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2016 Year in Review | Portraits | Victoria Photographer

A couple of days ago I posted a few wedding highlights of 2016… now it’s time to feature the best of 2016’s portrait sessions!

I love the one-on-one, intimate nature of a portrait – with no typical wedding day time constraints or expectations, we are free to relax & focus on drawing out those authentic moments & emotions between you and your loved ones.  No pressure.  No rush.

2016 brought so many beautiful faces and moments my way, and as always, I was honoured to capture these special times in my clients’ lives.  The variety of last year’s portrait sessions ranged from a 1st birthday party, to maternity, newborn, and family portraits, boudoir portraits, to even a few professional headshots… and I loved the challenge of documenting each one as honestly as possible.

To all my portrait clients from last year, thank you for being so open in front of my camera and for allowing me to create these photos for you!  Such a pleasure to work with you all.

And just for fun, I’ve rounded out this post with a self-portrait… to document my own little life milestone before we become a family of 4.  Very soon!  Xo

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Victoria Family Photographer | Authentic, Natural Portraits

During a family portrait session, my aim is always to capture the true spirit of the people who mean the most to you… especially the kids.  This often means taking a more documentary approach to capturing the connections & relationships between each family member.  These are the authentic moments that can mean so much down the road!

I totally get it when parents come to a session saying, “there’s no way my kids are going to sit still for photos… how are we ever going to get a good portrait of them?!?!”  My philosophy is that sometimes it’s best to just let the kids do their thing.  Let their little personalities shine rather than restricting and limiting them.  Let them play, explore their environment, and show you their discoveries.  Rather than impatient, forced smiles, the moments we can capture are instead full of joy, connectedness, and love.

This particular family wanted to document their youngest’s 1st birthday with just such a photo session.  While the birthday girl was of course the star of the day, it was important to show her relationship with her older sister and parents, too!  I love the resulting mix of both quiet & fun moments that we created together.  Here are few favourites from this natural documentary session. Xo

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To the Dads | Happy Father’s Day

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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To The Moms | Happy Mother’s Day

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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Authentic Family Photography in Victoria, BC

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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