New Blog Arrives Next Week

Happy Thursday morning to you! Today is my last post on this blog, at least for the time being. Please come and join me next week on my new blogging platform, fully integrated with my website at If you pop over there now you’ll see my introductory post. Join me next Thursday for my first content post on how to prepare for your lifestyle portrait session. I’ll be posting every Thursday morning after that!

I wanted to say THANK YOU ever so much to everyone who has been reading and following my content. 

I can’t wait to share with you all new content about my process, my travels, and of course real session features. As always, I appreciate any and all feedback and suggestions from you with regard to what you would love to see, learn or experience!

Thank you a million times over, 

XO Gwylan

>bye, bye snow

Jennifer’s Maternity Session | Montreal maternity and newborn photographer

Jennifer contacted me at the beginning of the year looking to have maternity photos done of her with her darling husband out in the snow. I thought this was wonderful and brave. Why not embrace the beauty of winter and take some photos outside with cute knits and pretty snow? She was super organized and sent me all kinds of inspirational photographs that had her excited about her upcoming shoot. Their baby girl is expected some time in the next few weeks!

We decided to do both some outdoor shots as well as some inside where we could document the nursery and have a few more intimate images of her and her husband with a bare belly showing. I commend them both for going outside at all on this day because it was blistering cold with the wind, but I’m sure glad they did! I can’t wait to meet their little girl, who I think has the cutest nursery ever to come home to. Stay tuned for the newborn images which should appear in another couple of months…













What I Bring To A Lifestyle Portrait Session | Montreal Portrait Photographer

You may be curious about your photographer’s process and the equipment and props they will use, especially when you’ve invited them into your home.

My clientele can expect me to show up with my camera bag containing about three or four of my favourite lenses and my trusted Canon 5D Mk II. That’s right, I have not upgraded to the Mark III yet because I’m a firm believer that for the few differences it has it wasn’t worth the expense just yet. So I will wait patiently for the next release. I also consider myself an eco-conscious photographer and truly despise how we always feel we need the latest and greatest to succeed. I love my camera, it produces quality images and I intend to make it last. And as they always say (which is completely true), it ain’t the camera but the photographer who produces the image.

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In addition to bringing along those obvious basics, I usually bring some reflector discs. These are to aid with bouncing light into the shadow areas of my subject’s faces. Often times I won’t need these if we’re shooting outside depending on the lighting conditions, but I do find them especially useful when photographing inside people’s homes at times. I’ll use them to reflect window light back onto the subject when the ambient light in the room isn’t quite bright enough.

For children and families I typically tell them that if they want specific props the best ones are personal to them. Sometimes kids will want to hold their favourite blanket or toy to keep them feeling comfortable, and it has the added benefit of distracting them a little so they don’t get too anxious.




Newly-engaged couples will sometimes like to incorporate a prop that states their wedding date or part of their love story for the sake of save-the-date cards.  Of course I’ll typically get a photo of the engagement ring as well. Otherwise these shoots are all about the love, and you won’t catch me bringing anything along other than my equipment, an open mind and a sense of humour.



For newborns, I will bring along very basic props for layering and wrapping the baby. Because my style is more loose and organic I do not bring along bowls, baskets, suitcases and the like when I arrive at your home. I’m a firm believer in using items in the images that will be special to that child as they grow older, not items that I’ve brought along that they will never see again. If a client is looking for more posed studio-type newborn shots, we can still accomplish these but with a more natural edge: baby in his/her environment. I bring knit blankets to lay the baby on as well as some delicate wraps to create a cocoon around them. If the parents want little hats & boots in the image I like them to be ones they already own. I will showcase the nursery and the baby’s personal items as part of the overall story. In some cases, these are in fact photographed during the maternity session in preparation for baby’s arrival.




If you have any questions or comments about my process, please let me know below. If there’s something you think I missed… I’d love to know that, too!