Affordable Calgary and area Family and Wedding Photographer
Hello. My name is Beth Lowe and the following is a little bit about myself and how LOWEBOWES PHOTOGRAPHY came about:
It has been a journey that strategically started about 2008. I have been a proud member of the Calgary Police Service for 26 years. I started my FAMILY photography business as a sideline anticipating that when I retired (April/2013) I wanted to pursue photography full time.
Half of my career was spent as a Constable and then a Sergeant in the Forensic Crime Scenes Unit (FCSU). During my time in the FCSU I picked up a SLR camera for the first time and was forced to learn the intricacies of the camera and photography. I fell in love.
As you might imagine, Forensic Photography is extremely restricted. You are limited to capturing the scenes as viewed. There is no artistic flexibility. Fortunately I was encouraged to take my work camera home with me on days off with the intent of becoming familiar with it. This is when I discovered my passion for exploring the artistic side of photography. From there it exploded.
Combine my experience and introduction to the camera and photography in the FCSU with my 5 years as a Detective in the Child Abuse Unit and you can understand why I love to take photos of children of all ages. In the Child Abuse Unit, I discovered that I have a demeanor and approach that allows children to comfortably open up to me. I try to capture those special, candid moments when all guards are down and they are allowed to be themselves.
A newborn technically is 1 day – 4 weeks old. I have been receiving more and more requests to photograph new to the world, little tiny people. Life is incredible. I take my time in an attempt to capture every aspect of the newborn infant. I have an immense amount of patience, not minding in the least, if Mom or Dad need to feed or change Baby or the little one just needs a little time away from the attention. I bring my studio to you so that both you and your Newborn are in a familiar environment. Because I spend significantly more time with Newborn sessions, I do charge a little more. I guarantee that you will be very pleased with the results of your Newborn Collection.
I have always had a passion for animals, especially dogs. Since I have no children, my pets have become my fur kids. I completely understand how these amazing creatures can become such an integral part of our lives. In my case, I was totally devoted to my Greyhounds Typewriter and Berniece who have since passed on. I now am the human slave for my Italian Greyhound Floyd. I encourage families to bring their pets to Family Shoots. They are such an important part of our family. If you are interested in having photos of just your pet, I offer a Pet Collection session at a very reasonable price simply because I love to photograph our four-legged friends.
I was introduced to the world of horses a few years back when a friend invited me to photograph her daughter and her pony. There was a long hiatus and then just recently I was re-intruduced to the grace and absolute beauty of the equine world. I love to meet riders and their horses/ponies at the stables. A few of the photos I have taken of these sessions have received recognition on Flickr, being selected in Explore, a daily award. Please view my Equine page for a few samples.
I have been involved in amateur sports since I could walk/run. My Mom had a terrible time getting me into the house for dinner or bed because I was always out playing one game or another. Name a sport and I likely have tried it. It is not difficult to see why I very much enjoy taking photographs of people participating in sports, especially kids.
Shooting a Wedding is incredibly fulfilling for me. I have to admit that I was initially stressed when photographing my first wedding as I was terribly concerned that I would miss something. After all, you really can’t stop proceedings and ask everyone to do it all over again. This is why I now shoot with my friend and past co-worker, Steve Dueck. Steve, like me, works is the Forensic Crime Scenes Unit with the Calgary Police Service. He is a fantastic photographer who has a real knack for capturing the smallest details. We have a very comfortable way of working together, reading off each other in an unobtrusive way, you likely will not even know we are there.