Newborn baby photos in Orleans Ontario CA

Newborn baby photos in Orleans Ontario CA

A few weeks ago I shot some newborn baby photos in Orleans Ontario CA.  This little girl was born premature (just a few days after her parents’ maternity session) and so we waited until she was big and strong enough to come home be with mommy and daddy.  Although she tried to fight sleep a little, I was able to get her to sleep thanks to my white sound machine and wrapping her up so she was snuggly and warm.

This particular newborn photo shoot has a lot of special props provided by mommy and daddy.  There were handmade hats and a stuffed animal, a mobile and daddy’s baby blankets. My favourite personal touch prop was a beautiful burgundy sari that mommy wore at their wedding.  I was able to wrap it over little baby K.  I like when people add personal touches to their baby’s newborn photos.  It makes the photos even more meaningful, not to mention unique.

If you’re looking for a newborn photographer, I would love to hear from you.  I also shoot maternity photography and one-year-old baby cake smash photos.  You can check out mommy and daddy’s outdoor winter maternity photos in Ottawa taken earlier this year.   No worries if you’re not pregnant and don’t need baby photos.  I also shoot wedding photography and engagement photography.


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Newborn Baby Photos in Gatineau QC Little Lamb Photography

Newborn Baby Photos in Gatineau QC

Little Lamb Photography

A few months ago I shot some newborn baby photos in Gatineau QC .  I just realized that I haven’t actually blogged about it yet.  So, without further ado, here are some of the photos from her newborn photo shoot.  This little girl was a real fighter and didn’t want to sleep for her newborn baby photos.  In the end, she was too exhausted to stay awake and then I was able to capture some sleepy baby photos.

I must mention that her grandmother made this beautiful baby quilt.  Mamma insisted that this blanket be used in the portraits and I couldn’t agree more.  It’s absolutely beautiful.  What a wonderful gift to cherish for a lifetime and the owl is a cute touch to the girly blanket.  I only wish I had that kind of talent to make a hand sewn quilt.

I enjoy shooting newborn photos.  If you’re currently pregnant, I would love to hear from you to book your newborn baby photo shoot.  I prefer to shoot maternity photos when you’re between 28-32 weeks pregnant.  I also LOVE shooting outdoor maternity portraits in Ottawa and Gatineau.  Contact me to book your maternity and/or newborn photo session.  The absolute best time to shoot newborn baby photos is when your baby is between 5-10 days old.  That is when you’ll get those beautiful sleepy baby poses.


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Smash the cake photos Gatineau QC Little Lamb Photography

Smash the cake Photos Gatineau QC

Little Lamb Photography

A few weeks ago, I shot some smash the cake photos Gatineau QC.  I’ve been looking forward to this particular photo session for almost a year now, since my friend told me she wanted me to take her daughter’s one year cake smash photos.  We planned the colours to use, what type of cake to have and what props to use.  We also planned all of the outfits her mom would bring for the photo session.  Mamma even made the gorgeous coral ombre rosette cake!  I was SUPER excited to do this photo session.  The photos turned out so well.  I’m really happy with the results.

Smash the cake photo sessions are one of my favourite things to shoot.  Thus, I’d love to photograph your baby’s smash the cake photo session.  So, contact me today to book a cake smash session.  I shoot cake smash photo sessions in my home in L’Ange Gardien, QC (20 minutes east of downtown Ottawa).  You can view more of my work on my baby portrait website, Little Lamb Photography.  Check this little girl’s portrait session.

UPDATE:  The cake smash session was published on Beauty & Lifestyle Mommy Magazine.  Check it out.  🙂as seen on blmommy_blog_font-2015

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2 Responses to “Smash the cake photos Gatineau QC Little Lamb Photography”

  1. Luesha

    You did an amazing job Linda. I love every picture. Thanks for everything.

    • Black Lamb Photography

      I’m glad you like how they turned out. It was great seeing you. I wish we lived closer to each other. 🙂

Newborn Photos Ottawa Baby Photographers

Newborn Photos

Ottawa Baby Photographers

Here’s a sneak peak of this baby girl whose newborn photos I took this week.  I’m an Ottawa baby photographers and I would love to shoot your child’s newborn portraits.    I also shoot wedding photography in Ottawa, ON.  Contact me to book your next photo shoot.

