Here are a few of my favourite images from Brianne and Nanno’s Family Portraits :-)
I never tire of sweet family portraits especially when I get to spend time with a group of lovely ladies. We headed out to the Arboretum in Ottawa Ontario to capture these sweet moments of Tania and her girls. Be prepared this portrait session will melt your heart and bring a smile to your face.
We are so excited to be published once again in the Ottawa Wedding Magazine. If you have not had a chance to grab your copy, please make sure to do so. There are so many talented vendors published in each edition.
Have a look at our two weddings in this edition! Enjoy
It couldn’t have been a more perfect fall day to head out with this family to Rideau Hall in Ottawa Ontario to capture these adorable images. This family of 5 children will bring a smile to your face as you see how amazing they all were during the session. Often I am asked about what to wear for a family photo session and as you can see from the images below this family nailed it. A good tip when planning your outfits for a family session is to dress for the season, try to stay away from multiple colours or clothing that has branding/writing on it. You will see this family stayed within the colour scheme of whites, grey and blues, this colour scheme pulled it off perfectly for their fall session. For more tips on what to wear for your family photos session, contact us at Lisa Mounteer Photography we are always happy to chat.
The kids were superstars as they posed together making this session look like a piece of cake and let me tell you it sure was a joy to hang out with all these amazing kids.
Mom and Dad were no strangers to the camera, we absolutely love that we took some time to photograph them separately.
It was literally a walk in the park with this crew, we are happy to have met them and photograph their family in Ottawa Ontario. Lisa Mounteer Photography
Ask us what we love about Fall and we will tell you everything! Most of all we love to capture family portraits. Sit back and let us review with you some of our top Portrait Location areas in Ottawa Ontario.
Ottawa Wedding Magazine Spring and Summer 2018 Issue
We are thrilled to be featured in the Spring and Summer Ottawa Wedding Magazine 2018.
Our 8 page spread features Amelie and Clark's summer wedding which took place at Stanley's Olde Maple Lane Farm in Ottawa Ontario. Here is the feature! enjoy :-)
Thank you Ottawa Wedding Magazine for this lovely feature. Pick up your copy of the magazine to see all the amazing work the Ottawa Wedding industry has to offer.
Lisa Mounteer :-)
There is nothing sweeter than a newborn baby! This little cutie joined us in the studio for her debut photoshoot. Here are a few of our favourite images from her session :-)
Meet Maggie, our now 10 month old Sheepadoodle :-)
Who says portraits are only for humans? Maggie loves to have her picture taken. Our pets are part of our family and often families will ask if they can include their pet in our sessions. The answer is always YES! let's show off our cuddly loved ones!
Your wedding day is no exception, if you want to include your furry loved one - Let's do it!
Here are a few indoor and outdoor Puppy portraits
Let's not forget our Kitties!
So the next time you are wondering if you should capture a few portraits of your furry loved one, don't hesitate. Let's Do it!!!!
Maggie says - Smile!
To see all of Maggie's Shenanigans visit her Instagram page at: www.instagram.com/maggiesheepadoodle
My new/old found Love is Film......
Last year I picked up this old Polaroid Land Camera from a vintage shop, it looked super cool and I thought it would make a great edition to my "vintage" camera collection. Little did I know at the time that I would be buying film for this beauty and actually producing images with it.
It sat on my shelf for a few months until I discovered a wonderful fashion photographer named Emily Soto. I could't believe it, she was shooting film and was using old Polaroid's. I began studying her work and reading anything I could find about her. Then this happened....she was holding a workshop in Toronto Ontario. I was over the moon with excitement, I wasted no time signing up for her workshop. I secured my seat, packed my camera equipment and of course my old Land Camera. The workshop was an amazing experience, we shot with our digital camera's and practiced with some amazing Polaroids.
As a Portrait/Wedding Photographer, I shoot mainly digital but now I have the option to carry along a older film camera and take some shots. I love when I am at a wedding with the bride and groom and I pull out the Polaroid Land Camera, I take a shot, peel apart the film and give the bride and groom there first printed image from their wedding!
