Where are you located?
I live in West Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Where should we go for our session?
I like to start at your home. Real life, remember?
Where magic lives and where natural light abounds. We might make root beer floats, barbecue burgers, play Scrabble, or jump on the bed. Then we might walk or drive to a spot your family loves. I have lots of suggestions if you need ideas. All we need is good light, interesting backdrops, and a place where you can be yourselves.
Newborn sessions usually take place in your home: the family nest. (I will make you sign a contract promising not to clean up.) If the weather is cheery we might go outdoors for a while.
For engagement sessions, I suggest meeting a place that is meaningful for you as a couple. Maybe its the place where you met, or got engaged or a favourite place to go.
What time of day should we meet?
Photographers call it magic light for a reason: early morning or late afternoon, 1 to 2 hours before sunset is ideal if we are shooting outside.
When should I book a newborn session?
I suggest within the first two weeks, when your baby is sleepy and bendy—and new! Also pink, with no baby acne. But ultimately, it’s up to you! Because my photography style is more lifestyle and the only prop I use is you (holding, cuddling, feeding, bathing, etc.) any age works. What matters most, is that you are comfortable and not stressed.
When should I book a belly session?
Around 30 weeks is ideal—when you have a big, round belly but still feel comfortable and beautiful.
What should we wear?
What you love. What makes you happy. I love it when kids dress themselves, wearing jeans or gumboots with a party dress, jammy bottoms under their shorts.
Dressing in co-ordinated colours is fabulous—but this doesn’t mean all wearing the same colour or matching outfits (gack!). Choose a colour or two or three and have everyone wear something in a complimentary shade of that colour—even if it’s just a scarf, belt, hairband, or sneakers. This works well for large groups too.
Patterns are good, but if one or two choose to wear stripes or plaids, ideally the others will choose solids. Avoid big logos. Too distracting. Too dating.
Accessorize and layer to your heart’s content. Bring props if you’d like (blankets, guitars, toys, tea sets, etc.). And it’s always a good idea to have a change of clothes with you to mix things up a bit if you can’t decide.
What if it rains?
Sadly, it rains A LOT in Vancouver. You probably already knew that. I’ll touch base the night before or morning of the shoot so we can discuss options. We might reschedule for a drier day. We might go undercover (Granville Island is great in such cases.) Or we might just tough it out in our gumbies and umbrellas. Puddles can be magic too.
What happens after the session?
I’ll give you a sneak peak, by email, within 24 hours. With your permission, I’ll also post a few of my faves to my Facebook page or IG. And within 3 weeks I’ll send you a link to your online gallery of at least 80 custom curated, edited, high-resolution photos for you to download.
How do we pay?
You can choose to pay in full, or pay a $250 deposit when you book the session. The balance is due the day we meet. You can pay via the shopping cart here, or by Interac email transfer, Paypal, cash, or cheque (payable to Rebecca Chalmers).
I’m excited; how can I book?
Please contact me with three available dates in order of preference. I’ll do my best to accommodate you, but don’t forget I’m a mom first, with three busy kids. Week days are usually good. Weekends can work too. For newborns, let me know your due date. We’ll tentatively pencil something in and confirm the date as soon as your baby arrives.
Do you do events?
Showers? Sure. Birthday parties? Absolutely. Please contact me for pricing.
Weddings? Yes! Please refer to my wedding page for more information.