2020 Alberta Provincial Image Competition

Our official results from the 2020 Alberta Provincial Image Salon Competition.

“Black on Grey” – Accepted in Portrait category

“Mother of Pythons” – Merit in Conceptual Illustration category

“Bare Bones” – Excellence and Judges Choice in Portrait category


2020-21 Best of Alberta Photography Exhibition

We are pleased to share that two of our conceptual portraits will be appearing in the 2020-21 Best of Alberta Photography Exhibition. Curated by the Alberta region of the Professional Photographers of Canada.

“Bare Bones” scored an Excellence in the Portrait category of the 2020 Professional Photographers of Canada – Alberta Image Competition

The travelling exhibition will be moving around the province for the next year sharing the work of the top 28 photographers in our province.

“Mother of Pythons” scored a Merit in the Conceptual Portrait category of the 2020 Professional Photographers of Canada – Alberta Image Competition

The exhibition launches on November 1st at the High River Library .

Blog – Creating Child Portraits


Mad Hatter Jeff McDonald     15 Child Portrait Accepted “Do you like Alice in Wonderland?” I asked her–and her eyes lit up.  We had been taking photos for a few minutes and we were getting some ok images of her, but we weren’t getting any that showed this little girl’s fun & quirky personality. As a child photographer in Calgary, I have to be able to think quickly and guide the session to match the individual child’s personality…and it helps to have a concept in your pocket to guide the session. For Chloe, it was the quick addition of a Mad Hatter’s Hat and a Cup & Saucer, combined with a request for a funny face and this was the result.
At McDonald Photography, we specialize in conceptual studio portraiture and work with people of all ages to create meaningful images that showcase their personalities while incorporating their passions into the session. Over the last few years, we have been creating more child portraits–with ages ranging from newborns to teens–and have seen some great results. Our work has been recognized both provincially and nationally at various competitions over the years and we continually strive to improve on it. Calgary Child Portraits - McDonald-Photography 3
Calgary Child Portraits - McDonald Photography 1 We often hear from parents “my kids are too active and would never sit still for a portrait”, and though that can be a concern for some parents, we still encourage them to bring their child to the studio. More often than not, we are able to work with the child and the parents to achieve great images while working within the child’s attention span and shifting focus. It helps to have a solid concept to work with that the child is on board with from the start, but our team is pretty good at adapting to each child’s interests and still getting the shot.

Does your child have an activity or character that they love? Have you considered customizing a session around this? We’d love to set up a consultation and figure out how to get you an amazing portrait of your little one.  Book your consultation today!

For us, 2018 has been a busy year so far. We submitted a Child Portrait Accreditation with the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) consisting of 10 of our favourite child portraits from the last few years. We also just entered a set of four portraits into the PPOC National Image Salon Competition. On top of this, Jeff has been working toward his Craftsman of Photographic Arts designation from the PPOC and is hoping to qualify this year (pending the results from Accreditation and Salon judging). Stay tuned for the results!