Unicorn Themed Children’s Birthday Party

Unicorn Themed Children’s Birthday Party

Gatineau and Ottawa Children’s Party Photographer

Last winter I shot my first styled children’s party.  I loved how the photos turned out and having the photos featured on various party blogs.   I wanted to do another styled party session, so I was happy when Carla from Carla’s Cakes contacted me to collaborate again.  Currently, my daughter is obsessed with unicorns, so I thought why not shoot a unicorn themed children’s birthday party.  I scoured Pinterest like crazy looking for unicorn party ideas.  I was blessed to have several awesome vendors help me bring my vision to reality.

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A special thanks to the following people who helped with this photo shoot:

Thanks to Carla of Carla’s Cakes for creating such pretty edible works of art.  I loved the cute little lilac unicorn on the cake.  I also loved the pretty golden unicorn horns on top of each dual-toned cupcake.  And to top it all off, I tried the cupcakes and cake pops.  They’re so delicious.  If you’re looking for a baker for a birthday or wedding, give Carla a shout.  Her sweets are awesome.

Thanks to Cynthia of Moonlight Events for letting me use some of her gorgeous specialty linens and luxury props.  They completely made the styled shoot.  If you need plates, linens or furniture for an event, contact Moonlight Events.  They have lots of gorgeous and sparkly props.  I was wowed when I went to their warehouse to pick up the borrowed items.  There’s so much pizzazz and sparkle in the showroom.

Thanks to Liz of Ivy Stripe for creating the beautiful sweets table sign.  She’s very talented.

Please take the time to check out all of the various vendors’ links listed below.

A huge thank you goes out to the following vendors who helped contribute to this styled shoot:

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What to Wear for Engagement Photos Ottawa Photographer Copy

What to Wear for Engagement Photos

Ottawa and Gatineau Engagement Photographer | Black Lamb Photography

I wanted to help my couples look their best for their engagement photo shoot, so I’ve written this blog post to help you know what to wear for engagement photos.

Dress to Impress:   I prefer for couples to wear dressed up casual clothes or dressy clothes.  For men, a nice polo or button up shirt with dressy jeans or khakis looks awesome.  For ladies, a beautiful dress or skirt with nice shoes looks beautiful.  If you prefer to wear pants, slacks or dressy jeans look nice. Jackets, nice sweaters or dress coats look good for colder weather.  Of course, it will depend on the weather.

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Women, please take care to choose nice outfits that will flatter you.   You don’t need to be a size 4 or smaller to look fabulous.  You just need to dress for your shape.  I’ve seen some awesome plus-sized ladies who rock their look because they know how to dress for their body.  Most women (me included) don’t have perfect model bodies.  We have things that we’re self conscious about.  We all want to look our best, so to help you look your best, avoid clothes that are too baggy, too tight or just too revealing in any way.

I may be a wizard at Photoshop and I will definitely pose you to your best advantage, but please don’t expect me to photoshop anyone to look slimmer, unless you plan on compensating me for the extra time it takes me to create those Photoshop miracles, which is presently $40/photo.  ‘Nuff said about that.

You can also wear traditional clothing if you prefer.  You could wear a sari or cheongsam.  If you want to wear that, by all means wear it as it will as a unique touch to your photos.

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I will say one more thing.  When all is said and done, if you have an outfit that makes you feel like a million bucks and you’ve already had tonnes of compliments about how you look in it, that’s probably the outfit that you should wear.

Dress Appropriately:   If you’re having your photos taken in a rustic location, you might want to choose a more casual look.  However, I would still advise to wear nice shoes and pants, but maybe not a dress.  If you’re having your photos taken in an urban setting, more dressy clothes would be more appropriate.  If you do decide to have your photos taken in an open field or in front of a barn, by all means wear dressy clothes if you choose.  It’s up to you, of course.

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If you’re having your photos taken at a funkier sort of location, you can get away with wearing more casual wear.  Better yet, bring an extra outfit to change into to add variety to your engagement photos.graffiti-wall-engagement-photos-ottawa-ontario-black-lamb-photography

Colours and Patterns:  Don’t match your outfits entirely so that you look like twins, but do collaborate with your fiancé with the colour scheme.  You could have a small element, like a scarf, necklace or shoes that match the colour or pattern of what your fiancé is wearing.  Gone are the days of couples wearing matching outfits.  Remember when everyone wore jeans or khakis with white shirts so that they matched in their portraits?  Those outfits belong in the past, so please, please, please don’t dress like those people stuck in the 90s.  I cringe when I even think that some uninformed people still dress that way for photos.

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Accessories:  For women, a beautiful necklace, scarf, bracelet, earrings and rings are beautiful touches for an ensemble.  Choose a couple of tasteful and stylish pieces to accentuate your outfit.  You don’t need to wear all types of accessories.  Remember less is ALWAYS more.  For men, a stylish watch adds to an outfit.

