baby lux

Lux is a baby with a name so delightful that its hard to imagine a better one. And whats more amazing is that she photographs that good too. This was probably the easiest new-born shoot we've ever done. Spencer and Carly's house is basically a studio. Everything is white, the light streams in through the many windows, and there is no shortage of cute vintage things to put a baby on. We also brought along a stunning garland made by the incredible Kari from Confetti Floral Design. Vancouver needs more babies. 

We want to photograph your babies.

And your engagements.

And your weddings.

the order isn't crucial. 

enjoy these.

P.S. Lux's shoot was also featured on Grey Like Baby. Check it out here.

Styling by the incredible: Aly Sczebel

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Friday Fall Favourites

“As a reader I loathe introductions...Introductions inhibit pleasure, they kill the joy of anticipation, they frustrate curiosity.” Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird)

Harper said it best, so as the writer in this case, I'll try to keep it short and sweet. We at Green Ginger wanted to share our favourite things with our favourite, faithful, supporters. Things we love, basically things that remind us of childhood, things that warm us from our toes to our souls. Thank heaven for Fall! Without further anticipation, our favourite things...


1. A wool coat: This 1960's Icelandic Wool Coat is a vintage from Allen Company. You can find their Etsy shop here.

2. Living in Vancouver, it's practically impossible to survive without an umbrella. Out with the black, in with the fun patterns. I tired to locate where this umbrella can be bought but sadly no luck. None the less, I love it. If anyone out there knows where I can get my hands on it, holler!

3. With those winter braids we have to make sure those ears are also dressed the part. These geometric beauties are from A Merry Mishap. You can buy them at her shop here.

4. A fall evening isn't the same without a comfy blanket to wrap your self in. This faux fur throw one is from Chapters, but you can buy it online here. Restoration Hardware also has an incredible version.

5. Cute ankle boots! These gems are from Urban Outfitters. With a variety of colours  and on sale, a must buy.

6. I've been drooling over this oversized bag for weeks. This handmade beauty is from an Etsy shop called Patkas

7. Cozy scarf. I love this one from Anthropologie. Pretty and Practical. Can't go wrong with that.

8. Lastly a good book. To Kill a Mockingbird in one of my favourite books of all time. Always a good read. 

Swallow your pride this fall

Let's be honest. Fall rolls around and you want a whole new wardrobe. Summer isn't really a exciting time to shop. Shorts are shorts and tank tops can only be so exciting. But just when you are beginning to feel the summer slump, cue fall. With its layers and rich colors, and heavy fabrics. My heart starts beating a little faster and I feel the urge to shop.

Unfortunately my budget doesn't allow for a glorious Fall weekend away in Paris but I have stumbled upon some local, cute fall options. Everything on this board is under $50. Can't beat that!

I was sick of hearing all the hype about Oldnavy Rockstar colored jeans so I thought I would go see for myself if these jeans lived up to their praise. For 19 bucks (cheaper if you have a coupon... I had 30% off) and pretty much every color under the rainbow, polka dots, cord, neutral and classic jean, I was starting to think this was too good to be true.

So I tried them on, grabbed a 6... I'm pretty consistently a 6. Tried to get them on, tried being the main word here. After trying and failing to make the 8 work, I swallowed my pride, "Can I try a 10?" All the while muttering under my breath even if these damn pants it no way I'm buying them. Size 10. Fit like a charm.

Guess what I walked out with?




(to see where you could get these fabulous pieces click here)

What to wear - engagement + portrait sessions - Summer edition

My name is Als, sister to this crazy husband and wife photographing duo. I've had the privilege of walking along with Tina and Josh through getting where Green Ginger is today. It's been such a joy to see Josh and Tina really pursue and establish their vision for the company. Like a proud mama, I'm watching them leave the nest, and it really is beautiful. Before the tears start flowing I’ll make this short and sweet. Tina asked me to guest post while they are off gallivanting in Europe. Just a little filler post, they are going to get home and upload all their amazing photos from their trip and this post will slowly melt away from your memory, which is the way it should be. Something to wet the whistle of  the adoring Green Ginger fans.

Summer is coming, (for all Vancouver residents can I hear a “Finally!”) here are a couple tips for looking your best and standing out in your photos.

1.     Don’t be afraid of color. This time of year your backgrounds are typically going to want to compete for the camera’s attention. Wild flowers, ocean, lush green trees, they all scream, “Look at me!”. And although we would encourage you not to wear something that screams “Look at me!” (because you’ll typically regret it later.) don’t be afraid to stand out.

2.     Don’t try to match your background….or each other. If you’re doing an ocean shoot, we don’t recommend wearing blue. I know everything inside of your little Kaki’s and tri-colored polo loving stuff, can’t fathom why that’s a bad idea. I’ve seen it done, many times, two reasons why Green Ginger feels strongly about not “matching’ 1. You blend into your background and we can’t see you. 2. We want to see your individual personalities. You want to look back on your photos and think, “I remember when little Johnny wouldn’t take of that batman cape…. That was a special, smelly season.”

3.     Be comfortable! Summer is the time for picnics and pool parties. Don’t forget to bring your favorite summer activity to the shoot or be ready for a water fight, sidewalk chalk marathon or an impromptu tea party. Have fun.

Green Ginger still has dates available for July & August… book soon as spots are disappearing as fast as a bowl of Smarties at fat kids birthday! (Tina that reference was for you…. You know I love you like a fat kid loves Smarties.)


our most frequently asked question- family edition:


I put together a "but what do we wear" guideline to help when your staring into the family closet and drawing a blank.

Green Ginger's guidelines to the well dressed family:

1. Coordinate-don't match. You don't want to look like the braidy bunch. Ever read awkward family photos? We know from experience there is nothing worse then a family in all denim.

2. Pick a color pallet and have fun with texture and patterns. Get crazy! Mix sequins and stripes and plaid. If you're under the age of 10 you can pretty much get away with murder in the fashion world. Fun clothes and accessories add pops of interest to photos.

3. Let your kids get involved. If your three year old hates tights and you stick her in tights the whole family will suffer. Try out skinny jeans and leg warmers instead. A comfy kid equals a happy kid, and that equals a happy family. Green Ginger loves happy families.

4. Bring along Mr Cuddles or whatever that object of fun and comfort might be. We've seen it all from trucks, blankies, tiaras, rubber boots and even a stuffed hippo with missing eyes. If we can make "big eyes" work we can incorporate pretty much anything. Whatever floats your boat, it creates a story and it'll make for fun memories.

5. Dress warm in cold weather. In Vancouver we don't get too many snowy days but we do get lots of cold ones. Winter, outdoor, shoots can be tricky and here's what we've learned. Layer, layer, layer. You can't see the cute outfit if it's all under a big puffy jacket. In photos, kids get lost in winter jackets.  We want to see the tutu and the pearls. A happy medium is to layer! Undershirts, long sleeves, vests, sweaters, scarves, mittens, hats, leg warmers (for arms or legs) and boots.

Those are a few helpful tips we've come up with to help you have a smooth family portrait session this Christmas season. Looking forward to having, fashionable, warm, fun with you soon!