Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Canoes, Horses, or Helicoptors?

There is so much to do in the Rockies that it is hard to remember them all sometimes.

Banff Photography has the privilege of partnering up with Alpine Helicoptors, Holiday on Horseback, and the Boathouse at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. If you have already been there this summer, you have probably met a few of our photographers. 

We have a great team of photographers who are specialized in their respective locations. That means that they know the right angles and settings to capture the perfect souvenir for you to take home. Just take a quick look at the photos after you come back from your fun ride in the air, on the ground, or on water! It's free to look, but you'll have to talk to your photographer if you'd like to take a memory home.

There will be more detailed posts on our photography at each of our attraction locations in the future so stay tuned! If you have any questions that you would like answered about our photography, leave a comment down below or email me at! You can also visit our website by clicking on the link here.

Do you wish you could fly?

At Alpine Helicopters, your unique Rocky Mountain experience comes from the air instead of by ground. Guests travelling through Banff National Park say that the closest experience would be taking the Sulphur Mountain Gondola in Banff, but that comparison is still not similar enough. 

Upon arrival at Alpine Helicopters, guests are asked to check in and pay at that time because of the weather temperamental Rockies. Ask any local, and the common phrase of the weather is, "If you don't like it, wait 5 minutes and it'll change." 

After check in, you are asked to sit in the Safety room and to watch a short Safety video followed by a brief explanation by one of the Ground Crew. The video covers how to safely approach the Helicopter, where you are allowed to take photos without risk of injury, and other safety guidelines. The "Decker", or the Ground Crew in charge of briefing and placing guests in groups will explain how to work the Headset that every passenger is equipped with inside the Helicopter, and reinforce the photography policy between the Deck and the Helicopter.

After the Safety Briefing, each group (consisting of 2 - 6 passengers) will be taken out to the red rectangle so that the Decker can give each passenger a seat number, and the Ground Crew on Radio that day can inform the pilot if their next group is ready to be loaded. After given your seat number, the Decker will give the guest with the Seat #1 a coloured ticket with a number, and guide the group to their gate number to wait for their Helicopter. 

Each colour represents a different pilot, and the number on each ticket is for which Flight of the day you are for that pilot. Eg. Red ticket with 4 means that you have the Pilot assigned Red for the day and the fourth flight of the day. 

This is where one of us lovely photographers pops up and will be hovering around the Deck waiting for Helicopters to start being loaded so that we can show our prowess. One of the Ground Crew will come to take your ticket and take you out towards the Helicopter, at which they will turn the group so their backs are to the Helicopter and a Photographer will be crouched on the ground awaiting your smiles. 

After taking 2 photos of your group, the Ground crew will finish loading everyone into the Helicopter and assisting passengers with getting properly strapped in. Then, the doors are locked and the Pilot will proceed to talk you through a tour on your Alpine Adventure.

Upon returning from your tour, be it a 12, 25, or 30 minute tour, you will be unloaded by Ground Crew and can browse the gift shop, grab a cup of coffee or tea from inside, or lounge on the Deck as you await the rest of your group. Beside the gift shop, the Photography kiosk will be awaiting with your group picture on one of our two monitors. From there you can purchase your photo by Print or Digital copy, finish in the gift shop, grab your complimentary Alpine Helicopter certificate, and continue on your adventure through the Rockies while reminiscing about your experience from the sky.

Alpine Helicopters flies all year round, but is weather dependant. However, this all season activity means that you could experience the Rockies in at least 3 phases. Summer, Fall, and Winter, and each season is a different experience.


Blog Post Written by Jessica Lauzon, Summer Alpine Photographer.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Choosing Your Photographer

Would you go to a hairstylist who specializes in funky fresh colours, modern trends and edgy cuts if you wanted a classic romantic look for your wedding day? Probably not. This is the same kind of attitude it's important to bring to choosing a photographer.

Everybody has their own style; from the 7 year old taking Instax snapshots to the tenured Photography professor. Our visions are all different because we see the world differently, and that's what makes each artist unique. I say artist because at the end of the day, we're in the business of creating smiles, capturing memories and producing gorgeous images.

So here are the things to consider when browsing through the never-ending stream of portfolios you're sure to find on the vast interweb, and a sneak peek at the differences in our staff photographers available through Banff Photography.

Consider the style you want your most memorable moments to be captured in; 
Are you traditional or contemporary?
Do you prefer candid smiles or classic poses?
Is colour very important or do you prefer black and white?
Do you like high contrast or muted tones?

Every photographer not only has a certain way of shooting, but also a signature way of editing. It's important to consider what you want the final results to be! The biggest part is really deciding if you want a formal (classic style) or informal (lifestyle) photoshoot.

Look at the people in the photos and their expressions. Chances are if the portfolio you're looking at only has landscapes, plants and architecture, you won't get the same kind of interaction you would with a portrait-specific photographer. With a professional portrait photographer, you're going to see a lot more natural smiles because that's what they specialize in! 

It's also important, especially for weddings, to note how many different examples the photographer has of their work. Consider this, a photographer only posts the best of their best on their portfolio, as this is what draws in clients. All of the images might not be "wow" worthy, but it should be a good balance. 

Over the course of the last year we've had a few of different types of photographers, and in the coming months we'll have a few more on board who will bring their own styles to the Banff Photography table. 

Whether you're looking for photo-journalistic, romantic, candid, classic or dynamic portraits -- you can be sure that our in-house photographers will always go above and beyond to create stunning images that capture your most important memories in the Bow Valley.