Family Photography in L’Ange Gardien

L’Ange Gardien Family Photographer

I just wanted to share a sneak peek of a family photo session that I shot this week.  I LOVE shooting in fields–especially ones filled with Queen Ann’s lace.  I was fortunate enough to find this beautiful field not far from home in L’Ange Gardien, QC.

I would love to shoot your family photos and if you’re looking to have your family photos taken in a field, count me in.  Contact me today.

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Ottawa Family Photographers

Family Photography at the Experimental Farm | Ottawa Family Photographers

A few months ago I did an extended family photo session at the Experimental farm in Ottawa with this great family. Last summer I photographed some of them at the Arboretum with some other extended family members.

I would love to photograph you and your family this summer or fall.  Contact me today to book your appointment.

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Spring Mini Sessions Ottawa

Spring Mini Sessions at the Ottawa Arboretum | Ottawa Family Photography

A few weeks ago I shot spring mini sessions at the Ottawa Arboretum.  This was one of the families that did a mini session that day.  Their little guy was a tough one to get smiles from, but in the end I was able to get some fun shots of him.  It helps when mom and dad are swinging you in the air.  It also helped when he was pretending to play hockey.

If you are thinking of having your photos taken, I would LOVE to be your portrait photographer.  Contact me and we can arrange it while the weather is still lovely and warm.

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Spring Family Photos at the Arboretum

Spring Family Mini Sessions at the Arboretum | Ottawa Family Photographers

A few weeks ago I photographed this lovely little family at the Arboretum for my annual spring mini sessions.  It was a gorgeous sunny day and there was one tree in particular that was almost in full bloom.

Spring is my favourite time of year for shooting photos and it’s a great time to do mini sessions.  I just wish that the beautiful blooms on the trees lasted longer than a week and a half.  But that’s what I love about photography–you can freeze these moments in time.  And likewise, I am happy to have captured some moments in time of this lovely family so that they will have some family photos to cherish.

I love shooting family photos.  If you are looking to have family photos taken contact me to book an appointment.

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Baby Headbands

Gatineau Baby Photographers | Baby Headbands

Here are some photos from my little lamb’s July photo shoot for Nelli’s Bowtique hair accessories on Esty.  I was given these beautiful head bands by Nelli’s Bowtique with the purpose to photograph them with a baby or child and then send her the files.  I finally made the time to do the photo shoot using my daughter since it was convenient to do everything at home. As my daughter has gotten older, it has been much harder to take her photos since all she wants to do is run around and play.  She is not interested in having her photos taken.  However, I talked my husband into helping me by getting my daughter to smile and putting her back in place when she tried to run away.

I hope that you enjoy these photos of my little girl as much as I do.  All of the pain and agony paid off with some lovely pictures that I can cherish of my daughter AND that Nelli’s Bowtique can use for her advertising.

I was also able to use them for a newborn photo shoot with a lovely little girl.

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Spring Mini Sessions Ottawa 2014

2014 Ottawa Spring Mini Sessions at the Ottawa Arboretum

I am offering my spring mini photo sessions this year.  The mini sessions will take place at the Ottawa Arboretum on Saturday May 3, 2014.  The rain date will be Saturday May 10, 2014.

Mini sessions are 30 minutes long and are great for baby photos, children’s photos, maternity photos, couples photos and of course for family photos up to 5 people.  Larger families need more time for their session, so this is why I limit each session up to 5 people.  Newborn photography and cake smash photography are not available for mini sessions as they need more time than 30 minutes to do.

To book a spring mini session, please fill out the form below.  I will give photography slot times closer to the date.  Please see the photo below for more photography package details.

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Spring Mini Sessions Ottawa

Ottawa Spring Mini Sessions at the Ottawa Arboretum

UPDATE:  The mini sessions have been rescheduled to:  Saturday May 10, 2014.

With family day approaching, I thought it would be a suitable time to let everyone know that I am offering my spring mini photo sessions once again this year.  They will take place at the Ottawa Arboretum on Saturday May 3, 2014.

