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  • Amara Dirks Photography - Alberta, Canada

     

    One of the hardest things, aside from being in front of the camera, is writing about myself .. so here I am!  I'm Amara, owner and photographer of Amara Dirks Photography.  The little company that just turned ten years old only a few short weeks ago.   I live in the country with my mister, Shawn, and large family of animals that keep me just as busy as photography!

    Is it cliche to say I love what I do?  Perhaps, but I feel lucky to have found what I love at such a young age, spending my parents money on film, developing, and a ridiculous amount of photo albums.  Clearly they were ok with funding my projects as I have boxes of photos to show for it!  I just loved cracking open that envelope to see what worked, and what didn't.  I had no idea it would be something I'd be doing forever until after high school, where it was a small suggestion handed to me from my Aunt.  She figured I should pursue it .. and my response "don't artists starve?"

    So here I am, ten years later and a fridge with food in it!  I graduated from the Western Academy of Photography in 2006 with all intentions to never become a wedding photographer.  Suppose I shouldn't have been so hasty to make such big decisions so quickly, as I have been so fortunate to travel to incredible places with beautiful people .. for their wedding!  Though I don't specialize in just weddings and engagements as I just can't do one thing all the time, I do love my family sessions that keep weekdays buzzing with entertainment!

    This wedding I'm going to show you all, was something I had never dreamt of being a part of ten years ago when I started this journey.  Skagway, Alaska.  On a boat, with two incredible people.

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    I never walk into my sessions with big plans, or ideas, because every single person, couple and family have their own interesting dynamic and you can't plan for things to happen a certain way.      Much like the weather - if you shoot outside, I know the weather app is your best friend!  I'm not a planner, organized because I have to be, so perhaps this is why I walk into every session with a very open mind.  The first big step in my day with my clients, is to ensure that they are comfortable (even if I'm secretly losing it inside, because sometimes that happens!), that I'm making it the best experience they have ever had in front of the camera.

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    Being able to read a persons body language,  and of course, their sense of humor are so important (laughing takes away the nerves!).  My top priorities.  The rest just falls into place.

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    Lastly, I leave you with this.  If you love what you do, it shows in your work.  Show up, be present, smile lots and do the best you can.  I couldn't imagine doing life any other way!

    COMPANY: Amara Dirks Photography

    WEBSITE:  www.amaradirksphoto.com

    SOCIAL: Facebook  Instagram

     
  • Tirro Photography

     

     

    Aloha, my name is Caitlin, the girl behind the camera. I have been a photographer for a little over two years, but my journey began several years ago. In high school I had dreams of becoming a director for the big screen. I went to college and earned a degree in electronic media and film, but I also met and fell in love with the man of my dreams. He joined the Army, and my life goals were put aside in order to accommodate our new military life. I desperately wanted to find something that I could be passionate about. My father is a photographer, and during a discussion with him about his work, the light bulb went off; photography is the antecedent of videography. After learning the technical side of the still camera, I realized the artistic side was very similar to film, and the rest is history.

    My husband and I moved to Hawaii where I officially launched my business…and let me tell you, I could not have asked for a better location to create such stunning art. My passion has led me to fall in love with various genres of photography, with an emphasis on a lifestyle approach. I love capturing people in their natural state; who does not love a candid smile and laughter? I frequently photograph families, but maternity is my true passion.

     

    As a natural light photographer I enjoy working at sunrise. As difficult as it is to wake up before the sun, this time of day is invaluable. I tell all of my clients, “I know it’s hard to wake up so early, but when you’re the only one on the beach, you press your toes in the cool sand, smell the fresh air, and you see the sun breach the horizon, it’s TOTALLY worth it”. By the end of the session my clients no longer need convincing!

    Brandy and Alex’s session is one of my favorites. Not just because it was a maternity session, but because of their story. They had suffered two miscarriages prior to this successful pregnancy. The fear they felt leading up to their son’s birth was a constant struggle given the tragedies they had endured. The love Brandy and Alex have for each other and their child is immense. As I photographed them, they needed little direction from me; capturing their love was effortless. I remember my heart just exploding with pride, excitement, joy, and love as every click of the shutter was magical. My passion was the highest it has ever been that day, I was truly on cloud nine. My drive home felt like an eternity, as I just wanted to get to my computer and begin editing.

    Sessions like Brandy and Alex’s are exactly why my job is not just a job. It is a love and a passion. I get to capture moments in time for my clients, moments that will never fade. They are tangible, beautiful, and forever.

    COMPANY: Tirro Photography

    WEBSITE: http://www.tirrophotography.com

    SOCIAL: Facebook Instagram

     

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