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June Promo: Family Portraits, 5 for $75 (save 50%)

Mother and Daughter Portrait © 2014 Jenn Lin Photography

For the month of June, I will be offering 1-hour on-location and outdoor portrait sessions in Vancouver for parents with their young children at a promotional rate of $75. Families will receive 5 non-watermarked edited photos in digital format. Must be comfortable appearing in promotional materials, online and off.

PLEASE NOTE: this promotion does not apply for newborn or infant photography;

This offer expires June 30th, 2014.

E-mail jennlinphotography (at) gmail (.) com to book or for more information.

Happy Mother’s Day

A Mother, Son, Dog, and a Mustang

Ford, Mustang, Vintage, baby blue, light blue, sky blue, car, car photoshoot, car shoot, dog, portrait photographer, vancouver, bc

This is one of my favourite shoots to date. I already love dog portraiture, and I’m super glad that I was able to create these images as a Mother’s Day gift. Working with Sean, Sue, and Cujo the dog for the day really reminded me about why I love photography. (Cujo didn’t really live up to his name, but I’m glad. Haha.) Throw in the vintage Ford Mustang and it couldn’t get any better! Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments section, thanks :) —JL

Habitat Island Shoot

This is a couples portrait session I did on Valentine’s Day—my very first! Because the weather had been cloudy with showers that day, by the time magic hour hit we had really awesome looking clouds to work with.

This series was shot on Habitat Island in the False Creek area in Vancouver.

What You Can Do with a 115cm-wide Reflector

A photo of Melody Tymm taken during the 11th annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival at Slocan Park, Vancouver, BC.

Shown here in costume is Melody. One of the entertainers I met at the Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival last month, she agreed to let me do a little experiment! Below is a comparison I made to illustrate the difference between natural light portraiture (without any modifiers) and natural light portraiture using a modifier (a 115cm-wide silver-sided reflector to be exact).

Melody Tymm at the 11th annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival © 2013 Jenn Lin Photography

Natural light alone vs. natural light with a silver-sided reflector

With the sun shining to the west at around 5:30pm, I had my assistant for the day stand south-east of Melody and hold the reflector in the direction of the sun, tilting it until the light was bounced onto Melody. Had we had spent more time playing with the angle, we probably could have eliminated the shadow which is appearing between Melody’s right cheek and nose. Yet it’s the shadow which gives her so much dimension. IMO, the silver side of the reflector gave Melody a nice glow and made her really pop out from the background. (I would advise using the golden side unless you want to give your subject an orange tan.)

Reflectors are relatively cheap, they’re effective, they keep working until the sun sets, and they can make your photos/subjects look more interesting. (See “Working with Thomas” and “Darren’s Headshots” for more examples of photos I’ve created with a reflector.) The only thing is that they take a bit of work to get them back into the little circular pouch they come in—but other than that, they’re an awesome tool to use (if you’re not in a hurry).

Hope you enjoyed reading! Until next time,


Working with Thomas

© 2013 Jenn Lin Photography

I’ve known Thomas since 8th grade; I think my earliest memory of him was seeing him sit in front of me in Band class. He played the flute beautifully, and still does today—a result of determination and many years of hard work. In the studio, he was a natural and a pleasure to work with; I’m really glad that I had the chance to shoot some pictures of him while he was in town this past summer. Read More


© 2013 Jenn Lin Photography

Some exciting news! Yesterday I decided to set up a little studio in my parents’ empty basement suite. It’s got white walls, three windows, and a door which brings in a lot of light. I can’t believe I didn’t think of this sooner—it’s pretty much the perfect set-up at no cost! Then, I invited my good friend Darren over and we practised shooting headshots! I didn’t have an assistant handy, but I managed to prop up my giant silver reflector against a spare tripod. And here’s the result!

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Why I Shoot Events

Table decoration by Jenn Lin 07-29-2013

Mid-way through an event I was asked to shoot one evening, a surprise retirement party, it occurred to me that I was really tired. Firing shot after shot—and quickly making the creative and technical decisions for each—can be pretty exhausting. I can only imagine the kind of stress that wedding photographers go through.

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