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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Summer Maternity Photos

Summer Maternity Photo Session Special | Ottawa Maternity Photographer

Hi everyone.  I am currently offering a summer maternity photo shoot special.  You would get a 1 hour outdoor session in Ottawa, ON or Gatineau, QC.  You will also receive 20-25 high resolution digital files to download (no watermarks) with print release to make your own prints.

Contact me to book your maternity photo shoot.  I look forward to hearing from you.  I also shoot newborn baby, child, family and cake smash photos.  I also do wedding photography and engagement photos.

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Ottawa Maternity Photography

Spring Maternity Photos at the Arboretum  | Ottawa Maternity Photographer

A few weeks ago I photographed some maternity photos of a good friend of mine and her husband.   We did the pregnancy photos at the Ottawa Arboretum as well as at the Experimental Farm. We had to postpone a couple of times to wait for the apple and cherry blossoms to bloom and it was well worth the wait as the trees were so beautiful with pink and white blooms everywhere.

If you haven’t visited the Arboretum or the Experimental Farm in the spring, you are truly missing out.  It’s like a bunch of candy floss exploded everywhere (in a good way). I look forward to shooting your newborn photos when your little man decides to see the world with his own little eyes.

For anyone wanting to do maternity photos, contact me.  I LOVE shooting maternity portraits.  The best time to do a maternity photo session is when you are between 28-32 weeks pregnant.

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Ferme Mariposa Farm Weddings

Eric + Betty-Ann’s Rustic Wedding at Ferme Mariposa Farm

(Ottawa Wedding Photographers)

Happy 1st Anniversary Betty-Ann and Eric!  I have reposted their blog post to reminisce about their wonderful wedding day one year ago today.  Enjoy.

On June 1st I had the honour to photograph Eric and Betty-Ann’s rustic style wedding at Mariposa Farm in Plantaneget, ON (about a 1/2 hr east of Ottawa).  Mariposa Farm is a duck farm, which supplies Ottawa area restaurants with duck and foie gras.  They also have chickens, geese, pigs, cows, horses and two big dogs at the farm.

A few weeks before their wedding, I photographed Eric and Betty-Ann’s engagement photos, which were shot in various parts of Ottawa to give an urban feel to contrast their rustic style wedding photos.

I was nervous about the weather because there was a 70% chance of rain, including thunder storms in the afternoon and the wedding ceremony was at 4:00pm.  However, as I drove towards the farm, the sky began to clear up and the sun came out, so I kept my fingers crossed that the nice weather would last and it did.  IT DID!  YAHOO!!!!  In fact, it lasted all day, until we finished shooting all of our outdoor shots and went inside for the reception.  Then it turned dark, the skies opened up and it poured rain–like raining cats and dogs rain!  I was SO thankful that the weather held off until we we got what we needed to do finished.

Everything turned out so well.  The decorations around the farm were so cute and colourful that they far exceeded my expectations.  I was thrilled when I saw them.  Everywhere you looked, there was something so cute and rustic.  I mean, the salt and pepper shakers alone had me excited to start shooting detail shots.  Oh, and you just have to look at the photos to see how gorgeous the wedding arch for the ceremony was with its tree branches, bright red draped fabric and a rainbow of coloured paper lanterns.   The details are definitely Pinterest worthy.

I was happy that the weather stayed nice for as long as we needed it and I was even happier when I came home, uploaded the photos onto my computer and started to view them larger than what I was seeing on my camera’s screen. There is so many bright colours and happiness in the photos.

If you’re newly engaged and looking for a wedding photographer, I would love to hear from you and all about your fantastic wedding plans.  Contact me today to book a consultation.

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For anyone planning on getting married at Mariposa farm, I would LOVE to shoot there again, so I would LOVE to hear from you!  If you’re simply looking for an Ottawa wedding photographer I would love to hear from you too.  Don’t be afraid to get in touch with me and we can arrange to meet to see if we are a good fit.

I cover weddings in Ottawa, Gatineau,  Kanata, Stittsville, Carp, Nepean, Barrhaven, Richmond, Munster, Arnprior, Carleton Place, Perth, North Gower, Greely, Beckwith, Embrun, Russell, Edwards, Lanark, Orleans, Cumberland, Clarence, Rockland, Alfred and Plantagenet, Hull, Aylmer, Chelsea, Wakefield, L’Ange Gardien, Masson Anges, Buckingham, Montebello and anywhere in between.

And since I am from the GTA, I am available to shoot weddings in Toronto, Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, Richmond Hill, Mississauga, York, North York, East York, Scarborough and anywhere else in the GTA.

Wedding Vendors:

Invitations:  Ann’s Bridal
Venue: Mariposa Farm
Officiant:  Carol Cousineau of All Seasons Weddings
Wedding Dress:  Custom made
Hair & Makeup:  Faces by Noah
Engagement Ring:  Kehla Jewellery Design
Decorations:  Party City
Suit:  Benetton
Flowers:  Loblaws
Caterer: Mariposa Farm
Cakes:  Macarons et Madeleines
Photographer: Black Lamb Photography

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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Spring Maternity Photos at the Arboretum

Arboretum Spring Maternity Photos | Ottawa Photographer

This past weekend I shot spring mini sessions at the Ottawa Arboretum and this little lady (who has assisted me on and off for about 6 years) came to help out.  As always, it was a pleasure working with you chickie.  Enjoy a couple of photos from Saturday.

