Family Photos for 2014

We had our family photos taken by Sarah Jane Photography again this year. She has taken our family photos for a few years (here is last year), always managing to capture our family with such lightness and joy. We left the photos a little late this year, due to colds / scratched faces / my hairdresser being away. Eventually, as with last year, we chose a frosty cold day to venture down to the Shipyards here in North Vancouver. We did our photos on a weekday, so I picked Aiden up from school and we went straight down to capture the hour of light before sunset. 

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Though the photoshoot felt entirely chaotic – with kids running everywhere, facing different ways, whining or wanting to play rather than look at the camera, Sarah once again managed to capture some glorious shots. You’d never know it felt so chaotic. 

This year I have found that we have used our camera far less than in past years. Having 2 kids is just so much more chaotic and carrying around a large camera just seems too impractical most of the time. 

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The discerning eye will notice that Damien is wearing the sweater Aiden had on last year, the shoes he wore 2 years ago and the pants he wore 3 years ago! Yep, hand me downs! Not to say we have no other clothes, but of the 8 pairs of jeans (yes) that Damien currently has, these ones are the most trim fitting and unique. And sweaters, he has a whole drawer, but I like my kids to wear solid colours without hoods in photos and the blue and green seemed more “gem-toned” and beautiful than the contrast a red (his other solid sweater) and green would have. So, there you go!

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See the rest of the photos here.

A Custom Photo Heart

Along with our 2013 Holiday Cards, I order a Heart Snapshot Mix Photo Art from Minted, which I customized with photos of Aiden & Damien. It took me many hours to put together, since I’m a bit of a perfectionist. I tried to have an equal number of photos of each child in their first year, while balancing more recent photos as well as photos featuring the two of them together (of which we don’t have a ton). Add to that, I tried to get in certain specific memories and also balance the colour composition and balanced organization of the photos… well, you can see how it took me a few hours. I was REALLY pleased with the final product, which came in a neat little frame. I think I may order us one too!


Last year, I gave both grandmothers a calendar featuring pictures of the boys, which was beautiful, but I felt sad that one day they’d have to throw them away. This felt more permanent as a snapshot of 4 beautiful years with the boys. 

The print felt really creative and beautiful, though in this case I wish it came on glossy photo paper, instead of on the matte art paper that Minted is known for. There is the option of premium archival paper, but I’m not sure how that looks. 

Family Photos 2013

The ActiveMama family recently did our annual photoshoot with Sarah Jane Photography, who has been taking our photos for a few years now. 

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We went down to Shipbuilder’s Square at the foot of Lonsdale again, since we found last year that it had the perfect mix of backdrops for our photos. It’s not busy, it has an urban feel, the view is great and there are no distractions (like parks or bodies of water) that cause whiny kids! While I really wanted to hit up a forested area, it’s so hard to find the right light in the shade of the trees. 

I couldn’t be more happy with the photos this year! Sarah did a great job capturing the kids in the chilly wind before they got too grumpy. Damien has some dermatitis on his face right now, which is worse in the cold, but Sarah did a good job clearing that out of the proofs. Thanks Sarah!

Check out all our photos here.

Family Photos: November 2012 Edition

We met with Sarah again for some more wonderful family portraits this November. My goal was to get some family photos that we could frame on our wall, as soon as Damien could sit. Well, he began solidly sitting just a couple of days before our photoshoot! 

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Despite the fact that Aiden was less-than-cooperative during the shoot (he was very tired and very much a 3-year-old), Sarah managed to capture some beautiful moments with our family. We did the photoshoot down by the Shipbuilders Yard in North Vancouver, doing some outdoor shots in the sun and also some indoor shots, since I wanted some sweater-free poses of the boys for our wall. I can’t wait to see how they look framed!

Damien’s Newborn Photoshoot

When little Damien was 12 days over, Sarah of SarahJane Photography, came over to our house for a newborn photo session (and Nicole of Mary Kay came to do my make-up!). I’d actually won a shoot with another photographer, but decided to pass on it since we were so happy with our family portraits while I was pregnant. By the time Aiden was a dozen days old, we had set up several home photoshoots; the reality of two kids is that there are fewer opportunities to take photos. With that in mind, we wanted to make Damien’s memories just as special as Aiden’s. In this case, Damien won out – with the help of a pro, we have some truly amazing photos!

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It took Damien about 2 hours to fall asleep, even though he’d been awake for an hour by the time Sarah arrived. Bit of a fail there. Since Damien was diaper free, you can imagine just how many accidents there were during this time period (and they mostly landed on me – gross). Anyway, once Damien was finally asleep, we captured some beautiful moments. He was amazingly pliable once he fell asleep and had a massive nap after the shoot finished.

We bribed Aiden with a bag of candy to participate in a few of the photos (he really didn’t want to participate). Mexx should pay us for this photo of him:

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See all the photos here.