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T1D. A Portrait Series

Earlier this spring we were lucky enough to be asked to do a portrait project for an amazing local organization called the Yukon T1D Support Network.

This organization provides peer supports, education, and advocacy for Yukon citizens diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, many of which are children. 

As part of an awareness project, the organizers wanted us to create a series of portraits of various community members who are either diagnosed themselves, or are family members of people who are living with T1D. 

We were so honoured to be able to work with such an inspiring group of people and were so excited with how they turned out.

If you, or someone you know has T1D and is looking for more support, advocacy, information or just a place to connect with some pretty amazing people-you should check out the Yukon T1D Support Network! 

 

 

 

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A Legacy Portrait Project: Mining in the Yukon

It's Mining and Geology week here in the Yukon, and so we wanted to take the time to share one of our latest projects with the Yukon Chamber of Mines, the "Our Yukon, in it Together" Legacy portrait series

It was such a great experience getting to work with such a diverse group of people over the past few months, learning about their experience in the Mining industry, or about how the industry supports their organizations and communities. 

From the on the Geologists working on site, to the aviation industry, to the hospitals and communities than benefit from fundraising efforts.... We were so happy with how the portrait series came together to showcase the various faces and experiences behind the industry.

For more info on the campaign, check out http://www.ouryukon.ca/ , and to find out more about what is happening this week, go to:  http://www.yukonminingweek.ca/ 

And finally, a huge thank you to all of the community members who were a part of this series:

1) Joella Hogan, First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun

2) Al Doherty, Exploration Geologist

3) Wendy Tayler, Alkan Air and Kaetlynn Mitchell

4) Brad Thrall, Alexco Resource Corp.

5) Samson Hartland, Yukon Chamber of Mines (and his eldest daughter Cadence). 

6) Mike Burke, Senior Geologist

7) Karen Barnes, President of Yukon College,

8) Karen Forward, Yukon Hospital Foundation

9) Josh Clark, Whitehorse, Yukon

10) Shelagh Rowles, Centre for Northern Innovation in Mining, Yukon College

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So...what do you do?

Ahhh networking...and the, what 'should' be an easy answer, that is actually more complex than you think....

I went to an "Un-Networking" event this week hosted by the oh-so-awesome SMRT Pop Ups team which sought to give local female entrepreneurs a chance to connect, share, and in some cases, just straight up practice answering the question "What do you do?"

The expected/easy answer for me?: We are a photography company that specializes in commercial, corporate and editorial photography.  

Even more broad? Well, we photograph people. People at work, people at play, and people doing the activities that matter most to them and their community.

But after taking some time to really think about it, I realized that still just didn't feel like it fully explains what we do. It felt flat to me, and it got me thinking about the reason we do the work we do...the reason we work specifically with businesses and organizations. 

Now that is because we love getting to the heart of WHY people do what they do.

We understand that we, as a society, crave connection. We crave authenticity and experience, and so when a business or organization wants to engage with their audience, the best way to do that is by personalizing themselves, and creating that actual human connection to their organization. By showcasing employees, or the people behind what you do, you can not only show your audience what you do, but more importantly, WHY you do it. 

As entrepreneurs ourselves, we love to celebrate  businesses and organizations and the people behind them that build our communities, that are providing for their families and that are making a difference in this world in their own unique way. We can connect with their experience, their struggles, and their determination, and so it's our job to then take that connection and create images that can reflect that back to a broader audience.

Needless to say, the event left me thinking a lot about our work here at GBP. About the complexities of it-the human connection and interpersonal skills it takes, the mix of both technical and artistic sides of our business that constantly keep us on our toes. It was a great night to reflect on not only WHAT we do, but the WHY we do it. And it's got us feeling pretty grateful to have such a strong community of entrepreneurs and community leaders that we get to hold up and celebrate.

 

 

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Showcase your company: Creating a photo library

One of the most popular services we offer our clients, is creating photo libraries for them.

In order to stay current and relevant with online marketing, one of the most beneficial things for a company to do is to have a library of images that they can pull from on any given day. 

So instead of having a few standard shots that are used throughout different platforms, many of our clients instead are asking us to do a series of images, so that they have more to utilize over a longer period of time. In this way, they have a larger variety of media to choose from, and can therefore react to current events, or simply have better control over what media and images are highlighted over time.

We love this type of assignment as it really relies on our ability to shoot a variety of different scenarios and locations, but still retain a consistent look/feel for the client so their media is diverse but also cohesive all at the same time.  Sounds like a challenge!? We'll take it...

Today we thought we'd share a few examples from a recent photo library we created with the City of Whitehorse. It was so fun over the course of a few months to work with such a large variety of departments, in order to showcase the variety of work the employees do. From winter to summer, office work to heavy machinery, we got to highlight it all. 

If this is something you're interested in more of, give us a shout at info@gbpcreative.ca and we can chat about how a photo library might be useful for you!

 

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2018...the year the blog comes back...

Last year we took a little break from blogging. We had a new member join the GBP team (our daughter Mabel) and so paired down a little bit on some things to get her situated in her new job as future assistant for the company. 

