Family Life

Spring Mini Sessions from Joanna Moss Photography

I’m that mom. The one with the camera. You know, that mom who brings her camera everywhere and insists on taking dozens of pictures of anything to do with her kids. Yeah, sorry about that. Over the last year I’ve taken my camera off the automatic setting, and I feel like I’m starting to get a handle on how to actually use the manual settings. While I’ve certainly improved my skills (I hope), every once in a while I meet somebody who makes me realize just how much farther I have to go and at the same time inspires me to keep working at it. Most recently, that was Joanna from Vancouver-based Joanna Moss Photography.

We had the opportunity to meet with Joanna last month for a mini photo session. It was a beautiful day, just perfect to catch my girls playing in the sun. Joanna showed up with incredibly fluffy and colourful tutus, beautiful headbands (which the girls unfortunately refused to wear), bunny ears just in time for Easter pictures, and a miniature wooden rocking bench that would have been perfect for a sisters portrait if only my girls had cooperated. Tee took a few minutes to warm up to the idea, but Joanna took the time to get to know my girls and help them feel comfortable in front of the camera.

Joanna Moss Photography

Anybody who’s ever tried to take pictures of kids, professionally or just for Grandma and Facebook, knows how hard it is to get kids to sit still, pose, or listen to directions in general. I’ve been known to fill up my SD card with blurry pictures of the backs of my kids’ heads and still not get the shot I want. Argh!

Instead of trying to control the situation, Joanna just went with the flow and worked with whatever my kids were doing naturally. In a few minutes she had Tee showing off her spins, climbing rocks, and hamming it up for the camera. She made suggestions, but if the girls didn’t want to cooperate that was fine too. I think the results speak for themselves.

I have to share these pics of Tee and Kay in their tutus. Oh my, are they not the cutest things you’ve ever seen?

Joanna Moss Photography

Joanna Moss Photography

Here’s a beautiful Easter shot of Tee!

Joanna Moss Photography

And look, here’s one happy mama too! Typically I’m not that comfortable in front of the camera, but I’m so glad to have this lovely picture with Tee. I’m usually the one holding the camera, and I don’t want to look back one day and realize I don’t have any pictures of me with my girls. I’m going to treasure this one.

Joanna Moss Photography

Joanna mainly does boutique weddings and lifestyle protraiture, but she’s offering some mini sessions this spring, perfect for one or two kids or a quick engagement shoot. Mini sessions are 20 minutes long, and you’ll get 3 high resolution images via online download, a print release, and a gallery of photos for your phone or iPad. Because the session itself is only 20 minutes, Joanna will do a phone consult with you before your session so you know just what to expect. My whole family enjoyed the experience of working with Joanna, and I can wholeheartedly recommend her for your next photo shoot!

Joanna will be holding spring mini sessions on Saturday, May 10th in the TriCities area (exact location to be determined). These tend to fill up fast so book yours ASAP. Book your session now via book (at) joannamoss (dot) com.


Learn more about Joanna and check out her gallery at Joanna Moss Photography. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

(Tutus by Kirina’s Krafts.)

Joanna Moss Photography spring mini sessions now booking for May 10 (Greater Vancouver area)

Disclosure: I received a complimentary mini session package for review purposes. All opinions expressed are completely honest and my own, based on my personal experience. Your experience may differ.

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  • beautiful photos 🙂 I really think spending the money on having professional photos done is something everyone should do at least ONCE in their lives… We have as a family, and have never regretted it.

  • Those tutu’s are amazing! We get family photos done every year by a amateur photographer and I think it is so important to capture these times. I would love to do a super girly mother daughter shoot with my girl once she’s a bit older.

  • The photos are amazing! It makes a huge difference having a professional behind the lens. We as amateurs might get the odd brilliant one but most are just snapshots. I myself have had one photo shoot which I was really pleased with and joined another of my mother, sister & all the grandchildren – that however was too formal, it really was a sit down photo and lacked atmosphere, very disappointing.