Vancouver Family Photographers and Great Spots for Family Photo Shoots

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Family Photo Shoot Locations & Vancouver Family Photographers

Every season is a good season for family photos. From glowy summer sunsets, to cozy winter afternoons in front of a fire, wildflower meadows in spring, and the orange and red of falling leaves come  fall, there’s something picturesque about each month of the year. And as kids get older, particularly when they hit the stage in their teens when they may not be as keen for being in front of the camera, we quickly realize how valuable those early pictures are. From maternity and newborn sessions through to family portraits, it’s worth it to invest in professional photography if you can. We’ve got a round-up of some of the best Vancouver family photographers, many of whom do both studio and on-location work.

Not quite sure yet about hiring a pro? There’s no harm in heading out to a beautiful location with camera in hand and seeing what kind of shots you can get yourself. (Check out these family photo tips for inspiration). Especially since there’s no shortage of beautiful spaces in Greater Vancouver. Here’s a few ideas that could provide some picture-perfect backdrops:

Great Spots for Family Photo Shoots in Vancouver

Queen Elizabeth Park

A gorgeous destination in the middle of the city, this park is particularly picturesque in spring when the landscaped gardens come to life. Head to the top of the park to visit Bloedel Conservatory (even if you don’t go inside, the exterior makes a cool background for some pictures.)

White Rock Pier

Newly rebuilt after a bad storm pulled it down, the White Rock Pier and nearby boardwalk and beaches are a great spot for some photos – especially if you head down in the golden hour before sunset.

Stanley Park

Yes, it’s a popular tourist destination but for good reason. From forest trails to seawall paths, Lost Lagoon and beyond, there’s a seemingly endless number of options for beautiful photography in this crown jewel of Vancouver parks.

Granville Island

Capture the fun and spirit of the city at Granville Island, with outdoor eats (beware the seagulls), colourful art, and the city skyline in the distance. With a playground and splash area, donuts and ice cream, and an entire Children’s Market, there’s plenty of opportunity for photographic colour at Granville Island.

Crescent Beach

Head to South Surrey for one of the region’s most beautiful shorelines, Crescent Beach. Go at low tide and capture images of the kids exploring the tidal pools. When you’re done, head down to the White Rock strip, only a few minutes away, for some fish and chips.

Pacific Spirit Park

Huge trees, winding trails, overflowing ferns: this area near UBC is a wilderness in the city. Great for folks who live on the west side of Vancouver, as it’s close to home but feels miles away. Pacific Spirit Park is a picture-perfect BC park.


This historic fishing village in Richmond is known for its harbour and great fish and chips, but it has a small-town look that might make it a great destination for photography, too. Plus, there’s a huge playground and splash area in the centre of town.

Ready to go with a pro? Here’s some of our best bets for photographers in the Vancouver region:

Vancouver Family Photographers

Rebecca Sehn Photography

With more than a decade of experience, Sehn works around the globe for both commercial and private photography. Her work has appeared in magazines, including British Vogue, books, and more.

Sweet Dreams Photo Studio

Based in East Vancouver, but mobile throughout the region, owner Karen has been doing family and wedding photography for nearly 10 years.

Anna Alexander Photography

Anna knows a thing or two about wrangling little ones: she has five children of her own. She specializes in newborn, maternity, baby and family photography, and has been trained in safe newborn photography.

Rumley Portraits

This Surrey-based photographer focuses on fun, stress-free sessions, from newborn to full family portraits, including both studio and outdoor and on-site shoots.

Violet Rose Photography

Working out of a commercial studio in South Surrey, Violet Rose Photography specializes in newborn, baby, maternity and family photography. Owner Alexa Gill named the business after her two daughters, whose middle names were Violet and Rose.

Gemini Visuals

Photographer Adrienne Thiessen draws on more than 20 years of photography experience, including time spent as a band and model photographer, combined with several years working as a nanny, to take unique photos of newborns, young children and families. She’s also well known for her dance photography.

Pure and Sweet Photography

Erica Matewish has been working as an independent photographer for nearly a decade. Her love for newborn and childhood photography arose out of an early appreciation for the work of Anne Geddes and later her own career as an ECE teacher, then the birth of her son which prompted a return to the camera.

Jayme Lang Photography

As a Vancouver-based wedding, portrait and family photographer, Jayme Lang is known for candid photography that captures moments and emotions in a unique and authentic way. Consistently named as one of the city’s best photographers, she’s built a successful photography business in the last decade.


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