Beautiful Inside and Out: Capturing Life’s Precious Stages with Baby

I’ve been doing photography for 20+ years, and during that time, I’ve never met anyone who regrets capturing the exciting, transitional, and special stages of their child’s life. Year after year, I have the pleasure of photographing expectant moms, and eventually their precious babies. I truly believe that investing in professional photos is one of the best ways for a family to celebrate the beauty (both inside and out!) that comes with motherhood and creating a new little life. 

I recently captured a beautiful local family (pictured here), whose friend generously gifted them a Maternity Session. Note for mamas-to-be: I hope you have great friends like this, but if you don’t, I hope you treat yourself! Maternity photos are a tremendous gift to keep for yourself, your spouse, your child, and the children who may come into your family after them. 

This mama-to-be looked truly beautiful in this dark pink maternity gown, provided by Gemini Visuals. Get inspiration and check out our full selection of Maternity Dresses via our Pinterest Board! I can provide you with creative props, maternity dresses, and gorgeous lighting elements that will help you look and feel your best.

By having maternity photos taken, you will be able to give your child a glimpse into the world that they will never be able to see first-hand — a world in which their parents were oh-so-excited to meet them! These photos are truly something that your whole family will cherish forever.

Soon enough, it will be time for your baby’s arrival, and you will be welcoming your new little bundle of joy into the world. Similar to the family that I recently photographed (pictured here), Maternity Sessions often lead to Newborn Sessions that can be shared with family and friends. 

It is so very important to photograph your baby at this time, capturing him or her during their first few weeks of life. In today’s fast-paced world, we may sometimes take for granted how tiny they really are, and how quickly they grow and change with each passing day. Similar to Maternity photos, Newborn portraits will allow you to continue to revisit and cherish these incredible, beautiful moments for many years to come. 

I can’t get over these recent photos. This little girl was seriously SO cute!! Props, wraps, and newborn accessories help capture how teeny, tiny and precious this little babe is. When you visit us in-studio, we can work together to capture your personal vision, or I can help make some suggestions based on previous shoots. Visit our Newborn Gallery to see some of the props that we have used in the past and get some inspiration!

Even if you aren’t exactly sure of your baby’s impending arrival, we can easily book you in for a session with a flexible date. You can choose from a variety of packages such as our Newborn Session or our Baby’s First Year Package. We offer a pre-booking discount when you book your newborn session prior to your baby being born, and return clients will receive $25 off certain packages, too! 

A large professional studio like mine can make all the difference, not only for the pictures but also for your baby. Photographers like myself who specialize in newborn photography go the extra mile to making sure that our studios are safe for you and your infant. My studio is warm, spacious, clean and comforting (which is SO important during these unprecedented times!). Rest assured, when you bring your beautiful newborn to my studio, safety and comfort is a top priority.


As with the family shown here, it is always such a pleasure of mine to see repeat clients. I absolutely love seeing how families grow and change over time. To set up your very own Maternity Session, Newborn Session, or Baby’s First Year Package, please contact us on our website or send an email to info@geminivisuals.com. And don’t forget to ask us about discounts on certain packages for return clients! We look forward to seeing you soon.

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A new world of Dance Photography while Navigating through Covid

There is no doubt that COVID-19 has impacted all of our lives over the past year and a half. In my world of photography, everything shifted, and it definitely forced me to think outside of the box. To ensure safety and abide by local restrictions, we weren’t able to do things as we always had. And I watched as many of my clients experienced changes in their own lives, too.

For one of my biggest groups of clients — dancers — the world was turned upside down. It was incredibly sad to hear about how their long-awaiting recitals, competitions and performances had to be put on hold. To make matters worse, we weren’t able to offer our usual Dance Minis. These fun, dynamic sessions, which typically incorporated flour or rain to create a super unique look, were highly anticipated by many dancers. And while we are incredibly sad that we haven’t been able to offer them this year, we are keeping our fingers crossed that we’ll be able to resume these creative mini sessions later this Fall. In the meantime, check out our current offerings below!

