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Hello and a warm welcome. It's a busy time here at Van's. We are excited to feature Mother & Daughter portraits. Visit the page to see all the details. Let your friends know about this as well, they'll thank you later! Have a look around at our work, we guarantee you will love what we do for you and your family. With 30 years of portraits to back it up! Drop us a line and lets start planning your session today.

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  • Goose Spit with the moms
    Goose Spit with the moms

    We had tons of laughs and fun with these ladies. Lots of jokes flying around. When I photograph families I always remember that these pictures are for the kids at the session. Can you imagine the little ones looking at...

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  • Down at Comox Marina for this session
    Down at Comox Marina for this session

    We meet up at the park by the Comox Marina for these portraits. We had the perfect clouds and just a bit of wind to make things interesting. A very sweet young lady with a wonderful smile. I love using...

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  • A happy grad portrait
    A happy grad portrait

    What a crazy year for all the grad students in the province. We planned the portrait session for the Filberg Lodge and when I got there I was greeted by hundreds of people that were organized online to meet for...

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  • Engagement portraits at Goose Spit
    Engagement portraits at Goose Spit

    What a great day for an engagement portrait session. I love having clouds in the sky, it just makes things look more interesting. We had a great time climbing all over the rocks and logs down at Goose Spit. These...

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  • Fun Portrait session at the beach
    Fun Portrait session at the beach

    We sure did laugh a lot with during this fun portrait session. I seem to have so many funny clients, lucky me! There is such a loving feeling between these two ladies, I felt really fortunate to share some time...

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  • Pictures at Puntledge
    Pictures at Puntledge

    I have been going to Puntledge Park with a camera since I was sixteen years old. Some of my first pictures were taken there. I have seen lots of changes, sadly most of the not great. Taking out the old...

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  • What a good looking Family
    What a good looking Family

    We cruised down to the forest at Kye Bay again, such a great place. I should get a designated parking spot! It is amazing the variety you get from day to day in the same location. The lighting makes so...

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  • Miracle Beach is a great spot for portraits
    Miracle Beach is a great spot for portraits

    This is such a sweet family.Your first baby gives so much fun and excitement. New parents are so proud, they can’t help but beam! It brings back so many good memories of when I held my little baby girl Emma....

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  • Wedding Portraits
    Wedding Portraits

    These are images from an intimate wedding I had the privilege to photograph some time back. Being a portrait photographer lets me share in so many wonderful family events with really happy people, I’m pretty lucky. The blog is a...

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  • Kye Bay beach portraits
    Kye Bay beach portraits

    We are so lucky to have such a great selection of places for portraits and Kye Bay beach is one of my favorites. We spent most of our time in the trees and I love the blue and green color...

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  • Mother and daughter at Nymph Falls Park
    Mother and daughter at Nymph Falls Park

    These are a couple of nutty gals, I mean that in the nicest way of course. We had lots of laughs as you can see from these pictures. The bold colors reflect the energy of the two ladies, I think...

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  • Printing Canvas wraps
    Printing Canvas wraps

    I love printing our clients gallery wraps. I only use the best heavy canvas material, none of the flimsy canvas that feels more like your t-shirt! You don’t want dents to show up just because you grabbed it and that’s...

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  • All the way from Powell River
    All the way from Powell River

    This fun family traveled overseas for their family portrait! OK Powell River. We went down to Air Force Beach for the pictures, a great morning spot. This is the only time I like broom bush, it does photograph beautifully don’t...

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  • Backyard garden portraits
    Backyard garden portraits

    OK I’m really jealous now. We have been here before and now that I’ve returned I can see why a pond would be so nice. The grand kids are getting bigger and smarter. These girls are so cute, next time...

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  • Kye Bay portrait gathering
    Kye Bay portrait gathering

    The last time I had the pleasure of photographing this family the parents were still kids! After 30 years of photography I love getting back together with families and seeing the changes. We had lots of laughs at this portrait...

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  • Comox Valley portraits – fun at the Filberg
    Comox Valley portraits – fun at the Filberg

    What sweet high energy girls, we had a lot of twirling and jumping going on! This is a fun age to capture in a portrait, so lovable and full of wonder. We timed the blossoms just right. The girls walk...

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  • Portraits at Home
    Portraits at Home

    What a cool place for a portrait. Mom and Dad have worked this property for years and are getting ready to retire here. This is such a relaxing place, I think they’ll love living here full time. I love walking...

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  • Lovely Mother & Daughter portrait in Comox
    Lovely Mother & Daughter portrait in Comox

    WOW we had medical delays and then the weather tried to stop us. Forget about it! We worked with mother nature and here is what happened. Comox has lots of great places for a portrait, and MacDonald Wood is a...

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  • Black and white studio family portrait
    Black and white studio family portrait

    As you can see this is such a lovely family. The girls are so sweet, they each have different rolls to fill, one the serious thinker and the other a ball of energy and giggles. I really get a kick...

