photograph by  Justine B Photography

photograph by Justine B Photography


before our session I'll send you a couple of easy questions to get to know you better, who's who in your family and if you have any specific things/relationships that are particularly important for us to capture. You might want to bring along a special item for our session e.g. one family brought along a special tea set and had a tea party on the beach. It could be a book, a special coffee mug, blanket.. etc. From here we'll set a date and location for your session, this can be in your home or outside (or both!). Weather might mean we have to re-arrange the date, that's not a problem.

You might wonder what to wear! I recommend that you be as comfortable and 'yourselves' as possible, but it's a good idea to stay away from big logos (or any logos!) and lots of stripes. If you want to look 'put together' but still natural, I suggest that you don't try to match and instead pick out around 3 shades and all family members wear one or all of them, even if it's just an accessory in one of the colours it will pull you all together. The most important thing to wear is an attitude of fun :)

During our session ...I like to place emphasis on 'doing' something as a family or couple together, something you usually do on a normal day, then you can focus on doing just that and being yourselves and I can snap away documenting little special moments I see here and there. I will guide you at some point, maybe to some pretty light or something I see that would really work in the image but mostly you can pretend I'm just tagging along for the fun. We all know Kids and babies can have 'bad' days, I'll document that too! It's all part of the story and I don't like to rush a session so we can just relax and wait for the right time (this applies especially to newborn sessions).

Any other questions? I'd love to hear them! You can email me at 


Hey! I'm Rachel, originally from England, Vancouver B.C. has been my home for 9 years and we recently escaped the city to live small town, mountain life in the special little town of Rossland in the Kootenays. I love here with my South African hubby and two Canadian boys.

I believe your life is uniquely special. My goal is to capture a genuine picture of you and your loved ones in this moment... who you are, within this naturally stunning place that we call home (or vacation home if you're here for a visit!). I'm all about the 'feeling' of an image, so sure we'll get some shots of you all looking at the camera.. but the authentic, natural moments are the precious ones (with feeling!) and those are the ones that will make you happy when you look back in years to come. Those are the ones I most strive to capture for you. 

I place high importance on getting to know each other before your session, I like to understand something of who you are and what is important to you. It's key that you can feel comfortable and be yourself with me during your session as this is when the best images will be created!


I'm incredibly inspired by the beauty of the place we live; the provincial flower of British Columbia is the Dogwood so I decided this special flower would be a perfect representation of what my business is about.

Thanks so much for visiting. I 'd love to hear from you if have questions, comments, collaboration ideas etc or would like to book a session! Contact me at

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Dogwood Photography specializes in Family, Maternity and Newborn Photography and is also available for Engagements, Weddings, Special Events and Commercial Photography.

Based in Rossland, British Columbia, Canada and also serving the West Kootenay area including Trail, Castlegar, Nelson. I love to travel! Contact me if you'd like to book Dogwood for a session or event outside of the Koots!