Beautiful Belly; Maternity Session @ Derby Reach Heritage Site



There are few things more beautiful in life than the way a baby grows in a womb for 9 months with little to no help from us at all. I truly believe that entire process is one of the best pieces of evidence for the existence of a God so, when I was asked to photograph this beautiful baby belly I jumped at the chance!

Kaelynn was 37 weeks pregnant at the time and, lucky for her, still nice and small – a fact I’m sure she appreciates on those hot summer days. From the minute we met, we hit it off and had a great time chatting on our way to the shoot. We headed to Derby Reach Heritage Site and, even though I’ve been there before, we found some new spots and the summer morning sun was good to us!

Kaelynn, I know you’ve been waiting patiently for these so, I’m happily taking a break from a movie I rented, to satisfy your curiosity. Enjoy!


Kaelynn was so easy going the entire shoot and moved from sitting to standing to lying pretty easily for being 9 months pregnant! Her co-operative nature and ability just to have fun during the shoot sure made my job easy and we got some great shots!

Sometimes the best shots happen when the subject doesn’t know they’re being photographed, I think I was just testing the light out in these locations with these shots but they ended up being some of my favorites! She has such a peaceful look on her face. I love it.

Just as Kaelynn was willing to do anything to get a good shot, I think I was lying on the grass at one point for some of these shots as well. Totally worth it πŸ™‚

Now for wardrobe and scenery change #1. It was great to have a few wardrobes to choose from and I applauded Kaelynn for finding 3 great outfits so late in the pregnancy as I know what it’s like when you’re down to the last few things that fit and you’re wondering if the baby will come or if you’ll have to buy some more clothes to tide you over. I think she looked great in all her choices!

The long-awaited belly shots. These were some of the ones that Kaelynn was looking forward to!

I love her expression in the bottom photo. It speaks volumes!

Being a farm girl herself, it was great to be able to get some shots with the whole barn in focus.

These sillouhette shots turned out wonderfully – something I haven’t done before but would do again – they really show off the belly!

Out of the uncomfy jeans and into outfit #3. We decided to do a few more shots by the barn and then head down to the water!

The photo on the left below might be one of my favorites. Kaelynn, you are truly glowing!

Kaelynn was really hoping for some shots with her feet in the water so down to the water we went!

I always say how much I love it when clients come ready with ideas of what sort of shots they want and Kaelynn was super creative. She wanted to do some shots with the name of her soon-to-be baby girl, Cierra, in the sand and we made it happen. A great idea and beautiful name!

I love these ones – so natural and such gorgeous scenery too!

Finally we went right into the water for these last few shots. It was perfect weather down by the water and the wind worked well for us too.

Kaelynn, it was such a pleasure meeting you. I’m so glad April put us in touch and gave me this opportunity spend an afternoon with you and your baby to be. That little girl of yours is going to be well loved by you and so many others and I look forward to hearing of her grand entrance into this world. God Bless you and your baby belly!

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A beautiful Lily: Ladner Newborn & Family Portraits

I was so excited on a somewhat cloudy morning to head to my old stomping grounds for a newborn photoshoot right near my old high school. Becca and I went to high school together and, funny enough, are both teachers now only Becca teaches at our old high school and, after having her second little baby, is on maternity leave again. Her oldest, Logan, is just a bit younger than Ben and I was so excited to have a chance to photograph their newest addition – Lily!

Here are some of my favorites pics of her gorgeous little family! They picked some beautiful colors for the photos and had a great home with just the right amount of natural light.

Logan was amazing for the entire shoot and, it definitely helped that he could settle in with dad and watch some Nemo while Lily had her photos taken.

I absolutely loved the light in this particular spot and the way in which Lily looks so little when held in her mom and dad’s hands. She’s so precious!

Father & Daughter.

Some more shots of this beautiful family. I love the colors in Lily’s dress and how she’s just sleeping so peacefully through it all.

Now for the star of the show. She was so amazing throughout the whole shoot and endured a number of wardrobe changes. I had a bunch of new fabrics to try out and she was happy to oblige πŸ™‚

Lily has such beautiful hair for a little newborn – hair that a lot of kids don’t even have at age 1 or 2!

