For those of you who don’t know me personally, I tend to challenge myself by stepping out of my comfort zone from time to time. However, I never thought I’d be an Arnprior Family Photographer. After shooting several family sessions here in the Ottawa area, I had started to feel the urge to photograph a new family in a completely unfamiliar location. Needless to say, I couldn’t contain my excitement when Laura decided to put me to the test by inviting me to her home in Braeside; approximately 45 minutes west of Ottawa. I have known Laura for a few years – she’s the kind of person who always has a big smile on her face, put together with lots of positive energy 🙂 .
Meet Laura, Shawn and their BEAUTIFUL family. I mean, com’on… how do they not already make you smile?
We couldn’t have asked for better weather that day, it was a perfect day to run around in their backyard – I could barely keep up with the kids!
Assuming I’m the first person to say it, I’ll go ahead and predict that this little champ right here is going to grow up loving cars and trucks – I’ve never seen a kid drive, steer and switch gears so effortlessly! Pure joy!
This is so perfect
We took a quick drive down the hill to Laura’s parents’ home by the water. They were so happy to see their grandkids! Grandpa Bill was so excited to see them all… it almost felt like he was just meeting them for the first time 😀 . I really hope I can have photos like these with my future grandkids one day – just look at the smile on his face!
Grandma Sue and the boys
This right here, might be my favorite photo from the entire session… I love this!
Shawn, you’re a pretty awesome dad 😉
You two are seriously good looking, just sayin’:
And of course, the day would not have been complete without a photo of the entire family:
Laura and Shawn, after years of watching your family grow (on Facebook), I was so delighted to finally meet everyone! Thank you for inviting me into your home and for sharing an hour of your daily lives with me – this adventure was a really refreshing experience I really needed; Braeside is such a nice little town 🙂 . I can’t wait to see you all again.
Once in a while, I get asked what kind of gear I use for my weddings. Although I initially felt it was an odd thing to ask about, I quickly realized that it’s a very legitimate question! I mean, think about it; everyone has access to at least one camera of some sort these days – even sheep now have some experience with camera technology! PS, as a full disclaimer: I do not recommend hiring sheep to photograph or film your wedding, but you get my point 🙂 – there are cameras for virtually everyone and every purpose!
So what’s in my camera bag on every wedding day? All of this:
I absolutely love my set up: it’s both efficient and reliable as it incorporates backups for everything that I would need for a full wedding day. Knowing that almost all my equipment is within arm’s reach, while I’m on the run all day, gives me the peace of mind I will always be thankful for. For those of you who have no idea what on earth all these fancy toys are, I’ll go into a bit more detail about each of them:
Canon 5DmkIII (w/ BG-E11 battery grip)
I don’t even know where to start with this amazing beast of a camera. The Canon 5DmkIII blows my mind every time – this might be the greatest camera Canon has ever produced (for it’s worth). With its amazing ISO range, super fast burst speed, freakishly accurate focusing system, abundant focus points, silent ninja shooting mode and life saving dual memory card slots, what more could any wedding photographer ask for? This is definitely my primary camera body. Combined with the BG-E11 battery grip, I can shoot perfectly vertical portraits with enough juice for days 😀
The Canon 5DmkII, predecessor of the 5DmkIII, is a camera I’ve been shooting with for the past 4 years. Although I consider it as my ‘backup’ camera, I still put it to full use throughout the day. Having another lens mounted on a second camera saves me from the hassle of stopping to switch lenses in the middle of big moments. And no, the 5DmkII isn’t that ugly… I enclosed it in a Camera Armor protective case during my early days of pro shooting (I constantly feared breaking my camera back then and never took it off ever since). It also helps me keep a low profile, especially when I travel 😎
During my groom and bridal preparation, I often shoot with my 35mm as my story telling lens. At the end of each prep, the 50mm is my portrait lens of choice for both the bride and groom. During ceremonies and receptions, I mainly shoot with both the 70-200mm and 50mm to cover both the bride and groom, as well as their guests’ reactions, without being intrusive. The 24mm comes in really handy whenever I have to shoot large family portraits or scenery from the day. These aren’t strict rules, I constantly make adjustments depending on the different scenarios… weddings are sometimes unpredictable! Just in case you’re already wondering: I mainly shoot with prime lenses (fixed zooms) because they are significantly sharper and faster than most other zoom lenses. They are also amazing under low light conditions where I’m unable to use a flash!
Canon 600EX-RT & 580EX II Flashes
Although I prefer to shoot without flashes during the day as much as possible, the Canon 600EX-RT and 580EXII are major lifesavers during very dark indoor ceremonies and reception halls. I plug my Pocketwizard Transceivers into my flash(es) and mount them onto 1 or 2 separate off-camera lightstands (not pictured above) during receptions. I absolutely love this set up because it gives a lot of ambiance and dimension to my photos while I use another on-camera flash for fill. As a personal opinion, I believe this set up makes a HUGE difference in my photos… that’s just the techie in me 😎
Well, there you have it! I hope you found all this information helpful. I know it’s a lot, but I always love sharing any little knowledge I have with everyone! If I’m missing anything, please feel free to ask in the comments below 🙂
Boyo Photography is a storyteller based in Ottawa, Ontario – sharing genuine and expressive photographs during Weddings, Engagements & among Families.
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