Winter Maternity Photo Session Featured on Totsvilla

Winter Maternity Photo Session Featured on Totsvilla

Little Lamb Photography | Ottawa Pregnancy Photographer

I’m happy to let everyone know that one of my maternity photo sessions was featured.  This time a winter maternity photo session featured on Totsvilla.  It was a beautiful winter afternoon.  These guys were real troopers when it began to snow a lot.  I’m happy with how the pregnancy photos turned out.  I’m happy that Totsvilla liked the winter maternity photo session as much as I did.  Check out the feature on Totsvilla.

winter-maternity-photo-session-featured-on-totsvillaIf you’re in the market for a pregnancy photographer, I would LOVE to hear from you!  Maternity photo sessions are my favourite sort of session to photograph.  I love photographing couples in love.

Contact me today to book your maternity photo session.  I have a discounted price if you book your maternity and newborn photo session with me.  I also have separate pricing for maternity sessions and newborn photography.  You can check out my portrait pricing page.

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Make sure to get prints made of your digital photos Copy

Make sure to get prints made of your digital photos

Make sure to get prints made of your digital photos.   You’re probably wondering why I would say that.  Technology is always changing.  You may have all of your digital photos safely stored on your computer, an external hard drive or on CD/DVD.  However, there’s always a possibility that you can A) lose that information in a computer crash or hardware malfunction or B) not be able to access it when technology changes or C) lose data due to ‘bit rot’.  A tangible print will outlast any digital copies you have of your cherished photos.  We just need to look at old black and white photos that are over 100 years old.

Bit Rot

Most people haven’t heard of the term ‘bit rot’.  Heck, I hadn’t heard of it until I started to research this topic.  To understand what bit rot is, take a look at an article written in The Gardien.  They interviewed Vint Cerf.  He is considered one of the fathers of the internet.  Here’s what he had to say about storing all of our historical information in digital form:

“We are nonchalantly throwing all of our data into what could become an information black hole without realising it. We digitise things because we think we will preserve them, but what we don’t understand is that unless we take other steps, those digital versions may not be any better, and may even be worse, than the artefacts that we digitised,” Cerf told the Guardian. “If there are photos you really care about, print them out.

I shoot wedding photography and portraits.  My clients end up with digital files.  Sadly, many of them rarely make prints.  If they do make prints, they get only a few prints made. or if they do.  Remember that 25 years after your wedding, you may not have anything to look at.  Besides, wouldn’t you prefer to look at your cherished wedding photos in a beautiful wedding album, instead of sitting in front of a computer screen?  (That’s ONLY if the digital files actually last that long, or if modern technology is able to read the files.)  Surprisingly, 25 years down the road, you may just be sitting together, without any photos.  Instead, you’ll just be able to reminisce about your wedding memories because your photos are rendered unreadable.  How sad would that be?

Zombie Apocalypse

Or what about a zombie apocalypse?  Ok, yes, I’m joking, but you never know.

Photos Last A Long Time

Here’s a photo of my my maternal grandparents.  This photo was taken about 80+ years ago.  80 years.  Think about that.  This little sepia photograph has lasted 80+ long years.  Will we be able to say that about our digital files?  I doubt it.  So people, let’s all be smart and start printing our cherished memories.  Ge prints made.  Make an album.  Heck, make a coffee table book.  Just make hard copies.  You and your posterity will be glad you did.

Make sure to get prints made of your digital photos

My grampa (far right) and my nana holding my auntie Sandra. Circa 1935-36.

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Maternity & Lifestyle Newborn Photography Sessions Combination

Maternity & Lifestyle Newborn Photography Sessions Combination

Ottawa Baby Photographer, Little Lamb Photography

I’m so thrilled to announce that I just created a maternity & lifestyle newborn photography session combination.  Up until  now, I charged separately for a maternity session and separately for a newborn session.  However, I decided that if clients want both sessions, I would make it a little easier on their wallets.  This way, you get a full maternity session, with digital files.  And you’ll get a full newborn photo session with digital files.  All newborn sessions are shot in the comfort of the client’s home.  They’re ‘lifestyle’, so they’re more relaxed.  You sit comfortably with babym while I snap some beautiful photos of you and baby.  I’ll take photos of baby in the nursery.  I’ll be sure to capture the cute details you added.  Finally, I’ll take some photos of baby by themselves all wrapped up and snuggly warm.

Contact me me to book your maternity and newborn session.  Check my pricing page for pricing and details.

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Not everyone wants both sessions.  Some may just want a newborn photo session, while others only want to spend money on a maternity photo session.  No worries either way.  I love shooting pregnancy photos and newborn photos.  I will gladly shoot your maternity photos and/or your baby’s newborn photos.

