#679 Ottawa area wedding photography fun

We recently photographed a perfect summer wedding – blue skies, warm weather for K&K. Their wedding was a casual affair in the Gatineau Hills near Wakefield, just north of Ottawa.

My wedding photography is a candid, photojournalistic style capturing the fun of the day.

And fun it was… The service was short, the celebration lasted well into the evening. This is how the day went:

K was escorted ‘down the aisle’ by her father…

Ottawa area wedding photography

K+K Wedding photography

The Bride and Groom quickly made it official at a simple ceremony

Wakefield Weeding Photo

K+K Wedding Photo

Smiles and a short walk to family photos…

Ottawa area wedding photography

K+K Wedding photography

The getaway vehicle…

Wakefield Wedding Photography

K+K Wedding Photo

Family photos (but I use SLR cameras… not ‘point and shoots’!)…

Wakefield Wedding Photography

K+K Wedding photography

Much celebrating…


Wedding photography Gatineau

K+K Wedding Photography

And more celebrating…

Wedding photography Ottawa area

K+K Wedding Photo

I stole the happy couple away for a few wedding photos before delicious festivities under the big tent…

Ottawa wedding photography

K+K Wedding photography

I caught a few more unplanned portraits…

Wedding photography near Wakefield

K+K Wedding Photography

And, yes, more celebrating…

Wakefield wedding photography

K+K wedding photography

The couple had a wonderful day:

“The photos look great! We are very happy with them. We also had a blast, and we were happy you were there.”

Harry says “Thanks for the fun…”



#678 Portrait People

My favourite style of portrait session is a casual portrait of people in their environment being themselves, allowing their own personality to unfold.

In August I provided portraits to C&J. I have worked for them before. It’s nice to have them back on the blog!

Two years ago when we did our first portrait session she told me it was their first ‘proper’ portrait since they were marriedsome years ago.

He often plays the part of a grumpy man but his smiling side shines if you know how to coax it. They’re wonderful people!:

Ottawa Portrait Photographer

Candid Portraits

#677 Student Success – photo class graduate Scott Martin

A couple of years ago I got a call from Scott Martin – he was interested in photography in a big way. After much hard work Scott graduated from our ProProgram and many of our photo classes.

His interests were in sports & music. After networking, shooting and putting in some time, Scott is starting to see his work pay off.

The Balconies - Scott Martin photo

The Balconies - Scott Martin photo

He’s been following the local music scene for a few years now – posting news and photos to SpotlightOttawa.com – including coverage of Live 88.5‘s “Big Money Shot“. Scott’s photography caught the music station’s attention and his work is gracing their annual album cover for the Big Money Shot.

Read about Scott’s successes.

 Big Money Shot cd cover

Big Money Shot cd cover

It always makes me smile to see our students succeed – Not bad for someone who started shooting in the last few years!

Interested in cranking up your photo learning curve like Scott?

See our fall line-up of photo workshops.


#676 Custom Photo Class – success

Recently we ran a Custom Photo Class in Ottawa for Sarah and two friends who were looking to learn the basics of digital photography.

We arranged the photo session and started dishing out the lessons from Creative Fundamentals, very gently at first and more challenging as the lessons were learned.

We started with the very basics, moved to exposure and then some advanced exposure:

Ottawa photo workshop backlighting

Ottawa photo workshop - backlighting

Ottawa photo workshop - silhouettes

Ottawa photo workshop - silhouettes

We played with depth of field – controlling blur with aperture:

Ottawa Photo Course - Blurring Backgrounds

Ottawa Photo Course - Blurring Backgrounds

And controlling blur using the shutter speed:

Ottawa Photo Course - Blurring Motion

Ottawa Photo Course - Blurring Motion

We also learned the ideas of composition to tie it all together:

Ottawa Photo Class - composition

Ottawa Photo Class - composition

All in all these new photographers ended the photo class with some magnificent photos.

Not bad, eh?!

Creative Fundamentals usually runs three times a year – fall, winter and spring.

Our next group session starts next week.

Custom courses are available almost anytime…

What they said:

We all had a great time on Friday. Thank you for a great course!

It was wonderful & exciting. I’ve always thought of myself as an impossible photographer. The course has left me with the confidence, patience & motivation to try and capture those photos I keep seeing. I appreciated your patience and the time you gave the three of us to ensure we understood.

We all raved about how lucky and grateful we were to have learnt from you, your knowledge & experience.”

from Sarah and friends, Aylmer + Wakefield. Custom Course – Creative Fundamentals

And thank-YOU, Sarah and friends, for the fun and for sharing your photos on our photo blog! Your comments make me blush!