Fall Mini Sessions || Langley BC

Who else is ready for fall leaves and cooler nights......Pumpkin spice lattes and warm knit sweaters? Sounds lovely doesn’t it? Fall is such a gorgeous time of year. Each year as August comes to an end, I am eagerly awaiting all of these things. Some of them just can’t come fast enough!

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In promotion of this fabulous season, that is just around the corner. Sherri Preston Photography invites you to be part of our favourite mini sessions of the year. We have 12 spots available over three different dates.

20 min session includes: 3 digital images (printable to 8x12) and 1 5x7 Print OR 3 8x12 Prints

Sessions fee is $225. A $50 non-refundable retainer is required to hold your spot. The retainer will be used towards the session fee.

Dates Available: September 8, 16 and October 14

Are you ready to book? Drop me a line or reply to this email.

778.223.9329 sherriphotos@gmail.com

I look forward to hearing from you!

Sherri Preston

Maternity Styled Shoot || Granville Island

A year and a half ago I had a baby, and as I changed and joyfully walked blindly into the newness of motherhood, I knew my business had to change with me. I was different - the miracle of pregnancy and child raising let me enter an exclusive club of motherhood - I didn’t even know existed. I still can’t even comprehend that in one moment my baby was in womb and then he was out. There are no words to describe it. Instead of speaking the words that are amiss - I photograph life. Babies, newborns, families and expectant moms (and dads) - both adoptive and biological. That is my business. The miracle of life. When I planned this shoot a year ago, I knew I wanted Claire to be my Momma-to-be - her natural beauty and gorgeous eyes and incredible joy and excitement to enter motherhood were the perfect combination. As long as I have known Claire, she has wanted a family. Before motherhood she was a fierce businesswoman (award-winning kitchen designer extraordinaire), and now she has taken on the role of Motherhood with grace. Claire is a playful, take life and run with it kind of girl. She also loves things to look beautiful; I wanted her playfulness and her love for beauty to shine amongst her beautiful baby belly. So enter Claire and her precious soon-to-be-born baby girl (now almost one year old), to the playful and colourful Granville Island, a gem in the heart of Vancouver overlooking False Creek and the Burrard Street Bridge.

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Much Gratitude fo Jayme at A Unique Botique for her ever lovely florals. Your floral crowns were lovely. To Sarah from Killenink for her amazing make up artistry. She's got talent folks. To Courtney for holding my relflector and coming along for the ride. Thank you to Granville Island for being the perfect venue, over and over. And of course thank you Claire for being the most cooperative and beautiful Momma.

French Vintage Styled Shoot || Hart House Restaurant || Burnaby BC

I love styled shoots. The creative flow, the team effort and collaboration. I love meeting new vendors, who love what they do. A couple years ago I met Jayme from A Unique Boutique, she helped me with my first styled shoot. Not only were her florals amazing, but her commitment to help on the day of the shoot, did not go unoticed. I really appreciated her work ethic and her easy going personality, I hoped we'd work together again. This time around we decided to collaborate together. We planned and pinned and we brought together a fantastic team of vendors. It was so nice to plan a styled shoot with someone. It made everything easier and a lot more fun. In mid December all of our hard work paid off. We were featured by Champange Sweets! Our Team:

"Bride" and "Groom": Asia and Ryan Sanders

Photographer - Sherri Preston Photography Florist - A Unique Boutique Styling - Peach Tree & Co. Stationary - Belle Impressions  Hair Stylist - A` la Mode UpDo's by Alex   Make-up Artist - Kelsey Dickson Makeup Artistry Macarons - Whisked Away Baked Goods Rentals - Past Pieces Venue - Hart House Restaurant   Dresses - Pure Magnolia Assistant - Adielle Martins

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For Photographers: How to Plan a Styled Shoot

How to Plan a Styled Shoot My first styled shoot was planned using the post by Jessica M Wood Photography in LA. While her post was invaluable to me. I have been able to learn a few things on my own, things that are maybe more relevant depending on the market you are in. My styled shoots exist out of Vancouver. Some of this post will be regurgitated from hers, but what I learned from actually doing a styled shoot will be highlighted. She has some great visual aids so make sure you check her blog out too.

