Mommy And Me Photography Sessions

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Mommy and Me Photography Sessions

I love taking photos of moms and their children as I get to capture one of the purest emotions between two people. Mommy and me sessions are regular family sessions with a focus on mother’s day.

Get an updated photo with your mom

When was the last time you had your photo taken with your mom? Months ago? Years ago? Let this one be a special photoshoot performed by a professional photographer. So many of my clients tell me that it was their first ever photo session with their family.

When we become a mom or dad, we get lost in the busy pace of parent life and forget about the connection with our own moms. We are still their babies, and they are still our moms. They have a place in our hearts that can never be filled by anything else. Sometimes we can’t express our love in words. A special gift can be full of precious messages that warms their heart.

Mother’s day gift certificates

With mother’s day coming up, most of us are thinking of a different present to give them this year. Not like fulfilling your annual duty. Something special that you just don’t gift a random person. If you are in Calgary, I got you covered! A surprise gift of photo session together would be a great mother’s day gift. A photograph to remind them how much they mean to you. A gift that would be kept forever. Besides it is a two-way gift. A gift for your mom and yourself.

Alpina Photography-Mother's day gift certificate

Choose your location, customize your session!

Be it an outdoor shoot at a park, at your house or senior’s place, we can accommodate your mommy and me session wherever possible. If there is any special bond, a shared interest or thing between you and your mom, we can make it a themed session using that special “thing” as part of our session.

We can even do this in the form of 3 generations (grandma, mom, child) or include other family members in some of the photos.

Being a forever-gift that you can customize and personalize, photography is one of the best gifts for Mother’s day. Besides digital copies to share on social media, you also have an option to order prints to frame or put in an album.

You can book your mommy and me session online from “family sessions” page of Alpina Photography website:

www.alpinaphotography.com/family-sessions

 

Here is a little gallery of mom-children photos.

Photo Shoot in the Snow

 When the white snow covers the earth, everything looks purer, cleaner and dreamier. While it is actually snowing, probably most of you noticed that magical silence fills the air as if you are in Narnia! Not a few blocks away from Trans Canada highway.

This is a precious opportunity for us photographers to go out and create something beautiful about winter season. New year comes with snow just like a new white page in our lives, ready to start filling it with colourful memories.

When I have an outdoor session in the snow, I always tell my clients to wear colourful clothings or accessories to stand out in that whiteness. With low depth of field, it is easy to blend background noises into the snow’s whiteness and I think portraits appear more distinct with a creamy white background that snow provides. Another advantage of winter shoots is that the sun is always low in the sky, shining in low power, giving us the perfect light. So there is not a narrow window for winter outdoor sessions unlike summer time. (we usually chase golden hour in summer days) We can do it any time of the day before it gets dark.

Of course it has challenges to take photos in the winter. First, it’s cold. The coldest weather that I had a family session was  -10 ֯ C . It was difficult for little kids as they tend to get cranky in the cold, so I go to those sessions well prepared not to lose any time on choosing a good spot or thinking of poses or putting together a theme using props. So I do all these beforehand and when we meet for the photoshoot we start it immediately. Keeping little ones toasty is the most important thing. I recommend putting kids in snowsuits before going in the car, so they can get warm on the way and keep their body heat for a longer time. Those tiny handwarmers come in handy for winter sessions. You can slide the them in your gloves or boots, it keeps warm up to 8 hours.  They are available in most stores from Canadian Tire to Costco. It’s a good idea to keep some in the car, you can never know when you would need them.

In Calgary, we are blessed with Chinook winds that gives us a break from cold winter. It is such a privilege in our cold country. We are lucky to have snow on the ground and wearing no jackets. I even remember one day we went tobogganing with kids and it was so warm and the sun was shining bright, we took off all our clothing layers down to a t-shirt!  As well as -10 ֯ C we have a chance to do a photo session in the snow at +10 ֯ C temperature in this city.

Maternity sessions in the snow would also be great but it is best to do it on a warm Chinook day, so you can pose in a fancy dress instead of big winter coats.

During sessions, I don’t like carrying heavy camera bag on my back so I bring a sled to the sessions to carry my equipment and some props (such as blankets, lantern, garlands) in it and drag along. It also serves as a photography prop and keep little ones entertained.

If you are interested in booking a winter family session at one of our beautiful parks, all you need to do is to choose a date and book it on the Alpina website: www.alpinaphotography.com

Here is a few frames from recent shoots in Montalban Park (Montgomery), Edworthy Park and Confederation Park.