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  • Newborn studio photo session with OLHENIA ROSE

  • This little beauty came with mom for a wonderful newborn studio session with van der Valk Photography. This session lasted a few hours with multiple set and clothing changes to ensure we properly captured this special moment for the family. Layers and textures, rough and smooth, contrasted light, Ol[...]
  • A perfect Valentine's gift. Beauty Headshots.

  • Gift yourself this Valentine's Day with a stunning self portrait. Whether you want to update your business headshot, refresh your social media presence, enhance your dating profile, or simply feel good about yourself, our Business & Beauty Headshot Studio Sessions meet your needs. Our $125.00[...]
  • Newborn Photography. Capturing those first moments.

  • We specialize in newborn photography. We understand that babies aren't always the most cooperative and needy. That is why we take the time to ensure your babies first professional images are captured properly.  And for that reason we give upwards of 3 hours in a studio session. We always work with y[...]
  • Making a connection in your photos

  • Empathy and Emotional Connection – These two things are extremely important in a good picture; we need both empathy and an emotional connection with whom the viewers will attach. The challenge for photographers is how to tell the story of what they see in front of their eyes, and how to convey an[...]
  • Natural Light -- The right time

  • One of the biggest challenges with shooting outdoors and relying on natural light is arranging the time of day. This changes with the seasons. You may have heard the magic word that many photographers use to describe this optimal light as the "Golden Hour", or "Magic Hour". There is a reason why pho[...]
  • Amazing photos in every day areas

  • Winter time around Vancouver Island can be a difficult time for outdoor photographers. Booking a winter session normally means you're asking your client if their flexible because it rains so often. Shoots are often rescheduled for another time, sometimes this process over and over. While van der [...]
  • New beauty dish for our studio

  • What do you do when you have a new light modifier? You find the closest, almost always willing, person to take head shots of. Last week we purchased a 22' beauty dish for our studio strobes to get the most out of our head shot and modelling sessions. When used up close, the beauty dish provides a[...]
  • RCM-SAR Crew Photos

  • Last weekend I had the opportunity to shoot 14 RCM-SAR crew photos for the team. While not everyone could make it, we managed to many of these marine rescue volunteers from Sooke. RCM-SAR is a volunteer lifeboat station who does, on average, 35+ missions a year. They are tasked out by the Canadian C[...]
  • Country Music Artist Photo Session

  • We were contacted by local Sooke country musician, Bryce Allan, to assist with some new photos for his website and marketing purposes. We spent a couple of hours in our studio with different clothes, his guitar, country hat of course and various types of lighting set-ups to make the most of our time[...]
  • Gearing up for a great year!

  • I’m so proud of Jason for redesigning our website. The new site feels fresh, clean and timeless – truly reflecting our artistic style. We are gearing up for a great year! Over the last several years I have been sharpening my technical skills and refining my style. I discovered photographing babie[...]
  • 2017 -- A new look

  • Over the Christmas holidays, Seana and I decided it was time to update our website. It was many years old and focused on the many different forms and types of photography we've shot over the years. Long story short, it was turning into  a mish-mash of everything and our intended focus and direction [...]