April 5, 2019
Today, I'm finalizing the last touches for tomorrow's Easter mini sessions and I am stocked!
Fragrant tulips, vibrant colours, cute new props and a bunch of tiny little humans to photograph! What's not to love. This is definitively putting a spring in my step! (See what I did there... :p )
You will want to keep an eye out for the sneak peeks from these sessions next week. They are sure to be ADORABLES! Can't wait that long? No problem, visit our Pinterest page to see last year's cuties in the meantime!
I will also be launching our next promos in the next little bit so stay tuned and take advantage of the savings coming up!
AND there will be a giveaway at the Parent and Child Expo coming up in less than two weeks, so make sure you check it out! For more info on this event ro to purchase your tickets online, click here!
March 27, 2019
Spring is finally here! And with spring usually comes many sweet little angels. Every year around this time of year, I notice an increase in the newborn sessions and I love it! It's so nice and refreshing to see these new little bundles of joy coming in with the warmer weather!
On top of all this baby fun, this year has been even more special newborn wise for me... So far, during my newborn sessions, EVERY SINGLE BABY has smiled while playing model.
I mean, this is just a treat to be able to capture these sweet innocent expressions on my clients' little ones. It truly brings me joy to know they will have these wonderful images to look back on and cherish for the rest of their lives. Such a precious moment in time.
I don't know about you but I know I can't help but smile back when I see a young one smile like this little fella.
So come on spring, smile on! Let's keep up that streak!
March 22, 2019
EASTER MINIS PROMO ALERT!
That's right, this year again, I will be doing an Easter Mini Promo!
Want to beat what feels like the longest winter ever? Bring on your littles and come join me on April 6 to take part in my annual Easter minis day! It's a great occasion to update your family photo or pics of your kiddos at an affordable price! Plus, you will get a bonus gift if you book your session before Sunday March 24!
Each session will last approximately 30 minutes and includes TWO retouched digital files. What's not to love. You can purchase additional files or printed photos if you wish to do so.
Put on your best smile and let's kick the winter blues in the butt!
I'm ready to welcome spring with open arms, aren't you?
To find out more about this offer or to schedule your appointment, contact me by clicking here!
March 12, 2019
When is the best time to do maternity photos?
My answer again is: There is no right or wrong time. You know your body best!
Some women decide to do the session a bit earlier on (25-29 weeks) because they are either carrying multiples, their belly started to stick out early or just because they are feeling well and beautiful at that time. Others may wait until they are a bit farther along (30-36 weeks) so their belly shows more or simply because they weren't sure about doing maternity photos in the first place and decided to go ahead closer to the end of the pregnancy!
What I think is the most important thing to keep in mind is that you do what feels right for you! Everyone adjusts differently to a changing body!
Some of you will be lucky and feel their best throughout the pregnancy but for the most part, expecting mothers are more tired towards the last few weeks and some even experience swollen feet and hands near the end. This is why it is important to listen to your body to know when you are feeling great and feel comfortable capturing this beautiful milestone.
Some women may have a hard time adjusting to how their body is changing throughout the pregnancy, and it is my job to make sure you love and embrace your body that is carrying the most precious gift of all... Life.
February 20, 2019
Are you looking for a fun activity to do with the kiddos on a weekend this spring and discover what Ottawa has to offer? Mark your calendars... The Ottawa Parent & child Expo will be at the Nepean Sportsplex on April 13 and 14! Come and meet your favourites characters such as Thomas the Tank Engine, Wags and Dorothy from the Wiggles, the Ultimutts Stunt Dogs and much more!
There will be some play areas for younger & older kids along with loads of local exhibitors showcasing a wide variety of products and services including local education options, parent and child fitness, family health & wellness, summer camps options, child care, shopping and so much more!
Photolux will have a booth at the expo all weekend long so come on over and say hello! Pssst... We may have some show special pricing and a give away so it's definitively worth coming to check it out! ;)
It is sure to be fun, informative, entertaining and affordable for the whole family so don't miss it!
You can purchase tickets online ahead of time on the Parent and Child Expo website or at the door. Parking is free!
I hope to see you there!
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!