Monday, 25 July 2016

Ottawa Maternity Photographer | Amanda and Mark

Ottawa in spring - you never know if you are going to have a heat wave or snow! Unfortunately for Amanda and Mark the day of their maternity photos was cold, windy, and there were even a few flakes of snow. But that didn't stop these parents-to-be! They cuddled up together for warmth and totally rocked their maternity session. I had such a great time with them at Major's Hill Park that I hardly noticed the cold!

They came wearing the Converse shoes they wore to their own wedding and brought a tiny pair for their unborn daughter. 

Although we scheduled their session for "golden hour" the clouds prevented us from actually seeing the sunset. So I gelled a flash (thank-you MagMod!) behind them and created some golden light for a few shots. 

Looking for a maternity or newborn photographer in Ottawa? You can see our gallery and prices HERE. 

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Sunday, 10 July 2016

Ottawa Photographer | An Impromptu BFF Shoot for Katelyn and Katie

A few weeks ago Katelyn and Katie came by for an impromptu BFF session at Fawn Meadows Park in Ottawa's South End. It was cloudy and we were a bit later than sunset so I threw my flash up in the tree and made some pretend sun. Ultimately, their big smiles were brighter than that sun anyway! 

Do you have a best friend you'd love to take photos with? We are offering weeknight mini shoots at Fawn Meadows Park. Mini Shoots are $100 plus HST, 25 minutes long, and include 15 high resolution images. 











Thursday, 2 June 2016

Ottawa Wedding Photographer | Karla and Joel Engaged.... and Surprise....


This is SUCH an exciting post for me to write! Karla and Joel are getting married this summer in Renfrew, Ontario and I am thrilled that we get to to capture their love story! Joel's sister was a bridesmaid in one of our previous weddings and I've had the pleasure of photographing different members of his family quite a few times (including my favourite dog Moose who gives the best puppy side-eye). 


So when he and Karla contacted me about photographing their wedding I was really thrilled! And then I met them in person and quickly confirmed that I adore them just as much as his sisters and their families. 

But things took an even more exciting turn when Karla asked if we could turn the engagement session into a surprise pregnancy announcement! As you can imagine, my response was something along the lines of HECK YES WE CAN!

The day came and it was cold, raining off and on, and ridiculously windy so we ended up moving our beach plans to Brewer Park for the coverage. But I think these bright backdrops matched perfectly with Karla's glow.

Are you, or someone you know, recently engaged? Click HERE to check out our wedding gallery and package prices. 

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Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Farewell to Nova Scotia

Tracy and I are home from our first real kid-free vacation since Mac joined us nearly five years ago. The weekend before we left we were shooting a wedding and I was chatting with the make-up artist about our trip. 

Me: "Honestly, I'm just really looking forward to not hearing my kid's voice for a few days."
Tracy: "Kris, maybe you shouldn't say that out loud."
Make-up artist: "Anyone who has kids totally gets that."

And that's how I felt. Mac has been going through a bit of a whining stage and my ears desperately needed a break. But here's the catch 22 of parenting - despite desperately needing a break, I spent the trip seeing things he would have loved and wishing he was there. Because, as I continue to learn, parenting is both so much worse and so much better than anyone could have prepared me for.

So we went to Halifax. A beautiful city filled with amazing people. Do you know that when you stop on the side of the road in Halifax cars will just stop instantly? Even if there is no crosswalk there. They just stop and let you cross. And, if you are looking at a map on a city street, a dozen locals will stop to ask if you need assistance. And they may just invite you to a kitchen party they are hosting that night.  Because in Nova Scotia there ain't no party like a kitchen party.

We were charmed by the friendliness from the moment we stepped off the the plane. Our cab driver was eager to recommend everything from restaurants to great views. He offered to be back at our hotel to pick us up for the trip home and he was there as promised (and early). We stayed at The Prince George Hotel and before arriving I tweeted that I was excited to get away with Tracy for our first kid-free vacation. When we arrived this lovely surprise was waiting for us in our room:



Sufficiently charmed, we greatly enjoyed the rest of our stay meeting up with some old friends and family and wandering around on our own.

I also learned that I am, absolutely, a portrait photographer and not a landscape photographer. I brought my camera, excited to do a little personal shooting, but mostly I just saw beautiful landscapes and wished I had a wedding couple to photograph in the foreground. So, if you are planning a Halifax wedding please do get in touch! We'd love to come back to shoot a wedding! (Gallery and prices here).









I call this one "Halifax at Night."



I call this one "Photographer's Wife is No Longer Interested in the Halifax Skyline and Thinks 30 Second Exposures Take Forever and is Cold and Bored"


Four nights later we were rested, relaxed, and so ready to hear the sweet high-pitched voice of our favourite four year old. It sounds so much nicer on rested ears.












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