Vancouver couples photographer

2 months later...

Hello everyone!  I haven't updated my blog in a couple months, and here's why:

(Yes, he looks like Tintin.)  Matthias is almost 3 months old, and right now, he's smiling happily at the stuffed monkey dangling from his activity gym. 

I've started doing shoots again & have finally sent off all the sessions from before this little guy was born - which means I have many photos to share with you!  I've even got sessions from LAST July that I haven't posted yet.  (I'm not kidding.)  Apparently being pregnant & becoming a mom is time-consuming?  Who knew!

(Matthias just noticed his reflection in the activity gym mirror.  This will keep him occupied for a while.)

While I try to figure out which session to begin with, I'm going to put up a few photos from sessions over the past few months.

vancouver family photographer / spanish banks family session

Okay, so where do I begin?!  This family's level of awesomeness was so great that it was simply not measurable on any scale of awesome.

They met me at Spanish Banks Beach with huge smiles, handshakes, and Italian accents.  And a soccer ball.  And three adorable children.  Oh, and very stylish clothes.  And - last but not least - a sense of adventure!

Cristian & Carmelina (see? even their names are so very Italian!) took everything in stride, from a sandy baby to a water-drenched son.  (Carmelina's response to this last event very much impressed me: she smiled at him, pulled out an entire second outfit from her purse, and sent him back out to play!) 

Talk about wonderful.  They had me laughing the entire session & I can't wait to meet them again in the fall!


spanish banks couple's photographer / long-distance love

You're probably here because you agree with me that Olivia and Francis are one of the most adorable couples ever.  Right?   RIGHT??

They are both from Hong Kong, and both moved to Vancouver in the same year with their families - but they didn't know each other at that point.  Years passed, they met and fell in love and got married.  BUT - and here is where this session comes in - they have been doing long-distance for nearly all of that time.

When Olivia contacted me, she said she wanted a styled shoot (I love styled shoots) and she also said that the theme was to be "long-distance".  Having done long-distance myself for a year and a half, I got very excited.  I started tossing out idea after idea of how we could make this session amazing, and each one made me more excited than the last.  So, when we pulled up to Spanish Banks Beach, I knew this session was going to be fun.

Olivia walked up to me holding a seeded dandelion and wearing yellow, and Francis looked at her with so much love in his eyes, and the way they held hands and the way he watched her laugh, and the way she threw her whole self into her laugh, and the joy they had in each other - simply beautiful.  They would be together for just a few days more before he had to leave, and I could see that they were reluctant to let go of each other. 

One of my ideas was to pin memories of their long-distance relationship onto a string held between them, symbolizing the ways they showed their love even when not present.  So they brought along a plastic bag filled with cards they had sent each other, and little notes they had written each other; they laughed rememberingly as they pulled them out of the bag.  Carefully, we attached them to the string, along with daisies and paper airplanes, and they stood in the golden sunset light, connected in spite of the distance.

And here it is: their long-distance love story.


jericho beach engagement photographer / wonderland

I can't even begin to express how much fun we all had taking these photos.  And meeting this couple was the best part - they were up for anything, laughed a lot, and were completely in love.  

This is how their story goes, as told to me by them and remembered by me.  (So pardon any faulty details!)

Sasha and Gabriel met in Vancouver years ago, but she was living in Australia while he was in Vancouver.  After doing long-distance for some time, Gabriel proposed; she said "Are you serious?!" (which means yes), and Gabriel planned a lot of the wedding himself. (A fact that greatly impressed me.)   Sasha arrived just in time for the wedding, so they never had time to get their engagement photos taken.

So these were their four-years-after-the-fact engagement photos, and I'm so glad they chose me to take them!  We went to Locardo Beach (near Jericho Beach) as the sun started to set, and there the magic happened.

Can I also say how much I love balloons in the sunset, and kissing pictures?  Because I do.  So much.