Dog Photos in Alberta Canola fields – How I shot it

Two weeks ago I was invited last minute to attend the Shape Up Agility Summer Camp at the RexPlex dog training and agility centre. Usually I show up to events like this, take a bunch of agility shots, post them on my SmugMug site, then hope to make some sales. I have been increasingly aware of return on investment and my goals for this year are to improve my art while increasing profitability. I decided to approach the event a little differently than in the past so I posted on the Facebook page for the event and offered mini portrait sessions. I was very surprised at the almost immediate response. Within 1 hour  35 people commented they would be interested. I had only been to the location once in the middle of winter so I was a little unsure as to what the location would offer but I am confident I’m my environmental pet portraiture skills.

Saturday morning came and I did my usual packing OCD and ensured I had all of my equipment ready, including my trusty StrobePro battery powered strobe,  octabox, and heavy duty roller stand. I pulled up to the location and I could not have asked for a more perfect Alberta scene. Amazing blue skies with puffy white clouds over top the most amazingly brilliant yellow canola fields in full bloom!! One of my goals for this year is to improve my skills combining off camera flash with daylight and I could not have asked for a better opportunity!

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I wanted the dogs to be above / in the flower parts of the canola which is about 4 feet tall. As I had not been expecting this venue, I did not have a table or platform for the models. I searched around and was able to borrow a table from one of the competitors that put them at just the right height.

I set my shutter at 1/200 to be within my strobe’s sync speed and my f-stop at f/11 to endure decent focus and depth of field. I used my Canon 24-105mm f/4 L at 24 mm to get that nice wide angle effect I was looking for. Lunch break came for the competitors and I had a line of customers waiting for their turn. They were all super patient as I was not prepared for the huge rush!
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I could not be more thrilled with the results!!!!! The final product did need some work in post processing to get the images you see here. I only shoot in RAW so I have as much information as possible to work with in my files. I imported all the images into Lightroom and created a preset to use as a starting point for each image. This preset included a mild sharpen, lens distortion correction, increase in blue saturation, decrease in blue luminance, a shadows adjustment and a moderate dehaze adjustment. Each image was then further adjusted individually.

The first is the RAW image and the second shows the final product:

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Border Collie in Canola

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I was so busy that I decided to rearrange my Sunday so I could go back and offer more people the chance to take advantage of my mini sessions in this amazing location. I was beyond excited to drive up to see this immensely dramatic storm cell moving over the canola field! This provided me a completely different feel for the portraits!!! I had to pack up my gear two different times to save it from rain but the results are worth every second! Shape Up Summer Camp-795-2 Shape Up Summer Camp-646-2


I have been lucky enough to have several more shoots with clients wanting this type of shot for their fur babies. Here are some more samples of my Canola series:

Edmonton Pitbull Puppies Looking for Homes

Edmonton Pitbull Puppies Looking for Homes

Edmonton Rescue Pitbulls For Life  brought 8 pitbull pups and their proud mama over to the studio for some glamour shots. I had my talented friend Dave from Second Sight Studio  come do some video for me so that my fans can see a little of what I do and what goes on at a shoot! I hope you enjoy the video and make sure you scroll down after the video ends to see the final images!


Edmonton Cafe Features Darcy Evans Photography

Local Edmonton Cafe Features Darcy Evans Photography

Today is the official launch day of the first official showing of some of my photography. Popular Edmonton coffee and snack shop Fresh Cafe & Espresso Bar has graciously allowed me to display 8 of my images of the city of Champions!

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The images will be for sale via an auction format. Each image has a sheet that patrons can place their bids on throughout the run of the show. At the end of the show, the highest bidder for each image will be contacted, and the images will be made available to anyone who wishes to purchase at the winning price.

Any of these images may be ordered directly through me in a variety of formats, sizes, or mediums!

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On Saturday April 20th we are celebrating Fresh Cafe’s 1 year Anniversary with a Gala event. Martinis, fresh snacks, live music by super talented local songstress Samantha King! It is an open house event with tickets only $15 or 2 for $25. Tickets are available through my Store or at Fresh Cafe in person. A Door prize of a 16×20 canvas print of any photo in my portfolio is up for grabs!!!






See Spot Run Edmonton Doggy Daycare Easter Photoshoot


Edmonton Easter Mini Photoshoot

Anelli, owner of See Spot Run Doggy Daycare had me in to do Easter photos of all the dogs in the daycare. We set up an Easter set and spent two days shooting all the amazing pooches! The customers of the daycare had no idea that See Spot Run was doing this and they received a 5×7 print of their beloved pets when they picked them up this week!

If you are looking for a daycare for your fur monster that cares about the health, welfare, and training of your pet please click on the See Spot Run website or  go have a visit!

Here are some of the pics! More can be seen on my Facebook Page


Archie Comic Photoshoot

Archie & The Gang hit Edmonton

I saw that the Mac Makeup store has a promotion going right now themed after the beloved Archie Comics. It brought mind the wonderful shoot I did in the summer of 2011

My wonderful girlfriend Melissa actually came up with the concept one day as she was looking through her Archie comic collection. I fell in love with the idea and we went to work finding all the elements that could make this project a success!

Casting of course was the key element here. I had all the cast set in my mind using friends and models I have worked with in the past, except for the pivotal character, Archie himself. Social media to the rescue! We put the word out there and low and behold we found the PERFECT Archie.


Next on our list was location. I instantly thought of the 50’s Diner decor at Dadeo New Orleans Diner &  Bar. They were amazingly accommodating and I can’t say enough about how well they treated us!


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Now to costuming, hair, and Makeup. We used thrift stores, Value Village, and Goodwill for most items, and had Archie’s and Jughead’s shirt made at a local t-shirt shop. The amazing Kazmetix Makeup Artistry once again worked their magic, even making Jughead’s hat from scratch! Hair styles were ROCKED by the super talented Victoria of Metropolitan Rockabilly Hair Design

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Concept & Creative Director – Melissa Monz

Archie – Jeff Rivet

Betty – Darcy Dalgleish

Veronica – Danika Wild

Jughead – Cory Jennigs

Reggie – Ty Cusack

Ethel – Jamie Lynn Richard

NB – the feature image was edited by retoucher Falt Photographics

All of these people were an amazing team and I could not have pulled it off without them!

Leanne Shaves her head for Epilepsy

Epilepsy Awareness in Edmonton

Meet Leanne Hughes. She has Epilepsy and she does not allow it to control her life. She has a great husband Chuck, and 3 wonderful little boys. She is part of a program at the University of Alberta to try to discover the root cause of the seizures she suffers. In order to be in this program she is going to have to shave her head for a two year period. She decided to take control and have a little fun at the same time so she dyed her hair the official color of Epilepsy – PURPLE!

She also wanted to include her family as  living with the disease affects everyone in Leann’s life so she brought her three boys to shave her head!!!

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