February 13, 2019
Lets talk engagement session for a minute. It is a service most photographers offer either as part of a wedding package or as a stand alone product. At photolux, we don’t view them as test shoots (we’ve been doing this long enough that we are confidantin our skills) but more so as an opportunity for the bride and groom to get professional casual photos done for themselves and if they decide to use some photos to decorate the hall on their wedding day, it adds a nice personal touch!
When I meet with couples regarding their wedding, I often get asked what is the best time to do an engagement session. Like for the baby sessions, my answer is there is no bad time of year/ season do to a photoshoot. It all depends on the look you are going for.
I find that late spring and summer engagement session are light and playful. The blossoms come out, and the trees get fuller. There are a variety of looks possible and the bonus is, the natural light is available for a longer period of time during the day which offers more flexibility on the time of the session.
Fall or early winter engagement sessions offer such a stunning vibrance with the leaves’ colours. Plus, I looooove the coziness that sweater weather brings.
And then, if you decide to go for a full on winter wonderland look, magic happens! When shooting outdoors during the winter, the light bounces off the snow, creating this dreamy airy look.
And if you decide to bring the outside in, sky is the limit!
So if you are planning on doing an engagement session, think about what look or style represent your couple the best. If you like winter sports, let’s bundle up and create magic, if you like to go on hikes, fall might be a good option, and if warmth is your vibe, then you’ll probably dig a summer session.
... Aaaaaannnd if you are more of a think outside the box kind of couple, how about a sunset or night shoot? You’ll get a super moody vibe in your photos! ;)
Regardless of the season you decide on, make sure to allow a few weeks (I usually recommend at least 6 weeks) between the session and your wedding so that you can get prints, albums, enlargements, guest book, etc... done in time for the wedding and avoid any stress!
February 12, 2019
You just got engaged or are expecting? Congratulations!! It is such a big milestone and is such an exciting time in your life!
Traditionally, part of the wedding preparation or baby's arrival, is a gathering called a shower where your family and friends gather to celebrate this big step in your life and offer gifts to help you prepare for what is to come.
Did you know that there are a bunch of options online to do gift registry that allows you to put gifts from multiple stores (rather than just the one location or store) but also for various items you won't find in stores such as help with dog walking when baby arrives, warm meals to freeze up, financial help with the honeymoon or even photography! ;)
www.myregistry.com, www.giftful.co and www.babylist.com are only a few examples of online registry that give you this type of flexibility but there are lots more options out there. Look them up and find the one that suit you best!
This type of registry allow you to tell your family and friends which studio you would like to get a gift certificate or pre-paid session at. It takes the guess work out of gift giving for your loved ones and makes for such a precious and invaluable present because you will cherish those photos and memories for years to come!
They are super easy to set up and mark items as gifts on your list. Most times, you can save the web link from the site you want a certain service/gift and paste in your registry. You can add a description of the specific service or item you are looking for to make it even easier for your family and friends. Easy Peasy! And best of all: You can do it all from the comfort of your home! What's not to love?
If you want to add us to your list, here's our link! ;) https://photoluxstudioportrait.myportfolio.com/projects
February 8, 2019
Pets... Yay or Nay?
My mentality is that pets are part of the family so why not include them in your family photo?
Your pets are welcome to your portrait session regardless of if it's being done at home, outdoors or at the studio. I do like to know ahead of time though so I can prepare accordingly.
Over the years, I've mastered the art of getting a dog or cat to look at the camera!!! Different animals interact differently with new people and the camera, therefor, I need to be prepared with the necessary accessories (squeaky toys, treats, feather wand, cat toy, crunchy paper, etc..)
To me, it doesn't matter if your animal is high or low energy, if it's big or small, as long as it is friendly and nice, I'm going to be happy to work with them!
February 7, 2019
I get asked times and times again when is the best age to do portrait session with a young child or baby. My answer has always been and will always be: There is no right or wrong age. It all depends on the look you are going for. The younger the baby, the sleepier it will be. The older the child is, the more interactive the images will be.
If you are looking for the Newborn all curled up and sleeping look, I usually recommend anywhere between 5-14 days old. The only thing to be mindful of is the younger the baby, the more chances the belly button may not have fallen off yet. I have no problem photographing babies that still have the little piece of dead belly button skin as there are many ways to camouflage it.
If you are looking for the more awake look but still capture the tiny-tininess of your little one, then from one to two months old is great to achieve that style.
Babies tend to start sitting up unassisted between 5 & 7 months old and most times, they start to crawl around 8-9 months old (which makes for more active photos).
And then, you have the one year old that can sometimes walk and is quite engaged and expressive.
So here are a few examples of photos taken at different ages to help visualize the style associated with each ages so you can decide which is best for you.
Here's a little guy that came in for his session with me at 9 days old. He was super sleepy and his limbs were still in the curled up against his body position.
I photographed this sweetheart at two weeks old. She took a little while to settle and fall asleep but that gave me the opportunity to get a combination of both awake and sleeping shots.
This handsome dude came in to see me at 4 weeks old. Again, he was awake for most of the session but we also got some sleeping shots towards the end.
This little miss was 4 months old when I photographed her. At that age, they can hold their heads but can't sit unassisted yet... BUT they start to be more and more expressive!!!
Now this bright eyed little man came in for his 6 "monthaversary". He had no issues sitting up and was very expressive and curious! His mom and I definitively had a few giggles during his session.
This little lady wanted to explore. At nine months old, she was trying to figure things out (what's in the box, what happen if I push on it, etc...). At this age, the poses tend to go faster because in order to keep them interested, you need to always switch things up, otherwise, they tend to get bored. So I have plenty of tricks up my sleeve!
And this little guys sums it all up. At 12 months, they are little firecrackers. They want to play, explore and play some more. When I do a session with a one year old child or toddler, I tend to keep it mostly interactive and playful. It represents well the phase they are at and keeps it fun for the kiddos. Again, with kids this age, the poses don't last very long. I switch it up quickly or otherwise they can lose interest.
I hope you will find this helpful in planning your next portrait session but in a doubt, don't hesitate to drop me a line, I'm happy to chat with you to discuss what you are looking for and making recommendations!
February 6, 2019
I've been thinking about what should be the topic of my first ever blog post. I went back and forth trying to come up with catchy topics but I came to the realization that maybe I should start by telling you a little bit about myself so you can get to know me like I get to know you during your sessions. So here it is...
I am a local french Canadian girl who enjoys the little things in life. I enjoy spending time with my family, my husband and my daughter. I also love to meet new people, create new relationships and challenge myself to try new things. I'm a foodie at times, enjoy knitting and do woodwork on my spare time.
I started my journey in photography back in 2006 when I enrolled in the photography program at La Cité Collégiale. I graduated from the program in 2008 and started working right away as a photography assistant and moved on to become a portrait and wedding photographer at Photolux in 2012.
Over the years, I've pushed myself to expand my skill set and style to always keep evolving with the trends.
I am passionate about everything photography and I absolutely love meeting every one of you and hearing about your stories and creating meaningful images to immortalize your every milestones.
I am looking forward to the opportunity to be a part of your journey.
This photo was taken by my dear friend and former co-worker Alyssandra Govas. I rarely want to be in front of the camera, but man am I grateful to have this lovely memory to cherish!