Janette and Bruce: Stanley Park Engagement and Family Session

Friday, 13 July 2012

Janette and Bruce were my very first maternity shoot over three years ago, and it was exciting to hear from them after that time to and to find out they were engaged and wanted me to shoot their engagement session. Of course, their wonderful three year old daughter, Ava, would be there and this would be a combined family and engagement shoot.

We returned to the same location we had the maternity shoot, Second Beach at Stanley Park. Ava had this to say to her mom after: “Mom, I gave away all my smiles! I'm all out! It'll take 100 years to get more.” That pretty much sums it all for me – it was a fun shoot with lots of chances for experimentation, and full-on action portraits.

 

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Natasha’s Portrait Session

Saturday, 9 July 2011

One of the yearly events I help out with is the Surrey International Writers Conference. As a fundraiser for them, I donate a portrait session for their silent auction. This year’s winner was Natasha Hoar, an urban fantasy / paranormal romance writer, and she wanted to get a variety of different pictures to fit her work. She also surprised me by bringing along her rapier (she takes lessons!) and did a few slightly scary lunges towards me. Her My Little Pony shirt was pretty cool and nicely incongruous.

Here are some photos:

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Michelle’s Maternity Shoot in Victoria

Sunday, 5 June 2011

On an incredibly rainy day, I sailed over to Victoria to for Chris and Michelle’s maternity shoot. Michelle had wanted to get some dramatic belly shots, so I brought my portable studio to set up in their media room and we had loads of fun crafting the various shots.

We also decided to brave the outdoors and grab some beach shots. After ten minutes of shooting in the driving rain, my entire back was soaked (as was my gear – camera, lens, and flash). Thank goodness for Nikon’s weathersealing and for Michelle and Chris, who generously loaned me some dry clothes and threw my soaking clothes into their dryer for a few minutes while I struck down the studio. It would have been a miserably damp trip back to Vancouver otherwise!

But I’m so glad we got those beach shots. Rarely does one see rain drops in photos, but you can see them here, which goes to show how wet and windy it was.

Here’s a video of our session: