Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Calgary Pin Up Photographer | Shelley Vandervelde

Pin Up Sessions that Sizzle!

Trust Shelley to  make you feel comfortable and to ensure you have as much fun having your portraits created as he will opening them!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Calgary Photographer, Shelley Vandervelde takes 2012 Portrait Photgrapher of the Year!

April was a busy month with a last minute trip to Halifax to accept the award.  Being in the finalist three times Provincially, this was the first time I made finalist at the National Level.  13

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Calgary's Top Portrait Photographer | Shelley Vandervelde

Is someone you love home for the Holidays?  
Keep them with you all year long!

Commemorate the time together with a family or friends portrait by Shelley Vandervelde, this Year's Top Canadian Portrait Photographer.  SVP Photography will be open for business through the holiday season and is offering a 45 minute Super Special Holiday Session fee of $99 from December 15th through January 5th 2013!

Spaces are extremely limited so call now before they are gone!

Call before December 1st - Book a session - Have your name entered in a draw - Win your session absolutely FREE.

Monday, October 22, 2012

4 Month Old Baby Talks! - This is Amazing!!

4 Month Old Baby Talks! - This is Amazing!!
We were all blown away, this cute little baby had lots to say.

Family Portrait Photographer | Shelley Vandervelde captures Corina asking Tyler "What are you doing?" He says "Telling people It's time for their family portrait session if you want to send photos out for Christmas!"

We still have spaces available for your family portrait, or ones of just the kids!
Shelley Vandervelde, MPA
Master of Photographic Arts
Canadian 2012 Portrait Photographer of the Year

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Calgary Baby Photographer | Shelley Vandervelde

When Should I Have My Baby's Portraits Taken?


As a Calgary Baby Photographer,I'm often asked "When is the best time to photograph my baby?"  I love it when people ask this when they are newly pregnant as this provides for the best opportunity to tell your baby's story in portraits. I encourage my clients to have five portrait sessions over the first year and a half.
Baby's first portrait is during the 7th month of pregnancy, that is if you don't count the 3D ultrasounds done today.  They are precious for sure as you see your little one for the first time, but it may not provide you with a portrait that adds to your wall decor.  The prenatal portrait can be fully clothed, fun & sassy or a discreet nude with an artistic flair. If this portrait is done as part of your baby's story you will want to consider the other sessions and coordinate them to create a consistent look to your wall collection or album.


Baby's second portrait is best done within the first ten days following their birth. If you are breast feeding your baby will be amazingly content and sleepy on the day your milk descends.  Images taken during this first week are often not possible later on.  At this age the baby's vision if very short so the most precious images are of them being cuddled.


Four months of age is great for portraits that shows a more alert and interactive baby.  It is also a great time to photograph those pudgy little fingers and toes.  They are opening their hands, holding their feet and often putting both in their mouth.  A few of the classic photos taken at this age is the over the shoulder portrait and the one of them on their tummy holding their head and chest up.  I encourage Mom to keep in touch and call when her baby is holding themselves up for extended periods when laying on their tummy.
The next great age for portraits is when your baby can sit unassisted and without you needing to be within arm's reach to catch them if they tumble forwards or back.  This is a tricky to catch at just the right time, as you want to make sure you have the portraits done BEFORE your baby starts to crawl, or they will be gone just before the shutter clicks nine times out of ten. These portraits are typically done around eight months of age.


The last portrait of the Baby's Frist Year is the one of him or her standing.  Again, timing is everything.  Your baby needs to be able to stand holding onto furniture and may also be cruising. However, if you wait too long and she starts to walk for more than one or two steps at a time, the photographer will have a tough job capturing images.  If you are considering having your baby's first year photographed, you will want to choose your photographer early and maintain communication to time each session well.


Your child may not appreciate these images as much as you do as they go through school or even college, but imagine them being able to show their own child what they looked like as a baby.
As a Calgary Photographer, I love photographing babies.  Every session is different and every baby gives their own uniqueness to the images created.  Not having your heart set on a specific pose or image allows you to appreciate your little one for the images she allows the photographer to take.  These are the ages and stages I love photographing.  They create precious images to be shared through the years.
Shelley Vandervelde, MPA
Master of Photographic Arts
Professional Photographers of Canada
Canadian 2012 Portrait Photographer of the Year

Friday, September 21, 2012

Calgary Family Photographer | Shelley Vandervelde

I had a wonderfuf session for this family a few months back.  The boys were keen as we did some biker photos which I still need to work on.  The little one was a super sweet heart.  I love that I have a studio.  And if outdoor portraits are planned we can always come inside if the weather doesn't cooperate!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Calgary Photographer Donates to Little Angel Big Dreams Event

I would like to share an amazing family with you!  Please visit their story below.  They are holding their 3rd annual fundrasier "Little Angel Big Dreams" on September 28th.  For inquiries about how to give, or buy silent auction tickets, call Greg at 403-620-1635.