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  • Filberg Lodge again for an updated Portrait
    Filberg Lodge again for an updated Portrait

    What a sweet little gal, I photographed her with her mom and sister back when she was a lot smaller! I’ve included that picture here as well. It’s great fun reconnecting with clients, I get to see how much the...

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  • Beautiful Mothers and their daughters pictures
    Beautiful Mothers and their daughters pictures

    We had lots of fun at the Filberg Lodge in Comox during this portrait session. The pictures look great, I love proud parents! We wanted to create a special images to hang next to one we photographed back in 2009....

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  • Ruth and her Mom’s pictures
    Ruth and her Mom’s pictures

    Yes this is my lovely wife! Denise, her mom has joined us from South Africa and is adjusting to life in Canada. We wandered around our property and found some great spots for  taking pictures. with spring coming on the...

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  • Kye Bay – picture perfect
    Kye Bay – picture perfect

    I love going to Kye Bay all year round. This is a session from last fall. These pictures tell the story of a very happy little fella. Gramma arranged the session for a very busy mom and dad. It is...

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  • At the Filberg – Mother & Daughter portrait
    At the Filberg – Mother & Daughter portrait

    This is the time of year I love photographing mothers’s with their daughters. We had a fun time at the Filberg in Comox. The clouds were just amazing along the mountains! This is the time of year to show off...

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  • Royal Roads family portrait
    Royal Roads family portrait

    Royal Roads was where we met for this fun family portrait session. There is so many spots to use depending on the light and time of day. Hatley Castle has wonderful textures that give this session a wonderful feel. The...

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  • Fun portrait session at Puntledge Park
    Fun portrait session at Puntledge Park

    We headed down to the river for a fun portrait session with a happy family. I love working with young families, it brings back memories of the days when my kids were this small. They have such a sense of...

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  • Back in time portraits
    Back in time portraits

    I think it would be fun to go back to last year and see some of the sessions that haven’t been shown here before. A short walk down memory lane. These portraits were taken at Beacon Hill park. This little...

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  • Family farm portrait
    Family farm portrait

    I have know Steve since we were in our early 20′s and this is an update to an older portrait from when the kids were very little. We met again at the family farm and with the light fading, don’t...

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  • Last Fall portrait session Beacon Hill Park
    Last Fall portrait session Beacon Hill Park

    I love going to Beacon Hill, there are tons of great spots. This is from last fall and we have just finished up this order. Large family groups are what I love to photograph, don’t settle for less than wonderful....

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  • Rainy day portraits Victoria
    Rainy day portraits Victoria

    I never let a little rain stop us! There are lots of great places to go to keep dry around Victoria. We ventured out to Government House, the gazebo is a great place to meet. With the rain all the...

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  • Skate board park session
    Skate board park session

    What a perfect day sandwiched between lots of rain. Timing is everything and amazingly with the number of portraits I do it is rare to have to cancel due to weather. I figured this was not going to happen, but...

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  • Snowing beach portrait
    Snowing beach portrait

    What a cool day for a portrait. The snow was just starting to fall when we started, it’s alot better than rain! Kye Bay is a favorite beach spot for portraits all year round. In the winter the brown grass...

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  • Fun Dog Gone Time!
    Fun Dog Gone Time!

    A new puppy in the family was a great reason to have a portrait done. They grow so fast, quicker than us, so you don’t want to waste any time in getting your dog pup in front of a camera....

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  • More winter beach portraits in the Comox Valley
    More winter beach portraits in the Comox Valley

    There are certain times in a family history that calls for a portrait to be created. The arrival of a newborn, so exciting. When the kids are 3-6 years old, this is such a fun learning time. Next are the...

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  • Winter family portraits at the beach
    Winter family portraits at the beach

    What a fun family, tough too. It was a chilly December afternoon but you would never know looking at these portraits. I love creating portraits just like this! It is what I really enjoy doing. We had lots of laughs....

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  • Super cool spot for Brother and Sister portraits
    Super cool spot for Brother and Sister portraits

    We had to time the return trip back to school and also make sure the weather was just right. Ok the weather I don’t have much control over but we did nail it! This is such a cool location for...

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  • Rainy day Portrait
    Rainy day Portrait

    These ladies braved the light rain for this must be done portrait session. We went to a favourite water front walking location in Comox. We photograph lots of families with pets, they have a way of working their way into...

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  • The Family in the sun
    The  Family in the sun

    I think we need a sunny day portrait to lighten the mood here! This is one lucky dad, four beautiful ladies to live with. The girls were fun and sweet just like they look here. I loved how close they...

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  • Portraits in the Forest
    Portraits in the Forest

    These two are such a cute couple. We got together to plan the session and the idea of dressing up was a great idea. We decided to go to the old mine site in the forest by Bevan town site....

