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Brielle & Brooke . Vancouver Family Photography

A few years ago I had decided that I only wanted to shoot weddings. It seemed that families were only looking for perfectly posed photos with everyone smiling at the camera.. matching perfectly coordinated outfits and kids were told to be on their best behavior and they'd get a treat afterwards. That is SO not me. I started to really dislike my family sessions and decided that maybe they just weren't for me. I wanted to shoot what was real - the imperfect, the mess and the chaos, actual real moments of love between family members. I wanted to have families invite me into their homes and on their regular routine adventures to just simply document. The  ups and downs that is parenthood and the little moments that show just how much love is in the home.. and of course the mess.. ohhh the mess! And then the most amazing thing happened.. I started finding these families who also felt the same. And this past year (particularly all the families I worked with this past summer & fall) have made me LOVE doing family sessions again. Seriously, if I photographed you and your family this past year you seriously rock.

So here is post of one such family.  I drove up to Squamish and documented an evening with the Ponkey's - Mom, Dad, Brielle & Brooke. And I had so much fun. And I think they did too. Because really, when you can just be yourself and not worry about having to look perfect in front of a camera or if the kids are going to behave, how can you not have fun?

So please, if this jives with you too. And you also want to document this little bit of time in your life for what it actually is - please get a hold of me. I am loving these sessions so so much. And time is going by much too fast with little ones to not have some documented memories of what it was like.

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David and Emilie . Vancouver Family Photographer . Deep Cove

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David and Emilie just turned one and maybe because I have my own almost 1 year old, but I just love this age! So much fun.. although I imagine it is so much busier with twin 1 year olds toddling around! We met up with mom and dad and their two big sisters at Deep Cove for an evening of playing and exploring. A few of  my favorites from our time together - vancouver family photographer deep cove (1)vancouver family photographer deep cove (2)vancouver family photographer deep cove (3)vancouver family photographer deep cove (4)vancouver family photographer deep cove (5)vancouver family photographer deep cove (6)vancouver family photographer deep cove (7)vancouver family photographer deep cove (8)vancouver family photographer deep cove (9)vancouver family photographer deep cove (10)vancouver family photographer deep cove (11)vancouver family photographer deep cove (12)vancouver family photographer deep cove (13)vancouver family photographer deep cove (14)vancouver family photographer deep cove (15)vancouver family photographer deep cove (16)vancouver family photographer deep cove (17)vancouver family photographer deep cove (18)vancouver family photographer deep cove (19)vancouver family photographer deep cove (20)vancouver family photographer deep cove (21)vancouver family photographer deep cove (22)vancouver family photographer deep cove (23)vancouver family photographer deep cove (39)vancouver family photographer deep cove (38)vancouver family photographer deep cove (24)vancouver family photographer deep cove (25)vancouver family photographer deep cove (26)vancouver family photographer deep cove (27)vancouver family photographer deep cove (28)vancouver family photographer deep cove (29)vancouver family photographer deep cove (30)vancouver family photographer deep cove (31)vancouver family photographer deep cove (32)vancouver family photographer deep cove (33)vancouver family photographer deep cove (34)vancouver family photographer deep cove (35)vancouver family photographer deep cove (36)vancouver family photographer deep cove (37)vancouver family photographer deep cove (40)vancouver family photographer deep cove (41)vancouver family photographer deep cove (42)vancouver family photographer deep cove (43)vancouver family photographer deep cove (44)vancouver family photographer deep cove (45)vancouver family photographer deep cove (46)vancouver family photographer deep cove (47)vancouver family photographer deep cove (48)vancouver family photographer deep cove (49)vancouver family photographer deep cove (51)vancouver family photographer deep cove (52)vancouver family photographer deep cove (53)vancouver family photographer deep cove (56)vancouver family photographer deep cove (57)vancouver family photographer deep cove (58)vancouver family photographer deep cove (59)vancouver family photographer deep cove (60)vancouver family photographer deep cove (61)vancouver family photographer deep cove (62)vancouver family photographer deep cove (64)vancouver family photographer deep cove (65)vancouver family photographer deep cove (66)vancouver family photographer deep cove (67)vancouver family photographer deep cove (68)vancouver family photographer deep cove (69)

 

 

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Charley . Stanley Park . Vancouver Family Photography

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I love when I get to take photos of families as their little ones grow. I can not believe Charley is already 1 and it has been a year since I took her newborn photos! For her 1 year session, we met at third beach in Stanley Park and had some fun in the trails and on the beach. I love that she was so into eating the sand.. because really what better way to capture a 1 year old than sand eating at the beach! And I love even more that mom and dad were cool with just letting her have fun with it! Such a great session! Some of my favorites from our evening together -

