Alex and Tanya’s Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club Wedding

Alex and Tanya’s Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club Wedding

Ottawa Wedding Photographers

A little over a month ago I shot Alex and Tanya’s Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club wedding.  It called for rain and a possible thunderstorm, but luckily it didn’t end up doing anything, but be sunny.  With that said, it was a super hot day, about 40°C with the humidex.  Now imagine wearing a suit and tie or a wedding dress in a church with no air conditioning.  That was our wedding group.  We all made it through the hot church ceremony and then went on with the rest of the festivities.

Everyone headed over to Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club for the reception.  While everyone was mingling during cocktail hour, we took photos on the grounds of the golf club.  Hunt & Golf Club has very beautiful grounds.  And their reception hall was beautiful with the beautiful decorations and lighting.  Alex and Tanya have great taste in wedding decor.

The reception was fun.  They had a great master of ceremonies.  One of the games he had them play was a ‘he said, she said’ sort of thing.  The had to choose who would most likely do what for each question.  It was fun to see each other’s choices.  Sometimes they’d be in sync and sometimes, they’d both think the opposite.  It was quite entertaining to watch.  After that game Mara and I headed out for the night.  I’m sure that they all danced into the wee hours of the night.  I wish all the best to these two.  Congratulations!

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Thanks to my 2nd shooter, Mara, for taking the photos of Alex getting ready.

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Wedding Vendors

Finally, this day wouldn’t be possible without the talents of the following Ottawa wedding vendors:

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Book Your Fall Family Photo Session

Book Your Fall Family Photo Session

Ottawa Family Photographer

Fall is just around the corner.  It’s such a pretty time of year.  And since it’s such a pretty time of year, it’s also a great time to update your family photos.  Just imagine your family against a vivid backdrop of orange, yellow and red leaves.  It’s only about two weeks when the fall leaves are in all of their bright and colourful glory.  That’s a pretty short time.  And it goes by quickly, trust me.  Sometimes I get people contacting me a couple of days before fall is finished asking to schedule a photo shoot asap.  And most of the time, my schedule is already full and I can’t accommodate. So, book your fall family photo session before all of the slots are booked up.

As a natural light photographer, I rely on daylight while shooting portraits.  Natural light can be so beautiful.  That’s why I love to use it.  However, as the days grow shorter, the light fades much earlier in autumn.  So, we’d need to start shooting around 3:30 pm in order to have enough daylight for the photo session.  And since a lot of people can’t get off work early or get their kids out of school early, that leaves the weekend.  As I mentioned earlier, fall just lasts about two weeks once the leaves are all turned and when they fall off.  That leaves just two weekends to shoot fall portraits.  I don’t want anyone to be disappointed that they can’t book a fall session.  So, seize the day and contact me today.autumn

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When was the last time you took family photos?  Yeah.  I thought so.  How about we make some up-to-date ones?  Contact me to book your family portrait session.  Do it now, before the leaves change.  Fall doesn’t last that long and it books up pretty quickly.  So, book before it’s too late.

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Ottawa Kids Photography Throwback Thursday

Ottawa Kids Photography Throwback Thursday

It’s another Ottawa kids photography throwback Thursday.  These photos are of my daughter, which I shot in the fall of 2015.  Although I’ve taken many photos of my daughter over the years, sadly I’ve fallen behind in the post production of them.  And I mean, WAY behind.  So recently I’ve been going through the photos on my computer and finally got around to doing the post production on these photos.

Although this was almost three years ago, I remember this day very well.  My daughter and I went outside in our backyard.  She wandered around, playing with the tree and leaves, while I took photos of her playing.  It was a beautiful fall day.  We live in the country, surrounded by farmland and the countryside.  It was so beautiful.  It’s always beautiful scenery where we live.  I never thought I’d be living in the country.  However, my husband is a farm boy.  He grew up on a farm, so he can’t stand living in a city or town.  It’s hard to live so far out from the city, but the serenity of the country is really nice.  And the beauty–my goodness, the beauty can’t be beat.  It’s just a two minute walk to the beautiful field that I like to use for various rustic portrait sessions that are shown on my website and blog.

Here are various portrait sessions that have been taken right by my house in the country:

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Would you like some outdoor portraits taken?  Perhaps fall is the season you’d like to have photos taken.  Don’t hesitate to contact me, so that you can book an Ottawa portrait session.  Fall doesn’t last long, so

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Jason and Erica’s Billings Estate Wedding

Jason and Erica’s Billings Estate Wedding

Ottawa Wedding Photographers

Thanks for dropping by to see Jason and Erica’s Billings Estate wedding photos.  A month ago I shot this pretty wedding with Melanie.

It was a hot and sunny day.  But at least it wasn’t humid and it wasn’t raining.  Billings Estate is such a pretty spot for a wedding.  It was awesome that everything took place there.  We started off with a first look, which was nice to watch them interact.  I gotta mention that these two lovelies are such an adorable couple.  They were a dream to work with.  They’re so easy going, which makes things less stressful on the wedding day.  And their families were amazing to work with too.  I couldn’t have asked for a more amiable group of people.

My Goodness, the Decorations!

The decorations were so beautiful.  Erica’s mom is a very talented lady.  She made all of the pretty bunting that was hung around the reception tent.  She also made the table runners.  And finally, she presented a gorgeous quilt as a present to Jason and Erica.  From what I recall, she had recreated a photo that Erica had taken of the back of Jason sitting along a cliff just before he was about to propose.  It looks stunning.

If you’d like to see Jason and Erica’s engagement session from this past fall, you can check out their Experimental farm engagement photos.