But  now that we're all back in the full swing, we decided it was time to dust off the old Blog sharing skills and get back into it, so with that, thought we'd jump in by sharing one of our latest projects here in 2018!

We recently did some portraits for our friends who are starting up their new production company, Outpost 31. These guys are pros in the film industry, now combining their talents under one roof and so were looking for some new imagery for their website launch! 

Keep your eyes out for projects coming your way from Outpost 31...

 

 

 

 

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2016...that's a wrap!

It's fair to say that 2016 has been a memorable year all around. The world stage has been a scary one at times, but some great things have happened as well. 

Personally, we welcomed our baby Mabel onto the team, and we've done some of our favourite assignments to date. We flew to a variety of sites all around the Yukon this summer, curing Bri of her fear of flying (thank you Alkan Air for being so awesome!), we've worked with artists, politicians, and business owners. And most importantly, the thing we were most proud of in 2016 was our "This is how I really feel" mental health series that was shown at the Yukon Arts Centre this summer. 

Today we've taken the time to reflect on everything that 2016 gave us-the good and the bad, and we look forward to another year of adventure ahead. We have assignments booked that are going to take us to other countries and cultures, we have re-occuring and new clients that we are planning projects with, and most importantly we are planning some good family and friend adventures to remind us what is really important at the end of the day.

So on that note, we wanted to share a review of our 2016 year...This doesn't include everything, but it's a great overview of the breadth of assignments we got to take on this year. 

We wish everyone a fantastic new year-we hope the next year is a great one. Be safe out there tonight-be kind to one another, and let's make 2017 an awesome one!

Bri and Gary 

 

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New websites need a new look!

We often get calls from clients when they're about to make a change in their marketing or promotion.

Whether they're starting a new business, doing a re-brand, or just starting off a new year, it's often a great time to re-visit their marketing materials and ensure they're as up to date and fresh as they need to be!

In one of our most recent shoots, our client Sarah contacted us as she was about to launch a new website for her lifestyle business, and wanted some more current photos to help populate the site. 

We wanted to ensure she had a variety of shots that feature her, as the lead consultant, and really focus on a fresh, healthy, and light feel as she works with helping people make lifestyle changes to help them deal with chronic pain.

The awesome team at the Birch and Bear helped us out by providing a great location for the indoor and patio shots, and then the Yukon River made for the perfect backdrop for some more casual outdoor looks.

Check them out! 
 

 

 

 

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Your recycling dreams have come true...

When we first signed up for Blue Bins Recycling back in the day, as our blue bins were delivered to our door we were told "our recycling dreams have come true"...and they DID!

No more garage full of 6 months worth of recycling we had to try to take down to the centre as it's done every 2 weeks instead! SCORE. 

Needless to say, we're big fans of Blue Bin Recycling and were stoked to work with them to create some new marketing material for their company that features a bunch of their sweet merch! 

As it's a fun, energetic company, we wanted to be sure the images reflected that, so this is what we came up with!
 

If you want to check out their services, OR get a hold of some sweet merch to help promote another awesome local company, check em' out at: http://www.whitehorsebluebins.com/

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Major Funk in the Studio

What happens when you take 8 badass musicians into the GBP studio for a Funk Photoshoot?

We get Major Funk and the Employment's latest photo series! 

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We love working with musicians, especially when they are looking for something a little different. With an 8 member band, it can be hard to get everyone together at the exact same time during a busy summer, so we created this main image by doing a composite of single images of each individual member that we shot throughout an entire evening a few weeks ago.

We love composites as it gives us the flexibility to ensure every single person looks their best, and also allows us the freedom to create unique environments or effects to go along with it. 

This shoot was also extra special to us as one of the members of the band, miss Fiona Solon was actually Gary's very first "for a purpose" photo model waaaaay back in the day! She needed headshots, and Gary loved taking photos so it was his first "assignment"...and now over 10 years later we still get to work with her on various projects which is pretty rad.

And if you haven't had the chance to hear Major Funk yet, you've gotta get on it! Check out their site at: http://www.majorfunkandtheemployment.com/ 

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A Little Humans Portrait Day...

As many of you may know, we've recently done some pet portrait sessions for all those people out there who love their pets as much as we do...

So that got us to thinking...what if you didn't HAVE a 'fur child' but instead a human child? Maybe you want to get a portrait too...

So on that note, we've decided to hold a special "Little humans" portrait day!

We're going to hold it next Saturday, April 23rd here at the Studio!

Bring in your little ones for a GBP portrait session! We've only got 10 spots available.

Then you'll get a personal Portrait of your little one in a style just like this:

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The Details:

Only limitation is that your little human has to be old enough to be able to sit up on it's own (or at least in a bumbo style chair). 

Sessions are $220 Plus GST.

You'll receive two GBP edited images which we choose with you here in the studio. 

You'll have access to the full resolution files so that you can print, and share as many times as you'd like!

Your Little Human can come dressed in their normal clothes, or if you have someone who is determined to always be Batman, then heck, we'd be honoured to have BatBoy or BatGirl here in the studio!

*All sessions are for one child only. If you'd like multiple children's portraits done, please select multiple sessions in a row.

Book your session online here: http://www.gbpcreative.ca/shop/ OR shop directly from the links below.

See you next Saturday!

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