Hey beautiful you!

Welcome to the boutique portrait experience!

I’m so glad you’re here! I believe in giving you an experience you’ll remember as much as the photographs themselves. That’s why I’ve designed a custom approach to portrait photography that is a little bit different than what you might have experienced elsewhere.

 

“Thank you for turning us into a big, blubbery mess of tears! – That was CRAZY the amount of incredible moments you captured in that insanely short amount of time. We don’t know if we’ll ever be able to truly express to you how much these photos mean to us.” — Kris & Sasha

 

 

A Printed Photograph is a Treasure

You know that feeling you get when you look at a print of yourself at a certain age? There’s often a story with that photo. And it’s probably been told and re-told throughout your life. It’s a simple but powerful thing when your family connects with their photos in this way. And this is the magic I want to share with you.

 

Family portrait on the beach Manuel Antonio National Park children photographer

 Did you know that 42% of people no longer print their photographs?
“We stand to lose a lot of our history…print your photographs, literally.”
VP of Google, Vint Cerf 

I admit…

…I was one of those photographers who rarely printed my own personal photographs, pretty much since getting my Facebook account.

But when I moved two years ago, I rediscovered some old albums and found myself getting completely lost in memories — feeling more sentimental than I had in years. And it hit me. While I love how easy it is to share and connect online, nothing will ever compare to a printed photograph. Nothing.

I’m now slowly going back through my old hard drives, creating albums and putting pictures into frames. It’s been quite a rewarding effort, but also a bit of a wake-up call.

 It’s the reason I’ve completely changed the way I offer my photography services.

You will love it when your photographs are already in a family-friendly, museum-quality storybook album — or framed, matted, laid out and sized perfectly for *your* space. And if you’re excited to share your memories on social media, you’ll also receive digital copies of everything you choose to have printed.

Family Portraits Esquimalt Lagoon Candid natural black and white spring film

Frequent Questions

How does it work? 

The only thing you need to do is be your beautiful selves and I’ll take care of the rest. I believe in making the process of choosing your photographs as effortless and easy-going as possible.

When your previews are ready I’ll come by your home (or we will video conference if you’re out of town) and we can decide what prints will look fantastic on display or in a storybook album.

If you’d prefer less fuss, I’m flexible. I totally understand how busy things can get, and I’m happy to create a custom online experience that will fit your lifestyle.

Family Portraits at Manuel Antonio Beach Candid Photojournalism

Do I still receive digital files?

The short answer is you can opt to buy them but you’ll find prints are a better value. 🙂

The long answer…

In the 12 years I’ve been a professional photographer, I’ve seen first-hand that technology can change in the blink of an eye (after all, it wasn’t long ago that we all shared photos on CDs).

I’ve had people get in touch with me several years later to ask if I still have their photos (thankfully, yes! but only because I’ve always gone over-board with backup plans). And there always seems to be something new on the horizon ready to replace what already seems advanced right now.

My primary goal is to give you incredible printed heirlooms and albums that will last a lifetime. You will always receive social-media-sized versions of everything you choose to have printed. You also have the option to purchase digital photos from any of your favorite images, plus they are complimentary with some of my Signature storybook albums, framed prints and canvases.

Where are you located? Do you travel for portrait sessions? 

I am based in Victoria, BC and I frequently travel throughout Vancouver and Vancouver Island for portrait sessions. I also spend a few months every winter in beautiful Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica and I’m available for portraits of you and your family enjoying your vacation in the jungle or at the beach.

And if you’re coming from afar to have a family reunion in Victoria or Vancouver Island I’d also love to create a wonderful keepsake of your time together. Get in touch and let’s chat!

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How does it work if we want to have you photograph us on analog film? Can you still fix blemishes?

The short answer is, yes! 🙂

The long answer…

I’ve recently fallen in love with authentic, analog film and select families are now opting to have their sessions captured with this timeless artform. The quality of the grain, as well as the ethereal pastel tones simply cannot be duplicated by any digital camera or filter. Because film lends itself well to LOTS AND LOTS of light and looks best with open-airy spaces, I only offer it with outdoor portrait sessions.

I work with an incredible lab that will produce high-resolution, printable scans which makes it easy to do any retouching that may be needed. If you’re interested in having your portrait experience on film, please inquire and we’ll design something incredible! View the film journal for inspiration.

What should we wear? 

You don’t have to match. In fact, it will look more authentic if you’re wearing clothing that reflects each of you. Anything simple and timeless will work great!  I’ve created a helpful Pinterest board so you can see what I mean. 🙂

Baby Portrait Six Months Victoria BC

Where should we have our portrait session?

We can choose a favorite outdoor location, your home or my gorgeous natural-light downtown studio loft in Victoria.

What if my baby is fussing and needs extra time?  

I want you to be THRILLED with your images. I always pad in extra time to allow your baby to nap or feed.  And my experience with weddings also means I’m super fast and stealth when it comes to capturing toddlers.

Victoria family portraits - Day in the Life Sessions by Photographer Christina Craft

Do you offer hair and makeup services?

Absolutely! You can opt to have hair and makeup as part of your portrait session. My hair and makeup team will even come to you!

Do you photograph large groups or events like a family reunion?

Absolutely! Please inquire and tell me more about your event! 

Do you photograph executive portraits or actor headshots? 

Absolutely. I also team up with my husband and we offer branding photography. Please inquire and we’ll design something incredible for your business!

Do you photograph fashion, glamour and beauty? 

Yes! I love the creativity that goes into designing model portfolios or fashionable, Pinterest-worthy personal art.  Please see some examples in my Style journal.  You are going to LOVE the way you look!! Get in touch and let’s create something beautiful. 

Beauty Model Portfolio Portraits

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Fine art and storytelling imagery in Victoria, Vancouver and Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica