Creating a Canvas of Memories

Image Courtesy Unsplash

Image Courtesy Unsplash

I know that talking about how much I love getting family photos done may seem a little bias since the creator of this blog is also a photographer, but I’m going to do it anyways!

We just had a mini session done to get some updated family photos and it led my husband and I to reminisce about all of our current photos hanging in the living room.

It quickly dawned on us just how many local photographers we have had contribute their art to our walls and how important capturing those memories has been.

Since our daughter came along over five years ago, we have had the pleasure of working with some of the Cowichan Valley’s best who have captured some really amazing memories for us.

Here are some things I personally look for when choosing a photographer: 

Editing styles are really important. This boils down to style preferences. Some photographers take great black and whites, while some make vibrant colours pop, and some also offer a more unique and vintage feel. 

Seasons play a big factor. In the summer time I tend to favour bright colourful photos that I know are going to really POP!

In the winter I am usually looking to get some Christmas card photos and prefer black and whites or more muted tones.

The fall can go either way really and it just depends on my mood or what style we have a lot of already. If you have an idea of what you want out of your session, for the sake of clarity, speak with your photographer and be clear of your vision to avoid disappointment.

Also, check out their website or social media sites. Scroll through their galleries or portfolios before you decide too.

Many photographers in the valley book up long in advance, so timing and availability is key. Sometimes the stars just align and I’ve been feeling the urge to get some photos taken right as one of my favourite photographers posts a special or mentions they have space coming up! Boom. Book it! 

It’s no secret that a family photo session is not cheap, so with that said pricing and packages play a part in the decision! Don’t get me wrong, I 100% believe that they are worth it, however sometimes I just don’t have that kind of extra cash to spend.

Keep your eyes open for seasonal mini sessions (I LOVE mini-sessions) as they might be more reasonable to fit the budget. 

I often consider the location and style before I book too. If the kids have been a little off the walls at home, an outdoor lifestyle session might turn out amazing!

We’ve done a few different beach sessions where they have just buzzed around keeping busy while the photographer snapped some wicked candid shots.

If they’ve been particularly good listeners or I know I can bribe them with compliance, some more posed group shots, without props, might work out well. 

I really do adore the diversity of our photos and think it’s pretty cool to have so many photos on display in our home.

There is a lot of value in family photos where the whole family is in the shot (because come on moms, you know you are almost always behind the lens).

I’m curious as to what is on your personal photography check list?

Kristie Sykes