A First: Family Photos {& a Giveaway!}

Kossowan0061Getting family photos done is something I’ve wanted to do for the last two years.  Yet somehow, I just haven’t made it happen.  There was excuse after excuse after excuse…  It started with we’ve got way too much to do before returning back to Kuwait with a 20 day old baby, to it’d probably be really hard to find our kind of photographer here in the desert, to let’s just wait until we’re more settled back here in Vancouver.  The problem with the whole situation is that before long, you have a 2 year old {who is going on 5} and a single family photo that was taken in the living room with a blanket draped over the mantle and a camera propped up on an ottoman and a stack of books. Not good.

So when Bethany, of Images by Bethany, contacted me and offered us the opportunity to have a family photo shoot with her, I jumped on the opportunity.  I had originally met Bethany at vancouvermom.ca‘s Top 30 Mom Bloggers celebration, where she took head shots of each of the 30 mamas, so I already knew how beautiful her work was. We selected a date and planned to meet at Granville Island, a place we love and frequent regularly.

Papa  Grae  Mama  GraeKossowan0081Somehow, amidst a rain-filled week, our shoot landed on a gorgeously sunny afternoon with not a rain cloud in sight.  We met with Bethany, she immediately made friends with Grae, and we got started.  

Now if I’m being honest with myself, the biggest reason we probably haven’t had family photos done until now is that I really don’t enjoy having my picture taken.  The awkward poses, my smile that quickly becomes fake… It’s just not my idea of a good time.  But with Bethany, it wasn’t like that at all.  In fact, it kind of just felt like we were walking around the island chatting with a friend who occasionally snapped a photo or two.  And to me, that was the best part. It felt natural.

Kossowan0031On the night of our viewing session, Brad and I made our way downtown to Bethany’s beautiful little studio.  She greeted us with hot tea and world’s most amazing organic doughnuts (made of locally-sourced ingredients no less!), and turned on a slideshow of our images. They were stunning.  

Kossowan0129The photos spewed Gracen’s little personality and made the simplest of things – walking hand in hand, collecting leaves, marching, and buying bread – look beautiful.

Kossowan0192Kossowan0199We’re so very grateful to have our very first set of family photos and I’m beyond excited to share that Bethany is generously offering one lucky Mama.Papa.Bubba. reader a chance to win a complimentary family portrait session of their own!  The prize includes a 1 to 2 hour photo shoot in a Greater Vancouver location of your choosing (a $350 value!), an in studio viewing session, a month long online photo gallery, and an 8 x 10 print of your choice (a $30 value!)  HUGE, right?


The contest is open until Sunday, November 18th and there are multiple ways to win (be sure to leave a separate comment for each).


To enter to win a complimentary photo shoot with Images by Bethany:

Leave a comment below telling me your idea of a perfect Greater Vancouver photo shoot location.


For additional chances to win:

–> ‘Like’ Mama.Papa.Bubba. on Facebook, then come back and leave a second separate comment saying you did so (or that you had previously).

–> ‘Like’ Images by Bethany on Facebook, then come back and leave an additional separate comment saying you did so (or that you had previously).

–> Tweet about the giveaway {Lower Mainlanders: Win a FREE family shoot at www.mamapapabubba.com ($350 value)!} and leave an additional separate comment saying you did so.


Don’t forget to leave your email address!  The winner will be announced on November 19th and contacted via email.


Details: Family portrait session will be done on location (Greater Vancouver area only) and will be 1 – 2 hours long ($350 value).  Session must be booked for January – April, 2013.  Includes an in studio viewing session, a month long online viewing gallery, and an 8 x 10 print of your choice ($30 value).




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60 thoughts on “A First: Family Photos {& a Giveaway!}

  1. GORGEOUS photos Jen! Unfortunately, I’m not entering as we already had our own shoot done by Images by Bethany, but I wanted to tell you how lovely yours turned out! 🙂

  2. Josephine says:

    Lovely pictures!
    I would probably have the shoot somewhere outside with a lovely view – like deep cove or even false creek 🙂

  3. Josephine says:

    I like Images By Bethany on Facebook

  4. Josephine says:

    I like your page Mama.Papa.Bubba on Facebook 🙂

  5. Jenn says:

    Fantastic photos Jen! Looks like they were worth the wait 😉 I would love a family photo shoot in the secret garden atop the courthouse in Vancouver!

  6. Silke says:

    I would love a photo session with my 7 mth preggo belly and two red heads. Maybe a cool funky brick wall or a neat wet fall gas town back drop.

  7. Caro says:

    I would LOVE to do our family picture at the top of Grouse Mountain, just like our wedding pictures. The views are amazing, hiking around open trails with some views of the city.

  8. Caro says:

    I like you on FB

  9. Caro says:

    I also like Bethany on FB as well

  10. Koryn Heisler says:

    Would love to do family pictures at Queen Elizabeth Park. We had our wedding pictures done there and there are so many beautiful backdrops!

