Natural light self portrait of a photographer with long hair and red lipstickVancouver Portrait Photographer | Head Shot Photography | Photography by Angela McConnell Welcome to Photography by Angela McConnell!

I want to share with you why I love taking portraits of people. I love the one on one interaction in the studio and gaining trust when you feel a bit vulnerable - I know exactly how that feels, I've been there too! But there is nothing like looking through images from a photoshoot session and seeing you open up and suddenly shine, showing me your true uninhibited self - the beauty that everyone else sees when they know and love you.

"But I need to lose weight" 
"I'm not photogenic"

Record beautiful images of yourself no matter how you feel today. These images should be a record for you to pass onto your family just as our grandparents and great-grandparents passed on their visual history to us. I want to work with you to ensure that you have a fantastic time during your session and feel comfortable and beautiful. 


Below is some information that you may find useful about a photoshoot session with me, or click the button below to get in touch and organise a complimentary consultation to discuss what sort of session would best suit you and your style.


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Before your Photoshoot Session

We will either meet in person, online via Skype/Google Chat or have a chat on the phone for a complimentary consultation. I want to help you design your perfect session and how you would like to be photographed, so we will talk about your personal style and which images on my website have resonated most with you. 

We will also discuss what you would like to do with your images and how you want them to be displayed.

Do you love to have art decorating your walls?
Framed prints may work best for you (prices start at $175)

Is this photoshoot something special just for you or a loved one?
If that is the case then maybe a Folio Collection would suit better (prices start at $1100)

If we are meeting in person, I will have samples that you can see and feel to make sure each product is right for you.


What to expect from your photoshoot session

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Hair and Make up

My team of professional freelance makeup artists are experienced in creating hair and makeup that complements both your skin tone and outfit choices to give you a stunning make over that you are completely comfortable with.

This also an opportunity for you to really treat yourself prior to your photoshoot session. A gorgeous new hair colour, a manicure or spa treatment is a great idea a couple of weeks before the session.

Depending on the type of photoshoot session you request, hair and makeup normally takes between 30 and 60 minutes.

Quick Tips

  • Hair colour is best done one to two weeks before the photoshoot session. 

  • Nails are best either natural (no nail polish) or freshly painted in your favourite shade.

  • Make sure you book a nice dinner, or night out with friends or family because you will look amazing!


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Bring whatever you would love to have photos in....your favourite outfits, maybe those special items that you bought but never have a reason to wear?

It could be your beautiful wedding dress, an iconic Little Black Dress, a vintage piece or your favourite "girls' night out" outfit.

We all have outfits we buy, that sit in our wardrobes waiting for the perfect excuse to be worn.....this is the time to wear it!

Your outfit choices should feel like you, so they reflect your personal style so that you feel relaxed and as comfortable as possible.

Quick Tips

  • Solid colours work better than florals or prints, but if you love prints and that is your style then bring them along too.
  • Form fitting clothing will look much better on camera as they will accentuate your shape, rather than looser cuts.
  • Don’t forget to bring underwear that matches your outfit choices, such as nude coloured pieces for lighter outfits, or strapless bras.
  • Think about bringing more outfit options than you think you might want – it’s much better to have more choices than to regret leaving something at home.
  • Bring as many accessories (earrings, necklaces, bracelets, belts, hairpieces) as you like, but you will not need to worry about shoes.
  • Want to go shopping for something special? Check out online clothing websites like ASOS, rent a fabulous designer gown from Canada based Flaunt Fashion Library, try out some local vintage stores, or for something one of a kind, local designers.
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During your session

We will go through the outfits you have brought along with you to work out which items will look great on camera. Normally we start off with casual/smart-casual looks, and work our way up to your more “glam” items – I also have studio pieces that we will have access to. We will make sure that we included your absolute favourite items.

Once we have selected your outfits, and your hair and makeup is done, I will have a quick chat with you so you know what sort of direction I will be giving you during your photoshoot session.
You don't need to be a model for a photoshoot, we work together and I will help guide you through a variety of poses to best compliment your body.

Music is normally played during your photoshoot session, so if you have a favourite playlist, bring your phone along with you!

This is what some of my previous clients have shared about their photoshoot sessions 
It was lovely to work with Angela - an all around amazing experience.  Angela is very easy to talk to, gives great instruction and made me feel more comfortable on the day then I thought possible. The finished pics are beautiful and I am grateful. I can highly recommend Angela - she does brilliant work!




After your Session Folio Collection with custom USB | Photography by Angela McConnellFolio Collection with custom USB | Photography by Angela McConnellImages of print products available for clients to purchase from their photoshoot session.

Your images will be ready to view approximately 10 to 14 business days after your photoshoot session (unless otherwise specified).

You will be able to see samples of the products I offer if we haven’t already gone through them. I will show you between 25 and 30 finished, edited images from your session. From there you will make selections of your favourite images to purchase. You only purchase the images you absolutely love, but I am sure that there will be images that you won’t be able to leave behind!

This consultation can be arranged to be held either at the studio, at your home or a location that is most convenient for you.

"Why would I need so many images of myself"

You don’t have to keep all the images for yourself.
I have had clients who gift some of the images to family members, as they make great Christmas or birthday presents for mum, dad or grandparents. If you don’t feel like sharing them, you can display folio collection images in a frame on the wall, and when you feel like a change swap them out for a different image

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