The Michener Family

In many years time, when your children look back on these family photos, what do you hope they feel?

That they are unconditionally loved and that our family moments together are cherished.

 

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Jena LaRoy completed her Professional Photography Diploma at Langara Collge in Vancouver British-Columbia and then returned to her hometown Golden B.C. to launch her photography business (2017). Jena Lee Photographs helps you create meaningful portraits and offers full custom design, framing, and image-printing services so that you have physical images to enjoy, not just digital dust. 

For more information about booking your own family photographs, please visit the Client Guide:

Client Guide

Capturing Great Family Photographs This Summer — Jena Lee Photographs

We didn’t realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun.

— Winne The Pooh

Family vacation time is a lot of things. It’s exciting to spend quality time together and also sometimes hard to be so close for days/weeks on end. It’s fun to try new things together and to create new memories. Sometimes a family member is being missed or sometimes a new family member is being eagerly anticipated. Whatever season your family is in, when you strip everything down it’s just nice to be together and to explore new areas.

Here are a few ways you can be sure to capture some great moments together and to document your trip:

  1. Bring the device you are most likely to use: It’s great if you have a big DSLR camera and a giant lens for zooming in on your family; however, your big camera won’t be much help if it’s too annoying/heavy to take out of the bag. If your phone or a small point and shoot camera is what you are most comfortable with and what you are most likely to use, then that’s the perfect tool for the job.
  2. Get yourself in the frame: Bring a tripod or get creative by carefully using your surroundings to prop up your camera/phone so that you can be in the picture too. Alternatively, take a good old-fashioned family selfie… Bonus points if you have a selfie stick.
  3. Attach great memories to your photos: The best time to take a photo is during or right after a moment you never want to forget. Our favourite photos are usually the ones we associate with a valued memory or experience. If your kid is discovering something new or you and your significant other just accomplished something together, make sure to capture that moment.
  4. But also, be present: Taking family vacation photographs is important, but so is being present for the actual moment. It is all about balance, try not to live your vacation through your phone screen. Enjoy your moments together, take a quick picture, and be present for your family.
  5. Print your photos when you get home: Living in this digital world is fun because not only can we see our photos right away but we can also share them with friends and family pretty much in real time. I always remind my clients to keep it classic by printing out a few favourites so they have them forever, even if they just go on the fridge or in a photo album. Printing your photos is the only way to guarantee their longevity, because we are all too familiar with lost phones, broken phones, software updates, corrupt files … Plus, printing them lets you see pictures of your favourite people every day 🙂
If you are here visiting Golden British-Columbia and Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and would rather have somebody else do the documenting, consider booking a portrait session with Jena Lee Photographs. I would love to help you create beautiful photographs of you and your family here in the mountains.
Otherwise, I wish you a Summer full of relaxing days, warm nights, and effective bug-spray.

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Jena LaRoy completed her Professional Photography Diploma at Langara Collge in Vancouver British-Columbia and then returned to her hometown Golden B.C. to launch her photography business (2017). Jena Lee Photographs helps you create meaningful portraits and offers full custom design, framing, and image-printing services so that you have physical images to enjoy, not just digital dust. 

Please visit the Client Guide for more information about photography sessions with Jena Lee Photographs:

Client Guide

 

Angela + Navy — Six-Month-Old Baby Photography

Angela & Baby Navy Mae

Angela said what every parent says but truly means with their whole heart: “It sounds cliche but I just want her to be happy.”

Navy is one of the happiest six-month-olds ever. Anybody who meets her wants to keep her. I want to keep her, all you have to do is look at her and Navy is thrilled.

“I also want her to go to college and to go through that life experience, meet other people and cultures… I want her to turn out fabulous like her mum!”

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I couldn’t agree more, fabulous is correct. Spending the morning with Angela and Navy was like hanging out with old friends. There were many things to talk about with many baby cuddles in between. It is a true pleasure when someone can speak honestly and openly about themselves and their experiences. Angela has a calm confidence in herself that came through in the stories she shared with me about her life and new experience with her and her partners new baby, Navy.

