Family 

Photography

Celebrate those important milestones as a family. Baby photos, family gatherings, or just a fun photoshoot to celebrate a birthday. We provide competitive prices and outstanding professional service at our elegant Burnaby studio or on-location. 

Our mission is to provide amazing studio photography with more options and styles than department store studios. We pride ourselves on having some of the best pricing in the industry backed by our 40+ years of experience.

How to Prepare for Family Photos

With a bit of prep you can ensure that your family photoshoot is perfect and celebrates your very best. Here are some tips to help you plan your family photo session.

Clothing

Great to Coordinate.

Coordinating outfits is always best. Dark shirts + khakis or black turtlenecks + jeans look great in a family photo. Keep the design of the outfits simple so as not to date your photos. Try not mix casual and formal attire unless you really have style.

Glasses

Glasses are cool.

 Glare is not.

Wearing glasses may result in glass glare and/or shadows on the face, and are more difficult to retouch. For best results, please consider asking your child to remove their glasses for their photos.

Grooming

Looking your best.

Make sure shoes are clean and/or polished as we will be taking full-length shots. Please check that hair is groomed and neat, especially children's. Hair cuts should be booked a week in advance for the best look. Hats are not recommended.

Clothing

More Advice

  1. Bright and solid colours make for the best photos.

  2. Please avoid solid white clothing or solid green clothing.

  3. Long-sleeves are preferred. Tank tops are not recommended.

  4. Ensure your family's hair is neat and well-groomed.

  5. It is best to schedule haircuts one week before photo day.

  6. Jackets are not recommended unless with a suit or as a prop.

 
 

FAMILY PHOTO FAQ

What are some tips for great photos?


Long sleeves are recommended, and small patterns or solid bright colours photograph best. Avoid wearing stripes or very pale colours. It's also best to avoid wearing green or solid white if your school is being photographed using green screen technology. Hair should be neat.




Can I order if I missed the Due Date?


Yes. If the photo orders have already been picked up from your school, please go online to myorder.mountainwest.ca and use the login code from your order envelope. Orders will be shipped directly to your home.




Where’s our class group photo?


Due to COVID, Mountain West is producing class group composites in place of class group photos. Most schools that have individual portraits taken in the Fall have their group photos taken in the Spring. If a school opts for group photos in the Fall, the group photos will most often arrive after the individual portraits.




I'm not 100% satisfied with my photos. Can I get retakes?


Due to COVID, second photo days will be scheduled if not restricted by provincial COVID guidelines. Parents will be informed by the school if a confirmed retake date is scheduled.




May I pay by cheque?


Yes, as long as the parent (or guardian)’s name, address, and phone number are printed on the cheque and made payable to Mountain West Studios Ltd. We do NOT accept postdated cheques.




I like the package I’ve received. Can I order more?


Yes! Order more photos online at myorder.mountainwest.ca.




I have kids in multiple schools. Why are the prices different?


We offer differential pricing based upon the program offered to your school. However, online prices are lower than ordering at school. Ordering online is your best value, provides the quickest turnaround and packages are shipped directly to the home.




Do you have a family plan?


Yes. For families with three or more children ordering online, you will receive a 25% discount that will automatically be applied to your order.




Are the finished enlargements exactly like the previews?


Previews are not colour-corrected for printing purposes. The finished enlargements will be "cropped" slightly (excess background removed), and corrected for density, colour, and position. Any remnants of green from the replacement background will also be removed completely.





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