Vancouver wedding and portrait photographer Laura Hana


Dolce Pics [dōl-chā piks] is a resource for parents who wish to take sweeter pics of their kids. This collection of photography related topics include Articles on technique, software, camera gear and other related subjects. In addition, constructive criticism, technical information, and mini-lessons are provided with each Daily Pic.

The site’s main contributor, Laura, is a mother, photographer at LAURA HANA PHOTOGRAPHER and teacher. She lives in Vancouver, BC with her husband and daughter. She loves to share her knowledge and experience in photographing children as she continues to learn herself. Laura has recently taught a Digital Photography Course for Beginners in Vancouver, founded the OAC Photo Club and is the administrator of the Vancouver Weddings Photographers and Second Shooters Group.


Laura’s earlier posts describe her intentions for starting this site. See I Shoot Kids and Mommy Turned Photographer. She shoots mainly with a Nikon D700 and a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens. For her complete gear list, click here.

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17 Responses to “About”

  1. anners
    Apr 5, 2008 at 5:49 am

    Congratulations on launching your site! It looks fantastic!

  2. Kenny Wong
    Apr 5, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    Your website looks awesome. Congrats and I am sure this will be a great forum for capturing memorable moments.

  3. Amber Tarling
    Apr 5, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    Wow, Laura! Great site! I love my Canon Rebel XT - not for everyone, but a basic camera that is doing wonders for my online collection of pics of baby Ben. Congrats on Sophie’s first birthday! And thanks for all the great tips… I’m still figuring out “aperture” and “ISO” modes and what works best. To be honest, I’m a bit of a sucker for the auto mode…

  4. Katherine Lim
    Apr 6, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    What a great site Laura, Thomas and Sophie!
    We had better get cracking at working on our camera skills before we have a child^^
    Beautiful site and I enjoy reading your tips and stories!

  5. Karen Smillie
    Apr 6, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    Congratulations on your new site, Laura! You are so talented and I always LOVE to look at your snapshots. My most treasured photographs of Malia are taken by you.

  6. Gemma
    Apr 10, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    Finally! I’m so proud that you are following this passion and sharing your talents, Laura! Congratulations!

  7. Cinders
    Apr 14, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    I left a reply on the 7th, but I don’t think the message got sent properly. Anyhoo, I just wanted to congratulate you on a super dooper marvelous site! You are so gifted! Your Sophie is soooooooooooooo adorable. I love your photos!!

  8. Manuela
    Apr 19, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    I will echo everyone’s congratulations on launching this new site. What an invaluable resource! Photography is obviously your passion, and I’m sure many appreciative people (including us) will enjoy your tips and especially your photos!

  9. Kirsten Geyer
    Jun 28, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    I love your use of light. I see your posts on Shutter Sisters and always spend way too much time looking at all the other pictures you’ve taken. Good work!

  10. Kirsten Geyer
    Jul 4, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    Hey! It’s me again! I have a post request…if you take them. I would LOVE a post on DSLR settings that you use most frequently, for those of use that are a loooong way from ever going manual. I’m so confused by the all the different options! Happy Fourth!

  11. laura
    Jul 4, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    Hi Kirsten!

    For sure I take requests. It just might take some time before I get to posting them. :)
    I’ll admit that I usually shoot in Aperture Priority mode so I don’t have to think about the shutter speed. Just pick up and shoot pretty much. I don’t use flash much but if I do, I should use Manual mode. My ISO is as low as possible and aperture as big as possible. So that’s pretty much my settings most of the time. Does that help any? I may get into that more in a dedicated post in the future.

    This week, I’m forcing myself to keep it in manual mode. But I will still use the auto focus. ;)

  12. Terry Lui
    Jul 24, 2008 at 9:27 am

    Hey Laura! Fantastic site you’ve got going on here! Very informative and comprehensive. Keep it up and I look forward to learning :)

  13. Shelly
    Feb 6, 2009 at 2:29 am

    What a wonderful site, Laura. Thanks for commenting on my blog. Now I only wish I lived near Vancouver so I could join the photo club! :)

  14. Tammy
    Feb 20, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Hi Laura,

    Thanks so much for the wonderful website. I just found it and I am in LOVE with all the tutorials and articles you have. I have 2 little one’s and my all time goal is to capture the moment and take better pictures of them. I have some questions about lens. Since I am such an amateur. I have a 40d canon and that came with 28-135. I already had a 17-85. I want to sell one of the lens to buy the 24-70. Do you have any suggestions of which one I should let go of and which one I should use as a backup lens. I also have a 50 1.4 as well.

    This website has inspired me :0)

  15. emily
    Aug 31, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    You are a find. I just discovered this site through another and I must say…some wonderful stuff here. Can’t wait to spend some more time reading, especially through the tutorials. Your photos are beautiful and I am so thankful that you are willing to share your wisdom and experience in this area of photography and photo editing.

  16. Pramal Lad
    Mar 20, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Hi Laura,

    I’m an enthusiast who has fallen in love with taking pictures! I only have a 1000D but feel its limitations and i’m itching to move up. I’ve stumbled upon your tutorials and found them very useful indeed. Thank you so much!



    (I’ve quoted you on my blog too:

  17. Andrea
    May 13, 2011 at 3:45 am

    Just want to say thank you for sharing your knowledge. I’m a keen but inept lifelong beginner and for the first time ever I understand aperture. Your pictures of lens apertures was the simplest and most direct demonstration of what aperture actually means.
    Thanks again

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[dōl-chā piks]

[n.] a resource for beginners who wish to take sweeter pics.


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