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Hotel Zed

This place is super cool. Rebels against the ordinary as they like to call themselves. I saw the VW van driving around the waterfront Victoria a couple of years ago and always thought it’d be fab to stay there and so when we went to the island late August, it was the obvious place to call for accommodation. IT’S COLOURFUL!! And besides that, all I need is a bed…the turquoise rotary phone, and 3 story high super fast twirly slide were just a bonus. ;) This place demanded a photoshoot, so I headed straight to Value Village in Victoria to find the perfect 1960’s preppy and nerdy outfits (my poor children :)).

Two immaculate pairs of roller-blades, can you imagine my excitement?? (Even if these are a little more 1970’s than 60’s. A girl can not get too picky.) This wall! This van! These kids, who actually let me dress them this way for an hour! :D


When it comes to fun and fabulous, Hotel Zed has nailed it. :) And my kids….they definitely earned that drink that Starbucks (right next door to the hotel…and who can not be uncheered with a Starbucks?!) that I promised to buy one as soon as we were done shooting.

xox Hotel Zed and beautiful Victoria.

Jody, Phil and girls…

Summer sessions! I could shoot them all year. :)

I could go on about how adorable these kids are, what great people their parents are, how gorgeous this location is…but you can all see that for yourselves. It’s pretty obvious. :)


Thanks Jody and Phil! Getting the wettest/dirtiest/sandiest that I have ever been in a session was totally worth it.


Carey-Jane - September 25, 2015 - 1:47 pm

Awesome pics!! Such a cute family:)

Phil and Evalynn’s Reception

I don’t shoot weddings anymore and haven’t for a couple of years; I’m happy to leave such things to the likes of Jete @ Urban Fig Photography. (Who, if you are looking for a wedding photog, I highly recommend!! Check her out!)  I DO love shooting engagement sessions though, so when my nephew and (now) niece asked me last summer to take their pictures I happily obliged.

This spring Phil and Evalynn asked me if I’d second shoot their wedding with Jete. I told them “I’m sorry! I don’t really do that anymore.” They  responded with “oh…we’d really hoped that you would!!” and since they looked so dejected and crestfallen, I promptly assigned myself the very prestigious position of THIRD shooter. I messaged Jete and said “I hope you don’t mind, but I’ll be coming along for the ride!!” :)  And so I did. You can check out their wedding pics that the FIRST and SECOND shooter took here. They did a stellar job, as per usual, and probably would have managed without me there…but I/we had fab time shooting together all the same. :D

Since Jete wasn’t going to be shooting the reception, Evalynn asked me if I would mind taking a few shots during the night. Naturally I sighed and said “Phffftt, well, I guess so. I actually hate shooting cute people, bathed in golden evening sunlight, frolicking in orchards, but I’ll make an exception this time.”


It was rough, but I rallied.

Happy wedded life, Phil and Evalynn. :) Thanks for wanting me to shoot you…during the day and the evening. :)


Jete Devisser - August 27, 2015 - 6:19 am

Love!!!! So jealous you got to shoot them in that gorgeous light!!! The ones in the orchard

Steveston…and Maren

One of my favorite places with one of my favorite kids.

Carey-Jane had no choice. When I saw the dress that she bought for Maren a couple of months ago I said “Hey! We need to do a session at Steveston with Maren in that dress!” So, I planned the date, bought the little red boat and told Care, “Eric, the kids and I are going to Steveston on Saturday…please bring Maren so I can take pics of her. Oh yeah, and I’ll take a few of the three of you too.” ;)

This sassy little naughty hag. (A compliment in our family. Seriously. High praise…until they are about 8 years old, and then they need to smarten up. :)) She steals the show. Makes us laugh. She is gonna have a tough time sharing the attention when Care and Ben have their second baby in January dv.


The essence of summer: the ocean, driftwood-shrewn beaches, fishing boats and gorgeous late evening sun. I hope Care and Ben that you enjoy these pictures as much as I LOVED shooting them.


Leanne Maljaars - August 22, 2015 - 2:44 pm

Love them! Such a fun age!!

Trish - August 21, 2015 - 1:43 pm

Gorgeous!! Love them all! xoxo

jane Kerkhoff - August 21, 2015 - 1:31 pm

Love, Love the pictures Kris!!

Mason’s One

I miss these little dudes (and their Mom) living right across the road; now they live a whole kilometer up the road and life will never be the same again. I’m just glad that I still get to shoot them every now and again…I mean come on!! These faces though!


I love that last one. :) The kids look a wee bit weary of my antics and Janel is giving me the “we’ve tried it all, given it our best shot, I think this is all we’re gonna get” look.  And, to be honest, we really DID give it our all, since Mason wasn’t feeling too into us capturing his cuteness that day. ;)

Hurray, first session of the summer done and edited. Wowzers that’s hard to accomplish during these crazy busy days. I guess I’m too busy lingering pool-side or something… :)

I hope your summer is fab so far! xox

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Trish Anker - July 9, 2015 - 4:07 am

These kids could NOT get any cuter! The oldest one looks exactly like mom, the middle one like daddy and the littlest chubby one like a mix of them all :) You sure can’t tell that this was a chaotic shoot! Great job Kris! xo

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