Theme

Brainstorm. Pin ideas on Pinterest so you can share with vendors when they ask. Finalize your ideas. You need a theme, a colour palette. You need all cohesive ideas. Whilst remembering at the end of everything, your idea could evolve into something entirely different. The outcome can depend on how your vendors see your vision, the weather, your designer, what the vendors can actually offer and the space you find.

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Research + Vision

Research vendors, find the ones that you think will not only say yes, but the ones who have a style similar to your vision. If they don’t, you may end up with an entirely different look. This happened to me with one of my vendors in another shoot. It was very difficult to incorporate their product into the shoot, and I had to find a way to compensate for what I was now missing since it was a main ingredient and even though it didn’t fit, I still had to shoot their product, to give them photos and credit I had promised.

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Contact

My first point of contact to vendors is always email, but I don’t see why, in person or phone wouldn’t work. I found email the easiest and least time consuming and met with vendors in person or on the phone once they came on board. Jessica posted her initial email on her blog. You can check that out. Some vendors don’t need that much information first off, but some might, especially if they don’t know of you. I also found being complimentary of a vendors product or service was very helpful. So when I adore a product, I make sure they know it - in my first email.

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Spreadsheets

Create shareable spreadsheets with the vendors name, business, contact info and what they are offering. You can also include links to to your inspirational Pinboards. Giving a vendor something visual helps to keep things cohesive.

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Date, Venue + Delivery

Try and and find your venue first. You can’t plan much without your venue. Once you find your venue you can nail down your date. Always have a few dates in mind. Monday’s seem the be the easiest date to get since most wedding vendors take Mondays off. Do keep in mind this may also increase your travel costs. You need to pick up and return items and if vendors are closed on Monday you may have to go a day or two early to pick it up, and then drop it off the day after. Some vendors will bring the item to you. You ALWAYS say yes to this. The less non photography things you have to do, the easier the day will be.

Cost

I’ve had potential vendors try and charge me, but you can always find a vendor with your vision who is willing to put in the same effort as you. This is team building, networking and marketing. You don’t need to pay for your styled shoot. Ever.

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Models

Find a bride and groom. This can be the most challenging part since styled shoots are often on a weekday. For most couples at least one of them works weekdays. You can go through a modelling agency, but I find that using real couples is more authentic and beautiful. I like to capture their authentic love. Married couples are the best. They really know each other. During a cold wintery styled shoot I had a groom keep touching his wives arm whenever she got goosebumps because he knew they would go away if he touched her. It’s that kind of tenderness you want to convey. Real love gets published.

Meeting Up

Always, always try and meet up with your vendors. Your vision will be more cohesive, you will build a stronger relationship with the vendors. The day of will be less stressful because you’re not meeting 10 new people.

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Day off Social Media

Post vendor links + handles and on social media before the shoot, during the shoot and when you get home. Be grateful to the vendors on social media. They worked hard for you.

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Shot List

Know before your shoot, what you need to capture. Have a shot list and check it off at you go. So much is happening and before you know it the light changes. In my opinion details are best shot in natural light get those right off the bat, while the designer is setting up, unless you are also the designer then shoot as you are setting up.

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Returns

Return everything you borrowed the day of or next day. Be punctual to appointments.

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Submissions

Research the blogs you’d like to be posted on. The ones that fit your style and theme. Every photo blog has a different criteria so you need to size your photos and pick your photos according to the rules of each blog. Some blogs are exclusive and some are not. Make sure you read the fine print. In case of rejection, some blogs will give you feedback if you ask nicely. Always ask for feedback, that’s how we get better and always be nice to the Bloggers. Don’t burn bridges. If you treat them nicely, you still have the chance to be published with them one day. Remember they get hundreds if not thousands of submissions. It’s not that your shoot is bad, it’s usually just not what they are looking for at the time.

