Bloom Tulip Festival Photo Shoot - Abbotsford, BC | Natalie Langston + Pierce | Community Photography South Delta

If you want to see a baby smile for an hour consecutively, take them to the Abbotsford Tulip Festival!

I was awake at 3:45am and on the road, leaving Tsawwassen at 4:15am to make it for a sunrise photo shoot at Bloom - Abbotsford Tulip Festival. When I arrived, the sky was a soft blue with the sunlight slowly creeping up over the mountains. I’d never been to the tulip fields before and oh wow, was it a sight to see! Endless rows of tulips spread out over endless farm land.

I met up with Natalie just before sunrise for our photo session. Natalie is an accomplished Canadian TV personality and Momma to her beautiful baby boy Pierce. If I thought I deserved a pat on the back for waking up early, this girl deserves a trophy! She looked AMAZING, arrived earlier than me to tend to her babies needs and was all smiles. The. Whole. Time!

We spent the next hour playing in the tulip fields while taking photos. Pierce was so happy to be surrounded by the colors, smells and cuddling with his mom. Natalie was a dream to photograph and her Wilfred dress choice such a perfect choice for the delicate flowers. There were only a few other people out in the fields at this time, but we had a whole bunch of cows meters away checking out our situation.

As a family photographer, I’m SO passionate about taking photos of motherhood. I’m also am passionate about working mothers who are finding a balance pursuing a career they love, while being a rockstar moms. And Natalie is TOTALLY one of those ladies, finding the balance between the two!

I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I LOVED taking them :)

TSAWWASSEN MATERNTIY PHOTOS | COMMUNITY PHOTOGRAPHY SOUTH DELTA | BOUNDARY BAY

This was such a special one for me! Jess and Geordie are having a baby! And I had the honour of capturing their maternity photos in Boundary Bay! They’re some of my closest friends and have been in my life for many years! I met Jess in grade 5 at English Bluff Elementary in Tsawwassen. We were immediate besties from day one. We played sports together, travelled together, celebrated holidays together, got into trouble in high school together. Over the years, the only time we EVER had a disagreement was in grade 5 when we couldn’t decide who was going to be Sporty Spice :)

Jess and Geordie met in highschool, and although they never dated until afterwards, our whole friend group saw this couple in the making a mile away. And we were all so HAPPY when they finally figured out they were perfect for each other :)

The evening of their maternity photos can only be describes as dreamy. It was one of the first warm nights of the year and clear skies in the forecast. We headed down to Boundary Bay for their shoot. Jess was totally prepared with a gorgeous red Minca blanket, and Geordie (bless him) came with Four Winds beers to share, with me, not Jess ;) Their sweet pup Bodhi added such a fun and candid element to their photos!

At sunset, we headed to the dyke for gorgeous photos as the skye was changing from blue, to purple to pink. A perfect way to end a maternity shoot.

Jess and Geordie, I know I’ve said it a million times, but I’m SO happy for you guys! You guys are going to make the most amazing parents and I can’t wait to raise our kids together! xoxo P

CENTENNIAL BEACH ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS | COMMUNITY PHOTOGRAPHY SOUTH DELTA | TSAWWASSEN

The sky! Her dress. And the way he looked at her!

I’m just swooning over K + T Centennial Beach engagement session in Tsawwassen. I love to leave plenty of time for engagement photos. This is the time I get to talk to the couple and get to know them. I’m photographing their wedding after all!

I met the couple in the parking lot at Centennial Beach. The first thing I notices was how AMAZING they both looked! I like to think of the beginning of our shoot as the ‘warm up’. I generally get the couple to do things that may FEEL super awkward, but look GREAT on camera! They we’re both such great sports and we captured the most beautiful moments. Once the sun starts to set and we enter the ‘golden hour’, that’s when we will head down to the beach for sunset photos.

I loved when Kathleen said, ‘so we’ve done lots of belly smooshing photos, can we just take some fun ones?’ LOL! Yes! I’m all about collaboration so they pulled out their sunnies for some casual fun photos.

As the sun set over boundary bay, the most beautiful pastel sky finished off their engagment photos. The wind picked up lightly and holy smokes, they looked stunning being photographed at the edge of the Pacific Ocean.

