Kim Sleno Portraits https://www.kimsleno.com Everyone Deserves a Beautiful Image of Themselves Fri, 25 Jan 2019 00:11:37 +0000 en-CA hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 https://www.kimsleno.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/10422386_770347893020185_6015886298949293567_n-100x100.jpg Kim Sleno Portraits https://www.kimsleno.com 32 32 153540672 When was the last time you had a family portrait? https://www.kimsleno.com/2019/01/31405/ https://www.kimsleno.com/2019/01/31405/#respond Thu, 24 Jan 2019 23:57:17 +0000 http://kimsleno.com/?p=31405 The post When was the last time you had a family portrait? appeared first on Kim Sleno Portraits.

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When was the last time you had a family portrait taken? I don’t mean the smart phone photos of the family playing ball or having a family picnic. I mean where you had a theme of what you were wearing so you look like you are connected as a family. 

 

When we have a family portrait hanging on our wall in our home, it makes a statement. It says this family is important to me, to us. We are important. 

 

If you think, “oh, i want to lose 10, 20 or 30 lb first”

 

What if you never lose the weight? Then you will have no beautiful photos of yourself, for your family.

 

When we are dead and gone no one is going to say, “oh look my mom was over weight.” They are going to say’ “This is my mom and I loved her so much.” or “This is my dad and he was the best dad in the whole world. He listened to me and told me wonderful stories.”

 

The Bedard family is a perfect example of having a family session.

12 people and 3 dogs in our studio, therefore there was lots of different ways to photograph the family. We shot individual family groups as well as everyone together including all 3 dogs. 

I love showing people how other people see them. Our studio offers a lots of great backdrops and props for your session. I guarantee my work, you only purchase what you love.

 

 

 

Call for your Complimentary Consultation 250 338 6660

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We are all enough as we are.

Have you looked at yourself in the mirror lately and thought “I am too …. “fill in the blank” or I will get photos done when I lose 10, 20 or 50 pounds.
What if you never lose the weight? Then you will have no beautiful photos of yourself, for your family.

I think as women most of us do this once or twice a week. Why?? We are enough.

Cassie is a perfect example of a beautiful young woman. She is tall and beautiful and enough.

I love showing people how other people see them. Our studio offers a lots of great backdrops and we have dresses and outfits to choose from for your special session. I guarantee my work, you only purchase what you love.

Call for your Complimentary Consultation 250 338 6660

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Princess Sessions https://www.kimsleno.com/2018/04/princess-sessions/ https://www.kimsleno.com/2018/04/princess-sessions/#respond Fri, 20 Apr 2018 05:18:30 +0000 http://kimsleno.com/?p=1138 The post Princess Sessions appeared first on Kim Sleno Portraits.

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Princess Sessions

I had the pleasure on March 30, Good Friday to photograph 9 little girls for our first Princess Sessions. I have always loved princess dresses, this is not to say I don’t like getting dirty and playing sports. I just like once in a while wearing a beautiful dress. This was a joint venture with another photographer from down island Kim Yanick Portraits. A videographer did behind the scenes for us to use for our marketing, for this reason we offered a very special price for our models. They would be models and would get some wonderful photos and we would have some great marketing material for future sessions.

Princess dresses were laid out for each girl, along with a choice of tiaras and bracelets to complete the look. A special cherry blossom backdrop was used as well as outdoors in the garden. Thirty minutes for each girl allowed plenty of time to photograph in the different settings as well as both photographers and videographer and then get changed back into street clothes. A couple of times we had cross over of sessions for a few minutes, but it was a beautiful sunny day so waiting on the patio was not a problem.

Next Princess Sessions will be in the summer.

Phone 250 338 6660 for more information or to be notified of dates.

 

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What does a beautiful woman and a beautiful rooster have in common?

Simply that they are both beautiful. Many women do not see their own beauty, yet every rooster sees his. He struts and shows his stuff, protects his hens, yet most people do not want a rooster. For one they crow at 4:30 in the morning to start with.

My intention behind this new series is to see things in a different light. To show that we are part of our past and still live in the present. To look at animals in a different way to see their beauty.

Rooster was upset

Dawn my model had never held a rooster before. In fact, I had never held a rooster either, lots of chickens, but alas no rooster. I borrowed this rooster from a friend for the photo session. Picking him up on the Sunday before the shoot, due to the crowing early in the morning the 4 other roosters were no longer alive. Rooster was visibly upset. Transportation was in large dog kennel and into my studio.

Over the next few hours I would visit him, but my hopes were not high that he would be able to be held for a photo shoot. Not wanting to harm him in any way I resigned that he would not be in the shoot.

Clove Oil is good to calm animals

Upon further investigation via the internet, clove oil is good to calm animals. A few drops on a tissue should do the trick. Monday morning,  he wandered around the studio, but certainly did not want to be picked up. Covering him with a sheet was the only way to get him back into the kennel.

Kyla Henderson makeup artist extraordinaire, is also a animal whisperer. Robbie (he now has a name)  wandered around while hair and makeup was completed. Kim Yanick from Kim Yanick Portraits was doing behind the scenes videos and captured Robbie strutting his stuff. Kyla picked up Robbie, showing Dawn how to hold him. Dawn, tentative as first, became a pro at holding him. Robbie was a perfect gentleman. He now lives on Salt Spring Island with a brood of 70 hens.

