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April Club “Outing” – Edson Hospital Continuing Care


Date: Monday, April 17th, 2017 – Easter Monday.
Time: Portrait sessions to begin at 10:30am and go until about 3:00pm. Photographers should be earlier than this to facilitate setup.
Location: Edson Hospital Continuing Care Facility.

During this outing we will be making photographs of the residents in the Continuing Care facility at the Edson Hospital. There are four distinct “Homes” at the hospital housing residents with different levels of care needs. The idea behind this outing is to challenge photographers with potentially interesting portrait subjects while at the same time providing the residents with an activity in their day and hopefully some images that are meaningful to everyone.

The prospect of moving the residents to a common area for this project poses some logistical problems so we will be working in each of the four homes individually. It would be best to work in teams of two photographers (three at the most). Each home has a common area that should lend itself very nicely to portrait making. Natural light is quite abundant in these areas – and will change as the sun (hopefully) moves throughout the day. Gear should be limited for ease of setup. A compact backdrop might be useful as well as a reflector or diffuser to help modify the light. A fill flash or simple off camera flash might be useful, but complex lighting setup should be avoided. The residents will likely have little tolerance for photographers who are needing to spend a lot of time fiddling with gear. Use the KISS principle and concentrate on making connections with your subjects and trying to capture their character rather than obsessing over the technical details. It might be possible to photograph some residents in their individual rooms. There they will be in their own familiar surroundings sometimes with their own belongings (furniture and decor) that might be amenable to portrait making.

The portrait sessions will be provided free of charge to the residents and the images made will be at the sole discretion of the individual photographer(s). There are no explicit or implicit guarantees made in regards to the finished products. Each resident participating will receive a 8”x10” print free of charge. Additional prints may be purchased and other sizes may be available also. A list of prices will be made available closer to the shoot date. We will make proofs available to the residents as soon as possible after the shoot. These will be accessible online and link information will be provided as it is available.

We will need to have commitments from photographers in advance so that proper plans are made. To this end, if you want to participate in this outing you must sign up and commit by April 3, 2017 (next meeting). You can do so by commenting on this post or emailing Lori, Michelle or Julian. We will have a meeting sometime before the outing to discuss gear and such so we go into the hospital reasonably well organized and create as little disruption as possible.

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