Mama in the City

A blog about raising my family in downtown Vancouver

Vancouver Photography Session Giveaway From B Life Photography

*** The contest is now closed! The winner via random number generator is Swank Mama!!***


Last week on a cool crisp blue sky day, we had the opportunity to have some professional photos taken of our family. It's always my husband documenting our life behind the lens and that leaves us with very little photos of him and the kids. When Justine Boulin, the talent behind Vancouver's B Life Photography, offered our family a complimentary family session we were totally excited!

Justine was able to arrange a time that worked around naps, preschool and everything in between and came to our neighbourhood to document us in our element. Right from the very start Justine was personable and at ease with both of my kids. It was actually pretty hilarious as Ben felt very comfortable around her and was extra cheesing it up for her.

The thing that I love about Justine is her photojournalistic approach coupled with her use of natural light. She focuses on keeping you in your element without relying on props or staged situations. For our photography session we walked around our neighbourhood, stopping for some playtime at the park and visiting special little spots along the way. We even grabbed a coffee along the way! Justine has a real passion for capturing life's moments as they are unfolding and I think you can see that in all of these photos.















B Life Photography is giving one reader a very generous photography prize package. The winner will get their choice of newborn, maternity or family session. You will also get to choose 12 edited images from an online gallery and receive a customized disk of the 12 images. You will also get to choose one 8X10 to have printed. This prize package is valued at $500. This is a really fantastic prize and I'm so glad to host this giveaway.

How to enter!

I'm going to try and make this super simple for you to enter. You can have a total of 4 separate entries per person. ***TO GET YOUR 4 ENTRIES YOU MUST LEAVE 4 DIFFERENT COMMENTS***

1. Enter the contest by leaving a comment on this post telling me when you last had family photos done. This entry is mandatory to enter the contest.
2. Follow me on Twitter and leave me a comment on this post telling me. If you already follow me, just leave a comment to get your extra entry!@Apartment_Mama
3. Follow B Life Photos on Twitter and let me know via a comment on this post. @blifephotos
4. The last way to get an additional entry is to go over to Facebook and like their fan page B Life Photography. Of course, come back here and let me know!

The Fine Print!
You have until December 2013 to redeem your price. The family photo session is just for your immediate family members. My family can't enter to win this prize. The session will take place within the Greater Vancouver area and as far out as the Langley area. The winner may give this prize to someone as a gift. This contest will close Dec.1, 2012!






87 comments:

Alison G said...

I'd love family portraits done! We haven't really ever had family pictures other than a few shots during our daughter's one year portraits in September (we got 3 family and 60 of her).

Thanks!!

November 13, 2012 at 8:57 PM  
Sarah D said...

Wow! This is an amazing giveaway! I have been talking about getting family pics done for the last 4 years and have not gotten around to doing it! This would be a great excuse!

November 13, 2012 at 9:02 PM  
Susan said...

Beautiful pictures Andrea...the last time I had family photos was with my parents and sister in 1989 lol! Sean and I and baby Tate haven't had a professional photo takin together...our new little family:) Thanks for this possible opportunity!:)

November 13, 2012 at 9:02 PM  
Alison G said...

And I liked B Life on Facebook :)

November 13, 2012 at 9:02 PM  
Kristin said...

FINGERS CROSSED SO TIGHTLY for this one! Because I am always behind the camera we have NEVER had family photos! Oh how great this giveaway is! Thanks for the chance!

November 13, 2012 at 10:08 PM  
Kristin said...

B Life recently photographed a family local to us. Great photos! What a talent to now follow along on facebook! ; )

November 13, 2012 at 10:14 PM  
Anonymous said...

Wow! fantastic give-away! I'd love to win this price. We did some family photos 2 years ago when my daughter was about 9 months old.

-Celine

November 13, 2012 at 10:29 PM  
Anonymous said...

In 5 short years, we have managed to have 4 beautiful children. These moments are precious and to capture them with a talented photographer are, as the saying goes, priceless! We were lucky enough to get one Family photo at our newborn photo session. I'd love to have family photos done outdoors! I have been watching the b life photography page and have already liked it. Fingers crossed!
Jennifer M

November 14, 2012 at 1:22 AM  
Grace agas said...

This would be a great gift If I won. Ava is turning 1 in January and hoping I could get some photos done by then. We had family photos done in October and loved them. What I like about your photos is the fact that it captured precious little moments.. It's so natural..

