Category : Children

Bonds of Love

You can see so clearly the bonds of love this mother shares with her son.  She is his whole world, his best friend and playmate, his comfort and safety.  Together, I’m sure they’ll make it through any challenge that comes their way.  That is a pretty special thing to have and cherish-those special bonds of love.

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!

Picture-Perfect Siblings

How lucky am I to capture these picture-perfect siblings?  This darling baby girl and her very proud big sister created a magical studio session.  When awake, baby was captivated by my movements.  She watched me intently for a while.  Unfortunately, she found me boring and she went back to sleep.  She doesn’t know yet how entertaining I can be jumping around to capture the shot!  Don’t worry dear girl, there’s plenty of time for you to learn as I watch you grow.  Just ask your big sister!  Asleep or awake, you are both still picture-perfect siblings.

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

 

Down In The Woods Today

When I went down to the woods today, I found a big surprise.  This darling girl was having a picnic.  A picnic with a birthday cake!  Beneath the trees, where nobody sees, she played hide and seek as long as she pleased.  Cause that’s the way, this darling girl had her picnic.  Thankfully, there were no bears, teddy or otherwise, down in the woods today.

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!

Wiggles and Giggles

Sometimes the wiggles and giggles hit.  It can be a challenge to keep kids in a pose but I know there will be smiles.  So when the giggles set in, I could tell these photos would be great.  See for yourself.  His laughter was infectious and he kept smiling.  This little guy is going to keep his family laughing for years to come.  I know he kept me smiling the whole time.

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!

Beautiful One

This was a beautiful one, a beautiful first birthday! They look great all dressed up.  What a way to celebrate their daughter’s milestone.  It doesn’t matter if you dress up or come casual.  The most important thing is to relax and have fun.  If you aren’t able to do that all gussied up, then consider wearing casual clothes to your session.  Your comfort really translates into the quality of images I am able to capture.  So whether you decide to be formal or casual, I will do my best to ensure you, too, have a beautiful one!

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

Celebrate One with Me

First birthdays are a big deal.  No matter how many kids you already have, each first birthday is special.  That’s why I love it when a family celebrates together and invites me to come along.  Smiles and joy were in order the whole time as these guys knew how to have fun.  There was lots of time to run and be goofy, too.  I enjoyed working with this family a few years back when they just had two kiddos. The addition of a little girl was sure a welcomed one! Happy Birthday little lady!

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!

Fun in the Forest

What better way is there to celebrate turning one than having fun in the forest?  River dressed for the part in his plaid.  He had a great time discovering trees, ferns, and moss.  So many textures to feel and stuff to learn.  However, not everything was to his liking as modeling can be a hard job!  It is exhausting to be charming all the time especially when you’d rather explore.  Next time he’s just going to bring Mom and his dogs.  There is still so much fun in the forest to discover.

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

One Year Old Princess Session

Every moment in my new studio feels like such a blessing. I’m so grateful that I am able to continue working at my passion and now I get to do it in a space that inspires me daily. Also, because of the additional space, I’m able to start acquiring even more props. This means I can now offer fully decorated cake smashes. I did my first one last week for this little doll. I couldn’t have been more excited when her momma requested the princess theme and liked my pink and gold colour scheme. We started off with some classic photos and then spent a little time in our fairy tale land. I could not have asked for a better princess to photograph. She is a truly delightful little girl. Happy first birthday little lady!

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

 

5 Ways to Have a Fun Family Photo Session

You’ve contacted your photographer, booked your session, changed the date due to rainstorms, bought clothes, returned clothes, bought new clothes, changed your husband’s work schedule, cried when the three year old got a giant bruise on his head and now, it’s finally here, family photo day!  Phew, I’m exhausted just thinking about the work that goes into a family session!  If you’re anything like me, you really, really love great photos but you don’t love the work that goes into them. Thanks to my many failing moments as a mom in FRONT of the camera (as well as behind) I’ve come up a short list of things I think will help almost any parent navigate the wonderful world of family photo sessions.  From one hard working parent to another, we got this!

1. Prep your family – Have them fed, watered and clothed (okay, that’s a given).  But really, I also suggest to prepare them mentally. I’m sure most of you do this but just in case here it is – tell them about it. Like, a million times! Even the husbands (especially the husbands!). Give them a shorthand, age appropriate list of what to expect. Okay, don’t type the list. Just a quick verbal one will do 🙂

2. Just Relax – Let’s face it, it takes so much work to wrangle all your troops and get them to the location, by the time you get there, most people are tired and stressed. But, to get those fun, relaxed and magical moments, being stressed isn’t the best way to start. Just remember, you’re not just taking photos, you’re making memories. If little Joey doesn’t want to smile it won’t change the fact that little Joey is adorable and lovable all the same. Pick your battles and try to enjoy the ride. The kids will likely enjoy it all the more if their parents are laughing through the process too.

3. Let the Magic Happen – My favourite photos are often the ones that aren’t really perfect but the emotion captured makes them magical.  Such as the third photo below of the the child kissing his brother’s head while his sister reaches down to pull the hair of her other brother. These are the candid moments that capture the magic of childhood. And, this can happen when you let yourselves just go with the flow.

4.  You don’t Have to be the Boss – As a photographer, it’s nice to have parents give their kids a little warm guidance. And, it’s best when it’s just that; little and warm. I love to engage and play with kids so that they feel comfortable and then gently guide them in posing.  Most kids can only handle one boss at a time so let me take over for a while and give yourself a break.

5. Bring Treats – If you’re coming to me for photos, don’t worry, I’m fully stocked with treats at all times. See below!  I’m shameless and never above bribery and it’s  the main thing one thing I rely on to get good photos of children;)   I hope your kids are okay with sugar!!

 

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!

Behind the Scenes – Editing Photos Before & After

Who out there doesn’t love a good before and after?! I admit, I love them. I mean, love, love, love them! There is something so utterly satisfying about seeing something not so fabulous turned into something amazing. I especially love renovation before and afters so I hope to post some for the new studio soon – just waiting for everything to be 100% complete. For now, I’ll have a little fun with a session I did last fall.

On average, a family photo session takes between 8-12 hours. Yes. You read that correctly! 8-12 hours of time!  But how?!  You ask. Here’s a list to give you an idea of a typical session:

  • 1 hour emails and/or phone calls booking and prepping for session
  • .5 hour data entry, invoice, payment collection, receipt, contract
  • .5 hour location scouting before the session. I usually arrive early or visit the place before hand.
  • .5 hour clean and prep equipment. Choose blankets and props. Most importantly, fill Pez dispensers for children 🙂
  • .5 hour drive to and from location
  • 1-1.5 hours actually taking the photos
  • 1-2 hours upload the images and choose the best ones
  • 4-5 hours Lightroom Edit, Photoshop Edit, Rename files and turn each image into Black&White copy
  • .5 hour upload images to the online gallery, email the client and follow up with a thank-you

As you can see, a big chunk of that time is choosing and editing the photos I give.  I will admit, I shoot loads of images! If I’m giving you between 60-80 photos I’ve probably shot about 400 to get those best ones. I used to feel terrible about this until I went to a talk given by a famous National Geographic photographer who shoots about 30,000 and narrows them down to about 8 for the magazine!  Okay, my numbers aren’t so bad 😉 Needless to say,  there is a lot of time and care put into each photo before my clients ever sees them. It’s a huge part of the creative process and I love it.

The photos below show the image straight out of the camera and after editing.  These clients were so kind and sweet. They just immigrated to Canada too! It was fun to capture their first family photos in their new home. Welcome Pedersen family!  I hope you love this country as much as I do.

 

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!