Bridal Beauty Session :: Vancouver Wedding Photographer


I collaborated with friends a while back on this fun little beauty shoot which was recently featured on the Wedluxe Blog! Oh how I love to photograph faces. Of course beautiful, professional makeup can make a huge difference... especially when creating really tight beauty images like these. There's an incredible pool of talent when it comes to choosing the perfect hair and makeup artist, but I highly recommend you consider Sonia Leal-Serafim if you happen to be in the need for one. Her work is flawless and gorgeous and will last all day while still maintaining a natural look and feel... and she's a sweetheart too!

Huge shout out to all the creative folks who donated their time and patience to this shoot. You guys rock! And a big thank you Wedluxe as well for the feature!

Model: Daniella Filer with Richards Models
Makeup and Hair by Sonia Leal-Serafim at THEYrep using Mac Cosmetics
Nail Art by Christina Culver at THEYrep using Mac Studio Nail Lacquer
Styling by Soha Lavin at Countdown Events
Flowers by Granville Island Florist
Headpieces by Olivia
Dresses by Jason Matlo  and Something Blue

Shar & Digs Day After Session // Vancouver Portrait Photographer

These beautiful people are Shar+Digs. Sadly, i was unavailable to photograph their wedding in Mexico last year. So when asked if i would do a Day After Session with them here in Vancouver, i didn't hesitate. We had a short session in one beautiful location. They wanted "soft and romantic portraits".

Um, yes please... those are my favorite kind :)



Project 52


'a portrait of my daughter once a week, every week, in 2014'

36/52: Raisin toes used to be how we determined when it was time to end our nightly bath sessions. But recently, acquiring them has become the goal. First you inspect your toes, then mine. If everyone has raisin toes, then we can get out... but not before.


Photography Is Important :: Family Session :: Vancouver Portrait Photographer



Ten years ago i photographed Christine + Al's wedding at Deer Lake Park in this exact spot... across the water from the house Christine grew up in. Tragically, within weeks of their wedding, Christine lost her father. Shortly after, she also lost her mother.

Recently, on a trip back to Vancouver, Christine called on me to see if i could photograph her and Al with their children at Deer Lake Park. She wanted to surprise Al with a family photo session for their 10 year anniversary back at the place where their life together began.

It was so nice to see them again after all this time...  to meet their wonderful children and to hear all about where life has taken them.

After our session, we hugged and promised to stay in touch and i left feeling full and grateful that i have a job where i can develop relationships with amazing people and have them span a decade!

After receiving the images from our session, Christine sent me this email:

"Leanne, I am absolutely speechless - the photos are amazing.  I must've watched the slide show a hundred times today, and every single time, I was in tears by the last image.  I can't begin to explain what these mean to me, but please know they are much much more than a document of our 10th wedding anniversary!  It is hard to put into words, but these photos give me a tremendous sense of peace, and in many ways - healing and closure.  I mentioned that it was really painful for me to go through our original wedding pictures because my parents died so soon after we were married; I hadn't realized to what extent our actual wedding day had become a memory of loss and grief.  But now, thanks to these beautiful new pictures taken by you, I now have wonderful new memories of our wedding day *and* all the amazing gifts that have come along since then.  Wow, I think I am finally ready to put together a wedding album :)

What you do, Leanne, is simply magic -  I can't thank you enough."


So what i want to say is this...

Photography is important!!!

As a photographer, i never want to take the responsibility lightly.

Photography makes a difference in our lives. It helps us to remember. It helps us process and heal. It can bring us peace and closure. It keeps love strong.

Why is photography important to you? How has it made an impact on your life?


Project 52

35/52: steamed milk in Chinatown.

I think you much prefer uncle Alistair's cafe (which we frequent very often when visiting the west side). But Matchstick recently opened shop in our hood... and they too make a pretty mean steamed milk.