Countryside Pregnancy Photo Session Sneak Peek

Countryside Pregnancy Photo Session Sneak Peek

Masson-Angers Maternity Photographer

Last week I shot a countryside pregnancy photo session in Masson-Angers, QC.  It turned out really well, so I wanted to give a sneak peek.  More photos to follow soon.  Stay tuned.  🙂

If you’re pregnant, I would love to shoot your maternity photo session.  Contact me today to book your pregnancy photo shoot.

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10 Wedding Photography Frequently Asked Questions

10 Wedding Photography Frequently Asked Questions

Ottawa Wedding Photography Blog

Over the years, I’ve had many couples ask me many different questions.  So, I decided to answer the 10 wedding photography frequently asked questions.

1)  Will we get you as our actual wedding photographer?

Yes, I will happily be the photographer for any weddings that I book.  I’m not a big studio contracting out weddings to other photographers to shoot.  I don’t operate a bait and switch operation.  I’m a small business owner.  If you hire me you will get me as your main photographer as well as a second professional photographer.  I work with a couple of gals who shoot for various wedding photographers, so one of those ladies will shoot with me on your wedding day.

2)  What is your photography style?

I get this question quite a bit and I’m always puzzled why people ask this question.  I think it’s because several bridal blogs have given a list of questions that couples should ask their photographer and this is one of them.  Here goes:  I’m a natural light photographer.  I take traditional as well as journalistic style photos.  Honestly, it’s probably best to check out my wedding and engagement photography portfolios to see if they’re the sort of photos that you envision yourselves in.  If you do, I would love to hear from you.  If not, perhaps I’m not the photographer for you.

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3)  What’s included in your wedding photography packages?

All of my wedding photography packages include:

  • two professional photographers
  • a DVD or USB of fully edited, high resolution photos
  • a complimentary engagement photo session with digital files.

4)  What do you require for us to book you.

Your word is not enough.  Why?  Here’s a true story: I’ve actually had it happen twice with some cowardly couples (instead of just telling me that I’m not the right fit for them or that they’ll, “think about it”), they actually signed contracts with me and told me that they’d send me the retainer later and then I never heard from them again.  So, I don’t consider myself booked until I receive a signed contract and a $1000 retainer.  Once those two details are taken care of, I won’t book any other weddings on your wedding date.  This helps to give wiggle room in case you need to change the times of when you need me to shoot on that day.

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5)  Will you hold our wedding date?

As I stated before, I don’t consider myself booked until I receive the signed contract and the retainer.  I gotta be honest; it’s first come, first served.  If someone else inquires about the same wedding date and they’re ready to sign while you’re humming and hawing about if you want to go with me, I’ll sign with them since they’re more eager to work with me.  I want my couples to be excited to work with me because I’m excited to work with them.  With that said, I will give you a heads up that I’m meeting with another couple about that wedding date, so you have the option to sign with me before I meet them.

6)  Can we have more coverage or get a discount if we don’t use the engagement photo session?

Since it’s a complimentary session, it means that I never actually charged you any money to include it in your wedding photography package.  Thus, it has zero cash value and can’t be used as credit towards more photography coverage, products or discounts. I use the engagement photo session as an opportunity of getting to know you better before the big day so that it’ll be less awkward for you to smile for me AND also to see how I need to shoot you on your wedding day as everyone is different & may have some quirks.  Think of it as a benefit to you to get the best portraits possible of you on your wedding day.  🙂

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7)  Can we have a discount if we only want one photographer, instead of two?

I used to shoot by myself up until 2012, but since making the switch to working with a second shooter, I will never go back to just shooting by myself.  I prefer to work with another photographer for several reasons.  First, I like the fact that she can get lots of candid shots as the day unfolds, even when I’m busy shooting the formal portraits.  Secondly, it’s so much easier to shoot getting ready photos of the bride and groom at the same time because I shoot the bride getting ready and she shoots the groom and groomsmen getting ready.  Thirdly, I love getting a different perspective of the same event.  Sometimes I’m pleasantly surprised when I see my second shooter’s take on various aspects of the wedding day because I  didn’t think to shoot it that way myself.  Also, sometimes one of us will have a better view of what is happening (ie. during the ceremony or speeches).  Finally, think of it as a fail safe.  If for some reason my memory cards failed (knock on wood) and I lost all or some of the photos that I had taken with my cameras, rest assured that the second shooter will have many photos of your wedding day.

