Canada Family Photographers

Photographers in Canada for Family, Vacation, Birth

There’s no better way to remember family reunions, graduations, surprise parties, dinner parties, and anniversaries than with the help of a documentary family photographer. The accredited photographers of the Canada Family Photojournalist Association can help you organize the perfect at-home or outdoor family photo session:

Map of FPJA Family Photographers Serving Canada

8 Available Documentary Family Photographers...

Portrait of Ontario family photographer Ang Waterton, of Canada

My work focuses on the joy and wonder that come with exploration and showing family members how they love and are loved by others. I listen more than I talk and find people completely fascinating, so I try to show this through my photos. Apart from being the owner of Moment.us Photography, I'm a wife, cook, traveler, bibliophile, and prosecco drinker, and I'm a master at rationalising the decision to have cake for breakfast. I'm based in Cornwall, ON but have dual citizenship with the UK, and try to travel over there - and elsewhere - at least twice a year. My own love for exploring our world means that I'm drawn to making photos that show what happens when we engage with the people and the world around us. I shoot from the heart and try to show each of my families what the soul of their family looks like through allllll the mood swings of childhood. I dig families who show tenderness and glee, but also mischief - it's not uncommon to hear me giggling quietly behind my camera while someone gets themselves into trouble. Parents with wry humour and a realistic outlook on what it's like to survive the chaos of childhood while their children run around in mismatched (or absent) clothes? They're my favourite. Parenthood is TOUGH. So, I try to honour parents by showing them compassionate and humorous little reminders of the fact that they're doing their best to keep their tiny (and not-so-tiny) humans alive and every day.

British Columbia family photographer Bobbi Barbarich, of Canada

Your family means everything to you. You want to hold on to the fleeting moments that pass all too quickly. Tiny expressions that define who they are, the way they move their hands when they talk, how they play with each other and with you. Hello, I am Bobbi Barbarich, an award-winning photographer from Nelson BC. My work focuses on how to capture the essence of your family's relationships. While we might spend a few minutes creating a posed portrait, that's not why you'd hire me. You want images that will bring you back to this time in their tender infancy, their exuberant toddler curiosity, their awkward pre-teen years, their bodies as they morph into adults, and your parents as they begin to slow down. I grew up in northern Alberta, dreaming of a travel photographer's life as I meandered in wheat fields and tried to take pictures of bugs and barbed wire. I've now been a professional photographer for 10 years, attending college in Edmonton, Alberta and moving to Nelson BC thereafter to photograph people living their lives to the fullest. While I didn't grow to become a travel photographer, my curiosity about life and illustrating with my camera did lead me to something I feel is more important: the lives we live every day. Let me capture that for you, so you and your future generations can cherish it as you do.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
Quebec and Montreal are home to documentary family photographer Adeline Leonti

I choose to photograph and document Life! True moments, emotions, connections, the love and the essence of your family is what I love to capture in real-life. I feel very privileged to "tell the story" of memorable and precious moments of your life, capturing all the authenticity of your environment. I particularly love documenting birth stories. Witness and honor the sacred experience of womanhood is something that heartily interests me.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA
KIngston, Ontario Family Photographer Viara Mileva

I was born in Bulgaria, and have lived in the United Kingdom, Saskatchewan, Toronto, and the Netherlands. Before becoming a family photographer, I was a parenting scientist. I got a PhD, analyzing thousands of mothers playing with their babies and I learned to notice tiny changes in facial expressions, small movements, and family dynamics. These are important to my photography today. I now live on an acreage near Kingston, with my husband, three children, and a menagerie of animals. My days are spent with the crow of roosters out the window, while I drink ALL the coffee and spread the joy of loving your life, loving your real self, and being forgiving of yourself as a parent.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
Montreal Documentary Family Photographer Esther Gibbons

