The wheels on the bus
I've wanted to voice my opinion on these two topics for some time, so here it goes!
First off, we need to get with the 1890's and initiate a bus system. I know it was tried around 10 years ago. For a couple weeks.
In the summer.
Without any promotion.
(Hmm, wonder why it FAILED!)
The topic has been discussed ad nauseam behind closed doors over the years, but never in a proper public forum. I'm sure if one was presented where some actual listening and devotion to change occurred, a system would be put in place.
The argument has always been that Brooks is small enough that we can get by through either walking or taking a cab. True, we are a smaller city, and we are well-served by taxi companies in this city. However, what about people who simply can't afford using a taxi on a regular basis? Ever try walking across town in the middle of winter with a crazy windchill?
Another standby has been the cost of instituting a bus system. True, it will cost some real pesos to establish a bus system, but this will be made up through fares and - oh yeah - the photo radar that has been taking pictures of everyone speeding in town. I've seen the City back plenty of endeavors over the years, and if enough attention is devoted to getting a bus system, it will happen.
Of course, there are the obvious benefits of busses in Brooks - environmentally friendly due to less 'one-person-per-car' traffic, affordable transportation, a safe option to deter drinking and driving.
Remember, this is also an election year, folks. Good time to bring this topic to the forefront!
Cool bands at the CRA + people = $$ for the City!
Another funding source would be to actually use the Centennial Regional Arena (CRA) for more than one purpose. I recall meetings where construction of the new facility vs. repair of the Centennial Arena at the Lakeside Leisure Centre cited the multi-purpose use of the CRA as a factor to 'go new'. So far, it's home to the Bandits (a local team to be proud of with their decade-plus of amazing hockey!) and a running track.
In the meantime, we have major events and bands playing Medicine Hat on Friday night, then driving by Brooks for their Saturday night gig in Calgary. We need some initiative here to bring big names to the CRA. I've contacted the City regarding this issue, using Twitter, and received a note saying "we're working on it."
Having acts stop between the Hat and Cowtown will bring put more butts in seats and more $$ to the Centennial City. Plus, it will quiet the refrain, "there's nothing to do in Brooks - it's so boring!"
It amazes me how cries go out for new structures, and when they come to fruition, they are under-utilized. There is no reason why the parking lot at the CRA should be bare (as it usually is). We have so many local community groups, artists, and sports teams that could be using it. And, the CRA is large enough to host big events and bands. Why isn't it used for this?
Because we are all complacent.
What the heck is a rep card, anyway? Basically, they are a skinny version of a business card, but they can also add a bit of class without breaking the bank!
Rep cards are about 1.375x3.5" in size and come with a cool tin to carry them around. You can choose from various materials for the cards - including felt, cotton, bamboo, or recycled material - and they are about the same price as a business card.
Now, why would you go with something that's a different size than a business card? Because it IS a different size. Anything that is unique to set you and your business apart will certainly leave an impression with your clients.
For an added WOW factor, rep cards are also available in luxe - just another way that RyKie Photography can help set you apart from the rest!
In fact, these are so cool, I'm going to get my business cards done and will post a photo on here once they arrive.
For those of you who know me, you also know how much I appreciate puns, plays on words and lame jokes! Here's a link that's pretty cool, it's a list of words that basically lose something in translation, so we use their native context anyway. Take a few minutes to check it out at: http://twentytwowords.com/2013/08/27/foreign-words-with-no-specific-english-translation-describing-experiences-we-all-have-11-pictures/ and let me know what you think!
It was a big week for RyKie Photography! We're proud to announce that we have decided to get all photo printing done through an American firm with decades of proven mastery in their field.
Now, why on Earth did we do this? Quite simply, it was a decision based on the most value we can provide to our clients.
We've always been able to provide prints, canvas creations and photo books, we're just taking it up a notch. These items are still available, but now in astonishing higher quality. We can also offer a wider range of products such as luxe cards (holiday, greeting or business), images on metal, acrylic banners and much more!
In addition, our new printers can deliver product faster than our current method. That means a shorter turnaround time from your session to holding the prints from your session. Trust me, you are going to LOVE the quality these guys can provide. We're happy to have our name associated with their work!
For more details on this exciting change, contact our studio to book a consultation. Thanks again for choosing RyKie Photography, and feel free to share your suggestions and feedback - positive or negative!
A few suggestions before the session
*Caution: The following may contain lame attempts at humour. Reader discretion is advised*
You wouldn't show up to the gym in a three-piece suit, or go deep-sea diving in a snowsuit, so why come to a session dressed like you just got out of bed? Clothes are huge to not only achieve a nice image, but to give yourself a confidence boost. Here are a few suggestions of how you can improve your look on the big day!
1. Dress for your body type
Tube tops and super-short shorts are likely best left at home in most cases. You want to look (and feel) comfortable, but well-dressed. Also, steer clear of baggy clothes as they tend to make people look heavier than they actually are. A nice, clean pair of jeans, clean shirt and leather shoes look just fine in casual images.
2. Keep it simple!
If you're with a group of people, try to colour-coordinate you entire ensemble. Now, this doesn't mean that everybody has to wear the exact same thing, outfits that compliment each other or have the same general style are fine (actually, encouraged).
Avoid strong patterns or clothes with large logos and lots of test featured on them. This is just plain distracting and unflattering. Best to stick to solid colours and simple patterns! Also, if you're going to be outside, take the temperature into consideration and dress for the season. In cold weather conditions, I ask clients to dress in layers. This way, you can achieve the effect of appearing to be wearing a base amount without freezing your toukis!
3. What not to wear
Bright white shirts and khakis. Grrrr. For the love of all things beautiful, PLEASE stay away from this far-to-easy throwback to 1992!
Exact matching outfits are also not the best idea. Like I noted before, try to get the essence of the style and dress accordingly. Looking the same ends up looking kind of unsettling.
Shirts with short hemlines and super-short shorts. Yep. For obvious reasons.
4. Get a haircut
Ladies: do I really need to give you an excuse to head out to the salon to get your hair done?
Guys: cough up the 17 bucks and hit the barber's chair. Trust me, you want to look good. No matter how cool your ball cap is, it just isn't going to happen. Especially if the session is with your significant other - trust me - you will want to get your hair cut!
5. Bring your stuff!
If you have a cool hobby you're passionate about, why not bring your guitar/skateboard/knitting needles? It's your identity, why not include it? Pets also - don't leave Fido at home if he's part of your family. Besides, he may feel resentful and leave a surprise for when you arrive home.
Hope these tips helped give you some ideas for your next shoot!