Category : Extended Family

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!

Extended Family

There’s nothing more rewarding than the fun of an extended family photo session.  Especially when that family loves to be together and knows how to have fun!  Isn’t it obvious they like to play?  It makes my job so much easier when everyone is relaxed and forgets I’m there.  That’s when the magic happens and I’m able to capture incredible candid moments.  I got the height of Dad playing “toss my boy” but I sure wish I could have caught Mom’s shocked face, too! This extended family lives and loves well as is evident by the ear to ear smiles and the constant laughter.

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

Kids & Candy – Tynehead Park Extended Family Session

When all else fails to grab the attention of my littlest models, lollipops save the day!  Who doesn’t like a lollipop?  They are sweet joy on a stick.  And truthfully, I just love making kids smile when they see the treats I bring.  They also gave the littlest models enough energy to make it through all the posing and smiling.  If it’s time for you and your family to come have some fun with me please note –  I usually bring enough for the adults too! Thanks for visiting my page! I am an Abbotsford outdoor family photographer based in BC, Canada. If you are interested in booking an outdoor extended family photo session or any other photography session please contact me at perfectmoments@shaw.ca. I look forward to hearing from you!

Abbotsford Extended Family Photographer

Extended families come in all shapes and sizes.  I never know what I’m going to encounter when I meet a new family.  This family, on the other hand, has been near and dear to my photographer’s heart for a while.  They really know how to enjoy each other’s company and know how to play. When you aren’t afraid to look goofy and are able to get lost in the fun, I’m able to capture not only the silliness but also the brief looks of love and moments of tenderness.  So no matter the size and shape of your family, my best advice, just fun with each other!  I’ll handle the rest:)

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

Abbotsford Extended Family Photographer

Extended family photos have scared me in the past. I’ve learned to love them…and bring an assistant. You never know how 3,4,6 or 13 little kids will respond.  I usually tell the adults…just look at me! Never. Look. Away. Never stop smiling.  Then I proceed to attempt to get the kids attention. If the adults do their job 😉 it is much easier to capture what makes each family unique. I now see every extended family as a welcomed challenge.  They no longer instill fear but instead loads of fun.

Thanks for visiting my page! I am an Abbotsford extended family photographer 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!

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!

Abbotsford Extended Family – Outdoor Family Photographer

Love this park, love the light, love the clothing choices and loved the people. This session was a long time coming for this family. Their grandma had been asking for some photos with her grandkids for years. They finally pulled it off and it went perfectly. I’m so glad we have finally got some good weather on the weekends too!  I sure love this sunshine.

Thanks for visiting Perfect Moments Photography. I am based in Abbotsford, 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!