Ottawa Arboretum Spring Family Portraits

Ottawa Arboretum Spring Family Portraits

Last spring I had the opportunity to photograph some Ottawa arboretum spring family portraits of this adorable little family.  It was a nice sunny day.  The trees were in bloom and this family’s outfits were on point.  I love that they had the same colour scheme, but didn’t dress all the same.  The kids would rather have been doing something other than getting their photos taken.  However, in the end, I was able to get some really fun photos of them.  I think the photos turned out well.  I hope you like them.

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Are you in the market for a family photographer?  Yes?  Well, you’ve come to the right place!  I shoot outdoor family photos in and around Ottawa, Ontario and Gatineau, Quebec.  Contact me to book a portrait session.  I look forward to hearing from you.  🙂

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Turquoise Pink Lilac Cake Smash

Turquoise Pink Lilac Cake Smash

This week I shot a turquoise pink and lilac cake smash session with an adorable little girl. This is my third time photographing her. I`ve worked with her parents four other times. It’s always nice to work with repeat clients and especially to see their little families grow.

She was so smiley, which made for such great photos. She smiled throughout the whole cake smash photo session. I find that most babies are quite apprehensive to touch the cake at first. And they may continue to be a bit shy towards the cake. However, this little one was more than fine to touch her cake and to play with it. She also liked eating it. And why not? Who wouldn’t want to have their cake and eat it too?

I loved the pretty purple ombre cake. I love seeing what sorts of cakes my clients bring to the cake smash sessions. Due to allergies and other liabilities, I don’t provide the actual cake for cake smash sessions. So, my clients either make their own smash cake or they get a bakery to make it for them. The pretty smash cake from this photo shoot was made by La Provence Bakery in Kanata.

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Contact me to book your baby’s cake smash session

If your baby is turning one soon or has turned one over the last couple of months, contact me to book a cake smash session. I love shooting smash the cake photos. They’re a lot of fun to watch how the baby will react to the cake and also to see how much they love the sweetness when they finally try it. I also shoot cake smash sessions for two year olds. Cake smash photo sessions are shot in my home in L’Ange-Gardien, QC (20 minutes east of downtown Ottawa.)

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  1. Kate Gansneder

    Oh my goodness, she is just PRECIOUS!! I love her blue dress.

Ottawa Cake Smash Photos

Ottawa Cake Smash Photos

About a week and a half ago, I shot these Ottawa cake smash photos with this little cutie. Her talented mother made the cake as well as painted the cake stand. And can you believe that she hand painted that beautiful wall mural too? Some people are regular Martha Stewart types. Not me, but I can totally appreciate other’s talents.

My home is currently under construction, so we did their cake smash session in their home. This is their beautiful nursery. You can see more of the nursery from this little gal’s Ottawa in home newborn session from last year.

This little girl wasn’t entirely convinced that eating cake was the best option for her. She preferred to gnaw on a small plastic toy wth a bit of icing on it, rather than eat the cake. We even broke off small chunks of cake and tried to hand it to her. She wasn’t biting. Nope. However, I’m sure soon enough she’ll know what’s she`s missing.

We got some great shots of little miss H. She gave us cute smiles. I realized later that the pink bunny that she has in some of the photos is the same pink bunny we used in her newborn photos. What a difference in size though. It’s so nice to see how much babies grow.

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Is your baby turning one of two soon? I shoot cake smash photo sessions for babies turning one and two years old. Contact me today to book a smash cake photo shoot for your baby. They’re one of my favourite sorts of sessions to photograph.

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I wanted to let everyone know that my photography businesses are on Instagram.  I’d love for you to follow Black Lamb Photography-Little Lamb Photography on Instagram .  That way you can see what I’m up to.  I post fairly regularly, so that you an see what I’m up to.

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Are you ready to book your portrait session?  Great!  Contact me today and we can choose a date for your portrait session.  I photograph family photos, maternity photos, newborn pictures, baby portraits.  And I also shoot engagement and wedding photos.  I also shoot cake smash photos in my home in L’Ange-Gardien, QC (20 minutes east of downtown Ottawa).

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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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