Colour Coordinating Outfits for Portraits

Colour Coordinating Outfits for Portraits

Ottawa Family and Maternity Photographer

Colours:  Welcome to my blog post to help with colour coordinating outfits for portraits.  First, let me say that I never way my clients to wear matching outfits.  You know, the 90s sort of outfits that people wore:  either all jeans or khakis with white shirts.  Bleh!  The best way to coordinate outfits is to choose one or two main colours and one accent colour to add the pop factor to your outfits.  The accent colour will also help tie in everyone’s outfits.  For example, the two main colours could be navy blue, plum with a pop of gold (dark yellow–not metallic gold.)  One person could wear a gold shirt/sweater, another person could wear a gold scarf.  Another person could wear a navy blue and plum pattern with gold flecks in it.

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I know that trying to choose two colours with one pop of colour may be challenging for many people.  So, here’s some colour combo ideas for each season:

Spring:  (Bright & pastel colours work well)

  • turquoise, navy blue, with a pop of yellow
  • Coral or peach with a navy blue accent
  • Light blue, mauve, with a pop of white
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Summer:  (Bright & pastel colours work well)

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Fall:  (Rich colours work well.  No pastels.)

  • dark blues, burgundy and golden colours
  • rust, tan, and a pop of blue
  • grey, plum, navy blue
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Winter: (Rich colours work well.  No pastels.)

  • blues, maroon, with a hint of cream
  • Medium green,
  • navy blue and yellow
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Dos:  Fabrics with texture photograph beautifully.

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Don’ts:  Don’t wear all white or cream as the details of the outfit will be lost in digital.  If your location has a lot of greenery, avoid wearing green as your main colour, or else you’ll blend in with your background.

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Final Words

White and cream don’t photograph very well, so use these two colours sparingly when making outfit choices.  Also, remember that darker colours are more slimming.  So, if you have thicker legs (like I do) avoid wearing white or cream pants.  If you have a tummy, no worries.  Just avoid wearing a light coloured shirt or one that’s too tight.

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I love shooting outdoor portraits.  If you’re looking for a photographer to shoot family photos, kids photos, maternity or engagement portraits, I’d love to hear from you!  Contact me today to book your outdoor portrait session.

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2019 Ottawa Wedding Photography Deal

2019 Ottawa Wedding Photography Deal

Happy New Year everyone!  To start off the new year, I decided to offer a 2019 Ottawa wedding photography deal.  I’m currently offering two different add-on options to each of my wedding photography packages. For anyone who books a wedding photography package with me by the end of February 2019 they can choose one of the following add-on options:

  • One extra hour of wedding photography coverage
  • One hour of photo booth coverage (includes sparkly backdrop, lighting and props)
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Disclaimer:  This offer is only for wedding clients who sign a contract with me either in January or February 2019.  And your wedding must take place in 2019.  This offer cannot be applied to any clients who have already signed a contract with Black Lamb Photography.

Contact me directly to get my wedding photography pricing guide.  I look forward to  hearing from you.  In the meantime, I hope you’re enjoying the new year.

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Outdoor Ottawa Winter Maternity

Outdoor Ottawa Winter Maternity

Today is throwback Thursday, so I thought I would respost an outdoor Ottawa winter maternity photo session that I shot a few years ago.  These guys were expecting their first child and wanted to do an outdoor winter photo session.  I love, love, love shooting outdoor portaits, so I was happy to do their maternity photos.  Although it was about four years ago, I still remember this day well.  We shot in the early afternoon and it had been a fresh snowfall.  The sky was that beautiful hazy sky, due to the snow clouds.  The falling powder snow made for such beautiful photos.

You can see more from their outdoor Ottawa winter maternity photo session in the original post.

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 Are you pregnant and looking for a professional photographer?  I would love to hear from you!  Send me a quick email through my contact page and I will get back to you.  I love working with new clients.

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Preparing for Wedding Day Photos

Preparing for Wedding Day Photos

I’ve shot quite a few weddings over the years.  And during that time I’ve come to realize certain things that brides and grooms need pointers on to help them get the best photos.  So, I decided to write a blog post about preparing for wedding day photos.  This is not meant to knock on any couples who are guilty of any of the following.  It’s meant to help future couples who are planning their wedding photos.

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1) Be Ready

I spend about one hour shooting the getting ready photos before heading to the ceremony site.  That’s not a lot of time to shoot detail shots, getting ready shots and portraits.  So, the wedding couple, wedding party and family should be ready when I arrive.  This means that hair and makeup should be done before I arrive.  Give yourself an extra 30 minutes buffer time between when hair and makeup is supposed to be finished for everyone and when your photographer arrives, because makeup and hair ALWAYS take longer than planned.

Another reason why I like the hair and makeup to be finished before I arrive is because I like to use the window light for portraits.  However, makeup artists sit their clients right by the window to apply the makeup to get the best light.  I totally understand why they do it, but it just makes it that much harder for your photographer to get the best light, since the best light is being used by the makeup artist.

If the bride and/or the bridesmaids don’t have their dresses on yet, they should be ready to put their dresses on by the time the photographer arrives.  And everyone should have eaten before the photographer arrives.

Finally, make sure that EVERYTHING is ready for when the wedding photographer arrives.  This includes having the flowers on site.  It’s best to have the groom have his photos taken with his boutiniere on and to have the bride holding her bouquet for the portraits.  I also like to take detail shots, so that would normally be the time I take shots of the shoes, flowers, dress, etc.

