Category : outdoor photographer

Why Candid Family Photography Isn’t Really Candid

I love relaxed and fun photography and many of my clients want this candid look for their photos, too. In reality, candid family photos sessions are not exactly candid at all. Technically speaking, candid means to “take a photo informally, especially without the subject’s knowledge”. But, I’m guessing that when you’re at your photo session, you know you’re getting your photo taken! So, how do I get my photos to look candid?  I actually have to spend some time directing the subjects of my shot.  I know, then it’s not a truly candid moment but unless you’d like me to follow you around, hiding in bushes and taking your photos, it’s what I have to do!

To get that candid look, I might say, “Have a seat on that log”.  Once you’re seated, I say something funny (or really, ridiculous) and I snap a photo of the subject laughing (at me).  Or I say, “Hold hands, walk towards me and look at each other”.  And when the couple says something funny to each other trying to get rid of the awkwardness, I snap the photo of them laughing.  The candid moments are there but they are in the unpredictably of how each person will act or react to my direction. These are the magic moments I’ve mentioned in other posts. I love these moments.  You may have thought I bring the expertise and do the hard work, but actually,  it’s really you!  You and your family bring the magically candid moments and those moments are the best.

Here are some photos that highlight a fun and relaxed family who gave me many delightful “candid” moments.

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!

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!

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!