Monochrome Dance Mini Sessions

We have created a new type of dance mini session so that dancers don’t have to miss out on another year of showcasing talent and capturing special moments. If you are a dancer, you won’t want to miss out!! Our Monochrome Mini Sessions will bring a little colour into your life. Simply choose 1 of 10 colours as your backdrop and pick your favourite outfit to match, and leave the photo magic up to us! These sessions are truly one of a kind. 

What’s more? You can add a simple, artistic, and elegant look to your photos with our brand new, beautiful wings imported from Russia! Available in black or white, the wings are 100% sanitizable and therefore very Covid-safe.  Find out more info about these sessions below! 

Package Info:

Who: We recommend these minis for more competitive/advanced rec dancers 12 and up.
When: August 22nd & 29th, September 19th  

Where: At our spacious South Surrey studio!

Package: $125 + GST / 30 minutes / 2 colours / 1 retouched high res file (with option to add more post-session of course)

Safety plan: We are still practicing social distancing and provide sanitization to all props between photo sessions. 

Outdoor Creative Dance Private’s 

We have also created our Outdoor Creative Dance Private Sessions, which can be fun, professional (yet affordable!) sessions to show off your dance skills or develop your portfolio.  With over 25 years of experience and 10+ years focused on dancers of all ages, I will work with you to create a beautiful session, so that you will end up with a keepsake and memento to cherish forever. 

Package Info:

When: Bookable until Sept 31, on sale until Aug 31!  

Package: $300+GST / 1 hour session / 5 high res retouched digital files / up to 4 outfit changes / studio fabrics and skirts and custom-made black or white wing props available for use / Add an additional dancer for $75

Where: Client may suggest locations but must be approved by Adrienne

As we navigate through this ever-changing Covid world, we must always be willing to adapt and pivot. However, that doesn’t mean that we have to give up on the things that we love! We would love to work with you to make sure you are still able to capture these special moments in your life. 

P.S. Good news! We are also currently booking and accepting new dance schools for our 2022 season photo day season!!  

As always, we are always here to answer any of your questions! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at info@geminivisuals.com 

Stay safe and enjoy the rest of these warm summer months!

  • Arienne and the Gemini Visuals Team 

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Surrey Photographer | Maternity, Newborn & Baby’s First Year

Maternity, Newborn and Baby Photo Sessions

Even though we have had an unprecedented year, nothing is better than investing in photography to celebrate the milestones still happening in our lives. We have photographed expectant moms from around the lower mainland, and find that our Maternity sessions often then lead to Newborn Sessions and Baby’s First Year photos that our clients can share with their friends and families.

Beautiful Couple maternity

Taking photos of expectant moms for their maternity sessions has become a favourite thing of mine to photograph. Often times, I will see the new parents again with their baby for a newborn session. For the 20+ years that I have been doing photography, maternity sessions and newborn photos have continued to grow in popularity. Finding gorgeous props, dresses, and clients being open to more creative ideas have become the norm. Check out our current library of gowns on our Pinterest Boards.

Even if you aren’t exactly sure of your baby’s impending arrival, we can book your session prior with some flexibility in the date. We also have a few different packages, like the Newborn Session, or Baby’s First Year Package. We offer a $25 discount if you book your Maternity Session and Newborn together. 

It is always a pleasure to see repeat clients and see how their family has changed and grown. As we head into the summer months, it’s the perfect time to plan outdoor sessions – cake smashes included! This cute little girl celebrated with her Cake Smash session at Elgin Heritage Park.

Our Baby’s First Year packages can include maternity and newborn sessions, or newborn 6-month sessions and cake smash. We are flexible with some sessions being indoor and some outdoor.

To set up your Maternity sessionNewborn session or Baby’s First Year packagecontact us on our website or email info@geminivisuals.com. 

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2020 Holiday Mini Sessions! Outdoor & Indoor Options | Surrey, BC Family Photography

This year has certainly been a wild one, but it’s that time again! Holiday mini sessions are just around the bend. This year we’re offering an outdoor option alongside our usual indoor Holiday mini sessions.