Other Vintage Film Cameras
My fun doesn't just stop with Polaroids, I am now playing with a few other vintage camera's. Recently I picked up a Rolleiflex and I have loaded it with film. I will keep you posted on how the images turn out once I have the film developed - I can't wait!
So if your wondering what to do with your old film camera's laying around in an old box? Buy some film and have some fun....You will be amazed at what you can develop.
When people say film is Dead....I say not a Chance :-)
A client recently asked me if they should hire a videographer for their wedding?
As a wedding photographer I have the luxury of attending many weddings and I absolutely love sharing in the couples special day. The excitement of the wedding day is magical, from that moment when the bride puts on her wedding dress to the time the couple cuts the cake. The day sails by and before you know it the guests are coming to say goodbye, the day is over in a Flash!
Ask any bride about her wedding day and one of the things she will say is "I can't believe how fast the day went by"
Should you invest in a Videographer? Let's Chat.........
Three Reasons to Hire a Videographer
1. Something to Have for Years to Come: I am the youngest of 5 kids, when my oldest sister got married I was 13 years old. She had a videographer at her wedding and we just love pulling out the video and looking back at the day. I was so young and so was everyone else, the styles of our dresses, our hair, the music.... it is such a great way to remember your day and share with family and friends.
2. Being in Multiple Places at Once: On your day, you cannot possibly be in every location and see what is happening. Your Photographer and Videographer will do that for you. You will look back at the photos and video and see things you did not know happened! It's a fantastic way to capture your entire day!
3. You are the STAR: Who doesn't want to be the star of their own movie? This is your day; you deserve to be the STARS! Capture your day for years to come. Enjoy every minute and let the professionals give you the gift of memories.
Thinking of investing in a Videographer for your day? I say Yah!!!!
I love these images taken at a recent model studio session! We were able to pose and shoot this model in a variety of outfits and different looks. Enjoy!
I love working with models and makeup artists, if you are in the business and would like to collaborate on a shoot, let's chat!
When it comes to wedding decor Heather Stevenson from Wedding Belles Decor is pure perfection. As an award winning decorator, Heather will take your wedding day vision and make it reality.
Heather offers a colourful palette of gorgeous textures showcased with beautifully crafted centrepieces, backdrops, flowers and linens.
This one stop shop is filled to the brim with all your wedding decor must haves and designed exclusively with you in mind. Heather and her team will take your vision to the next level creating a customized package that will be nothing short of magical.
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We are so excited to introduce our Wedding Presentation USB Box!
Such a beautiful keepsake to house your digital wedding images on USB as well as 4x6 prints of your day.
We are so excited for the upcoming 2016 wedding season!
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By Judith Martin
Shopping at secondhand or thrift stores has come a long way in the past few years. It used to be that when I walked in, there were only tatty sweaters, cheap polyester “grandma” shirts and tired-looking denim from some obscure manufacturer I’d never heard of. Now, more often than not I see quality-label clothing that look close to brand new, and sometimes brand new with the tags still attached. I’ve found GAP jeans with the store tags still on, nearly new J. Crew matchstick jeans, a new ASOS wrap dress, and a cache of tops and sweaters from Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, Talbots and Woolrich, to list a few labels. I once saw a nearly new Lilly Pulitzer dress for less than $12.00; had it fit, that baby would have come home with me.
Obviously thrift shopping is hit and miss, but that’s half the fun. It’s easy to walk into a mall store and blow $40.00 on a piece of clothing. I don’t know about you but I get a rush finding mint condition clothing for a fraction of what I’d pay retail. I estimate what I would have spent paying full retail, and save the difference for something I feel is worth the splurge (hello Rebecca Minkoff Cupid bag!). Shopping at secondhand stores, however, does takes patience, a bit of time, and a discerning eye. If you want to try “thrifting” below are some pointers to help you separate the gems from items that should have been thrown out, not donated.
First, let me list the things I never buy from secondhand stores:
· Shoes – no amount of fumigating, spraying, or scrubbing can get me past the idea of walking in someone else’s foot sweat – and I only buy leather footwear
· Underwear and socks – ewww. The caveat being camisoles; those you can soak in a vinegar solution and wash in a delicate cycle
· Handbags – I have a weakness for good quality leather purses, and I have yet to see a mint-condition Kate Spade. We gals cling to good handbags like baby baboons to mother baboons mid-flight between trees.