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Shoes:  In keeping with the theme of dressing to impress, steer clear of wearing shoes that are scuffed up or dirty looking.  Men:  For men, loafers, dress shoes or nice boots look awesome in helping you to achieve a GQ look, or even just a stylish look.  In order to maintain a dapper look, stay away from running shoes, unless they happen to be metro-sexual styled sneakers and you’re going for a metro-sexual look.  Women:  boots, heels or pretty flats will keep you looking feminine and stylish.  If you want to wear open toed shoes, please get a pedicure.

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Socks for men:  To maintain a classic look wear black, brown or navy socks.  To be playful men can wear argyle or bright coloured socks.  However, please for the love of all that’s good and holy, please DO NOT WEAR WHITE SOCKS!!!  That is a HUGE fashion faux pas!  My eyes bleed whenever I see men wearing white socks!

Hair:  Women, if possible, have your hair styled for your engagement photo session.  A genius way to do this so as not to be out extra money is to schedule your wedding hair trial appointment on the same day as your engagement photo shoot.  And/or you can also schedule your wedding makeup trial on the same day as your e-session.  By doing this you kill two beauty birds with one stone.  How smart is that?  Like Homer Simpson, “I am so smart S-M-R-T”.


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One of my former brides scheduled her trial hair appointment on the same day as her engagement photo shoot, while another one of my brides scheduled her trial makeup appointment on the same day as her engagement photo shoot.  By doing this, these ladies looked GORGEOUS for their engagement photos.

Savvy Women Wear Makeup:  Unless you have perfectly matt skin (ie. no shine) with zero blemishes, I highly advise all women to wear makeup for their engagement photo session.  I know not all women like to wear makeup, but pretty please make an exception this one time.   These are your engagement photos that you will be showing to everyone (and possibly adding in your wedding invitations).  You don’t need to wear much to get the job done.  A little concealer under the eyes and on the face hides dark circles and blemishes while a touch of powder keeps the shine factor down.  Some lipstick helps to accentuate the lips.  If you’re like me and your lips are close to the same colour as the rest of your face, be sure to wear a coloured lip gloss or lipstick so that your lips actually stand out from the rest of your face, instead of blending right in.  When in doubt, hire a makeup artist.  Better yet, you can schedule your trial wedding makeup appointment on the same day that you’re having your engagement photo session.

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I would love to photograph your wedding and engagement photos as I LOVE shooting portraits of couples in love.  Please note that I include complimentary engagement photo shoots in all of my wedding photography packages.  Contact me today to book your wedding date and engagement photos.

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Common Wedding Photography Questions Answered Part One

Common Wedding Photography Questions Answered Part One

Ottawa Wedding Photographer

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What are the fees for your wedding photography?  What is included?  

All of my wedding photography packages include:

  • Two photographers
  • USB of edited, high res photos (no watermarks)
  • Complimentary engagement photo shoot with files

Contact me for my current wedding photography pricing guide.

Where are you available to shoot weddings?

Of course, I shoot weddings anywhere in or near Ottawa, ON and Gatineau, QC.  This area includes: Stittsville, Carp, Nepean, Barrhaven, Richmond, Munster, Arnprior, Carleton Place, Perth, North Gower, Greely, Beckwith, Embrun, Russell, Edwards, Lanark, Orleans, Cumberland, Clarence, Rockland, Alfred and Plantagenet, Hull, Aylmer, Chelsea, Wakefield, L’Ange Gardien, Masson-Angers, Buckingham, Montebello and anywhere in between.  Phew! I need to catch my breath now!

Since I’m from the GTA, I also welcome any Toronto area weddings.  There’s a travel fee for me to shoot in Toronto.  It’s to compensate for my gas and travel time to get there and back (almost 10 hours of driving round trip.)

If you’re getting married in Montreal, I’m not afraid to admit that I’m not the photographer for you.  I’m not very familiar with Montreal.  I ALWAYS get lost when I drive there.  I have no friends or family there.  Frankly, it’s just too far away for my comfort zone to drive there and back in one day.  Don’t fret.  There’s plenty of talented wedding photographers in Montreal and Ottawa who would love to be your wedding photographer.  I’m just not interested in being one of them.  Sorry.

Why is there such a huge difference in price among wedding photographers? 

There are many amateur photographers who are entering the wedding photography business.  These are ones who usually only charge a few hundred dollars to shoot a wedding.  However, you must take into consideration the quality of their equipment and final product.  Professional cameras work well in low light conditions while most high end amateur cameras do poorly and show a lot of grain.  Sadly, many amateur photographers usually do little or no post production on the photos that they shoot.  In my opinion you cannot hire a photographer purely by price.  I have seen and heard time and time again from friends who have gone with a cheap or free photographer and are unhappy with their photos and regret not hiring a professional photographer who does quality photos.  The saying is usually true that you get what you pay for.