All sessions will be shot socially distant. Due to the large size of our commercial studio, there’s lots of space to socially distance! We’re also taking all precautions by sanitizing during and between clients, and choosing set-ups that minimize shared contact between clients. You can see our general studio Covid-19 protocols here.

We want you to know that Adrienne (and all of us here ata Gemini Visuals) takes Covid-19 very seriously. Her dad is an Order of Canada infectious disease specialist and all her protocol and practice is based on his information and guidance. The safety and well being of our clients is very important to us.

Now to the info!!

Outdoor Holiday Minis

Where: Hazlemere House Farm
When: October 10th & 24th 11am-6pm
Package Info: $250 (taxes included) for up to 6 people (2+ months) | 20 minutes session | 10 high res files | digital holiday e-card with images from your session (with option to upgrade to physical cards).

Adrienne’s been playing with the setups for you, and they look great! You’ll get some great family photos with a decked out vintage pickup truck, a ‘tree farm’ set up, and photos with a rustic red barn!

Do you know what’s even better? The best thing about us renting out this property instead of using a public space is that there is nobody else around but you!

Indoor Holiday Minis

Where: Our South Surry studio.
When: October 17th/18th(Oct 18th now SOLD OUT) & November 7th/8th
Package Info:

“The Duo Package”
$225 (taxes included) Two person package (2+ months)

“The Family Package”
$250 (taxes included) For 3-6 people (2+ months)

20 minutes session | 15 high res files | digital holiday e-card with images from your session (with option to upgrade to physical cards)

Set ups for the indoor holiday mini sessions are TBD, but there will be at least 3 to choose from!

Our holiday mini sessions always sell out, so book yours asap! Follow the links above to book or for more details!

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Outdoor Family Photographer Surrey | Fall Mini Sessions Launching Now!

Click here to sign up for September 19th & 20th at Hazelmere House Farm

Click here to sign up for a private outdoor fall exclusive.

That’s right, the leaves are just starting to turn and fall is on the horizon! What does that mean? Fall Outdoor Mini Sessions are approaching!

This year, we’re excited to offer a two- yes you heard that right, two – totally different options for your outdoor family photography mini session this year!

First of all, we’ve secured a gorgeous private property this year – Hazelmere House Farm!

On September 19th & 20th we’re offering full days of outdoor fall photography sessions at this rustic location! We’ll capture images of you and your family with a vintage pickup truck set-up as well as fallen apple tree set, and lots of naturalistic long grass and foliage! Perfect for family fall photos!

In addition to the picturesque surroundings, we’ll have this property completely to ourselves. This means no waiting for beach or park-goers to move out of the way or worrying about navigating crowds, making it incredibly easy to socially distance – obviously something on everyone’s minds right now!

Here’s a sneak peek of some from Hazelmere House Farms from a creative session we did earlier this month! Isn’t it beautiful?! (dresses and styling by Bobbypin’s Curiosities)

In addition to the fall mini session days on September 19th & 20ths, we’re also offering private fall photo bookings (only 5!). Private bookings mean that you get to schedule your OWN photography mini session date and time. These sessions are great because they work with your schedule. (Psst, if you need a weekend make sure to book soon as our weekends are booking up fast!!)

This year we’re offering 5 local locations:

Click here to sign up for September 19th & 20th at Hazelmere House Farm

Click here to sign up for a private outdoor fall exclusive.

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Vancouver Dance Photographer | Dance School Photography

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Since recent world events have changed the way most companies are conducting business, many of the dance schools that Adrienne photographs were not able to do a traditional dance photo day as they had in previous seasons. Of course, we all must have the ability to be agile and adjust, and so dance school Richmond Academy of Dance did a private, socially-distanced photo session for their graduates at their studio in Richmond. We were originally scheduled for outdoors at Gary Point Park but unpredictable weather had us moving the session to indoors at the school.

