Winter Engagement photos

June 10, 2014  •  1 Comment

Love knows no bounds and getting it captured photographically should not be limited by Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter. However, photographing people outdoors in Northern Alberta's Winter can be challenging. I love photographing outdoors-northern lights and more in Winter. But photographing couples or people in Winter outdoors is a completely different ball game. Today, I share with you some outdoor photo shoot I had with Joey and Linda, a  La Crete couple.

You can never be fully equipped for Winter outdoor photo sessions. But at least one can prepare. Before the couple arrived, I made sure I had fully charged batteries for my portable strobes and installed fully charged batteries in my Nikon Speedlights - in case I needed to make the switch from strobes to speedlights or combine them. Of course, my winter boots, wool socks, warm mittens, jackets were all ready before the couple arrived. I had extra winter clothing were in my van, in case I ever needed them.

My cameras were Nikon D7100, Nikon D90 and Nikon D200. On each camera body was an SB 800 or SB 600 Speedlight. I used Nikon 80-200 mm f2.8 lens on the D7100 body, Nikon 50mm f1.8 on the D90 body and Tamron 17-50 mm f2.8 on the D200 body. I used the three camera bodies and lenses to avoid constantly changing lenses outdoors, especially when it is that cold. A portable monolight connected to a monopod and shoot through umbrella was used as the main light source.

Anyway, here are some photos from the session.

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The first two photos are from the same shot, just different colour tone. All the photos were edited in Photoshop CS6 and Lightroom

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We were walking on River Road-Fort Vermilion and I noticed the sun was just popping its head out of the blue sky. So we quickly did the above silhouette. There was no front lighting. The sun was used to backlit the couple.

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Beautiful Girl and her Guitar

February 25, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

It's been a long time I made a post on this blog, even though I have been busy photographing. Today, I am presenting to you the first piece of photo session I did with Capri. Capri and I attend the same Church and she loves her guitar, and of course, leading worship. I wanted her to make some music while I photograph her and she gladly accepted my offer. Feel free to comment on this post.

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Beautiful girl and her guitarBeautiful girl and her guitar(c) Jacob Marfo Photography

In photo #2, I placed a red gel and snoot on my Nikon speedlight to backlight her hair.

 

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We wanted every photo to be as casual as possible, with very minimal posing. In the above photo, the red gel was removed from the flash. I think the flash power was at 1/32 for the hairlight.

 

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Capri is always filled with smiles and laughter and I really enjoyed working with her.

 

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I am always looking for models to work with. If you are within the Mackenzie County, you can get in touch.


Thank you Thunder Bay, Ontario

October 13, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Dear Friends and Family in Thunder Bay,

Very soon Canadians would be celebrating an important holiday called Thanksgiving. I know some kids and few adults think the Thanksgiving Holiday is a day to bring family together to eat turkey. To me, it's a time to thank God and of course my friends and "family" in Thunder Bay. I have a lot to thank God for this year. In fact, I can't count my blessings, let alone name them one by one.

After months of no blog update, I believe now is the time to come back to the blog world.  Of all the topics that I would be writing about in the next few weeks, the most appropriate theme at this point is to thank the wonderful friends and family I had in Thunder Bay, Ontario-Canada. By the way, I am no longer living in the Superior by Nature city. I am now in Northern Alberta, closer to the beautiful northern lights (lately, I am up all night  just to see it). Sunrise in Thunder Bay over the Sleeping GiantThank you Thunder BaySunrise in Thunder Bay over the Sleeping Giant


More than half a decade ago, on a cold August 26th night, I arrived in Thunder Bay on board an Air Canada flight-Still can't believe they charged me almost $1000 for a one way ticket from YYZ to YQT and seated me opposite the toilet. I can't say much about the flight because I slept before take-off and was only awaken after a flight attendant told me everyone disembarked sometime ago (too tired from flying across three continents). That is how I got to TBay. After shopping at the Real Canadian superstore early the next morning with my wonderful Professor, Qinglai Dang, I was greeted by an engineering roommate who asked "are you the new roommate from Africa?". My response was a quick NO, I am from Ghana, a country in the continent of Africa." This blog is not about the geographical argument I had on whether Africa is a country or continent. It's about thanking the good people of Thunder Bay for the wonderful years I spent with them.

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First and almost, I owe great deal of thanks to Professor Qinglai Dang (http://flash.lakeheadu.ca/~qdang/), my mentor, friend and research supervisor. Without him, I am not sure I would have been here today. Prof Dang's friendly and personal nature always made me think of life beyond Master's and PhD. Even when I messed up big time with an expensive gas exchange equipment (sorry about that), he was calm and showed me the proper way to do it. Thank you Dr. Dang. Not only were and still my Professor, you are also my friend.

Wow, and wow, and wow. I can't thank this wonderful woman enough. From her days as International Students' Advisor to Director of Admissions at Lakehead University to the Medical school as Manager of Admissions and Recruitment, Ms. Miriam Harvey Cain was always there for me. She always and always and always (how many always) went beyond her regular duties to help me from finances to immigration to "our God would not fail you Jacob". Even in my job search, she was there helping me. Thank you a million Miriam.

How can I forget Ms. Trish Sokoloski and Ms. Charisse Clark of the Graduate office for all the great services and smiles I received from you. Thank you. You deserve some thanksgiving flowers that never perish.

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These are snow, drought, wilt and perish-resistant flowers right from my heart and photographed right in the Thunder Bay Conservatory. Hence, they would always be there for you Ms. Lois-Ann Bender and Ms. Eva Scollie for your wonderful service to me during my years at the Faculty of Natural Resources Management.

 

If you are wondering if all the people I am thanking are from the academic world, my response is "hold on please".