In the meantime, enjoy this photo of a sweet baby girl.   I love that her mom wanted to include one of her saris in the photo shoot.

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Gatineau Baby Photographer Little Lamb Photography

Gatineau Baby Photographer Little Lamb Photography

Here’s a sneak peek of this little angel whose portraits I shot a few days ago.  Isn’t she a sweetie?  I also shot her cake smash portraits, so look for them to be posted soon.

If you’re looking for a baby photographer, contact me to book your child’s photo session.   I also shoot cake smash photos in my home in L’Ange Gardien (just 25 minutes east of downtown Ottawa).

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Why I Can’t Charge the Same as Big Box Studios

Why I Can’t Charge the Same as Big Box Studios

Gatineau and Ottawa Portrait Photographer

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A while ago I wrote a blog post about why I can’t charge the same as big box studios.  I decided to repost because it’s still relevant.

As a photographer I love when people compliment my photography.  I get an even bigger thrill when people like my work so much that they pay what I charge.   I value photography, so I understand the importance of capturing these moments for my clients. Professional photography is not a priority for a lot of people.  Thus, how much they’re willing to pay for a photo session or photography products reflects that.  Don’t get me wrong.  I understand that most people have a budget.  I  also understand that having professional photos taken is considered a luxury for many.  That’s why Walmart, Sears and Superstore have studios offering cheaply priced portrait sessions.  These big box studios cater to people who want portraits taken, but don’t want to spend much money.

Many people are happy to just have some decent looking photos to hang on their walls.  That’s fine with me. However, what bothers me is when people want custom photography, but either at big box portrait studio prices or cheaper. You can’t compare apples to oranges.  Wanting a professional photographer to shoot custom photography and give you the digital files, prints, etc. for cheap is like going to an upscale restaurant, ordering the filet mignon and expecting to pay the same price as a McDonald’s hamburger. It just can’t work like that. McDonald’s can charge cheap prices because they serve poor quality food and their employees are paid minimum wage.  They also serve high volume, assembly line service. Meanwhile, an upscale restaurant is paying for a trained chef, waiters, quality food and creating a unique dining experience.

Photography Pricing

My photography prices are certainly not on the high end of professional photography prices in my area. I’m somewhere in the middle for pricing. With that said, I need to be able to charge enough to:

  1. Cover my time spent prepping and packing gear, driving to and from photo locations, doing the actual shoot and post production of photos.  This includes uploading photos, colour correction, photo shop, uploading galleries, client communications, etc.  If everyone else gets paid to work, shouldn’t we get paid for our work too?
  2. Charge enough to purchase the equipment that I need to do the photo shoot and post processing of my clients’ images.  This includes cameras, lenses, flashes, computer, computer software, etc. Charging next to nothing for prints or digital files won’t cover my costs of doing business. Many people think that shooting digital costs very little, so why shouldn’t we give the digital files for next to nothing.  Here’s an example: I own two camera bodies and multiple lenses. One camera body costs $2000+ and each of my lenses costs between $500-$2000. Shooting digital is NOT cheap!
  3. I need to pay for the gas and maintenance of my car.  I use it to drive to different photography locations, meet with clients, etc.  There’s also the tens of thousands of dollars I’ve  spent for education, marketing, buying props, insurance, etc.  The list goes on and on.

To illustrate my point, I took my daughter to three different discount photo studios to have her portrait taken.  Afterwards, I did a photo session of her myself to show the difference in quality.  To help make a better comparison, I dressed her in the same outfit.


First, was Walmart. They had an online special for $9.99.  It included one 8″x10″, two 5″x7s″, four 3 1/2″ x 5s″, 16 wallets and 16 keepsakes of the same pose. To purchase a CD of all the digital photos, you must purchase their $199 photo package. Altogether I was there for about 30 minutes.

When I asked when I would get the photos, the girl said it takes 2-3 weeks as the photos are printed in the US and shipped to Canada. Let’s do the math. Walmart is paying their part time *employee minimum wage ($10/hr). She spent a 1/2 hour with me, which means $5 of the $10 I paid goes towards paying their employee. Then they have to pay the US photo lab to print and ship the photos to Canada. Clearly, Walmart has made no money from this photo session. Is it any wonder why both Walmart and Sears in the US closed down all of their portrait studios due to losses? No one can sustain a photography business by working for free and giving everything away–not even Walmart or Sears.

