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.


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.


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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Michael and Melanie’s Ottawa Winter Wedding

Michael and Melanie’s Ottawa Winter Wedding

Michael and Melanie’s Ottawa winter wedding day was a day to remember. As with any winter wedding, you have no clue of how cold the weather will be or if there will be snow or not. We were all hoping for the best, but it ended up being the worst. Their wedding day weather was a doozy, like a temperature of -22°C with the wind chill factor. I think it actually felt colder than -22°C at times when the wind really picked up mid-afternoon.


The ceremony was short and sweet, having been married by Mike’s pastor from his childhood. After the ceremony, we deaded to the museum for some outdoor photos. We had actually allotted an hour to do outdoor photos. However, with the severe cold, I shot their outdoor photos in 13 minutes from start to finish. My second shooter, Michelle, had to hold a golf umbrella over me in order to try and keep my cameras from getting too much snow on them.

It was cold!

Even though Michelle and I were bundled up in snow pants, hats, and mitts, that wind still hurt something fierce. I could only wear the mittens with the bare fingers sticking out, so that I could still press the buttons on my cameras. Within that 13 minutes of shooting outside, two of my fingers had gotten frost bite. Kudos to the entire wedding party–especially Mike and Mel–for braving the cold without coats, hats or gloves. They all did well for their outdoor photos. As you can see, there was a lot of snow blowing everywhere.

Good food. Good fun.

Aftwards, everyone went inside to warm up and then take some indoor photos. The reception went well. The food was great. And many old school beats were played by the DJ, which got everyone of all ages up and dancing. Even the little ones were up and dancing the backpack kid dance. (My eight-year-old does the floss and it always entertains me.) Mike and Mel, it was a pleasure to be able to document your special day for you. All the best to the both of you in 2020.


Their wedding day was brought together by the following vendors:

Did you like Michael and Melanie’s Ottawa winter wedding photos? If so, please take a peak at some of my other photography work. And, if you’re looking for a wedding photographer, I’d be thrilled to hear from you. Contact me to request my wedding photo pricing guide.

Michael & Melanie’s engagement session

Finally, take a look at their Ottawa engagement photo session, which we shot this past summer.

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Ottawa winter wedding sneak peek

Ottawa winter wedding sneak peek

Almost two weeks ago I shot Mike and Mel’s Ottawa winter wedding at the Aviation Museum. So, here’s an Ottawa winter wedding sneak peek from one of their outdoor winter wedding photos. More photos to come soon. Stay tuned!

I’d love to hear from you if you’re searching for a wedding photographer. Fill out my little questinnaire on my contact page and I’ll send you my wedding pricing guide. All of my wedding photography packages include two professional photographers, professionally edited digital files in a custom USB case. I hope to hear from you soon.


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5 Reasons Why You Should Do a First Look

I’m a HUGE fan of shooting a couple’s first look on their wedding day. Some couples may not know what a ‘first look’ is. This is when the couple chooses to see each other before the wedding ceremony and their photographer is there to document it. Those tender, magical moments are priceless. I do understand that many couples still prefer to stick with tradition and not see each other until the wedding ceremony. However, please hear me out by reading about 5 reasons why you should do a first look on your wedding day.


1. Share a Tender Moment Together

Imagine seeing your beautiful bride or handsome groom for the first time with no one else around, (except for your photographer documenting this tender moment). You can say whatever you want to each other and share in a special moment before the wedding ceremony. Most couples get teary eyed when they see each other. And why not, as it’s the most important day in their lives together. It’s really very touching to see people with their hearts on their sleave at that moment.


2. It Relieves Stress

Most couples are beyond stressed on the day of their wedding. When they do a first look and see each other for the first time, it helps to calm their nerves when they embrance and get to say some loving words to each other. This helps to cut the tension before the wedding ceremony. And talk about being in the moment!


3. You look your best

When you schedule your first look (and subsequently the formal portraits) before the ceremony, you’ll look your best in your formal photos. This is because you haven’t been sweating in your clothes for hours or been crying through the ceremony. And your family members will also look their best for the formal portraits for the exact same reasons. (P.S. The flowers won’t have started wilting yet!)


