Secret, Secret, I got a Secret.

I have a little secret I never tell my clients. I stress out about photo sessions. Full truth, I worry. I worry about the weather, I worry about the location, I worry about the children, I worry about the colour of the leaves, I worry about the length of the grass…okay, I just worry. I want my client’s sessions to be lovely and stress free. I don’t unload my own worry on them. But, it’s true, deep down inside, I worry. I’m sure it has something (okay, a lot) to do with my perfectionist side. Or, something to do with my (some might say a tad controlling) Type A personality type. Either way it’s there and I have to balance it with logic, reason, and solutions. The logic and reason says, no Anita, you can’t control the weather. No, you can’t control what kids do. No, you can’t make grass grow faster. That is a good first step. But, the solution part is where I jump in and shine. Control the controllable, so to speak. To appease my anxiety, I scout locations and measure grass. Okay, I don’t measure grass but I do look at the leaves…and the grass.

Below is an example of how much things can change in a short time and why I can often be found craning out my truck window for a glance at a trail beside the road. If you are asking for a colourful fall session, I will know where and when to find it. It can change so quickly though. These first few photos are just one week apart and you’ll see the difference a week makes. The last two images were done when fall had waved its final goodbye and the leaves were scarce.  If I’m photographing a session, I will think about all these things and decide if the place we are headed to will properly lend itself to good photography. I will think about clouds and sunshine, back-lighting and glare, the slipperiness of a boardwalk, the chance of fallen trees (those are everywhere now!), the way the wind is blowing and oh, so many other things.  Some (aka my husband) might say, I’m taking all this too seriously!  But, it matters to me. I want to produce beautiful images for my clients along with beautiful memories to go along with them. So, I will continue to worry and measure grass look at leaves.

Thanks for visiting my page! I am an Abbotsford family, maternity, and newborn photographer. I am based in beautiful British Columbia. If you are interested in booking a photography session please contact me at perfectmoments@shaw.ca. I look forward to hearing from you!

What’s the Best Time of Day for Photos?

I get this question ALL THE TIME and it’s  an easy  a complicated answer.  So here’s my attempt to answer it, once and for all. What’s more fun than answering a question with a question?!  How about more questions?!  Here are THREE questions you can ask yourself before your next photo session. Yes, they are in order of importance!

1. What is the happiest time of day for your kids?  Happy kids are the most important so if bedtime is at 7:30pm let’s not book your sunset session for 8pm. If your kids are teenagers and their happiest time is between 11pm and 2am, I’m sorry, you’re out of luck. It’s dark outside and I will be sleeping. But perhaps an 8pm session will work for you:)

2. What Month is it?  The best time for soft lighting is often the hour or two after sunrise and before sunset. Here are the approximate times for each month.

  • January – Between 8:30am-11:30am and 2:00pm-4:30pm
  • February – 7:30am-10:30am and 3:00pm-5:30pm
  • March – Before Time Change (second Sunday of the month) 7:30am-10:00am and 3:30-6:00pm
  • March After Time Change 8:00am – 10:30am & 5:00pm – 7:30pm
  • April – 6:30am – 9am & 5:30pm – 8:00pm
  • May – 6:00am – 9:30am & 6:00pm – 8:30pm
  • June – 5am – 7:30am & 6:30pm – 9:00pm
  • July – 5:30am- 8:00am & 6:30pm – 9:00pm
  • Aug – 6:00am – 8:30am & 6:00pm – 8:30pm
  • Sept – 7:00am – 10:00am & 5:00pm – 7:30pm
  • October – 7:30am – 10:30am & 4:00pm – 6:30pm
  • November (Time Change first Sunday of the month) 8:00am – 11:00am & 2:00pm – 4:30pm
  • December 8:30am – 11:30am &  1:30pm-4:00pm

3. What do I do if these times don’t work for my family?

Don’t worry. I know most people don’t want to get up for a 6:30am session. And, most little kids aren’t at their happiest at 8pm. Here are some ideas to make almost any time of day work for your family.

  • If you have to book your session at times that are probably going to be sunny (such as July at 1pm or even October at 11:30am) make sure you choose a location that has plenty of shade. This ensures you won’t have squinty eyes and unattractive shadows.
  • If you’re booking your session in a typically cloudy season (such as November) go ahead and book during the middle of the day. Again, just be sure there are shady places if we are lucky enough to get some sunshine.

That was easy, right?!  Okay, not that easy but hopefully this will make scheduling your next session just a little simpler for you. And, because no post is complete without photos, here are some photos showing different seasons and times.

Sunrise fall session. Fog, an added bonus!!

The sunset glow late one fall day.

Cloudy day late fall photos.

A very sunny, late spring day so we choose a place with loads of shade for this precious little lady.

There were high winds for this hot, summer session.  It was late morning so again, we found a place with lots of shade and a little shelter from the wind. As you can see, the wind still got us sometimes 🙂

The golden hour for photography. Summer sunset around 8-9pm

Winter – These next two sessions were in December when the leaves were officially gone. I count this session as winter although it was Dec 1st. It looks like winter so I’m calling it that! The light was low on the horizon at 2:30pm when we did these.

Winter golden hour between 3-4pm.

Now it’s your turn to decide. What’s your favourite season and time of day for a session?  Remember it the next time you plan your family photo session.

Thanks for visiting my page! I am an Abbotsford family, maternity, and newborn photographer. I am based in beautiful British Columbia. If you are interested in booking a photography session please contact me at perfectmoments@shaw.ca. I look forward to hearing from you.

New Studio Specails

There’s nothing like a new year to give me the feeling of a fresh start…well…almost nothing. The new studio is really doing that too!