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2) Tidy Up

Wherever you’re having your getting ready photos taken (at home or in a hotel room), make sure to tidy up.  Make the bed.  Clear tables, night stands and dressers of clutter.  Don’t leave stuff strewn everywhere because you don’t want that stuff in the background of your photos.  (This is why your hair and makeup should also be done before I arrive, so that the makeup artist/hair stylist’s stuff isn’t everywhere.)

Designate at least two rooms that will be used for the getting ready photos (usually the living room and bedroom).  Make sure the chosen rooms have great natural light, if possible.

I like to also take bridal portraits outside, weather permitting.  So, if you have a front or backyard that could be used for the outdoor photos, make sure that the grass is cut and there’s no clutter.

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3) Limit the Amount of People at The Getting Ready Location

I recently shot some getting ready photos in a hotel room with at least 20 people in it. This included two makeup artists, (and a boyfriend taking portfolio photos), a hair stylist, a child, parents of the bride and groom, other family members, bridesmaids, the bride, two videographers, myself and my second shooter.  Even though there were two rooms in this hotel suite, it was WAY too crowded.  I barely had any room to shoot and there was clutter everywhere.

If step one had been done, four less people, including all of their gear, wouldn’t have been there.  Consequently, there would have been a lot more room for me to work with, since their styling/makeup stuff wouldn’t have been taking up room on the table and bed.  I’m not knocking on makeup artists.  I’m just saying that you should make sure to have your makeup and hair done by the time your photographer arrives, so that they’re not competing for window light and space to shoot.

For example, the bride should only have her immediate family and bridesmaids there, while the groom should only have his immediate family and groomsmen there.

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4) Designate Two People to Be in Charge of Arranging Group Photos

I recommend for all wedding couples to make a detailed list of all group shots that they want taken.  This includes names of people in each group shot.  The two designated people are in charge of having the actual list of required group photos, as well as gathering all people for each shot.

Be sure to pick people who know who most of these people are.  The best way is to choose one person from each side of the family.  Getting people to come for their group shot is like herding cats.  So, by having a couple of people in charge of gathering people for group shots, it makes the formal portrait time go much more efficiently.

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5) Give Your Photographer A Heads Up

If you’re planning anything unique, give your photographers a heads up, so that they’re ready to get that money shot.  Are you planning a special dance number?  Perhaps you’re going to do a dip at the end of your first dance.  If so, let your photographer know which way you’ll be facing for the dip, so that they’re ready to take that shot.  Are you going to have a special entrance?  Let them know that too.  You’ll help your photographers get the best photos for you.

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Book a Consultation with Me

Are you getting married?  Are you currently searching for a wedding photographer?  Great!  I’d love to hear from you.  I love working with friendly, down-to-earth couples.  And if you happen to be planning a rustic styled wedding, I’d be over-the-moon to be your photographer.  Contact me through my contact form to get my wedding photography pricing guide as well as to set up a date that all three of us can meet.  That way we can see if we’re a good fit for each other.  I look forward to hearing from you.

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Ottawa Outdoor Snowy Portraits

Ottawa Outdoor Snowy Portraits

Today we had such a beautiful downfall of white, fluffy snow.  I love seeing the beautiful snow on the trees.  It really makes my heart sing.  I absolutely love to take winter portraits with that pretty snow in the background.  So, I’m just putting it out there that I would love to shoot some Ottawa outdoor snowy portraits.  I’ve shot winter wedding photos, winter engagement and winter maternity photos.

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Are you looking for an Ottawa photographer who could shoot beautiful portraits of you in the snow?  If yes, then I’d love to hear from you!  Contact me today and I will happily book a date for your portrait session in the snow.  I look forward to hearing from you.  🙂

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Jeff and Abby’s Orchardview Wedding Photos

Jeff and Abby’s Orchardview Wedding Photos

A month ago today Jeff and Abby were married.  So, I wanted to show some of Jeff and Abby’s Orchardview wedding photos.  As any person from the Ottawa area knows, we had a tornado touch down on September 21st.  That was the day before Jeff and Abby’s wedding.  As a consequence of the tornado, many of the traffic lights weren’t working and there were power outages around town.  Luckily, their hotel still had power.  However, the church didn’t.  So, their wedding ceremony took place without any indoor lights.  Luckily, the church had a sky light right above the altar, so it was all good.  This type of lighting situation gave a bit more of a dramatic feel to the photos.  And thank goodness their reception venue had power as well.  Yay!

We shot their formal portraits at the altar as per the request of the bride.  I think it gave a more personal touch to their formal portraits.  Afterwards, we headed down to Orchardview for the reception.  With the traffic lights being out, there was quite a bit of slow traffic getting there.  However, it was all good once we arrived at Orchardview.  Orchardview is a pretty little wedding venue.  They have a large pond on the property and it’s quite rustic.  Despite it being a bit chilly, we were able to get some nice shots of Jeff and Abby, before heading inside for their reception.

I’ve seen the he/she game at past weddings that I’ve attended.  However, I liked the personal touch of them using their own faces (instead of a their shoes or a he/she sign).  And it made it cuter because they had silly faces on the face signs.  I also wanted to mention that they brought their own backdrop for their photo booth.  It’s the most beautiful photo booth backdrop I’ve ever seen.  Just look at the pretty paper flowers.  So beautiful and colourful.  It made for pretty photo booth snapshots.

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I must mention that it was awesome to work with Jeff and Abby again.  This is the fourth time that we’ve worked together in the past year.  You can check out their past portrait shoots with me:

Jeff and Abby, it’s been a total pleasure working with you so many times.  You’re both great people.  It’s also been great to see your little family grow with the birth of your daughter.  I wish you and your family nothing but happiness.  Take care.  🙂

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Thanks to my 2nd shooter, Emily, for taking the photos of Jeff.

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Finally, their special day was helped by the following wedding vendors:

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