Mini sessions are 30 minutes long and are great for baby photos, children’s photos, maternity photos, couples photos and of course for family photos up to 5 people.  Larger families need more time for their session, so this is why I limit each session up to 5 people.  Newborn photography and cake smash photography are not available for mini sessions as they need more time than 30 minutes to do.

If you would like to book a spring mini session, please fill out the form below the photo.  I will give photography slot times closer to the date.  Please see the photo below for more photography package details.

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How to get real smiles when photographing your kids

How to get natural smiles from your children

I am a mom to a two year old and I completely understand how difficult it is to get some genuine smiles from your toddler when you are trying to take their photos.  As a photographer, it’s my job to try to capture those genuine smiles from my clients’ children, so I want to share some of my secrets with you.  These ideas have been tried, tested and true time and time again with my own child, so they should work for you when photographing your own children.

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1) Let them do their own thing and have fun doing it.  I LOVE taking shots of my daughter posing for the camera, but I also LOVE to take photos of her doing her own thing (ie. candid shots).  I find that if you let your child be busy doing their own thing that is interesting to them, they will be more likely to have a happy looking little face.

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2)  Make your own silly faces just before you snap the shot.  This works really well for babies and up until about a year and a half.  If they are older than this, refer to step 3.

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I made a really silly face just before this shot was taken.  She found it pretty knee-slapping funny.

3) Recruit another person to stand beside your camera and get the child to laugh.  In all honestly, most of the time the person will either have to make silly faces, jump around like an idiot or say funny things, but in the end you should be able to at least get some nice shots with genuine smiles.  This method works over and over again when I recruit my husband or stepson to make my daughter laugh.

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My stepson was making silly faces beside me.

4)  Don’t try to do a photo shoot when your child is hungry or tired because it will be an epic fail shoot.  Do try when your child is energetic and happy.

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5)  Take photos of your child / children with a friend, grandparent, aunt, uncle, parent or anyone else that they enjoy being with.  The interaction that will happen between them will most likely end up in smiles.

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My daughter with my step-son. She loves her big brother.

6)  Squeaky toys will work for babies up to about one year.  However, you cannot use this method all of the time and it only works some of the time, depending on the baby.

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7)  I must mention one technical hindrance that can also keep you from getting those smiley moments of your children–the quality of your camera.  Every single point and shoot camera that I have ever owned or used has shutter lag from the time you press the button until the shutter actually snaps the shot.  In that split second lapse of fleeting time, the smile can vanish as quickly as it appeared.  If you are able to invest in an SLR (single lens reflex) camera, do it.  There are some decent amateur DSLR camera out there.  Check out Henry’s and Vistek as their employees will be able to give you a lot of info about them.

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I hope that these tips will be able to help you take better photos of your kids.  Good luck.  May the force be with you.

Gatineau Cake Smash Photography

2 Year Old Baby Cake Smash | Gatineau Baby Photographers

My daughter’s birthday is this month, so I wanted to do a 2 year old cake smash photo session with her as I LOVE shooting cake smash sessions and her 1 year cake smash session from last year turned out beautifully.

Last year I had Thimble Cakes make my daughter’s smash cake and they did a beautiful job.  However, this year I wanted to try to bake and decorate a smash cake myself, since I found some really great ideas and tips on Pinterest on how to decorate a giant cupcake.  And I was very blessed to have my friend, Gisleide from L’Assiette Dessert, help me and give me pointers on how to make frosting rosettes.  (My bad for not making the best butter cream icing to work with, but it still turned out pretty good for my first time.)

For anyone looking to have a one year cake smash or two year cake smash photo session for their baby, I do them in my home in L’Ange Gardien or outdoors in Ottawa or Gatineau.  Send me an e-mail and I can send you my price list.

Anyway, I hope that you enjoy the cake smash photos of my little girl.  Have a great week.  You can also check out more of my cake smash photos.

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Portrait Gift Certificates

Give a meaningful Christmas present this year

Looking for a meaningful Christmas present? How about giving that special someone a gift certificate for portraits.  The gift certificate never expires and it can be used for newborn, baby, child, family, maternity and cake smash portrait photography sessions or photography products. It can be in any amount that you choose.

Check out my portrait photography.  To order a gift certificate, send me an e-mail.

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