A true expression of artistry- Eganville’s Park Art Festival of Creativity was a hit!

As photographers from the Ottawa valley, we try to do as many events as we can in the area. We had the absolute pleasure of setting up the Special Treasures Photography booth in our hometown of Eganville for the Park Art Festival of Creativity. Lisa and I were so excited about how much artistry was present. We not only were there as vendors, but were also asked to take pictures throughout the event. As we were shooting, we took time to chat with vendors individually. It became very clear to us that each vendor felt, about their form or art, the way we feel about our photography. It is brilliant to see the outcome of true passion. It brought to mind Anthony Robbin’s quote, “passion is the genesis of genius”. And how true it is in any form of art. It is also true that one of the best parts about art is sharing it and letting it be interpreted by others. Park Art was the perfect outlet to let that happen. Their were so many different forms of artistry, too many to name, ranging from wood turnings to paintings and homemade jewellery. It was a very impressive turnout as well. I even noticed that one artist, Kathrin Winkler, funds schools in third world countries with her ink drawings. It made me feel so blessed to be from such a wonderful, caring place!

There were so many other events going on throughout that day. The children had the opportunity to get a balloon character and enjoy different crafting stations. There was a DUNK TANK that was priceless to watch. I love capturing the exact moment of the “dunk”. It is wildly hilarious to see the expression on the face of the person falling to the water. Frisco’s catered and offered one of the best “sausage on a bun” that I have ever tasted. There was even a booth selling our homegrown Olympian’s (Melissa Bishop) support T-shirts. I did happen to see Eganville’s Mayor selling them for a few hours. The community seemed to support the event and everyone I have talked to gives it a great review. I think Hilary Robinson and Dana Jennings, among many others, need props for organizing such a fantastic event.

Musicians were scheduled continuously throughout the day. It really set the mood for the event! The variety of  musicians compared well to the variety of vendors throughout the park. Many people would take a break from walking around to listen for a while to one or more of the musicians. Some people brought their lawn chairs and spent the day just taking in the ‘sounds’ of park art. After all, music is it’s very own form of art.

Professor Crookshank’s travelling medicine show offered some comic relief for children and adults alike. He was a riot! Just what the doctor ordered for sure. I took a quote from his Facebook page explaining how his show came to be,

“A stranger has come to town, bringing with him mysteries from the far reach’s of another time and place. A purveyor of wonderment, that promises you the world… for a price. So much time has gone into building and creating this colorful, alternate   reality. Years of study and practical experience have gone into this New creation of a world that I once played in when I was a young man. …  Prof. Crookshank’s Traveling Medicine Show began as my first real production in 1979. I was fascinated with the Vaudeville time period and had witnessed in 1977, Sid Lorraine perform his ‘Amazing Fraznia’ routine at my first magic convention with my grandfather. The idea that a man, a stranger, could peddle medicines and unusual inventions to the public, seemed both amazing and sinister.   In 1979, I went to Los Angles for my first time and witnessed at Knotts Berry Farm, a full stage production of an old time Medicine Show, complete with a Showman’s Caravan as a backdrop. The performer was hilarious and reminded me of a mix between Willy Wonka and the Great Oz from The Wizard of Oz. From that moment onward I had it in my mind that I would create my own Medicine Show, to travel to carnivals for entertainment. I ran my Medicine Show from 1979 to 1991 and played at the Calgary Stampede and many other Carnivals and Fairs all over Western Canada. Flash forward to 2011… Prof. Crookshank’s Traveling Medicine Show is ready to hit the road. This production is huge in size and scope, bringing with it opportunities to build even a larger world as time goes on. Enjoy Prof. Crookshank’s Traveling Medicine Show…. its the perfect cure for the bland homogenised entertainment that you get spoon fed on a daily basis!!!”

I would definitely recommend him for any events where a magic show is needed.

Lisa and I decided we would offer mini sessions during Park Art. The Eganville Centennial Park is such a tranquil setting and so many people enjoy family, wedding, and other portrait sessions there. It made complete sense for us to provide clients with the opportunity to have there photo’s taken and still enjoy the event.

We are looking forward to the festival in years to come and are very happy we could capture some of these inspired artist’s work. It was a joy to capture the fun as well. It was well organized and well accomplished. A fantastic day!

An expression of Love… Linda and Brendon tie the knot

We started working with this couple just over a year ago. Quickly we were in awe of the “expression of love” between the couple and the amount of admiration they had for one another. We have been excited for their wedding since the “E” session last summer.

The pre-wedding pictures started bright and early … and boy it was hot. Make-up and Hair was accompanied by some tears, nerves, and most of all a lot of laughter. Everyone of the ladies were completely present for Linda’s big day. The maid of honour took on many roles and continually fixed any little glitches that came up (without hesitation). It was a true sense of friendship and sincerity that filled the room.

The groom gave the Groomsmen a hand-made gift box as a thank-you just after getting ready. It really moved me watching the honour and loyalty between this group of friends. It was a very special moment for me to capture. It sure makes up for all the teasing I got! haha.

The Ceremony was held in the most beautiful church. The church was set high on a hill and was filled with original sculpting and stained glass. It was magical to see the expression of the groom as he watched his bride walk up the aisle. The entire room stood still for a moment and it was “Love” that lit up the old church. The lighting poured in through the stain glass windows, and the two said their vows with such emotion. There was not many dry eyes in the church.

Formal photographs were taken at several different places: A beautiful Grotto, a covered bridge/park area, and on the lake front…How PERFECT for this couple. They could let their romance be what it was in the comfort of several tranquil settings. It was extremely hot and very windy. However, it was all overshadowed by the presence of a fun and energetic wedding party. We didn’t have to ask anyone to pose or change many things because everyone followed our direction with such enthusiasm. In every location we captured all of the love and comradery of this bunch. The bride and groom are so natural in front of the camera and it was like standing back and watching a fairytale unfold. The pleasure was very much ours!