Social Media When Published

Get it out there! Once the blog is published, publish it on your blog. Put it on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, even YouTube! Get it out there, and give a should out to all the vendors including handles and or links to their websites AND compliments of course!

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Thank you

Always say thank you to your vendors and to wherever you get featured. These people are part of your business. They are valuable to you and you to them. Treat them as your team.

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Delivery

Deliver the photos as promised to each vendor. I always deliver upon publication. I don’t release anything until they are published so the publishing blog can do the first reveal. You don’t have to do it this way, but it’s nice to leave it as a surprise.

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And that’s it. I hope this helps you! I love doing styled shoots, so I am happy I can share this information with you! I hope you have a great time planning your own!

Sherri

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Fort Langley in the Snow

I love winter, and snow and even more, I adore adventuring with my Husband and our cameras. Last week, Fort Langley received a light dusting and Jason and I took our cameras just after sunrise to capture Fort Langley’s charm in the snow. It’s such an idyllic little place. Both of us would love to have a home there one day. We love to frequent three lovely cafes: Wendels for the gluten free baking, London Fogs and book browsing, The Republica for amazingly fresh, onsite roasted coffee and Lelam for the excellent live music and culture. We enjoy walking through town dreaming up ideas for the future and browsing through the galleries and stores. It’s the perfect date place, especially at night. Little white lights that hang in the trees along the street twinkle under the stars. It’s that magic Christmas feeling year round.2014-12-06_0001.jpg 2014-12-06_0002.jpg 2014-12-06_0003.jpg 2014-12-06_0004.jpg 2014-12-06_0005.jpg 2014-12-06_0008.jpg 2014-12-06_0007.jpg

The Wishlist Wonderland || Pop Up Shop || Vancouver BC || December 5-7

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A Unique pop up shop experience, designed and curated by the lovely Jaleh of JEvents Planning & Design will be featuring our Christmas and Travel Photo Cards. The shop is open from Dec 5-7 from 6pm-10pm on Friday and 10am-6pm on Saturday and Sunday. Not only will there be a chance to check a few things off your loved ones wish list, but there is also opportunity to give back. Warm Your Soul Vancouver is a non profit organization provides new socks to those in need. For every $2 donation at Wishlist Wonderland a new pair of socks will be donated. 2014-12-04_0004.jpg 2014-12-04_0003.jpg 2014-12-04_0005.jpg

Contributing Artists + Vendors

Sherri Preston Photography J Events Planning and Design Numpfer Maccs Cake for Breakfast Dayanna Platt Design Love Planner Beautulleful Inc. Tulle Skirts MInt + Birch Azade Vakili Shenasi Concept Aida Kardz Kouture Bijou Baby J Creation by Jaleh Les Petits Bonheurs Coral + Cloud Shipway Design Runway Baby Boutique Temper Chocolate Pastry Vancouver Candle Company

 

A Sunny Day in San Fransisco || Fine Art Prints

My husband and I have spent a lot of time traveling since we married in 2011. It’s our favourite thing to do together. We love to explore with our cameras, eat local foods and sit in cafe’s drinking fine coffee. The experience of a new city is always exhilerating. This was our second trip to San Fransico. It was fast. Just a day enroute to a conference in San Jose, but it was a great day. It was March and here at home March was miserable, but in San Fran it was warm and sunny. Here is a collection of the sights we saw. All images are for sale. Please inquire sherriphotos@gmail.comcalifornia,san fransico,san jose,sherri preston photography,sherripreston.com,travel photography, california,san fransico,san jose,sherri preston photography,sherripreston.com,travel photography, california,san fransico,san jose,sherri preston photography,sherripreston.com,travel photography, california,san fransico,san jose,sherri preston photography,sherripreston.com,travel photography, california,san fransico,san jose,sherri preston photography,sherripreston.com,travel photography, california,san fransico,san jose,sherri preston photography,sherripreston.com,travel photography, california,san fransico,san jose,sherri preston photography,sherripreston.com,travel photography, california,san fransico,san jose,sherri preston photography,sherripreston.com,travel photography, california,san fransico,san jose,sherri preston photography,sherripreston.com,travel photography, california,san fransico,san jose,sherri preston photography,sherripreston.com,travel photography, california,san fransico,san jose,sherri preston photography,sherripreston.com,travel photography, california,san fransico,san jose,sherri preston photography,sherripreston.com,travel photography, california,san fransico,san jose,sherri preston photography,sherripreston.com,travel photography, california,san fransico,san jose,sherri preston photography,sherripreston.com,travel photography,

