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Ambleside Family Session


Ambleside Family Session

F A M I L Y;

What a blessing it is to have the opportunity to photograph such a beautiful family and to capture their love and support on camera. This session was all about stealing those sacred, effortless moments of pure happiness and connectedness with each other.

Creating M E M O R I E S;

Running around Ambleside Beach in West Vancouver on a chilly Fall day, chasing the pup, exploring & looking for new fun spots. Camera in hand searching for that “moment”, I chased after Dylan, Robin and Teagan, who chased after Buddy. We explored, we played, we ran and we posed and this family made it SO easy! They were naturals in front of the camera. It might have helped that the kids were able to skip a few hours of school to score some great family shots! (Thanks mom!)

The air was crisp and the sun was setting, the perfect backdrop to capture those sweet family moments. Standing behind the camera really gave me a handle on the family in their element. These opportunities will evoke memories for all of us! How special is it that they have a collection of photos from such a special time in their lives. Time moves so fast and it is comforting knowing you can press the pause button on life to reflect on this day.

G R A T E F U L;

I was so fortunate to meet the Savages. They actually missed booking into a “mini session marathon” at Highlands Elementary that I had in North Vancouver a few months ago. Rather than miss out entirely, they took it upon themselves to book a session with me on another date. There is something special about this family; I love that they ordered prints and already have them hanging on their walls. It happens all too often that digital files are stored on the computer and forgotten about. Moments like this should be displayed and enjoyed!

It was a pleasure to spend the afternoon with you all. Thank you for trusting in me to be your family photographer! I had a blast!


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Ambleside Family Pictures

photocrati galleryFamily pictures at Ambleside Beach

I always have a great photographing this lovely family.  I first met them at Gymboree when Aiden was just a year old…since then I have photographed them at least once a year.  A few years later along came Damien, who is now 3!  I feel a bit old 😉  Aiden and Damien are super cute and always are well behaved and listen – yay!  They make my job super fun & easy.  Their parents are super easy going too and always have great ideas for images.  Arieanna does super cool things with the images, like art collages, Christmas cards and calendars.  She also uses some of them on her blog, Active Mama.  A great resource for all you North Shore Mamas 🙂

This shoot we met at Ambleside Beach in West Van to do their family pictures.  A cool spot is over by the train bridge – it adds a neat industrial feel to the images as well as giving the option of pretty scenery images too.  We lucked out and got most of the shoot in prior to the torrential rain fall 🙂

Thanks for having me capture your family!





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West Vancouver Photographer|Duyker

West Vancouver Photographer | Duyker

I was so excited to shoot this little family and when you see them, you’ll get it 🙂  The boys are all blondies and adorable and Mom & Dad aren’t too bad themselves 😉  We decided to meet at one of my favourite locations in West Vancouver, Ambleside Beach.  It is such a great spot, you get the beach, tall grass, old wood fences and a local landmark in the background…..Lions Gate bridge.  It also works for boys who like to run around and play…..who wants to  pose for pictures anyways 😉  All three boys were super sweet, full of mischief and smiles – perfect combo!  I really enjoyed photographing these guys – never a dull moment and lots of great images!  Win win!!  I’m pretty sure we covered all of the beach as we ran and played and took pictures and those boys were still going strong at the end 🙂  So awesome!  Another sweet thing is their eyes….beware girls in 20 years…these boys have got killer eyes…all sparkly and cheeky.  You can see in each picture of them, the light that catches in their faces and eyes – super special, not to mention their great smiles.  Makes a photographer happy 🙂  Obviously I enjoyed this session and the fun we had that morning.

Thanks for checking out the images.

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Ambleside Beach Family Session

A lovely family session at Ambleside Beach

I was so happy when Carly (momma) agreed to have her latest family session down at Ambleside Beach in West Vancouver.  It is one of my favourite places to shoot family portraits, there is just so much to offer in the beauty of backgrounds.  We met bright and early and were able to get the beach mostly to ourselves; perfect for two little munchkins wanting to run and around and have some fun 🙂  I always want to the kids to be having fun when I am photographing them, if they’re not, it sure shows in the final images and during the session too.  I want to see their personalities and their quirks.  If they can run and play and be themselves then, I can capture who they are.  That special moment of being 2 or 4, 13 etc… they are in that moment in their lives.  It is so wonderful to look through images and see the little mischivious  glint in their eyes, a shy smile or a big belly laugh, it reminds you of things you might otherwise forget or let grow dim crowded by other memories.  Ed Sheeran has a great line in his song “Photograph”,  saying, “we keep this love in a photograph, we make these memories for ourselves……where time is forever still”.  I love that; not just as a photographer, but as a Mom, a sister, a daughter and a friend.  We capture these moments in images that we love at the time, and they can take our breathe away, but ten, twenty, thirty years down the road they will mean even more.  We will look back at them at laugh and cry and be reminded of who we were and who our family was at that point in time, we will cherish them and over all objects that own, these will be the most precious.   William and Abby will be able to look at these pictures and remember how they played at Ambleside Beach, how they laughed so hard at their parents playing and making animal noises; they will look at these images and remember the smell of the beach and the feeling of sand in  their toes, they will really remember how much they loved each other and how protective Will was of little Abby.  It will be a little bit of magic for them as they grow older to reconnect with this special time of being a kid and living each moment as they happen.  Everyone needs to capture their families, their kids, their love.  Don’t wait, life is so short and precious.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the images.


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