A Foal in a Big World

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This is the story of a foal whose life began a little over a week ago.

As I sat on the grassy field I couldn’t help but reflect of my own experience as a mother with her new born. It’s amazed me to see how quickly this little foal grasped basic movements such as walking, and eating within a few short hours of his life. It was a joy to see him stretch his short neck, and bend his front legs to eat what few tall blades of grass there was. He watched his mother carefully, learning from her movements, body language and sounds. And nursed gingerly. Finally, walking alongside her protective flank.

And then there was the clown side of him with his legs, proportionately longer than his body, and his ears, pricked and larger than his head earning him the nickname Moose. His lean body not yet filled out sprang into action as his curiosity got the better of him and he began to play and kicked around the field.

I couldn’t help but giggle as he tried to eat the hem of my pants and gum my shoelaces. I watched with lovey dovey eyes as I took my camera to my eye to capture his beauty, his character and his inquisitiveness before him and his mom retreated back to the comfort of the warm barn for the evening.

It was indeed an honour to be able to spend a few precious hours late one afternoon and photograph this special time between him and his mother. The bond that they have formed is already strong and unbreakable.

Thank you little man for a perfect afternoon.

© Cecile Gambin Photography
© Cecile Gambin Photography
© Cecile Gambin Photography
© Cecile Gambin Photography

Add a Bit of Bling to your Face Mask

Adding bling to your face mask is a sure way of getting you to wear them (more). But, finding the right photo isn’t as easy as you think.

Not all photos are made to go on a mask. You need to consider colour, composition, sharpness, contrast and the quality (resolution) of the photo as well as the type of printing and the material it will be printed on.

Lucky for my kids, I’m a pet photographer and they were able to choose their favourite photo of our cats so that I could order their very own face masks. The verdict? They LOVE them. Letting them choose the photo was key as it gave them control over their masks and they are proud to show off their furry friend. Perfect for school and getting them to wear them.

I used a local printer. The masks are made with a stretchy material and slip on easily over the ears for a comfy, secure fit. They come in 3 sizes – small, medium and large. I ordered a large for my husband and it fits him great. For myself and the kids I ordered a medium . It fits me perfectly. However, the mask is a tad loose on both my boys. I think I’m going to reorder another set for them (with different photos for the fun of it) in the small size. My kids are aged 10 and 13.

If you are interested in customizing your face masks with a photo of your dog, cat, fish, horse or other animal let me know. I’d love to take a photo of them indoors or outdoors (don’t worry, I am practicing Covid-19 rules). Pay for the photo session and I’ll throw in a mask for free with your choice of photo. Not only will you end up with a kickass mask you’ll also have high-end photos that you can use for custom prints, wall-art, albums or a coffee table book.

$49.99 – gets you a short photo session, you choose the photo or I can help you and, a mask. I’d love to hear from you!!

Cecile

The Cool Cat Rag

The Cool Cat Blog. It’s a new. It’s exciting and it’s about all the cool cats I get to meet and take photos of.

Meet Casper. He’s one cool cat because he’s a Bengal. He’s timid until he gets to know you and then he’s just a little less timid then before. He’s a big sweetie and will spend his time playing, and jumping like Bengals do, hiding high and pouncing on an unsuspecting cat toy. When it’s chill time-down time though he doesn’t give a meow and acts like a typical cat who knows who’s the master. And, that ain’t me or you.

Catching him in action was easy. A few of his favourite treats and toys and the right time of day. Once I got his trust he let loose. The flash didn’t bother him but playing with my background paper along with his brother from another mother was unexpected. Soon enough they punched a through. LOL!

These type of fun portraits are great to have printed in a coffee style book or to share online with your friends. Contact me for more information regarding prices and times.

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Catography – Part I

We all know cats usually do what they want and when they want. For a photographer this can be quite challenging. We have tricks up our sleeves and will work where the cat will be most comfortable and open to the camera. This often means working in a clients home as opposed to a studio. This Catography series of posts is dedicated to those felines who have modeled for me in all their purrfect ways and the stories that come with their photo session.

