Outdoor Winter Maternity Photos Gatineau QC

Outdoor Winter Maternity Photos Gatineau QC

Gatineau Maternity Photographer

Since it’s still a winter wonderland outside, I wanted to share some outdoor winter maternity photos Gatineau QC that I shot last winter.

Don’t be afraid to have your outdoor winter maternity photos taken.   Also don’t worry about being too cold.  I prefer not to shoot in weather any colder than -10ºC.  So, no worries to reschedule your photo session if the weather isn’t cooperating.  I love shooting outdoor winter maternity photos in Gatineau and Ottawa.  A lot of couples don’t know what to wear for their maternity photo session.  If you need help, check out my post about what to wear for maternity photos.

Contact me today to schedule your outdoor maternity photo session.  I also shot their little guy’s newborn photos, which happens to still be one of my favourite newborn photos so far.

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No pregnant?  I also photograph wedding photography and baby, cake smash and family photography.


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Gatineau Newborn Photographer Little Lamb Photography

Gatineau Newborn Photographer

Little Lamb Photography

As a Gatineau newborn photographer I love photographing precious newborn babies.  Speaking of newborn photography, this little guy is almost one year old.  Thus, I wanted to again share one of his newborn photos.  This is still one of my favourite newborn photos that I’ve taken because it includes so many personal items from his parents’ home.  They used to live in Africa, so they brought home many beautiful pieces of African art.  You can check out his parents’ Gatineau outdoor winter maternity photos.  For any readers who aren’t pregnant or have a baby, I also shoot wedding photography and family photos in Ottawa and Gatineau.

Gatineau Newborn Photographer

If you’re pregnant or recently had your baby, please contact me to book your maternity photos or newborn photo session.  I also shoot outdoor maternity photos.  I photograph pregnancy photo sessions in and around Ottawa, Ontario and Gatineau, Quebec.

Please feel free to view more of my newborn photography on my social media:

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Winter Maternity Photos Ottawa Photographer

Winter Maternity Photos Ottawa Photographer

Outdoor Winter Maternity Photography | Ottawa Maternity Photographer

A few weeks ago I photographed outdoor winter maternity photos of this couple.  We did the photo shoot an hour earlier due to the weather forecast.  It started off pretty mild and by the end of our shoot the winds were blowing and the temperature plummeted.  I’m glad they were troopers and that we were able to finish the shoot.  Enjoy these winter maternity photos in the snow.

I also wanted to include some answers that my client wrote about her experience of being pregnant and having a baby that can help other new mothers and women planning on getting pregnant.  Please take the time to read:

1)   How did you find out you were expecting and how did you tell the father?

  • I had a feeling (and I was hoping!) that I might be pregnant as I was a few days late, so I purchased a couple of pregnancy tests.  My husband, David, and I were packing for our summer vacation at the cottage.  Thus, I decided to take the test before we left for our trip.  When the test came back negative, I was very disappointed, especially so as we had been trying to start a family for some time.  I told David and he was disappointed too.  However, he could also see how it affected me, so he did his best to try and make me smile and move past the test result.  We continued to pack for our vacation, and unbeknownst to David, I decided to pack another pregnancy test, just in case.
  • Fast forward five days into our vacation and I was still unusually late.  I decided to take the other pregnancy test without telling David.  I thought if I did let him know, I might jinx the result.  After taking the test, the result flashed up – it was positive!!!  My hands were shaking as I held the test – I just couldn’t believe it!  I was so excited that I raced outside to find David.  When I found him, I told him to close his eyes and hold out his hands.  After reading the result, David was so surprised and extremely happy.  He high-fived me (which I thought was hilarious) and then gave me a big hug and kiss too!

2)   Did you find out the gender before the birth?

  • We did not find out the gender of our child before the birth as we both wanted it to be a surprise.

3)   How has pregnancy changed you as a woman?

  • I think it opened my eyes and my mind to how truly special and beautiful pregnancy and bringing a baby into the world really is.  I didn’t quite think about or realize how amazing it is until I was pregnant and actually experiencing and feeling the changes in my body.
  • As a woman, overall I just felt strength (mental and physical) knowing that I was bringing a baby into this world and that my husband and I would raise this child together as a team.
  • Also, it made me even more excited for our future – our little family of two was becoming a new family of three! 

