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I am a mom of 2 busy young girls aged 6 and 4. I love family time and spending time outdoors. So much of my inspiration comes from the natural beauty surrounding us. This is why I am an on location natural light children’s photographer. Kids are free to run around and be themselves while outside. The resulting photos are a wonderful natural expression of your child. I look forward to working with you to create lasting memories of your family.

 

 

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How to get the most of your maternity photoshoot.

November 18th, 2016

Pregnancy is an incredible time in your life, a Maternity photoshoot is a fantastic way to capture this. Here are a few things to consider to make your dream maternity photography shoot extra special. 1 Location. If you have a location that is very special, lets incorporate. This couple shared many special memories on the pier […]


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Pregnancy is an incredible time in your life, a Maternity photoshoot is a fantastic way to capture this. Here are a few things to consider to make your dream maternity photography shoot extra special.

1 Location. If you have a location that is very special, lets incorporate. This couple shared many special memories on the pier at White Rock beach, so it was a must have location. It was very fitting that for all previous occasions, it was pouring rain and this day was no exception! They did a terrific job of huddling under the umbrella while I set up, then tossing the umbrella out of the frame as I took the photo. While the rain was not ideal, it gave some nice reflections and added to the memories.

2. Special clothing. Maybe you have an heirloom dress passed down generations, or your wedding veil, anything of importance. Escaping the rain back to this couples home for indoor photos, we creatively used part of her wedding Sari. First the belly shots then wrapped the sari around her for some beautiful backlight portraits of the stunning mom-to-be. 

 

3 Props and accessories can add interest to your photographs. This mom brought the flower crown. The flowers are removable, she added the flowers to a belt over her sweater to add cute definition to her belly bump.  The tulle skirt is in my wardrobe collection for photoshoots.  The skirt played up the romantic maternity photos.

4. An adventurous spirt goes a long way! This mom-to-be saw milk bath photos on Pinterest and mentioned it during our consultation. I was so excited to try! This talented mommy to-be made  the lace wrap for the bath photos. She has inspired me to make a few to keep on hand for future maternity shoots. We both love how they turned out. (Mom to be is wearing bottoms, they are edited out of the photograph and/or covered with the opaque milky water.)

 

Above all the consultation with your professional photographer is a great time to share ideas, and collaborate to make your custom maternity photoshoot memorable.

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The best location for family photography in Vancouver

October 9th, 2016

Jericho Beach is one of the best locations in Vancouver for family photography. It has great options for diverse backgrounds without travelling far.  We had great enough weather for shorts and dresses. Early mornings and evenings are best for magical light. We chose a great evening mid September. We started an hour and 15 min before […]


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Jericho Beach is one of the best locations in Vancouver for family photography. It has great options for diverse backgrounds without travelling far.  We had great enough weather for shorts and dresses. Early mornings and evenings are best for magical light. We chose a great evening mid September. We started an hour and 15 min before sunset. We started with the duck pond location. The light was still high enough to shine over the trees giving a painterly effect over the water.  The kids has so much fun watching the ducks splash around.

Then we strolled over to the beach for more fun. While the kids were playing catch with seagulls ,we were able to get a few photos of mom and dad. It is so important to get a photograph of mom and dad as this love is the foundation of the entire family. And yes, the seagulls were playing catch! The kids had so much fun playing on the beach, it was a great opportunity to get candid photographs of the children. 

 



 

 

 

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The best kid friendly hikes around Vancouver BC

September 7th, 2016

Beautiful British Columbia is a fantastic place to live for outdoor enthusiasts withs kids.  September usually has some great weather, this is a perfect time to grab a camera, your family and head outdoors. These are some of my family’s favourite hikes that are easy for the kids, (mine are now 5 and almost 8) […]


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Beautiful British Columbia is a fantastic place to live for outdoor enthusiasts withs kids.  September usually has some great weather, this is a perfect time to grab a camera, your family and head outdoors.