As a kid, I was a nerdy tomboy who devoured books and played kickball in the street. I used to page through my dad’s dusty old National Geographic magazines, falling in love with certain pictures. I would clip out my favourites with scissors and remix them as collages. … A marble statue jutting out of a black lava field. A boy with grimy hands holding a bouquet of radishes. A girl changing the oil under her pickup truck. A fisherman’s wrinkled grin. … I think looking through those pictures is when I first fell in love with photos. I didn’t start taking photos until I was an adult. While working as a French-to-English translator, I enrolled in an evening photography class for fun. And got hooked. I quit my day job in 2013 and now I spend my time meeting new people, shooting their weddings and making beautiful family photos. I offer photojournalistic style photography for families who want natural family photos that don’t involve posing. During day-in-the-life photo sessions, I follow you and take candid photos as your family spends the day together. This session can be as unique as your family. Make it your own by including activities that are part of your family’s story. You can include family routines like a favourite meal or a popular bedtime story. You can include the kids’ sports, a backyard play session or a family BBQ. You can include a special outing to a place you love to visit or simply stay in your cozy home all day. Documentary family sessions are longer than typical family portrait sessions. This allows the kids to become accustomed to my presence and play naturally. Grown-ups also usually need some time to relax in front of the camera. These longer sessions allow real moments to develop spontaneously. This way, your family’s unique personality can shine!

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist
Justine Boulin is a family photojournalist from Vancouver, Canada

I’m a Vancouver-based photographer, light-chaser, and hockey mom to 2 energetic boys who love to get up before the sun does. I want to photograph what's real. Real stories, real relationships and real personalities - the perfectly imperfection of it all. I photograph in a documentary style and I can really credit that to my kids. ha! When my oldest was a baby and I was still learning how to take an actual photo, I realized around the time when he was 6 months old that I was photographing all these set up moments and that really wasn't what our life was like during that time. As chaotic and messy as it was with a newborn baby at home and 2 very sleep deprived parents, it was also beautiful in it's own way. It might sound crazy, but it was that beautiful and chaotic mess that I wanted to remember. The realness of life and the love. So I started just simply documenting. I also hated the idea of constantly having to tell them to do this or do that and my husband was also defiantly not into posing for photos. It just seemed the natural way to go. And now looking back at those photos, I LOVE them and what they represent and the memories they bring up. A lot of that 'why I shoot this way' has carried over to my family & wedding work (and of course birth, which really can't be anything but documentary). I LOVE watching how families interact and documenting those relationships. As humans, we're so complex and our lives our intertwined in so many intricate ways, especially in families. Trying to show that in photographs, that THIS here is your family is challenging and rewarding. And the same for weddings but on a bigger scale. The relationship between the couple of course, but also with everyone else attending - their siblings, and parents, and grandparents. Capturing a person's personality (especially when they think no one is looking or have forgotten about the camera) - who they are and their relationship with those closest to them is always something I'm thinking of when I'm shooting. What you end up with is this very honest record of the day- whether that be a wedding day or a 'day in your life' family session.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA
Lívia Delgado photographs families in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.

Born in Teresópolis, a mountain town in the State of Rio de Janeiro, I grew up surrounded by an incredible family and inspiring wolves From an early age I got used to admiring the beautiful and the arts as ways of seeing reality. Graduated in Law, I exercise until today the profession with passion and dedication, qualities that I transpose to all the domains of my personal and professional life. The photograph arose from the need to record my wandering around the world and the people who make my universe more beautiful and happy. Then, I began to study photography technique with a keen eye, in order to eternalize everything that poetically my eyes and lenses can capture. However, no teacher or book is able to teach us to open the soul of the photographed, which is only possible if he generously wants to share his inner world and his experiences.

Lifestyle Photojournalist
Chris Shum is a San Francisco based Family Photojournalist.

Ever since I was a teenager, I have always enjoyed taking pictures with the camera my dad passed onto me, capturing the things, people and places around me. In 2007, I decided to turn this passion of mine into my career. Since then I have been shooting weddings, engagements, special events, family, kids and babies. I love telling stories with my camera, and my pictures demonstrated my characteristic style and unique perspective, simple yet elegant. I take great pride to apply my skills and talent to document the important and precious moments of life of my clients into lasting fine art pictures. It gives me great satisfaction to be able to capture these memories for my clients so they can cherish a lifetime.

Member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association - WPJA Lifestyle Photojournalist