Learn all the tips and tricks of photography in Ottawa. Ottawa Photographer Raven Ouellette exposes her Assistant Photographers to all the wonderful and exciting portrait and event photography possible in Ottawa. Family Portrait, Boudoir Photos, Fashion Photography, Engagement Portrait, Wedding Photography, Prenatal Photography, Babies, Children…all kinds of beautiful portrait sessions.

12Jun

Sneak Peek for Hector, Lency, Stephane & Torence

Not the greatest weather we’ve been having, but luckily we got a sunny break this past Sunday for a family photo shoot in Orleans. This lovely family welcomed me into their home to take their photos as they (and many families out there) don’t really have many family photographs. So we shoot some inside and some  outside and even though in this particular one it was fairly bright I actually like how it turned out. Hope you do too. Enjoy! :)







06Feb

Sneak Peek for Kim, Michel, Ryan & baby Nathan

The first February weekend brought about my first photo shoot of this year, which was really exciting. And not only because it was the first of the year, but also because it involved an adorable baby (see photo) named Nathan. His older brother, Ryan, was also a natural little model. I must say, he was the first child that didn`t hide behind mom`s or dad`s legs or who didn`t run away when I pulled out my camera. So a couple of firsts there. Overall, the shoot went really really well as you can see by this relaxing pose. :) Enjoy!






06Nov

Sneak Peek for Sherry, Steve & Chris

It might have been cold last weekend for an outdoor photo shoot, yet this bunch of young people sure knew how to keep laughing. This photo is of the three  happy siblings and their significant others are standing to the side making fun of them. How great is that?! :D You can tell by the genuine smiles. I must say I had a lot of fun meeting all of them and hanging out in Strathcona Park. 



22Oct

Sneak Peek for Tiffany & Tom

The forecast for this past weekend was rain, rain and some more rain, but for this lovely couple the rain held off. Actually, it didn’t rain at all the whole weekend. Lucky for us we were able to capture some sweet moments between these two lovebirds. The location/theme was inspired by the most romantic city where the engagement took place – Paris! :)


21Oct

Sneak Peek for Jane & Clark

And one more sneak peek from last weekend`s photoshoot. At that time we actually had a pretty nice weather and a cooperative 3-year old, so it went really well. :) This session took place along the Rideau canal. We started off at the foot bridge and walked along the bike path that had lots of colourful leaves to throw around. All in all it was a lot of fun!



19Oct

Sneak Peek for Stephanie and Chris

Last Saturday was a relatively nice day for October considering Ottawa is the coldest capital in the world. A little cooler in the afternoon for this session, but these active boys sure kept warm by running around. This one was taken right at the beginning, so I think they sat for a whole 3 seconds before they were off again. :) All in all, cute little family and adorable matching sweaters.






20May

Interview with an Intern Part Three

I thought we would get to know Josephine better by doing a little Q & A, as we did with Stephanie and Jane-getting to know her perspective on Photography. So Josephine, first off let me welcome you to Flirt and Flutter Photography- we are so excited to have you on board!

Let’s get a bit of background- I believe you’re a townie like me…what was your favorite part about growing up in Ottawa?

Yep.  You are right.  I am an O-towner like you.  I guess I love this city for so many reasons, hence why I never left.  My favourite part of growing up in Ottawa?  That’s a tough one.  I’ve moved 22 times in my life, most all in Ottawa so I guess it is hard to pin point a favourite part.  I now live in the South end of Ottawa but my heart and sense of comfort are definitely in the West end.  I love Ottawa for many reasons that others are drawn to this beautiful city – it’s a somewhat big city with a small town feel and lots of outdoor stuff to do.  Some of my favourite parts are hiking in the Gatineau hills, biking along the parkway, getting involved in the community, and partaking in the many festivals all summer long.

Where has been your favorite place to shoot in Ottawa thus far?

It’s a toss-up between the Gatineau Park, Mooney’s bay region, and the bike paths along the Kanata greenbelt and the parkway.  I recently took a course that made me realize that you don’t need an amazing background to take good photos.  Sometimes the best pictures are taken in the most inconspicuous locations.  Either way I am looking forward to finding new favourite spots with Flirt and Flutter.

When did you begin your journey in photography? What is your background in photography? Did you go to school for photography or have you had experience with clients?

My journey began in high school when my parents bought a 35 mm canon.  I was always into art and taking photos seemed like a natural extension.  I also have a passion for travel, usually off the beaten path types of trips.  I love learning about different parts of the world and other cultures.  I like to capture those experiences in my photos.  In essence, I look at my photos often to remember those times – good or bad – that enriched my life.  I think that’s why so many are drawn to taking photographs.  I’ve taken several courses in photography and I am constantly learning and trying to improve my skills.  I recently started to take photography to a professional level with Flirt and Flutter, so my experience with clients has been limited; although, I have several years of experience in dealing with the clients in other professional aspects.   I’m a pretty easy going and open person … just trying to make the photography experience fun for everyone.

What made you decide to get into Photography? What is your favorite part of Photography?

As mentioned earlier, photography kind of found me when my parents bought a 35 mm camera.  Over the years I’ve really started to develop and my friends and family were always complimenting me in my photographs.  I decided I wanted to take photography more seriously and perhaps transition to this full-time professionally.  I realized that I need a constant creative outlet in my life and photography fulfills this need in so many ways.  My favourite part of Photography is how instantaneous it is.  In the click of a button you have art!  I also like how it’s not just simply a click of a button but there is some science to it.  You need to consider many elements and a good shot is one that is pre-planned and well positioned.  You have to consider not only the subject, the site, the background but also the technical aspects of the camera’s function like exposure, depth of field, lighting, etc.  When you think of it I guess it is a lot more complicated than clicking the button but when they all function beautifully its very gratifying!

Who are your favorite photographers and what do you like about their work?

There are 5 types of photographs I like best: landscapes, events and people in action, funny/silliness, fine art, and animals.  I like all kinds but these I like best.  I like MANY photographers each in different ways.  They all inspire me.  I aspire to one day be on someone’s short list too J

LANDSCAPES:

Ansel Adams – who doesn’t like his work?  It’s amazing how powerful a black and white landscape image can be.  His images are so calming yet with such a deep impact.  www.anseladams.com

Maciej Duczynski – love his landscapes and depth of field www.lonelywolf.pl

Adam Burton – gorgeous coloured landscapes and depth of field.  www.adamburtonphotography.com

EVENTS AND PEOPLE:

Steve McCurry – I love how he can express emotion so well in photographs.  You really get the sense of what was happening.  His images come to life as if they were in 3D!  You’ll remember him by his famous Afghan Girl published in the National Geographic magazine … And well I love to travel and I am inspired to see the places he’s been.  www.stevemccurry.com

Lara Jade – more of a fashion photographer but love the portraits and the subjects intense looks.  www.larajade.co.uk

Phil Borges – amazing social documentary.  Great lighting and emotion.  www.philborges.com

Sean Kennedy Santos – love the fashion photography, urban, glamorous feel to his pictures.  www.sksantos.net

Kurt Stalleart – love his pictures of people and his ability to capture emotion, moment in time, tragedy, struggles and triumph.  www.kurtstallaert.be

FUNNY NONSENSE and ARTISTIC EXPRESSION:

Matt Stuart – because he’s just too funny!! www.mattstuart.com

Koen Demuynck – interesting post production work and use of light    www.koendemuynck.com

Denis Olivier – love the simplicity of his images and integration of form and lines.  www.denisolivier.com

Michael Ezra – interesting artistic expression of nude photography.  www.michaelezra.com

Edward Weston – beautiful black and white images of form, texture and nudes.  www.edward-weston.com

ANIMALS:

Tim Flach – I love his use of form, colour, and texture … and I love animals and he’s expressed them in a unique way    www.timflach.com

Nick Brandt – love, love, love his B&W wildlife pics.  He’s really created the mood and emotion in his pics.  www.nickbrandt.com

Gregory Colbert – love how his incorporated people with his images of animals.  Even the scariest creature appears to be harmless and cudily J  www.ashesandsnow.org

John Hyde – amazing colour and capture of wildlife images www.wildthingsphotography.com

… As you can see I love photography a great deal and have many photographers that I admire.

How would you describe your artistic style?

I would say my artistic style is candid photos and action.  I like to take photos of people capturing a glimpse of what they are doing without direct eye contact into the camera.  I would like to play with light a bit more and incorporate it into the mood of the photographs.  I also love animals and landscapes.  It’s just so uncomplicated – that is animals and nature.  If I can combine all three – animals, nature, and people – that’s my favourite!

If you could give clients one piece of advice what would it be?

Relax, have fun, and enjoy the moment.  Best pictures are captured in a candid manner.  Best smiles are when we aren’t trying and come from the gut.  We’ll have a good time during the shoot and you’ll remember how much fun it was when you see the expression on your face.

When it comes to photography what are your goals? What do you see in your future?

My goals are to constantly learn and develop no matter where I am at in my photography. In the long term, I’d love to be one of those photographers featured in National Geographic or have my own book printed … but one day at a time.  Let’s first start by practicing more and more … the rest will just come with time.

