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On Mother’s Day, I posted a few of my favourite mom portraits from the archives, so in honour of Father’s Day, here are the accompanying fave dad photos :)

I love the tenderness that comes through in these shots… how sweet to see dads so enamoured with their kids, just as they should be.

Cheers to the dads and all their daddy love.  xo

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Since moving back to Victoria, I have to say there are very few things I miss about living in Vancouver.  Don’t get me wrong, Vancouver is a gorgeous city full of inspiring people doing amazing things… but my heart has always been back on the Island :)

That being said, I am missing some of my very favourite lower mainland photo locations!  Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver is right up there as one of the absolute best.  Lush forest, open ocean vistas, and jaw dropping sunsets… what else could you ask for?!  It definitely didn’t disappoint for Patricia & Andy’s engagement portraits.  We had such a beautiful evening playing in the woods, scrambling around on the rocks, and soaking in the late evening sun.  And all of that in a pair of super sexy heels!  Not me – Patricia ;)

So looking forward to documenting their wedding later this summer!  I know it’s going to be amazing.  Until then, here are a few faves from their Lighthouse Park engagement session.  xo

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I hope you are all having a fabulous Mother’s Day!

A few days ago I posted a little tribute to Moms at weddings… you can check that out here.  This is the second part of my trip through the archives for all things Mom :)

I just love the way these Moms are loving up their babes in the photos below.  Nothing sweeter than a mother’s love!  So here’s to celebrating that.  xo

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With Mother’s Day coming up THIS SUNDAY(!), I thought I’d take a trip through the old archives and dig up some Mom gold :)

From what I’ve seen after nearly a decade of photographing weddings, it turns out wedding days are about more than just the love between a bride & a groom.  They serve as a milestone for parents too…  they’re a time to celebrate their kids and support them in a new chosen family dynamic.

Moms are such an integral part of weddings, and it’s always such a pleasure to document their involvement on the most emotional of days.  Below are a few photos of my personal favourite “mom moments” at weddings throughout the years.  Here’s to the Moms and all the ways they love us.   xo

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When photographing families and kids especially, I like to take a candid, documentary approach and sprinkle in a few more posed shots.  The traditional photos of everyone looking at the camera have their place, but I believe the true essence of a family lies in the connections between each person.  This is what is most important and what I strive to capture in your portrait session!

To document your family as authentically as possible, I will ask you to think about locations that have meaning to you.  Where do you hang out? Maybe a favourite beach, like the family below chose, or a cafe, or a special hiking trail.  From here we will craft a custom portrait session around that place & what you like to do together.  Of course, if you have a tough time coming up with location ideas, I have a few favourites too and would be happy to help with suggestions!

This family decided to mark Dad’s birthday with a surprise photo session near their home in Victoria.  He had no idea that their usual “walk & picnic” would turn into family portraits with a professional photographer!  I loved this idea and was so happy to help mark the occasion for them.  We explored the beach a bit, took a short stroll, and embraced the crazy winds & stormy clouds that day… I honestly wish it was this windy more often – love the results!  Here are a few favourites from their session. xo

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