There are so many things we loved about the dinner and reception: the candy station, the centerpieces, the cake with custom topper, the sun setting on the lake as speeches took place…etc. etc. etc. Of course we took many sunset photos after speeches! I think that my personal favorite was the way people responded to the love in the room! It was the way that many of the speeches made me (as a photographer of weddings) tear up. There was more than one occasion where I had to “put my tongue on the roof of my mouth” to stop a tear so I could stay steady to get the shot. Overall, the friends and family of the bride and groom gave them such a wonderful response. It was fun-filled, uplifting, and still full of the most rawest form of love.

The bride and groom were given a display of fireworks to mark their Canada Day weekend wedding. It was a gift that summed up the entire day. The couple had front row seats to a beautiful show surrounded by their closest loved ones.

To Linda and Brendon: We wish you the happiest future and we were very honoured to capture your special moment!

Eganville’s Park Art Mini-Sessions ~ July 21 2012

Park Art Mini Sessions at Eganville’s Park Art July 21, 2012
Centennial Park, Eganville

Mini-Session includes:
20 minute session with 1 photographer
5-10 fully edited high resolution images on DVD
On-line Gallery to view your images
Free Timeline Cover Photo to any mini session customers who like us on Facebook
DVD comes with a letter granting you the right to print images.

Please e-mail Lisa and/or Jenn: specialtreasuresphotography@gmail.com for more information or to book your session or call 613.628.9222 to book your time slot. (Limited time slots available)

Additional images maybe purchased for your DVD at $5.00 each
Print, Enlargements, and a variety of Photo Gifts are also available.

Rain Date: Sunday July 22, 2012 (If it is raining on July 21 sessions will be done on July 22)

$25.00 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your time slot

Mini-Session are perfect for Families, High School Seniors who are looking for the non-traditional photos without the cap and gown, families with small children, friends and buddy photos, or any group you want to put together!

Down on the Farm!!

It was such a pleasure working with this family on their farm. The mixture of props; that told a personal story for the family, and two very feisty little boys, kept me on my toes! I love when I look at the candid photos post-shoot and see how much love is present in a close family! This crew blew me away with their patience and commitment to one other. The two boys were such handsome little men and I could have followed them around all day. The rustic farm setting set the tone for the entire shoot.

Sometimes, I take “accidental” photos, and by that I mean I continue shooting after the “pose” is over… Adults usually catch on but children often listen to me say “I am done” and then resume to their playful selves. I captured the CUTEST candids of the three-year old at play! He did not appreciate a camera following him around, but instead of getting mad or throwing a temper tantrum, he made funny faces and humored me to the core. What a cutie Pie!

The baby in the photos, was the easiest to capture. I always look for little quirks, attitudes, and/or personality development expressions, and this little man was full of them! I have to say I pictured that little smile of his long after I left the farm.

A special acknowledgement to mommy and daddy for being so patient and attentive to their little men. What a relaxed session, One I thoroughly enjoyed.

Bonnechere Babes ~ Ladies Night

The 1st Annual Bonnechere Babes, Ladies Night was a great sucess!
What a great evening out for the ladies of Bonnechere Valley Township!
Attendees were treated to a bridal fashion show, and had the chance to see some great products and services by local vendors. It was a pleasure to meet and chat with so many great ladies during the evening! Thank you to everyone who came out to support the event.

Congratulations goes to Tracy Keller and Crystal Edwards for planning such a great evening, and Dana Crozier Jennings the Community Development Officer at Township of Bonnechere Valley for all your hard work.  It is nice to see so many new things happening in town!  We are looking forward to next year’s event already!


Bonnechere Babes

The first Annual Bonnechere Babe Ladies Night is tonight!
5:00pm until 10:00pm
Eagles Nest in Eganville

This is a Women’s Only event. No kids, no hubbies, etc. Come out for a fun gals night out and see lots of different vendors, etc. There will be a bar open as well!! All proceeds from the bar will be donated to the Eganville Fair!!!

We hope you’ll stop by and visit us!

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Hog Wild Pork Fest May 19-20th 2012

Hog Wild Pork Fest was a busy weekend, We took close to 2000 photos and are sorting them as quickly as we can and hope to start posting them by this evening.  We will have photos from the Demolition Derby, The Centennial Harley Display inside the Armories, the Show and Shine, and of course the Lawn Tractor racing.

We also have some great photos of some of the awesome bikes that were parked in the fair grounds.

Thank you for all the interest and we apologize for the delay.

Sneak Peek: The same but different!

The Grunge Effect

Here are just a couple images. Check out how the same photo can be dramatically changed by just adding a few cool effects.

Effects can also add fun elements to layouts!

Don’t forget to check our facebook page for many more sneek peaks of other sessions, including last weekends High School Seniors and “With friends session”


A Walk in the Woods


posted by Lisa

I love to walk in the woods.  Where else can you find so much beauty all around you?  Life is beautiful so I believe that it should be photographed. Here is just one photograph that to me show a sence of serenity and simple beauty in the world around us.  As the weather improves (although it has still been a little on the chilly side)  I hope to share more of the beauty in the places near me.  Stay tuned!

How busy we have been!


First let me begin with an apology.  Our site and our blog have not been updated in a while and for that I am sorry. We have been so busy that I just have not had the chance to stay up-to-date, which means I am now far behind.
I promise that there will be new galleries added this week as well as some sneak peaks on our Facebook page for any of our Facebook fans!  Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page.

You can find us by clicking here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Special-Treasures-Photography/198910016796120

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Hope to see you soon!