To celebrate I’ve decided to offer some amazing deals this winter.
* 20 minute sessions on weekdays
* Include your best 10 images, fully edited and delivered to you digitally.
* If you’d like to add another family member to the sibling or family photos it’s just $20 and includes an additional 5 minutes.
* The portrait session is good for a mini maternity or corporate head shots too!
* Sorry, newborn sessions aren’t included with these deals. They need more time and attention.:)

Contact us today for your booking!

 

Stop Makin’ Me Laugh!

Blue balloons for the birthday boy?  Yes, but Daddy is also a huge Toronto Maple Leafs fan.  The blue balloons celebrate both of Dad’s loves, his son and the Leafs!  When Dad has humour like that, is it any wonder this little guy kept me laughing?  Or maybe he’s so happy because his parents are relaxed and kind?  Either way, he might go down in history as one of my favourite models due to his many amazing expressions.  We had a great time capturing this first birthday milestone.

I am an Abbotsford family, maternity, and newborn photographer. I am based in beautiful British Columbia. If you are interested in booking an outdoor photography session please contact me at perfectmoments@shaw.ca.

Smoke or Fog…I’m going with Fog!

Anyone who’s enjoyed summer in BC these last few years will tell you that we’ve been plagued by horrible forest fire seasons. I am hopeful that eventually, we will see an end to this trend. For now, I will continue to work in it and pretend it’s fog because, really, it can be beautiful (even if it does cause dry throats)! These people didn’t seem to mind much and agreed that the smoke did lend a rather moody feel to the photos.  And, as always, they were well dressed and beautiful!  Did you know I adore the mountains?  I love looking at them, climbing them, and especially using them as the backdrop for amazing family photos.  When Melanie (the pretty momma) asked if I knew any good places that showcased them, this spot came to mind immediately. It’s popular in the Fraser Valley photographer’s world but I hadn’t ventured out to visit it yet. It was worth the drive because even shrouded with “fog”,  they too, looked fantastic! Have I mentioned I love those mountains?!

Thanks for visiting my page! I am an Abbotsford family, maternity, and newborn photographer. I am based in beautiful British Columbia. If you are interested in booking an outdoor photography session please contact me at perfectmoments@shaw.ca. I look forward to hearing from you!

Turning One is Serious Business!

Bowties are serious business but so is turning one! What a joy to celebrate this milestone with such a delightful guy. He was very happy to show off his big boy ability to pose for my camera. His reward for being so good? Cake, of course. Although he wasn’t too sure about icing. . . it’s sticky, you know and he’s wearing his best tie! Despite the mess, his future looks as bright as his smile.

Thanks for visiting my page! I am an Abbotsford maternity, newborn, children and family photographer. I am based in beautiful British Columbia. If you have a little person turning one please contact me for a session. I’d love to capture their milestone birthday.  Email perfectmoments@shaw.ca. I look forward to hearing from you!

Sunrise on the Pond

Anyone willing to meet at 6:45 a.m. for a summer session earns a gold star in my book. And this family sure did earn it.  We had a great time walking through a foggy (& smokey) park. It was well worth the effort to get this stunningly golden light.  I hope they agree.  Dad brought this amazing “daddy energy” which made his littlest girl giggle as he tossed her through the air.  The other two had no need of “daddy energy” since they brought their own special kind.  What fun they had fun running around and mothering their little sister. Special props to the pretty momma who brought this all together too!

Thanks for visiting my page! I am an Abbotsford maternity, newborn and family photographer. I am based in beautiful British Columbia. If you are interested in booking a sunrise photography session please contact me at perfectmoments@shaw.ca. I look forward to hearing from you!

Let’s press the pause button on summer, shall we?!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…or at least one of them! I adore summer. Sunshine is like a magic pill that boosts my happiness. We have a small  problem in this great province of ours though – it usually only lasts about 3 months and I’d like it for about six.  Well, at least I am enjoying it while I can. I’ve had so many warm and golden summer photo sessions. Here is one I did a few weeks back with a bunch of wonderful subjects.  I have the pleasure of calling these people friends.  One family in this group “saw the light” and moved back to British Columbia  after a few years in Alberta.  And what’s a great way to celebrate?  A family photo session of course. Perhaps the other family will “see the light” one day and move back to our amazing province, too 😉  Although, does Alberta get more summer than us?? I’ll have to look into that…

Thanks for visiting my page! I am an Abbotsford family photographer based in BC, Canada. If you are interested in booking a family photo session or any other photography session please contact me at perfectmoments@shaw.ca. I look forward to hearing from you!

Summer Sunsets

I can’t get enough of this sunny weather. Some people might be craving rain but not me. I want to soak up these rays. That’s why I offered a few smaller photo sessions to capture this amazing light on weekday evenings. I find myself wishing for subjects to capture when I see a pretty location with glorious light. This family was game to run through a pretty field during sunset. I enjoyed chasing the boys back and forth across the grass. It reminded me of days gone by with my two boys…cue the nostalgia! I’ll never get tired of capturing childhood and the fun that goes along with it.

Thanks for visiting my page! I am an Abbotsford maternity, newborn and family photographer. I am based in beautiful British Columbia. If you are interested in booking a sunset photography session please contact me at perfectmoments@shaw.ca. I look forward to hearing from you!

Lavender Fields Full of Laughter

A last minute text about kids, a sunset, and a lavender field had me a little more excited than an almost forty year old woman should be. I might have looked more like a school girl doing a happy dance. And, can you blame me? If you are into photography as much as I am, you’ll understand. These kids are seriously fun, too. They are well trained experts in the field of modeling for my camera and as usual, their delightful personalities win my heart. Good looking, polite and kind.  A winning combo.   Thanks for visiting my page! I am an Abbotsford maternity, newborn and family photographer based in BC, Canada. If you are interested in booking a children, family or any other photography session please contact me at perfectmoments@shaw.ca. I look forward to hearing from you!