Child Portraiture...with Personality!

Kirsten Laufer Photography in the Schools:

School Portraiture...with Personality!

"The pictures are super cute by the way and I nearly died when I saw the class photo.  We love the photos and WILL be ordering some...that is L's natural unabashed smile!"

-Preschool parent

"Thank you so much! I definitely teared up when seeing her photos :)" -Preschool parent

"Thank you so much! We love them! You are awesome - I can never get her to smile for me. "

-Preschool parent

"I just wanted to say thank you for your beautiful photos of my son at his daycare! I had to buy all of the digital copies because I loved all of them. You really caught his personality. I was worried about his temperament because the day that you took the pictures was his first full day in daycare but you would never know it by the photos!" 

-Daycare parent

"I booked a 3-minute spot for class photos for both of my girls and, while Kirsten was extremely busy, she made it very personable for each child! She was a machine! My girls had a great time posing for her and all the photos turned out amazing! I think this will be our go-to every year now <3 Thank you so much!!"

-Elementary parent

"Kirsten, the photos you took of our daughter today at preschool are incredible.  You have managed to capture so much of the essence of who she is at this point in her life!  Thank you, it has brought tears to my eyes as I scroll through...we will definitely be placing an order for more than just the class photo this year."

-Preschool parent, autumn 2019

"Kirsten came to my daughter’s preschool for end of school year photos and I loved all the photos I received, I received 18 proofs. Kirsten was friendly, patient and was able to capture smiles and eye contact while making my daughter feel relaxed and happy during the entire shoot. The pricing is affordable with lots of download, print and photo packages to choose from. The best part was the turnaround time, the shoot happened on Thursday and I got the proofs on Sat! Will definitely consider her if we do any kind of photo shoot in the future and I definitely recommend her work!"

-Preschool parent

Are you looking for a school photographer whose photo sessions capture

the natural joy of childhood? 

Do your families want less of a mug shot and more true memories of their children as they are at this point in time - the laughter, the smiles, the fun?  

"I just wanted to say thank you for the amazing pictures you have taken for B. He had photos taken in the past by other professionals, but I could tell by his smile that he truly enjoyed it this time. Whatever you did on that day it worked!  You were able to capture his genuine smile and the real him. These pictures will be a wonderful memory! Thank you, Kirsten!"

-Mary, mom to preschool client, June 2019

Welcome to Kirsten Laufer Photography!



A little more about me: I am a child photographer who specializes in early childhood.  The photos I capture are the smiles, the games, the laughter, the attitude and personality that comes with childhood.  Over the past few years, I've expanded my services into the schools - providing local schools with a personalized studio experience that your parents will love and cherish. 

I am a mom to two crazy little boys, little men who alternate between putting smiles on my face and grey hairs on my head.  As your photographer, my goal is to capture the photographs and memories I'd like to have of my own children - the authentic childhood, the natural, the candid, the fun.  I also am pleased to offer a range of additional services - class photos, sibling photos, free staff headshots, graduation photos, and event photography, among others.  Please see my sample gallery at the bottom of this page for additional sample images!

Advantages of working with Kirsten Laufer Photography

  • No fees required from school for portraiture work...ever.

  • Digital galleries of at least 6-10 high-resolution images per child.

  • Digital order forms: no paper order forms nor moneys collected by school.

  • FREE digital copies of student photos and staff headshots for internal school purposes.

  • One-stop shop for all photography needs: portraits, graduation, events, website, fundraising.

  • Flexible and customizable services to meet your school's specific requirements.

...some of the nitty-gritty details

  • 100% locally-owned business.

  • Photographer with a degree & professional background in education.

  • #boymom who "gets childhood" and lives it every day.

  • Experienced and professional.

  • Variety of deluxe backdrops and sets available.

  • Digital and print packages available at a range of price points.

  • Fully licensed and insured; background check available upon request.


Pricing Information:

Please see my sample price list for more information.

I am happy to work with each school's unique needs, include modifications to this price list as requested.  

Please contact me for further details - 604.330.3933 or

 Satisfied Clients Include


Aves Early Education Centre - Richmond (2 locations)

Bright Eyes Academy - Ladner and North Delta (3 locations)

BrightStart Children's Academy - Burnaby, Coquitlam, Poco, Surrey (4 locations)

Caterpillar Fun House - North Delta and Surrey (3 locations)

CEFA Guildford -Surrey 

CEFA Richmond South - Richmond

City Hall Child Care Society - Vancouver (fundraising)

C&S Preschool - Ladner

Elite Montessori Academy - Vancouver

Harvard Montessori Academy - North Delta
Lil' Saints Preschool - Ladner

Little Friends Tsawwassen

Little Maples Preschool - Richmond

Noah's Ark School - Richmond

Reach Preschool - Ladner and North Delta

Renaissance Kids - Richmond and Tsawwassen

SOAR Inclusive Preschool - Richmond
Southpointe Academy - Tsawwassen (event photography)
Steveston Community Centre Preschools - Richmond

Wesbrook Preschool - Vancouver
Write Choice Early Learning Centre - Coquitlam

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...from parents...






