One of my short term goals is to create a documentary series on the Foundations of a Community.  I am hoping to capture the meaning of a community and how we can build a strong and welcoming community in our neighbourhoods.  I am hoping to approach a series of community centers that will show case my work and the proceeds will go to a worthy cause needed in that community.  More details will follow as this project develops.

Well we are all very excited to see how your work progresses over the next year! Flutterbunnies you should definitely be checking back here on the regular to get the behind the scenes look at the Photography business here in Ottawa!



20May

Interview with an Intern Part Two

Hey there Flutterbunnies, Raven here with a closer look with our new intern Jane, who just finished her first full day of Flirt and Flutter Studio Boudoir Photo
Shoots this weekend! So Psyched! I thought we would get to know Jane better by doing a little Q & A, photos coming soon!

So Jane, first off let me welcome you to Flirt and Flutter Photography- we are so excited to have you on board!

Thanks, Raven! I’m excited to be here too. 

Let’s get a bit of background- similarly to Stephanie, you’re not from Ottawa-where did you grow up and what made you move to Ottawa?

I grew up in Slovakia, moved to Canada when I was 13 with my family, and have called Mississauga my home base for the past 11 years. And I knew Ottawa was a great city because I did a co-op here while I was still in school, so I wasn’t hesitant to move here at all. The primary reason for the move was my husband who’s doing his Master’s at Carleton. And I knew I could take photography courses at Algonquin, which made the move even more exciting. 

Where has been your favorite place to shoot in Ottawa thus far?

I’d have to say the downtown area, which is where I live, so I get to walk around a lot and explore. 

When did you begin your journey in photography? What is your background in photography? Did you go to school for photography or have you had experience with clients?

 My journey began when I was about 12. I joined a photography club back in my hometown in Slovakia and got to play around in the darkroom. And then I continued with film photography and working in the darkroom in high school. I was fortunate enough to go to a high school that had a photography class starting in Gr. 10 and I loved it. In fact, I was the only student in my Gr. 12 photography class (I guess my peers didn’t feel the same way about taking pictures as me haha), but I enjoyed it a LOT. And when I was in the darkroom I didn’t really like digital photography at all, but I did switch in University. So I have shot a lot, including for my high school yearbook, just haven’t worked with clients that much yet.

What made you decide to get into Photography? What is your favorite part of Photography?

I’m not exactly sure. My dad showed me a book of black-and-white photographs when I was younger, so maybe that triggered something. I LOVE black-and-white photography. My favourite part is capturing an image that says something either about a person or place or shows an emotion, basically an image that’s meaningful.

Who are your favorite photographers and what do you like about their work?

Hmm…hard to pick just one, but one of my all-time favourites is Ansel Adams. His work is exceptional. He photographed a lot of landscapes and you can see the movement in his pictures. And his lighting is great too, I mean it takes skill and a lot of patience sometimes to capture what he’s captured throughout his life.

How would you describe your artistic style?

I don’t really like describing my style because I feel that puts me in a box and I don’t like to limit myself like that. I’m really open to different styles and it depends on the situation or the subject that I’m photographing. I just like taking photos when people aren’t necessarily paying attention to me and just doing whatever they’re doing. That way I can catch them in their natural state and environment. 

If you could give clients one piece of advice what would it be?

Well, my answer would be related to the previous one. I would just remind them to be themselves and almost pretend I’m not even there. I know that may be hard, but if let’s say it’s a family shoot then parents can interact with their children and it will look more natural. And I would tell kids to just go play and have fun. :)

When it comes to photography what are your goals? What do you see in your future?

My long-term goal would be to become a professional photographer, have my own business, and perhaps get some pictures published or displayed. That’d be amazing. But overall I’m just happy to be taking photos and in the short-run I’d like to get more into family/children and couples photoshoots. 

Well we are all very excited to see how your work progresses over the next year! Flutterbunnies you should definitely be checking back here on the regular to get the behind the scenes look at the Photography business here in Ottawa!

Thanks, Raven! And I look forward to doing more shoots with you.


15Apr

Interview with an Intern

Hey there Flutterbunnies, Raven here with a closer look with our new intern Stephanie, who just finished her first full day of Flirt and Flutter Studio Boudoir Photo Shoots this weekend! So Psyched! I thought we would get to know Stephanie better by doing a little Q & A, photos coming soon!

So Stephanie, first off let me welcome you to Flirt and Flutter Photography- we are so excited to have you on board!

Thanks! I am excited too =]

Lets get a bit of background- tell us, you’re not from Ottawa, where did you grow up and what made you move to Ottawa?

