Category : Grads

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!

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!

 

Bring your Horse to your Grad Photo Session

Words I love to hear, “My daughter wants her photos done at a barn with her horse”. Um, yeah, I think I can handle that! Oh, and why not throw on a pretty dress and bring the family. Good idea. Glad ya thought of that, Mom 😉 Grad photos are always enjoyable but I love the added challenge excitement of including animals. Look that this beautiful creature!  And, this stunning grad! What a dress. I do sometimes pinch myself that this is my job. I’ve been photographing for over 12 years now and I can still honestly say I really love what I do.  Congratulations to this sweet and kind girl. Brynn, you really are a natural in front of the camera!  Wishing you all the best.

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

Ten Years Goes Too Quickly

When you’re a kid no one tells you how quickly ten years goes by when you become an adult.  As a child, summers seem to go on for years and the school year, that felt like decades! But, alas, time does fly as you grow up. Ten years ago I photographed this family at Elwood park and the two delightful daughters were girly and giggly. Now the oldest is graduating and both are sweet and elegant. It was really wonderful to celebrate with them. We managed to capture a myriad of locations, which of course always make this photographer happy. Congratulations beautiful Callie!  Hoping your next ten years are full of laughter and happiness…and don’t fly by too quickly!

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

Four Steps to Choosing Your Photo Session Wardrobe

I get asked all the time by clients about wardrobe and I often send them to Pintrest for ideas. It is loaded with inspiration but sometimes we all need a super simple way to plan. When doing my own family sessions I like to keep things really easy because I’m surrounded by boys who aren’t big fans of dressing up.  With this in mind, I made a chart with four steps to choosing your photo session wardrobe. This makes it easy to pick a wardrobe for your family photo session that works with your own personal style.  It helps to start by picking just two or three main colours and working with a variety of tones.  You’ll see this sample wardrobe is blue, purples and beige and there is a variety of each but in different tones so it’s not too matchy. I hope this helps you design your own wardrobe the next time you have a family photo session.

Thanks for visiting Perfect Moments Photography 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!

Raquel’s Grad – Abbotsford Grad Photographer

Grad season is always fun for me. I love watching the excitement and anticipation on the glowing faces of each student I have the honour of photographing. I also love the pretty dresses that always seem to reflect the wearer’s personality just right. Yes, I’m a little bit girly I admit. Maybe it’s because I’m always surrounded by boys that think a golf shirt and jeans is dressing up! Needless to say, I love the hair and make up, the glitz and glitter and all that comes along with a girl’s end of high school festivities. I’m grateful that in so many ways my job fulfills my fix for all things girly. I will never get that fix in my house full of boys and their toys! 😉 Here’s the radiant Raquel being, well, radiant! Such a perfectly lovely subject. Congratulations Raquel! You’re a gem in front of the camera. All the best with your future endeavors!

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Year in Review – Abbotsford Portrait Photographer

Well, this is a first! I’ve never done a Year in Review post and although I know things like this usually happen early in January, I thought it was time I tried one for myself! Better late than never, right? I was originally going through photos in order to start a new business Instagram account. I’ve been feeling like I need a new open platform to give clients a sneak peek into some of my work and Instagram seemed like the perfect place to start!  I took a little time (okay, way too much time) going through each and every family, newborn, toddler, maternity, engagement and wedding session I did during the last year and chose one photo from each.  JUST one. That was the really hard part! I get to know these clients so well during our time together that we leave as friends! How am I supposed to pick one picture out of all that fun? Still, I managed to do it, and here is the beautiful result! A little slice of the beautiful memories we made together this past year. Here’s to another great year, everyone! Enjoy!

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This absolutely stunning girl is a dream in front of the camera. We enjoyed a breezy, sunny day before she was off to her prom. The vintage car was a nice touch and completmented her classic pale pink dress. Best of luck with all your future endeavors Kaitlyn!

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The Falk Family and Josh’s Grad – Abbotsford Family Photographer

If clients need a hand deciding on a location for their photo sessions, I always love to give them a few ideas. I’ve discovered so many wonderful locations over the years to set a pretty scene. It seems like McDonald park is everyone’s favorite lately and I can definitely see why! You can’t help but appreciate the big beautiful trees that tower above the lovely riverside setting. It’s the perfect setting for memorable, beautiful photos. You’ll never hear any complaints from me; I love this place too!

I met up with this awesome family to combine a grad session and family session one warm June night. Mom worked hard to pick out just the right outfits for her family and the colours blended fabulously with the natural background. We started with the classic family photos and then took some time to focus on the new graduate and his incredibly cool choice of props, a classic car.
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Brooklyn’s Grad – Abbotsford Family Photographer

Here is a nice collection of photos to celebrate Brooklyn’s Grad. Her dress was fantastic! The first location we photographed was  at was edgy,  colorful and stylishly urban and it made for some fantastic photos. I always love the way pictures on the railroad tracks turn out. We also took some shots in a whimsical field  filled with tall grasses and gorgeous sunset light filtering through the trees. Brooklyn is a wonderful and beautiful person and I wish her every happiness in the future. Brooklyn's Grad Brooklyn's Grad Brooklyn's Grad Brooklyn's Grad Brooklyn's Grad Brooklyn's Grad Brooklyn's Grad Brooklyn's Grad