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How We’ve Approached Safety

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We have been constantly inspired by the commitment our industry has made to adaptive learning through these past months; and now as event professionals put that knowledge into action we are so excited to be back behind the lens again capturing safe intimate gatherings! 

 

To celebrate all that we’ve learned together, we are sharing the insights and measures our team has taken towards safety, as well as examples of some of the small COVID conscious events we’ve had the pleasure to begin capturing.

 

What Health & Safety Looks Like for Our Photography Company

    • Perfecting Our Personal & Professional Policies: We’ve reviewed, revised, and developed new policies and procedures with the safety of our team, your project, and your guests at top of mind. Regular health screenings, monitoring techniques, and hygiene practices will be implemented daily in our home, offices, and of course onsite. 

    • One Big Supportive Family: We’ve always been proud of our large talented team and their ability to take on multiple cross-country projects at a time. However now we will be using our numbers to create a supportive and safe scheduling system that ensures we always have multiple back ups. No one should ever feel pressured to work through a cold and our revised scheduling system will support both our photographers and your project. 

    • Social Distancing & PPE: It’s generally easy for photographers to stay 2m away, in fact we usually operate best at over 6’ distance from your guests! However we will be prepared for all scenarios, supplying our team with masks and sanitizer happily respecting your guests safety bubble.

    • New Angles & Techniques: Our team specializes in finding the best angles to capture the unique moments of your event, and we will be adapting our creative eye to make sure that this continues with your social distancing guests. Whether it’s spaced out seating, or large groups standing a part, our team will be able to find unique opportunities to capture your safety conscious program.

    • Informed and Aware: We will continue to stay informed about the evolving guidelines, and an informed photographer can be a valuable resource for your event. Our team can assist you in the consultation phase to align on the current spacing regulations etc. We can also help position guests safely and make sure that your photos in the end reflect your commitment to safety.

 

Safe Events In Action

Regardless of the event you’re hosting, people want to be able to share photos they are proud of, and for individuals and businesses right now that means being able to share photos that say “I’m having fun, while being safe”.  Here are some examples of events we’ve captured recently that show just that.

 

 

The ILEA Calgary Chapter found creative ways to celebrate with their members at their annual ILEA End of the Year event in June. Gift bags were picked up at OneWest Events providing guests with items to make guests feel connected while they viewed a live broadcast from FMAV from the comfort of their homes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, a small group of local event profs gathered at the Fairmont Palliser Hotel for the live viewing party of the CSE Awards Gala. Intimate table settings, face masks, and clear signage & guidelines created a safe atmosphere for celebration!  

 

 

In July local ILEA members gathered together to strategize and plan ahead during the annual ILEA Calgary ChapterAGM.

 

 

Small Events aren’t the only thing we’ve been capturing recently. We’ve also had the pleasure of shooting reopening businesses like Hotel Arts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What type of projects do you have coming up? We want to learn more about your unique approach to reopening and small gatherings, and would love to illustrate your vision as it comes to life through on-brand photography that tells your story.

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Svetlana Yanova

Meet Svetlana

Full Name: Svetlana Yanova

City you live in: Calgary, Alberta

Role: Lead Photographer 

Gear: Canon 5dmk4, Canon EOS R, L series lenses

 

Meet Svetlana, our talented lead photographer who’s creative passion starts shining the second she arrives onsite. 

 

Svetlana is one of those event professionals who is used to operating at 100km/hr (sound familiar anyone?). It’s common to see Svetlana at multiple photography locations in a single day, excelling at parenthood, and keeping up with her fitness classes without missing a beat! 

 

Having adjusted into a new pace during COVID, Svetlana shares that the main insight she has gained through this experience is “the importance of taking it easy”. Rest is something many of us sacrifice when working full-tilt, and Svetlana (traditionally a 6hr / night person) has found new energy and fresh perspectives from her reset schedule. 