November 14, 2012 at 6:26 AM  

I can honestly say I have never had a full family photo taken. I would really love to but things are so pricey I think contests are my only way lol!

November 14, 2012 at 7:29 AM  

i follow you on twitter as @Eschelle :D

November 14, 2012 at 7:30 AM  

I follow blife photos on twitter, again as @Eschelle

November 14, 2012 at 7:30 AM  

I also like B Life Photography on fb!! :D so excited

eschelle_w@hotmail.com

November 14, 2012 at 7:31 AM  
Tarable said...

What cool pictures.

The last time we had family photos done was... never. This would be really very cool.

(Already following you on Twitter - does that count? ;) )

November 14, 2012 at 8:12 AM  
Marianne said...

The last time we had family photos done was when we married 3 years ago! We haven't had any done since C was born.

November 14, 2012 at 9:24 AM  
Marianne said...
Marianne said...

Now following B Life on Twitter.

November 14, 2012 at 9:26 AM  
Marianne said...

And I've liked B Life on FB!

November 14, 2012 at 9:26 AM  
Mina said...

Andrea, what amazing pics of your faboulous family! With number four on the way family portrait would be what I would cherish for Christmas! We have never really had professional family pics of the whole family together!
Like you and B life on FB

November 14, 2012 at 9:35 AM  

Great pictures! Love the use of natural light. We had a quick photo session earlier this year with our newborn but would love some pictures now that baby is bigger and more interactive.

...also liked B Life photography's website

November 14, 2012 at 10:16 AM  
Anonymous said...

Oh! I have just liked B life photography on facebook as well! More beautiful photos of your family there!

-Celine

November 14, 2012 at 10:45 AM  
Swank Mama said...

Love the pictures Andrea! We just had a shoot done with Images by Bethany but I just know how quickly the kids grow & how precious it is to capture those special moments as they grow! Thanks for running this contest :)

November 14, 2012 at 4:33 PM  
Swank Mama said...

You know I already follow you! :)

November 14, 2012 at 4:33 PM  
Swank Mama said...

Following B Life on Twitter

November 14, 2012 at 4:34 PM  
Swank Mama said...

Liked B Life on Facebook!

November 14, 2012 at 4:35 PM  

My husband and I would love to have the opportunity to take our very first family photos. We intended on doing this right away, however, our newborn (now 6 weeks!)had to spend some time in the NICU and since she has come home, everything has been a blur- between all of our followup appointments, and getting used to life as parents (am actually pumping while writing this!) we just haven't made getting our pictures done a priority which is something that I'm beginning to regret!



I just discovered your blog- have started following on twitter as well as B photography :)

November 14, 2012 at 5:37 PM  

also just "liked" the fb page

November 14, 2012 at 5:47 PM  
Gwen said...

It was two summers ago that we got a picture of the 4 of us together. It would be really nice to do it again.

I follow you on twitter. :)

November 14, 2012 at 6:49 PM  
mitzi said...

do i need to post 4 times?

1) last family pic when Max was 1 month old
2) following you on twitter
3) following @blifephotos on twitter
4) liked Blife photography on fb

November 14, 2012 at 8:19 PM  
Shehzan said...

I love your photos, you have a lovely family and the natural look is great. We have never had professional photos taken since our wedding ten years ago. Would love to get some with our eighteen month old son. Thank you

November 14, 2012 at 8:28 PM  
Shehzan said...

I love your photos, you have a lovely family and the natural look is great. We have never had professional photos taken since our wedding ten years ago. Would love to get some with our eighteen month old son. Thank you

November 14, 2012 at 8:30 PM  
Shehzan said...
littletiny said...

We haven't had our family portrait taken but I'd love to be entered into this contest to win a photo shoot with B Life Photography. My little boys are almost 4 and almost 1.

I love these photos. My 3 favorite ones are: 1) the B&W one of Josie and Ben at the Roundhouse 2) the one of you holding Josie 3) the one of your husband giving Ben a ride on his shoulders.

Great captures of life downtown!

November 15, 2012 at 8:03 PM  
Lisa said...

I would love to have family photos! My son is 8 months old and we've never had family photos done. The last pro pics my husband and I had were done on our wedding day three and a half years ago - yikes!

Great photos of your family - they're perfect Vancouver scenes.

November 15, 2012 at 8:26 PM  
Ann said...

Wow, what great timing! My mother-in-law just asked for a family photo of us for Christmas! We have never had family photos done (since our wedding I guess), but have been meaning to do so with our 7.5 month old baby boy!

