Wrapping up my series of family documentary sessions with fellow photographers is an evening shoot with food photographer Elizabeth Nyland‘s family. Of course, they did some baking, since Elizabeth is an awesome chef (and cookbook author). The kids were pretty into it too. Then they played a couple of rounds of Sushi Go and heading outside for some trampolining until the cookies were ready.
I photographed another fellow photographer’s family this spring, the lovely Jenny Hindley. It was really fun getting to know her better and meet her husband and two kids. This family is pretty busy usually, so this was a rare afternoon at home, but it was an accurate snapshot of the love they all have for each other and the total silliness that results. So much happened in the three hours we spent together, so check it out below.
Back in spring, I enjoyed spending a couple of hours with fellow photographer Maryam‘s family in their home. She takes a lot of photos of her adorable boys, and of course her husband, but it’s nice to be able to give them some photos with all four of them (and their dog too). I took a ton of photos of the boys, as expected, because they’re so cute and lively. This one little family went through so many activities and emotions in just a couple of hours. I’ll let the photos tell you the rest.
A few weeks ago, I spent a couple of hours at home with Sherrice, Jason, and their daughter Siome, and of course Eli the dog. I’d previously met Sherrice while she was shooting a video for her business and I took some behind the scenes photos. It was fun to see her and Eli again and get to know the rest of the family a bit. They packed a lot of activity into our time together including making cookies, playing cards, some cuddling on the bed and couch, trampoline jumping, and even a bit of using electronic devices (admit it, you play with your phone around your family too). Eli is clearly the center of attention most of the time and how could you resist that face? Siome is a pretty cool ten year old who plays the drums and has an awesome room, but she still likes hanging out with her parents (who are pretty cool themselves).
Lynda contacted me because her family was going to be in town to visit her parents, who live on the beach in Oak Bay. I didn’t really know much about it until I showed up, but it turns out that her parents were celebrating their 50th anniversary. I love how grandparents’ anniversaries tend to turn into family reunions full of so much life. They were preparing brunch when I arrived and the kids were running around and play fighting. I tried to get creative and non-intrusive while they ate and then we headed to the beach where the kids filled everyone’s pockets with a ton of stones and shells to take home.
Lyndsey and Brennan hired me way back in 2009 for the second wedding I ever photographed. We’ve kept in touch over the years and I was so excited to take some documentary family photos for them and their three-year old Roz. They live in a great old house packed with awesome games (board and video), books, toys, and random cool stuff. They also have the cutest cat.
I realize this post is massively late for Christmas, but I’m going to share it anyway because I love it. I kind of want to go back and hang out with these guys again, after editing the photos. Julie is a hobby photographer herself, so it was nice for her to be in some photos for once. The kids, Cooper and Harrison, were the center of attention, of course. By the end of the hour and a half, they were mugging for the camera, exclaiming “take another selfie of us!” That’s when I made my exit, just in case someone got hurt from too much zany roughhousing.
I visited Robin, Kylan, and their baby daughter Kohl one Sunday morning to take some photos of their typical weekend morning. They wanted to document their lives with their new baby and new home, so this sort of candid session was perfect for them. Making pancakes on weekend mornings is a tradition for them, hopefully one that will last for years to come. Robin made some yummy looking whipped cream for their coffee (and Kylan’s pancakes), which Kohl enjoyed licking off the beaters.
Kohl is such a cheerful, good-natured baby, only taking exception to having her face wiped off. Otherwise, she was full of smiles. And so were her parents, of course.
Last spring, I had the idea to do some photographs of marriage, rather than just weddings. I wanted to spend some time photographing married or committed couples going about their normal lives, particularly doing things that make them feel most at home or happy in their relationship. I thought it would be great to show that there doesn’t have to be a big white dress involved in order to celebrate your love through photographs.
It took me a while to find the perfect couples for this project and even longer to make our schedules work, especially once wedding season started. I found Karen and Lisa thanks to a tip from someone on my Facebook page and I’m so happy I did, because I think this session is absolutely beautiful, with the summery floral colours and couple’s bright style, sweet dogs, and the obvious love and friendship that come from this relationship of ten years.
Back in September, I shot a documentary session with my friends Lauren and Andreas. These two were adapting to and preparing for some major changes at the time, having recently moved into their newly purchased first house and expecting their first child. Lauren ended up giving birth to a sweet baby girl, Leonie, a few weeks later. On this day, they got one step closer to ready by installing a car seat. They also made dinner and then we headed over to the Selkirk Trestle for a few posed portraits.
There are a couple more of these documentary couples sessions coming up soon and I can’t wait to share them with you.