What to expect" Family sessions

are they worth it? 

Time does not slow down and we are not getting younger! 
If you are a parent, you know kids grow in the blink of an eye and my goal is to be able to provide the memories that seem too fleeting! 

Sure, you may have a billion photos on your phone photo roll, but time to get into the photos yourselves! Your kids and your future self deserve to see you in the light that is parenthood. 

Ever since becoming a mom, these family photos have increased exponentially in meaning to me. Some of my most cherished photos are the ones where I'm frozen in time with my son.

I hope you understand we're not looking for absolute perfection here but rather, real life, real moments.. because we know parenthood can be messy, chaotic, overwhelming but beautiful, rewarding and joyful all at the same time. Let's allow all those to exist and last one photo at a time. 

WHy family photos?

More family galleries 
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Within around 4-5 weeks, you'll receive your photos via an online gallery (shareable + downloadable!)

Gallery delivered

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If we all agree it's a good match, we make it official with a date and the signing of a contract + retainer. 

Making it official! 

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We can either hop on the phone or continue through email so we chat more about your vision, needs and wants! 

We Chat! 

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Send me an email and tell me a bit about your family + what you had in mind for a shoot! Outdoors? Indoors? Both? 

Get in Touch

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What to Expect

We meet and I document all the goodness! 

Shoot date!

All the questions about your family so I can get to know you guys a bit more before the day of! What do you like doing together? Any favourite songs? Games? Tell me all! 

Family Questionnaire

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prints + albums

Through your online gallery, there's the option to directly order prints or we can work together to create a beautiful archival, museum grade  heirloom album! Click here for more album info. 

THE EXPERIENCE

MY STYLE & APPROACH TO Documentary Family sessions

I will offer light direction, giving you little tasks to do here and there but will remain hands off to allow you all to be yourselves for the most part. There will be no stiff posing, or bribing your kids to smile at the camera (ok, maybe a handful to please the grandparents) but just following you and your family around to do whatever you decide to do, capturing beautiful moments in the process. To help guide the session, you may decide on a handful of activities for your family to do (something you do on a regular basis - ie. reading, eating, crafting, singing, cuddling, hiking, cooking, etc.). 

My style of photography is a blend of documentary and lifestyle - I aim to capture all those fleeing moments that happen on a day to day basis, focusing on both the big picture and also the little details. These photos won’t entirely be a depiction of how ‘perfect’ your family is but really, a way of documenting your life as a little family - whether it is you cuddling your little one or them eating cheerios off the floor, I’m there for it. Every time I think about family photography, my mind always goes back to the piles of old school photo albums my family has of my sister and I in the basement. All unposed, sometimes even blurred, moments captured and forever in print that I can look back on. These photos are inspired by those.

 



family microsessions

documentary family sessions

•  1-1.5 hr coverage 
• documentary, primarily child-led candid family photography (indoors or outdoors)
• extra fee for >5 adults
• online private gallery with downloads 

family photography pricing

starting at $500 + TAX

$275 + TAX

subject to availability 

• 20 min sessions
• 15 images for download of your choice (extra images available for purchase)
• specific location in Vancouver (email for details) 

Maternity, newborn and motherhood portrait sessions and packages available. 

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Clemence & Jordan

My husband and I had the best experience working with Fiona for our engagement shoot and on our wedding day. Planning a wedding during the pandemic was stressful, but Fiona was very accommodating and responsive throughout the whole planning process. On the wedding day, Fiona was very professional, punctual and organized. Although, we're a little camera shy, we felt very comfortable working with her. We had the best time during the shoot and we loved her fun and creative energy.

