I wanted to be a ballerina... But as fate would have it, I injured my knees and had to stop. That autumn I was in a balloon soaring over the vines of France, that were reddened by the season. I photographed the balloon's shadow cast on the ruin of a chateau and at that moment I knew this was what I wanted to do. So I returned to University, finished my BFA and have been shooting ever since. Have a look at my website for more information, images and card and book samples. www.amandatemple.com 441 236 2339
Have a look at this little film to find out about my Lumiere Portrait sessions
Wabi Sabi is the Japanese philosophy of finding beauty in imperfection and of appreciating transience and the natural cycle of life - growth, decay and death. It admires the bud as much as the bloom, which then fades to become the seed to create a new flower. It reveres the dents, the scratches and all other marks that time, weather and loving use create. I have always loved peeling paint, crumbling brick and corroding metal. This collection of work celebrates these, and in some pieces, combines them.Click on the photo to see the posts on the collection.
A selection of my work is available at Petals on Queen Street, including a few large mixed media pieces, matted metallic prints and iridescent notecards.
Great as Christmas presents! These cards are on a lovely soft iridescent pearl card stock. They can go towards portrait sessions, custom designed books or cards or fine art.
I have discovered a divine new bookmaker. Combining old-world binding techniques with the latest technology in printing they create stunning, one of a kind, heirloom books. They are also committed to giving back and use recyled materials and give a portion from each book to your choice of their selected charities. Please contact me for more details and pricing and click the photo to have a look at their website.
CARDS, INVITATIONS, ANNOUNCEMENTS
Custom designed cards are available on four different art papers. Click image to see card and book samples.
MY FACEBOOK PAGE
For more of my favourite images from the past and present and other wee morsels...
What to Wear
Essentially you can wear whatever you like, but here are a few ideas... • White is not great - with digital it often gets blasted out. • Wear your favourite colours and those that suit you best - that bring out the colour of your eyes. • Wear bright, fun, happy clothes, but in a group keep it simple. You don't all have to match, but too many different colours and patterns gets messy and distracting. • Props are a must! Be it a fabulous hat or your child's favourite toy or a costume they won't take off. These little details are what make you unique and your session more fun.
WHEN AND WHERE
Portrait sessions take about an hour and the light is best between one and two hours before sunset. I have done some wonderful shoots on the beach and at the Botanical Gardens, but if you like I could come to your home. This will be unique to your session and enable me to have variety with backgrounds and access to your favourite things - a fantastic chair, your porch, a hammock, and more clothing options.
Hiring the right photographer... for you
Choosing the right photographer for your wedding is one of the most important decisions you will make. When shopping around, look for work you admire. No two photographers see and shoot the same way and their packages are all very different. Photography should be viewed as a creative service not as a product - you are selecting an artist to capture your day. Art is something you buy because you love it and want it in your home. Photography is the same - if a package includes all the 'extras' it is useless unless you love the photographs. So, to begin with, forget about the budget and all the added options and really focus on style. Albums can be done later... So... style - look at their body of work - do you like one image, a few, all? Can you see yourself in their photographs? Look at the expressions on their faces, and how the images make you feel. Do they look forced or natural? You want to be comfortable on your wedding day and you want the images to be elegant and romantic so they will stand the test of time. And try not to make special requests for a specific shot or style of another photographer. Trust your photographer and give them the freedom to do what they do best. Talk... you don't have to become best friends, but you should like your photographer and want them around on your special day. And when asking questions, be sure they are relevant to you and not just from a list found in a bridal magazine. Discuss the details on what they offer and the schedule; both of the day (to ensure enough time is given to capture the photographs that are important to you) and when you will receive the photographs. Bear in mind that with digital, photographers spend much more time editing the images. Once happy that you have found the photographer that shares your vision you can be sure you'll have the beautiful memories captured that you will treasure.
These are primarily for little ones as babies change so much in their first two years; but can be anything - a birthday party invitation, house warming, pregnancy/newborn/6 months, etc. These quick sessions will enable us to schedule shoots several months apart and get some beautiful images of each of these precious stages. These sessions are shot at my house in Paget. Session will include 40-80 edited images and all photographs on DVD. 30 Minute Mini Session 1 - $475 2 - $875 3 - $1175 45 Minute Mini Session 1 - $575 2 - $1075 3 - $1475
Let's arrange a date to meet with a group of your friends. The grown-ups can chat, the children can play and I'll shoot them - and you. We will select an unusual location - be it rural or urban, or your home - it will be a unique adventure. Ideal for 3-8 children. Contact me for further details.
Before or After
In the olden days, who one married was decided by family and more often than not the couple were not permitted to meet prior to the wedding day for fear that they might refuse the impending nuptials. Obviously today, love has already blossomed and the choice made to live happily ever after. As such, I do sometimes like to arrange to do all the formal portraits of the bride and groom with their attendants and family before the ceremony. Here are the primary reasons this works so well... • We need not worry about the logistics of hiding from each other before the ceremony. • If all the formal photographs are taken before the ceremony, the couple, their families and guests can all head to the reception together allowing everyone more time together. • It is far better to have natural light for these photographs and with late afternoon ceremonies, often it is a fight against time to get good light. • It is more relaxed and less rushed. • The first time the couple sees each other is private, they can talk and kiss which is not an option at the ceremony. How it would happen... The bride and groom would not see each other until they are completely ready. At the chosen location, the groom will wait for his bride to arrive, then she'll ask him to turn. This is the best bit! Wonder, joy, and maybe even tears. And without the nervousness of being before a large audience. I'll shoot this, but from a distance to give you both a few moments alone together. We will then do the shots of you both together, separately, and then ask attendants and family to join us for all the formal portraits. This also saves time as doing everything separately takes much longer. Depending on the chosen site for these photographs, I may also steal the couple away for a few more photographs later. I do work spontaneously, so if something amazing appears - an incredible sky for example, I do love to take advantage of it.
Trash the Dress
After the I do's are done and the party is over, most brides box up their gown in an airtight package and shove it in the back of a closet, never to be seen again. However, might I suggest doing a Trash the Dress session instead. Fear not though, we will not actually destroy the dress, and do nothing a good dry cleaner can't fix. Many brides hate the fact that such effort and expense has gone towards a dress that will only be worn once. This way you get to put it on again without the nerves of the upcoming nuptials. We can go anywhere and have the luxury of time without the worry of keeping guests waiting. Click the photo above to see the full post.
Before and After
I spend countless hours on the computer and feel that processing the image is as important as the initial taking of the photograph. Through editing, images can be transformed; sometimes the alteration is subtle and sometimes dramatic. No two photographs are processed in the same way, so each is a unique piece of art. I use colour, texture, vignetting and other techniques to alter the image and enhance its mood. Above are a few examples of images straight out of the camera and then after processing. Click photo to view full post.
Cards and Books
Custom designed cards and books are available. Click photo to view full post.