Ottawa Spring Family Photos Featured on Inspire Blog

Ottawa Spring Family Photos Featured on Inspire Blog

Family Photographer | Little Lamb Photography

I’m thrilled to announce that some Ottawa spring family photos were featured on Inspire Blog.  Inspire is a Brazilian magazine, which focuses on family, maternity, wedding and party photography features.  You might be wondering how I came to have a Brazilian blog feature some of my photography work.  I’m glad you asked.  Paula, the editor and owner of Inspire contacted me in August 2015.  She was going to be visiting the province of Quebec and was interested in having me shoot her maternity session.  However, it didn’t work out because she was visiting Montréal and Québec city, which are a significant distance from where I’m located, which is just east of Gatineau in L’Ange-Gardien, QC.

Ok, enough of my chatter.  Please check out the feature on Inspire.  🙂

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If you’re looking for a family photographer to shoot your family photos in Ottawa or Gatineau, I would love to hear from you.  Contact me to book your family photo session.  I’m a natural light photographer who shoots portrait sessions in the early evening.  You can check out more of my Ottawa and Gatineau portrait work on Little Lamb Photography.

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Summer Country Maternity Photos in Masson-Angers QC

Summer Country Maternity Photos in Masson-Angers QC

Little Lamb Photography

About a month ago I shot some summer country maternity photos in Masson-Angers QC.  I live out this way, so I know a number of beautiful rustic spots to take maternity photos.  It was a beautiful sunny evening.  This couple was great to work with.  They followed my direction and it paid off.  I’m happy that we were able to produce some really beautiful maternity photos for them to cherish.  This is their first child, so it was extra special to do a maternity photo session.  No matter if you’ve had kids already, if you’re expecting again I highly suggest that you have a professional pregnancy photo shoot.  Each child is unique and you should celebrate that–even with the pregnancy.

Couples photography is my favourite sort of portrait photography.  I love shooting engagement sessions, wedding portraits and maternity sessions.  They all have one thing in common–a couple in love.  I would love to photograph your maternity photo session.  Contact me today to book your portrait session.

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Tony and Sara’s Lonestar Ranch Wedding Photos Copy

Tony and Sara’s Lonestar Ranch Wedding Photos Copy

Ottawa Wedding Photography | Black Lamb Photography

Today is Tony and Sara’s first wedding anniversary.    I had a great time shooting their wedding last year with my second shooter, Heather.  These guys really know how to have fun.  In honour of Tony and Sara’s wedding anniversary I have reposted their original wedding blog post again for everyone to see their wedding photos.  They were married at Lonestar Ranch, which is a fantastically rustic wedding venue.  I hope that you’ll enjoy the photos.  🙂

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Their wedding day was made possible by the following wedding vendors:

If you’re looking for a wedding photographer, I would love to hear from you.  Contact me today to book a consultation.  My photography has been published in 25+ photography blogs.

Not getting married?  I also shoot maternity, baby and family photos.  Check out my portrait website, Little Lamb Photography.

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9 Photo Tips for Taking Better Photos of Your Kids

9 Photo Tips for Taking Better Photos of Your Kids

Ottawa and Gatineau Portrait Photographer, Little Lamb Photography

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Summer is over and fall has begun.  It doesn’t stop kids from having fun outside.  I may be a photographer, but I’m also a parent, so I love having great shots of my child.  I know that all parents feel the same way, so I’ve written about 9 photo tips for taking better photos of your kids.  I wanted the examples to be as realistic as possible, so not only did I make sure to only use photos in which I’ve only used available light, but I’ve also only used photos of my own child at various ages and times of year to show you that it can be done.  Just read my tips in order to help you get great shots of your own kids.

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1)  Lighting:  Natural light can look really beautiful if you know how to use it.  If you’re shooting indoors, you can use a window as your light source.  As long as the sun is not shining directly into the window, window light can create beautiful soft light.  If you’re shooting outdoors, make sure you’re not shooting when the light is very harsh (10:00 am-3:00 pm).  If you want to avoid squinting eyes or dark circles where the eyes should be, shoot either in the early morning or the early evening.  If this isn’t possible, either shoot when it’s slightly overcast to get diffused light or place your subject in open shade.