We're so in love with the photos she captured on our special day. We love the way Fiona captured the emotions and special moments throughout the day. She's super talented and has a specialty for picking out the perfect locations for shooting. We are looking forward to framing the memories around our house very soon! Highly recommend Fiona if you're looking for a photographer for your event! 10/10

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we loved her fun and creative energy

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Kayla & Justin 

she managed to be everywhere but remain discrete at the same time

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The BEST decision we made was asking Fiona to be our photographer for our wedding! We looked through some of her previous galleries and were blown away with the photos she captured. On our wedding day, it was incredible how she managed to be everywhere but remain discrete at the same time. Our family and friends could not stop talking about how professional she was, while still being friendly and fun to be around. She was extremely quick - quality over quantity especially with family photos. This made things run so smooth the whole day. She helped us keep to our timelines, and played a big role in supporting and encouraging us through the day; she was a true rock for us!
Every time we look through our photos we feel like we’re back on our wedding day. 10/10 would highly recommend to anyone looking for a photographer!

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Natalie & JEff

the photos created a video in out minds of what the day was like. It really brought our memory to life.

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Fiona photographed our wedding this past May and we were SOOOO incredibly happy with every single photo !!!! She captured our day perfectly. The documentary style of her photography makes us so happy and glad we didn’t spend money on a videographer. We felt like the photos created a video in out minds of what the day was like. It really brought our memory to life.

We couldn’t have been more pleased with her attention to every detail, professionalism and exceptional talent. The best decision we made (other than deciding to get married !!!!) was hiring Fiona as our photographer. She is truly such a talented photographer and an even sweeter person! Would highly recommend!

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Rachael & Family

she gave us tips and cues ..but also ensured the moments were still as natural as possible

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I cannot say enough great things about Fiona and the incredible work she does. She is a true artist in every form. We booked her for a family photoshoot which included myself, partner, and our two young boys (22m old and 5m old). She picked a location that reflected our family dynamic and allowed us to just be US all while she clicked away on her camera capturing the special moments. She gave us tips and cues to ensure we were standing or sitting in the perfect spot but also ensuring the moments were still as natural as possible. I would recommend her 10000x over and I cannot wait to book her again in the future :) Thank you again so so much, Fiona.

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Elizabeth & Coady

Fiona photographs the raw, beautiful emotions of the day in a way that incorporates the very essence of you as a couple.

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Fiona is the best. Hands down, you’ve stumbled upon perfection – let this be the last thing you read, the last wedding photographer’s website you go to.

Fiona photographs the raw, beautiful emotions of the day in a way that incorporates the very essence of you as a couple. Fiona’s editorial style and approach comes natural and puts you, your friends and family at ease with her laidback, hyper-organized, charismatic charm.

Fiona has this ability to capture a couple’s love for each other in subtle yet compelling ways – she can take any room, venue or location and bring it to life with her talent in reading a space, the people in it or through her expertise in capturing a stream of light or shadow at just the right time. I mean it when I say, relax – your search is over.

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ARianne & Alex 

she really cares about her work as well as going above and beyond for her clients. 

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FIONA IS AMAZING! She did our engagement shoot as well as our wedding photographer. She made us feel so very comfortable and at ease when taking pictures. Fiona's photography style is right up our alley! She made sure she captured all the little moments as well as big moments. We didn't even know she was taking pictures for most of the night, and yet when we received our photos it was as if she has captured our entire wedding day. She's honestly the best, she really cares about her work as well as going above and beyond for her clients. The quality in her photography is fantastic, I know that she makes sure that her photos are perfect before sending it, because looking at our photographs, I know that she put her heart and soul into it! My wedding party loved her!!! We got so many compliments on our engagement, and wedding pictures.

Fiona, you're the best! Thank you for giving us the best gift ever (our pictures)! Know that we will treasure them forever and will definitely be passed down to future generations

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Maram & Ahmed

she captured all the in-between moments

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If I could give Fiona more stars, I would. She not only took our wedding photos but we did an engagement shoot (highly recommend), and my husband and I are extremely pleased with both sets. When people ask what was our favourite investments during our engagement/wedding process, Fiona is on the top of that list. Her candor and kindness is well recognized!

She captured all the in-between moments (as described on her site). Her skills go beyond the lens. She sees moments that she knows her clients will cherish forever. For these reasons and more, I would highly recommend Fiona. She's very easy to work with and from my videographers' perspective; she was one of their favourite photographers to work with.

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Office hours

Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm

fiona@fionachiu.com

documentary Wedding & Family photography
based in vancouver, british columbia. available for travel

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