8)  How many wedding photos do we end up getting on our DVD/USB?

That depends on how many hours of coverage you have hired me for.  I tell clients that they will receive between 50-100 photos per hour.  If you end up hiring me for eight hours, you’ll receive between 400-800 photos.  I don’t give my clients tonnes and tonnes of photos because I know how overwhelming it can be.  As a bride myself, I received over 1000 photos.  I got married almost seven years ago and to this day my husband and I still have not looked at all of our wedding photos because there were just too many.  At first, we tried to view them as a slide show, but then stopped it because it just went on and on and on.  Instead, we uploaded them onto our computer and chose ones that looked good as we skimmed through them.

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9)  Can we have the RAW files and do our own editing to get a discount?

In a word, no.  You can read more in depth about why I won’t give you the unedited RAW files.

10) What camera do you have?

I use two Nikon D700s as well as various Nikkor lenses: 50mm, 65mm, 85mm, 24-70mm, 70-200mm.  The second shooters that I work with also have their own professional grade cameras and lenses that they use.  Don’t worry, even if you don’t understand anything about the equipment that I’m talking about, just know that you’re in good hands and that your photos will turn out beautifully.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this.  I hope that this has helped answer some or all of your questions that you had about my photography services.  🙂

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As an Ottawa wedding photographer, I love shooting portraits and weddings.  My photography has been featured on 25+ photography websites.  If you like my work, I would love to hear all about your wedding plans.  Contact me today to book a consultation.  🙂

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Downtown Ottawa Engagement Session

Downtown Ottawa Engagement Session

Ottawa Engagement Photographer | Black Lamb Photography

Last week I had the pleasure to photograph this couple’s downtown Ottawa engagement session.  Since they’re getting married in a nature setting, they wanted a different feel for their engagement photos, so I suggested that we shoot in an urban setting.  We met in the Byward Market and walked around there as well as Major’s Hill Park and finally onto the National Gallery of Canada.

Check out that GORGEOUS red Chinese dress.  You can’t even begin to imagine how excited I was when she showed me a photo of this dress and said that she was going to wear it for the engagement session.   I just love when people wear traditional costumes for portraits or events.   It makes the photos that much more unique.  They’re getting married this Saturday.  I can’t wait to shoot their outdoor wedding.  Fingers crossed that it won’t rain.  🙂

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If you like my engagement and wedding photography, I would love to be your wedding photographer.  Contact me to book a wedding consultation where you can tell me all about your awesome wedding plans.  If you’re getting married abroad and are just looking for an engagement photo session, I also offer just an engagement session package.  Contact me today to book your engagement and/or engagement photo session.

You can view other downtown Ottawa engagement sessions that I’ve shot:  Ottawa engagement session one and Ottawa engagement session two.

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Rustic Maternity Photos in Masson-Angers QC

Rustic Maternity Photos in Masson-Angers QC

Natural Light Photographer

A few weeks ago I shot some rustic maternity photos in Masson-Angers QC.  I received an e-mail from the mamma-to-be asking me if I could shoot her maternity session asap as she was already 40 weeks and 1 day pregnant.  I knew that time was of the essence, so we did the maternity session the very next day.  Normally, I like to scout out the location that I’ll be shooting at, but since it was last minute, I didn’t have time to check out fields far away to see if they were in bloom with Queen Anne’s lace.  I live out in the country, so I recommended that they come out to where I live and we could do the session in a few fields surrounding my home.  The early evening gave such beautiful light as you can see in the photos.