Kathleen and Tyler, thank you for letting me capture your photo session. As a Tsawwassen family photographer, to be able to capture two adults so in love, makes such a welcome photo shoot.

Dueck Family Photos | Centennial Beach, Tsawwassen | Community Photography South Delta

One of the biggest compliments when your a family photographer is being asked to photograph a family whose mom, is a photographer herself! That was the case with the Dueck family. Mom Dayna has raised 6 kids (yes 6!) and is now pursuing her calling to become a midwife. And if you’ve met her, you’ll know she is going to make a pretty darn good midwife, that’s for sure!

The Dueck family photo session was at Centennial Beach in Tsawwassen. I love getting know local families, especially when they are as lovely as the Dueck family. The dynamic between them was kind, loving, respectful and fun. You could tell they really enjoyed each other’s company as they laughed and smiled through our photo shoot. Six kids later, you could tell mom Dayna and dad Stan were in love - just look at the way they look at each other in the photos! So much love, so much fun.

It was a perfect evening down at Centennial Beach for their family photos. Clear skies with enough clouds for a pastel sunset.

To the Dueck family, thank you for spending a wonderful evening at the beach with me! Your family is an absolute joy and I’m so happy to have connected with you!

Tsawwassen Newborn Photos | At Home Session | Community Photography South Delta

When my son Tom was born, it took about 6 weeks until I realized he was mine. To keep. Forever! I know this sounds so strange, and your probably thinking ‘yeah girl, that’s why you have kids, to raise them!’. I just found being a new mom, the love you experience with your baby is a new love, one you have never experienced before. The love is so intense I found it hard to get my head around. You just created this tiny human, you love it SO much, and the best part is, it’s yours to love forever!

When I was photographing first time mom Kritika, I could tell she was experiencing these same emotions that I was experiencing with Tom. The loving way she looked at her baby girl, and she even said a few times in our shoot ‘I just can’t believe I get to keep her’.

The only way I can describe our newborn shoot together was dreamy. We had a dream baby to photograph, she slept the most of the newborn photo session and when she was awake, she would look around the room with her big beautiful brown eyes. Kritika was such a cool mom. She allowed me to try my new baby wrapping techniques on her daughter (which turned out super adorable by the way), and was so photographic and natural in front of the camera it made my job so easy. They family cuddled, loved and enjoyed their time together for our 2 hour photo shoot.

I also had the pleasure of working with Elisha Sander of Haymaker makeup. She arrived at the house 45 minutes before the photoshoot with her mobile studio. Having a professional makeup artist makes for such beautiful photographs, and the big bonus, you can cuddle your sweet newborn as you get pampered! I’ve included some of the getting ready photos, so you can check them out below!



Centennial Beach Family Photos | Maternity Pictures | Community Photography South Delta

Mom and Dad Alison and Nathan have had lots of adventures together. They met in Milan Italy and he proposed on a beach in Sir Lanka. They lived in Singapore before coming back to BC to start a family (what a life!). And now they are onto their next adventure of welcoming baby #2 into their lives this coming May.

I had met the family before at a Centennial Beach wedding I photographed last summer. The wedding couple were the sweetest, down to earth couple, so you could only imagine they had the sweetest guests! That’s how I connected with Mom Alison.

We met at Centennial Beach for their family photos/maternity photo shoot. It was a beautiful, clear evening, but right before the shoot started a super cold ocean breeze picked up! We headed down to the beach and sweet little Isla lasted a total of 5 minutes before she was cuddled up in her parents arms. It made for the sweetest connection in the photos. She had her head barried in her parents arms, and every so often would pop her beautiful little face up for a picture. We didn’t last on the beach until sunset because it was so cold. We moved to the back field for some shelter (which we didn’t really get) however it made for a beautiful spot to take photos for sunset :)

To the Camrie family: I had a blast taking photos with you! Regardless of the wind and cold, Alison, Nathan and Isla, your smiles outshone everything! I’m so looking forward to meeting baby sister this May. She is one lucky gal to be welcomed into a sweet loving home :)


Welcome Baby Levi | Calgary Newborn Photos | Community Photography South Delta

I’ve known Janelle and Steve as a couple for a long time. 8 years to be exact. They both love hiking, the outdoors, travelling, music, they both LOVE life and making the most of every day.

