Ottawa Wedding Awards

Ottawa Wedding Awards

This year I got nominated for Faces Magazine Ottawa Awards for Best Photographer. Second year in a row, and I am so blessed! Unfortunately I did not win but it was an absolute honour to be nominated with some of the best in Ottawa and not only for the wedding industry. There were tons of huge names on the list like a couple Ottawa Senators, some great businesses and restaurants in the city. It was amazing to have my name amongst theirs. The second amazing thing is that I was nominated for a Ottawa Wedding Award for Best Wedding Photographer. Now that's an elite award to win, or even be......

Ottawa Maternity Sessions// Chicaboo Maternity Gowns Now Available

I am so excited to be expanding my prop stash. Recently I ordered some maternity dresses from Chicaboo to upgrade my maternity collections. I've had lots of requests about maternity gowns so I just bit the bullet and got some. And let's just say, I am obsessed! They are such great quality and they are gorgeous colours! 

Who's in for a session in these dresses?

For my first 5 maternity sessions that use these dresses, you'll receive 15% off as a way to say thank you for using the dresses!

I'm so excited to see how the photos turn out and to meet all of you future mommas!

Here is a photo from their website of the dresses I ordered: 

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Ottawa Winter Romance// Ale-Amberwood Styled Shoot

Ottawa Winter Romance// Ale-Amberwood Styled Shoot

The sun is shining and the birds are chirping. It's warm enough to actually go to the park now with my toddler! Wahoo!

So why am I writing a blog post about a winter styled shoot? Because the Ottawa Wedding Awards are within days and 90% of the vendors from this shoot are nominated for an award at the ceremony. Including me! I loved this venue. Ale-Amberwood is a hidden gem in…

Detail Practice// Ottawa Wedding Photographer

Detail Practice// Ottawa Wedding Photographer

Today was a good day. It was a great day actually! Wedding season is starting this month so I took out my camera to practice some wedding details. I don't want to be a bit rusty for my 2018 brides! Also you know that age old saying, practice makes perfect. And I'm pretty happy with…..

Things You Should Know When You're Buying Your Wedding Dress

Things You Should Know When You're Buying Your Wedding Dress

When I was shopping for my wedding dress, I hadn't been in the industry so I didn't know any of the bridal shop owners that I know now. Looking back, there would have been a whole different course of events. I bought my dress before Adriel actually ever proposed. That's how much I knew it was happening soon. I was 19 years old and completely clueless about wedding dress shopping, and the "dos" and "don'ts". And my bridal consultants knew that I didn't know much, and were probably not happy with me that I was wearing the wrong....

Winter Sessions// Why The Cold Is Worth Braving

Winter Sessions// Why The Cold Is Worth Braving

Winter weddings & sessions are such a fun experience and they are absolutely gorgeous! We have been having a lot of fun in Winter sessions this year and we have a couple more coming up before summer wedding seasons starts. I've had a lot of people ask me why I love winter sessions & weddings so much, and here is why I love it......

Associate Photographers

Samantha Marie Photography is expanding. We are always expanding and looking for new + exciting things to add to the brand and company. For the 2018 season we have decided to employ associate photographers to broaden the horizon for Samantha Marie Photography. If I am booked for your wedding you can choose one of the associate photographers to come and photograph in my place. That being said I will still be the one who does your engagement session and the one to do all of the editing. We have three associate photographers who are available. They are also second shooters for me and are extremely talented..... 

Why I Adore Being A Wedding Photographer

Why I Adore Being A Wedding Photographer

When I was little all I wanted to do when I grew up was be an artist and paint, draw, and take photos as my career. I pictured myself as a starving artist that you see on TV, but then I found wedding photography. I absolutely love my job as a wedding photographer, and I love weddings in general! Weddings are my bread and butter, and I have always loved the little things about weddings before I started shooting them. As a guest as well as someone who works weddings, some of my favourite things about weddings are the intimate moments that as an Ottawa based wedding photographer I love to capture......

Winter Engagement Session// Jeremie & Myriam

Winter Engagement Session// Jeremie & Myriam

Model alert! Well, actually they are just a regular couple but they could be models right? Myriam & Jeremie's engagement session was one for the books! 

Besides the fact that we were all freezing cold and that the sun was playing a game of hide and seek, the whole thing turned out pretty magical. Eventually the sun came out and stayed out and we were able to capture some great shots of the sun shining on that magnificent red hair that Myriam has......

Mill Of Kintail Engagement Session// Holly & Alex

Mill Of Kintail Engagement Session// Holly & Alex

How did you spend your Thanksgiving Weekend? I spent mine at the Mill of Kintail with one of my couples for the 2018 season. Holly and Alex are actually long time friends of mine. I went to high school with Holly and when she started dating Alex I met him then. They are such a sweet couple and I know they will totally rock at being Mr & Mrs! Their wedding is in August of 2018, and I am so pumped! Actually, August is already lining up to be SO GOOD! I had never been to......

