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Growing up – Graduation Portraiture Vancouver and Surrey

August 24th, 2011

So my little cousin graduated this year and we made the trek WAY up north to her teeny tiny town to be a part of the graduation festivities!  Mollie was her candle bearer – someone who is gets the light of knowledge passed onto them.  It was a very cool experience for Mollie as she […]

 

So my little cousin graduated this year and we made the trek WAY up north to her teeny tiny town to be a part of the graduation festivities!  Mollie was her candle bearer – someone who is gets the light of knowledge passed onto them.  It was a very cool experience for Mollie as she LOVES my cousin {M}.  {M} has been coming down to stay with me every single year since Mollie was born for one week during the summer.  It was always a chance for her to get to have fun in the big city, shopping for school clothes and generally sightseeing and relaxing.  Right now she is currently driving down here once again and should arrive tomorrow on my birthday! Except this time she is STAYING and going to university!!! She was accepted with a scholarship to Simon Fraser University!!!! I am so proud of her as that is my old university!  WAY to go {M}!!

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Hudson’s Hope Grad Class of 2010 – Maple Ridge, Surrey Photographer

October 9th, 2010

For the second year in a row I have travelled up to Hudson’s Hope in order to photograph the Graduating class at the High School.  I used to work in this teeny tiny town 4 hours north of Prince George and between Chetwynd and Ft St John.  Yup way in the middle of no where.  […]

 

For the second year in a row I have travelled up to Hudson’s Hope in order to photograph the Graduating class at the High School.  I used to work in this teeny tiny town 4 hours north of Prince George and between Chetwynd and Ft St John.  Yup way in the middle of no where.  In my other life I was a Lifeguard and Swim Instructor and taugh lessons at the pool for 7 years.  These teens who are now graduating were some of the first kids I taught lessons to when they were preschoolers.  I can’t believe they are all grown up now!

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In honour of mothers. {family and child photpgrapher – surrey, bc

May 5th, 2010

In honour of the wonderful Mother’s Day this weekend I have decided to run a special!!!! We all know the one thing most mothers want as a gift – photos of their family!! So give the gift of photos to your special Mommy this Mother’s Day. All sessions booked in the next week will recieve […]

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In honour of the wonderful Mother’s Day this weekend I have decided to run a special!!!! We all know the one thing most mothers want as a gift – photos of their family!! So give the gift of photos to your special Mommy this Mother’s Day. All sessions booked in the next week will recieve $25 off of the package of their choice! So give mom a beautiful card and frame for her special day and tell her she gets to have some family photos taken. Then contact me and book a session for your family or for mom and the kids. Don’t forget about the Grandmas too!!

Book now so your special Mom doesn’t miss out! Now because posts with out photos are boring here is a really crappy iPhone photo of my rugrats!!!

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You are what you wear – Surrey Portrait Photographer

January 13th, 2010

You are what you wear. A little cliché?  Perhaps.  But when it comes to portrait photography, clothing plays a huge role in the success of the finished product. Before we get going – let’s be clear what you’re clothing does NOT need to be: Brand New I’m down with your favorite ripped jeans, retro band […]

 

You are what you wear.

A little cliché?  Perhaps.  But when it comes to portrait photography, clothing plays a huge role in the success of the finished product.

Before we get going – let’s be clear what you’re clothing does NOT need to be:

  1. Brand New

    I’m down with your favorite ripped jeans, retro band T’s, and worn converse shoes – as long as you know how to rock them in your own fabulous style.

  2. Fancy-Schmancy and Uber-Expensive

    Unless it’s your thing (If it’s really your thing, then by all means baby, bring on the bling).   If you’re not normally a dress-up kind of person, don’t feel like you have to be one for your session.

  3. Matching
    No need to focus on matching everything from the color of your fuchsia headbands to the stripes in your socks.  In fact, I beg of you, please, please don’t.  If you’re heart is set on everyone in white button downs and khaki pants, I’m probably not your girl.

  4. Stressful
    No need to worry about each and every item, or fret about the suitability of each accessory.  This is supposed to be fun.   If you’re unsure – call me, and together, we’ll make sure you look fabulous.  I promise.

I want you to be happy, thrilled, over the moon about your images, and I know that this is much more likely if we take the time and work together to help you choose clothing that fits these few simple rules:

Feels Good.
During your shoot you could be sitting in a pile on the grass having a tickle battle, rolling down a hill with your fiancé, throwing your kiddos in the air or climbing a tree. Wear clothing that lets you do all that (and more) comfortably.

As for the kids? Well…uncomfortable kids have a tendency to look…uncomfortable, and are often cranky to boot. Happy kids make for happy pictures.

Bottom Line: Don’t choose outfits that make any of you feel constrained, stiff, itchy, scratchy, like you’re dressed up for Halloween, or that leave you with a nagging worry that a button might pop if you bend the wrong way. Trust me.

Looks Good.
This can be tricky, looking good is totally subjective – right? If you’re not a Carrie Bradshaw fashionista in real life, you might want to pull in some extra help from a straight-talking friend or your trusty photographer (that would be me) who knows about such things and has plans in place to help.

Sometimes last year’s of-the-moment dress has already become hopelessly untrendy. Sometimes the current fashions just don’t look or feel like you. Sometimes outfits that look good in the mirror might not be ideally suited for photography. If you’re really looking for extra help, I can put you in touch with some incredible folks who make people look good for a living.

Bottom Line: If you don’t feel fabulous-fierce-take-on-the-world gorgeous in your outfit, you’re not going to love, love, love the end result – and I’m all about you love, love, loving the end result.

Makes Sense.
Here’s where we pull it all together. It’s not just enough that everyone look good and feel good – you’ve gotta look and feel good together AND the outfits should fit with your location and the desired mood for your portraits.

Glup. That seems like a lot, doesn’t it? (quick – revisit #4 in the top list, and remember, don’t stress).

Before you even begin figuring out your wardrobe, we’ll have an in depth consultation to narrow down what you really want for your pictures, choose the perfect location and make sure you have an understanding about how that all comes together in the finished photograph.   I’m with you every step of the way.

Bottom Line: It’s easier than it seems.Think twice about having Emma in a lace prom dress if you can’t get Tommy out of his spider man cape and favorite Star Wars pajama top. If we’re going to be running around in a park, you’ll likely not decide to wear your starched Sunday best. Hate the way stripes and plaids look together but Dad has his favorite stripped polo ready to go? Best steer mom away from her beloved family tartan. Easy-Peasy. [unless Mom is really attached to that tartan, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it).

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If you’re still not certain, and you can’t decide between the yellow wrap dress with your red heels or your dark skinny jeans and purple  belted shirt – I’ve got good news.  You don’t have to decide.   Bring lots of options.  Heck – throw your whole wardrobe into the back of the car.  When we get to the session we’ll wing it all with fabulous results.  Trust me.

Now take a deep breath.  Close your eyes.  Imagine how blow-everyone-away-fabulous-ready-for-America’s-Next-Top-Model  you’re all going to look in those pictures….

Can you see it yet?  I totally can.  OMG, you look INCREDIBLE!

I can’t wait for your session.

(thank you to the lovely Jeanette LeBlanc for this excerpt www.jeanetteleblanc.com)