You Foto

You come to the studio
You bring your own camera and memory card
You bring your kids, pets, whatever you'd like to capture
We help you take your own amazing photos!

It’s simple, really.


You come visit us at our home studio, just as you would if you were coming to have photos done.
But you bring your own camera and memory card!


You also bring your baby/ kids/ friends/ dog/ cat/ goldfish – whatever you’d like to take an amazing photograph of.

(note – maybe not your baby, your dog, cat and fish all at the same time!    Unless you bring multiple friends as well!)


And from there, it’s really up to you!

– We help you understand your camera settings (if you’d like)

– We help you set up all the lights (if you’d like)

– We help explain all the little details of studio photos (if you’d like)

– And when you are ready, You take the photos! (with our help of course)


You learn more about your camera,
you learn more about taking amazing photos,
and when your friends ask “Who took that amazing photo?” you smile and say, “I did!”


You’ve invested in a good camera, why not take your own amazing photos?   We can help!

The Studio

From softboxes and beautydishes
to smoke machines and props,
we have you covered

Located in North Burnaby, BC – we are very fortunate to have a such a large, dedicated space at our disposal.

With large vaulted ceilings and ample natural light, we have everything needed to create amazing photos under our own roof.

Fully equipped with various backgrounds, multiple studio lights, light modifiers, meters, all sorts of gear, and yes, we even have a smoke machine if you are feeling adventurous!

We have a PC with Lightroom/ Photoshop and multiple ProArt monitors giving us the option to tether your camera to the computer so that we can review your photos as we take them.

Our studio is also pet friendly for those of you with animals that are not children!
(we like to confirm with all our guests – we have 2 very friendly (and furry) cats, so if allergies are of any concern, please let us know in advance so that we can prepare accordingly)

The home-based aspect has many added benefits, including a TV room with a variety of movies & games to keep little ones occupied while we work away with others.   Let us know who will be coming and we’ll be sure to have a 3D movie or activity ready to entertain them.

About Us

Passionate about sharing ideas

A team in every sense of the word

Derek does the bulk of the instruction and shooting.
He has captured everything from weddings and professional sports teams through performers and kids.
When not working or learning about photography (which seems to fill nearly all his time), you’ll find him in the garden growing veggies – which could be viewed as work, but he doesn’t think so.

Amanda is a photographer and assistant extraordinaire!
She has developed as a photographer herself and while she can pick up a camera and create amazing images, she is also an amazing assistant (in part thanks to her amazing attention to detail).
Amanda works both sides of sessions – she entertains and assists in a seamless dance that makes things flow just perfectly.

Max has his “work” area just off the studio.
Chances are he will lift his head from Minecraft just long enough to say hello.
Max is great at entertaining little brothers and sisters with the Wii or PlayStation or any of the hundreds of board games that have been collected over the years.  He is also the perfect subject when you need to test a lighting setup and you don’t want to use a stuffed animal.

The Background Story


This idea was born when we began chatting with other parents about the quality (unfortunately, not in a good way) of the school photos they were receiving each year.
Things really started to come together when we began receiving requests to ‘redo’ school photos – parents were looking for something more meaningful and genuine to capture those fleeting moments in their children’s lives.
Somewhat obvious – we rarely purchase school photos, if ever. That was the whole idea when we bought our first DSLR camera (way back in 2007!)
And with so many other parents having invested in decent quality cameras as well, we figured why not share what we have learnt (and our studio) and help other parents take those incredible photos they want to capture.


  • It’s Good



    2 hours of 1-on-1
    instruction/studio time


    Illustrated worksheet
    to make sense of it all !!


    The perfect package to
    learn the basics and get 10-15 ‘keeper’
    images to print or share online.

  • Even Better



    3 hours 1-on-1
    instruction/studio time


    Illustrated worksheet
    to make sense of it all


    Post-processing service
    on 5 images


    $50 credit towards prints


    This is the perfect package to
    learn more about your camera and for
    doing your own ‘school photos’,
    including the high quality prints to
    display & share with family.

  • The Best



    3 hours of 1-on-1
    instruction/studio time


    7 days rental of a light setup
    to practice at home


    Advanced workbook
    with lighting setups


    Post-processing service
    on 10 images


    $100 credit towards prints


    The package to really
    capture what you want.
    Your kids/ pets/ whatever!
    Take the lights home and
    continue to explore and learn
    as you shoot away on your own.

  • Let’s do this!!



    10 hours of 1-on-1
    instruction/studio time
    used over 3 months


    3 weeks rental of a lighting setup


    Advanced workbook
    with lighting setups


    Email/Phone/Skype support
    should you have questions


    Post-processing service
    on up to 30 images


    $200 credit towards prints


    15% discount off any
    further equipment/ studio rental


    You’re going to be even
    better than us when you are done!
    Perfect package for those that
    want to get serious or those who
    plan to invest in their own gear
    down the road

Questions & Answers

You have questions
We are happy to answer

I’m a complete beginner

So you’re a beginner? No problem at all.

We can spend as much or as little time learning about your camera as you’d like.

From there we can learn as much or as little about the light as you like as well.

Rest assured, you’ll leave with amazing photos and a much better understanding of your camera and its operation.

We even have printed material (paper or electronic) that summarizes everything for you to reference after the session.

I know just enough to be dangerous

So you already have a bit of experience? Perfect!

We’ll get right into the basics of lighting and understanding some of the more advanced camera settings.

Depending on how things go, perhaps we will throw a variety of different lighting setups together and play around with some advanced techniques.

Heck, maybe we’ll even break out the smoke machine and get creative!

Whatever course we take, we will customize your session to help you get the best possible photos.

I’m already a pro

Already comfortable with lighting and studio work? Awesome!!  We can work with that too!

The studio is available for rent and we’ll be happy to assist you moving lights/ holding reflectors, whatever you need.  Contact us for more details and rental rates.

I want you to do everything and I will just press the button.

Well…. Okay.

We can set everything up, including your camera, and hand it to you to shoot if you’d like…

To be honest, that’s not quite as much fun as learning a little something new, but we can tailor the session to whatever you’re most interested in!

Whatever your preference, we’re confident you will be thrilled with the results you get from your photoshoot.

My kids (pets) are a handful

As parents, we understand kids. As pet owners, we understand pets. Kids are kids and pets are pets and we’d have it no other way. That’s why we love them and why we want to capture them in photos, right?

We know firsthand what it is like to have a subject that is grumpy or not exactly thrilled to be in front of the camera. Never to worry – we have all kinds of tricks to make things flow smoothly.

Specifically for the kids, we have a TV room just off the studio space where the kids can relax with a 3D movie or play Wii or a board game to keep them occupied. We offer a child friendly & pet friendly, relaxed environment with ample space for kids and pets of all sizes to move around and explore.

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Questions?  Inquiries?   Want to learn more or book a session?
Give us a shout and we’ll get back to you as soon as we are able!

Burnaby, BC

DerekStevensPhotography (at)