4)   What advice do you wish you had known before getting pregnant?

  • Every baby (just like every person) is different.  Don’t get too caught up in comparing your baby to others and worrying about how your baby is doing.  It’s hard not to, but your energies are better spent doing more productive things.
  • Trust your instincts.  Even though you may have never done this before, you can and will figure it out and what you don’t know you can learn.  You don’t need to be perfect.
  • Finally, don’t ever solely rely on the internet for answers.  I found that my doctor and the public health nurses were the best sources of information and answers for any questions I had.  Trust me, the internet can really freak you out! 

5)   What is one thing you found beautiful about being pregnant?

  • I really enjoyed my pregnancy so it’s hard to just choose one thing.  I loved seeing my belly grow and feeling my baby kick.  She was quite active so it was really neat and special to feel her little kicks and flips. 

6)   What would you tell someone who just found out they were pregnant?

  • A few weeks ago, my cousin shared with me that she is expecting a baby in April.  She asked me for some advice on things she needed to buy to get ready for the baby.  I told her that the baby gear industry is like the wedding industry.  There is no limit to what’s available and it can be hard not to get sucked in by all the cute little things you think you need to buy.

Knowing that, we didn’t go crazy buying stuff at all.  As a close friend told me – you really don’t need much during the first few months.  The really important things are love and attention, food, some clothes and a safe and warm place to sleep.  Anything beyond that you can easily get later.  Stores are still open!  Having some time at home with your baby can really help you get to know each other better and help determine what other essentials they may need.

  • For us, we only got what we thought were the essentials, namely a car seat, a bassinet, a few clothes (onesies and sleepers), blankets for swaddling baby, diapers and a change pad.  Everything else we purchased as needed or were received as gifts from family and friends and from my baby shower.  Due to this approach, I can honestly say that there’s only one thing we bought that our baby didn’t really use – a bouncing chair – she just didn’t enjoy sitting in it!

7)   Can you share with our mommies where you purchased the items you wore for your maternity session?

  • I purchased most of my clothing from The Bay and Old Navy.  I tried shopping at a few maternity clothing stores.  However, I found that most of the clothes didn’t quite fit me properly. I’m only 5 feet, 2 inches and didn’t want to spend extra for tailoring.

I also found that those stores were really expensive for something I wouldn’t be wearing for a long time.  For me, I found what fit me best were regular sized cloths that were one or two sizes larger than what I normally wore and that had some stretch to them.  This worked especially well for dresses and leggings/tights.  Plus they are really comfortable! 


8)   Kind words about your photographer.

  • Linda is really wonderful and easy to work with.  I found her website when I was looking for a photographer for our maternity session and I was truly impressed by her work.  She takes beautiful photographs that capture the love and special moments between the couple and baby-to-be.  I especially was drawn to her outdoor maternity sessions because they looked so natural and unique (different scenery depending on the season were just so beautiful).
  • Linda was very flexible with dates for our session.  It was the middle of winter and I was hoping for an outdoor shoot after a fresh snowfall on a day that wasn’t forty below.  Due to Linda’s flexibility and dedication to accommodate our wishes, when Mother Nature gave us a day that met our needs, Linda was available, no questions asked.
  • On the day of the photo shoot, Linda took her time to make sure she got the photos both that she and we wanted.  She was patient with my (and my husband’s!) outfit changes as well.  She had great suggestions on how and where to stand and look, using the perfect natural surroundings to make a completely beautiful and memorable picture.  We were also able to include a few personal items in some of the shots (i.e. baby shoes, teddy bear, etc.)
  • The session was really fun and both my husband and I were extremely happy with all of the photos we received.  You can see that Linda takes her time to produce wonderful photographs that will last a lifetime.
  • We were so impressed with Linda and her work that we asked her to do a newborn photo session with our new baby daughter, Karina.


This maternity photo session was featured on I Heart Pregnancy.


If you’re need your maternity photos taken, I would love to hear from you.  Contact me to book your maternity photo shoot today.  You can check out more of my maternity photos on my portrait website, Little Lamb Photography.  If you really don’t know what to wear for your maternity photo session, check out my blog post of what to wear for maternity photos.