Meet Coco. This extra-adorable, super cute kitten gave me a run for my money and that’s why he scores my first post. I openly admit, to date, he is the hardest cat that I have ever taken photos of. LOL!!

Most kittens are bouncy, wobbly, jumpy and fast but this little guy was in perpetual motion x 10. It was his sleepy time but he would have none of that while I was there. We tried blocking off his exits but he found ways to sneak through. He pounced on things and climbed the couch. We put him on the highest perch of his cat-scratch post and realised he was that much closer to the mantle that he, oh, so much wanted to explore. We played with him but he never tired. He ran to the left and to the right and zigzagged like a squirrel where you think you have the next move figured out but then he changed his mind and stopped before going again 1/4 of a second later. That cute photo of a kitten in a bowl? Haha…not for this guy. He was just too darn energetic, cute and FAST.

It’s a big world out there and this little monster was all about learning and exploring. I don’t blame him really. I think my mom mentioned I was the same way when I was the equivalent of Coco’s age in human years. But, that’s another story.

Eventually, I was able to get a few photos of him through anticipation, figuring him out, patience and some luck. As much as Coco made me sweat I loved every moment of his photo session. I love what I do and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Thanks so much to his parents for being accommodating and for their patience as well!! I can’t wait to see you again. I’m sure you’ve grown tons within these past few weeks.

Interested in a portrait of your furry friend? Let’s talk!

Welcome to Cool Cat Photography!

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Cecile Gambin Photography (CGP) is going through a cool change. Thanks in part to Covid-19 with some new-found time, I have decided to refocus my brand and split my CGP website in two. CGP will remain as is, concentrating on people, action, editorial and event photography. However, my animals side of photography will now have it’s own website.

I love animals and have always had cats and dogs even though I’m allergic to them. Pet photography is something I really enjoy doing and I am fortunate to be able to meet some really cool furry friends and their owners.

By creating a new website that’s 100% focused on animals I am able to showcase all the glorious, kooky fur-babies without distraction from my other photography. It was time to give the fur-balls their own website.

I chose the name Cool Cat to represent my photos – modern, striking, and colourful – much like when the term is used to describe a hip, and cool jazz guitar player. While I have no business playing the guitar in front of a crowd I do appreciate the connotation and the image that the words ‘cool cat’ evoke. And, I just like the words. Can you dig it?

I hope you’ll take a cruise through this website and, perhaps, take the time to leave a comment on this blog. As always, please feel free to share Cool Cat Photography and let your friends know about me. A referral is the best form of flattery.

As a thank you I’d like to offer you a 10% discount for future booking sessions (just let me know at the time of the booking).

Pandemic restrictions are slowly being lifted across the country. While these are in place, I will be taking outdoor sessions only, shooting with a long lens and keeping my social distance.

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Sour Dough Goodness

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My mouth watered as I walked into the kitchen carrying in my photography gear. Sixteen home-made sour dough breads. Warm, and deliciously yummy looking. Have you ever smelled bread baking?

Oh sooooo…good!

I set up my equipment and together with Chef Zayne from Sour Dough Breads, spent the next few hours composing, slicing, creating, taking photos and yes, tasting the goods.

This was my first time photographing food and I was surprised at how much I really enjoyed it. It tapped into my creative side. Presenting food and dishes for photography is not as easy as it looks. It needs to be fresh and tasty looking, healthy, and nutritious. We eat with our eyes and my photos need to reflect that.

My goal for the photo shoot was to provide Zayne with usable photos for his website and social media to help him launch his bread-making business. I wanted the bread to convey freshness and mouth-watering goodness. His clients need to know know that he makes these bread the traditional way. I achieved this through a combination of different lens, natural light as well as studio lights to give me a professional, polished look yet keeping the photos natural looking.

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© Cecile Gambin Photography
© Cecile Gambin Photography
© Cecile Gambin Photography
© Cecile Gambin Photography
© Cecile Gambin Photography
© Cecile Gambin Photography

If you are interested in the most yummiest sour dough bread click on Sour Bros Bread. Zayne delivers twice a week through North Vancouver and Vancouver.