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An evening with the Crossman's . Vancouver Family Photographer

"Justine! I don't even know what to say. There are no words to explain how grateful I am to have this EPIC series of images of our family life. I thought I "knew" your style (and you know I was already in love with it), but these are so far beyond any expectations I had. The colours, the beautiful big wide shots, then these amazing details like hands on the monkey bars or me brushing Sarah's hair..., the expressions you caught in the tiny moment they crossed someone's face, the action shots!!!! You captured togetherness, and then individual personalities. Sorry, I'm rambling, I just can't even put it into words. The further I got into the gallery, the more tears came... tears of gratefulness? Just the feeling that I have these images to hold in my hands and look at FOREVER. Ahhhh, you're the best, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!! xoxoxoxox" I might have cried a bit as well after receiving that message. THIS is exactly why I love family photography. THIS is exactly what I want to leave families with. Thank you so much to Beth and her whole family for allowing me into your home to document an evening with you. This was the best session ever.. no seriously.. If all my sessions were like this and I could document every family I photograph like this, I would be the happiest photographer ever. And yes, I know I've been saying that a lot lately.. but seriously, I get to take photos of some pretty awesome little families. Or at least families who are totally cool just doing what they do best (which is basically just hanging out together and having fun).. and then throw in some backyard tree climbing, alley bike riding & hopscotching, popsicle eating (complete with popsicle juice face), bathtime and storytime.. yeah, a perfect evening of togetherness and family.

Sass & Benny you were so much fun to hang out with for the evening! A few of my favorites (actually a lot of my favorites.. I had a hard time deciding!) -

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Ea . Vancouver Family Photographer.

I met up with this family in their home to jump on beds with Ea, drink wine with mom & dad, chase dogs.. and take some photos of course!  After we headed through some local trails and blew dandelions, tried to get a decent family photo (their dog had other ideas!), ran and jumped, did cartwheels (well Ea did cartwheels!), and danced around the tennis courts. Overall a pretty fun little session in my mind! Ea is awesome and pretty much stole the show.. as I think you'll agree! RitchieFamily_lowres (2)RitchieFamily_lowres (3)RitchieFamily_lowres (4)RitchieFamily_lowres (5)RitchieFamily_lowres (6)RitchieFamily_lowres (7)RitchieFamily_lowres (9)RitchieFamily_lowres (10)RitchieFamily_lowres (11)RitchieFamily_lowres (13)RitchieFamily_lowres (15)RitchieFamily_lowres (17)RitchieFamily_lowres (22)RitchieFamily_lowres (23)RitchieFamily_lowres (26)RitchieFamily_lowres (28)RitchieFamily_lowres (29)RitchieFamily_lowres (31)RitchieFamily_lowres (35)RitchieFamily_lowres (39)RitchieFamily_lowres (40)RitchieFamily_lowres (42)RitchieFamily_lowres (43)RitchieFamily_lowres (46)RitchieFamily_lowres (47)RitchieFamily_lowres (48)RitchieFamily_lowres (49)RitchieFamily_lowres (51)RitchieFamily_lowres (52)RitchieFamily_lowres (54)RitchieFamily_lowres (55)RitchieFamily_lowres (58)RitchieFamily_lowres (61)RitchieFamily_lowres (62)RitchieFamily_lowres (65)RitchieFamily_lowres (69)RitchieFamily_lowres (70)RitchieFamily_lowres (72)RitchieFamily_lowres (73)RitchieFamily_lowres (74)RitchieFamily_lowres (81)RitchieFamily_lowres (83)RitchieFamily_lowres (84)RitchieFamily_lowres (87)RitchieFamily_lowres (89)RitchieFamily_lowres (92)RitchieFamily_lowres (94)RitchieFamily_lowres (95)RitchieFamily_lowres (100)RitchieFamily_lowres (102)RitchieFamily_lowres (105)RitchieFamily_lowres (106)RitchieFamily_lowres (108)

 

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Bowen . Vancouver Family Photographer

