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!

Anne, Jeremy & Penelope: A Beautiful Family Lifestyle Shoot

Late in May I photographed a small family out in their home in Beaconsfield. Anne & Jeremy’s baby girl Penelope is growing up so fast, that they decided they really wanted a photo session with her at this age while they still can! She has gorgeous little curly blonde locks and the sweetest, playful imagination. They knew they’d be moving soon as well, and wanted a record of their family in their first home.

I loved meeting the three of them and spending the afternoon watching Penelope enjoy her favourite toys, movie and splashing in the puddles outside in the rain.

They gave the images to Penelope’s grandma, Jeremy’s mother, for her birthday (which is today – Happy Birthday Michelle!). I was so pleased to hear that she absolutely loved the resulting prints. What a thoughtful and personal gift!














Welcome to the World Noren! | Montreal Newborn Photography

You might remember Brian & Krista and the baby bump from my previous post. Their little sweet pea arrived two weeks early, and I had the chance to photograph him at just 10 days old. He has bright blue eyes and looks a lot like a tiny version of his dad, but I’m sure he’ll grow to be a beautiful combination of both of his parents. Here are some of my favourites.