• Wednesday’s Style – Styling the Men for A Summer Photo Shoot | South Langley Family Photographer, Vancouver Portraits
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    Of course, it’s important to style yourself and your kids for your family photo shoot. But it’s equally important for the men to look stylish as well. If they need some help on that front, here are a few great style ideas that will have them looking fantastic in your family’s summer photo shoot.

    Keep cool – summer isn’t the time for heavy, formal fabrics and clothing choices. Keep it simple and light with jeans, stylish khakis, crisp white button-down shirts or a colorful polo. Summer is about fun so that should also be reflected in the wardrobe.

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    Accessories such as sunglasses and hats can definitely be utilized. You may not want to wear them for every single shot (to get some variety and not stay so covered up) but they’re a good idea in the sun. With so many stylish options on the market, there is something out there perfect for everyone.

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    Footwear can be casual too. Or if you’re taking photos on the beach, you may want to nix it all together. But please whatever you do, don’t wear flip flops! They’re a little TOO casual. Lightweight sneakers, slip-on loafers and canvas shoes are all good options. And don’t be afraid to play around with color!

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  • Sunday’s Showcase – What to Do in the Vancouver Area Next Weekend | Vancouver Family Photographer
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    Can you believe it’s almost August? The summer is going by too quickly! But there’s still plenty of time left to go out and enjoy. Here are some upcoming events to check out with the family.

    Honda Celebration of Light

    This is one of Vancouver’s largest events and one of the biggest fireworks competitions in the world. Watch some amazing fireworks along the English Bay as three countries compete for top honors. Japan will showcase their creations on August 2nd. In addition, there will be musical performances and a variety of food trucks to satisfy any craving.

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    Head over to the Lonsdale Quay Market for SummerFest! Kids will enjoy face painting, balloon designs and even Henna tattoos.  Also enjoy live music, dance lessons and of course the freshest foods the market has to offer.

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    Carousel Theatre for Young People’s Teen Shakespeare Program

    Take the kids to enjoy some culture performed by their peers. The Carousel Theatre for Young People presents Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost with a cast of teen actors. This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy live theatre presented under the stars. The best part – the performance is free! However, advanced tickets may be purchased for $5 to guarantee a seat.

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    Alpine Blossom Festival

    Enjoy the long weekend and visit the Sun Peaks Resort for the Alpine Blossom Festival. Families can enjoy entertainment and activities including live musical performances, outdoor movie night, a kids fun zone and more. Enjoy the alpine wildflowers at the peak of their blossom and take a scenic ride on the Sunburst chairlift to get an amazing panoramic view.

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  • Wednesday’s Style – Kids Summer Style | Abbotsford Family Photographer
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    Whether you kids are heading to camp, the pool or the beach, you want them to look put-together and stylish. I know it’s summer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still look good, right? Here are some great clothing ideas for your kids that are both fashionable and affordable.

    For the summer, we all have a few rules for our kids wardrobes – they have to be durable and also lightweight. Cargo shorts and polo shirts and fantastic options for boys while lightweight shorts, rompers and sundresses all work well for girls. Stay away from too many dark colors since they tend to keep the heat close to the body. Lighter colors tend to keep kids cooler and they’re just a better style choice for the heat of the summer.

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    Options from H&M, Carters and Gap

    While kids (and adults) should always wear sunscreen, it’s also a good idea to buy clothes that have some SPF protection built right in. Shirts, rash guards for swimming and hats can all be found in these options. A little extra protection goes a long way for some added peace of mind.

    Keep kids feet cool and protected as well this summer. Lightweight sneakers and sturdy sandals are the way to go. There are so many different color options and styles out there that there’s something to satisfy everyone.

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  • Sunday Showcase – Summer Day Trip Ideas | Vancouver Family Portraits
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    Who doesn’t want to take a fantastic vacation this summer? But sometimes life makes it hard to get away on a large-scale trip. So why not take a few day trips instead? You’ll get to visit more places and experience different things, all relatively close to home. Here are some places to check out this summer.

    Harrison Hot Springs

    Just 90 minutes outside of Vancouver are the Harrison Hot Springs on Harrison Lake. It’s a beautiful getaway complete with beaches, mountains and of course, natural springs. There are so many activities to do such as kayaking, parasailing and windsurfing. Of course, you can also just sit back and relax on the lake or the hot springs pool.

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    Whistler

    Another amazing day trip is to Whistler. This internationally-acclaimed ski resort also has a lot to offer in the summer months. Whistler Resort is a city unto itself complete with restaurants, shops, museums and more. Take a family bike ride, try your hand at canoeing or hike the high alpine trails – there’s truly something for everyone in Whistler.

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    Victoria

    A beautiful and historic locale, Victoria makes for a peaceful and serene day trip spot. The downtown area featuring shopping, sights, gardens and historic buildings. Be sure to visit Butchart Gardens with its 55 acres of amazing floral displays. Then be sure to relax with a cup of tea at the legendary Empress Hotel.

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    Bowen Island

    Bowen Island is an escape from Vancouver without having to travel too far. The relatively small island offers a host of activities for visitors. From swimming and kayaking to hiking and mountain biking, there’s something for every adverturous spirit. For those that want a more relaxing day, Bowen Island offers plenty of dining and shopping options including hand-made and fair-trade items in Village Square, Artisan Square and the Marina on the Pier.

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  • Wednesday’s Style – Perfect Summer Dresses | Vancouver Child Photographer
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    Let’s face it, summer style is a lot about feeling comfortable and cool. But that doesn’t mean you can also be fashionable. The perfect summer staple is the dress. Easy to just slip on and go, dresses can be accessorized for practically any occasion. Whether you’re heading to the office, a concert or out to dinner with friends, here are some options to help complete your own summer style.

    A short, shift dress helps keeps you cool without clinging to your body. Perfect for days filled with sun and humidity.

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    On the other hand, a maxi dress is also a versatile style that can look casual with a pair of flat sandals, or dressed up with a colorful statement necklace. Maxi dresses also look great on a variety of body types.

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    And you can never go wrong with a classic sundress. This style is timeless for a reason – it’s the perfect summer shape. From solids, stripes and florals, there’s a sundress out there for every taste and body. Find your perfect style and have fun this summer!

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