Vancouver maternity photographer

& this was 2016 - vancouver lifestyle photographer

It's a bit overwhelming to go through all my images from the past year.  This is especially true when I'm limited to the rare moments my toddler is reading by himself (and yelling from his bedroom every two minutes, "I reading!"), which are quickly interrupted by his urgent potty breaks/questions about animals/requests for food. Being a mom is, of course, my most important job - and that's why my year-end photo review is coming a month into the new year.

[He just ran into my room and is testing gravity by letting his storybook fall on my keyboard. Over and over again. This is what happens: ui.iy|{!?>EWADFGK&$( This also explains why I have to mend the bindings of his books so frequently.]

2016 had some very exciting moments. I got to meet and be inspired by fellow photographers throughout the year.  I had an article published in Click Magazine and several articles on different wonderful blogs. I started to focus on commercial children's work (which I LOVE). I also decided to cut back a little on work, since my little family comes first, and that was also inspiring because it gave me the chance to focus on clients that really understood and loved what I did, the real moments, the real things. And that was wonderful. I'm so grateful for all the people who chose me to capture the love and light in their lives in 2016.

& here it is!

{langley photographer} lifestyle maternity session on a farm

This lifestyle maternity session was last Thursday evening, and everything was filled with sunshine, and this family is wonderful. Also, they live on a farm - the kind of farm with animals and vegetables and stuff, which is basically my city girl photographer dream. So that's cool.

Here's their little sneak peek!

{iona beach maternity photographer} - expecting Ashe

Tina & Jim are the sweetest.  That is all you need to know.

But I'll tell you more, because I like talking about this session, and because they're just so beautiful together.  Little Ashe was soon-to-be-born when I photographed this session (now he's 5 months old!  Which is crazy.) and his adorable parents were brimming over with happiness and excitement and, well, the fact that they are head over heels in love.  (It felt a little more like an engagement session than a maternity session - their love for each other was so tangible.  And I think that's absolutely awesome.)

This was February; no, you wouldn't think it to look at these photos, but yes, we were freezing the entire session.  And yet - that winter light!  It's entirely unlike the saturated summer light.  It's almost translucent.  A little bit magical.  It shimmers when it touches my lens.  I love it.

The blanket they wrapped themselves in was handmade by Jim's grandmother, and Tina's sweater belonged to Jim's dad.  It's my favourite thing when these small items have real meaning.

And not too long after this maternity session, their little Ashe was born!  HE IS VERY VERY CUTE.  I can't wait to share his newborn photos with you!


& this was 2014

What happened last year?

Everything blurs together and then suddenly focuses.  Our son was born, and that was the end of life as we knew it and the beginning of something full of blessing.  This is our Matthias, our gift of God, a few hours after he was born.  Every time I look at this picture, I remember the pain and exhaustion of standing up, of holding my camera steady in the low hospital light, but the knowing that I would want to have taken this photo.  And every time I look at this picture, I am so glad that I did.  He's not wrinkly anymore, or red, and his hair is much lighter and he's twice as big, and sometimes this photo makes me want to cry.  So maybe this is my favourite photo of 2014.

But that's not it.  In 2014, I met so many amazing people, so many happy families that laughed together.  I captured so much joy, and that is what I want to share with you below.  

(Disclaimer: I tried to choose just a few favourite photos of 2014.  Truly.)