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Little Baby Brother B – Surrey Newborn Photography

July 16th, 2012

I had a last minute contact for a newborn session come in at the end of June and was able to fit this gorgeous little boy in along with his two beautiful sisters!  Baby B was just a little sweetie and slept really well for me so that I could get some perfect shots of […]


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I had a last minute contact for a newborn session come in at the end of June and was able to fit this gorgeous little boy in along with his two beautiful sisters!  Baby B was just a little sweetie and slept really well for me so that I could get some perfect shots of him.  His sisters were so adorable with him and I am sure he will have not one but three mommies to answer to! Now on to the photos!

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The Biggest and Best List of Greater Vancouver Summer Activities!

June 8th, 2012

Summer is fast upon us and with only a few weeks left of school the kids will soon be home for the summer! Last month I put out an inquiry for ideas as to what fun activities you do with your kids over the summer. I promised that I would compile the list and after […]

 

Summer is fast upon us and with only a few weeks left of school the kids will soon be home for the summer! Last month I put out an inquiry for ideas as to what fun activities you do with your kids over the summer. I promised that I would compile the list and after spending much time looking for the ever important links to the details I think I have come up with a pretty comprehensive list! So without further delay here is a nice big list of fun and exciting things to do in Metro Vancouver over the summer.

Some of these activities are free and some are tourist attractions. Have a browse, bookmark, share with your friends and come back on those days you are stuck and can’t think of something to do!

 

Fun and Free or Low Cost At Home Activities and Crafts:

60 Summer Activities for Kids from Martha Stewart

Make Ice Cream in a bag

50 Summer Crafts for Kids

Make a Kite then Fly it!

Make a Puppet Theatre

Make Puppets

Make your own sidewalk chalk

Build a Backyard Obstacle Course

Travel Scavenger Hunt Lists Ready to Print

Nature Scavenger Hunt Ideas

Water balloon Ideas

Water Fight Party Ideas

Bubbles! Science World’s Special Bubble Recipes

Build a Fort in the Backyard

Fun Kid Friendly Card Games

Start a Garden – Tips on easy to grow items

Make Homemade Playdough

Make Sun Catchers

Do some fun Science Experiements (videos included)

Go Camping in the Backyard

Home Depot Kids Activities

Kids Bowl Free Program at Various Lanes

 

Camping, Hiking, Lakes and Outdoor Fun:

BC Campsites

Accommodations in BC

Othello Tunnels (great for hiking and biking)

5 North Shore Family Friendly Hikes

Hiking at Bridal Falls

Mud Bay Trail Walk

Reifel Bird Sanctuary

Free Educational all ages Astronomy Programs at SFU

Whonnock Lake

Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club at Whonnock Lake (Programs throughout the summer for all ages)

Buntzen Lake

Crescent Beach

WhiteRock Beach

Horseback riding at Campbell Valley Park

Free Learn to Fish Programs (throughout BC)

Grouse Mountain

Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park

Wild Play Element Parks (Various Locations)

Pedalheads Bike Camps

Stave Falls Power House

 

Attend one of the many Free Local Festivals:

Langley’s International Festival (great fun for adults and kids alike)

Surrey Canada Day

Langley Canada Day

Maple Ridge Weekends – Fun Free events in the centre of the town aimed at getting families to discover new things.

Surrey Fusion Festival

Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival

Celebration of Light Fireworks

99 Days of summer in Surrey – Ideas for something every day of summer in Surrey

 

Catch a Movie:

Twilight Drive in Langley

Free Outdoor Movies in BC

 

Be a Tourist in your own Town and Visit some of the Tourist Attractions:

Hell’s Gate Airtram

Take the Aquabus around False Creek

The Honeybee Centre and new home to the Bug Lab

Vancouver Aquarium and the new Penguin Exhibit

Vancouver’s Harbour Centre Lookout

Playland

Pacific National Exhibition

Science World

HR MacMillan Space Centre

Stanley Park (Seawall, waterpark, train)

Bloedel Floral Conservatory (There are exotic birds too)

Bear Creek Park Train and Mini Golf

Ride the Skytrain and SeaBus

Big Bus Vancouver Sightseeing

Minter Gardens

Maplewood Farms

Greater Vancouver Zoo

Castle Fun Park in Abbotsford (mini golf and games)

Abbotsford Airshow

Giggle Ridge Mini Golf at Cultus Lake

 

