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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Newborn Photography Gatineau

Baby M | Gatineau Newborn Baby Photographers

Last week I took some newborn photos of a little 10 day old sweetie in Gatineau.  She was a real cutie.  I mean, look at that beautiful head of hair and that sweet little face.

Check out more of my newborn photography.  For those of you who might be looking for a portrait photographer or a wedding photographer, you can check out more of my work for family, baby, maternity or cake smash photography or wedding photography.  I hope to hear from you soon.

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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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Cake smash photographers | L’Ange Gardien, QC

Cake Smash portrait session with baby K

Well, well, well…what can I say about his particular cake smash photo session.  The portrait photos prior to the cake smash were FANTASTIC!  Look at this little cutie’s smile and curls.  Then the cake smash session began and this little girl was NOT having any part of it.  It wasn’t until mommy came into the scene (literally) and sat with her before she would even venture remotely close to her cake.  We even switched to a different cake, which she seemed to like better than the first one (you can’t even believe how many cakes these guys brought with them!)  However, I still managed to get quite a few shots of her smiling, despite being covered in cake and icing.

Happy birthday little girl.  You’re now one year old.  At least 20-25 years from now mommy and daddy can use the cake smash story for a good laugh at your wedding reception and they’ll have the photos to prove it.

Enjoy these portraits and cake smash photos of this little cutie.  You can also check out more of my cake smash photos.

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The look on her face is PRICELESS.

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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 Baby Photographers

Year Two of Baby Monthly Photos

It’s now the end of the year and my daughter is now two years old.  I can’t believe how fast the time has flown by.  It has been nice to see my little girl grow from a fat little baby to a plump little toddler.  And what is even nicer is that I have been able to document these changes through monthly photo shoots.

I didn’t initially plan on doing monthly photo shoots with my daughter.  It just kind of happened that way.  I shot her newborn photos when she was one week old and then didn’t shoot another professional portrait session of her until she was 2.5 months old.  Then I skipped the next month and then did another photo session with her since the weather was getting nicer outside.

Once the weather started getting nicer and I could take her out do do photo shoots is when the monthly photo session ritual began. I noticed how much she had changed in only a month or two, so I decided that I would take monthly photos of her until she was at least two years old to show the progression in my little girl growing up.  Now that she is two years old, I am thinking to stretch the monthly photo sessions until she turns three because I really like doing them.  It’s kind of become an addiction for me.  I am constantly planning out what cute little outfits she wear, what props I can use and where we can shoot.  I also plan on making a little book of these shoots as a keepsake for my daughter.

Of course, it does get very hard to keep up with the monthly shoots–especially when my daughter would rather play around and not smile for the camera.  Sometimes it can take a very long time to even capture a couple of nice shots.  That’s when I try to recruit either my husband or my stepson to try to get some smiles out of her for me.

For those looking for a photo package that can show your baby’s milestones, I do offer a baby’s first year package, which includes a newborn photo session, 6 month session and 12 month portrait session and cake smash.  Contact me for details and pricing.

In the meantime, check out some of the photos from my daughter’s first year of monthly photo shoots.  And, of course, Happy New Year everyone!  I hope that 2014 brings much love and happiness into your lives.

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