Category : family photographer

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!

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!

The Adlam Family – Sunset Fall Photo Session

Friendships, like the one I have with this family, are sunshine for the soul.  No matter the struggle, no matter the grief, these folks shine, brightly.  So it was appropriate that they chose to have their session at sunset.  As you can see, they love to laugh and they know how to have fun.  Smiles and joy abound.  Sunshine every time we meet.

Thanks for visiting my page! I am an Abbotsford outdoor photographer 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!

Sunrise Fall Family Photos – The Alibhai Family

Yes, you have to get up with the birds to get sunrise family photos.  But seriously, its worth the effort! This family knew how to start their day with joy. Tickles, cuddles, and kisses kept the smiles coming not to mention the fun.  And that’s what I love about lifestyle photography.  I get to see real people do what they do best.  Care for and about each other.  It’s a joy to capture that special look, the playful moment, the tender kiss, not to mention the full face hug!  So, give it a try sometime and join me for your own sunrise family photo session.

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

Mommy and Me

This is my beautiful friend and her daughter. Photographing “my people” is something incredibly special for me. It fills my heart with joy to watch them interact. When you’re a mom you get a special kind of love.  A love that is generous and unconditional.  A love that binds.  This duo shares that kind of love.  The kind of love that makes you feel secure.  That gives you an identity.  That encourages you to grow up so you too, can love someone well.  This sweet little girl is lucky to have a mom that understands how to nurture love.  It’s a special kind of love, a love that only Mom can provide. I am blessed to witness it.

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

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!