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Images by Bethany family photo shoot (& giveaway!) Images by Bethany family photo shoot (& giveaway!)
Since Portia was born, just over two years ago now, I have really wanted to do a professional photo session of our little family.... Images by Bethany family photo shoot (& giveaway!)

Since Portia was born, just over two years ago now, I have really wanted to do a professional photo session of our little family. For some reason, we never got one done, no matter how many times I reminded myself to look into it. I think finding the right photographer was part of the hesitation, as there seem to be many photographers in the Vancouver area to choose from.

As luck would have it, a few weeks ago, we were contacted by Bethany Schiedel of Images by Bethany and she offered us the opportunity to do a family portrait session with her! I no longer had to look into our options or spend the time humming and hawing over various photographer’s online portfolios to find the ‘right one’ for us.  Bethany found US and we are so thankful that she did!

I first met Bethany at‘s Fabulous event honouring Vancouver’s Top 30 Mom Bloggers; a group I feel so privileged to be a part of, especially after getting to know many of the other 29 mamas since the whirlwind of excitement began last spring.  Bethany had been given the task of rounding up each one of us mamas over the course of the evening so that we could have a complimentary headshot taken by her.  Since it was my first ever ‘official’ headshot, I was nervous, but was happy to meet the smiley Bethany behind the lens.

We booked our photo session for the last week of September at Iona Beach near the Vancouver Airport.  I had never been to Iona, but Bethany had recommended it, and we took her word for it. It was such a beautiful location, and the Weather was on its best behaviour, even though Portia was in a bit of a ‘mood’. I was impressed with Bethany’s photography abilities BEFORE I watched her work with a toddler, and even more so during our viewing session at her studio last night, when I saw what she was able to capture while chasing after a 2 year old at the beach.  To think of all the blurry shots I have taken of Portia! Fellow mama Bethany has some serious skills!

As I could probably go on and on about how lovely and talented Bethany is, I will stop myself here and just SHOW you what I am trying to convey in words.

Here are a few of our favourites from the session.





What I love the most about our photos is that we have now documented how happy our life is. I also love that baby #2 is showing enough to have been a part of this series of shots.

We can’t thank Images by Bethany enough and I am so excited to announce that a lucky reader will have the opportunity to capture their own family’s special moments together.  Bethany will be generously offering a 1-2 hour complimentary session (valued at $350), as well as a viewing session in her studio and a free 8 x 10 print, to one of YOU!

Please use the Rafflecopter entry form below and good luck! Contest closes on Tuesday, November 6th! This is a giveaway you will not want to miss out on, so enter as many ways as possible!

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Jessica Blumel

Nice to meet you! I'm Jessica a.k.a North Shore Mama. This site was born out of my love for my daughters and the desire to share my motherhood journey with fellow moms. I believe we're all in this craziness called 'parenthood' together and North Shore Mama is my way of reaching out to anyone who needs a laugh, a cry or dinner inspiration. Thank you so much for reading!

  • Josephine

    October 26, 2012 #1 Author

    Gorgeous pics!
    I’d love to have family pictures taken outside in nature somewhere. Maybe on the beach or out by UBC :)


  • Aisha

    October 26, 2012 #2 Author

    Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous!! I would love to win a family photo shoot from your amazing photographer.


  • Aisha

    October 26, 2012 #3 Author

    The location I would choose is Barnet Marine Park, not because it’s ‘better’ than any other, but because I have so many wonderful memories there.


  • Nicole T

    October 27, 2012 #4 Author

    Wow! What great shots….she captured Portia beautifully! It’s been a looong time since we’ve done our family portraits and I think it would be so fun to do them out at Boundary Bay Provincial Park. Gorgeous!


  • Janelle

    October 27, 2012 #5 Author

    Hiya! I’d choose somewhere on the north shore where we like to hang out… Cates Park, Deep Cove (once the rain stops, of course!!)


  • Sara Lawson

    October 27, 2012 #6 Author

    Beautiful photos Jess! We’ve been talking about getting photos done for ages, we’ll now have even more reason with the arrival of the new bambino. I think we’d choose a place like Whytecliff where we have some fond memories already.


  • Katherine

    October 28, 2012 #7 Author

    Beautiful shots Jess! Your talented photographer has certainly captured the love in your family :))


  • chantal

    October 28, 2012 #8 Author

    Gorgeous! Fingers crossed we win!


  • Margot

    October 28, 2012 #9 Author

    Love love love these photos! Cannot wait to see Portia tomorrow. She is such a good mix of you and Brian!


  • eschelle

    October 28, 2012 #10 Author

    I think that I would pick somewhere downtown, perhaps gastown or something, I would really want something unique thats for sure :D. Perhaps I would let her suggest a place :)


  • Sheilah

    October 28, 2012 #11 Author

    Hmmmm….. Anywhere? I would have our pictures taken at my grandparents’ property in Norway. It would be in a field with the mountains as a backdrop. That, or on the beach in Tofino!


    • bethany schiedel

      October 29, 2012 #12 Author

      oh sheilah!! i’d LOVE to take photos on your grandparents property in norway!!! wouldn’t that be amazing :) i lived there for 9 months when i was younger and have flown back a couple of times, once to photograph a wedding! i LOVE norwary!!


  • Patricia O.

    October 29, 2012 #14 Author

    I would definitely choose somewhere like Granville Island or Deep Cove, places my family and I would go to together and where we created memories.


  • Ines

    October 29, 2012 #15 Author

    I would like a photo shoot in Amsterdam :)


  • Lara

    October 29, 2012 #16 Author

    Stanley Park!


  • Agi

    October 31, 2012 #17 Author

    I would love to win a portrait session for my family. We had one done 3 years ago. If I could have our picture taken anywhere I would have it done at UBC.



  • Heather

    November 3, 2012 #18 Author

    Would love a portrait session in Deep Cove!


  • Jonathan Smallwood

    November 4, 2012 #19 Author

    I would love to have a session at the Whiterock pier. This time of year would be quite interesting on that dock :)


  • Tracy

    November 4, 2012 #20 Author

    I would love a session in Deep Cove!


  • Karina Eva

    November 4, 2012 #21 Author

    If I was lucky enough to get our pictures taken by Bethany , it would be on one of my favourite places, Crescent Beach in White Rock , by the sea or by that park where you can see whales, eagles and owls, when we win 😉 I will come back and tell you the name of it :)


  • Jen oliver

    November 5, 2012 #22 Author

    Pictures down in deep cove by the beach rain or shine


  • Sarah

    November 5, 2012 #23 Author

    I would have to say Whytecliff Park in West Vancouver – that’s where my hubby and I got engaged!


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