I am originally from Whitby, not too far from Toronto. I moved to Ottawa to start my education at the University of Ottawa. I will be graduating this June from my second degree, and I plan *fingers crossed* to start my career here as well. In teaching in case you were wondering, and obviously some photography on the side.

Where has been your favorite place to shoot in Ottawa thus far?

I haven’t really had the chance to really explore the shooting possiblities of Ottawa Photography, I’ve so far stayed on the mainstream of things and haven’t done much adventuring. I have a thing for architecture and animals, so let’s keep it vague for now. I will keep you posted.  Although..there is this place down in Hunt Club I pass every morning before work, yet all I have is my smartphone so I don’t exacty get a good picture. One of these days I should venture out on a weekend.  AND, I would love to go visit the bird sanctuary just outside of Ottawa!

When did you begin your journey in photography? What is your background in photography? Did you go to school for photography or have you had experience with clients?

 My journey technically began with my first camera at age 10. It was an Olympus film camera and boy did I go through film like there was no tomorrow. They were decent photos too! The occaisional “what was that again” made its way in of course. I learnt pretty much everything I know from trial and error, and a few classes here and there for perfecting skills. Then affordable DSLRs happened and I was to start from scratch. Now that I’ve leanrt the basics of my new baby (Nikon D7000) I can officially say my professional journey began late 2011.

What made you decide to get into Photography? What is your favorite part of Photography?

I don’t really know why but I’ve always loved taking pictures of things, at many different angles, until I have the perfect shot! I mean, to me pictures mean everything. If my house were on fire, I would be running out with a bag full of electronics (cameras, laptops, hard drives, etc.) and my guinea pigs. Theses days things like clothes, tvs and diplomas are replacable; pictures not so much. I’m sure you’ve guessed by now: my favourite part is looking through all my photos whenever I feel like it to remember the moments that were camptured..

Who are your favorite photographers and what do you like about their work?

It might be because I didn’t take any history classes, but I don’t really know any famous photographers that I can relate to. I mean I’ve had an admiration for Anne Geddes’ baby photos since my first calendar at age 6, but I don’t necessarily relate to her work. Don’t get me wrong, her pictures are cute and all, but sometimes I think too overdone and photoshopped.

How would you describe your artistic style?

You got it. I am artistic. I think outside the box, but make sure to get everything from inside of it first because not everyone likes the originality I bring to the table. Candid and journalistic vs artistic and romantic could be my photgraphy personality if you will. I like cool angles, interesting shots, and anything creative or spontaneous.

If you could give clients one piece of advice what would it be?

Just go with the flow, be natural, and let me make the magic happen. There is nothing worse than a forced smile…especially when you think of the character Chandler from the TV show Friends. Also, no matter if it is fashion photography, boudoir photography, wedding photography, baby portraits, prenatal photography, engagement portrait sessions in Ottawa-whatever make sure you show up ready to be photographed, and not to be expecting a shoot like they see on television (i.e America’s next Top Model- It is rarely the same thing).

When it comes to photography what are your goals? What do you see in your future?

I hope to one day have my own photography business (more so than just my current freelance work) where I call the shots, take the shots, and edit them too! ha ha. I want to develop a full-time workload of photography. I would love to photograph children, weddings, and everything in between until my arthritic hands can no longer hold my camera.

Well we are all very excited to see how your work progresses over the next year! Flutterbunnies you should definitely be checking back here on the regular to get the behind the scenes look at the Photography business here in Ottawa!


29Mar

Introducing the New Flirt and Flutter Assistant and Intern Stephanie!

Well Hello there Flutterbunnies and Photography enthusiasts! I am honored to introduce to you Ottawa Photography Company Flirt and Flutter Photography (specializing in boudoir photos in Ottawa, Family Portraits, Wedding Photography, Ottawa Engagement Photography, Business portraits, and more recently: fitness and dance photography in Ottawa) Assistant Stephanie!

Stephanie is busy at work learning the ropes here in the office and working on getting up to date with our specialized and exclusive Photoshop optimization which include touch ups, airbrushing, background removal, skin-correction, color correction and high definition. She will begin assisting with photo shoots and will begin her “confessions of a photography intern” blog in April!

You will gain access to insider videos, photos and learn what it is like to turn your passion into a business along with Stephanie, as Flirt and Flutter builds and expands its services, providing women with opportunities to find their inner beauty, to share the love in their life, and to be transformed into the Goddesses, Vixens, Cover-models, whatever their heart desires. All the while having a precious gift to share the memories of the fun and excitement they felt with their family and friends for the rest of their lives.

Check out her work thus far at: http://stephaniesphotographs.yolasite.com/ and book your session with Raven and Stephanie today! Two photographers for the price of one!