You can view the Ottawa winter maternity session featured in this blog post as well as their newborn lifestyle photo session.

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Why I don’t Allow Clients to Cull Photos With Me

Why I don’t Allow Clients to Cull Photos With Me

Ottawa Portrait and Wedding Photographer

Why I don't allow clients to cull photos with me

In the past I’ve had clients ask to sit with me to go through all of the photos and then they can choose the final photos with me.  In every instance, I’ve kindly explained why I don’t allow clients to cull photos with me.  As a photographer, I feel that if a client is going to hire me for my photography services, they must like my photography style.  This includes not only the aesthetics of the photo, like lighting and composition.  It also includes my ability to give them the nicest final product.

Culling

You might be wondering what culling is.  Culling is when you decrease the amount of something.  For me, I shoot a fair amount of photos, then I go through them to only choose the best ones.

It takes me several hours to cull through the photos.  This involves me looking at each photo in full resolution.  As I’m going through the photos, I check off which ones make the cut and which ones don’t.  Many times, if I’ve taken very similar photos, I will place them side by side on my computer screen.  I do this to see which one has sharper focus.  I also do it to see if one is slightly better looking than the other.  Sometimes, a facial expression may change ever so slightly.  I look for the one that is superior.

Head Swapping

It’s not uncommon for me to head swap.  I may like one photo better than another.  However, perhaps one person’s eyes are closed in the photo I favour the most.  If I still want to use the photo, I look at similar photos to see if I can swap faces (or even just eyes or a mouth) from another photo.  This ends up making the final photo all the more lovely.  However, a client may not pick up on what possibilities I can great by head swapping, so they may not even choose the photo I could have corrected with head swapping.

Client Disappointment

A client may also be disappointed in how they look in certain photos because they haven’t seen the final results.  That’s why I only show my clients the photos after I’ve finished all post production on them.  I don’t want them to be unhappy and think that their photo shoot is a failure because they think they look terrible in their photos.  I don’t want you to worry about all of that.  If you broke out or have dark circles under your eyes, no worries at all.  I’ll make those things disappear.

Contact Me

If you like what you see, I would love to hear from you.  You can either comment in the comments section or you can send me an e-mail.  Better yet, book me for a portrait session or to be your wedding photographer.  I hope to hear from you soon.  Take care and have a great day!  🙂

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Setting A Reasonable Wedding Photography Budget

Setting A Reasonable Wedding Photography Budget

Ottawa Wedding Photographers

As I mentioned earlier in my earlier blog post, How to Pick The Right Wedding Photographer For You, there are some basic things that you should look for when hiring your wedding photographer.  Of course, you need to make sure that you like their photography style and that their personality gels with yours.  However, you also need to make sure that you’re setting a reasonable wedding photography budget, so that you can actually hire the photographer that you like the best.  When I say ‘reasonable’, I also mean realistic.  Setting a tiny budget of $500-$800 and trying to look for a photographer to shoot for 10-12 hours is not reasonable or realistic.

Any wedding photographer worth their salt spends over 30-50 hours on your wedding.  This includes meeting with you, e-mails, location scouting, shooting the wedding, culling photos, post production of photos. etc.  This doesn’t include their expenses, which lowers what they’ve gotten paid (gas, equipment purchase/rental, paying a 2nd shooter, computer software, etc.)

Being Realistic

Some people allot very tiny budgets for wedding photography.  As a result, some will end up hiring a photography student in order to stick within that small budget.  Please note that the student is probably charging next to nothing in order to gain experience shooting weddings as well as portfolio building.  With this in mind, know that your photos will most likely look like an amateur took your photos.  When all is said and done, don’t expect to receive caviar photos on a canned tuna budget.

dont-expect-caviar-photos-on-a-canned-tuna-budget-1I understand that some people just don’t have enough money to hire a professional photographer.  Perhaps you may not even be able to pay for a full wedding with reception, flowers, etc.  In that case, it’s entirely understandable.  Just make sure to have some of your friends or family take a few photos for you.  That way you’ll have some photos to cherish.  However, other couples allot very little money for wedding photography because they want to spend more money on booze, flowers, decorations, etc.

If you want great photos, then move some money around in your budget from one item and place a little more for photography.  For example, instead of spending $1000 on wedding flowers, spend $600 and put the extra $400 towards wedding photos to bump up your budget.  I’m not saying to not spend anything on the other items.  However, spend a bit less, so that you can reach a realistic budget for wedding photography.

