Just Another Party

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From the outside looking in, it looked not much different than a year end hockey, maybe gymnastics, club party.  You know the kind – one of those parties where all the family and siblings are invited to come and gather and eat and play and just celebrate.  Kids were playing in all corners with various blocks, bouncy balls, trinkets, and electronics.  Parents were helping their children open up delicious snacks and pop off the straws on sugary juice boxes.  People were meeting eac

h other, exchanges contact info and finding commonalities.  It was a party full of 79 people of all ages.

From the inside – from the perspective of our producer – it was internal time bomb, knowing that all must run smoothly if this day was to be pulled off with success.  Each child needed a model release signed by whichever one of these dozen mothers might be hers.  Each kid needed to be given an envelope with his precious earnings, to be safe kept by whichever uncle brought him.  The matching process is always a challenging game.  

 

Then, each kid needed to be dressed properly –  coordinating, but not matching, with the others in her shoot.  Dora the Explorer shirts needed to go.  Black leopard print pants needed to be changed.  And the identical shirts needed to hash out which one had to find something else.

But when all the logistics were tied up and all the kids were in order, the real fun began.  In midst of bustling chaos all around the set, we successful managed to wrangle tens and tens of beautiful children into 2 groups of preschool and 3 groups of elementary aged classrooms.

The kids shone us their gorgeous smiles, their eyes lighting up with pride as the audience of the day – the grandparents, parents, uncles and siblings, watched on while it was their time to shine.  They pretended to know each other as we paired them for group work shots or asked them to pretend like they were best friends.  The little ones sat on the lap of their “teacher of the day” as she read them stories.  

It was an honour to capture these moments.  Yes, they were perhaps fabricated and staged.  But they were in no small way inauthentic.  

 

They were real kids who were brightening up the studio with their sparkle, their lives.  They were exactly the reason that I love what I do.  It was nothing but a privilege to share the time and space with them.  

 

Thanks to all who came out and we hope to see some new faces next time!*

 

*Email terri@kaspi.ca if you want to join in on the fun!  We look for people of all ages!

Is it real?

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One of the challenges of creating a usable stock image is creating a setup that looks realistic but also eye appealing.  Consequently, many of our images end up looking a little different than when the shutter closed in on it. 

Take, for example, this “happy mixed ethnicity” family, frolicking in the park, as though they do it all the time.  The father playfully chases his daughter, the son holds his beloved sister’s hand, and the mother smiles with a grin that show no concern of dirty dishes, PTA meetings, and the piles of laundry at home.  The truth?  Well, they just met an hour before this shot was captured.  Well done, models!

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Happy mixed ethnicity family running in the park

Then there is this one – taken several years ago.  Just a random group of friendly peeps, with multiple ethnicities represented, as well as a varied range of ages.  What a bright, open concept location!  Reality?  This was taken in the dark, unfinished basement of a house we briefly rented.  It has become our top selling image ever.  Well, so far.

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Large group of mixed ethnicities, multi ages

Again, the perfect set up.  Only in reality, the “doctor” had never worn a stethoscope and the “mother” doesn’t have any children.

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Healthy little girl at the doctor’s office

And this sweet little baby happens to be mine.  Not hers.

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Baby getting her immunizations and vaccinations at doctor’s office.

This is a friend of ours that has posed as many different occupations for us.  Not a doctor. 

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Successful doctor posing with his medical team.

And so it goes.  And goes.  Every time we put together a shoot, we look for that balance between making it “real” and making it appealing.  Stock photography and stock video has the unique challenge of not crossing that line of this-is-so-corny-I-could-puke-or-laugh but also showing something that advertising are proud to use on their material.

We love our models, our sets and the fun we have at transforming people into someone else for a couple of hours.  Lots more to come!

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