These are some of my family’s favourite hikes that are easy for the kids, (mine are now 5 and almost 8) while boasting beautiful scenery for photography. (click on the link for more info on the trails and how to get there)

  1. Lighthouse Park. This beautiful park is in West Vancouver. We went last August and packed a picnic dinner, hiking on the rocks slightly before sunset for fantastic photography light. The trails through the first growth Douglas firs are amazing. The main trails can accommodate strollers. I love the setting of the rocks plunging into the ocean.  Our girls explored around the shore for hours. 
  2. Mystery Lake Hike on Mount Seymour. This trail is 3Km round trip. We really took our time going up. We detoured just before the pond part way up, scrambled up some rocks to find great views of Vancouver and beyond. The trail is not stroller friendly, and may be tough for 2-3 year olds. My girls aged 5 and 7.5 had an easy time running up the trail. The crisp cold lake at the top is beautiful. Little rock islands are fun picnic locations. Lots of Newts around the lake are another fun feature for kids to check out. I am enjoying playing around with free lensing, love changing the plane of focus to get different looks to each photo without a tilt shift lens. 
  3. Golden Ears Park, Lower Falls Trail This trail is around 5 km round trip. It is a nice wide stroller friendly gravel path. Perfect for little ones who like to walk for a bit, but get tired quickly. I really can’t get enough of the old growth stumps, those giant trees are amazing. The Banana slugs were a hit, my girls tried to rescue them, even putting blankets over them (leaves). The waterfall at the end is a beautiful sight. Hope your family enjoys time together on some of these great short hikes!
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Kwomais Point Park in South Surrey is a great location for family photos

October 17th, 2015

Kwomais Point Park is a hidden gem in South Surrey. We live in such a beautiful part of the world, I love family portraits with nature as our backdrop.  It was a camp, converted into parkland by the city of Surrey a few years ago. It is  Located off 128 St.,  South of Marine drive. […]

 

Kwomais Point Park is a hidden gem in South Surrey. We live in such a beautiful part of the world, I love family portraits with nature as our backdrop.  It was a camp, converted into parkland by the city of Surrey a few years ago. It is  Located off 128 St.,  South of Marine drive. It has big mature trees, a labyrinth, and incredible lookout over the bluffs of Ocean Park. The day of this shoot poured rain, We were a bit nervous and constantly checking weather apps. We lucked out, with the skies opening up for an incredible sunset.

 

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3 reasons to have your professional photographer print your photos.

September 25th, 2015

  Photographs are amazing in that one image of a person or place can create a wave of memories and emotions. I am not with the times in thinking digital files are all you need. I am very tactile, I  prefer the unique ink and paper smell and soft texture of a book than a […]

 

 

Photographs are amazing in that one image of a person or place can create a wave of memories and emotions. I am not with the times in thinking digital files are all you need. I am very tactile, I  prefer the unique ink and paper smell and soft texture of a book than a cold metal device to read on. This is similar with photographs. I do not enjoy snuggling up with my kids around the computer to look at photos. I would rather be comfy on the couch with a nice album.  When hiring a professional photographer Please ask yourself what you want from those photos. If it is to capture this unique stage of your life, consider how is the best way to preserve it? You are paying a  professional good money to take incredible photos of your loved ones that you can not take yourself. Turning around and printing those amazing photos at local box stores will most likely not give you the results you desire or deserve. Poor print quality can turn an incredible photo into something mediocre at best. Here are 3 great reasons to have your professional photographer give you a complete service and provide you with prints.

1. Quality.

Professional photographers use professional printing companies. Professional printers require test prints to be submitted to ensure the photographers monitor is calibrated and will know how the image will turn out printed. This produces beautiful colour tones, rich colours and accurate contrast. Monitors vary widely, the brightness and colours can change over time. A single photo can look drastically different viewed on your phone, than your home computer or tablet.  DIY printing or printing at a box store will not yield the same results. I had some wedding pictures printed at a “reputable” lab and the colour and contrast were so off, you could not tell the difference between my skin and my dress, and no I was not that pale. When that same photo was placed alongside the professional print, you would assume at first it was a completely different picture.

