Category : Maternity

Gold Star to Dad

I appreciate it when I hear from a dad. And, I admit, it doesn’t happen that often. Moms are the typical “photo session booker”. So, when the roles switch I can’t help but give a gold star to dad. This dad cared a lot about capturing the perfect photos of his growing family. We had some really great conversations leading up to the session. Planning the perfect time, location, and wardrobe can be challenging. We’re always here to help with plenty of ideas to get you ready though. We even offer maternity dresses! A pale pink dress worked perfectly with the sunset lighting.  As you can see, Dad deserved his gold star.  He was so proud of his beautiful wife and growing family.

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!

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 Specials

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!

 

Forests, Streams, Fields, Ponds and Mountains

I am a true nature lover so I was quite excited when this session managed to capture so many things I love. We had forests, streams, fields, ponds and distant mountains.  The perfect lighting and the perfect couple brought it all together.  The forest and creek area bring up the ethereal feel that I love. The mom-to-be’s dress choices were divine and couldn’t have gone better with her surroundings.  I’m pretty happy with the results.  Congrats to this lovely couple who will welcome their little one soon.

Thanks for visiting my page! I am an Abbotsford maternity, and newborn 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!

Just trust me….says the photographer

As a photographer I’m always looking for the best spots to photograph. Sometimes getting that spot involves a little mud and some goose poop. Thankfully, this couple followed me without complaint off the beaten trail. They may have gotten a little mud between their toes (and perhaps a little of that poop) but they smiled the whole time. I think it was worth it for the photos beside the water and hopefully, they’ll agree 🙂  Thanks for being great sports, you two. Thanks for visiting my page! I am an Abbotsford 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!

Abbotsford Maternity Photographer – The “M” family

We had so much rain this winter that there wasn’t time to postpone some sessions I did. Thankfully, this great little family was willing to photograph outside a bit, regardless of weather. If you look closely you can see the raindrops on the water but I think it adds an ethereal look to the photos. Thanks for putting up with the rain beautiful “M” family. You are the best!

I just photographed the little baby girl they welcomed and I’m sure I’ll be blogging that soon.   Thanks for visiting my page! I am an Abbotsford 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!

Outdoor Maternity Photography Session – Abbotsford Photographer

I love this beautiful outdoor Abbotsford location for photography sessions and just look at this glowing momma to be!   We have been so hit and miss with the weather this spring that even though there was rain in the forecast, we decided to go ahead with her maternity session. When you are near the end of your pregnancy we only have so much time left to capture these special moments. The sun was out and the two and a half year old was smiley and sweet.

Thanks for visiting my page! I am an Abbotsford 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!

Abbotsford Maternity & Newborn Photogapher

What to do when a maternity & newborn post gets saved in drafts and forgotten? Post it anyway! These two wonderful people were here months and months ago for their maternity and newborn session. They were not only great in front of the camera but also kind and fun to work with behind the scenes. I loved the location in the flowers we chose for their maternity session. It suits them well because they are both in the horticultural business.  The date of the newborn session was one of those crazy, smokey days we had last summer so we opted for a indoor studio session.  Dad brought the perfect flowers to complement his daughter. Way to go, dad!

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

Abbotsford Maternity Photographer – Chatnee & Ron

A break from the rainy days was sure appreciated when I visited this couple’s beautiful property in the backwoods of Mission. As with many of my return clients, these two lovebirds were married a few years ago and contacted me when their first child was on the way. It really is my favourite; photographing people at these incredibly special times of their lives. I also love how this couple incorporated their own personality into this session, too. Check out the chainsaw photo below! They sure know how to have a good time and I know their child will have amazing adventures with them as parents. Congrats Chatnee & Ron! Can’t wait to meet your baby soon.

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

Abbotsford Outdoor Maternity & Newborn Photographer

Catch up post! Here are some photos from months ago that I felt really captured my style as a maternity & newborn photographer.  These people were truly lovely and their maternity and newborn sessions were really enjoyable. I have since been back to this location in the fall and it’s just as stunning as the summer. Hoping to capture it this spring!

A few weeks after this sun filled maternity session baby Delilah came into the world. She was a precious angel and her older sister was just as wonderful.

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