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*When I asked the Walmart photographer if she was a trained photographer, she said no.  She’s a college student majoring in marketing. This is why people can’t compare Walmart’s portrait photography prices to a professional photographer running their own business.  I’m not a 20-year-old student working a part-time job to pay for school. I’m in business to actually make a living.  I can’t pay my bills if everyone expects me to charge unsustainable prices. Don’t even get me started on how many people over the years have asked me to shoot their wedding for free or for peanuts. Essentially, they’re asking me to spend time away from my family (including my young daughter), work during my free time, put wear and tear on my camera equipment and car and forgo paying my own bills because they think they deserve a luxury that they can live without.


Superstore was next. I chose the $10 economy package.  It includes two 8″x10s″, two 5″x7s″ and 16 wallets. (Presently, they have no digital purchase options.) Superstore’s studio was a step up from Walmart.  Their studio was closed off (unlike Walmart’s open concept, which allowed my daughter to keep running away). Superstore also had nicer props than Walmart.

There was one thing that didn’t impress me.  My daughter wouldn’t stand still to have her photos taken.  I asked she could sit on the rocking horse.  However, I was told ‘no’, since I bought the cheapest package. The flyer with their pricing even says “1 pose, colour only and no props.” Imagine if I told my clients that certain props were only to be used by the higher paying clients?!? (The ONLY reason why my daughter was allowed to sit on that red chair is because she wouldn’t sit or stand still.  Thus, the only way to save the photo session was to get her to sit on it.)

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Next, was Sears portrait studio. I paid $14.99 for the portrait session and $9.99 for one 8″x10″ unprocessed print. To get a print that had ANY minor work done to it, I had to pay an extra $10. As far as buying the digital files from Sears: one “unenhanced” digital file costs $79.99, three “unenhanced” digital files are $149.99 and the CD of all of the “unenhanced” files is $199.99. If you want a few cheesy enhancements to your photos, you’ll pay $249.99 for the CD of photos.

Let’s compare how much time is spent on your photo shoot.  Sears spends 10-20 minutes of post production on your photos and they’re charging between $200-250 for a CD of digital files. Meanwhile, I spend 5-6 hours of post production to make sure that the final images are beautiful.  Please explain to me the logic of why I should charge less or even the same as them?

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Little Lamb Photography

Finally, I did my daughter’s photo shoot myself. Unlike the big box portrait studios, I prefer to do my photo sessions outside in order to get many different types of backgrounds. I also find that photographing children outdoors is far easier than inside using strobes (flash units). With strobes you’re restricted to where you can angle your camera by the lighting as well as the backdrop.  Outdoors, I can let kids play and have fun while I shoot their photos. I find that this method results with more natural photos.



Ultimately, everyone will have their own opinion of the quality of the various portraits done by the different companies. I prefer good quality over cheap, so I prefer custom photography over any big box studio. In any case, you’re free to be the judge and make your own conclusion. Just know where I’m coming from and why I can’t charge the same prices as big box studios.

If you’re a client who values quality portrait photography, I would LOVE to hear from you!  Contact me today to book your portrait photography session.

My photography has been featured on 35+ photography blogs.  Some include: I Heart Faces, Little Peanut Magazine, Beauty & Lifestyle Mommy Magazine, Tiny Prints, How He Asked, Melissa Hearts Weddings, Brown Sparrow Wedding, SnapKnot and The Frosted Petticoat.  You can check out some of my photography features.

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My Favourite Wedding Venues in Ottawa ON

My Favourite Wedding Venues in Ottawa ON and Gatineau QC

I’ve been shooting weddings here in Ottawa, ON and Gatineau, QC since 2008 (before that was in the GTA where I used to live).  I’ve shot at quite a few different venues over the years in the Ottawa and Gatineau area.  To help future brides and grooms find the perfect venue, I decided to make a list of several of my favourite wedding venues in Ottawa ON and Gatineau QC that I’ve either shot at or am hoping to shoot at in the near future.

Stonefields:  I LOVE shooting at Stonefields.  For any couples getting married at Stonefields, I’m offering a fantastic incentive to hire me to be your wedding photographer because I love to shoot there.  Check out my Stonefield’s Wedding special.