So those are the big three I avoid. So what do I buy and what do I look for?
Do a cursory glance and check for tears, make sure the zipper works, tug on the belt loops and ensure they’re all intact. Next, inspect the seat/bum of the denim. If it’s worn and thinner than the rest of the pants, you won’t get much life out of them. Then check the inside manufacturer’s label; if it’s crisp and looks fairly new, chances are the jeans haven’t gone through the wash a bunch of times. I don’t buy clothing that’s had the labels cut out but with jeans, check the button above the zipper. The better brands often stamp them with their logo. Depending on the brand, if the jeans cost more than $15 I don’t buy them secondhand, because I’ve seen brand new jeans on sales in stores for close to that price point. But I have yet to see a pair of J. Crew or Lucky Brand jeans in their stores for fifteen dollars, so if I luck across a pair that fit and pass my secondhand shop test, of course I’ll snap them up.
Tops and Blouses
Again, do a quick glance and look for rips or snags and missing buttons. Next do the sweat test: look for stains in the armpits and on the collars. If you see any discoloration, put the item back. If not, check the seams of the item. If there’s a rip in the seam and you’re handy with a sewing machine it might not be a deal breaker. If you must spend ten dollars to have a tailor repair it, you may want to rethink the item.
The big thing for me is pilling - you know, those annoying little balls of fluff - which is why I avoid sweaters made out of synthetics like acrylic or polyester. All natural fibers, however, such as wool or cashmere can be refreshed with a pumice sweater stone. I once bought a 100% wool Fair Isle GAP vest at the Salvation Army and ran my sweater stone over it. After I washed it, it was good as new, very hipster, and priced much cheaper than one from a consignment store. For knits, you also want to hold the fabric to the light and look for holes or dropped stitches. Stretch the wrist and waist bands and the arm and side seams to look for holes. Also, as with jeans, check the manufacturers’ labels. Crumpled labels with faded ink means the item is well-worn.
Use the same checks as for tops and sweaters. And use your imagination. You might see a mint condition dress than you can update by swapping the buttons or adding a chic belt.
Tailored Blazers, Pants, Skirts
The same checks as for the clothing above apply, but if the item is lined, make sure the lining doesn’t have any snags or tears.
Scarves and Other Accessories
Check for snags and holes, but you can often find cute scarves for less than $5.00. Tons of costume jewelry can be bought for a song. A few times I’ve bought brand new or nearly new leather wallets. Watches are tricky, but I took a chance once on a mint condition Fossil watch with a leather band. I put in a new battery and cleaned it up, and it runs like a charm.
A bit of patience and thorough scrutiny can net you some fun pieces of clothing and accessories for dirt cheap. Throw on well-tailored shoes and a killer leather bag, and no one will be guessing. They’ll be too busy admiring your style.
Ever since you were a little girl you dreamed of your wedding dress. You remember playing dress up with your girlfriends and loved the feeling of wearing a pretty dress and feeling like a princess.
Now you are getting married Ekkk....The dress! You spend countless hours, combing through every bridal store and magazine to find that perfect gown that makes you feel and look beautiful. Those same girlfriends you played dress up with are so excited to shop with you and dress up again. Your wedding day arrives and you are pampered from head to toe. You slip on the gown and cannot believe this day has arrived. The day is amazing, one of the most important days of your life and you feel BEAUTIFUL!
What happens to the dress after your wedding day? I know what happened to mine; I stuffed it into a box and tucked it away in the back of my closet. All that time and energy to find my gorgeous gown and it is forgotten.
Wouldn't you love the chance to relive that bridal moment again? Be papered from head to toe, hair and makeup from professional stylists? Remember those bridal magazines? Those models looked stunning modelling those gowns that could be you! High fashion Glam the Dress Portrait Session.
Let me give you that experience again. Contact our studio to book your Glam the Dress session. You will LOVE it!
~Lisa Mounteer Photography
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