Family

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I don’t usually share much of my portrait or family & lifestyle work but I can’t help but share this sweet in-home lifestyle newborn session in Abbotsford from earlier in 2022. I adore this family so much! I had the pleasure of capturing them the year prior, before their new addition, during my spring mini’s. I loved getting to capture them again in their cozy condo before they moved into their new townhome recently just in time for baby’s first month here.

My lifestyle newborn sessions tend to be very documentary-candid style, they are laid back and relaxed and not focused on posing, just capturing your interactions together and going off baby’s time & mood for the day. I love these because they are one of the few sessions I shoot that are slow-paced. That means I get to spend some extra quality time visiting with you & baby!

Here’s some of my favourite moments from their in-home lifestyle newborn session…

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All Photos here by Meg Kristina Photography.

Check out our Family & Lifestyle Page here: http://lifestyle.megkristina.com

See another sweet family’s session on The Blog here.

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In-Home Lifestyle Newborn Session | Abbotsford, BC

Personal/Other

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If you’ve poked around my website, there’s a chance you may have found your way over to our social media pages (Facebook & Instagram specifically for the intents & purposes of this blog). If you were there, you may have noticed we’re not exactly your typical representation of a photography social media page. You see, you won’t find us actively posting with witty captions & engaging reels. In fact, sometimes we go 3-6+ months without posting on Instagram whether that be a photo on the feed or in stories. Really, I don’t have anything against social media. I do see the benefit of it. But at the same time, especially in the wedding & photography industry, it is overwhelming and can quickly turn toxic. The content, keeping up with the fads, with the crowd, keep your engagement up, comment and like everyone’s posts, etc is just a game that seems inherently disingenuous to this soft-hearted introvert. It’s a game and a hustle I strongly respect for those that choose to engage with it, but it’s a game that’s overall not for me. I’ve tried keeping up consistently with it but I continually feel inauthentic in action. That being said, that is not to say you won’t find us posting here or there on the platforms. There is a time and a place for everything and that includes social media. And sometimes, there isn’t a rhyme or reason and we just feel like sharing some amazing photos with you – that is what this all used to be about anyways. But you won’t find us being regularly engaging on these platforms as we steer our business model towards in-person consults & connection through our website inquiry/contact form. 

In the meantime, not posting doesn’t mean not working, not operating or not in business by any means. I’m fortunate enough to be primarily referral based, after being in business for 9 years now, however I do still see many clients coming to me from Google AND these social media pages despite my inactivity. This has really freed me of the societal requirements to engage online as I really prefer an in-person, closer client model that complements who I am as well. I engage with my clients closely via email throughout the planning process, offering exclusive access to my Wedding & Engagement Guide websites and any help I can offer along the way. I still do love posting, especially a few little sneak peeks into weddings during the height of wedding season in the summers. You’ll see in my highlights years of behind the scenes moments at weddings and these are memories I also hold dear in my heart. Just a small glimpse into this amazing career I am so grateful to continue building. I can’t wait to see who else we connect with this year! 

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All Photos here by Meg Kristina Photography.

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Why I’m Not Actively on Social Media

Weddings

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The Secret Garden at Ripples Winery is by far my favourite wedding venue that Abbotsford has to offer. Tucked quietly away in the Sumas Prairie on the border of Abbotsford & Chilliwack, this hidden gem in the Fraser Valley has everything you could want in a lush green wedding venue.

If I could sum up Jessica & Harman and their wedding day all together in one word I would say JOYFUL. It was just the most perfect day, from venue to weather to timing to people. It went off without a hitch and was such a gem of a wedding day, and Jessica was truly such a radiant joyful bride. It always adds an extra boost to my day as well when I get to see past wedding clients at weddings, some of which were in J&H’s bridal party so it was so nice to catch up and see familiar faces during this amazing day.

When I asked these two what is one dream they have for their future together they said travelling a lot and building a wood log cabin. That sounds like perfection to me. The older I get, the more I value the ability to be isolated in the quiet peaceful wilderness, soaking up being grounded by nature and away from the hecticness of every day life.

Catch up on these two & fall in love with them even more by reminiscing on their engagement session at sunset at Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver.

Secret Garden at Ripples Winery Wedding Photography Gallery:

Here’s a curated look at their joyful summer Secret Garden at Ripples Winery Wedding in Abbotsford, BC…

Wedding Ceremony:

Bridal Portraits:

Reception:

Sunset Portraits:

Reception cont.:

Vendor Love:

Venue/Decor: The Secret Garden at Ripples Winery

DJ: Wailin Dalen Entertainment

DOC: Bright Gray Events

Floral: Everbloom Designs

Cake: Reddy Made Cakes

Catering: Cookies Grill

Videography: FYA Media House Weddings

2nd: Marvin Herrera Photography

Dress: David’s Bridal

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All Photos here by Meg Kristina Photography 📸

Loved this sweet summer wedding? You’ll adore Suzie & Stetson’s rainy June wedding day story 🌦

See their sweet Tulip festival engagement gallery here! 🌷

We’re crazy about this Okanagan backyard wedding! ☀️

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Now Booking 2023 Weddings & beyond.. ✨

Secret Garden at Ripples Winery Wedding Photography

Engaged

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Any chance I can get to book an Alouette Lake Engagement Session, I will take! That is a guarantee! Located within Golden Ears Park in Maple Ridge, this spot has everything you could hope for in an engagement session! Water, trees, beautiful lush mossy greenery, mountains!! It’s no wonder this tops my list of favourite engagement session locations. Dan & Shawna had a perfect day for their Alouette Lake engagement session. The weather was so kind to us after I had recently shot many rainy sessions in a row.

We met for their session only a few short weeks prior to their mountain wedding escape at Big Sky in Pemberton (I absolutely *CANNOT WAIT* for that blog, I can’t wait to share more!!! EEK! If you can’t wait, there’s some previews on my Facebook page to tide you over!).

These two are adventurous spirits; in love with both the mountains and one another. After meeting through a mutual friend almost 10 years ago out east, these two have started building their life together now out west in beautiful British Columbia. I am so happy to have connected with them! Most of my couples come to me through a direct referral from past clients, especially since social media just isn’t my thing. These two were no different, and were sent my way from their friends Mark & Julia who were married last year! It was so nice getting to give these guys a hug & catch up at S&D’s wedding day a few weeks ago. While I can’t wait to share more from their wedding day, I’m SO excited to share some of their beautiful Alouette Lake engagement session photos with you now!

Alouette Lake Engagement Photography Gallery:

Here’s a curated look at their Alouette Lake Engagement Session…

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All Photos here by Meg Kristina Photography 📸

You do not want to miss this TO-DIE-FOR colourful Tulip Festival Engagement Session! 🌷

I’m obsessed with this backyard wedding in Surrey, BC! 🖼

Loved this sweet set of photos? You’ll LOVE this beach destination wedding in Cabo San Lucas! 🌊

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Now Booking 2023 Weddings & beyond.. ✨

Alouette Lake Engagement Session