If you are interested in having me come and photograph your food, whether it’s for a restaurant, a bakery or a coffee shop, contact me and let’s talk!

ROCK-ON!!!

The legends have spoken and the bands have answered.

The energy level was nothing short of high last night at The Blueshore Financial Theatre located at Capilano University. The crowd cheered and rocked-on as bands took over the stage one after another for a spectacular two hour show that would have us hear songs from rock legends such as David Bowie, Queen, Mötley Crüe, Guns n’ Roses, Alice Cooper, Bon Jovi, Prince and more.

Thanks to Deep Cove Music for organizing an amazing band program for kids to play, learn, and cooperate as a band. I know my son and his band mates, The Mop Dogs, are loving this opportunity.

Enough said, here are a few photos to wet your whistle for next years show!

Photos remain copyright of your friendly neighborhood photographer. I would rather give, than you take without permission. Just ask please 🙂

Double non Genre by JR Krauss

I created and designed a CD cover and booklet top to bottom and side to side along with my friend Jason Dack. What a rush and experience it was. Woot!!

With it’s edgy guitar playing and smooth lyrics this album feels right on a long road trip or when I’m home with a really good sound system. It’s Canadiana – a music genre coined to reflect Canada’s diverse cultures and music. It’s fun, bright, catchy, romantic, honest and rockish with hints of country and jazz.

I met the man behind the tracks, Randy Krauss, a few years ago taking photos of a motorcycle event in Calgary. I did a bit of work for him afterwards putting together a really cool poster of his Norton 850 Commando. A beautiful bike! But, that’s another story.

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Bob Christy – Track 2 ‘Crows Road’ (L) and Randy Krauss (R) with his wicked Dusenberg Guitar.

Randy reached out to me early summer to see if I would be interested in creating a CD cover and inside booklet from start to finish. I would head up the entire operation. OMG! YES!! 

I spent a few weeks listening to the tracks and studied the title before I did anything else. Since I was on vacation it felt right to sit down by the dock with a Kracken n’ Coke to listen, think, feel and refine my ideas.

I contacted my friend Jason Dack, a fellow photographer and graphic artist, whom I knew enjoyed music and would appreciate working on this project. Together, we hashed out ideas and eventually created several images and layout options for Randy to choose from.

Once the layout was chosen my next step was to find a suitable duplication services company. I eventually chose Sask Media. Don, the owner, was instrumental in a timely production and was there the entire way answering emails on weekends, late at night etc.

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We used a combination of stock images as well as those I took from both an informal and formal photo sessions with Randy. We wanted the photos to reflect the songs and the vibe of the music.
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A large part of the success is that I understood what Randy wanted and was after. Take the cover for example, Randy a retired pilot, often saw dark, looming clouds while coming in for a landing in his native Southern Alberta. And, his explanation of how he remembered his mother in the song ‘Ella and Her Fella’ as a young boy had me in tears. The production of a CD is more than just putting photos together – it’s essential to get the vibe right and have the images tell a story that coincides with the songs, and the artist.

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© Cecile Gambin Photography

I could go on about how Jason and I put this together but it’s rather nerdy, and techy. It’s suffice to say that I couldn’t have done this without Jason’s savy Illustrator and graphic arts skill set. We met a lot of good people along the way, and had fun working and creating this project. Smart writing, talented musicians, recording gurus, photographers and graphic artists pulled together to create a very strong album.

You can find Double non Genre on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Deezer and CD Baby. Or, click here for the full album. For the best experience grab a drink, sit back, crank it up and don’t be afraid to sing or play your favourite air-instrument.

Naming Ceremony

It was both a privilege and an honour to be asked to take photos for a naming ceremony for the Skawahlook First Nations.

It was also great timing that my youngest son and myself just came back from a 1 night, 2 day stay at an outdoor education center just a few days before where we just had our own naming ceremony. I was a parent volunteer with his class and we slept in a log house with the biggest roaring fire .

While I am not comparing the ceremony of a grade 4 class to this one I understand the importance and the significance of receiving a name. After the day I went home and told of my experience to my son and compared notes.