Billings Estate Museum:  What can I say about Billings Estate?  To make it short and sweet, it’s a beautiful house with pretty gardens right smack dab in the city.

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Fairmont Château Laurier:  I shot a wedding there years ago and LOVED it.  I would love the opportunity to shoot there again as it’s so gorgeous, not to mention classy.



Mariposa Farm:  I love anything remotely rustic, so barns, farm animals and open fields make me a happy photographer.  Mariposa Farm doesn’t disappoint in rustic touches.  They come complete with cows, horses, ducks and geese.

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Pinhey’s Point:  This is a beautiful rustic spot to have an outdoor wedding ceremony.  The wedding that I shot there had the ceremony in the old kitchen ruins.  It made such a perfect spot for a quaint wedding ceremony.

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Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm:  I shot a wedding at Stanley’s several years ago and would love to shoot there again.  I love rustic settings and Stanley’s is definitely rustic.

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Strathmere:  Strathmere is such a pretty wedding spot on the outskirts of Ottawa.  I love its rustic charm.

I also have a list of wedding venues that I would LOVE to shoot at:

I’m currently offering an extra hour (or two) for certain wedding venues.  Check out my list of Ottawa wedding venues that I’m offering an extra hour (or two) of photography coverage for free in order to shoot there.  🙂

If you’re getting married, I would love to hear from you.  E-mail me to set up an appointment and you can tell me all about your awesome wedding plans.

My wedding and engagement photography has been featured on various wedding blogs, including: Melissa Hearts Weddings, How He Asked, Savvy Deets, Ottawa Wedding Magazine, SnapKnot, Champagne Sweets, Plans and Presents, The Westchester Wedding Planner, Weddabroad, Daydreaming Bride, Bridebox, Hochzeitsportal24, RSVP Events and Wedding Thingz.

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  1. Bethany

    Wow! These venues are absolutely gorgeous!

What to Wear for Engagement Photos Ottawa Photographer

What to Wear for Engagement Photos

Ottawa and Gatineau Engagement Photographer | Black Lamb Photography

I wanted to help my couples look their best for their engagement photo shoot, so I’ve written this blog post to help you know what to wear for engagement photos.


Dress to Impress:

I prefer for couples to wear dressed up casual clothes or dressy clothes. For men, a nice polo or button up shirt with dressy jeans or khakis looks awesome. For ladies, a beautiful dress or skirt with nice shoes looks beautiful. If you prefer to wear pants, slacks or dressy jeans look nice. Jackets, nice sweaters or dress coats look good for colder weather.  Of course, it will depend on the weather.


Women, please take care to choose outfits that will flatter you. You don’t need to be a size 4 or smaller to look fabulous.  You just need to dress for your shape.  I’ve seen some plus-sized ladies who rock their look because they know how to dress for their body. Most women don’t have perfect model bodies. We have things that we’re self conscious of. We all want to look our best, so to help you look your best, avoid clothes that are too baggy, too tight or just too revealing in any way.

Photoshop is not your miracle worker:

I may be a wizard at Photoshop and I will definitely pose you to your best advantage. However, don’t expect me to photoshop anyone to look slimmer, unless you plan on compensating me for the extra time it takes me to create those Photoshop miracles, which is presently $40/photo. ‘Nuff said about that.

You can also wear traditional clothing if you prefer. You could wear a sari or cheongsam. If you want to wear that, by all means wear it as it will give a unique touch to your photos.


I will say one more thing. When all is said and done, if you have an outfit that makes you feel like a million bucks and you’ve already had tonnes of compliments about how you look in it, that’s probably the outfit that you should wear.

Dress Appropriately:

If you’re having your photos taken in a rustic location, you might want to choose a more casual look.  However, I would still advise to wear nice shoes and pants, but maybe not a dress. If you’re having your photos taken in an urban setting, more dressy clothes would be more appropriate. If you do decide to have your photos taken in an open field or in front of a barn, by all means wear dressy clothes if you choose. It’s up to you, of course.wakefield-rustic-engagement-photo-shoot

If you’re having your photos taken at a funkier sort of location, you can get away with wearing more casual wear. Better yet, bring an extra outfit to change into to add variety to your engagement photos.graffiti-wall-engagement-photos-ottawa-ontario-black-lamb-photography

Colours and Patterns:

Don’t match your outfits entirely so that you look like twins, but do collaborate with your fiancé with the colour scheme. You could have a small element, like a scarf, necklace or shoes that match the colour or pattern of what your fiancé is wearing.