They moved to Calgary about a year ago. The last time I had seen them was over the Christmas holidays when they came to Tsawwassen so we could take their Centennial Beach maternity photos. When I gave them a hug goodbye at the end of the weekend, I knew the next time I would see them, they would be parents.

Baby Levi was born in January. I booked my flight for the end of February to Calgary so I could meet her and take her newborn photos. When I arrived in Calgary it was -17’C (that was a high, it went down to -25’C at night). Janelle pulled up at the airport with baby Levi in the back seat. I got in the car (I rode in the back, with Levi, of course) and saw this little human I had only met over Facetime. She was a perfect mix of both her parents.

I spent the weekend with Janelle, Steve and Levi. Its the coolest thing to see friends, who I’ve known for years, take on their next adventure of being parents. The new love for this little human was extreme. If you couldn’t tell they loved the child by the way they interacted with her, you would know it by Janelle telling Levi she loved her a few times in one hour. I’ll also have to give poppa props to Steve. This guy is breaking the barriers of a hands on dad. Bottle feeding, changing diapers, rocking her, he even took her for a couple hours while us went for a local dinner.

Janelle and Steve, thanks for letting me take these photos of Levi. I loved capturing this time in your lives. She is a doll and I can’t wait for our kids to grow up together. Hopefully they’ll be a little less wild than we were but I hope they live life as full as we did/do! Love you guys and can’t wait to see you!

Musoke Family Centennial Beach Photos | Tsawwassen, BC | Community Photography South Delta

A few years back, Jess (the beautiful momma in these photos) reached out to me and asked if I would be interested to take her family photos. She had seen some photos I had posted on my Instagram account. . I, of course, said yes to take her family photos, for free, as I had never done a family shoot before. We met up at Ladner Harbour Park and spent an hour taking photos, chasing around her 1.5 year old as she cuddled her newborn baby. When I got in my car after the shoot, I felt exhilarated and something sparked in me that taking photos of families was something I wanted to do more of.

Three years later, I met up with the Musoke family at Centennial Beach for this family photo session. This would be my fourth time photographing their beautiful family. Since my first shoot with them, I’ve upgraded my camera, taken what it seems like a million courses and tutorials, practiced and worked hard to make my work consistent. Even though I’ve photographed many families and newborns in the past 3 years, I still feel the same exhilaration that I did the first time I photographed this family.

To the Musoke family, I know I have said it before, and I will say it again, THANK YOU! Jess, thanks for seeing something in my photos that I did not see. I love spending time with your family and watching your kids grow year to year and being able to document this for you. I remember you telling me once that you and Ronnie decided you never wanted to live a boring life, and from looking at these photos I think you all make the most of every moment.

Tsawwassen Family Photo Session | Community Photography South Delta | Family Photographer

Last year, the Berglund family moved to BC. You would have never known this as you could tell they had a deep love for the beach, nature and the mountains. The perfect mix of a west coast family.

When I met the Berglund family at Centennial Beach, they were all very easy to talk to, good energy and very lovely to spend time with. We took some beautiful photos on a lovely evening. Everywhere we went that evening, the sun seemed to be following, making for beautiful backlighting. You could tell nine year old Kiera loved spending this quality time with her parents at the beach.

My favourite part of a family photo session, is when I give kids time to be themselves and show me a little of who they are. Kiera, totally just shone during this moment. As the sunset in Boundary Bay, she was doing cartwheels under a pastel sky with the mountains and city scape in the background.

To the Berlund family, thanks for spending the evening with me at Centennial Beach. Evenings like this, really make me love my job! Your family is a pleasure to spend time with, I hope you guys are loving BC and everything it has to offer :)

Diefenbaker Park Family Photos | Tsawwassen Family Photographer | Community Photography South Delta

From the moment I met the Malinek family in 2017 for a family photo session, I knew they were a special family. They are all kind and sweet and you can tell they all enjoy each other immensely. Fast forward a year and I was lucky enough to take their photos again.

When I arrived at Diefenbaker for their photo shoot, the first thing I noticed was Mom Ashili’s stunning red dress. I knew, at some point in the photoshoot, she would need to be twirling.

On every family photoshoot, I bring a white blanket for the families to cuddle on. I came to own the blanket after I noticed it at my moms house. The blanket is a unique white quilt and a perfect rectangle for families to sit on. The patch work is well made, it has served me well for the past couple years. My mom, who is an avid thrift store shopper, came across it a few years back at the Delta Hospice in Tsawwassen.

