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?

Baby Else :: Vancouver Portrait Photographer



"Being pregnant and giving birth is like walking a narrow bridge. People can accompany you to the bridge. They can greet you on the other side. But you walk that bridge alone." - African Proverb

A friend gave me this proverb in a card a week or so after i had my baby and I cried when i read it. Yes, i am sure i was hormonal, but it was comforting to suddenly realize their were others who understood this journey i was on and that i was not so alone in my feeling so alone.

Welcome to the world of motherhood Kristina. I am so proud to greet you on the other side.  And welcome baby Else. We have all been waiting for you for a very long time. You are a wonderful gift.

Mother + Daughter Studio Portrait Session / Vancouver Portrait Photographer



When Jen contacted me to do a portrait session in studio of her and her mother, I learned that Jen's mother had been diagnosed with terminal cancer and that Jen was helping her make her way through a bucket list of activities that they had created together. A photo shoot was one item on their list and i was more than honored to help them with this.

Sonia Leal-Serafim at They Rep agency pampered the two with hair+makeup prior to our short and sweet session at Sugar Studios. We all had a lovely time together. We laughed a lot. I hope these photographs make them smile. I hope they can cherish them always.

I take hundreds of photographs of my daughter every week and i love having those. But i do appreciate the images i have of her and i together. There aren't many, but she is young and i will try to manage a photo session with her (by a professional) every year at least! I wish i had more images of my mother and i together when i was young and i hope that Astird will treasure ours. Our last photo session was in April with our talented friend Sherri Koop. It's framed and hanging in our home. I love it and am so thankful for it.

Happy mid-week everyone. Enjoy your family!