Halloween, 2014

We took advantage of the few minutes of sunshine that Sunday offered, and spent some time Clone-trooper/Commander Cody battling in the gravel pit near our house. (As opposed to Storm-trooper battling. While I have watched the Star Wars movies, I’m … Continue reading

First Day of School, 2014

Now that the BC Teachers strike is finally over, school is back in session!

My little Duders are growing up so fast! I’m glad that I started this tradition of First Day of School pictures against our front door.  It makes for a fun/easy comparison as the years go by.
First up, both my boys.  Dek’s first day of Grade One, and E’s first day of Preschool.

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And here’s the year-by-year, side-by-side comparison of Dek.

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Wordless Wednesday – Smile

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Macro Monday – Wedding Rings

If you’d asked me at the start of 2014 if I’d be shooting any weddings this year, I would’ve said “No. I don’t do weddings any more. Just newborns.”

I was wrong. When my Dad mentioned that his friends daughter was getting married and he wanted me to shoot the wedding with him, how could I say no? A chance to work beside the person who is the reason I fell in love with photography to begin with… who wouldn’t take it!?

So, on a beautiful, sunshiney Saturday afternoon, my Dad picked me up in the hotrod, and we drove to Shawnigan Lake for Chrissie & Jay’s wedding.

I sent a super-quick sneak-peek to the new Mrs yesterday, and will likely do a full blog post in a few weeks.  Her sneak peek included this image of their wedding rings.  I love the simplicity and beauty that a macro lens can capture! Who needs fancy props when the details themselves are this perfect?

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Throwback Thursday – Christmas portraits

You might be thinking that it’s silly for me to be thinking of Christmas in July. And you might be right. But here’s the thing… I don’t care! I love Christmas. Even in July! I’ve already started working on the Duders wish lists with them, and I’ve already started my shopping.
This year is going to be even better than last year. The boys are both at such great ages to really revel in the magic of the holiday. And hopefully, this year, they’re at great ages to cooperate for portraits! TOGETHER. Last year was a bust. The year before was a bust… you get the idea. They’re both pretty good at individual portraits, but trying to get them together is a challenge, to say the least.
Today’s flash back is to a couple of my favorite individual Christmas portraits: Deklan’s is from 2010, and Easton’s is from 2011.

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Before & After – Carter

It can be hard to show clients what their money is paying for, but I was taught that it’s always a good idea to try. The amount of time that they see you at the shoot is just a fraction of what is involved in a professional photographers day.

One of the many things you pay a professional photographer for, is their post-production work.  Call it what you want: editing, massaging, enhancing, retouching, fine-tuning, polishing… It’s just a piece of the total package.

That being said, it’s a pretty important piece. Even an image that’s technically sound, SOOC (straight out of camera) can usually benefit from a little love. Photographers use programs like Lightroom and Photoshop to help make a great image GREATER. It’s also the opportunity to use artistic preference and help their images stand out from the crowd.

This is one of my favorite recent portraits.  Carter’s parents are some of my longest-standing clients.  “Legacy” clients!  I had the pleasure of doing their engagement photos before their destination wedding.  A little while later came Maternity photos.  Then Carter’s newborn portraits, his 6month portraits (which have yet to be blogged), and a 1st birthday session!  This “before and after” example was taken on his 1st birthday… it’s got canvas written all over it, don’tcha think?

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Amelia – Newborn photography, Victoria BC

Oh Miss Amelia… what can I tell you about this little doll?  I had the pleasure of meeting her when she was 8 days young. She was so excited to be my latest model, that she wanted nothing to do with going to sleep for her session.
This lucky girlie not only has awesome parents, but she also has a doting big sister & brother, AND a bunch of extended family who are all over the moon!  Two of her grandparents, and her big sis, were around for most of her newborn session. So really, why sleep when you can socialize!? (Did I mention that her sis & bro were in the delivery room when she was born, and her Glamma got to watch her birth via Facetime? How super-cool is that!?)
We did manage to get some images where she LOOKS like she’s sleeping peacefully, but she spent almost 4 hours wide awake.  That being said, she still knocked it outta the park, if you ask me.  I’m in love with her red hair and perfect little cupids-bow lips. Such a sweet little Millie!

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Macro Monday – Newborn details

I met a sweet wee man last week, and I’m working my way through his session right now. His adorable smooshy sleepy lips reminded me of this Duder, who ALSO happens to have adorable smooshy sleepy lips! What is it about baby lips (and lashes) that are just so darn cute!? I just can’t get enough.

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Mason – Newborn photography, Victoria BC

This wee babe is Mr. Mason. Isn’t he stinkin’ adorable?! He was my first preemie… and he had me wrapped around his little finger, right from the get-go!

We met on a quiet, snowy Sunday afternoon, in his warm and cozy home.  He tried to fight sleep for a little while, but his awesome big brother is a bit of a baby-whisperer, and his Mom and I had some tricks up our sleeves (clothes dryer, hair dryer, beanbag chair, a full tummy!), so it wasn’t long before he drifted right off to la-la Land.

Seriously…  I can’t get enough of staring at this little Duder!

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