"From beginning to end, we had an amazing experience using Kirsten Laufer Photography for our school's individual and class portraits. Kirsten is kind and extremely flexible to work with, and we were thrilled with the quality of the portraits, and at how quickly they were returned to us! Thank you Kirsten, looking forward to having you back next year!"

- Shelby, Renaissance Kids (Tsawwassen)

"My centre chose to go with Kirsten Laufer for our school photography needs as she  had been highly recommended to us.  Having her be our school photographer was the best decision we could have made for photography purposes.  Kirsten is professional and amazingly talented at what she does.  Most importantly though, her friendly, outgoing, cheerful, and kind-hearted personality made all of the children at our centre warm up to her quickly and feel so comfortable around her.  As such, the photos she was able to capture of the children were truly spectacular and all of the parents have been thrilled with her work.  I highly recommend Kirsten to other centres without reservation and I will be using her photography services for all our events in the future!  Thank you Kirsten for all that you do!"

- Tania, Aves Early Education Inc. 

We have used Kirsten for our daycare and preschool (children aged 1-5 years old) photos for a couple of years now, we love how quickly she is able to capture each child’s genuine smile.  We would say Kirsten is set apart from other photographers with her speed in presenting the proofs for families along with how promptly the families receive their photos after placing the order!  Our families all really love the photos as shown by the great response in orders that we receive from our families! Kirsten takes care of it all which is lovely for the administrators of our programs!”

- Lauren, Bright Eyes Academy

"Kirsten is a wonderful photographer who makes her subjects feel at ease. She is professional but exudes warmth and her ability to draw out genuine expressions from both children and adults is apparent in the photos she takes. We were so pleased with the quality of the photos and the flexibility that Kirsten had in working with us--meeting our needs without any hesitation or issues. We would happily recommend her to any school or family seeking out her services and look forward to working with her again!"

- Dania, Renaissance Kids (Richmond)

"We are so happy to have found Kirsten Laufer Photography. She has done class photos and individual photos for our 3 and 4 year olds classes, a winter themed photo shoot fundraiser for families at our preschool and most recently graduation photos! Kirsten is professional, efficient and patient. Kirsten offers a variety of photo packages that work for everyone’s budgets and ordering needs! We look forward to all of our future photo sessions with Kirsten in our Preschool."

-Shantel, Little Friends Preschool Tsawwassen

"Kirsten!!!!  The preschool class roar photo is PERFECTION!!!  I wish my son had been there for it!  The individuals are so good too!  It's going to be so hard to choose!"

-Preschool parent, autumn 2019

"Kirsten did an amazing job taking photos of my two boys. It's always hard taking photos of the toddler age great because you never know what kind of mood they will be in. Kirsten is patient and able to direct the boys to do poses that I normally would not have been able to do. Nobody could have done a better job capturing a special milestone for my boys. She's been taking their school photos for two years now and it's an absolute joy to look at those photos" 

-Daycare/elementary parent

"Kirsten, I have never seen pictures of my daughter as beautiful as the ones you have captured.  We have never been able to get her to smile a natural smile in photos before!  We are absolutely thrilled with them"

-Preschool parent

...and from a few teachers:

"I just finally had a chance to look at the photos. I have no words - they are absolutely adorable and gorgeous!  I actually got teary over a couple of them. You captured them so well."

-Preschool teacher

"I love M's photos so much!...Holy smokes! 

Good work!"

-Preschoool parent

"I just wanted to say: Really AWESOME photos!  You are terrific!  I truly mean it.  I've been working in education for twenty years, and have never seen student portraits as beautiful as the ones you've captured...not just at our own school, but hands-down the best school photos I have ever seen, at any school." 

-Elementary teacher

 Sample Work


The parents of the children whose photos are contained within have granted me explicit permission to use their photos as sample images; the majority of these children were part of a model call held explicitly for the purposes of this site.  I never share images unless I have full permission directly from the family to do so.

And the little guy in the raccoon shirt mugging for the camera around my page and at the bottom of this gallery?  That's my own 4-year-old - the little man who is equally the inspiration for my work and the exhaustion he brings to my life.  (And by far my most challenging client yet!) 

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