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Photography: You get what you pay for

You get what you pay for | Ottawa Photographers

I just saw this illustration online referring to graphic design and how you get what you pay for.  I had to post it here because it also pertains to photography as well.  Pick two options:

I will say one thing though.  If someone is portfolio building, they may either do a free photo session or charge very little in order to get people to pose for them for their portfolio (ie. shooting family, baby or maternity photos).  Personally, I think this is ok, EXCEPT when a bride & groom decide to use them as their wedding photographer, instead of hiring a professional.  If the photographer is doing it to build a portfolio, they don’t have experience; therefore, they are essentially using your wedding to practice.  Do you really want someone PRACTICING while shooting your wedding?  Are you sure that you really want to play Russian roulette with your wedding photos?  Sadly, if they mess up, there are NO reshoots for a wedding.

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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Ottawa and Gatineau Wedding Photographers

Brad + Nicole’s Ottawa Wedding Photos

Since it’s such a cold winter day, I thought I would repost one of the summer weddings that I shot to help warm things up, or at least make things seem a littler nicer with these summer wedding photos.

Saturday August 18, was a perfect day in every way.  It was sunny, but only around 25 degrees outside.  Not too shabby for the middle of August in Ottawa.  With the help of my assistant, Jackie, as well as my second shooter, Heather, I had the privilege of documenting the wedding day of a fantastic couple.  After I shot their engagement portraits last fall, I was kind of giddy because as you can clearly see they are a gorgeous looking couple, as well as photogenic.  However, what makes it even nicer is that they are both beautiful on the inside too.  I gathered this by how they acted towards everyone on their wedding day as well as by listening to all of the wonderful things that their friends and family had to say about them during the speeches.

We had a lot of fun during the formal portrait time at Mooney’s bay park as well as #33 fire station.  I mean, does it get any better than having photos taken with a fire truck?  We also had fun during the reception.  One of the highlights of the evening was a custom-made photo booth made by Nicole’s brother.  How cool is that?!?!?  Not only did it have their names painted on it, but it also came with a nice back drop and lots of novelty accessories, including mustaches, bow ties and glasses.  I hope no one minded, but Jackie and I got in on the photo booth action too (see last photo).  😉

Congratulations Brad and Nicole.  May life bring you both much love and happiness together.  🙂

Wedding Gown:  The White Dress

Shoes:  Kate Spade

Church:  Blessed Sacrament Parish

Reception:  Tudor Hall

Wedding Cake and cupcakes:  Thimble Cakes

Photographer:  Black Lamb Photography

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For anyone planning on getting married at Blessed Sacrament Church, I would LOVE to shoot there again, so I would LOVE to hear from you!  If you’re simply looking for an Ottawa wedding photographer I would love to hear from you too.  Don’t be afraid to get in touch with me and we can arrange to meet to see if we are a good fit.

I cover weddings in Ottawa, Gatineau,  Kanata, Stittsville, Carp, Nepean, Barrhaven, Richmond, Munster, Arnprior, Carleton Place, Perth, North Gower, Greely, Beckwith, Embrun, Russell, Edwards, Lanark, Orleans, Cumberland, Clarence, Rockland, Alfred and Plantagenet, Hull, Aylmer, Chelsea, Wakefield, L’Ange Gardien, Masson Anges, Buckingham, Montebello and anywhere in between.

And since I am from the GTA, I am available to shoot weddings in Toronto, Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, Richmond Hill, Mississauga, York, North York, East York, Scarborough and anywhere else in the GTA.

Ottawa Winter Wedding Photography

Jason + Stacy’s Winter Wedding Photos in Ottawa

Last weekend my second shooter, Michelle, and I shot Jason and Stacy’s winter wedding photos in Ottawa.  I was looking forward to it, but at the same time crossing my fingers and toes that: a) it wouldn’t be -20°C or colder, b) there wouldn’t be a freak snow storm on the big day and c) there would still be some pretty white snow on the ground for the outdoor photos and not a slushy mess.  I was not disappointed.  Not only was it a balmy -5°C, but it snowed a lot the day before so that there was a lot of beautiful fluffy snow everywhere.

Jason and Stacy originally wanted their wedding photos at Bate Island, but we ended up shooting the engagement photo session there.  Instead, we went to Hog’s back park for the wedding photos.

The whole day went so well and I am thrilled with how beautifully the photos turned out, but really when you have a winter wonderland as a backdrop and such a handsome couple, how can you go wrong?  Stacy and Jason, I wish you much happiness and love in your lives and I hope that you will enjoy your wedding day memories when you look back at these photos.

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For anyone planning on getting married at St. George’s Parish or having their wedding photos taken at Hog’s back Park, I would LOVE to shoot at either place again, so I would LOVE to hear from you!  If you’re simply looking for an Ottawa wedding photographer I would love to hear from you too.  Don’t be afraid to get in touch with me and we can arrange to meet to see if we are a good fit.

I shoot weddings in Ottawa, Gatineau,  Kanata, Stittsville, Carp, Nepean, Barrhaven, Richmond, Munster, Arnprior, Carleton Place, Perth, North Gower, Greely, Beckwith, Embrun, Russell, Edwards, Lanark, Orleans, Cumberland, Clarence, Rockland, Alfred and Plantagenet, Hull, Aylmer, Chelsea, Wakefield, L’Ange Gardien, Masson Anges, Buckingham, Montebello and anywhere in between.

And since I am from the GTA, I am available to shoot weddings in Toronto, Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, Richmond Hill, Mississauga, York, North York, East York, Scarborough and anywhere else in the GTA.

Wedding Vendors:

Dress: All that Glitters Bridal in North Gower, ON
Shoes:  Ivanka Trump from Nordstrom,  Winter boots:  Victoria’s Secret
Bridesmaid dresses & coats: All that Glitters Bridal
Reception Hall: St. Elias Centre
Wedding Decorator:  Sizzle with Decor
Caterer:  St. Elias Centre
PhotographerBlack Lamb Photography