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Many of these teens have been with the studio since they were young dancers. Adrienne has spent several years doing photo day at RAD and it has been fun to watch the kids grow up and get to know them over the years. Many of the kids she has photographed since they were small little dancers.

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For this photoshoot, each dancer received a headshot and then another photo doing creative pose that represented their favourite type of dance. It was really fun to see how each dancer represented their favourite style of dance.

Like all of the dancers of 2020, these Richmond Academy of Dance Grads certainly did not get the final dance year that they expected or deserved. However, being able to give them one final dance photoshoot, and a headshot that they can use going forward, seemed like a fitting way to send them off.

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If your dance studio or organization has an idea for a socially-distanced photo session, we are currently booking into September 2020. We’re currently quite flexible, and can certainly can work with you to come up with options.

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Contact our studio at info@geminivisuals.com or 604-312-6330. We can ensure that proper CoVid protocols are followed, and create a socially distanced, safe photo session for your group.

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Surrey Photographer | Grad and Dancer Outdoor Mini Sessions

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It has been an unprecented time for us all, but the Graduates of 2020 have missed out on the parties and celebrations that normally would have happened this time of year across the Lower Mainland. For the last several years, it has become more popular for a graduate’s family to hire a photographer for their Graduation Day celebrations. For the Grads of 2020, we are offering a special package to give your Grads a chance to wear their dress or suits and take photos with the family or their friends. 

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These private sessions are not just for Grads, but can be booked for dancers who should have been performing in competitions and shows that they missed out on this Spring. Dancer mini sessions are the perfect way to commemorate a lot of hard work! Whether you’re a grad missing out on what should have been your best year of high school, or a dancer who who missed out on wearing your costumes, these sessions are a wonderful way to commemorate your hard work.

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These are private sessions to show off your talent and hard work at a pre-determined outdoor location. We have many local favourite spots that are perfect to show off that grad outfit with a fun, professional session that will allow you to celebrate 2020 in style. Cap and Gown photos are also welcome! The possibilities are endless.

We will create a fun and unique session to celebrate YOU! Bring your creative ideas and contact us to book your June 2020 Grad or Dancer Mini Session.

PACKAGE DETAILS
“The Grad & Dance Package” – $250 (taxes included)

One subject, one outdoor location (add an additional subject for $50). Includes 5 retouched high res digital files chosen from your online client gallery, delivered via digital download. Change of outfit allowed.

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SCHEDULING
Sessions will be on sale from now until July 31, 2020 and bookable until September 1, 2020 (or until we sell out!). Available dates are subject to Adrienne’s availability and current schedule although with enough we’re currently quite flexible.

We would love to see you and document 2020 for you. Contact us with questions or to book!

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South Surrey Photographer | One-for-One Gratitude Sessions!

Gemini Visuals has joined the global “ONE For ONE Gratitude Sessions” initiative! Each time someone purchases one of these sessions, we’ll gift an equal photo session to a local essential worker!

 

Click here for more info or to book the Grad/Dance Package

Click here for more info or to book the Family Package.

“I closed the doors to our commercial portrait studio in mid-March due to COVID-19. Since then, I’ve been thinking about ways to support our community and to find a way to say thank you to anyone that’s keeping services running so we can stay home, get what we need, and be safe.

If you don’t have anyone specific you’d would like to gift the session to, we’ll ask the Peace Arch Hospital foundation to nominate someone from the hospital staff or someone in the community.

My dad is an infectious disease specialist and I’ve worked closely with the Peace Arch Hospital Foundation for many years. I know a lot of healthcare workers, so I’m well aware of the sacrifices some are having to make – including my brother who is a surgical nurse in the Interior health region.

I wanted to find a way to say thank you to our essential workers – whether grocery store employees or doctors & nurses, or anyone that is keeping things going so we can stay home, get what we need, and be safe!” – Adrienne

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Surrey Family Photographer | Holiday Sessions are Open!

Another year has flown by, and we are working towards Holiday sessions for 2019 already! Soon enough we will be bundling up with our eggnog lattes and cozying up by the fire on those rainy, dark evenings (and maybe snowy too!) We have our popular Holiday Photo Sessions open for booking. To book a spot CLICK HERE.