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Angela explained about her pregnancy with Navy and how she was born breech, which means that she was born bottom first instead of head first. It’s clear that Navy still finds this position quite comfortable and that it is how she prefers to sit. When left on her own, it’s only seconds before Navy has her foot in her mouth or her heels above her head.

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Navy inherited her love for people and being social from her mom and has the busyness and energy of her dad. She inherited her names from family members and is always wrapped in a sentimental sweater or blanket. Her mom explained that she found her voice last week and hasn’t stopped babbling and yelling about things. She likes to grab everything and hold everything, all while continuing to stare into your eyes and smile.

Thank you to Angela for being such a lovely mom and to Navy for being the character that she is. I loved spending the morning with you both xx

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Diane, Emma, Molly & Mac — Family Lifestyle Photography

This was one sweet sister session.

The secret to great family lifestyle photos is to let everyone be themselves. Family dynamics will naturally take over and people will act as they always do. Those are the special moments I watch for: when people are being themselves.

Sisters Emma and Molly planned photos together with their Auntie Di and her dog, Mac, as a surprise Christmas present for the rest of the family. After the Holidays, I was told that everybody was in tears upon receiving their photo gifts. Can you imagine receiving surprise portraits of your beautiful daughters and their auntie as a gift? No doubt there were tears, and no doubt the girls ‘won’ Christmas this year.

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Newborn Family Photographer — Golden, B.C.

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Pamela, Cole & Logan

There were several wonderful things about this session and I wish they could all be this soulful and honest.

It was an early smoky morning in Golden B.C. when I showed up to photograph Pamela, Cole, and their six-week old baby, Logan. They are originally from Golden and came home to visit their parents and escape the city for a few days. Pamela and I are old friends since elementary school and it was special to reconnect over a photography session.

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Pamela and Cole didn’t say if they felt like natural parents, but the way they moved and watched their baby it would seem so. The two of them worked together as a team in a constant sway of snuggling, changing, and feeding little Logan. There were a few moments where the new parents snuck in a quick kiss or hand-hold in between tending to their little one. Everything about Pamela, Cole, and Logan was very real.

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There were no apologies for his tears or fussy moments, there didn’t need to be. These are moments that come and go and you never know when the last time you soothe your little baby will be. My heart swells knowing that Logan is going to grow every day and that Pamela and Cole now have their beautiful memories documented forever and ever.

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For part of their newborn family photography session, Pamela and Cole held their baby in the same spot that they exchanged vows last Summer. I told them to take a moment to really sink into this moment of holding Logan where, only a short time ago, they were committing to becoming a family. The three of them seemed to melt together and hold each other as they thought of where they were at this point in their lives. It might be a year before they come back to this place and Logan will be running around the yard exploring instead of sleeping squished between his parents.

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As I said, it was a session full of honest love. Thank you, Pamela and Cole, for being so open and genuine throughout your newborn family photography session.

Newborn Family Lifestyle Photography is part of Jena Lee Photographs’ Baby’s First Year package. Four photo sessions bundled together to preserve important milestones: Maternity, Newborn (your first 48 hours together), 6-months, and one-year celebration. Choose individual sessions that suit you best or pick all four to preserve your baby’s first year forever.

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“We can’t wait to see the photos because we feel like we don’t remember everything…”

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This is something a couple actually said to me earlier this month.

After each photo session, once every photo is enhanced and perfected, I put them all together in a beautiful slideshow to show them to my clients for the first time. It is always an emotional event, full of happy tears and many thanks. Delivering photos is one of the best parts of my job.

A few weeks ago, as I sat down in their home to set up the slideshow, the couple confessed that they were very eager to see the photos because everything went by so quickly that they felt like it didn’t even happen. Obviously, they know it did happen, but the brain can play tricks on you sometimes during a big event and memories can become blurred. It has happened to me before, as I am sure it has happened to you.

“The day just went by so quickly after we spent so long planning for it. It felt like everything was over in an instant.”

Since meeting with this family, other parents have shared this feeling as well. They felt like the day was never going to come and then all of a sudden it was here and gone. Suddenly you have this child you are responsible for and can barely remember them arriving. Photographs are a powerful tool that can ground you and bring you back to an event. It is a very special thing if you have a photograph to help you remember one of your biggest life events.