4. More photos of you!

That’s right. You’ll end up getting a lot more photos of the two of you. If you’re paying a professional photographer to take photos, why not maximize the amount of photos that you’ll get. Just imagine how amazing your wedding album will look (or wall portaits) with so many beautiful photos to choose from.


5. More Time to Spend with Guests

When couples schedule a ‘first look’, they need to make sure to have enough time scheduled to also shoot the formal portrait session right after the first look. That way we get all of the family and wedding party photos taken care of BEFORE the ceremony. This leaves the couple more time to spend with their guests after the ceremony, instead of leaving for a couple of hours to shoot their formal portraits. AND, the guests don’t have to twiddle their thumbs for a couple of hours between the ceremony and reception. It ends up being a nice win-win scenario.


I’ve given my 5 reasons of why you should do a first look on your wedding day. However, this sort of thing is not everyone’s cup of tea. No worries if you don’t want to do a first look on your wedding day. I’ll work with you on the sort of timeline you would like to do for your wedding photos. I can only give suggestions and the final say is up to you.


Are you newly engaged? Are you currently on the hunt for a wedding photographer? I’d love to hear from you! Contact me through my contact page and request my wedding photography pricing guide. And if you like what you see, we can also set up a time to meet. I look forward to hearing from you.


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Experimental Farm Winter Maternity

Experimental Farm Winter Maternity Photos

A few months ago I shot some Experimental farm winter maternity photos. These two lovelies were fantastic to work with. They were easy going and fun to work with.

The day wasn’t too cold and the sun came out halfway through the shoot. So, at least we weren’t freezing during the photo session. I liked their cute Icelandic sweaters that they wore. (They’ve visited Iceland too. I’m jealous.) The sweaters gave a nice homey touch to their pictures.

As with most of my clients, they were nervous to get their pictures taken. However, they soon warmed up for the camera and I was able to get some nice shots of them. Now, if this winter weather could be over soon, I’d be happy about that. For now, you can enjoy looking at these photos in the comfort of your heated home or office. Have a great day. 🙂


For those who are currently expecting, I’d love to hear from you. Contact me to book your photo session. If you’re just visiting because you’re looking for ideas for your own maternity session, you can read these helpful blog posts:

If you’re on the fence about booking a maternity session, you can take a peek at some of my past maternity photo shoots to see if this is something that you’d like to do. Whether you book with me or not, I highly suggest that you do a maternity photo session. You won’t regret it. It’s a beautiful way to document this wonderful time in your life. But for now, you can take a peek at these past pregnancy photo shoots:

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Winter Arboretum Pregnancy Photos

Winter Pregnancy Photos at the Ottawa Arboretum

Last month I shot some winter Arboretum pregnancy photos with this lovely couple. I was kind of apprehensive to shoot at the Arboretum in the winter, since it’s closed off for the season. I don’t want to put any of my pregnant clients in jeapardy, in case they slip and hurt themselves or their baby. However, this lady is an avid hiker, so this was easy for her. In fact, she already took her dog for a walk here a few days before to scout the location herself.

It was fairly mild and I’m glad there was some snow on the ground. It always gives a dreamy look for a backdground. And snow also helped them to pop out against the landscape. All in all, it was a pretty location with nice lighting (thank you clouds!). I got some really nice photos of them.

Props matter

I liked the unique props they included in their maternity photo session, like the amathest rock to signify their child’s birth stone. I also liked the little Christmas ornament that they can hang on the tree each year as a momento of their little one. It’s those little details that make a photo shoot more personal.

It was a pleasure to work with these two. I look forward to meeting their little one when he or she is born as I’ll be shooting their newborn photo session.


Maternity sessions are one of my favourite photo sessions to do. If you’re pregnant, I’d love to hear from you. Send me an email to book your photo session. 

If you’re on the fence about booking a maternity session, you can take a peek at some of my past maternity photo shoots to see if this is something that you’d like to do:

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