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Well hello there! First, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Joan Bateman-Cowan. I am the owner and premiere photographer of Gainsboro Studio. I am a huge fan of nooks and crannies! I enjoy seeking and finding the stuff that will spark creativity in all it's forms! Unique ways of seeing the world can ultimately excite my work and passions. We have decided to take this blog and kick it up a notch. We want to give our readers more than just a blog of the recent photographic wonders that Gainsboro has uncovered...we want to visualize that, and so much more! Join us as we illuminate an artistic perspective on life and local subjects. I am a photographer ..... And when I say that, I mean it is who I am, not just what I do. I am not a "niche" photographer; although I do own one of the largest portrait studios in my area.... But I thrive when using all possible opportunities to express what is unseen and make it seen. Whether that's uncovering the inner most feeling or the most hidden of landscapes. I love it all! I look forward to discovering the many layers of this life with you, and to shining the Gainsboro Spotlight on a multitude of topics! Please follow us and interact with us here, as well as on the Gainsboro Spot-light at

Why are Headshots Being so Tightly Cropped by Photographers? Posted by joan on 12 February 2018 - 4:18pm.

I have attached a screen shot from google image search on modern headshots  - as an example...
Which images draw you in to look at the person , or even to linger on a persons image among a sea of other peoples images? We are inundated daily with tons of social media selfies/avatars and headshots as we surf the web. 
The individuals who really created the idea that a fabulous headshot is a necessity, were actors, and entertainers.
People who needed to get noticed ... people who know that the casting directors might look through 3000 images in a day ,
looking for just the "right" look for a role.  They all know that they NEED to do something to stand out in a crowd. 
So, recently photographers have started to follow their trends in the headshot business...
In the sampling below, we see how a lot of  headshots are being done by the most elite of photographers nowadays ...
and the reason for cropping in so tightly , isn't because we want to zoom, in or be artistic.

Cheri & Josh + plus baby makes 3 ! Posted by joan on 10 November 2017 - 2:19pm.

Cheri & Josh + plus baby makes 3 !


 Watch the video here

Check out our Gainsboro Studio Couples-Maternity Photoshoot of  them!



Did I mention that my darlin' son and his lovely wife Cheri are due to have my first g-baby real soon? ... If I did, then you would have heard me saying something like;



Graduation, Chelsea Hanson, and preserving your Stories! Posted by joan on 14 June 2016 - 4:06am.

Grad photography , medicine hat photographer, senior photographer
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Congratulations to Chelsea Hanson!!! :)... We had such a fun time during her photo session here at Gainsboro!!! She is just a super, down to earth kind of gal!!! We also were able to incorporate her family, including her grandparents into the shoot.... which made the story of the day so much more personal and touching! Thanks so much to the  Sandra , and the Hanson family for visiting  us!! 
 I don't usually do this kind of long commentary, but I want to take this opportunity to talk about how important documenting her day - ( and all of our clients) events are to us!!!

Thumbtack .. NYC info Posted by joan on 22 April 2015 - 10:02pm.

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Joan Bateman of Gainsboro Studio Voted #1 Best Photographer!!!! #BestofMedHat Posted by joan on 13 April 2015 - 12:27am.

Thanks so very much to ALL of our clients and supporters who took the time to vote  
as BEST PHOTGRAPHER ‼️ in the #Bestofmedhat competition!
 ⚠️Call today to book your session! (403) 5263054
#thankful #blessed #appreciative #bestinthecity #bestphotographer

Gainsboro Seminar and Networking Across The Border Posted by joan on 5 April 2015 - 10:17pm.

I was super excited to be sponsored by American Color Imaging (ACI) & the PPA ( Professional Photographers of America) to speak in Detroit Michigan, at the MPPA March Madness Event....... 

Glamorous Grad.... Posted by joan on 12 May 2014 - 10:52pm.

Grad sessions are in full Swing, .... and we are having so much fun!

Don't lose this precious moment in time!! Getting senior photos taken at a professional, well-established venue is highly important; an experienced photographer has the skills necessary not only to take a pretty picture of a high school grad; they know how to draw out the most beautiful facets of the subject’s personality to allow their bright passions to shine through into the photograph. When I talk about a professional portrait session for a high school graduate’s photos, I am not referencing the fake smiles, cheesy poses, silly outfits, and drab blue/gray background that is used for traditional school portraits or what grad pictures used to be.

Fashion Week 2014 Posted by joan on 13 March 2014 - 4:58pm.

Fashion week was awesome this year...let's share a few images with you! Thanks Mini-Joe Lance!

Final Fall 2013 Posted by joan on 26 October 2013 - 10:58pm.

What a beautiful day today was!, The sun shone down on my family shoot, little Cordelia ran and played in the sun and the leaves....Tonight however we are hearing weather forecasting

 snow....So I dubb this image "Final Fall" Thanks for ushering in the new season Cordelia! :-)