I got some gorgeous hats from a store on etsy, KnitWitWoolies, and had a lot of fun trying them out on Lily. I love how the pom pom on the bottom rests on her little bottom. So cute.Β Richard and Logan were enjoying some movie time while Lily was getting her photos taken and I love that you can see them blurred out in the background of the bottom photo!

A few of mom and dad with their little princess. Check out her smirk as she lays in her daddy’s arms. Love it.

I love the little one-eyed look in the bottom photo. She looks so happy to be hanging out in that bucket πŸ™‚

Becca shared with me that their beautiful little girl is named after the flower that Richard always buys for her so she had a few on hand for the shoot. I love it when clients come with creative ideas like that – it makes my job even more enjoyable than it already is. As you can see she wasn’t too into this hat at first (another etsy find!) Β but, a pee and a poo later and she was good to go πŸ™‚ All in all, considering that was the only drama of the photoshoot, I’d say we fared pretty well!

I know from experience that, when the older sibling is only 2 and a bit, it’s hard to get a good photo of baby and big brother but we got a few in this spot and then some more later when we were outside. Logan did really well and Lily looks so contented with him snuggling her.

A few more faves of this little beauty.

While Lily got a bit of a milk break, I headed outside with Rich and Logan for some father/son time. I love how much air Logan is getting in the top picture!

We even took some at the park right across from their house where Logan loves to play. What an awesome place for a kid to grow up and Logan was so good about coming back into the house. Such a great little guy.

A few of Lily and mom and dad. Have I said yet how amazing Becca looks? Such a beautiful mom.

Such a fun family. I love how Lily has her eye on the camera in a lot of these pictures.

Becca & Richard, thank you for inviting me into your home to photograph your beautiful family and precious new addition. I had such a great time and it was wonderful to reconnect with you, Becca, and meet your other half and kidlets! I hope you enjoy your photos and maybe we can even find a time to get our boys together while we’re off on leave together πŸ™‚

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Celebrating 41 Years of Marriage: The Forrester Family

Jon and I met Mike Olynyk right after we were married and had started attending Blue Mountain Baptist Church. We got involved with the youth group shortly after we started attending and enjoyed working with Mike and seeing his passion for youth.

It was so hard for us to leave Blue Mountain when we moved to Langley so we were thrilled when a little piece of Blue Mountain came to us and Mike and Kim started attending Jericho Ridge as it provided a chance to reconnect.

I was so excited when Kim asked me to do an extended family session for her side of the family in honor of her mom and dad’s 41st wedding anniversary. Mike and Kim arrived first so here are a few shots of them to start things out.

I love this photo on the right – such a beautiful couple!

The next family to arrive was one of Kim’s sisters and her brother in law and their 3 adorable kids. I love the boys matching shirts and we all had a good laugh at the men of the family who were apparantly sore from some recent adventures involving lazer tag πŸ™‚

Kim’s other sister and fiance arrived next and you could tell they are very much in love! I love extended family shoots because I get to meet so many new people but it turned out that I actually knew Kim’s sister, Dawn, as our kids had the same daycare provider when we lived in our townhouse. Such a small world!

Kim’s main request was to get a nice family shot of the whole bunch so we made sure to get group shots in a number of locations all around the Derby Reach Heritage Site. Looking through them after, I couldn’t believe how many shots we got where everyone is looking at the camera and smiling. What a photogenic bunch!

Kim had wondered how well the kids would fare for the full hour and a half so she came prepared with goody bags to give them when the shoot was done but they were incredibly well behaved. They were even acting as my artistic directors, setting up all of the shots you see below so instead of just one ‘cousins’ shot, we have quite a few to choose from!

So much love! You can tell these cousins love hanging out πŸ™‚

We couldn’t go without getting some shots of the ‘original family’ so here are a few of the ‘sisters,’ Glen & Sharon and one of just Sharon and her girls!

Three generations of boys & three generations of girls!

Second most important on the list was a shot of Glen & Sharon with their beautiful grandkids. I couldn’t have asked for more co-operative subjects and smiles on Glen & Sharon’s faces say it all. They are definitely proud grandparents!

