Calgary Professional Portrait Studio
Over 30 Years Experience Showing People The Times of Their Lives
Personal and Family Portraits, Maternity and Baby Photography
Pet Photography, Business Portraits & Head Shots in North West Calgary
Original Portrait Art
Family portraits are a celebration of your love for each other and create personal expressions of your style. This moment in your life will pass very quickly - we help you preserve it for the future.
Celebrating Your Family's Love
While some days may feel long, time really can fly by. Gathering for a professional family portrait is a fantastic way to pause and relish family moments, while adding to a growing collection of special family heirlooms. Nothing preserves family history and precious moments better than photography. Professionally shot portraits commemorate the family unit, but they also capture precious candid moments and tell your on-going family story.
Your family portrait is not only a piece of visual art, but reveals the strength of familial relationships. A significant part of family history are the stories that are told and passed down to subsequent generations. These stories usually reflect a past family member’s unique personality, elegant fashion or intelligence. Today’s family portraits can better capture those quick yet beautiful moments where a family member is revealing a unique and memorable part of their personality! Setting aside the time to take high-quality family portraits will eventually manifest into an impressive pictorial collection of family history. Childhood homes serve as special family museums, with years’ worth of family pictures adorning mantles, pianos and walls. Furthermore, these special photo collections reveal changes to the craft of professional photography over time, and your very own family is a part of that history too.
The family portrait is a collaborative effort, as both family and photographer work together to preserve history through art. With both a natural and trained artistic eye, your hired photographer works hard to inspire those candid moments that make for the most brilliant portraits. From perfect lighting to the time of day, planning is integral to the art of photography and crafting an impressive family portrait.
Where are We?
Our family portrait studio - including baby, maternity, grad and personal portraits - is right at the top of 14th Street in Hidden Valley NW, Calgary. Its' only 20 minutes from downtown.
We are happy to also create your portraits in your own home or outdoor location of your choice. Doing photography at a location which has a special meaning to you can create wonderful and very personal portraits.
To inquire about sessions or to make your booking, please call us at 403-457-5031 or use the Contact Form.
Our services include: Family Portraits, Personal Portraits
Grad Photography, Pet Photography
Baby Photography, Newborn Photography
Maternity Photography, Business Head Shots
We would love to be Your Calgary Photographer
We guarantee that when you see the selected images from your session you will absolutely and positively love your photos; if you don't love them, you will not have to buy anything and your session fee will be refunded – no questions and no hassle.
10 Foot Ceilings....
We have a complete, professional photo studio in a retail space - with features like 10 foot ceilings which help us get the lights up high enough to properly shape the light to bring out your best - something we couldn't do in a spare bedroom or basement.
Our space includes a waiting area, viewing space, change room, and complimentary refreshments.
Want to have your portrait done in your own home or outdoors? We're happy to come to you. Please call to find out more.
From the moment a child is born, they change and grow really fast. If you can get your baby in for portraits in the first 10 days you'll get portraits that can melt your heart. Of course any time is a great time because as your children grow, and even as you grow older, things change and its important to create portraits on which your memories can hang and be remembered years from now.
Whether to create artistic decor for your home which will be treasured for years to come, or to create gifts and keepsakes for relatives in far away lands, personal and family portraits are important. As one quote goes: "A birth certificate shows you were born, a death certificate shows you died, but a photo album shows you lived."
On the left is a 'standard' photo taken with a high level camera and flash. On the right is what happens when lighting and posing is used to bring out your best while minimizing those things you wouldn't want emphasized. Professional photography is more than just the camera used, it's the experience and knowledge to make you look the way people would remember you, not the way a camera would capture your likeness.
About us (short version)
Studio owner and chief photographer Neil Speers did his first paid photo shoot at the age of 16 - which would have been in the mid '70s.
He truly loves when a client comes in and says something like "I'm the least photogenic person in Calgary." Those are the clients he can most easily show they have an inner photogenic person who just needs to be released. "Being photogenic," Neil explains, "Has nothing to do with looks. You've probably noticed some top models aren't that attractive. What they have is the attitude to project their emotions to the camera." He continues "When you were two, you were very photogenic. You ran around and looked very cute. By the time you were three you became self aware - you realized photos of 'of you' and then school came along and you got your school photos back. I'm pretty sure school photos have ruined more people's self esteem than any fashion magazine ever could." Neil concludes that "Being non-photogenic is a learned attitude...and if you can learn it, you can un-learn it."