A Photography Shoot Out || Devan Greenhouses Abbotsford BC

Not so long ago my friend Jen and I sat in my dining room chatting over tea. Both of us are photographers and so photography often comes up on such occasions. She told me of her plan for a shoot out. A gathering of photographers of all different levels coming together to shoot, learn, grow and just have fun. And so we did. On a sunny Thursday evening in June, 5 photographers and two models met at Devan Greenhouses in Abbotsford BC. The flowers were sensational, the company easy to keep, the models, gorgeous and the light, amazing. What more could we ask for? A soy latte at Starbucks afterwards of course!

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The Photographers:

Jenni Marie Photography Urban Fig Photography Sherri Preston Photography Sarah Darbey Delaney Photography

Cake:

Cakes by Madison Venue:

Devan Greenhouses

Andrea + Jay || Engagement Photos || Piper's Lagoon Nanaimo BC

Andrea and Jason worked the carnival circuit on and off for years. One sweet summer Jason noticed Andrea from afar. His co workers took notice and warned, “don’t even go there, she doesn’t date carnival workers” Lucky for him a few hours later all of Andrea’s rules went out the window.2014-05-29_0081.jpg It’s been three years since that warm summer night and this July they will become husband and wife. Together they love their Pit Bull, Roxy, video games and anything Harley Davidson. 2014-05-29_0082.jpg 2014-05-29_0083.jpg 2014-05-29_0084.jpg I’m looking forward to their summer wedding on the beach in Nanoose Bay, BC. Congratulations to Andrea and Jay! Your love is so sweet.

Featured: Vancouver-Bride.com

Collaboration is amazing. I recommend it to every photographer. Especially the ones that work from home. It’s good to get out and away from the computer. To socialize in person. It’s a blessing to interact with people you wouldn’t otherwise know and to let the creativity run. Team Work. That is the essence of collaboration. It’s a beautiful thing. In the fall a team of vendors and I worked diligently to create a wedding styled shoot now coined “Pretty in Spring”. It’s amazing how an initial plan transforms and evolves. My initial vision for this shoot included fog or snow. But in Vancouver we work with what we get. This particular day started with sunshine and ended with over cast skies. Instead of winter we got spring and this is the result. We are so thankful to Vancouver Bride for picking up our feature. To Stephanie and Stephen Hall - a beautiful couple who graciously donated their time to model for our project. 2014-04-20_0039.jpg 2014-04-20_0040.jpg 2014-04-20_0041.jpg 2014-04-20_0042.jpg 2014-04-20_0043.jpg 2014-04-20_0044.jpg 2014-04-20_0045.jpg 2014-04-20_0046.jpg 2014-04-20_0047.jpg 2014-04-20_0048.jpg 2014-04-20_0049.jpg 2014-04-20_0050.jpg

The Creative Team

Photography || Sherri Preston Photography Decor || Ainsley's Affairs Florist || Unique Boutique Florals

Make Up Artist || Charrisse Mae Make Up Artistry 

Hair Designer || Jade Ward from Lure Salon

Stationary || Belle Impressions

Cupcakes || Cloud 9 Specialty Bakery

Men's Suiting || Baracos + Brand

Bridal Gowns || Frocks Modern Bridesmaids

Jewellery || Elsa Corsi from Jeweliette Jewellers -  

Venue || Cecil Park Green House

Rentals || Pedersen's Event Rentals

A Photographer Study

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