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  • Recent Photography at Puntledge Park
    Recent Photography at Puntledge Park

    A beautiful young lady with a quiet confidence. We met at the park where I have been practicing my photography since I was her age, yes a long time! The lighting was soft, and combined with the wonderful backgrounds we...

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  • Glencoe Cove Park, a great place for family photograph
    Glencoe Cove Park, a great place for family photograph

    We meet on the first day of December at this wonderful park. I have photographed here before and just love this park. If you are looking for a nice place to explore this is a good start. I love when...

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  • Family portrait by Driftwood Restaurant
    Family portrait by Driftwood Restaurant

    What a great family session here, we had to cancel twice for rain and once for an appendicitis attack! Once we made it I think things came together just right. These portraits combine a great location in wonderful light and...

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  • Rainy day children’s portrait in Victoria, where to go?
    Rainy day children’s portrait in Victoria, where to go?

    A rainy day didn’t stop us. The Parliament buildings offer so many great spots that save the day! Akayla was fun and fast moving. I love her eyes and soft expression. Remember to take time to capture you little children’s...

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  • In home portrait location that blew me away!
    In home portrait location that blew me away!

    This was a real treat of a location for a portrait session! If you are looking for an amazing B&B experience this is it. Visit their page at Cougar’s Crag Extreme B&B for more info. The dogs in the portrait...

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  • Country Road Portrait in the Comox Valley
    Country Road Portrait in the Comox Valley

    I have run down this road many times and thought this is a great spot for a family portrait. Well we finally did it! The Irvine’s are a wonderful family whose littlest one is a smiling machine. He made my...

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  • Goldstream Park Mother and Daughter portrait
    Goldstream Park Mother and Daughter portrait

    Goldstream is a busy place to go for portraits but we managed to find a time that wasn’t overrun with people. The colours are beautiful there, just like these two ladies. It is nice to take time for a portrait...

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  • Glencoe Cove Park family portrait session
    Glencoe Cove Park family portrait session

    Carol and the guys were great fun to work with. I got to discover yet an other great park in the Victoria area. There are so many hidden gems to use for family portrait photography. Both boys live away and...

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  • Family gathering at Pacific Forestry Center
    Family gathering at Pacific Forestry Center

      Juan had an inside line on this place, his friend is responsible for the grounds, and the trees worked out just great. I love the lighting on the family, light over cast with some sun coming through and flash...

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  • Family Portraits on the River
    Family Portraits on the River

    The Vandenberg crew traveled over from Gold River. The weather held out, barely! I love working with proud parents of grown up kids, its one of the pleasures of my work. I think they did a great job of the...

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  • Dr. Phil’s family portrait session
    Dr. Phil’s family portrait session

    OK where do I start. These folks were super fun and the kids were very lovable. Makes my job easy and most rewarding. First off Dr. Phil in case you don’t know, is the wonder dog! To say he is...

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  • Royston beach portraits.
    Royston beach portraits.

    The Cooks came to me wanting to capture this time in their families life in a portrait for display on their wall. Seeing what good buddies the girls were made this session extra fun to photograph. I lived in Royston...

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  • Grad portraits in Victoria
    Grad portraits in Victoria

    Graduation is a great time in a child’s life. They may be moving out, or maybe not. One day kids eventually do! Bringing in the truck was super fun. It was paid for with a special remembrance gift from his...

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  • The Carrick family
    The Carrick family

    Yes dogs are part of the family! We have lots of family portrait sessions with pets from dogs and cats to pigs, cows,bird, horses and any thing else you can imagine :). For this session we had wonderful clouds, I...

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  • Up the river with the Cawdell’s!
    Up the river with the Cawdell’s!

    My favorite riverbed, not the easiest to get to but well worth the small bank we needed to navigate. Ok, it wasn’t that tough but you wouldn’t want to bring someone that can’t navigate a bit of a climb. It...

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  • The Buchanan family reunion
    The Buchanan family reunion

    I love photographing large family get togethers. Here the Buchanan clan was celebrating with a dinner in the back yard and I was lucky enough to be invited to record this special get together. It is so challenging to get...

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  • The Cameron’s
    The Cameron’s

    A lovely couple with an amazing home on the water in Victoria. The views and light were perfect. It was a real pleasure spending time with these folks.

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  • The Hill Family
    The Hill Family

    I met up with these folks at one of my favourite places, Governor General House on Rockland Ave. There are so many amazing spots around the yard. The kids love it there as well, the ducks are a big hit.

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  • The McGradys at the beach
    The McGradys at the beach

    These guys were tons of fun. We played around near the bluff below the airport. The boys are really good guys, I had fun teasing them and getting lots of great smiles from everyone. I believe having a good time...

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  • Otto
    Otto

    Our neighbor from years ago needed a portrait and his vision was the have his hand near his face. We had a fun visit and this is one of the images we created.

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