I used to work with mama Thea long long ago (actually it wasn't that long ago but it sure feels like it!), so when she got a hold of me to take photos of their little family when Bowen was just 3 months, I was quite excited to meet him. Especially since I had seen photos of this cutie on social media and could not wait to see his hair in person - seriously, best new baby hair I have ever seen! Thank you Thea, Micheal, and of course Bowen for inviting me into your home to document this time. Bowen_jan2015-3Bowen_jan2015-5Bowen_jan2015-7Bowen_jan2015-8Bowen_jan2015-14Bowen_jan2015-19Bowen_jan2015-20Bowen_jan2015-21Bowen_jan2015-23Bowen_jan2015-24Bowen_jan2015-27Bowen_jan2015-29Bowen_jan2015-32Bowen_jan2015-34Bowen_jan2015-36Bowen_jan2015-37Bowen_jan2015-41Bowen_jan2015-48Bowen_jan2015-49Bowen_jan2015-51Bowen_jan2015-52Bowen_jan2015-56Bowen_jan2015-60Bowen_jan2015-62Bowen_jan2015-65Bowen_jan2015-66Bowen_jan2015-67Bowen_jan2015-68Bowen_jan2015-71Bowen_jan2015-72Bowen_jan2015-73Bowen_jan2015-78Bowen_jan2015-79Bowen_jan2015-80Bowen_jan2015-81Bowen_jan2015-84Bowen_jan2015-86Bowen_jan2015-87Bowen_jan2015-93Bowen_jan2015-97Bowen_jan2015-99Bowen_jan2015-100Bowen_jan2015-101Bowen_jan2015-102Bowen_jan2015-105Bowen_jan2015-107Bowen_jan2015-108Bowen_jan2015-109Bowen_jan2015-110Bowen_jan2015-112Bowen_jan2015-113Bowen_jan2015-118Bowen_jan2015-121Bowen_jan2015-124Bowen_jan2015-126Bowen_jan2015-132Bowen_jan2015-135Bowen_jan2015-136Bowen_jan2015-138Bowen_jan2015-139Bowen_jan2015-140Bowen_jan2015-141Bowen_jan2015-142Bowen_jan2015-143Bowen_jan2015-149Bowen_jan2015-155Bowen_jan2015-158

 

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two is better than one. Evelyn & Payton are one. Vancouver Family Photographer

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These two turned one at the end of last year and I forgot how much fun this session was!  Having one toddler at a time is busy, I can only imagine what it would be like to have two! Have I mentioned how much I love home sessions - getting photos doing what you do and being a family together. Such fun little personalities and such a great time for mom and dad to capture. Some of my favorites from Evelyn & Payton's session -

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Stella . Vancouver Newborn Photographer

I love doing newborn sessions when there's an older sibling who's just become a big brother or big sister. So much love and so much fun. Stella was 10 days when we did her session and her big brother Riley was actually my very first newborn session ever just about 3 years ago so it was fun to come back and do little Stella's. Some of my favorites from the morning - StellaNewborn_lowres-2StellaNewborn_lowres-3StellaNewborn_lowres-4StellaNewborn_lowres-5StellaNewborn_lowres-6StellaNewborn_lowres-10StellaNewborn_lowres-12StellaNewborn_lowres-14StellaNewborn_lowres-15StellaNewborn_lowres-16StellaNewborn_lowres-20StellaNewborn_lowres-24StellaNewborn_lowres-25StellaNewborn_lowres-27StellaNewborn_lowres-28StellaNewborn_lowres-29StellaNewborn_lowres-33StellaNewborn_lowres-35StellaNewborn_lowres-43StellaNewborn_lowres-51StellaNewborn_lowres-53StellaNewborn_lowres-60StellaNewborn_lowres-64StellaNewborn_lowres-77StellaNewborn_lowres-85StellaNewborn_lowres-88StellaNewborn_lowres-89StellaNewborn_lowres-90StellaNewborn_lowres-94StellaNewborn_lowres-95StellaNewborn_lowres-97StellaNewborn_lowres-101StellaNewborn_lowres-102StellaNewborn_lowres-103StellaNewborn_lowres-107StellaNewborn_lowres-109StellaNewborn_lowres-112StellaNewborn_lowres-113StellaNewborn_lowres-114StellaNewborn_lowres-115

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A new baby sister named Pepper . Ewert Family . Vancouver Family Photographer

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A documentary session with this new family of 5. Little Pepper arrived just 5 days before and she is seriously adorable and surrounded by a whole lot of love - including two big brothers (one who can't get enough of her.. and well.. one who is still deciding.) I think quite a bit of this family and mama Kyla, who is quite the photographer herself. I was so so happy to come and document their morning. Arriving with kids still in PJ's is the best - I  love all the images of them having breakfast & getting ready for the day. Also, this is probably the most images I've ever included in a family blog post.. but I really didn't know what to leave out. I think they all together tell the story of this family - the personalities, the love & bond they all have. Plus I know, mom will enjoy having these all together :).

