The Parsons // Fall Family Portraits at Stewart Farm

A fall family portrait session with the Parsons!

Back in November we went to Stewart farm to update their family photos and take advantage of the beautiful autumn leaves. We managed to avoid the rain and catch the leaves before they fell off the trees, exactly one week later. I love photographing this beautiful family

The Jones Family // Centennial Beach Portraits

Centennial Beach was stunning the day I met up with the Jones family. It couldn’t have been a more perfect setting. The sun was behind the clouds and the skyline looked like a perfect painting. My favourite kind of day.

 When I first spoke to the Jones family about their portaits they confided that they hadn’t had a family portrait in almost 10 years. Although ten years is a long time to wait between portraits, it wasn’t a surprise, as most people slowly forget about professionally updating their pictures as soon as their kids surpass their teens.  When we chatted about the session further, I was also told that the session would be a gift for their parents 40th Wedding Anniversary. Amazing. What a perfect gift and a perfect time to create some new memories.

Thanks for letting me share and for bringing your el camino

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Winter Family Portraits// The Morrisons

One of my favourite times of year to photograph family portraits is in the winter. It’s one of the only times where the beaches are empty and the skies are unpredictable and dramatic. On this particular November day the weather called for 90% chance of rain, however we never saw a drop. Although Vancouver gets a lot of rain, it is very rare that I ever have to reschedule my sessions. Maybe I’m just lucky! 

Little Seth was nervous when we started so we just played some games to make him feel more comfortable. I love it when parents have fun playing with their kids and can temporarily forget that I’m around. I really feel like I captured their joy in these photos.

Enjoy.

To book a family portrait session please email me for more details melissaskoda@mcsphoto.net

Portrait sessions start at $350

One Frame// Leah + Cam// Pitt Lake Engagement

The drive out to Pitt lake was gorgeous yesterday. When we got close to our destination,  the fog was so thick that you couldn’t see the mountains. However, when we parked and arrived at the dock, the fog cleared slighty to create these beautiful low clouds. I just love the unpredictable winter weather and the reflection that these clouds created.

Congrats Leah + Cam!

I can’t wait to show you both the full set of images

Sneak Peek// Newborn Session with baby Campbell

Just a sneak peek for now!

Thank you for having me D+D!

Corrie + Jason// Celebration Pavilion Wedding + Bridges Reception

Lace, kilts, torrential rain, moorish dancing, an aqua bus ride and a night to remember! What a wedding! They say it’s good luck when it rains on your wedding day, but I absolutely got soaked taking some of these photos! I haven’t seen it rain that hard in quite some time. However, you would never know as this couple looks happy and dry! Thanks to our fabulous limo driver, we were chaffeured to all the cover spots on Granville Island to take the portaits before the ceremony. On the way to the reception, we were lucky enough to get 5 mins of sunshine while waiting for the aqua bus, so we leaped at the opportunity to get a few more portraits. Vancouver weather always has a sense of humour!

Congrats C+J! I hope you enjoy these. 

Lindsay + Alex // Celebration Pavilion + Dockside Restaurant

A little preview for now… more to come soon! Thanks for having me A + L

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Crabapples at Britannia Shipyards Steveston

I never knew that there were crabapples in Steveston, but these two little cuties found them! I love it when kids just do what they do and play together. It is a very spontaneous and natural way of shooting, plus you never know what you are going to get. I love all the love that these two sisters have for each other and it’s really cute to watch them enjoy those crabapples!

Christine + Michel // Kirkland House Wedding

What an absolutely stunning location! Kirkland House is definitely moving up on my list as one of my favourite wedding venues. The grounds are gorgeous with the lovely gazebo on the grass. There is also a heritage house that is the perfect setting for getting ready photos as well as a corn field across the street that looks so beautiful during the evening light. Just a little sneak peek for now… thanks again for having me C+M!

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Venue: Kirkland House

Wedding Planner: Paula Toby from Thyme to Indulge

Make-up Artist: Shelly Baxter

Catering: Thyme to Indulge

Dress: MJM Weddings

Gaetz Family Teaser // Britannia Shipyards Steveston

I love it when people bring accessories for their shoot as it really helps to personalize the session and make the shots look different. This session was taken at the Britannia Shipyards in Steveston and the Gaetz family did a great job bringing an array of colourful outfits, blankets, headbands and a basket to add to the session. They also brought their dog Eddie! People always ask what kind of props I supply for the session, but I don’t have any. I much prefer that families bring their own items so that the session is authentic to them. That way in 5, 10 or 15 years they will look back on their photos and remember the cute blanket they used to have or the adorable outfits their mum used to dress them in rather than what the photographer brought that day.

Little baby P was so good during the session and I love all the expressions she gave us as well as the cuddles to Eddie.

Enjoy these for now:)

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