Visit a local Farmer’s or Night Market or pick some of your own fruit:

Vancouver Farmer’s Markets

Metro Vancouver Farmer’s Markets

Surrey Urban Farmer’s Market

Richmond Night Market

Lonsdale Quay Market

UPick Berries, Fruit Etc

 

Go to the Waterslides:

Cultus Lake Waterpark

Bridal Falls Waterslides

Splashdown Waterpark

 

Visit one of the many great Free Splash Parks:

Surrey Water/Spray Parks

Langley Spray Parks

Maple Ridge Park

Harris Road Park in Pitt Meadows

Rocky Point Park

Tri Cities Spray Parks

Burnaby Spray Parks

Vancouver Spray Parks and Wading pools

Richmond Spray Parks

Delta Water Parks

Mission Spray Park and Leisure Centre has weekly summer story time outside and includes a free book (Wednesdays 10:30-11:30 in July and August).

Queen’s Park in New Westminster (Splash Park and Petting Zoo)

 

Attend one of the many Summer Storytimes at the Local Libraries:

Summer Storytimes and Activities at the Fraser Valley Libraries

Summer Storytimes and Activities at Surrey Public Libraries

Summer Storytimes and Activities at the Vancouver Public Libraries

Summer Storytimes and Activities at the Coquitlam Public Library

 

Attend one of the local sports teams games or go to the BC Summer Games:

Vancouver Canadians Baseball Game

Whitecaps Soccer Game

BC Lions Football Game

BC Summer Games (Held in Surrey 2012)

 

Visit a museum or Heritage Site:

Vancouver Art Gallery

Vancouver Maritime Museum

Museum of Vancouver

Burnaby Village Museum

Britannia Mine Museum

Surrey Museum

Dinosaur Exhibit at Royal BC museum in Victoria

West Coast railway Heritage Park in Squamish

Fort Langley Historic Site

 

Explore a Fun New to your Kids Neighborhood:

Granville Island (Waterpark,Market, Ferry)

Steveston Village with Kids

Explore Harrison Hot Springs

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One year old and full of FUN – Langley and Surrey Baby Photographer

June 5th, 2012

Little Miss A came to visit right around her first birthday which also happens to be in the middle of the Christmas rush! So of course it has taken me forever to get these images up on the blog.  Miss A is such a petite little thing but was full of smiles and dancing!  We […]


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Little Miss A came to visit right around her first birthday which also happens to be in the middle of the Christmas rush! So of course it has taken me forever to get these images up on the blog.  Miss A is such a petite little thing but was full of smiles and dancing!  We managed to do a few different setups as well as some updated family photos since their last ones were at Miss A’s Newborn session.  My favorites are the ones of her in the tub with the little duck toys!

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Beautiful Newborn – Miss K – Vancouver Infant Photographer

May 28th, 2012

You may remember this lovely family from their maternity session a while back.  Click here to take a look! They were super cute and big sister was so excited to meet her new little sister!   Miss K was super cute and cooperated like a super model for me during her session!  We used hats, headbands, […]

 

You may remember this lovely family from their maternity session a while back.  Click here to take a look! They were super cute and big sister was so excited to meet her new little sister!   Miss K was super cute and cooperated like a super model for me during her session!  We used hats, headbands, a whole variety of blankets and even took some family photos with the little newborn.  I have been told that big sister is still loving having her little sis around and even volunteers to changes diapers once in a while!

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Miss C – Vancouver and Surrey Newborn Photographer

May 9th, 2012

Little Miss C visited my studio in Langley on the weekend but we only got ONE shot of her the whole time she was there! Yup she was being a little stinker and wouldn’t stop moving and absolutely would NOT sleep! So I had her lovely mommy bring her back yesterday for us to try […]

 

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Little Miss C visited my studio in Langley on the weekend but we only got ONE shot of her the whole time she was there! Yup she was being a little stinker and wouldn’t stop moving and absolutely would NOT sleep! So I had her lovely mommy bring her back yesterday for us to try again.  Well I gather she was up all morning fussing for her mom but right before the session she nursed and was put into her carseat with only her diaper on.  After the short car ride to the studio she was asleep and ready for me to work my newborn posing on her!

Little Miss C didn’t wake up once the entire session and allowed me to change her headband and hat and blanket multiple times.  I was probably the happiest newborn photographer in all of Vancouver yesterday when I opened the images on my computer!  I sat up last night editing instead of doing my laundry just because I was so excited about the images!