In closing, I’d like to wish them all the best on their new adventure together as husband and wife.  May life be kind to the both of you and keep on smiling.  😀

“All my life I thought that the story was over when the hero and heroine were safely engaged — after all, what’s good enough for Jane Austen ought to be good enough for anyone. But it’s a lie. The story is about to begin, and every day will be a new piece of the plot.” (The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer)

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Thanks Melanie for this view.

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Thanks Mel for this fun shot.

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Again, thanks to Melanie for taking this night shot.

 

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I love shooting outdoor weddings.  Honestly, if you’re planning an outdoor wedding or a wedding with any rustic touches, I’d love to hear from you.  Even if you’re not planning an outdoor wedding, I’d love to be your wedding photographer.  Contact me to book a wedding photography consultation.  Then we can meet to see if we’re the right fit to work with each other on your wedding day.  I look forward to hearing from you.  🙂

Ottawa Area Wedding Vendors

Finally, Jason and Erica’s wedding was made possible by the following companies:

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1500 Instagram Followers

1500 Instagram Followers

Ottawa Photographer

Last week I reached 1500 Instagram followers.  Yippee!  It’s been about one year since I first opened up and Instagram account.  I think I’m doing fairly well.  I try to post at least 1-2 times per week to make it interesting.  Also, that way people can see what I’m up to.  I’d love for you to follow my Instagram account.  🙂

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For new visitors to my blog, I’ll tell you a little bit about my business.  Actually, I run two photography businesses.  Black Lamb Photography is my business, which focuses on wedding and engagement photography.  Little Lamb Photography focuses on portrait photography, specializing in cake smash, newborn baby, family and children’s portraits.  Are you planning a birthday party for your child?  Well, I’m also available to take photos at birthday parties.  View my pricing page for my current photography rates.

Are you ready to book now? Contact me to book your photo session.  Or, if you’re newly engaged, reach out to book a wedding photography consultation.

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Ottawa Summer Wedding Photo Sneak Peek

Ottawa Summer Wedding Photo Sneak Peek

This past weekend I shot Alex and Tanya’s wedding.  I’m currently working on their photos.  However, I wanted to show everyone their Ottawa summer wedding photo sneak peek.  Take a look at this newly married lady.  Isn’t she gorgeous?  She made such a beautiful bride.  More photos to follow soon.  I promise.  🙂

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If you’re a newly engaged bride or groom who is looking for a wedding photographer, I’d love to hear from you!  I meet with couples downtown Ottawa.  We can see if we’re a good fit.  I’d also love to hear all about your wedding plans.  Contact me to book a wedding consultation as well as get my wedding photography pricing guide.  I look forward to hearing from you.

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5 Tips For a smoother child Portrait Session

5 Tips For a smoother child Portrait Session

Ottawa Children’s Photographer

At times, kids can be tough to photograph.  So, I decided to help parents out by writing 5 Tips for a smoother child portrait session.

5 Tips For a smoother child Portrait Session

First, I want to say that if you’ve been guilty of any of these things listed below, don’t worry.  Quite a few of my clients have made one or more of these mistakes.  That’s why I decided to give some helpful tips.  I’ve learned as I’ve taken family portraits of small children to know what is needed or not needed to make their portrait session go much more smoothly.  It’s not meant to guilt trip past clients or to point fingers.

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5 Helpful tips

1. Full Bellies

Don’t bring your kids to a photo session with empty stomachs.  In other words, don’t plan on going out for dinner after the portrait session.  Why?  Because your kids will most likely be “hangry” (hungry + angry).  To avoid a meltdown, either feed them beforehand, or bring easy snacks they can eat.  Note about snacks:  bring snacks that aren’t going to be messy or dirty their faces or clothes.  So, nothing red or orange, like strawberries or carrot juice.  Think crackers.  This leads into Tip number two:

2. Don’t feed your kids sugar before or during the photo shoot

Say NO to sugary snacks because you don’t want hyper kids!  Giving candies or other sugary treats to a kid to help them behave is like adding gasoline to a smouldering fire…it doesn’t put it out, but only makes it worse.

One more thing about giving treats to kids for good behaviour:  If you want to give you kids treats to entice them to behave during the photo shoot, don’t give them the treats throughout the photo shoot.  I’ve seen this done quite a few times and it doesn’t actually make the kids behave better.  Why?  Probably because they’ve been getting the treats every 5-10 minutes, so they know they’re going to get another treat soon.  Why bother changing your behaviour when you know you’re gonna get the treat anyway?  Instead, if you told them that they’ll get the treats ONLY after the photo shoot, once they’ve proven that they behaved, then that might work out better for you.

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3. Bring Something Entertaining

I’m not talking about whipping out a tablet or iphone, because we all know that once an electronic device gets whipped out, all of the kids’ attention will be to get it and play with it.  I’m talking about their favourite toy.  For babies or very small children, a squeaky toy would help.  I sometimes use them above my camera and then squeak them to get the baby/child to look in my direction, instead of elsewhere.

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4. Be Patient

It may take a while for kids to warm up to their photographer.  After all, most kids have a fear of strangers, so if they’ve never met their photographer before, they’ll most likely be closed off and apprehensive towards that person.

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5. Make it Fun

Don’t stress yourself or your kids out by getting angry that they don’t want to pose during the photo session.  If we get your kids doing fun things, they can`t help but smile.  We can get some photos of you walking or running.  Maybe some photos of the kids on your shoulders.

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Book a Portrait Session

I love shooting outdoor portrait sessions.  There’s so many beautiful spots I can recommend for your family or child’s portrait session.  Contact me to book your portrait session.

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