Some more shots of the original ‘Forresters!’

We were approaching the hour+ mark and decided to add some fun jumping shots in.

Some sibling shots – gotta love the ‘headlock’ pose in the bottom right photo. I’m pretty sure half of the photos of me and my brother growing up display that pose.

The cousins!

We were almost at an hour and a half now but were able to squeeze a few more combinations in before the end of the shoot!

And now for the long-awaited goody bags! Kim, you are one smart aunty πŸ™‚

And, last but not least, one of my favorite family shots!

A huge thanks to Kim for setting this up with your family and including me in this great celebration of love and commitment. Your parents are such an example to those of us early on in the marriage journey. You have a wonderful family and, Mike, it looks like you inherited a great family-in-law. Enjoy and God Bless!

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Engagement Session: Ben & Sarah

I had the pleasure of photographing this beautiful couple on a somewhat cloudy Friday morning at Granville Island. We met in May when they approached me about doing their wedding and I already knew Ben through my husband and the Abbotsford connection. I love doing engagement sessions because it’s just me and the couple and I have so much fun getting to know them – in addition, they’re usually a lot more co-operative than toddlers πŸ™‚

We started out near Bridges and made our way around Granville Island finding some awesome locations.

Here are some of my favorites!

Sarah brought along this red balloon and I love the touch of extra color it adds in a lot of these photos – I love creative clients πŸ™‚

Such a cute couple πŸ™‚

I love this bottom sequence because it’s kind of like the ‘photo booth’ style where they are just being themselves and I get to capture it on camera.

We were fortunate enough to have partly cloudy conditions for the first little bit of the morning and a fairly quiet Granville Island as well so we took advantage of it and got some great shots overlooking the water.

I had so much fun with these two and they were so natural with every pose and expression – it makes my job easy!

I really wish I lived closer to this location because it certainly has a lot to offer!

At this point we were probably already an hour into the shoot and still having a ton of fun.

I love the non-chalant-ness (that’s a word, right?) of Ben’s pose in the picture on the right. He’s playing it cool but you can tell by his expression that he’s aware he’s got a great girl!

A few fun ones with black & white & color!

Another fun sequence totally inspired by the wonderfulness that is this couple. Notice Ben’s ‘class picture’ pose in the bottom left hand photo πŸ˜‰

Love these ones πŸ™‚

An attempt to get a few down by the beach but the sun was starting to mess with our plans at this point so it was back to the shade πŸ™‚

Being a fan of shoes myself, I love their shoes so I had to showcase them in a photo!

Almost to the end of the shoot and having a bit of fun with the poses!

Now the real fun begins – Sarah had suggested doing some jumping shots but I never imagined that two people could get so much air and still look so great. Nice work!

Yep – these photos below need no explanation. Those are melons πŸ™‚

We entered the underground parkade to get a particular shot that Sarah wanted and I found a nice yellow backdrop so we made a quick pit stop for a couple photos and then off to our last pose.

Sarah had seen shots like this online so we tried to recreate it and the traffic actually co-operated with us πŸ™‚

One final shot of Sarah’s gorgeous ring (and beautifully manicured hands πŸ™‚ )

Sarah and Ben – I had a fantastic time spending the day with you guys at Granville Island and I have no doubt that your wedding day will be even more fun. You are a great couple and I”m so happy that you found each other and that I get to photograph your special day in September. Can’t wait!

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Howard Family: Shipyards, Smiles & a Sunny Day!

When my friend, Alison, contacted me about doing a photoshoot for her and her family, I jumped at the chance! Despite all of the time-wasting tendancies associated with facebook, I have to credit the social networking site with allowing me the chance to stay connected with so many friends from high school – Alison is one of those friends! She and I were band buddies, proudly playing our clarinets (yep, if Jon and I had met in high school his football-playing self may never have interacted with my band-geek self!) and going on a lot of awesome trips together with the beloved Ms.Behenna (an amazing band teacher!) Now, years later, Alison is married with two beautiful kids – Colton and Sidney and an awesome husband, Bob.