Not pregnant?  I also shoot wedding photography, cake smash photos and baby and family portraits.


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What to wear for maternity photos | Little Lamb Photography

Ottawa & Gatineau Maternity Photographer

What to wear for maternity photos by Little Lamb Photography.  Can I just start by stating that I love, love, love shooting maternity photos?  I don’t shoot studio style maternity photos because I’m a natural light photographer.  As a natural light photographer, I love shooting outdoors in beautiful locations.  My pregnancy photo sessions are shot outdoors all year round.  It doesn’t matter if it’s winter, spring, summer or fall.  Why?  Because each season has its own beauty to offer.  Honestly, you just need to dress for the weather–especially for winter and fall photos.  Many couples don’t know what to wear for their maternity photos.  I wanted to be as helpful as possible to my maternity clients.  So, I made a post to help you with what to wear for maternity photos.

Advice for all maternity photo sessions:

  • Don’t wear sweaters that have lint balls on them.  They REALLY show in the photos.
  • Old or dirty shoes look terrible in photos.
  • Women: dress shoes, nice sandals or boots look classy.  Have your toenails painted if you’re wearing open toe shoes.
  • Men: dress shoes or loafers look best.  Avoid wear running shoes.  Khakis or nice jeans with a button up shirt of polo shirt look great for men.  For fall, a vest or nice blazer are perfect touches.
  • Your hands will be showing for the belly poses, so make sure your nails look nice.
  • Accessories:  Beautiful earrings, rings, necklaces or bracelets will add pretty touches.
  • Wear classy, dressy clothes.  If you’re paying to have your photos taken it’s best to invest in how you look.
  • Please, no writing or large logos on clothing as it’s too distracting in the photos.  Simple patterns or plain colours are best.
  • Either shop for new outfits for your photo session OR wear new clothing that hasn’t been worn much yet.
  • Women, have your hair & makeup done so that you look your best (even if you do it yourself).
  • If you have pets at home, bring a lint brush in order to get rid of dog or cat hair.
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Get a manicure so that your nails look good for the belly shots.


Coordinate your outfit with your partner’s, but DO NOT match exactly.


Spring Maternity Photos:

Spring is so beautiful with the gorgeous apple and cherry blossoms, so you can wear bright or pastel colours.  To keep things looking classy, I do advise women to either wear a nice dress or nice pants and shirt.  Men should wear dressy jeans or khakis and a nice button up shirt or polo shirt.  If it’s a little cooler still, a nice jacket will do the trick to keep you warm and still look classy.


Summer Maternity Photos:

Summer offers so many beautiful backdrops and so many different colours for your maternity photos.  You pretty much have the whole colour wheel to choose from for your maternity outfits.  The only thing you need to think about in choosing your colour scheme is what your location backdrop looks like.  If your location is light florals, choose either a complimentary colour or pastels to stay within the colour scheme.  However, you don’t want to blend in with the location.


Fall Maternity Photos:

Fall is such a short time frame, but it is such a beautiful time to have outdoor maternity photos.  The weather can either be quite warm or quite cool, so you need to dress accordingly.   I advise for my maternity clients to layer up and/or wear pants with nice boots and a sweater or jacket.  You can bring several outfits to change into to add variety to your photos.  For fall, wear fall colours such as oranges, dark yellows, reds, green or browns.  Black will also work too.  Stay away from pinks and purples as they will tend to clash with the orange, yellow and red leaves.


Winter Maternity Photos in the Snow:

Portraits in the snow look like a winter wonderland.   I try to shoot in weather no colder than -10ºC.  Thus, I’m ok to reschedule if your scheduled session date is colder than that.  I want my couples and myself to not be freezing our butts off while shooting in the cold.  With that being said, I highly recommend for my couples to dress in layers for their winter photo session.

In conclusion, please, please, please steer clear of wearing a lot of white or cream colours.  They blend in too much with the snow.   For winter photos, you can pretty much wear any deep or dark coloured clothing as you will stand out against the snow.  However, stay away dark green as you don’t want to blend in with the evergreens, which may be in the background of your photos.  Bright colours, like reds, blues and purples stand out nicely against the snow and dark green pine trees.  Cute dress coats add a nice winter accessory for your wardrobe.