Contact me

If you are interested in being part of this series, please contact me.

If you have an animal (no dogs or cats), that you would like to see in this series, please contact me.

 

 

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Snow Queen on Forbidden

What a spectacular day for a Snow Queen photo shoot.  Driving up to the old ski hill the day before to check out possible locations was an easy drive. Lots of new snow, but the plow had cleared a section enough to drive. Everything was perfect except there was no snow on the trees. I could live with that. Photoshop is easy to add some snow to the background. Monday morning started with nice high clouds. Hair and makeup was completed in the studio, then we headed up the mountain. A perfect day, the road was cleared, the sun broke through the clouds and new snow covered the trees.

I offer complimentary consultations in my studio. Phone 250 338 6660 to book your dream shoot.

 

 

 

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Snow Queen Photo Session.

I started working today on preparation for a conceptual photo shoot for January 22. These shoots feed my creative soul. A couple of years ago I made a white head piece  and have used it on a few shoots. The piece was beautiful, but it needed some updating to fit in with my ideas for this session. This is the old version. I cut off the gold hanging chain and added some small white flowers.Kim Sleno Portrait ShootThe change is subtle but I like it. The next step was making a snow queen flower bouquet as well as sceptre. Flowers in the studio are plentiful, so that was an easy task. A broom handle spray painted silver with some braiding and an old Christmas decoration finished it off.

This week will be working on stylizing the session and working out different poses as well as finding a location up the mountain with lots of snow and few people.

I will post after the session in a week. I am excited.

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Practice What I Preach https://www.kimsleno.com/2018/01/practice-what-i-preach/ https://www.kimsleno.com/2018/01/practice-what-i-preach/#comments Thu, 04 Jan 2018 05:32:21 +0000 http://kimsleno.com/?p=1054 The post Practice What I Preach appeared first on Kim Sleno Portraits.

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Practice What I Preach

Finally I practiced what I preach. I got in front of the camera. For the last 7 years as I have built my practice.  I knew that I wanted to get in front of the camera. I wanted to have what I was offering. But I also knew that I no longer felt great about my body. I live with an autoimmune disease and deal with effects of medications. I have gained weight and I am old. I have a fat face.

I trusted my friend and fellow photographer Kim Yanick from Lake Cowichan to photograph me.  Kim greeted us at the door with one of her pocket pets a beautiful rat.

Her living room became our hair and makeup area. I put some hot rollers in and Yvonne started her make over. Kim went through my wardrobe and chose the dresses and tops that she thought would work well.

It was interesting to be on the other side of the camera. I know the poses and I know how to stick out my head and slightly chin down, but she wanted more and more. Move my hand this way, no up, no down. Kim talked to me constantly the same as I talk to my clients. It worked I felt good.

I changed clothes a few times, brushed out some of the curls and we kept going. I think for 2 hours. It was definitely the experience I was looking for.

A local pub for a late lunch finished the day off and then Yvonne and I did the nasty drive home in the dark and pouring rain. Now, the waiting for the reveal.

Kim came to my studio for the digital reveal. This was probably the hardest part for me. Some of the images I did not like. I felt my face was too fat, or something else, but for the most part I loved the images. I chose 15 so I must have loved them.

Looking at the images and I see a beautiful confident woman. Yes I also see a woman that is 60 and I love that woman for she is me. I also see some of the younger me in the smile and the stance of some of the photos.

Will I do this again? Yes in a heartbeat.

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Living in one century and dreaming in another

I am sure I lived in another time, another century. I love the clothes and fashion of the 16th, 17th and 18th century. This latest series draws from my love of fashion and sewing. Wandering around fabric stores I envision beautiful gowns of yesteryear. What starts in my mind grows and has a life of its own. It grows and becomes something else. While creating this gown I knew it my mind that Celina would be the one to wear it. Even though I had not seen or heard from her in almost a year, I knew she would bring the outfit to life. The first underdress started its life as a wedding dress that I found in a second hand store for $20.00. I dyed it grey to match the silver in the overdress. The second underdress is a combination of a tule skirt I made last year and a bustier bought online. The original idea was to create 2 or 3 dresses and do a photo shoot in a cave, but that has just not happened yet. So a new Zen Garden was created at Smith Hill Gardens and I thought this would be the perfect outfit to accentuate the calmness of the garden. Here are the first 3 images of a few more to come. The images are edited with a painting tone to give that old world feel. If you are interested in a custom photo shoot with this style, please contact me at 250 338 6660. Kim Sleno Portraits - TIme Period Photo Shoot Kim Sleno Portraits - TIme Period Photo Shoot Kim Sleno Portraits - TIme Period Photo Shoot

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Before and After with Melissa

I love capturing the beauty of a woman. We come in all shapes and sizes and we are all beautiful. Sometimes we need to see someone we know that we can relate to after a glamour session. Melissa was looking to update her graphic design website and needed a new look. What a great day we had. As you can see Melissa is beautiful in the before image and is stunning in the after. It started with hair and makeup in the studio, then some shots in the studio and few clothes changes and then out into the garden. 

Check out Melissa’s website mdmcreate.

Kim Sleno Portraits - Before and After Melissa

 

Kim Sleno Portraits - Before and After Melissa

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