So without further ado here is the lovely Miss C!  Please leave some kind words for her mommy and daddy to enjoy!  Also if you like what you see I encourage you to hop over to my facebook fan page and like it so that you can keep current on my work!

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My girl – Vancouver Newborn and Child Photographer

May 5th, 2012

I headed to the studio with the kids this morning as I needed to tidy and put together a new octobox for my lights that has been sitting around for over a year!!!! Yup crazy that I hadn’t put it onto my light yet but now that I have I am IN LOVE!!!  I bribed […]

 

I headed to the studio with the kids this morning as I needed to tidy and put together a new octobox for my lights that has been sitting around for over a year!!!! Yup crazy that I hadn’t put it onto my light yet but now that I have I am IN LOVE!!!  I bribed the kids with chocolate and managed to get a few gorgeous photos of them. Mollie had found an old chinese parasol that I got at Expo 86 and decided to incorporate it into a whole mini asian inspired session!  My little shy girl is apparently turning into a model!

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5 things I Learned this Morning – Surrey and Vancouver Newborn Photographer

May 3rd, 2012

So I am not only a photographer but also a Grade 1 teacher.  I work at the school three days a week and then throw in the photography whenever I can.  I am also of course a mom. When I work as a teacher I have to have my kids up and out of the […]

 

So I am not only a photographer but also a Grade 1 teacher.  I work at the school three days a week and then throw in the photography whenever I can.  I am also of course a mom.

When I work as a teacher I have to have my kids up and out of the house on the way to daycare by no later than 7:15am or I am likely to arrive at work late.  That being said I try and get everything I can ready the night before.  Lunches are premade, clothes are laid out, backpacks are organized and left by the door and anything needed for after school sports or activities has already been put into the car.

Well like everything in life sometimes plans don’t happen exactly as you imagined.  Usually one morning every two weeks ends in a near disaster! Not the car blows up kind of disaster but a full on tears and meltdown kind of disaster.

 

Today was one of those mornings.

 

So I bet you can’t wait to hear what went wrong this morning?  LOL Believe me when I assure you that it isn’t nearly as glamorous as you probably think!

1. Don’t ever sit down on the couch once the kids are in bed unless EVERYTHING is already prepped for the next morning.

This was the first issue as I sat down last night and fell asleep on the couch meaning I woke up at 1am and instead of making sure clothes were out and bags were ready I headed right to bed!

 

2. It really is time to get up when the alarm goes off for the 5th time and you reach to push snooze yet again!

I know this seems obvious but I always think I can just lay in bed a little bit longer.  It doesn’t even seem to matter if I go to bed at 9pm or midnight I ALWAYS want to sleep longer when the alarm goes off.  Unfortunately just because my body feels like it needs more sleep the silly clock keeps moving forward regardless and I end up being late!!!

 

3.  Don’t rely on your kids to put your yummy homemade Rhubarb Cake into your lunch bag and then remember to put it on the counter like you asked.

 

This said lunch bag was on the floor next to the backpacks.  They put the yummy cake into the bag but failed to move the bag up onto the counter.  This resulted in Bella – the lovely scrounge dog taking the cake out of my bag and eating it in about 2 seconds flat.  This all happened while I was blow drying my hair of course!  Fortunately we had another piece so I wasn’t without a snack.  Bella is cute and incredibly good with my kids but man has she eaten or bitten an awful lot of things in my house!!! LOL

4. Under no circumstances should my kids wear tie up shoes when we are in a rush!

Mollie has recently learned how to tie shoe laces and she truly is good at it; however when we are in a rush a different type of footwear is ESSENTIAL!  She first struggled with getting her foot into the shoe as it wasn’t loosened off enough.  Then she couldn’t tie up the laces and have them stay tight.  She ended up trying and trying while in the car on the way to daycare.  Then when we arrived and I opened the door to get her out she burst into tears! 🙁  Poor bug was upset she couldn’t do it on her own.

 

5.  Mommy hugs make almost everything ok!

 

The rushed crazy morning ended up finishing with big hugs and reassurances that life would go on despite the leaving the lunch bag on the floor and not being able to tie shoes well enough.  Both kids were all smiles again when I waved and shut the door of the daycare.

 

I hope everyone gets their own fill of kid hugs today!

 

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