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Mary Jane Howland Photography

Victoria , BC
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Victoria, BC V9B 3N4 CA (map)

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250-598-4169

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ABOUT US

As a portrait photographer, my job is to create images that celebrate the special moments in your life. Whether it's your wedding, your new baby, or simply a time for you to look and... Read more
As a portrait photographer, my job is to create images that celebrate the special moments in your life. Whether it's your wedding, your new baby, or simply a time for you to look and feel beautiful, my goal is to take you on a journey by capturing those defining moments that transform your day from ordinary to truly extraordinary.

I pride myself on building relationships with all of my clients and using my experience and gift for gab to make you feel relaxed and comfortable. I love to bring out your smile and laughter, but I especially enjoy stepping back and capturing your more intimate moments.

Whether you choose to have your photo session in my studio or any of Victorias stunning locations, I will ensure that your experience is truly unique to you. Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Portraiture, Traditional / Posed
What do your packages include?
Albums, Digital Files, High Resolution Images, Video Montage
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
Yes
Is your media preference film or digital?
Digital!
How many photographers do you work with?
I work alone but I do have an assistant that comes with me to help with off camera lighting.
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
Yes!
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
No often. I do have a 2 hour package though and once I was able to do 2 weddings in one day - they were booked several hours apart. (morning wedding and evening wedding) And sometimes but not often I will do a Sat & Sun wedding!
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
I have a list of photographers that I trust and admire and I would help my clients call around until they found someone to replace me...just in case I wasn't able to shoot that day.
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
I bring 2 cameras, several lenses, 2 flashes, 4 batteries, LOTS of memory cards.
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
Yes - I always shoot with 2 cameras and they are the same so everything is compatible. I'm also a member of Nikon Professional Services which guarantees I will always have pro gear at your event. I'm also fully insured.
Do you charge hourly or full day?
I have several packages and then you can add additional hours at an hourly rate.
Are you available to shoot extra hours? If yes, how much do you charge for extra hours?
Yes - $300 (2011 rate) per hour
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
If I am shooting the reception then I require a meal. This is generally for my 6 and 8 hour packages and at that point yes I'm hungry! And no ones likes photos of people eating anyway so I figure I might as well grab a bite to eat and then I'm recharged and ready to keep shooting!
Do you charge for travel?
Yes.
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
6-8 weeks
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
I provide a web gallery of all the images.
How long can the client keep the proofs?
I provide a disk of all the high resolution images so you can print what you want.
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
Yes but so does the bride & groom.
Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
Yes
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
Yes! All of my packages include the disk of high res images.
Will images be available for viewing online?
Yes
What kind of albums do you offer?
I offer hard cover storybook albums - everyone loves them! I also offer flush mount leather albums.
When will the client get the final album?
I love getting everything to my clients at least 2 months after the wedding. The album takes as long as it takes to make it perfect!

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Alanna
Wedding:
4/21/2012
4.9/5.0
Mary Jane was able to capture our wedding day in a professional, friendly, and helpful manner and we couldn't be happier. She helped us pose and create unique and beautiful photos that will last a lifetime. We highly recommend Mary Jane to be your photographer for any moment you'd wish remember.

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Bart and Alanna Cybulski
Mary Jane was able to capture our wedding day in a professional, friendly, and helpful manner and we couldn't be happier. Read more...
Mary Jane was able to capture our wedding day in a professional, friendly, and helpful manner and we couldn't be happier. She helped us pose and create unique and beautiful photos that will last a lifetime. We highly recommend Mary Jane to be your photographer for any moment you'd wish remember.