A lot of women are hesitant to have their maternity photos taken.  Perhaps they feel like they look too big or too tired.  So, you many not look like you did before you got pregnant, but that’s because you’re pregnant.  Enjoy this small window of your life because it won’t last forever.  And the best way to remember this time in your life is to have a professional maternity photo session.  You won’t regret it.

I LOVE shooting outdoor maternity sessions.  I take natural light pregnancy photos in Gatineau, QC and Ottawa, ON.  I have lots of nice locations that I can recommend, depending on what you’re looking for.  If you’re pregnant, contact me today to book your session.  🙂

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Chris and Amanda’s Wedding Photography Sneak Peek

Chris and Amanda’s Wedding Photography Sneak Peek

Ottawa Wedding Photographer | Black Lamb Photography

This past Monday, these two lovebirds got married in Ottawa at the Police Association Hall.  They had their photos taken at the Ottawa Museum of Nature.  I hope you enjoy this sneak peek.  More photos to come soon.  🙂

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One Year Cake Smash Featured on Toddler Friends Blog

One Year Cake Smash Featured on Toddler Friends Blog

Gatineau Cake Smash Photographer | Little Lamb Photography

I’m so happy to announce that this one year cake smash was featured on Toddler Friends blog.  Toddler Friends is a fantastic baby blog in South Africa.

This was a styled cake smash session that I shot in January of this year.  This little princess was adorable and loved eating her cake–especially the sugar flower on top.  Her mommy dressed her up in the most adorable outfit, complete with tutu and bow.

Please check out the cake smash feature on Toddler Friends.  🙂

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If you would like a cake smash session for your baby, drop me a line.  I would love, love, love to photograph your baby’s one year or two year cake smash photo session.  Besides Toddler Friends, my cake smash photography sessions have also been featured on:

  • Life + Lens
  • Beauty & Lifestyle Mommy Magazine
  • Tiny Prints
  • I Heart Faces
  • Your Party Theme Blog

Contact me today to book your baby’s cake smash photo session.

I also need to mention the following Ottawa vendors that contributed to make this such a pretty cake smash session:

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10 Ways to Save Money on Your Dream Wedding Copy

10 Ways to Save Money on Your Dream Wedding

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You’ve dreamed of your wedding day for years and now it’s fast approaching.  You probably didn’t dream that it could cost you an arm and a leg to pay for.  To help you out, I’ve come up with 10 ways to save money on your dream wedding.  Here they are:

  1. Guest List:  Keep your guest list as short as possible.  Just invite the people who have special meaning in your lives.  If you’re paying for your own wedding and your parents insist on inviting extra people, tell your parents they’ll need to pay for those people themselves so that you can stay on budget.  Remember, the smaller your guest list is, the less you’ll pay for food, liquor, wedding cake and centre pieces.
  2. Wedding Invitations:  There’s plenty of reasonably priced online companies.  Check out:  Wedding Paper Divas, Minted, Magnet Street and Basic Invite. Believe it or not Vistaprint also has some nice wedding invitations.
  3. Wedding Dress:  Two words: bridal show.  Bridal stores will either have a show special for their gowns, while some will bring floor samples or previous season’s inventory to sell for a discounted price.   You can get a wedding dress at a bridal show for $200-$400.  Check out: Wedding Palace Bridal Show,  Tie the Knot and The Ottawa wedding show.
  4. Something Borrowed:  You know the saying, “Something old, something new, something borrowed…”  Borrow something in order to stay within wedding tradition and save money.  You can borrow jewellery, shoes, a purse or wedding veil.
  5. Wedding Photography:  As Benjamin Franklin said, “The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of a low price is forgotten.” Don’t waste your money on a cheap, poor quality photographer, or worse, a friend doing it for free.  Instead, hire a good photographer for less coverage (ie. Instead of having 10 hour coverage, get six hours instead, which will still cover some of getting ready, ceremony, formal portraits and the beginning of the reception).  That way you still end up with beautiful photos of your wedding day.  Please also have a realistic budget for photos.  If your budget is $800 for 8-12 hours, then photos from an $800 photographer are probably going to look like you cheaped out.
  6. Flowers:  Please don’t make your own bouquet, because the flowers will probably wilt and look bad in the photos.  Use an actual florist, but be sparing with the amount of flowers.  Choose flowers that will be in season as they will be less expensive.  For floral centre pieces, keep them small and simple.  Warning:  some brides try to save money by buying cheap fake flowers.  Guess what, they’ll look cheap in the photos.  Unless you’re going to invest money in high quality silk flowers, please for the love of all that’s good, PLEASE don’t go to the dollar store and buy fake flowers!
  7. Cupcakes vs wedding cake:  Venues can’t charge a cake cutting fee for cupcakes.  However, if you want a wedding cake, have a small, simple decorated cake for show and then a slab cake with the same icing in the kitchen for guests.  When the slab cake is cut up, no one will be the wiser.
  8. Liquor:  Cut out mixed drinks at your open bar and just offer wine, beer and pop.  You can also skip the bar entirely and have a bottle of wine at each table and a soda fountain for everyone.  Another option is to use a venue that lets you bring your own alcohol.
  9. Decorations:  If you’re artsy-fartsy, go the DIY route.  Pinterest has tonnes of decoration ideas.  If you’re getting married outside or in a beautiful setting, you won’t need many decorations.  If you absolutely must have flowers at your venues, buy wholesale.  Note: Wild flowers cost nothing and will give a rustic feel.
  10. Transportation:  Do you really need a limousine or horse drawn carriage? Will it make you arrive faster than a regular car?  Nope?  Ok, move on.  You just saved yourself some sweet cash by not renting a ride for the day. Have a friend or family member drive you to the venues.

I must also mention that once you’ve come up with your wedding budget, you need to plan all of your wedding details accordingly.  What I mean is, don’t expect a $50,000 wedding on a $10,000 budget.  It just can’t happen, unless you plan on doing and making everything yourself (not to mention not having the reception at an indoor venue).  Too many couples want it all, but are unwilling (or can’t) pay for it all, so they decide to try to nickel and dime every single wedding vendor involved.  Please don’t be one of those couples.  Be reasonable with your demands.  All wedding vendors need to get paid for their time.  Trust me, most of them are putting way more time into what you see on the wedding day.  No lie.  🙂

If you’re looking for a professional wedding photographer, I would love to hear from you.  Contact me today to book a consultation.  If you like my work, you can also follow me on my other social links:

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Summer Photography Package for Outdoor Maternity Photos

Summer Photography Package for Outdoor Maternity Photos

Gatineau Maternity Photographer | Little Lamb Photography

I have an end of summer photography package for outdoor maternity photos.  Since I live in L’Ange-Gardien, QC I’m offering a maternity photography special for pregnancy photos shot in and around where I live.  There are so many gorgeous rustic locations around where I live and I would love to use them more.  It’s also a nice way for me to start using different locations, rather than the same locations that other Ottawa and Gatineau photographers use around Ottawa and Gatineau.  This maternity photo package deal is good for any outdoor maternity sessions that are shot in one of the following places:

  • Masson-Angers, QC
  • Buckingham, QC
  • L’Ange-Gardien, QC

All of these places are within 25-30 minute drive from downtown Ottawa.  There are lots of open fields and old barns that I would love to use as locations for my maternity photos.  Your photography package would include a 30-45 minute photo session and 20 high resolution digital files to download.  The files would have no watermarks so you can make prints.  Your partner is encouraged to be in the photo session with you.  Contact me today to book your rustic maternity photo session.

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My portrait photography has been featured on 10+ photography blogs, including: I Heart Faces, Beauty & Lifestyle Mommy Magazine, Little Peanut Magazine, I Heart Pregnancy, Toddler Friends and Life + Lens.  You can view a couple of maternity photo sessions that were shot near my home:

  1. Masson-Angers Maternity Photos
  2. L’Ange-Gardien Maternity Photos

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