My prices reflect my experience, the amount of time I put into post-production after the wedding day (which is between 30-40 hours) as well as the cost of doing business (camera equipment, marketing, gas, car, insurance, cell phone, computers, software and upgrading of all computer-related items).   For example, if I only charged $500 to shoot a 6 hour wedding and then 40 hours of post-production, then I”d be making about $5.43/hr after I paid my assistant and gas.  I haven’t even included the cost of having to pay taxes either.   I certainly wouldn’t be able to afford to buy any of my camera equipment (worth thousands of dollars) if I only got paid $5.43/hr.  My second shooter would also be making A LOT more money than me.  Heck, my daycare provider would be making more than me too.

Do you use a contract? 

Of course.  A contract protects my clients as well as myself.  Verbal contracts don’t hold up in court.  I also want it to be clear between myself and my clients the expectations of what is required from both parties to fulfill the contract.  I like to have all of the details in writing.  This  includes the wedding date, all wedding venue locations, model release, specified retainer fee, payment schedule, amount of wedding photography package and what’s actually included in the photography package.  Run far, far away from any photographers who don’t offer a wedding contract.

I still have more answers to some other frequently asked questions about wedding photography.  You can read them in my Part Two blog post.  🙂

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Follow Little Lamb Photography on Twitter

Follow Little Lamb Photography on Twitter

Ottawa Portrait Photographer

Some people may not know that besides wedding photography, I also shoot portraits.  Little Lamb Photography offers maternity portraits, baby photos, cake smash sessions and newborn and family photography.   I would love for you to follow Little Lamb Photography on Twitter.  My Twitter handle is @littlelambphoto

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Happy Family Day From My Family To Yours

Happy Family Day From My Family To Yours

Ottawa Family Photographer

Since today is Family Day, I wanted to wish a Happy Family Day from my family to yours.  This is an old photo of my daughter and my husband.  My husband loathes having his portraits taken, so I don’t always get the chance to take his portraits.  I love this photo and cherish it because I so dearly love the two people in it.  However, it reminds me that I need to update my photos.  That’s the goal this summer.

I understand the importance of photos in our lives.  I understand how they can help remind us of days gone past or of loved ones who have long since gone.  This is why people crave to take photos.  Whether is be of friends and family or at events, photos help us to remember.

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Families grow up quickly.  If you’re interested in having your family portraits taken, contact me today.  I shoot family portraits outdoors in Ottawa, ON and Gatineau, QC.

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Ottawa Newborn Photographer Sneak Peek

Ottawa Newborn Photographer Sneak Peek

Little Lamb Photography

Last week I photographed a little sweet baby girl who is almost two weeks old.  Here’s a sneak peek of her.  Isn’t she just adorable?  Such a little sweetie.

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I shoot lifestyle newborn photos in the comfort of your home.  Pregnant?  Just had a baby?  Contact me to book your newborn photography session in Ottawa or Gatineau.  I would love to be your lifestyle newborn photographer.

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Follow Black Lamb Photography on Instagram

Follow Black Lamb Photography on Instagram

I’m pretty new to Instagram and just opened up an account.  However, I would love for you to follow Black Lamb Photography on Instagram.  My handle is @blacklambphoto.  If you’re on Instagram, check out my Instagram page.  You can see what I’m up to as well as what I’m doing in my Little Lamb Photography business.  Please be patient as I learn to navigate this whole Instagram way of life.  🙂

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Client Testimonials

Client Testimonials

Maternity Photographer | Little Lamb Photography

From time to time, I’m thrilled to receive client testimonials.  As someone in the service industry, I’m always looking to improve the services that I offer.  Thus, I sent a recent questionnaire to some of my recent past clients to see how they felt about my photography services.  I was happy when one of my maternity clients wrote these kind words:

Did you have concerns about spending money on photography? How do you feel about the purchase now?

We were happy with our purchase of service. There are only a few special times in a woman’s life to capture the beauty of being pregnant.

What, specifically, was your favorite part of your portrait session, and why?

Being outdoors in a country setting with the sun setting in the background made the maternity photo shoot a lot of fun.

If you were to recommend Little Lamb Photography to your best friend, what would you say?

We chose Linda as our maternity photographer because we loved her portfolio of work – specifically having the expectant couple surrounded by nature. I loved how she played with natural lighting to capture our excitement that day. She made us feel at ease during the session and was very helpful when we had questions post session.

You can check out this client’s rustic maternity photo session that was shot this past summer.  I hope you like what you see.  I love shooting portraits–especially maternity photos with the pregnant woman and her partner.

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If you’re looking for a portrait photographer, I would love to hear from you.  I photograph maternity photos, lifestyle newborn photography, baby photos, children’s photography, family photos and smash the cake photo sessions.  I’m also available to shoot at birthday parties.  I look forward to hearing from you soon.  Have a nice day.  🙂

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