me because I love what I do, I care that you will love your photos as much I love creating them and if you don't I will either reshoot or give you 100% return of your session fee.

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What type of photography do you need?

2nd Anniversary

Do you require your photos retouching/photoshopping?

I'm not sure

In what formats do you want your images?

Online or digital proofs and prints

What date would you like the photographer?

Monday July 22nd, 2019

Do you have any additional details

I want photos for my 2nd year anniversary with my husband. Would prefer outdoors in a nice park, I have a park in mind called Harry Huish park in Calgary

What type of photography do you need?

Portraits & Family Photos

Do you require your photos retouching/photoshopping?


In what formats do you want your images?

Online or digital proofs and prints, Ability to purchase prints online

What date would you like the photographer?

Sunday September 8th, 2019

Do you have any additional details

I would like a couples shoot, outdoors with our dog and cat. I would also like a family shoot, preferably on the same day if possible. There would be 7 people for the family shoot.

What type of photography do you need?


Do you require your photos retouching/photoshopping?

I would like to discuss this

In what formats do you want your images?


What date would you like the photographer?

Not Sure

Do you have any additional details

I would like to know how it would be to create a portfolio based on the photos related with sport, fitness, gym.

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