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gratzius
Wedding:
10/1/2011
5.0/5.0
Takes wonderful, beautiful pictures! We had her for our maternity and newborn pictures.. what a great eye!
Takes wonderful, beautiful pictures! We had her for our maternity and newborn pictures.. what a great eye!
Takes wonderful, beautiful pictures! We had her for our maternity and newborn pictures.. what a great eye! Read less
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pameladawnb
Wedding:
8/7/2011
4.6/5.0
She is a wonderful photographer! We loved all of the work she did for us on our wedding day and engagement photos.
She is a wonderful photographer! We loved all of the work she did for us on our wedding day and engagement photos.
She is a wonderful photographer! We loved all of the work she did for us on our wedding day and engagement photos. Read less
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Karen
Wedding:
6/11/2011
5.0/5.0
As a camera-shy bride and groom, we were extremely pleased when working with Mary Jane for our wedding and engagement photos. We both felt at ease with her and appreciated her 'coaching' us through our pictures. We LOVE our wedding pictures and have received numerous compliments on them. We would not hesitate to recommend Mary Jane for any photography need.
As a camera-shy bride and groom, we were extremely pleased when working with Mary Jane for our wedding and engagement Read more...
As a camera-shy bride and groom, we were extremely pleased when working with Mary Jane for our wedding and engagement photos. We both felt at ease with her and appreciated her 'coaching' us through our pictures. We LOVE our wedding pictures and have received numerous compliments on them. We would not hesitate to recommend Mary Jane for any photography need. Read less
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Emily Karger
Wedding:
5/7/2011
5.0/5.0
Mary Jane is amazing! We are so happy that she was able to be our photographer on our wedding day. We first viewed some of her work through her website and really liked her talent, Now that we have our photos we are in love with her art for photography. We could not be happier with the quality of our photos they are all so great, we have so many favorites. Mary Jane is also so personable she made us feel so comfortable well taking our photos. We shared lots of laughs and had a great time!
Mary Jane is amazing! We are so happy that she was able to be our photographer on our wedding day. We first viewed some of Read more...
Mary Jane is amazing! We are so happy that she was able to be our photographer on our wedding day. We first viewed some of her work through her website and really liked her talent, Now that we have our photos we are in love with her art for photography. We could not be happier with the quality of our photos they are all so great, we have so many favorites. Mary Jane is also so personable she made us feel so comfortable well taking our photos. We shared lots of laughs and had a great time! Read less
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Emma
Wedding:
11/27/2010
5.0/5.0
Being extremely unphotogenic, I was not expecting to be able to look at my wedding pictures and feel especially beautiful. The decision of who to hire as our photographer was one of the biggest choices made leading up to our wedding, and from the second me met Mary Jane, we felt very comfortable and trusting that she would do her absolute best to capture our special moments with style, and an artistic eye. She was always available to answer questions and field suggestions as far as locations and photo ideas go. Spending time with her on the wedding day put us both at ease, and made having our pictures taken fun (something I never thought I would enjoy). Her committment went as far as spending 8 hours with us including a few hours outside in late November weather when she was clearly quite sick! If it were for these reasons alone, we would whole-heartedly reccommend Mary Jane as the experience we had with her even before we received our final product was exceptional and amazing. When we did receive our photos (in a very timely manner post-wedding), we were in awe of her talent and dedication to producing incredibly beautiful work. The pictures she took made me feel even more beautiful than when I looked in the mirror on the wedding day, and left me feeling extremely grateful to her. I've seen many wedding photos from other photographers and none of them have that special quality that hers do. Hiring Mary Jane to take care of our special memories was definitely the best decision we made, and I strongly feel that anyone who hires her will be shocked at what they receive, and will not regret their decision. We find ourselves looking for reasons to hire a professional photographer just to experience her magic again, and we even find ourselves missing her!! We will absolutely be hiring her again in the future.
Being extremely unphotogenic, I was not expecting to be able to look at my wedding pictures and feel especially beautiful. Read more...
Being extremely unphotogenic, I was not expecting to be able to look at my wedding pictures and feel especially beautiful. The decision of who to hire as our photographer was one of the biggest choices made leading up to our wedding, and from the second me met Mary Jane, we felt very comfortable and trusting that she would do her absolute best to capture our special moments with style, and an artistic eye. She was always available to answer questions and field suggestions as far as locations and photo ideas go. Spending time with her on the wedding day put us both at ease, and made having our pictures taken fun (something I never thought I would enjoy). Her committment went as far as spending 8 hours with us including a few hours outside in late November weather when she was clearly quite sick! If it were for these reasons alone, we would whole-heartedly reccommend Mary Jane as the experience we had with her even before we received our final product was exceptional and amazing. When we did receive our photos (in a very timely manner post-wedding), we were in awe of her talent and dedication to producing incredibly beautiful work. The pictures she took made me feel even more beautiful than when I looked in the mirror on the wedding day, and left me feeling extremely grateful to her. I've seen many wedding photos from other photographers and none of them have that special quality that hers do. Hiring Mary Jane to take care of our special memories was definitely the best decision we made, and I strongly feel that anyone who hires her will be shocked at what they receive, and will not regret their decision. We find ourselves looking for reasons to hire a professional photographer just to experience her magic again, and we even find ourselves missing her!! We will absolutely be hiring her again in the future. Read less
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boothbride
Wedding:
11/6/2010
5.0/5.0
Mary Jane was such a delight to work with! She was quick to reply to any questions I had, and very professional.
She provided us with encouragement when we needed it, and never made us feel that what we wanted wasn't possible.

I wish that I could have had her stay at the wedding all night!
Mary Jane was such a delight to work with! She was quick to reply to any questions I had, and very professional.
She Read more...
Mary Jane was such a delight to work with! She was quick to reply to any questions I had, and very professional.
She provided us with encouragement when we needed it, and never made us feel that what we wanted wasn't possible.

I wish that I could have had her stay at the wedding all night! Read less
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Andrea
Wedding:
10/2/2010
5.0/5.0
Mary Jane is an incredibly talented photographer. She is professional, loves what she does, has a wonderful personality, and provides a fun photo session. Without a doubt, Mary Jane will capture your special moments.
Mary Jane is an incredibly talented photographer. She is professional, loves what she does, has a wonderful personality, Read more...
Mary Jane is an incredibly talented photographer. She is professional, loves what she does, has a wonderful personality, and provides a fun photo session. Without a doubt, Mary Jane will capture your special moments. Read less
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Shelby
Wedding:
8/15/2010
5.0/5.0
It is ok that to tell people that certain positions don't work well for them. But still very good pictures!!
It is ok that to tell people that certain positions don't work well for them. But still very good pictures!!
It is ok that to tell people that certain positions don't work well for them. But still very good pictures!! Read less
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Maghan
Wedding:
7/3/2010
5.0/5.0
Mary Jane was an absolute pleasure to work with from beginning to end! I live in another province and she made it very easy to make most of the arrangements by phone and email. Less stress for the bride is always better:) What we appreciated most in the end was her creativity with the photos. She provided a beautiful vision and brought it to life.
Mary Jane was an absolute pleasure to work with from beginning to end! I live in another province and she made it very Read more...
Mary Jane was an absolute pleasure to work with from beginning to end! I live in another province and she made it very easy to make most of the arrangements by phone and email. Less stress for the bride is always better:) What we appreciated most in the end was her creativity with the photos. She provided a beautiful vision and brought it to life. Read less
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