Gender Reveal Party

What’s a gender reveal party?

It’s the great moment when everyone in the family discover the gender of the future new member of the family. Many times the parents themselves don’t know the gender of the baby until the big signal is given.

In this occasion the signal was smoke bombs but other items could be the inner color of a cake or a big pinata.

In this particular party, the whole family gather to eat and celebrate.

Taking pictures of your gender reveal party is best way to make your surprise unforgettable.

Alain Guillot Photography will take pictures of that special moment. Get in touch with me and I will be right there recording your most precious memories.

Airbnb property in downtown Montreal

Airbnb is very popular in Montreal.

When Airbnb fist started, hosts used to get the service of a photographer paid by Airbnb.  Somewhere along the way, this service was no longer free.  Hosts were responsible to pay for their own photography services. It was at this time when I started getting calls.

It is my experience that for properties to be attractive in the Airbnb platform, they must have color, plants, paintings, etc.  If a wall is naked, the ant sheets are boring, it’s difficult for the photographer to make it look different. Only the perception of space and light could be adjusted.

Wedding Proposition Reenactment

My friend Jake proposed marriage to his girlfriend Katsi this January 2017.

She said “YES!”

As soon as she accepted they informed all the members of the family about the engagements.

Jake’s mother Katie Leen, thought this is a moment that should be recorded in history and she decided to hire me to photograph a reenactment of the wedding proposition.

The proposition was done in the skate ring at the old port.

I was nervous because I didn’t know how to skate. So I arrived about 30 minutes early, rented some skates and taught myself how to ice skate. By the time the engaged couple arrived to the skate ring I knew enough to be able follow the couple and get some good shots of their relationship.

So here it is: Photos of the reenactment of the wedding proposition:

Baby shower #1

My camera is my passport into the great cultural diversity of the city.  Every time my camera takes me to a new place I am mesmerized by the people, the color, the smiles, the smells, the texture.

In this occasion I was invited to photograph a baby shower. I have been in small baby showers before, mostly family gathering of family and closed friends, but at this baby shower there were about 200 people.

The venue was the semi basement of a church in Verdun. The room was decorated with vivid colors and the ambience was festive.

When I arrived the organizers were finishing putting up the decorations and the guest began to arrive.

Some techniques to photograph big events such as baby showers, weddings, baptisms, birthday parties.

Arrive early

The photographer wants to take some images of the empty room waiting for the guest. There is a big contrast with the empty decorated room and the room overflowing with laughter, hugs and tears of joy.

Capture the Sequence of events

You want to tell a story with your photo. The empty room, the first guests, the room filling up, some kind of welcome announcement. the interaction of host welcoming the guest, the eating or drinking or toast, the abandonment of the moment with the performances or the dancing, the guest slowly leaving, the empty room after the party.

Always take more than one picture

When someone is posing for the camera, make sure to take at least one photo, you will see different shades of the smile, different position of the eye, different gestures, all of that in just a few seconds.

Take photos of food and drinks

We are united by the food we eat. Food is one of the big attraction of every event and it is important to save that memory. Many people will say: The party was great and the food was fabulous. The pictures will remind the guest how fabulous was the meal.

Go from table to table asking permission to take a photo.

This is a great opportunity to make sure you get all the guests. As they sit down to eat, you can ask them to turn around for the camera. They will be happy to oblige.

Position yourself close to the door as the party is wining down

This is the last opportunity to get everyone before they leave. Find that strategic point close to the door and ask the guest if you can take one last photo. Some times some of them are a bit drunk from all the drinking and you cold get some funny pictures.

Be part of the crowd

Evey one will recognize you as the photographer, but if they see you as a friend, as a member of the family, the guest will be more relaxed when you take a picture of them and the photographer will add to the positive experience.

Have fun!

My first Camera, Canon EOS Rebel T5

My first real camera

It has been many years since I have been thinking about buying a camera.

I have always gone for the pocket power shoot kind, because they are cheap and because I considered their quality to be satisfactory,  but there was always some kind of drawback and I always ended up using my Android phone.

For years I have been operating with the concept that the best camera is the one the you have with you. It doesn’t matter how expensive or sophisticated is the camera that you have in your closet; if you don’t have it with you when you need it, then it is worthless.

My mentality started to change when we did the Toastmaster’s Christmas party. I took photos and videos with my phone while one of our friends – Gaetane- took photos with what it seemed to be a serious camera. The difference was remarkable. The dept and definition of her photos put my photos to shame.

I am at a stage in my life where I am willing to pay a little bit more for quality, I have always been tight with money. But now I see hours of entertainment and the  a possibility to start a business as a photographer as a good reason to spend some money in a good camera. So here I am, with my new Camera, a Canoan EOS Rebel T5, ready to tackle hours of fun and maybe make a few bucks on the side.

In the future, I hope to offer photography services. Specially, I will target weddings, birthdays, parties, corporate events, and tourist explorations.

If you need a photographer for your next special moment, don’t hesitate to contact me. guillot.alai@gmail.com

Thank you for being part of this journey with me.