5 Things to ask a wedding photographer before booking

5 Things to ask a wedding photographer before booking

Ottawa Wedding Photographer

Asking questions is never a stupid thing.  It’s a great way to be as informed as possible in making important decisions.  Wedding photography is a pricey investment  for most people.  So, before you commit to a big chunk of change, ask questions.  I’ve written about 5 things to ask a wedding photographer before booking:

5 Things to ask a wedding photographer before booking

 

1. Equipment:

Do they actually use a professional grade digital SLR?  Or, do they use an amateur camera with lens kit?  You don’t need to know the model of each camera body or lens they have, but just make sure that it’s good quality equipment.  They should also know how to use their equipment properly.  No point and shoot cameras and no using auto settings.  And definitely they shouldn’t be using that dinky pop up flash on their camera!

2. Computer Software:

Does the wedding photographer use professional computer software such as Photoshop, Lightroom or Portrait Professional?  Even if they have the software, does their portfolio show that they actually know how to use it?  Will they take the time to do proper post production on your cherished wedding photos?  Or, are they *shoot and burn photographers? (*they shoot photos, download them onto their computer and then burn onto a DVD/USB.  The photos will either not be colour corrected, no photoshop work as been done or neither thing has been done.  Imagine if you broke out with a huge pimple and it was in every single shot because your shoot and burn photographer didn’t take the time to remove it).

3. Photography Contract:

Does the wedding photographer have a contract?  If they don’t have a contract, head for the hills!  You should sign an agreement stating what you will pay and what you will be getting (including number of photography hours, what other products you will receive, etc.).  Before signing the contract, go over it in full.  Once the contract is signed and the retainer is paid, whatever is on the signed contract is the full agreement between you and your photographer.

4. Will the photographer you  are interviewing be the actual photographer at your wedding? 

Sometimes photography studios will book more than one wedding on the same day.  So, they end up hiring other photographers to shoot those weddings.  If the photographer you are interviewing will not be your photographer for your actual wedding, ask to interview the photographer who will be shooting your wedding.  You want to get a feel to see if you will connect with that person.  Why?  Because there could be a personality clash or their vision isn’t what you had envisioned.  You also want to see the actual portfolio of the associate photographer to see if their style matches what you want.  Years ago my cousin hired a wedding studio based on their portfolio.  However, it was the portfolio of the owner, but he didn’t shoot the wedding.  He hired another photographer to shoot the wedding, but the other photographer didn’t have the same style as the studio owner.  So, my cousin and his wife hated their wedding photos.

5. References: 

If you are still not 100% about a photographer, you can ask to communicate with several of their past wedding clients so that you can ask them about their own experience with the photographer.  If they are unwilling to give you references to check, ask yourself why they don’t want to offer that important insight.  You might want to reconsider if that is the case.

Are you newly engaged?  Perhaps you’re looking for a wedding photographer.  Contact me for a wedding photography consultation.  Or contact me to book an engagement photo session.

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5 Ideas of How to use your Engagement Digital Files

5 Ideas of How to use your Engagement Digital Files

Ottawa Wedding Photographers

As a photographer, I love having taking photos and having my photos taken.  I also have quite a few (ok, a lot) of photo albums.  And, of course, I love to display said photos around my home.  As much as I love viewing digital image online, I prefer tangible images that I can actually hold in my hand.  It’s the same with books for me.  I’m not a kindle kinda gal.  I love to hold a book and smell it’s pages.  I don’t want to have to stop reading a book I love because the battery on my kindle is about to die.  With that said, having prints on display around your home aren’t the only way you can use your engagement photos.  So, I’ve written about 5 ideas of how to use your engagement digital files.

5 Ideas of How to use your Engagement Digital Files

1. Save the Date or Wedding Invitations

You can choose one or a couple of photos from your engagement session and use them in your save the date or wedding invitations.  When my husband and I got married, we used two photos from our engagement session on our wedding invitations.  In my church, that has been kinda of a thing for the past 20 years.  I liked the tradition because you can keep the wedding invitation as a momento of loved ones who invited you to their wedding.  The wedding invitations of my close friends are stored in my journals and some are in a scrapbook.  I love looking at them every so often because it brings back memories of that moment in time and makes me happy.  So, I decided to also do that for our own wedding invitations.  Some of my family members still have our wedding invitation on display in their homes.

