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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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Summer Evening walk in Tynehead Park, Surrey BC

July 20th, 2014

It is summer!! My family is enjoying quality time off together in the sun! I took a couple pics of my girls on an evening walk though Tynehead Regional Park in Surrey BC. I just love the shot of her walking with purpose and a dirty behind, so cute!! My oldest is especially excited for a […]

 

It is summer!! My family is enjoying quality time off together in the sun! I took a couple pics of my girls on an evening walk though Tynehead Regional Park in Surrey BC. I just love the shot of her walking with purpose and a dirty behind, so cute!!

My oldest is especially excited for a summer break from school (just finished K, going into grade one). To keep her engaged with writing and creating, I decided to create a special space for her in the family room.  She had fun going to the store and picking out new crayons, pencil crayons etc.. (old crayons eaten by little sister who now promises to not chomp on the new ones!) She excitedly placed all her workstation supplies in mason jars and arranged with some books. The idea came from the “playful Learning” website. (Found on Pintrest. Love this website, it is incredible!) I also added an alphabet chart and some amazing printable writing books from “Teachers pay Teachers”   You do not have to be a teacher to sign up. It has amazing resources, some free, some for a small fee.

If any moms out there have suggestions on fun summer learing please feel free to share!

 






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3rd Birthday Party Inspired by Pinterest

July 8th, 2014

My baby girl turned 3 this month! How time flies when you are having fun! I found great inspiration for her birthday on Pinterest!  (Here is the link to my Pinterest Board) My daughter wanted a pink cake. We both loved the pink ombre rose cake, and the paper rose streamers went so well with […]


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My baby girl turned 3 this month! How time flies when you are having fun! I found great inspiration for her birthday on Pinterest!  (Here is the link to my Pinterest Board) My daughter wanted a pink cake. We both loved the pink ombre rose cake, and the paper rose streamers went so well with the cake!

My oldest daughter has many allergies,  so I  made a double batch of Chef Chloe’s vegan “Fluffy coconut cupcakes” and Coconut Frosting. I then followed the assembly instructions from the pinned recipe. The cake looked so good, she couldn’t resist a little taste of icing during pictures!! Happy Birthday my little love!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

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Happy Easter! Fun Easter Egg Hunt

April 20th, 2014

Wishing everyone a Happy Easter! I took my girls out the other night for a pre-easter egg hunt! (It was a beautiful 19 degrees evening,  making the cute dresses possible with out the girls freezing!) Yes this is another magical evening light, I love it!       Dresses from: Winners (purchased in winter) Eggs […]


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Wishing everyone a Happy Easter!

I took my girls out the other night for a pre-easter egg hunt! (It was a beautiful 19 degrees evening,  making the cute dresses possible with out the girls freezing!)

Yes this is another magical evening light, I love it!

 

 

 

Dresses from: Winners (purchased in winter)

Eggs and baskets from: Michaels

Small cream flower hair pin from: Not For Long

Large Flower hair pin: made by me!

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Glamour shoot planning at Crescent beach.

September 25th, 2013

These were taken last week when my 2 year old came along to help map out last Saturdays glamour shoot. She LOVES the beach, anytime we drive remotely close to the beach she calls out “me to beach! go to beach!!”   I had so much fun chasing her around as she played in the […]

 

These were taken last week when my 2 year old came along to help map out last Saturdays glamour shoot. She LOVES the beach, anytime we drive remotely close to the beach she calls out “me to beach! go to beach!!”   I had so much fun chasing her around as she played in the sand and water. Perfect way to spend the morning!

 

 

Book your fall family session by Sept 30 and receive 30% off session fee and product. I have a couple great packages to get you ready for Christmas!!

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Magical evening light at Christina Lake

August 23rd, 2013

This is my oldest daughter, she has such an amazing personality! (I love her little strut down the field.) This impromptu shoot was at Christina Lake, BC,  at 6:30 pm right before the sun went down behind Owl Mountain.  I absolutely love this magical backlighting, although it can be a tricky time of day with […]


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This is my oldest daughter, she has such an amazing personality! (I love her little strut down the field.) This impromptu shoot was at Christina Lake, BC,  at 6:30 pm right before the sun went down behind Owl Mountain.  I absolutely love this magical backlighting, although it can be a tricky time of day with little kids. My 2 year old was far too tuckered from playing in the lake all day to make the shoot!

 

 

 

 

 

Note: The beautiful dress, complete with iridescent beading is from my favourite Children’s boutique, Not For Long. Be sure to stop by the store during the month of September to check out incredible raffle prizes! The proceeds are going to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.