glowing mom to be | victoria bc maternity photographer

I met up with this lovely family a few weeks ago and had such a good time photographing them. We went out for a coffee and then enjoyed the warmer weather down at the beach. I couldn't stop smiling while editing these - such a happy and sweet family. Mom has the cutest belly ever! And this little guy will be such an awesome big brother.

baby makes 5 | victoria bc family photographer

Teresa has the cutest baby bump and the most adorable little men. We got together one evening to take some photos before life runs away with us and this baby makes his/her appearance.

What’s crazy is that it feels just like yesterday that I was doing her last maternity shoot. But her boys are little guys now, throwing rocks, climbing trees and doing little cute boy stuff.  

Here are some of my favourites from our evening walk to the beach…

sweet family of five | victoria bc family photographer

earlier this week i got chance to spend a lovely fall afternoon with this family of five. i was a little nervous before i got to their place because they have some pretty talented photographers in their family/friends circle. 

however, i was relieved when i realized they were guinea pig pro's (from being photographed so much). they were so relaxed and easy going, it made for a great family shoot. i actually didn't want to go home. my only regret is that we don't live closer. if we did, i am sure mom and i would commiserate together during peak seasons as both our husbands are chefs. and we both love coffee. and more than likely wine - haha.

and their kids are seriously so sweet. they showed me their rooms, lego builds, crystals and drawings. it was such a pleasure getting to know them all!

here are some of my fav shots from their shoot...

morning play date | victoria bc family photographer

i've been photographing these littles from the time they were tiny newborns. and every year i look forward to seeing them and capturing their family photos. and every year we get one step closer to getting a photo of brother and sister smiling in the same frame - haha

this year we met up at the beach. when i walked down to the shore there was no one there but an eagle perched on some driftwood which was amazing to see! it was a really beautiful morning, the kids played and ran around, but before you knew it - the weather changed and it was time to go. so we hit up a coffee shop on the way into town. the kids warmed up and played while mom and dad got some time to chill.

here are some of my favourite photos from our morning together :)


backyard family fun | victoria bc photographer

last week-end i had the pleasure of photographing this busy family of 2 active boys. we decided to keep things as low key as possible. so we started off at home, i had a great time getting to know them all - the boys showed me around their backyard, their cool little garden with lots of treasures, all the veggies they helped mom grow. i felt pretty special when they built me some lego pieces, and i also met 'bear' and 'polar bear'.

after exploring and playing we went to the beach for a few snaps there and finished off back at home with sprinklers and cake! the perfect family shoot. i had so much fun. here are some of my favourite shots...

coffee date downtown | victoria bc family photographer

i met up with Des and the family this week for a photo shoot downtown, and boy was it ever a reminder of the cold here - far from that lovely sunshine in hawaii. luckily for me, kids seem to be resistant to the cold and the boys were happy to be outside. 

Des has the same problem that I have (and most of the moms I know!) which is - we are never in any photos, so I tried to get as many shots of her with the boys as possible. because i know she has a nice fancy camera at home filled with photos of all her boys.

After finishing her photos it has reminded me that mother's day is coming up. it will be a great time for me to start putting together a mothers day package for all you moms out there. stay tuned.

For now here are some shots from our coffee date downtown...

family full of love | victoria bc family photographer

every year i look forward to doing mike's family photos. his family is big, chaotic, loud and so much fun to hang out with. so without missing a beat - this year we all met up on boxing day to get photos done. my last photo session of 2013. 



fall favourites 2013 | belinda fontes photography :: maternity, newborn, child and family photographer, victoria BC

i had a great fall season! i couldn't ask for better clients. with every session - i enjoyed hanging out with each family, seeing how much the kids have grown, hear how everyone is doing, see babies get bigger, families grow larger and just spend time catching up. i loved doing fall minis this year, it was a great way for families to get their portraits for holiday cards to grandparents, family and friends in a short amount of time. I will probably start thinking of offering spring mini sessions in the new year, but in the mean time will look forward to doing what i love - which is photographing families in a photojournalistic way, in their homes, or hanging out at the places they love.

although I can't share every session or photo.... here are some of my favourites which i'm sure are safe to share :)


a walk to the beach | victoria bc family photographer

last week-end i met up with teresa and her sweet family of boys to get some updated family shots with little conor - their newest addition.  i had not seen conor since he was a tiny baby, and couldn't believe the adorable little dumpling he has become. time goes so fast! when we first started talking on where to go for a walk that day, iain really wanted to keep things down to earth and go where they always go for their walks as a family. so that's where we went ... and i am glad we kept things simple, as i think it is one of the prettiest locations on the island.

here are some of my favourites:

beautiful mama to be! | Victoria bc maternity photographer

I have been trying to catch up, having 3 kids at home all summer has not been easy! So I am stealing some time to put these up quickly, because I love them so much. This lovely couple is expecting their first baby soon, and I got a chance to hang out with them one summer night and take some images I hope they will enjoy. 

A & P - it was so great hanging out with you guys! Can't wait to meet baby xoxo