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 :)


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.


Project 52

34/52: snacks at auntie's house

You love olives... especially these ones. And you love to eat them at auntie's house. And you love to sit on the side of the picnic table where the kitty is carved into it. Currently he is hiding under auntie's tablecloth, but you know he is there... hiding just to your right.


Project 52

33/52: summer in the okanagan

You swam. You slept in a beautiful rustic cabin. You ate peaches.  You played with grandmas kitties. You watched deer. You ran in circles. You ate pizza on the grass in a vineyard. You swam some more. You rode on a scenic boat tour of the lake. You cuddled with grandma. You played with your cousins and your auntie. You celebrated your third birthday. You rode on a steam train. You slept in a tent under grandma's walnut tree. You fed groundhogs. You collected peaches from Thorman. You swam some more. You played baseball in an orchard until the neighbor's enthusiasm made you cry... and then you made me carry you to all the bases.

One week every summer isn't long enough for this gorgeous place. You miss grandma already.

32/52 :: THREE

Project 52

32/52: happy birthday my sweet love.

Your papa and I would never go so far as to ban pink from your wardrobe, but we've had to make an effort to avoid its' potential takeover. Anyone who's ever been shopping for a young girl might know how difficult it is to find gifts or clothing in any other palette. For some reason, just saying the words "it's for a girl" is enough to be bombarded by glitter, princesses and pink, pink and more pink. Yes, it takes a major detour to avoid this shiny sparkly place!

So, when you spot auntie Lyndi's present wrapped in hot pink tissue paper, you go straight for it.... attracted like a moth to a light bulb. Amongst the piles of pink paper you discover a sparkly pink crown marked "Princess" and a matching shiny pink, feathery happy birthday wand. You love them! You immediately put the crown on your head and start circling the wand around yourself.

I cringe for a second, but even i find it difficult to not admit that it's sort of adorable. However, my secret moment of pride comes seconds later when you turn the crown upside down, pull it down over your face like a mask and yell, "This wand shoots FIRE!!!"

That's my girl! :)

You are such a very clever, feisty, independent, charming, creative and entertaining little 3 year old.

You melt my heart. I love you so.


More favorites from her peachy-sunny-Okanagan-sort-of-girly third birthday party:

Thank you Auntie Ella for creating this beautiful birthday cake. If you hadn't saved the day by making the top half, I would have used the stale whole wheat flour throughout... and then the whole thing would have tasted like day-old muffins!

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!