Posts Tagged ‘Candid children’s photography Surrey BC’

Gratitude and Family Fall photography in South Surrey

January 28th, 2017

I am so grateful for the opportunity to photograph families over the years as the children grow. I have been photographing these cuties since the youngest was born, and she is now in Kindergarten. The expression of kids growing fast, is so true. As parents, seeing kids daily in our busy lives, we and don’t […]

 

I am so grateful for the opportunity to photograph families over the years as the children grow. I have been photographing these cuties since the youngest was born, and she is now in Kindergarten. The expression of kids growing fast, is so true. As parents, seeing kids daily in our busy lives, we and don’t always stop and notice how much they change in a year until it is seen in photographs. Yearly family photographs is an incredible gift to your children, and your future self.  This family fall photo shoot was at Kwomais Point Park, in South Surrey.

 


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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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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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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!!