Who is Beauchamp Photography?
We are Chris and Laura Beauchamp, a husband and wife photography team based in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada. We work full time as photographers, although we do some other things
as well. We specialize in documentary-style photography and unique environmental portraiture, with a focus on the eternal qualities of great photography: timing, light, and composition. We have been in business since 2010, although each of us nurtured our own development in photography for years before that. You can learn more about us here
Why work with us?
First, hopefully, because you like our images. The clients who hire us see something in our style and approach that aligns with their own vision.
Second, because you are looking to work with professionals, in the simplest sense of the word. We have the experience, equipment, and confidence to produce great images anywhere, under whatever difficult conditions may come up.
Finally, we find most clients also hire us because we are personable, friendly, and easy to work with.
Will both of you be photographing at the session?
It depends. For larger commercial projects, events, or things like weddings and engagements, we work as a two-person team, with each of us capturing images. We are each “primary” photographers and are both capable of taking the lead to produce great images. In these types of settings, we are able to cover things from multiple complementary perspectives and cover each other during important moments.
For other sessions, like family photographs, portraits, or smaller projects, we will typically work independently, with one of us handling the session.
Other times, we both may be present, but one of us will take the lead photographically, while the other assists with lighting or posing.
If you want to know which of these approaches we plan to use for your booking, please just ask.
Who is your usual client?
Everybody’s different. For us, that’s the point.
Some really appreciate photography as art. Some are sentimental. Some adventurous. Some shy. Some want to push the boundaries, and some want to be a bit more subdued or traditional. We believe in authenticity. It’s the moments between the forced smiles that count.
Our commercial clients want their business and people to look as great as they know them to be. Our family portrait clients want photos to share and treasure. Our wedding couples value naturally beautiful images of once-in-a-lifetime moments.
You can see most of our past clients—and just how different each of them are—by checking out our blog and Facebook page.
What's it like working with you two?
Hopefully: easy and fun. We strive for an unobtrusive approach in our work, but gently guide when needed.
We know not everyone loves to have their picture taken, and we work with al of our clients to ease into the session. We find that the first ten minutes of any new session are often the hardest, but it always gets easier. We will pose people during portrait sessions and formals, and occasionally make suggestions (such as moving closer to nice light), but we encourage everyone to be themselves, above all.
Do you have your own studio?
No, we do not. We prefer to do “studio on location,” which means we bring our professional lighting gear to the location. This allows us to produce professional imagery in context. If you are looking for traditional studio portraiture we can arrange to rent third-party studio space. We would also be happy to refer you to another photographer who specializes in in-house studio work.
What do you charge for travel?
We ask for our travel expenses to be covered at cost, in addition to our commercial fees. In the past, this has included hotels, flights, meals, and/or rental cars. If you need us to drive, we charge$1/km (round-trip) to cover our time and expenses for all locations 20 minutes or more from Grande Prairie. Please contact us to discuss your specific travel needs. If you have a special arrangement in mind, we are always open to discussing it.
What kind of gear do you use? Are you insured?
We use Canon 5D Mark III cameras and a variety of “L” series professional lenses. We prefer prime lenses (Canon’s “Holy Trinity” of 35L, 85L, and 135L) for the majority of our work. We have backups of everything that matters, including camera bodies, lenses, batteries, flashes and storage media.
We also carry commercial liability insurance and Canon Professional Services membership to ensure efficient gear repair and replacement as needed.
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If you have another question, please contact us
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