Rustic Field Pregnancy Photos in Ottawa Ontario

Rustic Field Pregnancy Photos in Ottawa Ontario

Ottawa Maternity Photographer | Little Lamb Photography

A couple of weeks ago, I shot some rustic field pregnancy photos in Ottawa Ontario.  This beautiful mama wanted her maternity photo session in a field.  In one of her e-mails, she wrote, “I really loved your outdoor maternity photos… The ones in the field of white lace flowers were just to die for!!”  I love shooting portrait sessions in fields, so I was thrilled when I read that.  I love fields filled with Queen Anne’s Lace.  However, they’re not in bloom until mid-July to August.  So, instead I found a large field with long grass.  To me, any sort of field with a rustic touch is great to use.  This beautiful field of long grass happened to be located in Ottawa.  Yay to people not cutting the grass.  🙂

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somewhere over the rainbowI wanted to include one special detail about this particular photo shoot.  Their little one is a rainbow baby, so they decided to bring a bunch of different coloured balloons to create a rainbow.  I loved this idea.  I’ve actually been hoping that one of my maternity clients would bring balloons to their pregnancy photo shoot.  And the fact that it meant something a little extra was all the more reason to include it in their shoot.

Perhaps you’re unaware of what a rainbow baby is.  A rainbow baby is a baby that’s born after the parents experience a miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death or infant loss.  The baby is the beautiful bundle that arrives after the dark clouds of loss.  I’m truly happy for these guys and their little bundle of joy that will soon fill their lives.  What a blessing.

Ok, enough writing.  Take a look at their beautiful portraits.  I hope you enjoy these rustic field pregnancy photos in Ottawa Ontario.  These guys were awesome to work with.  I’m looking forward to meeting their little one when I shoot their lifestyle newborn photo session.  🙂

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If you’re pregnant and wanting to do a maternity photo shoot, I’d love to hear from you.  Maternity photo sessions are one of my favourite things to shoot.  I love photographing couples in love.  Contact me today to book your photo session.  I also shoot lifestyle newborn sessions, cake smash, family and children’s photography.

You can also view some of my other pregnancy photo sessions to see if you like my style:

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Summer Rustic Maternity Photo Session Sneak Peek

Summer Rustic Maternity Photo Session Sneak Peek

Last weekend I did a portrait session.  So, I wanted to show the summer rustic maternity photo session sneak peek to give everyone a glimpse of how this awesome couple rocked their portrait session.  This mama wanted to have her photo session taken in a giant field.  I was so excited to shoot in a field because my favourite locations are always in a field.  I live in the countryside on the Gatineau side.  My country home is surrounded by farmer’s fields, so I usually shoot in one of the fields near my home.  However, the fields near my home look best between mid-July to August because they’re filled with Queen Anne’s lace and ragweed.  However, I managed to find a beautiful large, open field in the Ottawa area.  This one had beautiful long grasses, which is exactly what I was looking for.

And the rain clouds that were hovering gave a softer light, than usual.  All in all, it turned out to be a beautiful summer evening.  Contact me today to book your photo session.

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If you’re looking for a pregnancy photographer, contact me to book your maternity photo session.  I adore shooting maternity photos.

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Baby Boy Blue White Cake Smash Photo Session

Baby Boy Blue White Cake Smash Photo Session

Gatineau Baby Photographers | Little Lamb Photography

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure to shoot a baby boy blue white cake smash photo session of the most adorable little boy.  His mother is a friend of one of my current clients.  She saw the photos that I shot of her friend’s son and contacted me to book a smash the cake photo session for her own son.  It’s so nice to get referrals from my clients.  It validates to me that my work is good enough.  Like most people, I sometimes question my talents.  But then it really puts a smile on my face when I get a referral who saw my work from a friend or family member who hired me in the past.  Anyway, more about this little guy’s photo session.

His big sister came to the photo shoot with him.  I took a few of the two of them together and then some by himself before his actual cake smash.  Then mama changed him and we sat him down with a cute cake that his mother made.  FYI to mothers concerned about their glutton intolerant children doing a cake smash–you can make a gluten-free cake for your baby’s cake smash.  This mama did exactly that for her son’s cake smash session.  I think it turned out pretty well.  And most importantly, he liked it.  Just look at him digging into the gooey mess.