It was a blessing upon blessing for me to enjoy a family relationship with the Wilsons, the Allisons, the Beauchamps, the Heyers, the Simards, Amstrongs, Dave Powell and the entire beautiful Evangel Family (http://www.evangelchurch.ca/). Jacob Marfo, Fort VermilionThe WilsonsMy family in Thunder Bay: Sandra, Liana, Carina and Gary Wilson

From the wonderful God fearing-fun loving kids at Evangel Church (http://www.evangelchurch.ca/groups-programs/stuff-for-kids/) to their parents and Church leaders, Rebecca and I can't thank you enough. For many years, you allowed me to serve in the Children Ministry. What a great trust. I can't thank you enough for that.

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For all these years, you have been a blessing to Rebecca and I. We can't thank you enough. It's my prayer and heart desire that the Lord would continue to bless you and strengthen you each minute of the day. To my fellow KidZone workers-Carina, Bill Simard, Liana, Sandra, Colin etc, God richly bless you. I know He would send someone 100x better than me to join you as you serve in the Children's Ministry.

 

To all my former photography clients, thank you for using my services. You guys were (and still) awesome Jacob Marfo Photography, Fort VermilionJuggler-Lake Superior Jacob Marfo Photography, Fort Vermilion AlbertaThank you to all my clients Fort Vermilion PhotographerCLE juggler Fort Vermilion, Alberta PhotographerCLE 2013 Fort Vermilion, Alberta photographerThank you Thunder BayGoodbye Thunder Bay, welcome Fort Vermilion-Alberta

On this Thanksgiving weekend, I want thank God for bringing me all these wonderful people and groups into my life.

Thank you all.

My next blog is going to be on the road journey from Thunder Bay to Fort Vermilion-Got tons of photos to share and my experience from the boreal to the prairie. Keep checking this space or better still, bookmark this page. Thanks for reading.

 

 

 

 

 


Time with a happy family

August 20, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

I have always enjoyed photography as an adult for two reasons (well the reasons are actually more than two). First, I love photographing people because as a kid, I never had pictures of myself. Want to know why? Read here. Secondly, great photography can bring my clients and I smiles and laughter. And of course, when a client is happy, I am.

Not long ago, I had the honour to photograph a beautiful fun-filled family of three. I call them the Happy trio, Ashley, Brad and Ethan. They well filled with so much joy that, smile and genuine laughter that I could not stop photographing them. The whole evening at the Marina Park, Thunder Bay, was a positive one.

So I present to my Happy Trio.

 

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Brad, Ethan and Ashley in a family pose, Marina Park, Thunder Bay

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Ethan deserves a special award for not only moving from one part of the Marina to the other but also for sharing fun-filled stories with us

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Get me a caption for the above picture, lol

 

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 Thumbs up from father and son

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Ashley and Brad enjoying themselves at the Marina Park, Thunder Bay

 

I had a wonderful time with Ashley, Brad and Ethan and I know we could have great photo sessions together. Why don't you leave your comments and then contact me to book a session. You can check my price packages here. By the way, all prices and print sizes can be customized to meet your needs. Thank you for reading and subscribing to this blog.


First of Many

August 07, 2012  •  2 Comments

This is the first time I am blogging. I have always wanted to blog about my hobbies and some of my daily activities using photography. I always postponed it. If you can  read this, it means I did not postpone it anymore. I know I got my hands full, well, not really, because there are some gaps between every two fingers that can never be full. This first post is basically about who the heck I am.

I guess by now you know my name, in case you don't, I am Jacob Marfo. I was born in Ghana to a wonderful and loving family. I had my High School education at the prestigious Opoku Ware School. I went to the University for Development Studies-UDS in Tamale-Ghana,  for my undergraduate studies. I graduated in 2004 with First Class Hons in BSc Agricultural Technology, Renewable Natural Resources major. I got more than Honours degree from the UDS. It was at UDS that I learnt how to ride bicycle (yup, rode my first bike during university days). Most importantly, that is where I met Rebecca (Becky). More about her later-keep reading. I immigrated to Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada to pursue Master's degree in Forestry  and followed up with PhD Forest Sciences.Jumping up and down before my PhD graduation ceremonygraduation self portrait, jacob marfo

If you were waiting to know who Rebecca (Becky) is, wait no more. She is my lovely wife. I met her at the University for Development Studies. She is my support. Without her, I think I would have bought every Nikon lens or studio accessory I ever saw (including the useless ones). With her however, I have only what I need for my work.Rebecca, my lovely wife

In addition to photography, I enjoy watching and playing soccer and working with kids. Smile or laughter on the face of an adorable kid brings out the inner joy in me. I do not want to call myself "professional photographer" because I am not. I see myself as "Amateur" level 5, based on the classification system of the ever friendly Ken Rockwell. I do not make my living off photography, though I charge for my photographic services. I read books and watch video tutorials on photography each day to improve my skills. Maybe, one day, I would be an Artist, based on Ken's levels of photographers.

I have one secret to tell you. Don't tell anyone (lol). I am the only kid in my family without baby or toddler or childhood photos. Why? Because as a baby, I was extremely afraid of cameras and cried the heck out of me when I saw any camera-like object (I was told this as I knew almost nothing as a baby). When I grew up a little, my kindergarten teacher told the class "a photographer would come and CAPTURE you after lunch". I was so much afraid of being "CAPTURED" that I sneaked home and changed nursery. I vowed never to be captured by a camera no matter what and so went into hidden when I saw the town's only photographer. Well, now I know what she meant by CAPTURE. I guess that is what happens when newly trained teachers want to use big words on nursery kids.

In future blogs, I will be posting tons of pictures of my clients and the story behind them. Thank you for reading.

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