Natural | Ottawa Newborn Photographer

This sweet little one’s parents are drawn to natural and earthy colours and items. Their home decor reflects a rustic feel. When filling out the questionnaire, they requested natural props and earthy tones. I immediately thought of greenery and a branch nest with the wee little one wrapped up in the middle.

I love asking parents questions about how their sessions went or for a little info into their family life:

  1. Did you feel like your session captured your style?

    Yes, it had a very earthy natural feel to the photographs.

  2. Do you have a favourite image? Which one and why?

    Favourite image....I would say between these two (fourth and sixth image below)

  3. What do you love most about being a parent?

    I love watching M. enjoy experiencing the world. She’s so inquisitive, curious, clever and is always so happy to have new experiences.

When booking a newborn session, your session is fully customized to your taste, suit your nursery, the colours on the walls or to complement the style of your home. I absolutely love how this session turned out.

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 a newborn lies wrapped in a brown layer with cream bonnet on a knitted blanket in a wood branch nest with green leaves in the background
 a newborn baby is wrapped in a brown layer on cream fur with her feet sticking out
 a newborn lies in the chin on hands pose on a blue polka dot blanket with a white bow tie back and knitted wrap layer
 a newborn baby lies on her belly in the bum up pose close up of her little rolls
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7 Lifestyle Photography Tips

I’m often asked how I took personal images of my family. “What did you do to get them to look like that?” “How can I take them like you?” “Can you share your secret?” I often try to do mostly lifestyle when capturing my family, only because I love the candid, natural rawness I get from them. So I decided to compile some tips for shooting images of your children.
 

TIP #1 LET IN THE LIGHT!

Indoor light can be tricky, so open those curtains, even the door if you’d like to get some of that beautiful natural light inside! I try to engage them near a window if I can, otherwise place myself with my back turned towards the window without blocking it and watch the scene unfold. If you’re outside, do your best to hang near the shade during harsh mid-day sun, shoot in the early morning or late evening.

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TIP #2 THOSE ANGLES THO

I always recommend getting down to your subject eye level and shooting straight on versus the natural go-to of many that stand and shoot downwards. Then, experiment with your angles. Shoot over their shoulder as they draw a picture, from behind to get the reaction of a sibling interaction, from above as they're reading a book capturing the details of their lashes and little fingers. Use plants or banisters to shoot through or frame your images.  Perspective is everything.

TIP #3 IT’S IN THE DETAILS

Sometimes, the details are important in telling a story, or capturing the realness of your child. The pudgy knees of a new walker, tiny hands holding a crayon,  that look a sibling gives, messy toes full of sand, or the way she twirls her hair when she’s tired. All of these moments are what we will treasure from their childhood.

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TIP #4 SHOW YOUR ENVIRONMENT

Close ups are great for impact, but let’s not forget the environment as a whole. Pull back too so the surroundings can be showcased. Those are just as important in telling your story. Real life is messy, don’t let toys scattered about or a pile of laundry on the couch deter you. Tidy if you must, but certain clutter comes with having children in a house – a lovey on the floor, a blanket tossed on the couch, a favorite stuffy beside them – leave those! They are a part of your child’s life and will be beautiful reminders of who they used to be.

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TIP #5 NO NEED TO LOOK

Remember, they don’t have to be looking to make an image beautiful. Some of my favorites are of them not looking towards the camera. Capture them playing with their favorite train set, reading a bedtime book quietly, eating a snack or while they nap. I have sometimes helped create moments by making them laugh with a joke or setting up a sprinkler and catching those moments. Encouraging them with their play, but not directing them.

TIP #6 BACKGROUNDS

Watch your backgrounds and shoot in a way that fits your style. Whether you want to be inside, at a park, forest, downtown or a field that calls to you. Think about how you will use these images – an album, print some out or hang some canvases.

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TIP #7 BLURRED LINES

Sometimes capturing your family there is very limited light available and lit leads to a little motion blur. That’s ok, don’t discard it. Lifestyle sessions can have a little blurriness because of all the movement there is. A higher shutter can help you reduce that if the light allow you to.

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Drop me a comment and let me know if these helped you capture your family’s special moments.

Natural | Ottawa Family Photographer

This lovely family purchased a gift voucher from the Parents of Preemie Association (PoPA) that I donated for their online auction. The PoPA provides packages to parents of premature babies in the NICU of Ottawa Hospitals.

They emailed to book a fall family session and we chose a diverse location in Kanata with lots of leaves, a bridge and a pond. I like to walk with families during our sessions to get to know them a little and have the children get used to me before starting on poses and taking their pictures. An hour family session is what I usually recommend for first time clients so they have some warm-up time to get to know me. 

We checked out the pond area where the ducks like to swim, across the path where they threw leaves up in the air, walked over to the bridge and had them stomping across for a fun family moment, and ended in a little forest-y path. It was such a beautiful day and was really a lot of fun to know this family! 

It's always interesting to see what people think of how their sessions went. So I asked them some questions once they received their final images.

1. Is there a special moment during your session that was captured? Which one? 

I love that you captured the kids' real smiles when they were sitting together on the wooden box.

2. Do you feel your family was captured naturally? Did you prefer the posed or more candid images? How come?

I like the combination of posed and candid images. It's not easy to get great candid shots when one of the subjects decides not to cooperate! But in the end, we're very happy with the results. The posed images have a natural feel to them as well, which is what we were looking for.

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