Brandt Family Session | Port Moody
January 30, 2017

Brandt Family Session | Port Moody, BC

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The next one in the Family Unplugged series is with the Brandt family.
I met Joyelle virtually through an art project I started a few years ago and when I moved to the Tri-Cities I connected with her through six degrees of separation, it was meant to be!
It’s always extra special when a friend hires you to do their family photos, as you get to see them interact in a different way, and even more so when doing an in-home session as these sessions are quite intimate, raw and laid back, aiming to really highlight the family in their natural habitat with all their creature comforts.  I love how the kids weren’t shy and were excited to pull out all of their favourite things to show me, from MineCraft, to Taekwondo, moves, to their family Star Wars costumes 🙂

Dad is usually the photographer and is not often in front of the camera but behind it, so it was really great to capture some candid moments of him with the kids. Grandma even popped by for a small cameo in this photo shoot! PS: I LOVE these types of sessions!

So without further adieu, here is my family unplugged session and interview with mama Joyelle.

Q. Tell me a bit about your family.

A. We are a creative family of 4. Robert is a dentist by day and writer by night, Joyelle is a Mom and author/illustrator, Gabe is 9 and loves all things Star Wars, and Gavin is 4 and loves everything his big brother loves.

Q. Do you do family photos every year? If so why?

A. This is only our second time doing family photos, but after our session with Michele in 2015 I realized the boys had grown so much in the  year that I wanted to update our photos. Now I think I will do them yearly, because it is so wonderful to have images that document our ever-changing lives.

Q. What do you like about my approach as a photographer?

A. I love that you are so willing to co-create the vision for the session with us, and she is creative in her approach.

Q. What made you interested in doing an in home lifestyle session?

A. Doing a home session really meant capturing the everyday moments, like the kids playing Lego and running around doing a light saber battle. These are the things that happen every day and often don’t get documented. It captures more of our real life, and I love that.

Q. What were some of your favourite moments you saw when looking at your photos?

A. All the moments we were laughing because our kids did something funny. People are often wary when I suggest in home session as they worry about messy houses and cluttered spaces.

Q. What would you say to those that have never done an in home session before?

A. I would say a good photographer knows how to focus on what matters (your family) and conveniently blur out the background clutter, and  Michele is a really good photographer! And also, that clutter and mess is real life with kids, and we don’t need to have perfect homes to have             beautiful photos.

Brandt Family Session | Port Moody, BC
Brandt Family Session | Port Moody, BC
Brandt Family Session | Port Moody, BC
Brandt Family Session | Port Moody, BC
Brandt Family Session | Port Moody, BC
Brandt Family Session | Port Moody, BC
Brandt Family Session | Port Moody, BC
Brandt Family Session | Port Moody, BC
Brandt Family Session | Port Moody, BC
Brandt Family Session | Port Moody, BC
Brandt Family Session | Port Moody, BC
Brandt Family Session | Port Moody, BC
Brandt Family Session | Port Moody, BC
Brandt Family Session | Port Moody, BC
Brandt Family Session | Port Moody, BC
Brandt Family Session | Port Moody, BC
Brandt Family Session | Port Moody, BC
Brandt Family Session | Port Moody, BC
Brandt Family Session | Port Moody, BC
Brandt Family Session | Port Moody, BC
Brandt Family Session | Port Moody, BC
Brandt Family Session | Port Moody, BC
Brandt Family Session | Port Moody, BC
Brandt Family Session | Port Moody, BC
Brandt Family Session | Port Moody, BC
Brandt Family Session | Port Moody, BC
Brandt Family Session | Port Moody, BC
Brandt Family Session | Port Moody, BC
Brandt Family Session | Port Moody, BC
Brandt Family Session | Port Moody, BC
Brandt Family Session | Port Moody, BC
Brandt Family Session | Port Moody, BC
Brandt Family Session | Port Moody, BC
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Ann : 20:24 February 1, 2017 Reply
Love these! What a fun family!!!! I also love that G-mom was in this session! Super cute memories made and captured!
    mmateus : 22:49 February 3, 2017 Reply
    Thanks Ann! I think home sessions are where it's at!
Brendan : 21:40 February 1, 2017 Reply
Man this house looks so fun! Amazing photos Michele!
    mmateus : 22:49 February 3, 2017 Reply
    Thanks so much Brendan! It's a fun home filled with so much love. Lucky to be invited into it.