As they watched their slideshow, there were happy tears and laughs throughout the whole thing. There were many moments of ‘I forgot that even happened’ and ‘I am so glad we can look at this memory forever’. We designed a book for them to relive their special day and show it to their friends, then they picked their favourite image for a large framed print to look at every day.

As a Photographer, I see this happen all the time. I work with couples who are so thankful that somebody pushed them to get photos done, even though they were busy. I work with parents who save up for photos because they know how quickly their baby will grow. Everyone loves to relive their memories and I feel so lucky that it’s my job to help people save them. Once that image gets printed and hung up on the wall, it’s always worth it.

Have you ever been so in the moment for an event that you have a hard time remembering it after? I would love to hear your stories and experiences, please share below!

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Jena Lee Photographs is a family lifestyle photographer located in Golden, British-Columbia.  Lifestyle photography is perfect for families who love candid and natural looking photographs and want to document the art of their everyday lives.

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Lifestyle Family Photography · The LaRoy’s · Tofino, British Columbia

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After our Langara Professional Photography graduation gallery, my family and I traveled to Tofino British Columbia for beaches, surfing, and tacos.

Families are my favourite thing to take photos of, especially my own. It is fun to photograph people you know so well because you can be pretty certain about how they are going to react. With family, everyone knows that just one certain look can invoke anger or laughter.

I tell people all the time that photography helps you feel connected to each other. It sort of helps you rekindle your love and remember all of your favourite things about each other. Spending time in Tofino beachcombing, surfing, and exploring with my family was the best way to reconnect. Watching them all through the lens — and even being on the other side of it a few times — was a special experience. After losing Dad two years ago, we know too well how quickly life changes and we all deeply appreciated getting to spend time together.

Love to my pham xx

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Lifestyle Newborn Photography · The Grimard’s Tiny Home · Deroche, B.C.

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Lifestyle Newborn Photography · The Grimard’s Tiny Home · Deroche, B.C.

When a fellow photographer wants newborn photographs taken in the tiny home her and her husband built, you say yes.

Dori and her family live in the small community of Deroche, British Columbia (I hadn’t heard of it either). This quiet neighborhood is located at the base of the mountains just outside of Abbotsford and Chilliwack and is the perfect place to build a tiny home and raise a family. Dori and her husband Justin embody what it means to live simply and slowly. They enjoy a quiet life spending time with each other, playing music, and planning their future. Justin and Dori explained that they plan to build another home so that they can one day adopt more children. In the meantime, they are living out the dream of having a tiny home. They wanted photographs to tell the story of their life at this point in time: a husband, a wife, a toddler, and now a newborn, all in one tiny home.

Earlier this month, Dori, Justin, and Jaipheth welcomed to the world the newest member of their family: Amaziah. At only a few weeks old, Amaziah already has a calm and observant personality. He seemed content to just be held and seemed peaceful in his mother’s arms. I don’t think he stopped happy baby babbling the whole time. Dori shared with me that she knew right away when her oldest son, Jaipheth, was born that he would be a busy and curious body. She said that she could see her own personality as well as her husband’s expressed in their sons.

It was a beautiful, sunny, early Spring kind of day and it was wonderful getting to know the Grimard’s and experiencing their tiny home. Plus, I will never say no to newborn baby cuddles.

Family Photographer · Golden B.C. · Tub Series

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Erin & Asher

There is so much to say about this family. I know that they have been awake for the past few nights fighting an ongoing battle with their son Asher’s Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) and that they are relieved to have him back home to finally get some sleep. I know that when Asher isn’t sick they live up every day as much as possible by going on bike rides, learning to snowboard, and having silly adventures together. Their house is full of giggles and fun, there is always something creative going on and laughs to be had. #AllRadDays is what they live by.

I also know that Asher is one of the sweetest boys I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. I like to brag that he gave me a Valentine this year and a kiss!

The intention of these Tub Series photographs is to capture just that: the sweetness of your children and your special bond during these little years. These experiences give you the opportunity to relax for an hour and enjoy the company of your child. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in your everyday routine and forget to take the time to appreciate the people around you.

And when is the last time you enjoyed a bubble bath?