Finally, if you’re going for something feminine, think of floral prints and/or long, flowing dresses.  Pregnant women always look good in dresses.


My maternity photography has been featured on Little Peanut Magazine, I Heart Pregnancy, Inspire Blog, and Beauty & Lifestyle Mommy Magazine.  You can check out my featured work.  If you’re pregnant, I would love to photograph your outdoor maternity photo session in Ottawa or Gatineau.  Contact me today to book your session.

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2 Responses to “What to wear for maternity photos little lamb photography”

  1. Tia Mushka

    Nice maternity shots. I wish I had followed your advice on what to wear. I only have some pictures of me in ugly purple maternity overalls! Ha! Ha!

    • Black Lamb Photography

      Too bad you didn’t live closer for me to shoot your maternity photos.

Fall Engagement Photos Ottawa Ontario

Fall Engagement Photos Ottawa Ontario

Ottawa Engagement Photographer | Black Lamb Photography

Here’s some fall engagement photos in Ottawa, Ontario that I took of this great couple.  Their first wedding anniversary is coming up, so I decided to repost some of their fall engagement photos.  The day of their Ottawa engagement photo shoot the weather was great and these two showed up looking amazing.  I love when my couples make a real effort to look their best for their engagement photos.  After all, it’s not every day that you get professional portraits taken of yourself.  If you don’t know what to wear for your e-session, check out my blog post: What to wear for engagement photos.  And for those who are on the fence about whether to have professional engagement photos taken, please read my blog posting:  5 Reasons you should have engagement photos.

I love shooting engagement portrait sessions.  That’s one of the main reasons why I include them in all of my Ottawa wedding photography packages, free of charge.  I would love to shoot your engagement photos.  Contact me today to book your session.  In the meantime, take a look at their Ottawa winter wedding photos.

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Outdoor Ottawa and Gatineau Maternity Photography

Outdoor Ottawa and Gatineau Maternity Photography

Little Lamb Photography

Here’s a sneak peek of an outdoor winter pregnancy photo session that I shot yesterday in the snow.  We were able to get some great shots before the winds kicked up and the temperatures plummeted.  Stay tuned for more winter maternity photos of this beautiful lady.

Are you looking for outdoor Ottawa and Gatineau maternity photography inspiration?  Check out my outdoor maternity portfolio.

Also, if you’re looking for a pregnancy photographer, I’d love to hear from you.  Contact me today to book your pregnancy photo session.  You can’t even imagine how much I adore photographing maternity photo sessions.  There’s just something about photographing couples in love.  That’s why maternity and engagement photo sessions are my favourite things to shoot.  I shoot maternity portraits in and around Ottawa, Ontario and Gatineau, Quebec.

Check out more of my maternity photos on my portrait website, Little Lamb Photography.  Perhaps you’re unsure of what clothes to wear for maternity photos.  So, please read my post, What to wear for Maternity Photos.

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Rock the Shot January Photo Challenge

Rock the Shot January Photo Challenge

Gatineau Child Photographer

This month Rock the Shot January photo challenge.  The theme is our favourite photo from 2014.  This particular photo is definitely one of my favourite photos from 2014.  It was taken in a huge field that was completely covered in gorgeous Queen Ann’s Lace.  It was such a magical looking spot and I’m happy with how this photo shoot turned out.  You can check out some more photos from this photo shoot.

Rock the Shot January Photo Challenge


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    Love the soft colors on this shot. Beautiful child portrait.

Winter Engagement Photos at Parliament

Parliament Engagement Photos

Ottawa Engagement Photographer

Last week I photographed this couple’s Parliament engagement photos in Ottawa.  Although there was very little snow, at least it wasn’t too cold.  And despite there being a lot of construction on Parliament Hill, there were plenty of pretty spots to take photos.  I look forward to shooting their wedding at Strathmere in July 2015.  You can check out a recent Strathmere wedding that I shot.

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Are you newly engaged?  If so, congratulations!  If you’re looking for a wedding photographer, contact me to book a consultation.  I love photographing couples in love.  I photograph engagement photos in and around Ottawa, Ontario and Gatineau, Quebec.  As a natural light photographer, I love to shoot outdoors.  And please, if you have a special location you would like to use, I would be happy to accommodate your request.  I look forward to hearing from you.

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