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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

October's Spotlight Magazine link!! Posted by joan on 1 October 2013 - 3:39pm.

October's Spotlight Magazine is Focus on NYC Fashion Week! Check it out here!


Keep up with Spotlight Magazine with the latest links! Posted by joan on 14 July 2013 - 5:34pm.

We have been so busy here at Gainsboro Studio, That I plumb forgot to update the links to the latest issues of Spotlight Magazine!

We have interviewed some amazing people, and covered some awesome sights!....Follow the folowing links:

July 2013

June 2013

May 2013


Our son was married on June 8th... Posted by joan on 18 June 2013 - 9:27pm.

Our son was married on June 8th... he is a serious+++ blessing to me and always has been. His father would have been so proud to see him marry his beautiful new wife, and new caretaker of his heart, Cheri Bateman. He has married into a legacy of Faith and love, which does my spirit good. 

We flew in a photographer friend from Orlando Florida, because I knew my hands would shake to much, and I probably wouldn't be able to see through the tears of happiness. I am so glad we did this, these images are such treasures to have and will forever bring me joy! Nicole Katz from Nicole Katz Photography did an amazing job ...she was such a wonderful and supportive photographer and friend, to have here on her first visit to Canada! 

Century Old Historic Studio! Posted by joan on 24 April 2013 - 2:33pm.

At Gainsboro Studio, we spend a lot of energy, time and money taking care of our century old studio, because we care about our clients! So here we go stripping, sanding, & resurfacing our Victorian wrap around veranda!                     

Spring into the April issue of Spotlight Magazine!! Posted by joan on 2 April 2013 - 2:38pm.

So this month is going by so fast already! I hope everyone had a fantastic Easter, filled with family, love and many other blessings!

The new edition of Spotlight is here, and is well worth the read...Loads of zesty stories and tidbits! Check it out by clicking on the below image link....

Gainsboro Returns from Las Vegas Nevada..... So Awesome!!! Posted by joan on 25 March 2013 - 3:28pm.

This image is only half of one of the two rooms of the Trade Show offerings at WPPI in Las Vegas, Nevada.

We have just returned from WPPI (wedding and Portrait Photographers International)....We love to attend this huge, week long learning experience and Trade Show in Vegas on a yearly basis. WE may not get out to see much of Vegas, but attending  keeps us current and fresh. We bring home amazing amounts of products and benefits, for our clients.

It is a large investment in time, money and  effort, but we feel our clients deserve an ongoing influx of ideas and up to date knowledge base. In this world of ever changing computers and digital learning, it's easy to get lost in it or to give up even trying to keep up....

Portrait sessions at Gainsboro are fun !! Posted by joan on 5 March 2013 - 11:59pm.

Watch this video and then think about how those things that are most important to you....well, don't you want to capture them in a portrait? Make a memory... portrait sessions with Gainsboro are FUN! Call us at Gainsboro Studio today and we can help you remember that ....



"The most important things in life....are NOT things" :)

Gainsboro Studio, The perfect venue for your wedding! Posted by joan on 4 March 2013 - 4:16pm. intimate wedding venue like no other…the perfect balance of elegance and romance.

Imagine romance and elegance at this historic landmark estate in downtown Medicine Hat, Alberta. One wedding per day, 20-100 guests, catering and bar services, custom packages, on-site photographer and wedding planner. 

The Gainsboro Studio Estate is hands down, Medicine Hat's most unique intimate wedding venue. This historic estate hosts one wedding per day, and its completed restoration is designed specifically for photography so it's backdrop as a wedding is unparalleled.--both for ceremony and reception.

The studio's gardens are shaded by amazing grande trees, adorned rose covered arches, statuary, vintage lamp posts, and elegant pond. Featuring a bridal dressing space like no other, the large parlor of this turn-of-the-century vintage house is all yours.

Series on: Photographic Therapeutic Story-Boarding , #4 Posted by joan on 3 March 2013 - 7:10pm.

Anorexia and bulimia at the onset, an provide a facade of control and desired identity.  The client may feel a sense of victory in their striving for perfection. They see their thinness as an ideal that is within reach.

Storyboarding the anorexic or bulimic internal struggle can reveal externally and pictorially to the client, their twisted internal struggles. These struggles display the irony of the comfort the client derives from their condition... at first. The insidious nature of the condition over-powers them and they end up battling for control of their own minds.

Rather than being a solution, anorexia and bulimia becomes the problem.
We help the client understand how the condition can have a face all of it's own... something that enslaves them. if two people reside within them. The first being the persona who knows what needs to be done. The second being the manipulator making them do things contrary to their own well-being.