Who Else To Invite To Your Wedding: My Favourite Ottawa Wedding Vendors

Who Else To Invite To Your Wedding: My Favourite Ottawa Wedding Vendors

Working in the wedding industry and networking with other industry professionals have helped me make a list of vendors that I have worked with and gotten to know personally who I think would be a great fit for my clients. I used to have it in a Word document on my computer desktop, but I find it may be easier to put it into a blog post for convenience. Listed below are vendors that have the same values and customer service as Samantha Marie Photography, and you should definitely chat with them if you're still looking for vendors.......

Ottawa Family Session// Fougere Fall Session

Ottawa Family Session// Fougere Fall Session

You may recognize this family. You've seen them a couple times around here on the Samantha Marie Photography Blog. Maybe a maternity session, and then a newborn lifestyle session? Right after our first snowfall, which didn't stick to the ground by the way, they asked me to do a mini session for them for their Christmas cards. Of course I said yes, because I love doing photos for them. They are such a gorgeous family and the sweetest

Ottawa Newborn Session// Mackenzie Santo

Ottawa Newborn Session// Mackenzie Santo

This is again another referral from that amazing Walters Family! Let that be a lesson to all business owners, do great work and people will spread the word! Thank you Krystal! The Santo Family was so adorable and their little Baby Girl Mackenzie was so adorable, so we decided to do a Christmas themed session for her. Momma was so amazing having all of the...... 

Ottawa Newborn Session// Everett Irwin

Ottawa Newborn Session// Everett Irwin

I love referrals from past clients that bring in new clients. And it's especially awesome when the past client brings in others that are in her friend group, so you end up doing multiple sessions for this one group of friends. It's an awesome experience for me as a photographer because I get to see past clients grow up and I get to capture those memories too! The Walters Family was a session I did when I first moved back to Ottawa from Alberta.......

Ottawa Plaid Family Session// Smith Family

Ottawa Plaid Family Session// Smith Family

When lifestyle blogger Emily from Best of This Life contacts you to do her family photos, you say yes! Especially seen as her family is absolutely adorable and such a gem to work with! In Ottawa, Ontario there is this cute little area called the Experimental Farm. I have been there before, of course, but what I hadn't realized was that there was a cute little greenhouse that you can go into that has so many beautiful plants and flowers........

Ottawa Apple Orchard// La Marche Family Session

Ottawa Apple Orchard// La Marche Family Session

I have never seen a family that is quite as unique and as close knit as this family, yet they live on opposite sides of the country. Yes, I said it. Half the family is here in Ottawa and the other half lives in Nunavut! The La Marche family is from the Perth/Smiths Falls area but the parents moved to Arnprior a few years ago. Taylor lives in Cape Dorset, Nunavut with her boyfriend and their.......

Mer Bleue Bog Couple Portraits: Destiny + Evan

Mer Bleue Bog Couple Portraits: Destiny + Evan

As an Ottawa photographer I love exploring new portrait locations, and the best is when you have amazing couples to explore it with! Awhile ago I held a giveaway on Facebook for when I reached 500 likes on my photography page. The winner of the giveaway was Destiny Trigg! She had a choice of what kind of session she wanted, and she chose a portrait session of her and her husband Evan. I think it was a great idea as they were coming up on a year of marriage and wanted to...... 

Preparing For Your Engagement Session

Preparing For Your Engagement Session

So you're engaged and planning your wedding, and thats why you're here. I have one thing to say; Congratulations! Well, I have more than one thing to say but I had to tell you congratulations right off the bat. Next step is planning for your engagement session! If I am your photographer, I am so excited for this! If I am not, I wish you all the best in your engagement and wedding! Maybe some of these tips will come in handy for you, and if so I am so happy for you. This blog post is all about how to prepare for your engagement session and.........

Wedding Day Tips: Bridal Prep + The Detail Shots

Wedding Day Tips: Bridal Prep + The Detail Shots

We all know those photographs. The ones on Pinterest of the rings close up on the invitations, or the rings with the sparklers in the background. And you think "How am I ever going to find a photographer who can get me these Pinterest worthy photos?" Well, they are attainable. As an Ottawa Wedding Photographer, there are a couple things that I recommend to my brides when it comes to their wedding days. Bridal prep isn't just about getting your hair done while sipping some cocktail. Below I will tell you all about the best things to have on hand to make your photos turn out stunning! As well as some things that I have in my bridal styling kit that I will have on hand during your bridal prep time. 

Jon + Kayla One Year Wedding Anniversary// October 29th, 2016

Jon + Kayla One Year Wedding Anniversary// October 29th, 2016

One year ago today, Kayla & Jon tied the knot! They got married before I had this new website so I figured I would write a post about their wedding and post it on their anniversary. Even though it was raining, the day started off on a good note with.......