November 16, 2012 at 9:14 AM  
Ann said...

Oh, and I just followed you and Blife Photography on Twitter...

Thanks

November 16, 2012 at 9:20 AM  

Wow! What an awesome giveaway for someone :)
This will probably mean the world to the person who wins it!
She did an awesome job with the family pics of you guys. She really captured the little moments that can sometimes be missed in family shots.

I'm on the hunt for a photographer to do head shots for my business. Anyone know of someone? Same as the images above, I don't want it to be too staged :)

-Michelle {LiveLoudly}
Health & Wellness Blog
Holistic Health Coach

November 16, 2012 at 12:30 PM  
liz said...

We had our photos done 2 yaers ago, But that means my middle was a baby and my baby wasn't even there (she's a year old this month)

November 17, 2012 at 9:02 AM  
liz said...

ANd I liked Blife on FAcebook

November 17, 2012 at 9:03 AM  
Dana said...

We had our photos done last fall, but with #3 coming, we'll need new ones!!! And liked b life on Facebook!

November 17, 2012 at 2:25 PM  
Anonymous said...

Last family photos were in Maui, November 2011. Before Jonah

Lesley

November 19, 2012 at 5:49 AM  
Anonymous said...

I liked B Life Photography on Facebook.

Lesley

November 19, 2012 at 5:52 AM  
Natalie said...

Last time I had a family portrait was when I was a little girl! I'm 30 now. ;-)

November 20, 2012 at 6:30 PM  
Natalie said...

Followed you @Apartment_Mama via @OceanScented

November 20, 2012 at 6:31 PM  
Natalie said...

3. Follow B Life Photos on Twitter via @OceanScented

November 20, 2012 at 6:31 PM  
Natalie said...

Liked B Life Photography on my facebook, Natalie Van

November 20, 2012 at 6:32 PM  
Sara said...

Your photos look great! We last had photos done in the summer but my baby girl is growing so fast (8 months now!) I'd love to capture this stage too.

November 21, 2012 at 4:56 PM  
sarah said...

Hmmm, we've never had family photos done, unless you count our wedding in 2008!

November 21, 2012 at 10:05 PM  
sarah said...

... and following you on Twitter. Hi, fellow Vancouverite :)

November 21, 2012 at 10:12 PM  

I'm entering! The last time I had family photos done was 8 years ago. My great grandfather was here from PEI.

November 22, 2012 at 11:18 AM  

I follow Mama in the city on Twitter :)

November 22, 2012 at 11:18 AM  

I follow BLIFE Photos on twitter. @m_liveloudly

Thanks! :)

November 22, 2012 at 11:20 AM  
Lesley M. said...

we get family photos done every year! last time was july 2012.

November 23, 2012 at 1:02 PM  
mazoola said...

2) following you on twitter

November 24, 2012 at 5:53 PM  
mazoola said...


3) following @blifephotos on twitter

November 24, 2012 at 5:53 PM  
mazoola said...

4) liked Blife photography on fb

November 24, 2012 at 5:54 PM  

Just realized that I didn't separate two of my comments:

Just began following you on twitter (as Sara)

November 26, 2012 at 4:08 PM  

Am now following B-Life on Twitter

November 26, 2012 at 4:09 PM  
Lana said...

We have never had family photos taken. Our kids our now 6 and 4 years old. Our 4 year old is a special needs child, and our life has been at warp speed to even stop and take a family photo. Would love the opportunity to have professional photo's taken of my boys! We also like B life photograpy on Facebook! I hope you pick us!!

November 26, 2012 at 7:59 PM  

The last time our new little family took a photo together was last Christmas... we hope to make it an annual tradition. We follow you on Twitter and iLiked your FB page! Awesomeness! :D

November 26, 2012 at 8:27 PM  
Shannon fox said...

We had our family photos taken last winter, but my partner just won the other contest so this times am entering for my sister in law who told me about the other contest. I also want an extra entry as I liked the Facebook page. (I don't twitter so I only get two entries lol).

November 26, 2012 at 8:28 PM  
Shannon fox said...

Commenting again as I just figured out that I'm appantly supposed to comment separately per entry.

November 26, 2012 at 8:31 PM  
Unknown said...

We haven't ever had professional family photos done! Oops!!