2. Create a Guest Signing Book

You know how most couples display a book with lined pages for their guests to sign?  You can choose the road most travelled, or you can take the more colourful and exciting route.  Create a guest signing book, which will display your engagement photos on the pages that your guests will sign.  How cool is that?  There’s lot of online companies that can print a coffee table style book for you.  They also have the online software that you can use to create your pages.

3. Hang Prints in Your Home

As I mentioned before, I’m a lover of tangible prints.  You’ve had professional portraits taken of the two of you, so put them on display!  It will be so nice for you to see the prints in your home, whether you’ve got a large printed canvas hanging on your wall or a framed 8×10 print on your coffee table.  I just had our most recent family portrait printed on a 24×36 canvas and it’s hanging in our living room.  I see it whenever I’m sitting in the living room watching tv or when I just walk into the living room.  It makes me happy to see it because it’s of the people I love the most in this world.

4. Use your engagement portraits on your holiday cards

There are still many people who don’t live together until they’re married.  There’s others who live together before marriage, but then move into a larger home after marriage.  Either way, moving takes up a lot of spare time outside of work.  If you’re free time is being sucked up packing and unpacking an entire household, chances are you don’t have time to get another portrait taken for your holiday cards.  No worries.  Just use one or two of your engagement photos on your holiday card.  Easy peasy.

5. Create a beautifully printed album

Get an album printed with your engagement photos.  They could also be included in your printed wedding album.  No matter what sort of album you choose, it will be an family heirloom.  Not only will the two of you cherish the printed album, but your children will cherish it as well.

Are you newly engaged and needling some engagement portraits taken?  I’d love to hear from you!  Send me a quick e-mail and we can arrange a day that I can photograph your engagement photos.

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4 Tips for Quick Family Portraits at Your Wedding

4 Tips for Quick Family Portraits at Your Wedding

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No matter if you like them or not, you’re going to need to have family portraits taken at your wedding.  Your parents, grand parents and other family members will want to have portraits taken with you and your new spouse.  Remember, those photos will become family heirlooms.  The only way you’ll get away without having any family photos taken is if you decide to elope.  I know how taking a bunch of family photos at a wedding can feel like that noise that nails on a chalkboard make.  So, to help out couples who are getting married, I’ve written a post with 4 tips for quick family portraits at your wedding.  It’s mainly to help you get through the family portraits as quickly as possible.

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1. Make a List

First of all, I tell all of my couples to make a list of ALL family shots.  I also tell them to be very specific with not only each shot they need, but also to include the names of each person in each shot.  Don’t just write, bride, groom, aunts and cousins.  You need to assign someone to read the actual names off the list.  If they read aunts and cousins, it may not cue in to the people that it’s their turn to be in the shot.  But, if they hear, Aunt Sally or Uncle Paul, their ears will most likely prick up as their name will catch their attention.

4 Tips for Quick Family Portraits at Your Wedding

2. Don’t Hold the Guests Hostage

This brings me to my next tip.  Secondly, don’t hold your guests hostage.  Your little old grandmother doesn’t want to wait around for a half hour waiting for her turn to have her portraits taken with the newly married couple.  When you create your family group shot list, you make sure to put all elderly people (or anyone with health problems) at the beginning of the list.  We bang those shots off first.  Then they can get on with either having a seat in the shade or go inside where there’s air conditioning.  We don’t want them to suffer unnecessarily.

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3.  Do the Group Shot First

Thirdly, do you want a group shot of everyone at the wedding?  If so, get your officiant to announce during the ceremony that everyone will need to either stay put or go to X spot for a group shot.  If you don’t do that, you’ll have much better luck herding cats than a large group of people.