3. Lifespan.

Professional printed photographs have an archival life of around 100 years daily display and if in cold dry storage 200 years! Gallery wrapped canvas will last 80-100 years, and albums also around 100 years. You are not only paying for impeccable quality, but these are truly heirloom products to pass along for generations! One of my favourite photos is my grandmother and my mother horseback riding when my mother was around 3 or 4 ( No digital file has that life span). It is so special for my daughter to see photos of her grandmother around the same age. My mom also found my grandparents professional wedding photo from 71 years ago. This is what photography is all about, capturing memories. Looking at that photo brought about talking about my grandmother and her wonderful sweet giggle. Brought tears to my eyes.

Horseback riding in winter

Compare to digital storage media:

Hard drives have a very short life of 3-5 years and I can attest to this. Yes, they do fail. I was silly to think that 2 backups of all photos was sufficient (3 is suggested) I only had 2 hard drives fail within a week of each other. You may be able to have a computer store restore them, but it can come with a price. (Thank you to NCIX for fixing mine)

CD’s with data written on it is approximately 2-5 years, with manufacturers claiming it can last up to 10-25 years. And his also depends on environmental factors. Get a few nice big scratches and it is toast! Anyone who has had their kids favourite DVD scratched knows how incredibly annoying it is when it pauses and skips at the favourite part.

Flash drives 5-10 years depending on how many times the device has been re-written. Your flash drive from a professional photographer will only be written once and should last on the longer side.

 

3. Ease.

Life with children is so hectic!  One meeting with your professional photographer, and he or she can help you choose the size, and mounting options such as canvas or metal. Your photographer takes care of the rest! Many have good intentions of getting images printed, but it does not come to fruition! I know of many people who haven’t printed wedding images 9 years later (yes I am included in that group! Thank goodness my photographer gave us a professionally printed proof book.)

Printed photographs around your home let you enjoy the photos on a regular basis, instead of every now and then, on the computer. I have a large gallery wall of family photos in my entrance. Everyone including friends linger over the photos, seeing how much the kids have grown over the years. What better way to start and end your day than being greeted with the smiling happy faces of your loved ones!

Have any questionsI would be happy to answer, 604-897-5506

The top photo on this page show how quickly little ones grow. My girls 3 years ago on the left and this year on the right. Both taken at my favourite place, Christina Lake BC

 

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Playful children’s Portraits at Lighthouse Park, West Vancouver BC

September 3rd, 2015

I love being out in nature, it is so tranquil. This last week was fairly stressful as we packed up photographs and some special furniture from my in-laws summer home in Christina Lake. The US Stickpin fire was continuing North, and strong winds were predicted to bring embers our way. The southern Areas of Grand […]

 









I love being out in nature, it is so tranquil. This last week was fairly stressful as we packed up photographs and some special furniture from my in-laws summer home in Christina Lake. The US Stickpin fire was continuing North, and strong winds were predicted to bring embers our way. The southern Areas of Grand Forks and Christina Lake were under evacuation alert. It is a summer home, but we put years of our hearts into building it with my in-laws. It is my family’s favourite place. We all had pits in our stomach of the unknown and uneasiness over the possibility of having it lost…

As a fun family evening, I dragged my family out to Lighthouse park in West Vancouver BC for a picnic dinner and photos. It was such a wonderful distraction! There are many incredible trails to hike, and all easy enough for little kids! A camera in hand, and being in the salty ocean fresh air carried away all worries. I was completely lost in the beauty and wonder of being amongst the old growth Douglas Firs and Cedars.

 

The kids played on the rocks exploring for hours as I took some candid and some back to school photos of them!

 

Yes we did have a wardrobe change to include the new back to school dresses! You may have noticed I have quite the girly girls, but am so glad they love the outdoors as much as my husband and I do! The hiking in dresses adds and extras cuteness to the photos! (They dressed themselves, and were excited to change into dressy shoes for some photos.) I would highly recommend a family trip to Lighthouse Park for a fun exploration or family Photos or both, the scenery is amazing!