I headed out to a new location – Britannia Heritage Shipyards in Richmond and, even though the sun was blazing that afternoon, we found tons of awesome shady spots and so many great backdrops that it was incredibly hard to narrow down my choices for the blog but here they are! Thanks so much Alison and Bob for letting me be a part of documenting this awesome but, I’m sure exhausting, stage of your lives as a family! (It was good preparation for the three year old stage that’s coming quickly for me!) I had a blast!
I was super impressed with both kids ability to keep their eyes fixed on the camera – definitely not an ability all kids possess!

These siblings are so cute together πŸ™‚ I love the protective, loving older brother look that Colton is sporting in the bottom left picture. Reminds me of my brother! Fast forward 12 or so years and that’s going to come in handy!

As we wandered through the Shipyards we found lots of great shady spots for photos and both kids were super patient and willing to smile in almost all of them! I was definitely able to capture a lot of different looks from Sidney – the joys of being 3 πŸ™‚

I definitely recognize the ‘headlock pose’ in the top right photo – classic big brother πŸ™‚

I absolutely love their co-ordinating outfits! The bright colors worked so well with the backdrops at this location. I also love Sidney’s pose in the top right photo – for a 3 year old who moves around a ton she sat still super well in the family shots!

Love the kids expressions in the kissing photo below!

Some more of the handsome Colton and funny sibling interactions πŸ˜‰

A gorgeous family and a gorgeous day πŸ™‚

Time for some individual shots – Alison and Bob, you have gorgeous kids!

Being 3 years old, Sidney loves to move around so I figured this little sequence would work best for showing off some of her best shots. She was such a ham for the camera and I LOVE the dress!

A few more of the kids πŸ™‚ At this point we were probably an hour into the shoot and they were still hanging in there!

Some shots of mom and dad – such a great looking couple πŸ™‚

Love this blue backdrop! At this point, Ben, Jon and Jacob, who had come with me as we were off to a BBQ afterwards, had found us (even though I tried to run past them so Ben wouldn’t cry) and Ben started inserting himself into some of the photos of the kids. I left those pictures out but it was pretty funny! He and Sidney were becoming friends πŸ™‚

A few of the kids just being kids – Colton got some pretty great air πŸ™‚

As we headed back to the entrance to the shipyards we got a few more family ones in front of the boat and I snapped a few quick ones of Alison and Colton just to make sure we had all possible combinations!

Thanks so much Howard family for a wonderful shoot! I had a great time getting to know your kids and I can tell that they are so loved! Alison, it was so great to reconnect with you after a number of years and I wish you and your family all the best! Hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed hanging out with your beautiful family!

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Lung Family of 3 (Derby Reach Heritage Site)

A number of years ago we started attending Jericho Ridge Community Church in Langley and have met some awesome families in our time there. There is especially a great community of women at this church and, this time around on mat leave, I’ve been able to join some other mothers in the Friday morning gathering on the ‘time starved marriage.’ I met Kara through this group and through the mass baby showers every 6 months that Jericho Ridge is so awesome about organizing and was so excited to have an opportunity to photograph their family before the arrival of a little brother or sister for Jonas!

We headed to Derby Reach Heritage Site – a first for me – and I was so pleased with the venue. Beyond the awesome scenery it was an absolutely perfect day for photos considering the forecast was for rain all day. As I waited there for the Lungs’ to arrive I couldn’t help but praise God for the beautiful place we live and for granting me just the right amount of picture perfect cloud cover!

Here are a few of this gorgeous family!

I love the bottom photo and think it will be particularly special if Kara ends up having a girl πŸ™‚

With Jonas turning 2 on Friday, I couldn’t believe what an awesome listener he was the entire time! Way to go little guy πŸ™‚

Being a mom of a 2 1/2 year old myself, I’m learning to come armed with some toys to help ‘encourage’ participation amongst the little ones and the Thomas the train worked fantastically for Jonas!

Kara looks just gorgeous, especially for someone who is only weeks away from giving birth!

Such a beautiful family!

Even though there were plenty of backdrops at the Heritage Site, we headed across the street to get a few pics overlooking the water and, again, I was so amazed by this beautiful spot and, on a cloudy Wednesday afternoon we had it mostly to ourselves. I love the way that Howard and Kara are looking at each other in the bottom right photo. Such a loving couple!