Read more: Family's Story

To make a donation click here

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Calgary Christmas Family Portrait Special $99 - a $525 Value

Have your family photographed this Fall and Ready for Christmas!
Includes 45 minute Family Portrait Session with your favourite image personally retouched and printed in an 8x10 print, two 5x7 prints and 8 wallets. $525 value for $99

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Calgary Baby Photographer | Shelley Vandervelde | Canada's 2012 Portrait Photographer of the Year

Newborns are so very precious and I love photographing them in Mother's arms.
This moment goes by so quickly, she will be sitting and walking before you know it!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Model Search by Two of the Top Portrait Photographers in North America.

Here is a fantastic opportunity to be photographed and have a gallery wrap portrait by either Shelley Vandervelde, Canada's 2012 Portrait Photographer of the Year or Darton Drake, United States Mid West Regional Portrait Photographer of the Year Twelve times!

We are holding a three day workshop for Professional Photographers at the SVP Photography Studio on August 26, 27 and 28th and want you to model for us.  We need a couple and a small family with school aged children for indoor studio portraits.  A lady for glamour and pin up portraits, and another family of three or four with school aged children for outdoor portraits.  You will need to be available between 10 am and 4 pm.  You will receive one fully retouched small gallery wrap signed by either Darton or me.
The indoor studio, glamour and pin up will be on the 27 and the outdoor will be on the 28th.  Please email with your phone number if you are interested in modeling OR if you would like to sign up for the workshop.  There will be single day, two day or three day packages available.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Calgary Family Photographer

The children from the family portraits I've been working on for the past week.  Relationship photos to follow.

Calgary Grad Photographer

Graduate Portraits
A chance to dress up again and feel like a princess!

 Shelley Vandervelde, MPA
2012 Portrait Photographer of Canada

Friday, June 29, 2012

Calgary Photographer | Christmas in July with Shelley Vandervelde

Start Early this year.  Get one more thing off the Christmas to-do list. Longer sessions and larger packages are available.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Canadian Portrait Photographer of the Year! | Shelley Vandervelde Takes 2012

The 65th Awards Banquet for the National Image Competition for the Professional Photographers of Canada was held in Halifax April 24, 2012.  This year a record 1232 images were received with 382 images being selected for the salon, 102 received awards of Merit and 18 received an award of Excellence.
Each photographer can enter four images. These images are judged by a panel of Master Photographers from across the country.  In order to be eligible for the Portrait Photographer of the Year all four must be selected for inclusion in the Salon.  This is the fourth time Shelley Vandervelde was eligible for the award Nationally.  Her fine art submission "Honour" also received an award of Excellence and was one of the 40 images selected for the National Loan Collection.
When asked what earned her this award Shelley replied "It is my mission to create compelling images that reflect personalities and relationships; images that refect the spirit of the individual and not just what they look like.  This occurs when trust is developed and those in front of the camera lower their invisible shields and offer who they are to the lens.  It is like a beaufiful dance and when it comes together, I know before I see the images that they will be amazing."  But Shelley states that the award is not an end goal, but the beginning of an amazing journey.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Monday, June 4, 2012

Calgary Photographer - Shelley Vandervelde | Canada's 2012 Portrait Photographer of the Year | Family Portrait Sessions Spring Special

Get a head start on your family portraits.  Book in June and receive 50% off your full family session.  Includes your design session in which Shelley guides you through selecting the mood and style of your portraits, clothing choices and ways in which you can display your portraits.  Your photography session includes up to two hours in the studio or the SVP photography outdoor location.  Also included is your order session in which you will view your images projected in large format.  You will be amazed how easy it will be to select your favourite images and best expressions!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Calgary Grad Photographer | Shelley Vandervelde

Shannon in her beautiful grad dress!  Thanks for a great afternoon.  We enjoyed creating your portraits. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Calgary Photographer | Shelley Vandervelde

"Life began with waking up and loving my Mother's face" George Eliot
If you have never loved someone more than yourself you have never been a Mother.
Thank you Marie and Elmone for coming in last year to our Mother's Day Limited Edition Portrait Day!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Calgary Professional Photographer | Shelley Vandervelde | Model Search for SVP Photography

Shelley Vandervelde, this year's nominee for Portrait Photographer of the Year by the Professional Photographers of Canada is looking for new faces for SVP Photography Limited Edition Portrait Sessions.  She needs adorable children 18 months to 12 years of age. Call 403.281.8429 to book your 30 minute test session.  May 5 & 6th!


Sunday, April 1, 2012

Calgary Photographer - Shelley Vandervelde

National Finalist for Portrait Photographer of the Year with the Professional Photographers of Canada

I'm still in shock.  My first Excellence at the National Level was for the Fine Art Print "Honour" and although I have been eligible (by having all four prints accepted) several times at the National Level, this was the first time I have been in the finalists for Portrait Photographer of the Year with the Professional Photographers of Canada!