 

Rested and resilient, she has channeled her energy recently into a variety of projects including: a meaningful Porch Portrait campaign, becoming a high school teacher for a few months of homeschooling, and taking long daily walks with her husband where they settle for nothing less than 10k steps! (okay, sometimes maybe 9,352 she jokingly admits). 

 

She also was just named one of Calgary’s Best Photographers by, Best of Calgary, and we couldn’t be more proud to see her receive this well deserved title! 

 

Svetlana’s best advice she ever received was “Move forward one step at a time”, a task for productive-types she notes is “not as easy as it sounds!”. To the fellow photographers that keep her inspired and the clients she can’t wait to capture interacting freely again, Svetlana hopes that through this experience we can remember the importance of resting, relaxing, and allowing ourselves to walk through this experience one foot ahead of the other.

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Kristi Sneddon

Meet Kristi

Full Name: Kristi Sneddon

City you live in: Airdrie, small town just outside of Calgary

Role: Photographer and Editor

Gear: Nikon D750, 28-70mm and 70-200mm lenses, flashes and Prophoto lighting gear.

 

Meet Kristi! One of our talented photographers and editors from Leblond Studio who’s natural kindness and humour allows her to create meaningful connections in all her projects. 

 

A self-proclaimed A-type personality, Kristi usually channels her organizational skills to structure her days for maximum efficiency; however throughout COVID she has surprised herself with a new rhythm. “I’ve been much more relaxed about things. Giving both myself and the kids a day off in the middle of the week for a mental health break. Cleaning? What’s that?!”. 

 

Like many of us this new space and relaxed pacing has led Kristi to reconnect with experiences and hobbies so often left on the backburner. From gardening to taking up sewing again for the first time in years, Kristi notes a variety of new insights gained through isolation.

 

The most profound of all her insights she has discovered by watching her children use their imaginations. “I’ve sat down the hall from them, listening to them play.  I have laughed, cried and been inspired by all the ideas that they come up with.” 

 

Kristi has always believed in the advice “It’s good to make mistakes, that’s how you learn.” Now through observing her children in their endlessly creative world that feels more true than ever.

 

As we look to the future she hopes we all can bring forward with us some lessons from kids at play; Let’s allow ourselves to not rush back so fast into the old pace that we forget the insights we gained from keeping things simple.

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Meet Shelbi

Full Name: Shelbi Bernhard

City you live in: Calgary, Alberta

Role: Art Director

Gear: Nikon all the way! My go to is my 50mm f/1.4 lens.

 

Meet Shelbi! The talented Art Director at Leblond Studio who infuses happiness, thoughtful passion, and a dash of wit into everything she touches. 

 

Like many of us #cagedcreatives, Shelbi has been navigating her way through the COVID crisis embracing the insights and challenges that come with the journey. She noticed the sensation of being caged most when the weather outside was cold and dreary, keeping her away from enjoying the outdoors. 

 

Yet on these colder days she found more space to explore new avenues of creativity, including: learning to embroider; refining her mastery in the kitchen; and most importantly preparing with her partner to become first-time parents! On June 5th they welcomed baby Jasper into the world! 

 

Reflecting over the past months, this new mom expressed gratitude for the additional time to nest. In contrast to their typically full professional schedules the ability to not rush the nursery process was a welcomed surprise during this strange time we are all in. 

 

When we asked Shelbi what has surprised her most about being in isolation, she reflected on her preconceptions about introversion and extroversion. “’I’m surprised by how much I used to identify as an introvert. I definitely have more introverted tendencies but it’s amazing how much I took extroverted tasks and experiences for granted.” To embrace this period of extended introversion she has leaned into podcasts and literature to stay inspired by creative masters such as fashion icon Betty Johnson – her current memoir muse. 

 

The best piece of advice Shelbi ever received came from her post secondary photography instructor, Rory Mahony, who told her to “Be Bold”. Whether you are a photographer, #eventprof, or a #cagedcreative Shelbi reminds us to stay safe, stay inspired, and to be bold.

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