Documentary, candid and lifestyle family portrait photography in Victoria, BC

Frequent Questions About Family Portraits

What if I need one or two posed photos to share with older/more traditional members of my family?

I am happy to take a few frame-worthy, traditional look-at-the-camera-and-smile photos during our session. If your child makes a bit strange it may be a good idea for me to come a bit earlier and just get your family used to me being around before I start to take photos. With some families it’s better to do the traditional stuff at the beginning, and with other families it’s better to do the traditional stuff after your kids have had a chance to have fun and be silly.

Victoria, BC & Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica Family Portraits

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This cutie pie loves to look out the window so I went outside and took this photo. More images from this family portrait session.

How does it work? 

I recommend we either do the session in your home, or around an activity. Instead of treating your kids to ice cream if they pose for portraits, let’s actually go for ice cream and I’ll photograph that. Other options include bowling, playing at the park, going to the museum or aquarium, or any other activity your family enjoys doing together. That way we can get natural photos of your kids without asking them to pose and look at the camera.

I asked these two cuties to show me their toys, then big brother decided he wanted to show me his books. Little sister crawled up next to him, and he pretended to read to her. He then gave her a kids. Yes, he was camera-aware, but if we had ASKED him to read to his sister or kiss her then we wouldn't have achieved the same results. Half-way through my visit with this family, big brother decided he wanted to show me his books. Little sister crawled up next to him, and he pretended to read to her. He then gave her a kiss. Yes, he was camera-aware and mugged a little bit of his own accord, but if we had ASKED him to read to his sister or kiss her then we wouldn’t have achieved the same results. View more photos from this at home portrait session. 

If we’re at your home, I’ll start by asking your child to give me a tour of their room and show me their toys. If we’re doing an activity, I’ll introduce myself as a new friend who is joining them for playtime.  I’ll then photograph them as they’re playing, being themselves and acting naturally.

Here is a family portrait session at the park. We played on the swings and with the family dog. I let the kids mug whatever way they wanted for the camera, without asking them to do anything in particular. More photos from this portrait session in Victoria BC.

Here is a family portrait session at the park. We played on the swings and with the family dog. We let the kids be themselves. View more photos from this portrait session in Victoria BC.

Your kids will respond better to me if I act like a playmate, rather than a professional photographer who is there to do a job.   Kids will naturally mug for me, without me needing to ask anything of them.  Even shy children will become curious, especially if I don’t ask them to pose or give them any directions at all (and this is especially important for shy children).

What age is good for this kind of session?

I photograph everyone from newborns to older children. With newborns, I will have you doing your routine with your new baby. That includes changing, feeding, laying in bed, etc.  We can also do some natural, candid photos of you showing love to your baby (including kissing their head, toes, etc.). If you have older children, let’s head out and do an activity together and I’ll photograph that.

During this at-home session we stayed in the bedroom and played on the bed with the cat. Her parents held her, gave her kisses, and joked around with her and we were able to get lots of awesome photos. Here is the rest of this session.

During this at-home session with this six-month-old cutie pie, we stayed in the bedroom and played on the bed with the cat. Her parents held her, gave her kisses, and joked around with her and we were able to get lots of awesome photos. Here is the rest of this session.

Where are you based? Can you travel? 

I am in Victoria, British Columbia from about May to October and Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica from November to April (although I’m sometimes traveling back and forth between either location at any time of the year).  But I am also available to travel to your location! Please contact me and I’ll send you a quote with more information.

Family portrait session at the park. I photograph what your kids naturally do, rather than asking them to pose.

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I want candid photos of my family, but I don’t want to look bad. Do you still fix up blemishes? Can I dress up to look my best?

First of all, you’re going to look awesome in your photos! Blemishes will definitely be fixed. Most people wear everyday clothing that is suitable for playtime.  As a self-conscious person myself, I understand that you want flattering photos, and we can still achieve this without any posing.  With my photojournalism background, I’m in tune with people’s natural movements, so I know when to click the shutter so you and your kids look great. Plus, I’m happy to give you some ideas and suggestions to get it all going so it’s fun.

For this cute two-year-old, we went to China Town in Victoria, BC early in the morning. More photos from this session.

For this cute two-year-old, we went to China Town in Victoria, BC early in the morning. More photos from this session.

How long are portrait sessions?

Most of the photos you see on this website were achieved within an hour or two.

Big sister loves to dress up as a princess, so when she was done swimming she decided (herself) she wanted to wear her princess costume. More photos from this beach session in Manuel Antonio are here.

Big sister loves to dress up as a princess, so when she was done swimming she decided she wanted to wear her princess costume. More photos from this beach session in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica are here.

I’m a busy parent and there’s no way I’ll have time to make prints. What do you recommend I do with the photos? 

I believe the very best way to enjoy your photos is with a storybook album with one photo per page. You can either order your album during your portrait session or after. There’s no pressure at all. Get in touch and we’ll send you our price guide.  Plus, you have the option to purchase matted prints or canvas wall art at any time. For prints, we work with the best professional photo lab in Victoria, British Columbia.

We especially love the Go Portrait Albums because you can actually frame the front of the book and put it on your shelf.

We especially love the Go Portrait Albums because you can actually frame the front of the book and put it on your shelf.

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I definitely want to book you. How do I get in touch?

That’s awesome! I’d love to hear from you.

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