And Jonas was still happily co-operating – kind of a dream kid from a photographers’ stand point.

We were trying to get Jonas to kiss Kara’s belly but he wasn’t into it. When I suggested that he and Kara both show their bellies, he started to perk up πŸ™‚

Quick wardrobe change in honor of our Stanley Cup finalists and there were just too many to share here so I had to share a handful!

Kara had mentioned that she had some photos taken when she was pregnant with Jonas like the ones below so we decided to recreate it. I can totally empathize with other moms who are trying not to shaft the second child simply because they’re the second child πŸ™‚

With the end of the photoshoot in sight, we decided to get a few final ones of Jonas and his mommy before he has to share her with another little one and the end product was adorable.

The love this family has for one another is so evident in their interactions and you can see it in every photo. Jonas was such a great sport, Howard, you had such an awesome attitude throughout the whole session and, Kara, I can’t say enough how amazing you look!

Thank you guys so much for letting me get to know your family a little more through this experience. I am really looking forward to the arrival of your little one (though probably not as much as you’re looking forward to not being pregnant, Kara πŸ™‚ ) and getting to know your family better in the years to come.

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Zacher Family in Fort Langley



I have had the absolute privilege of getting to know Val Zacher and her family over the past 5ish years and have had the chance to photograph them as a family since Daniel was born πŸ™‚ It’s crazy to think that I knew Daniel as a little baby and now he’s a full blown 3 year old! Since then, they’ve welcomed Bridget Ann into the family last April and I’ve had so much fun watching these beautiful kids grow!

Last time we did a photoshoot, we were trying to avoid the snow/rain and ended up only being able to get a 30 minute session in so, when I saw that the weather was going to be perfectly cloudy for our shoot, I decided to try to get as many combinations/locations in as possible and we had a great time.

We started out at the trains in Fort Langley and here are a few of my favorites. Daniel is definitely screaming ‘3 year old’ in these photos and I was happy to capture it as I’m on my way to that stage in just a few short months with Benjamin πŸ˜‰
While I was taking some pics of Val and Bridget the train went by and I was able to snap a few of Daniel and Ed. He just loves his daddy! I also love the bottom photo because it captures the unposed reality of what it’s like to try to get a 3 year old to pay attention in a photoshoot for almost an hour and a half. Daniel was kind of getting sick of it early on but, with a few breaks to allow him to burn off some energy, he got right back into it and stuck it out for the whole hour and a half – pretty awesome, I’d say!

The fam!

I probably got about a dozen hilarious ones of Daniel and Ed like this one below on the left but just picked one for the blog. Daniel was totally not prompted to pose like that but came up with it on his own and I love it πŸ™‚

Next we headed down to the water and took advantage of the fact that Bridget is walking now so we could get some good ones of her and Daniel by the logs. I love getting shots of the siblings. It also makes me excited for when Jacob can start to walk and I can see my own boys interact. Daniel is such a good big brother πŸ™‚

At this point we started to lose Daniel’s attention again so we gave him a little break to practice his sweet jumping moves!

Bridget needed a break too so Daniel planed himself in the middle of the sidewalk and gave me an awesome action sequence πŸ™‚ Thanks Daniel!

Yep, he’s a boy πŸ™‚

More of this gorgeous family down by the water. At this point there may have been some threats that Daniel might not get his promised treat of ice cream if he didn’t start looking at the camera so you can see that he’s looking quite reformed in the top left picture πŸ™‚ As a parent of a 2 1/2 year old I fully support the ‘bribe them with a treat so they’ll endure family photos’ method. I use it all the time!

A few more sibling interactions πŸ™‚

I’m pretty sure they couldn’t get any cuter πŸ™‚

A few of the lovely couple just by themselves!

Finally, we had joked earlier with Daniel that, for the last picture, Val & Ed were going to throw him into the water so I figured that’d be a fun way to end off the shoot!

Thanks so much to all 4 of you for such a fun afternoon! I am so happy to call you guys friends and be a part of your family memories. Looking forward to watching those beautiful kids of yours grow as long as your Ontario family lends you to us here in B.C πŸ™‚

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