 

 

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Fall mini sessions!

August 9th, 2015

Many have asked over the years, and finally Jacqueline Dance Photography has mini sessions! I have 20 minute sessions on Sunday September 20 from 1:40-7:10. Session fee is $49, photography packages sold separately. Location is the Elgin Heritage Park 13849 Crescent Road. The following sessions are available in the forested area: 1:40- 2:10 2:15- 2:35 […]

 

Many have asked over the years, and finally Jacqueline Dance Photography has mini sessions!

I have 20 minute sessions on Sunday September 20 from 1:40-7:10. Session fee is $49, photography packages sold separately.

Location is the Elgin Heritage Park 13849 Crescent Road. The following sessions are available in the forested area:

1:40- 2:10

2:15- 2:35

2:40- 3:00

3:05- 3:25

3:30-3:50

3:55-4:15

Grassy location:

5:00-5:20

5:25- 5:45

5:50-6:10

6:15- 6:35

6:40-7:00

My lovely assistant Rhonda will be with me to greet and assist you to the proper area.  The sessions are on a tight timeline of 20 minutes and are not suitable for newborn photography, just family and Children’s.

Photos make wonderful gifts for family, I would love to help get you ready for Christmas! I have 5 packages ranging from Christmas cards alone to large packages including my archival quality gallery wrapped canvas.

You will see your images at an ordering session. I walk you through the various packages, assisting you selecting the products to suit your needs.

Send me an email to book your time, as space is limited!

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Tips on what to look for in a Newborn Photographer

July 12th, 2015

Deciding on a newborn photographer can be difficult. There are many great ones, with different styles. You are best to start looking while you are still pregnant. This gives you an opportunity to have Maternity photographs as well, meeting and getting comfortable with your photographer ahead of time. Newborns are best photographed within the first […]

 

Deciding on a newborn photographer can be difficult. There are many great ones, with different styles. You are best to start looking while you are still pregnant. This gives you an opportunity to have Maternity photographs as well, meeting and getting comfortable with your photographer ahead of time. Newborns are best photographed within the first 10 days of birth. The newborns are accustomed to being curled up in the womb, therefore curl nicely into the adorable poses. Also, they are growing so quickly, they are usually very sleepy and are easier to get to sleep. Newborns can get baby acne, however it usually appears after the first 2 weeks of life. This adorable smiley guy was 6 days old. 

Ensure you ask the potential photographer about newborn safety. Hanging poses like the one below should be done by composite. Hands on baby, or baby just slightly touching the beanbag chair. (The baby is not actually suspended in the air, simply edited to look like it is)

Details! Baby’s have the most adorable dimpled little hands and feet,  be sure to capture all these little details before they grow. These type of photos also look great in photo albums.

Newborn photography is capturing a milestone in you and your baby’s life. Consider how you want to cherish these memories over the years. Ask your photographer about album, arcylic, canvas or fine art print options. If you would like a large prominent wall display, creative additions such as the hand painted backdrop or watercolour paint effect below add interest to a large print. Lots of people may tell you to get a CD or USB of the digital files. It is best to ask yourself what you will do with these files. If it is just to be able to share photos on social media, many photographers have options for this. You are paying a professional photographer to take beautiful artwork of your precious new child, I suggest having the photographer print the photos professionally as well. Photographers passionate about delivering high quality images have calibrated monitors, submitted test prints and know exactly how the photo’s colour contrast will turn out. Professional labs also have archival quality products with all albums, prints canvases lasting usually a minimum of 80 years.Print labs that do not cater to professionals will have vastly varying degrees of quality. Before I was professional, I had one of my prints printed at a reputable local lab. The contrast of the photos were so off, you could not tell the difference between my skin and dress in a black and white image!!! Yes, it was that bad!  I am now an absolute stickler about quality for my clients, searching for the best quality and price.  Prints last a lifetime, while digital formats change, degrade and fail quite regularly. I have a photograph that I recently restored of my mother when she was around 3 years old riding a horse with  my grandmother who is no longer with us. This is so precious to me and my children, especially since my youngest is around the age my mother was in the photo. This is what I want for my clients, for them to hand down incredible photos over generations!