I pulled the white blanket out for the Malinek family to sit on during their family photoshoot. Ashli took one look at the blanket and noticed SHE was the one who made it! Ten years ago, she hand made that exact blanket, her initials were even hand sewn in the corner. Such a small world! She had given it to thrift years back. And here she was, with her family sitting on it.

To the Malinek family, thank you for spending the evening with me at Diefenbaker. You guys are always a pleasure to take photos for. I love seeing from year to year the way your boys grow into lovely little men. Ashli, thank you for making and passing along your beautiful blanket!

Tsawwassen Family Photos | Community Photography South Delta | Fung Family Photos

The Fung family has always made it a priority to have annual family photos done. I believe it’s SO important to document this time in our kids lives. Especially as parents, we take tons of photos of our kids, it’s really nice to be in them from time to time! I was so happy this year when they choose me to capture these moments for them!

It was a perfect winter evening at Centennial Beach (before the snow!) with no breeze and light cloud cover to make a pastel sunset. Within minutes of the shoot, the whole family embraced being at the beach and took their shoes off! Yes! This is the reason we live on the West Coast, for evenings like this.

The energy was nice, calm and relaxed. Easy, beautiful smiles all around and you could tell how much 7 year old Jacob loved this time with his parents.

One of my favourite parts of my photo shoot is taking candid photos of the kids. This is the moment I tell them ‘you be you’. I love seeing what they come up with! Jacob, immediately took to jumping off the logs and practicing is kung fu moves. So. Much. Fun!

To the Fung family, thank you again for allowing me to capture your annual family photos. I had such a lovely evening with you guys, I really hope we can do it again next year!

Centennial Beach Surprise Proposal | Community Photography South Delta | Engagement Photos

If you LOVE proposal stories, this one is a goodie!

Mike and I go WAY back. Back to grade 4 playing soccer at English Bluff Elementary in Tsawwassen, then onto grade 8 where we would sneak cigarettes in the back ally between our houses. So, when he asked me to photograph the moment he proposed to his girlfriend Jordan, I was thrilled he thought of me for this milestone moment in their lives.

Mike, from the start, had a plan. He knew HOW he wanted his engagement to go and how to make it happen.

He contacted me while the ring was being made. He wanted the big moment to be captured on camera (smart guy!). The challenge? How do you plan a photo session without making your girlfriend suspicious that something’s up? AND if you know Mike, you would agree he isn’t the type who would randomly want photos done. So, what do you do? You contact your photographer friend (that’s me!) and make her put on a fake contest and rig the results! So that‘s what we did :)

When I ran the ‘contest’ on my Facebook page, Jordan (the beautiful bride to be) didn’t even enter! SO we had to default to Mike winning. Challenge number #2 now came. How to make him not seem eager to get the photos done? I had to contact Jordan and play the ‘Mike is being to hard to coordinate with, so Jordan you are now the one in charge’ card.

Side note - I felt guilty about running a contest that was rigged so I actually drew ANOTHER name of a REAL contestant and gifted her with a complimentary photo session :)

Prior to the photoshoot, Mike and I scouted out a perfect location at Centennial Beach. We decided that the code word for him to drop a knee was for me to say ‘the lighting is perfect!’.

The day of the shoot came. I arrived to Centennial Beach with a bottle of Champagne stuffed in my camera bag. *I* was so excited/nervous before the shoot, I can’t imagine how Mike was feeling! He was as cool as a cucumber though…

We took photos for about 15 minutes before we arrived at the location for the proposal. The lighting really WAS perfect so I said my ‘code word’ to let Mike know now was the time. Mike fiddled the ring out of his pocket and dropped a knee. Awwwww! I really wish I could hear what was said but I had my tele-photo lens and was far away. It must have been good because she said YES!

The rest of the shoot was popping bottles in celebration and toasting on the beach. This was a dream session for a photographer to be apart of! Pictures really do say a thousand words, and just look at their faces, they are beaming!

Mike and Jordan, I’m SO happy for you guys. Thanks for letting me capture this moment for you. You guys are the dream team together and I can’t wait for your wedding this summer. See you at volleyball on Tuesday :)