as your very own
I WILL HELP YOU PLAN YOUR PHOTO SESSION FROM BEGINNING TO END
I even made you a to-do list...
Your to-do list for photo day:
(Okay, you might have to feed your kiddos, too, or take the dog out in the morning. But seriously, I’ll take care of the rest.)
Leave the dishes in the sink. We won’t photograph ‘em anyway.
Leave the concealer in a drawer. I’m here to help with that part.
I’m not just a photographer. I’m also a makeup artist with more than 15 years of experience. Every session includes a professional makeup application, because you deserve some pampering.
mom to mom, I get that postpartum isn't always the most confidence-inspiring time.
You can trust me to help you look and feel your best.
“Meliza made everything so easy. Meliza will guide you through and make the experience so positive and amazing.”
HERE'S HOW THE MORNING OF YOUR PHOTO SESSION WILL GO
I meet you at your home with coffees in hand for the both of us. I’ll scope out the rooms in your house with the best lighting, help you declutter any lingering toys or laundry, and talk to you more about what to expect.
We get your makeup going. Your partner can change and get ready at the same time, and I’m happy to advise on outfits.
You and your partner hold your babe, share sweet moments in the soft, morning light, and reflect on what you’ve been through together. I capture it, and we talk about what life is like with a newborn.
Your partner says, “Wow! That was so much easier than I thought it would be!” We say our farewells.
2 weeks later
You receive a gallery of photos to choose from, and let me know your faves. A few weeks after that, you flip through your very own heirloom album or hang the pictures up in the hall.
MATERNITYThree hours before your session, you get to relax at home while you get your makeup done. About an hour later, you're feeling beautiful and you're ready to go. We re-assemble at the location that means the most to you and yours. We time it for about an hour before sunset, when the light is golden and stunning. You hug, snuggle and laugh while I capture photos that help you remember these moments (even how that little one kicked you relentlessly). I give you gentle direction, time flies, and you wish we could hang out for just a bit longer. Two weeks later, you receive a gallery of photos to choose from, and let me know your faves. A few weeks after that, you flip through your very own heirloom album or hang the pictures up in the hall.
FAMILYThree hours before your session, you get to relax at home while you get your makeup done. About an hour later, you're feeling beautiful and you're ready to go. We re-assemble at the spot you picked — the one with the dandelions and the mountains (or wherever is most significant to you). Your toddler shrieks at the dandelion that floats through the air when they blow on it. We time it for about an hour before sunset, when the light is golden and stunning. Your session lasts as long as it takes (we’re in no rush). If your kids take a bit longer to warm up, that's a-ok. We'll take the time we need to get the most beautiful portraits of your family. We'll wrap up the session, and by the time it’s over, we’ll all feel like close friends. Your kids might invite me over, but we’ll say our goodbyes for now — we’ll see each other again in a year or two, when they’re way bigger and have a whole new roster of favourite things. Two weeks after our session, you receive a gallery of photos to choose from, and let me know your faves. A few weeks after that, you flip through your very own heirloom album or hang the pictures up in the hall.
HEIRLOOMS > INSTAGRAM
These moments with your family are special. And when you choose to revisit them together, you don’t want to have to pull out your phones.
You want your kids to be able to point to the photo hanging in the hall, years from now, and say, “Look how little I was! See if you can carry me like that now!”
Flipping through albums in your parents’ house and seeing yourself smiling, laughing, or being held isn’t just nostalgic and special; it’s good for your self esteem.
According to psychologists, photography helps kids develop stronger confidence. It’s valuable for children to actually see themselves as part of a family unit.
That’s why each of my photo packages includes something physical. A beautiful photo of your family belongs in your hands, not just on a screen.
I'VE MADE YOU ANOTHER LIST... THINGS TO STOP WORRYING ABOUT
once and for all
(You’ve got enough on your plate!)
AS YOUR VANCOUVER FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER
THE BOTTOM LINE?
You don’t have to worry about keeping everyone happy or making sure everything runs smoothly — that part’s my job.
And I swear, really truly pinky promise, we’ll get the photos you’re hoping for. The ones that capture your kids’ personalities, the way you all interact with each other, and the joy and love you share (perhaps some of the chaos, too).