  11. Koryn Heisler says:

    I liked you on Facebook!

  12. Koryn Heisler says:

    I liked Images by Bethany on FB!

  13. rahmabalcı says:

    georgeous.hapy famıly:)

  14. eckids says:

    Granville Island is so perfect! Maybe Stanley Park too? Love your photos!

  15. Mairin Reading says:

    Such beautiful pictures!!! The PNE would be an amazing place for a photoshoot!!!

  16. Mairin Reading says:

    I like mama.papa.bubba 🙂

  17. Mairin Reading says:

    I like Images By Bethany 🙂

  18. Sunshine G says:

    SFU is the perfect photo shoot location – so much variety!

  19. eschelle says:

    I think that I would love to pick somewhere really funky and unique maybe the Burnaby Village Museum or Gastown which always looks lovely in the winter 🙂

  20. eschelle says:

    I like you on facebook 😀

  21. hillary says:

    I think Rocky Point Park in Port Moody would be a beautiful spot for family photos 🙂

  22. hillarywith2ls says:

    Liked you on facebook.

  23. hillarywith2ls says:

    Liked Images by Bethany on facebook.

  24. Miss AML says:

    What beautiful photos. Im all the way in Australia so leave me out of the competition but thanks for sharing. 🙂

  25. Katalin says:

    I “liked” Images by Bethany

  26. Peachy says:

    I already “like” Mama.Papa, Bubba. 🙂

  27. Peachy says:

    I love walking around your local park as a family shoot. As long as there is greenery and some playthings for kids it’s great!

  28. Peachy says:

    Tweeted! I enjoyed going through your checklist, Jen. Hope it helps! 🙂 Kat

  29. Peachy says:

    Oh, and I forgot to add I love the pictures of all of you! I’ve noticed you tend to “hide” behind the camera, but it’s so nice to see you in front too!!! You are all so awesome! What a beautiful family you have!

  30. I’d love to go back to where we had our engagement photos (Granville Island) or wedding photos (Jericho Beach) done, now that we’re a little family.

  31. barbara says:

    I would love a shoot at White Rock Beach! Awesome giveaway!

  32. tess says:

    ok those are awesome photos. she’s rediculously cute. and seriously she sat down that long to glue on all those squares. Hmm.
    My new fav vancouver place is barnet marine park. Dog + 2 crazy kids + us == tough photo shoot!

  33. Martha says:

    I would love a photo shoot at Stanley Park, my son, 2 years 8 months old loves to watch the ducks, geese, raccoons and other animals there; it’s a very special place for us 🙂

  34. Martha says:

    I liked Mama, Papa, Bubba on Facebook

  35. Martha says:

    Liked images by Bethany

  36. my idea of a perfect Greater Vancouver photo shoot location is gastown or there’s a set of stairs with some painted lions on 2nd avenue that i drive by all the time and think that would make some great shots

  37. i’ve liked mama papa bubba on facebook

  38. I’ve liked Images by Bethany on facebook

  39. Kelly Krol says:

    I think Stanley Park or Grouse Mountain would be gorgeous locations for a Family Photo shoot:)

  40. Kelly Krol says:

    Liked Images by Bethany on FB

  41. Kelly Krol says:

    Liked Mama.Papa.Bubba on FB

  42. Kelly Krol says:

    Tweeted about the giveaway @raincityparent

  43. I liked you on FB! Love the family photos. Very sweet.

  44. Brandie says:

    Such beautiful photos!!! Would love to win a shoot by images by Bethany 🙂 I think we would pick the vintage carousel at burnaby lake in dec when all the Christmas decorations are out!! It would be truly magical

  45. Brandie says:

    I liked images by Bethany on FB!

  46. Brandie says:

    You know I already loved you on FB 🙂

  47. My ideal location for a photos hoot in Vancouver would be Goslers Muse in Gastown- of another crumbly,brick type background very similar!

  48. cheri says:

    The pictures are amazing! I love how natural they look. 🙂
    And as for a location..I love the idea of Rocky Point park or the seawall/ stanley park for photos.

  49. tomsueb says:

    I liked you on FB

  50. tomsueb says:

    I liked Images by Bethany on FB.

  51. tomsueb says:

    I love your family pictures. Beautiful! As for a location, I think that Stanley Park would be my choice. It has always been one of my favorite spots in Vancouver, and now one of my kids favorite places to go to.

  52. Véronique says:

    I like “Images by Bethany” and “Mama. Papa. Bubba. Blog” on facebook.
    Definitely Deep Cove, beautiful location.

  53. Tanya Reid says:

    Steveston is a great place for a photoshoot.

  54. Tamara McCarthy says:

    Stanley Park, Rocky Point, Cypress, Queen Elizabeth Park, White Rock

  55. Safiya says:

    Definitely Stanley park!

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