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By the time he was finished, there was blue icing all over the floor.  He definitely wasn’t afraid to get messy.  For me, the messier the better.  It makes for great pictures when babies want to play with their smash cakes.  I love it.  This cake smash photo session was a success!  Yay!  🙂

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I love shooting cake smash photo sessions.  Cake smash photo sessions are done in my home in L’Ange-Gardien, QC, which is about 20 minutes east of downtown Ottawa.  I’d love the opportunity to photograph your little one’s cake smash photo session.  Contact me today to book a photo session for your one or two-year-old baby.  🙂

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9 Tips Taking Great Photos of Your Kids

9 Tips Taking Great Photos of Your Kids

Ottawa Photographer

Summer is in full force, so most people are busy having fun.  As a parent, I love to have beautiful photos of my daughter.  I’m sure all parents want beautiful photos of their children.  However, many parents aren’t savvy with the technical part of taking nice photos.  I’m here to give you 9 tips taking great photos of your kids.

To be as real as possible, I only used photos I’ve taken of my own child.  I also used photos from different ages and times of year.  No matter the age of your child or the season, you can create great photos of them.

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1)  Lighting:  Probably the most important tip is lighting.  If used correctly, natural light can look stunning.  You can shoot using natural light outside as well as inside.  If indoors, you can use a window light.  Sheer curtains work wonders to diffuse harsh sunlight.  When shooting outdoors, avoid shooting when the light is harshest.  Between 10:00 am-3:00 pm the light has a blue cast and it’s the most overhead.  With the light being so high above, your kids will squint or they can get those dreaded dark circles where there should be eyes.  Try to shoot either in the morning or late afternoon.  I understand that that can be tricky if you have little ones.  Instead, make sure your kids are in the shade.  Shade offers a diffused lighting situation.

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2)  Aperture:  I’m including aperture, but I know that not everyone can choose the settings on their camera–especially with a point-and-shoot.  Aperture in a nutshell is this: the smaller the aperture number (ie. f/2.8) the more bokeh you’ll get.  Bokeh is when the background is out-of-focus.  (Most portrait photographers shoot to achieve out of focus backgrounds because it point the eye towards the person in the photo.)

Likewise, the higher the aperture number (ie. f/22) the more in focus your background will be.  If you’re able to change the apertures on your camera, I highly suggest that you go for a blurred background in order to make your kids stand out more in the photos.

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This is shot at f/1.8 at 1/800 sec.

3)  Shutter Speed:  When taking photos of your kids moving around, use a fast shutter speed.  If you can’t manually choose your shutter speed, select the sports scene mode on your camera.  Likewise, if you’re able to choose the shutter speed, shoot no slower than 1/250 sec to avoid camera shake.  If your kids are running around, shoot at a faster shutter speed (1/500 sec or higher.)

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These photos are shot at f/2.0 at 1/1250 sec.

4) ISO:  The higher the ISO number, the less light is required to properly expose a photo.  If it’s sunny, shoot at the lowest ISO, (100 or 200).  If shooting indoors, a higher ISO works better with low light (800). You may also need to shoot at a slower shutter speed to compensate for less light.

The higher the ISO number, the more noticeable the grain will be.  Thus, shoot with the smallest ISO possible.  I shoot at ISO 200 as much as I can–even if it’s in the shade or the late afternoon.  I compensate by opening up my aperture wider (f/1.8, f/2 or f/4) so that my lens receives more light.

If you’re still confused about ISO, Digital Photography School explains it well.

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Notice the grain in the photos, with more being on the photo shot at ISO 4000.

5)  Camera Level:  Get down to the level of your kids!  If you have a baby or toddler, sit down on the ground.  You can even lie down on the ground to get down to their level.  For small children sit or squat down.

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6)  Busy Bees:  If you want natural smiles, get them busy doing something fun.  A great place for this would be at a park.  At home, get your kids to blow bubbles, play with their toys, in the pool or with each other.

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7)  Let them be silly:  Kids will be kids.  They love to be goofy at times.  Embrace it.  Take photos of them being silly.  Childhood is so short, so go with the flow.  If you let them be silly, your chances of getting genuine smiles will be MUCH higher.  Trust me.

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8)  Lifestyle:  You don’t have to photograph your kids in formal poses.  They also don’t have to look at the camera and say “cheese”.  Instead, try a lifestyle approach.  Photograph them busy doing something fun.

When your kids are older they’ll cherish these photos.  The photos will help them to reminisce about the good ol’ days.

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9)  Have Fun:  Have fun taking photos of your kids.  You’ll be creating lasting memories for you and your kids to cherish.  🙂

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I hope these tips will help you take better photos of your kids.  Children grow up so fast, so it’s so important to capture some of those memories.