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If you’re shooting outdoors in the early morning or early evening you can get some really beautiful light.  It’s called ‘golden hour’ and it’s my favourite sort of light for shooting portraits.  I find it best to have the sun behind your subject in order to get that rich golden glow all around them, creating a halo and beautiful sun flare.  Try it out.  Please note that you’ll need to play around with your camera setting so that it’s not metering the bright sun, but instead the light directly in front of your subject.  If you let the camera metre the direct light from the sun, you’ll end up with very underexposed photos.

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2)  Aperture:  I’m including aperture, but I know full well that not everyone will be able to choose the aperture on their camera settings–especially if you’re using automatic settings on your camera.  However, for a parent who wants to get better shots of their child and has a bit of know-how with changing settings on their camera, the smaller the aperture number (ie. f/2.8) the more bokeh you’ll get.  Bokeh is the pretty out-of-focus background that you see in most professional portraits.  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:  If you’re taking photos of your kids doing any sort of movement, you want to make sure that you’re using a fast enough shutter speed.  If you’re unable to choose your shutter speed then choose the sports scene mode on your camera, which usually is a little silhouette of a person running.  If you’re able to choose your shutter speed, make sure you’re shooting no slower than 1/250 sec or else you might get camera shake.  If your kids are running around, shoot with a shutter speed of about 1/500 or more.

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

4) ISO:  ISO comes from the days of film when film was rated for its sensitivity to light.  That means that the higher number your ISO was, the less light was required in order to take a photo and have it be properly exposed and not blurry.  For example, if it’s a sunny day, you want to shoot with the lowest ISO possible, which is usually ISO 100 or 200 as there’s plenty of light to give you a high shutter speed.  If you’re shooting indoors, there’s less light, so you’ll want an ISO that will work better with low light situations.  ISO 800 will probably do the trick.  You may need to shoot at a lower shutter speed to compensate for the lower light, however don’t shoot lower than 1/100 sec as you don’t want to get camera shake or get blurred images.  However, if your kids are jumping or running around, you’ll need to set your ISO and aperture in order to keep a faster shutter speed.

One thing to always remember about ISO is that the higher the ISO number, the more grain it will have.  That’s why it’s best to shoot with the smallest ISO you can in order to keep the grain factor under control.  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 to a wider aperture (ie. a smaller number, like f/1.8, f/2.8 or f/4) so that my lens will receive more light.

Sometimes it’s not always possible as the daylight is almost gone and/or you’re trying to shoot photos of your kids with not much available light.  I’ve given an example of two photos shot the same evening.  As the light grew dimmer, I had to up my ISO to compensate.  I zoomed in on both photos to try to show you the grain.

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

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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, make sure to sit down on the ground or even lie down on the ground to get a shot at their level.  For small children you can sit or squat down.  For this photo, I’m pretty sure that I was on my stomach to get down to her level.

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6)  Keep them busy:  If you want natural smiles or your children acting natural, get them busy doing something.  A great place for this would be at a park.  You can also take great shots at home by getting your kids to blow bubbles, blow a pinwheel, play in the pool or a sprinkler, play with their toys or just each other.

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

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8)  Lifestyle:  You don’t have to photograph your kids in a formal style portrait pose.  They don’t have to sit or stand still and say “cheese”.  Instead, why not try try a lifestyle portrait approach, which is to let them do whatever they want to do and you photograph them doing that.  I like formal portraits as well as lifestyle/journalistic portrait photography.  Imagine when your kids are older and they see photos of themselves playing, creating something or playing a musical instrument.  I’m sure that they (and you) would cherish those photos.  They’ll have something to see and reminisce about the good ol’ days.

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No, this was not staged. She actually was enjoying looking at her book. She loves books.

