Archive for 2016

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 […]

 

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 […]

 

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) […]

 

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!