My Photography Budget

Of course, everyone places different values on different things.  You don’t have to break the bank to get married.  However, you do need to prioritize where your budget will be spent.  My husband and I spent roughly $7000 on our wedding (not including the honeymoon.)  When I got married, my wedding gown and wedding photos were the most important things to me.  (My husband let me make all of the plans.)  Thus, I spent the most money on those two things.  With that said, I didn’t go crazy with my spending on those two items.  Instead, I did set a realistic budget for them and allowed some wiggle room.

My dress budget was $1000 and I ended up paying $1200.  We paid $1000 for wedding photography for four hours of coverage.  I was able to get a smaller wedding photography package because A) the photographer was one of my fellow students when we took photography in college and B) we agreed that I would do the post production on the photos (normally, this is a HUGE no-no, but since we’re friends, I’m also a professional photographer and he doesn’t actually advertise to shoot weddings) and C) I got married in the dead of winter (aka. not the busy wedding season).  Since our wedding ceremony venue (a temple) doesn’t allow photos inside, we didn’t have any getting ready photos or ceremony photos.  Instead, the coverage was for family and formal portrait time as well as a bit of the reception.

If you need more help on your wedding budget, check out my post:  10 Ways To Save Money on Your Dream Wedding.

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Buckingham Masson-Angers Child Photographer

Buckingham Masson-Angers Child Photographer

Little Lamb Photography

Today is throw back Thursday.  Thus, I wanted to post some photos of my daughter that I shot about three years ago.  When my daughter was little, I took a lot of photos of her.  When I say a lot, I mean A LOT.  I was shooting monthly photo sessions of her for the first two years of her life.  I have to say that it was a lot of fun.  From shooting a lot I learned more about shooting using natural light and prime lenses than I had before.

By shooting so much, it became a real game changer to me for shooing better portraits.  As a result, I began to change not only how I shot, but what aperture to use, using just natural light and no flash.  In addition to that, I also changed my post processing style of my files.  Also, I switched from just shooting jpgs to shooting RAW.  And finally, I also ditched using on camera flash outdoors for fill light and switched to just using natural light (sometimes using reflectors).  I now consider myself a natural light photographer.  Yay!

These photos were shot in our backyard.  As you can see, it was spring.  This was my husband’s favourite cherry tree.  I thought it looked pretty with the spring blossoms, so I took her photos by it.  Sadly, that tree got sick and had to be cut down.  At least we have some pretty photos of it.  🙂

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If you like my style of photography, I would love to photograph your portraits.  I shoot maternity photos, lifestyle newborn photos, family portraits, baby and cake smash photography.  I also document birthday parties.  Contact me today to book your photo session.  I’m looking forward to hearing from you.  🙂

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Lifestyle Newborn Photo Session Ottawa

Lifestyle Newborn Photo Session Ottawa

Little Lamb Photography

Are you currently pregnant in Ottawa, Ontario?  Great!  You’re in luck.  Little Lamb Photography offers lifestyle newborn sessions in the Ottawa and Gatineau area.  I shoot all newborn photo sessions in the comfort of your home.  As a mother, I understand how hard it can be to get the baby and yourself out the door.  Don’t worry if your house isn’t completely tidy.  I just need a main room that’s clutter-free in order to shoot the portraits.  Usually a living room or bedroom will do.

I prefer to also shoot in the nursery to capture all of those fun baby items (hand knit blankets, baby mobile, artwork, etc.)  Since the lifestyle sessions are shot with natural light, I do require that whatever rooms we use, there be enough sunlight coming through the windows.  I’ll bring a few props for the photos of baby by themselves.

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>>Spring Newborn Photo Special<<

I have some fantastic news for all expectant clients.  I’m currently offering a spring newborn photo special.  Save $125 off of my regular newborn session price.  Contact me to book your lifestyle newborn photo session Ottawa or Gatineau.

While I do shoot newborn photos, I also shoot outdoor maternity photos.  They’re one of my favourite sorts of portrait sessions to photograph.  No worries if it’s spring, summer, fall or winter.  Every season offers a beautiful backdrop for your pregnancy photos.

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Little Big Company Party Feature

Little Big Company Party Feature

Children’s Party Photographer | Little Lamb Photography

I’m happy to say that a unicorn themed styled party that I shot was a Little Big Company Party Feature today.  The Little Big Company is an online company in Australia. In addition to featuring beautiful parties, they also sell pretty party supplies.  They feature many, may beautiful parties on their blog, so the fact that they chose mind is awesome!  Yay!  Anyway, I would love for you to check out the feature.

You can check out the styled unicorn party on The Little Big Company‘s party blog by clicking the link in their name.  🙂

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If you’re planning your child’s birthday party and would like it photographed, contact me today.  I will shoot the party as it unfolds as well as photograph all of the pretty details.  I have two packages available.  Check out my pricing page for details.the little big company featured badge

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