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Vimy Officer’s Mess wedding of Cara & Michel | Maria Offin Photography Kingston Ontario

Way back in sunny August I photographed a wedding of Cara and Michel – one of the warmest couples I have met. They made me feel so incredibly welcomed and relaxed throughout the day, which is something that I know better than be taking for granted.

It was quite the celebration with singing, laughing and dancing the night away! The ceremony took place in Vimy Officer’s Mess in Kingston Ontario which I personally take as a huge bonus because this venue is about 5 minutes lazy driving from me.

Cara and Michel, thank you for trusting me with your memories!

Late Fall Family photos | Maria Offin : Kingston Ontario family photographer

Happy Wednesday! Over the next couple of  months I intend to slowly populate my new blog with the images from my favourite  last year’s shoots. I hope you don’t mind. But if you do get tired of it – go on – book a shoot for yourself, then you can be here too!

I had the pleasure of photographing this beautiful family on two different occasions before: the newborn shoot for then not-so-curly sweet Emilia and a family picnic later that summer. I always think of Emilia when I talk about my newborn sessions telling my Moms and Dads that the shoot can be anywhere between under one hour and over three. Emilia’s shoot was the shortest in my practice – about 45 minutes. She was an extremely calm baby at the time. Nothing is a given and this time this adorable tornado of a two-year-old got quite even with me.. And yes, my reflector did get used as a bouncer 🙂

I cannot wait to meet her little sister or brother later in the winter!

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How to take a perfect Holiday photo of your kids | Maria Offin: Kingston ON children photographer

Hello and welcome!

You are at the brand new home of Maria Offin Photography.

I am Maria, I live and shoot in Kingston Ontario and specialize in family, children and newborn photography.

I thought I’d kick off my new blog by sharing something with you. This here – is a step-by step guide containing amazing, never-heard-before tips on how to take a perfect Holiday photo of your kids. Enjoy!

Step 1: Round up all your kids. Yes, even the bad ones  – everyone needs to be in the photo.

Step 2: Command that your children put on the clothes you picked for them.  To get your kids into those clothes you employ the methods of persuasion that work best for your family. I normally bribe – but that’s just me. Much had been said about how to coordinate your outfits colours and textures in a photogenic manner. Mind you, I did not do any of that – too complicated – and just had some version of the ugly Christmas sweater thing going.

Step 3: With the family pet on the tow, lead everyone to the photo location.

Here is a quick checklist to help you evaluate your photo location suitability:

√  No harsh deep shadows on your kids’ faces

√  No distracting signs or graphics in the background

√  No {wrong} seasonal items. Nothing like a lonely Halloween skeleton dangling in the distance making its way onto your Hanukkah greeting card. Unless, of course, your gigantic pumpkins froze to the ground like mine did in the photo examples below. In this case you are automatically excused – no-one has hernia on their wish list.

√  Yes to uncomplicated and uncluttered surroundings (read: move your great blue recycling boxes out of your shot!), evergreens, brick or stone walls, etc

Step 4: You are almost ready to take your shot! Group everybody together – the closer the better. What we usually refer to as a necessary personal space bubble, in photos looks like The Universe of Alienation, Hostility and Disaffection. So yes, huddle them together nice and close.

Step 5: Stagger the heads so that they don’t form a boring line (go easy on staggering if you only have one kid). Get your camera ready, get everybody’s attention and say just one word. This word, when pronounced the right way, will bring the expressions of genuine seasonal cheer and magical wonder to the faces of your precious little ones. Spilling my most valuable trade secrets in the spirit of sharing here for you – this word is *p o o p*.

Works like a charm. Every time.

Step 6: As soon as you said it take your shot – take a bunch of them. You can repeat the magical word up to three times, after which the magic disappears. By then you would have about 20 quality shots to choose from!

Step 7: Do it again next year! I guess, my point is  – the perfect photo is the one you took instead of not taking. Here is my not-so perfect “making a perfect holiday photo” shoot. Scroll all the way down to see how cheesy I got. 🙂

YES! I cheesily got everybody to wear the same stuff two years in a row to get this “one year later” picture. And I love it! 🙂


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