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a family session at third beach . Vancouver family photographer

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I've done a few sessions with this family now and it's been so great to photograph the girls as they get older (our first session was when mom was pregnant with Charley)! Alex & Charley are both so much fun and so full of personality! We spent an evening together at 3rd beach running in the trails and then down at the beach playing in the sand and swimming in the waves. Some of my favorites from our time together - blog1blog2blog2bblog3blog4

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Sophie . Granville Island Family Photography

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This year I've really been trying to push 'documentary' style sessions with the families I work with. Basically having the family choose the location and activity that they all enjoy doing together - a particular park, a beach day, even the morning routine of making pancakes and playing around at home (pajamas and all!) Whatever it is, it has to mean something to the family. What ends up happening is capturing real memories and images of happy families just being themselves rather than having to pose and smile for the camera for several hours.  And then families can really look back on these images and remember what their life was really like and how their kids personalities really were and how much they all really loved each other. Capturing that for families is what makes my heart so happy and I've been loving these sessions so much this year. This was one such session - back when we had some snow in Vancouver and Sophie was just a few months old. This family often spends Sunday mornings walking down to Granville Island for breakfast, coffees and to just enjoy the quiet stillness of the island before the busyness later in the day. So that's what we did. I met them at home as they were getting ready for the morning and headed down to the island with them. A few of my favorites from our morning together -

 

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Ford . Vancouver Newborn Photographer

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I really love newborn sessions! Especially relaxed ones at home and especially with awesome little families like the Leesons.  Big brother Knox was actually one of the very first babies I took photos of a few years ago and now it was Ford's turn. And since he's already over 2 months old, this post is long overdue! Congratulations to you all once again and your new family of 4. A few of my favorites from our morning together -

 

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Christine . vancouver maternity photography

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I'm pretty sure Christine should be a maternity model.. I loved so many photos from this maternity portrait session that I had a hard time deciding. Thank you so much to Christine for walking around Stanley Park with me while we looked for cherry blossom trees, walked out on beach rocks and spent some time trying out a few different things for her shoot. I can not wait to meet this baby boy in a few short weeks! A few of my favorites from her session -

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Clara . Vancouver Newborn Photographer

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There's nothing more special than those first few days at home with your brand new baby. They go by quickly and before you know it, that little newborn is not so little anymore. I always feel so incredibly honored when a family asks me to come into their home to document one of those first days. This is Clara - she was 5 days when I visited her and so incredibly loved by mom & dad and everyone around her.A  few of my favorite photos spent documenting their morning together -

 

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Charley . 6 months . Vancouver family photographer

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When updating my portfolio last week I realized I never did blog Charley's 6 month session! So here it is - perhaps the sweetest, most smiliest &  happiest 6 month old I've had the pleasure of photographing.. oh and mom & dad are pretty fun! charleyblog1charleyblog2charleyblog3charleyblog4

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Clara . 5 days. Vancouver Newborn Photographer

I spent this morning photographing this family and their brand new baby girl Clara. I was planning on posting only a few images as a preview on my facebook page, but I had a hard time choosing.. so I decided to do a small blog post instead! Many many more photos of this family to come in a few weeks. I can't wait to share them!xo

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Everleigh & Liv . Vancouver Family photographer

I met up with this little family back in November on Ambleside beach for a sunrise session... You may remember their preview post and I've been meaning to post the full session because it's one of my favorites! The sunrise was a amazing and the sky such gorgeous colors! Plus Everleigh and Liv were pretty darn cute and fun to photograph! I hope you enjoy them!

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Evelyn & Payton . 10 days . Vancouver Newborn Photographer

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I met up with this little family when Eveyln & Payton were just 10 days (you may remember their maternity session - it was one of my favorites).  They are perhaps the sweetest twin babies born to two people who are going to make the best mom & dad ever. These are two lucky little babes who have so much love in their lives. I can not wait to spend more time with them all as they get older. This was also one of the most relaxed & easygoing newborn sessions I've ever done (and with twins!) - clearly they're doing a thing a two right! some of my favorite images from their session -

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Jakub & Hana . Deep Cove family session

Doesn't get much better than a session at home with an awesome (and seriously loving!) big brother and an adorable baby sister! Add in a walk down to the beach and a bit of tree climbing and it was a pretty good morning. So many more to come, but for now a small preview - deep cove family 1deep cove family 2