These popular bite-sized sessions always sell out, so get your spot fast! This year, we’re offering sessions on October 27thNovember 10th & November 11th. And we are also offering an exclusive Private Option for those that cannot make the above announced dates. CLICK HERE for more information.

As we have in past seasons, this year we are offering 3 different Holiday-themed backgrounds in addition to a neutral option. All packages receive high res images of your choice as well as a holiday e-card from your session delivered via email for you to send to friends & family. We have 9 card templates to choose from this year! This is a great way to share your photos with friends and families, with both a digital and print option.

We always welcome large family groups to our studio, in addition to dogs! We are a dog-friendly studio and Adrienne has a lot of experience photographing animals.

The session specifics are as follows:

For all packages:  You’ll receive 15 high res images of your choice via digital download. PLUS a digital holiday e-card from your session delivered via email for you to send to friends & family (and the option to upgrade to phsyical cards if you’d like)! 

All sessions are up to 30 minutes, except for The Group Package which includes an extra 15 minutes of session time.

“The Duo Package”  $225  (taxes INCLUDED)  
Two person package (pets welcome!).

“The Family Package”  $250  (taxes INCLUDED)  
For 3-6 people (pets welcome!). 

“The Group Package” $385  (taxes INCLUDED)  
For groups between 7-9 (includes 15 minutes extra session time).

This year, we have added a private session option, for those that cannot make one of the above mentioned dates. Click Here to book your Private Holiday Session.

Private Holiday Session Details:

30 minute session | 10 high resolution files | digital e-card with the option to upgrade to print cards | maximum 5 subjects (4+months) | $300 including taxes

Sessions will take place at our South Surrey studio located at 15-15515 24th Avenue in Village Center. We also have a new Events Page on our website – check back frequently, or bookmark the page, to see what is new around the studio and what sessions will be upcoming.

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Surrey Maternity Photographer | Outdoor Maternity Year-Round

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Location: Crescent Beach

Taking photos of expectant moms for their maternity sessions has become a favourite thing of mine to photograph. Often times, I will see the new parents again with their baby for a newborn session. For the 20+ years that I have been doing photography, maternity sessions and newborn photos have continued to grow in popularity. Finding gorgeous props, dresses, and clients being open to more creative ideas have become the norm. Outdoor maternity sessions have become much more common, and these allow the photographer to be creative with the set, props, and use the available outdoor light – and it can be done in any season!

Outdoor maternity can be done during the Winter, Summer, Spring or Fall. Depending on your due date, we can photograph you in any season, preferably at around the 32-week mark. That way, you are still able to move around reasonably well, and stand for longer periods during your photos. However, we can discuss any ideas that you may have for your vision of your upcoming maternity session.

*Note: Until March 31st 2020, we are offering a special Maternity Session which includes some in-studio photos and some outdoors for no additional cost. Some restrictions regarding location (close to our studio and must be done all in the same day). Contact our studio to book.

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Location: Abbotsford BC

Outdoor maternity can offer more variety than studio shots, as sometimes the location can help dictate the vision and creative of the photo session. We have a vast collection of maternity dresses and wardrobe from Sew Trendy Accessories, in a variety of colours. We are able to fit almost all sizes, so whatever ideas you may have, we are open to collaborating!

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Location: Chilliwack BC

As part of the package, we are able to do a variety of poses and outfit changes during your outdoor maternity session. A great tip for any clients is to consider what colours you want to wear, and to try to coordinate them with your partner ahead of time (if your partner will be a part of the photo shoot). We have a large collection of dresses and can work with you ahead of time to make some choices before we get to the photo location. Our collection of dresses from Sew-Trendy Accessories have been favourites of our clients that are interested in a glamourous and gorgeous outdoor maternity session.

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Location: Langley BC

To set up your Maternity session, Newborn session or Baby’s First Year package, contact us on our website or email info@geminivisuals.com. 

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Location: Langley BC
Location: Langley BC

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