9)  Have Fun:  Remember to have fun when taking photos of your kids and above all else let them have fun getting their photos taken.  Not only will you be creating images of fun times to remember always, but you’ll be creating lasting memories for you and your children to cherish for a lifetime.  🙂

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I hope that these tips will help you to take better photos of your kids.  They grow up so fast, so it’s so important to capture some of those memories.  You won’t regret it–especially if you’re able to capture great photos of your kids.  🙂

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

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Ottawa Wedding Locations I want to Photograph

Ottawa Wedding Locations I want to Photograph

Get one extra hour of free wedding photography coverage

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For any couples who are getting married and/or having their reception at one of the following Ottawa area wedding locations, I will happily add one extra hour* at no charge onto any of my wedding photography packages that you choose when you hire me to be your wedding photographer.  In order to get the complimentary extra hour of wedding coverage, either your ceremony and/or reception needs to take place at one of these locations AND your formal portraits must be taken there.  I’m using this as a chance to broaden my wedding photography portfolio and these are specific locations that I would love to have in my wedding photo portfolio.  It’s a win-win situation for you as well as myself.  🙂

*NOTE:  The complimentary hour can’t be used as a discount for any of my wedding photography packages.  For example, if you choose my eight hour wedding package, you will get nine hours of coverage.  You can’t choose the eight hour photo package, ask for only eight hours of coverage so that I can charge you for seven hours of coverage.  It doesn’t work that way.

If you’re getting married at one of these locations, I would love to hear from you.  Contact me today for my pricing guide and to book a meeting so that I can hear all about your fantastic wedding plans.  My photography has been featured on 25+ photography blogs, including wedding and portrait.

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Richard + Linda’s Rideau View Golf Club Wedding Photos Copy

Richard + Linda’s River View Golf Club Wedding Photos

Ottawa Wedding Photographer | Black Lamb Photography

Today is  Richard + Linda’s first wedding anniversary.  In honour of their wedding anniversary, I have reposted their original wedding blog post for everyone to view their wedding photos all over again.  Enjoy.  🙂

You can also view Richard and Linda’s fun summer engagement photos.

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Chris and Amanda’s Downtown Ottawa Wedding Photos

Chris and Amanda’s Downtown Ottawa Wedding Photos

Black Lamb Photography

Almost a month ago, I shot Chris and Amanda’s downtown Ottawa wedding photos at the Museum of Nature as well as at their reception at the Ottawa Police Association Hall.  The weather was beautiful, warm and sunny and everything was on time.  I honestly can’t think of a wedding that I’ve been at that was on time the entire day.  Well, this one was on time for everything.  Kudos to you guys for keeping things on track.

Chris and Amanda looked fabulous.  It was really cute that the two of them were able to do a first look not once, but twice.  That’s because Amanda wore two different dresses in the space of about a half hour.  The first dress was worn for their traditional Chinese tea ceremony and then right afterwards she changed into her white wedding dress and Chris was able to see her for the first time again.  It was really cute.  Their ceremony was really nice and the food was great.  I got some laughs from some of the speeches that were made.  All in all it was a great day.

I have to mention their cool wedding decorations.  Amanda wanted to keep costs down and decided to make origami cranes for their wedding decorations.  When she told me about her plans, I told her that she had to make 1000 paper cranes in order to make their dreams come true as per Japanese tradition.  (I can get away with that request because Amanda and I have known each other for years.)  So, over several months, Amanda and Chris (and some helpers) spent many, many, many hours folding paper cranes in order to reach 1000 cranes.  I don’t doubt that they cursed having to fold so many paper cranes, but in the end it looked SO beautiful.  I was in awe when I walked into the room to see hundreds of them hanging on strings dangling from the ceiling.  There were also many that were hung on the walls, on the tables, by the doorways, up the stairs.  It was just so beautiful.

I worked in Japan for a year and after we would finish working, we would say to our coworkers and boss, “Otsukaresama desu,” which basically means, “Thanks for your hard work and effort.”  I cannot help but say to Amanda and Chris, “Otsukaresama desu!”  Your hard work and effort really paid off.  I hope that everyone enjoys the wedding day photos.  🙂

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Thanks to my 2nd shooter, Michelle, for this shot of their photo booth.

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You can check out Chris and Amanda’s spring engagement photos at the Ottawa Arboretum.  If you’re looking for an engagement or wedding photographer, I would love to hear from you.  Contact me today.

Chris and Amanda’s wedding day was made possible by the following vendors:

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