My husband takes pretty awesome photos, but any pictures we have of the (now) 4 of us are the good ol' arm length selfies. And since my youngest son was born in March, we haven't even gathered the mental energy to set the camera's timer function :P

We too lived in the West End when our oldest son was 1 until he was 2.5. Best apartment days, ever!

Following you on Facebook!

November 26, 2012 at 8:45 PM  

I'd love soooo much to win this contest (as I'm sure everyone else would too! LOL). We've never had family pictures done so this would be amazing. Over the past two years, our family has been through quite a bit and getting some pictures done would just be a really incredible way to capture our life and it's challenges as we face them nowadays. Would LOVE so much to get pictures done!

November 26, 2012 at 8:59 PM  

"liked" on Facebook. :)

November 26, 2012 at 8:59 PM  

followed @Apartment_Mama on twitter

November 26, 2012 at 9:00 PM  

followed @blifephotos on twitter

November 26, 2012 at 9:01 PM  

Sweet! We would love to win this photo package. We'll be back in Vancouver in the spring as a family of four and I already told my husband I would love to get some family pictures taken.

November 27, 2012 at 6:14 AM  

2nd entry: I already follow you on Twitter :)

November 27, 2012 at 6:14 AM  
Tamara Clark said...

My husband and I had family photos done with our son when he was 6 weeks old. I ended up in the hospital right after with severe mastitis so lets say the pictures didn't turn out so well. I look so pale blah! Love B life ! and would love some more family photos now that my son is 6 months old!

I also liked B life on FB, I dont have twitter

tamara_morrison413@hotmail.com

November 27, 2012 at 7:41 AM  
Carmen said...

My husband and I had professional pics taken while pregnant and have wanted to get family pics done now that our little one has arrived, but haven't been able to yet... Would love to win this prize!

November 27, 2012 at 10:00 AM  
Carmen said...

Oh and "liked" you on Facebook!

November 27, 2012 at 10:01 AM  
Anonymous said...

We had photos done when Mason was an infant, Since then its been me taking pictures, so there's not very many of the three of us. He's 10 months now. I have followed you and B life on Twitter and liked B life photo page.
Thanks
~Chrysta Millhouse

November 27, 2012 at 11:44 AM  
Anonymous said...

Hi my name is Ebony MacIntosh (ebonymacintosh@hotmail.com), I would love to win this prize you have amazing talent. I am not part of twitter but I liked you on facebook. I also wanted to say I LOVE the fact that you have an amazing prize that also includes some pictures. The last prize we won was just the time for the photo shoot. The pictures themselves would have cost us 1500 which was way out of our price range. So just a shout out to a great offer. ps our families last photoshoot was when my son was born so feb 2011. Thanks again, ebony macintosh
ebonymacintosh@hotmail.com

November 27, 2012 at 7:44 PM  
Heidi said...

We had photos done after my youngest daughter was born...16 months ago, so we'd love to get some updated ones!

November 27, 2012 at 9:04 PM  
Heidi said...

I also liked you on FB:)

November 27, 2012 at 9:04 PM  
Nazira said...

Great pictures.

We have never had photos done (well, since our wedding 9 years ago). We have two little girls (one who just turned 4 last week and the other who turns 1 on Sunday). We'd love to have some done ;)

November 27, 2012 at 10:30 PM  
Nazira said...

following you on Twitter nrajan7

November 27, 2012 at 10:33 PM  
nazira said...

following @blifephotos on twitter

November 27, 2012 at 10:36 PM  
Nazira said...
Katie said...

We have never had a family portrait done and if you were to look through the photos we do have you'd question my existence as I am never in them! its always the 5 guys in the photos and i would to have something with all 6 of us.
i already follow you on twitter, Blife on twitter and i already like and love the blife photography page on facebook

November 28, 2012 at 10:11 AM  
Katie said...

apparently i didnt read that properly so for my second entry i am following you on twitter!

November 28, 2012 at 10:13 AM  
Katie said...

following blife on twitter!

November 28, 2012 at 10:13 AM  
Katie said...

and i already like blife facebook page!

November 28, 2012 at 10:14 AM  
Josephine said...

Gorgeous pics!
I got family pics done last year - its been way to long!!
Josiejacob at hotmail dot com

November 29, 2012 at 9:05 AM  
Josephine said...

I follow you on twitter as @josiejacob

November 29, 2012 at 9:06 AM  
Josephine said...

I follow b life on twitter as @josiejacob :)

November 29, 2012 at 9:07 AM  

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