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4. The Portraits Need to Be Taken Before the Booze Flows

Finally, you want to make sure that you get all of those family group shots taken before people start drinking.  Frankly, some guests get liquored up at wedding receptions and then act like idiots.  Before they get to that stage, snag them for a quick portrait with you and then they can be on their way to tipsy land.

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Are you newly engaged?  Are you in the market for a wedding photographer?  I’d love to hear from you!  Contact me to book a wedding photography consultation.

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Cake Smash Portrait Client Testimonial

Cake Smash Portrait Client Testimonial

Gatineau Baby Photographers

Cake smash photo sessions are one of my favourite things to photograph.  I love decorating a pretty backdrop for each client in their chosen colours.  I also love to watch their baby eat cake (many for the first time.)  However, the cherry on top is when my clients are super happy with their photos.  My goal is always to create the most beautiful portraits for my clients.

Did you have concerns about spending money on photography? How do you feel about the purchase now?

“The only concern about spending money on photography is that you hope the pictures are good…In my case, they turned out great!”

 What, specifically, was your favorite part of your portrait session, and why?

“The level of preparation. When we got there the set was all set up and looked great.  Since it was a cake smash, we were even able to wash baby on the spot.”

 If you were to recommend Little Lamb Photography to your best friend, what would you say?

“I would say it was very easy and the product was amazing.”

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Check out her daughter’s pink and gold cake smash portrait session that I shot about a month ago.  If you’re looking for a professional photographer to capture portraits of your baby or your family, get in touch with me.  I’d love to work with you!

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Dows Lake Winter Maternity Photo Session

Dows Lake Winter Maternity Photo Session

Ottawa Maternity Photographers

Last week I had the pleasure to shoot a Dows Lake winter maternity photo session with this awesome couple.  The weather forecast said that the temperature would be a balmy -2°C.  However, with the wind chill factor, it was about -13°C, which was quite chilly.  However, these guys were troopers.  Not only did they pose for their maternity photo session without their coats, but they did it with smiles on their faces.  They were so great to work with, which made my job a lot easier and enjoyable.

The day we shot their maternity photo session was the day of their wedding anniversary.  And the cute thing was that they chose Dow’s Lake as the location for their maternity photo shoot because it’s where they got married.  How swoon worthy is that?

I must mention a bitter-sweet fact.  When they booked their session a few months ago, they had asked if their dog, Heidi, could be included in the shot.  Of course, I’d be happy to shoot portraits of them with their beloved pet.  Sadly she passed away recently.  So, they brought her dog collar to be included in the shoot in memory of sweet Heidi.  You can see her heart shaped name tag pinned to his shirt in the photos.  I was more than happy to include a closeup of them holding Heidi’s name tag/collar for a belly closeup.  It’s sad that Heidi couldn’t be in their maternity shoot, but I’m happy for them that they could still have a part of her with them in their photos.

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I adore photographing outdoor portraits.  Are you pregnant?  Perhaps you’re looking for a family photographer.  I`d love to create some beautiful outdoor portraits of you and your loved ones.  Contact me to book your portrait session.  I shoot outdoor maternity and family portraits all year round.

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1250 Instagram Followers

1250 Instagram Followers

Ottawa Professional Photographers

Last week I reached having 1250 Instagram followers.  I’m super excited about that.  It hasn’t been a year yet, so I can’t wait to see where my Instagram account will be when I reach the one year mark.  You can follow me on my Instagram account to see what I’m currently up to.

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Perhaps this is your first time visiting my blog.  If so, I’ll make a quick introduction.  I run two different portrait photography businesses.  The first one is called Black Lamb Photography, which focuses on wedding and engagement photography.  The second one is called Little Lamb Photography, which focuses on portrait photography.  I specialize in the following portrait maternity photos, family portraits, children’s photography, lifestyle newborn, baby and cake smash photos.  I’m can also document birthday parties.  If you’re looking for a photographer, check out my pricing page for details.  Contact me to book a portrait session or to book a wedding photography consultation.

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