Ottawa Elopement Sneak Peek

Ottawa Elopement Sneak Peek

So, this just happened this past weekend. Congrats to these two lovelies for going ahead and getting married on their planned wedding day. Nothing can stop them–not even COVID. Here’s their Ottawa elopement sneak peek. More photos to follow soon.

This elopment wasn’t initially in their plans. They were supposed to have their dream wedding at Adelina on the exact same day. However, we all know the story of the worldwide mayhem created by this whole covid mess. Last minute, they decided to just have their small ceremony on their wedding day and they’ll have their dream wedding and reception next July. They’ll have the best of both worlds. I look forward to also photographing their special day next year with their family and friends.

If you’re planning an intimate wedding or an elopement with just the two of you, I’d love to hear from you. Contact me for my pricing guide.

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Summer Ottawa Arboretum Pregnancy Pictures

Summer Ottawa Arboretum Pregnancy Pictures

So, a few days ago I had the pleasure to take some summer Ottawa arboretum pregnancy pictures with this lovely couple. This was my first portrait session since the COVID shutdown. As of June 12th, photographers are back open in the 2nd phase of reopening. Yay! I’m so happy to finally be able to work again.

It was a beautiful sunny day. It was swealtering all that day, but by the evening, it was so much nicer and with a little breaze blowing. (I thought for sure I’d be a sweaty mess by the end of the shoot. But it all turned out fine. I still looked faily normal and not all wilted. Ha! Ha!)

These two did so well in front of the camera. Most people rarely get in front of the lens of a professional photographer, so they’re shy for the shoot. However, they did exceptionally well, as you can see by their photos. I got some genuine smiles. I think they look fantastic in their photos and I’m so happy that I could capture these special memories for them. After all, this is their first child.

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I absolutely love shooting maternity sessions. They’re right up there with engagement sessions as far as my favourite type of portrait sessions to shoot. I guess I really like working with couples.

I look forward to working with these two lovelies again when their little one arrives in the world. Until then, I hope that you enjoy these photos.

If you like these photos or the photo location, please check out some of my other work:

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If you’re looking to do an outdoor portrait session, I’d love to hear from you. You can either contact me or check out my pricing page to see what session you would like to book. I shoot outdoor maternity, family and baby portraits. I also shoot cake smash sessions. Since only up to 10 people can be present for weddings during this 2nd phase of reopening, I’m able to also photograph elopements. I hope to hear from you soon.

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Ottawa Photographers are back in Business

Ottawa Photographers are back in Business

Hi everyone. Ottawa photographers are back in business!!!! Yay!!!! As of June 12th, photographers are allowed to photograph people and events up to 10 people in the Ottawa-Gatineau area (provided social distancing is adhered to). This is FANTASTIC news!!!! Now that the weather is nice, people want to have their photos taken outdoors and us Ottawa photographers want to provide you with beautiful photos.

As we all know, it’s been very hard for most of us to have to stay home and socially isolate ourselves. Heck, it has been hard for people, including myself, to not work. So, I’m thrilled that we’re at least beginning to reopen.

I’d love to photograph outdoor portrait sessions (family, maternity, cake smash, engagement, elopements). Contact me to book a session. I look forward to hearing from you!

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The Problem with “Reasonably Priced” Ottawa Wedding Photographers

The Problem with “Reasonably Priced” Ottawa Wedding Photographers

I recently read an article by Burgh Brides and couldn’t help but relate to the entire article, regarding ‘reasonable’. Everything that they mentioned is SO true! So, I decided to write about the problem with “Reasonably Priced” Ottawa wedding photographers.

I see so many requests on Facebook groups of couples looking for ‘reasably priced’ photographers, or a photographer ‘that won’t cost an arm and a leg’. I have to say that most photographeres find this insulting. Basically, what that implies is that we’re either not worth the prices we charge, or our prices are higher than they should be.

Most couples think that whenever a vendor hears that something is for a wedding that they automatically hike their prices. That’s not true. We don’t just hike our prices to try and gauge more money from a couple planning their wedding. Nope. There are so many reasons why wedding vendors charge what they charge to perform a service for a wedding.

The cost of doing business

For myself, I have quite a few extra costs involved when I shoot weddings as opposed to shooting a regular portrait session. I hire a second shooter, rent an extra lens, have a company colour correct my photos (I do the rest of the post production work myself), make a custom USB with case for each couple. There’s also gas to pay (which includes me scouting all locations prior to your wedding day), parking, misc items. Then there’s also the cost of buying extra equipment (multiple camera bodies, lenses, flashes and memory cards). There’s also the cost to get a tuneup for my equipment (FYI, Nikon charges $400 per lens/camera body to have it serviced.)

Think of your actual investment

The most expensive extra cost to me is hiring a second photographer to shoot with me the entire time I’m there. This not only makes it possible to cover two different locations for getting ready photos. It’s also a great way to ensure:

  • Having an extra set of photos from the wedding day is the perfect backup plan. Why? In case something happens to my own wedding images (knock on wood).
  • Everything is covered during our shooting time. Sometimes things fall behind. Or, there isn’t enough room in the tight timeline for me to take photos of everything myself. (This happens a lot). For example, one wedding didn’t allow enough time for me to shoot reception details or guest pictures during cocktail hour because I was shooting the formal portraits during that time. So, my second shooter was in charge of shooting photos of the guests and detail shots.
  • Different perspectives of the same event are captured. With two photographers, one can capture the expressions on the bride’s face, while the other gets the expression of the groom’s face during the ceremony or first look, etc. It’s also nice to get different angles of the same event.

I hope this explains more about where wedding vendors are coming from with their pricing. Are you currently looking for a wedding photographer?If so, I’d love to hear from you. Contact me, and I’ll email you my wedding photo pricing guide.

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Kind words from an Ottawa wedding client

Ottawa Wedding Client Testimonials

I’ve been meaning to share some kind words from an Ottawa wedding client of mine whose wedding I shot this past summer. It was a pleasure to work with Laura and Mat. They were fun to work with during their engagement shoot as well as their wedding day.

You can check out more photos from their wedding at Mill Street Brew Pub as well as their engagement photos at the Ottawa Arboretum.

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I’d love to hear from you if you’re newly engaged and looking for a wedding photographer. I shoot weddings in and around Ottawa, Ontario and Gatineau, Quebec. Be sure to send me a quick email and I’ll be sure to email you my pricing guide. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Ottawa Newborn Baby Girl Photos

Ottawa Newborn Baby Girl Photos

So, last week I shot some Ottawa newborn baby girl photos with this young family. I shot their Ottawa pregnancy photo session just before Christmas. It was a SUPER cold day and I was freezing my butt off outside. Luckily, since I was shooting the entire photo session indoors, it was fine once I got all of my equipment inside. That’s the beauty about having your newborn photos shot in the comfort of your own home. I will travel to you.

I always look forward to seeing how the nursery will be decorated. I like the knit map of the world and the boat mobile. They didn’t know the sex of their baby until she was born, so there’s a mixture of what you would call ‘traditional’ boy and girl items spread throughout. That’ll work great for if they have another child, whether it be a boy or a girl.

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I hope that you enjoyed viewing these photos of this lovely little family. I’d love the oportunity to photograph you and your family. If you’re looking for a newborn photographer, I’d love to hear from you. Contact me to book a portrait session, whether it be newborn photos, family pictures or cake smash photos. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Ottawa Wedding Client Testimonial

Ottawa Wedding Client Testimonial

Over the last few months I’ve been getting some nice online reviews from my wedding clients. I’m so grateful when my clients choose to share their satisfaction with my work online for others to see. Word of mouth works really well and so do client testimonials, because potential clients can see how happy past clients are with working with me. Here’s an Ottawa wedding client tesimonial that one of my sweet brides wrote on my Facebook business page:

You can view Erica and Jason’s Ottawa wedding photos at the beautfiul Billings Estate. You can also check out their engagement photos at the Ottawa Arboretum.

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If you’re getting married in or near Ottawa, Ontario, I’d love to hear from you. Contact me to get a copy of my wedding photography pricing guide. In the meantime, be sure to check out other Ottawa wedding client testimonial that I’ll be posting on the blog.

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