Spring Portrait Session with Emily

Spring Portrait Session with Emily

I met Emily last fall at a group meetup that a local photographer put together. I had 5 minute session with her as there were tons of photographers and a few models. She reached out to me looking to do some photos and I reached out to my partner in crime, Fatima, to make this happen. I wanted a soft look for Emily so suggested a braid across her forehead. Fatima knew exactly what to do and did a beautiful job on hair and makeup (as always!) I am a huge fan of Fatima’s. Her work is out of this world. Here’s the look she created.

Our first location was at the Arboretum in Ottawa where all the crabapple trees are blooming. It is a very popular spot.  There were lots of people taking photos of the bloom and other photographers taking photos for their clients. The bloom is incredibly beautiful but very short lived so you have to take advantage quickly.


I took these with my Canon 6D camera and a 50mm f/1.8. Vince was assisting the shoot and took both behind the scenes video clips and also helped with a reflector when needed. I love having him on shoots. Emily has such a beautiful smile. I am so happy that she wasn’t shy of smiling for some photos. Emily is pretty tall and with high heels even taller so I used my little step ladder. I like shooting level to the model/subject and angling the camera downwards a bit. I’m only 5’6 and models are often taller than me so I come prepared.

Emily brought a beautiful red dress to our session. It’s one of those dresses that can be styled in many ways by adjusting the straps.  It looked complicated but Emily knew what to do. I had to get a full length photo of her. It would have been a shame to have missed that. These photos are at our last spot. We drove around the airport looking for a spot with long grass and more nature in the background. The area I was originally was thinking of was boarded up with a fence so we found another spot after driving a little further. The sun was setting so it was perfect timing. It’s always nice to plan your shoot around golden hour so you get the natural sun highlights.


Here’s a behind the photo shot of Emily smiling. I think her shoe had sunk into the ground. She was a pleasure to work with and was always smiling and very positive. Near the end it was getting chilly but she didn’t seem to mind.  It was a pleasure working with both of these ladies.

To see more of the teams work:

Emily: @emilybabybird

Fatima: @beautytouch_byfatima

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