Gone are the days of couples wearing matching outfits. Remember when everyone wore jeans or khakis with white shirts so that they matched in their portraits? Those outfits belong in the past, so please, please, please don’t dress like people stuck in the 90s. I cringe when I even think that some people still dress that way for photos.


You can read this blog post about what to wear for colour suggestions for different seasons.



For women, a beautiful necklace, scarf, bracelet, earrings and rings are beautiful touches for an ensemble. Choose a couple of tasteful and stylish pieces to accentuate your outfit. You don’t need to wear all types of accessories. Remember less is ALWAYS more. For men, a stylish watch adds to an outfit.what-to-wear-for-engagment-photos-ottawa-engagement-photographer8


In keeping with the theme of dressing to impress, steer clear of wearing shoes that are scuffed up or dirty looking. Men: For men, loafers, dress shoes or nice boots look awesome in helping you to achieve a GQ look, or even just a stylish look.  In order to maintain a dapper look, stay away from running shoes, unless they happen to be metro-sexual styled sneakers and you’re going for a metro-sexual look. Women:  boots, heels or pretty flats will keep you looking feminine and stylish. If you want to wear open toed shoes, please get a pedicure.engagement-photography-gatineau-ottawa-wedding-photographers

Socks for men:

To maintain a classic look wear black, brown or navy socks. To be playful men can wear argyle or bright coloured socks. However, please for the love of all that’s good and holy, DO NOT WEAR WHITE SOCKS!!! That is a HUGE fashion faux pas!  My eyes bleed whenever I see men wearing white socks! (Ok, that was overly dramatic, but you get my point,)


Women, if possible, have your hair styled for your engagement photo session. A genius way to do this so as not to be out extra money is to schedule your wedding hair trial appointment on the same day as your engagement photo shoot. And/or you can also schedule your wedding makeup trial on the same day as your e-session. By doing this you kill two beauty birds with one stone.


One of my former brides scheduled her trial hair appointment on the same day as her engagement photo shoot, while another one of my brides scheduled her trial makeup appointment on the same day as her engagement photo shoot. By doing this, these ladies looked GORGEOUS for their engagement photos.



If you choose to wear a hat, please don’t wear a baseball cap. They bring the class factor way down.  I understand that some men wear baseball caps to cover the fact that they’re losing hair. However, a baseball cap is not the way to go.  There are other types of hats that can be worn: flat cap, newsboy, fedora, pork pie, panama, etc. For men who are bald or have a large bald spot, I recommend to wear a hat in order to cover the bald spot.  It’s not to cover the fact that you have no hair.  It’s actually to avoid the shiny spot that will undoubtedly be on your head.

I almost always shoot with the sun behind my clients to get the pretty light. By doing that, it highlights your head, including that hairless, shiny spot. Trying to tone down that shiny spot in post production has some challenges.


Savvy Women Wear Makeup:

Unless you have perfectly matt skin (ie. no shine) with zero blemishes, I highly advise all women to wear makeup for their engagement photo session. I know not all women like to wear makeup, but pretty please make an exception this one time. These are your engagement photos that you will be showing to everyone (and possibly adding in your wedding invitations). You don’t need to wear much to get the job done. A little concealer under the eyes and on the face hides dark circles and blemishes while a touch of powder keeps the shine factor down.


Some lipstick helps to accentuate the lips. If you’re like me and your lips are close to the same colour as the rest of your face, be sure to wear a coloured lip gloss or lipstick so that your lips actually stand out from the rest of your face, instead of blending right in. When in doubt, hire a makeup artist. Better yet, you can schedule your trial wedding makeup appointment on the same day that you’re having your engagement photo session.


Your hands will be showing in your engagement shoot to show the engagement ring, so make sure you get a manicure–even if you get a friend to do it. Those digits need to look awesome for the ring shots.


Book your Engagement Photo Session!


I would love to photograph your wedding and engagement photos as I LOVE shooting portraits of couples in love.  Please note that I include complimentary engagement photo shoots in all of my wedding photography packages. Contact me today to book your wedding date and engagement photos.

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