I wish you luck in finding a photographer that suits your style and that you are comfortable with! And most of all enjoy this precious time with  your new little one. It is cliche, but they really do grow so fast. I can’t believe how time flies with kids!!

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Improve your photography skills, join my 62 day photography challenge

June 30th, 2015

I started taking photography courses when my oldest daughter was 3 months old. I wanted to be able to document her life with beautiful photographs. My oldest daughter is now 6.5 and my youngest is turning 4! Life is so hectic that I don’t capture the precious moments of our life as much as I […]

 

I started taking photography courses when my oldest daughter was 3 months old. I wanted to be able to document her life with beautiful photographs. My oldest daughter is now 6.5 and my youngest is turning 4! Life is so hectic that I don’t capture the precious moments of our life as much as I once thought I would. I mostly save photographing my kids for vacation time or blog posts! Many photo challenges have piqued my interest, but I don’t necessarily want to photograph a certain theme a day. These are great to force you out of your comfort and grow, but I want to simply capture what inspires me! In attempt to change my ways, and grow photographically, I am creating a 62 day summer photography challenge! One photo every day of July and August AND posting on Instagram. (Actually posting will be a big stretch for me, as my poor Instagram account has a mere 13 photos posted! Yes, I need to pay more attention to my neglected social media outlets) Challenges are a fabulous way to hone  your skills, and experiment. I am using this time to practice lighting!  Great light can transform an ok image into stunning. I am also going to capture more of the everyday moments of my children that inspired me to improve my photography and start my business.

Are you looking to challange your self and improve your photography? Join this challenge with me! Simply hashtag #jdancephotochallenge and write your name in the comments. I would love to see what inspires you! Also, you can call me out if I miss a day 😉

 

Wondering about the Holga camera my daughter is using?? It is a plastic “toy” camera that uses medium format film! As it is a plastic lens, it creates a strong vignette and unique feel to images.  The cameras are inexpensive $20-$40, but you do have the added cost of film and developing medium format prints. Here is one of my prints taken with a Holga. They are very fun to play with!!

 

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Best Time to have your maternity Photographed

June 3rd, 2015

Pregnancy is such a miraculous  and exciting time in ones life that many want to capture with photography. The best time to capture your adorable belly  is around 28-32 weeks of pregnancy.  The baby bump is getting nice and round, but you are not yet at the incredibly uncomfortable stage. For expectant moms carrying twins, earlier […]

 

Pregnancy is such a miraculous  and exciting time in ones life that many want to capture with photography. The best time to capture your adorable belly  is around 28-32 weeks of pregnancy.  The baby bump is getting nice and round, but you are not yet at the incredibly uncomfortable stage. For expectant moms carrying twins, earlier is best as you may grow more quickly than with a single pregnancy. I would suggest contacting a photographer early in your pregnancy. Most professional photographers have a consultation to get to know you and what you are looking for in your maternity photographs.  This is a great opportunity for the photographer to help you gauge the best timing for your session based on your growth and any possible health concerns. Closer to the end of pregnancy after 34 weeks mots of moms can start retaining more water and get very uncomfortable!! Those babies love digging feet up under moms ribs, this uncomfort will show in the photos. This beautiful mommy had her session at 32 weeks.

 

 

Another thing to consider in your maternity session are some family photographs. This baby will be coming into a family, so however your family is composed, include them!

 

 

In this shoot I brought a little treat for the toddler to have while sitting beside me. I was then able to get some great shots of mom and dad. It is the love for each other that created this baby and family, lets capture it!! How special for the children to have loving photographs of their parents to look back upon when older. If you have questions about maternity photography, contact me, and I would be happy to give you more information!