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If you’re looking for a portrait photographer, I would love to hear from you.  I shoot, child and baby portraits as well as family photos.  Contact me today.  Check out my social media:

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Winterlude Anniversary Session Snapknot Photo Feature

Winterlude Anniversary Session Snapknot Photo Feature

Black Lamb Photography

First of all, I’m pleased to announce that I now have a winterlude anniversary session Snapknot photo feature.  Yahoo!  This is the second time that my work has been featured on Snapknot.  They’re a wedding blog which features many beautiful wedding and engagement photo sessions from around the world.

This couple was so cute.  Clearly, you can see how adorable they are.  They were so easy to work with.  Check out their winter anniversary photo session on Snapknot.  You can read about how they met as well as one of their first dates.

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Finally, I want to mention that I love shooting couple’s portraits.  Are you newly engaged?  Perhaps your first wedding anniversary is coming up.  If you’re newly engaged or looking for an anniversary shoot photographer, I’d love to hear from you.  Contact me to book your engagement photo session or your anniversary photo session.   Maybe you’re in the market for a wedding photographer.  Contact me to get my wedding photography pricing guide.  I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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Outdoor Spring family portraits Ottawa Arboretum

Outdoor Spring family portraits Ottawa Arboretum

Ottawa Family Portrait Photographer | Little Lamb Photography

Last week I met with this cute little family.  We shot outdoor spring family portraits Ottawa Arboretum.  Spring in Ottawa is so gorgeous.  It’s especially gorgeous at the Ottawa Arboretum and Experimental Farm.  We walked around the arboretum taking photos in front of the many pretty flowering trees.  I was able to take some beautiful portraits of this cute family.  It’s such a pretty backdrop with the white and pink shades.

The oldest daughter rocked this portrait session as did mom.  They listened to everything I asked them to do.  They also gave me great smiles.  However, the littlest one wasn’t interested in giving smiles to the camera at all.  She also wasn’t interested in wearing the little pink bow her mother brought to put in her hair.  She was more interested in walking around and doing anything other than smile for the camera.  We tried blowing bubbles and giving her toys.  No luck.  At least I was able to capture a few of her cute little smiles.  It did make me laugh a lot though.  She was hilarious in her own little way.  And those curls of hers are adorable.  Sometimes, you just have to roll with it.  I just got photos of her doing her own thing.

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No Time Like the Present

I like to photograph family portraits.  Perhaps it’s been a while since your last family portrait.  Maybe you’ve never even had one family portrait session.  Don’t wait any longer.  Book your family photo session with me today.  Remember, “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift, that’s why they call it the present.” (Alice Morse Earl)  So, with that in mind I invite you to contact me today to book an outdoor family photo session in or around Ottawa or Gatineau.  You won’t regret it.  Also, I’ll be sure to make it fun for everyone.  🙂

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Gatineau Baby Boy Cake Smash Photography Sneak Peek

Gatineau Baby Boy Cake Smash Photography Sneak Peek

Gatineau Baby Photographers | Little Lamb Photography

A few days ago I shot a cake smash photo session.  It was of a cute little man.  I just had to post a sneak peek.  More photos of this baby boy’s cake smash photo session will be on the blog shortly.  But, for now, here’s a sneak peek.  I hope you enjoy it.

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If you’re looking for a Gatineau cake smash photographer, I would love to hear from you.  Contact me to book a session for your baby.  I offer cake smash sessions for one and two-year-old babies.  You name the colour scheme and I’ll make a colourful backdrop for their session.  I can’t wait to hear from you.  Have a great day.  🙂

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Spring Arboretum Family Photos Sneak Peek

Spring Arboretum Family Photos Sneak Peek

Little Lamb Photography

I’m thrilled to show some spring arboretum family photos sneak peek.  This family was fun to work with.  Their little girl made me really work during this shoot, but in the end I got some great photos.  I can’t wait to show more photos from this family photo session.  More photos to come soon.

Spring is always such a beautiful time of year.  It’s great to shoot portraits during spring because the beautiful spring blossoms make for a gorgeous backdrop.  Just look at that gorgeous flowers on the trees.  Spring doesn’t last very long, so you need to schedule your spring portrait session ahead of time in order to ensure that I can fit your portrait session in during the one week that the blossoms are in full bloom.  Even if you decide on your portrait session to take place in the summer, fall or winter, you’ll end up with great photos.  Ontario and Quebec are so beautiful.  I would love to be able to create photographic heirlooms of you and your family.  These photos will be cherished for a lifetime.

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Contact me to book your family photo session.  I shoot outdoor portraits all year round.  Each season has its own beautiful landscape.  I will offer beautiful locations to shoot at as well as advice on what to wear for your portrait session.  I look forward to hearing from you soon.  Have a great day.  🙂

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