Friday, April 30, 2010

Boudoir Sneak Peek - Comox Courtenay Boudoir Photographer

I just wanted to share a quick sneak peek from the boudoir session I had earlier this week!......

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It's my little pup, Jack! He jumped right up on the bed while I was doing test shots, so I used him as my little model :) Isn't he adorable?

Hopefully there will be some more (REAL) sneak peeks from this shoot early next week!

<3 Gillian

Monday, April 26, 2010

Product & Studio Tour - Comox Courtenay Photography Studio

I FINALLY got some of my product samples in and they are too fabulous not to share! So far I only have samples of my gallery wraps and books, and am still waiting on samples of my higher quality albums and my mini-wallets.

Let's start with the gallery wraps...

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These are the perfect way to show off your favourite photos on your walls! They are nice and simple and let you display large photos without feeling like 'too much' in a small space. I have a few canvas wraps that I purchased from some online photo sites, and let me tell you, the quality difference is AMAZING! These gallery wraps are high quality and look stunning in person! I can show you the difference in person if you stop by the studio. :)

Now on to the photo books... these books look great, and the lay-flat, hinged paper makes them super easy to flip through. They are available with photo covers, or in a wide range of fabrics and leathers. These are a super affordable option, and are a great deal for the price.

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I have a few of these samples, one is designed to be a guestbook for a wedding, and the other is a higher-qualtiy, pearl finished book. The pearl finish makes the photos shine and pop, and the photos don't do them justice!

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These are perfect and affordable for documenting a family photo session, your baby's first year, as a wedding guestbook, or as parent albums from your wedding. If you are interested in a book/album from one of our sessions, I will custom design one for you. I also offer services for designing albums from your own photo collection, contact me for details on this! ((P.S. A custom designed book makes a GREAT present!))

If you haven't had a chance to visit the studio, or haven't popped by in awhile, it's really coming along! I finally have most of the little finishing touches up on the walls to really make it feel like my own! Here are some quick shots...

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The desk and chair used to belong to my Grandma, and I love having them in use in my studio :)

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The wall quote was purchased from Stampin Up! and went on SO easily! They look great, and I can't wait to get more for around the house.

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Thanks for checking in! Hope to see you in my studio soon :)

Sunday, April 25, 2010

A gem.... - Comox Courtenay Children's Photography

Comox Courtenay Childrens Photography Session at the beach

I was finishing up the editing on this family session and found this adorable little shot of my nephew. I know the lighting isn't technically perfect, but that little smirk is just SO Nate. I love it :)

Also, I put up a boudoir section on my website, so check that out if you're interested! I'm working on a seperate site for my boudoir, as it's one of my specialties, and I really want to work with it more!

<3 Gillian

P.S. Watch for a post tomorrow featuring some of the wonderful products my studio offers!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Boudoir Sneak Peek - Comox Courtenay Boudoir Photographer

I had the most FABULOUS boudoir session this week and I just had to share a few sneak peeks. We had so many outfit changes, it was a whirlwind! And the shoes.... oh, the shoes!! Enjoy this little peek!

Comox Valley Boudoir Photography Sessions

Comox Valley Boudoir Photography Sessions

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Monday, April 12, 2010

And the winner is....

Actually, we have THREE winners! And I'll get right to it! The first two people will receive a Full Portrait session with me, which includes up to 2 hours of shooting time at any location, a disc of 15-20 high resolution digital files (for printing in sizes up to 5x7), one 8x10 print of their choice and one 11x14 print of their choice.

The first winner, who's FABULOUS photo got the most votes is......... Sheena LaBossiere! Her photo capture from a Keith Urban concert is just stunning. The lighting and emotion is perfect, and I can definitely see why it got the most votes :) Congrats Sheena!

Comox Valley Portrait Photography contest winner

I also had the DIFFICULT task of choosing my own personal favourite to win a second portrait package (identical to the one that Sheena wins!) And let me tell you, it took me FOREVER! There were so many great entries, I would really have liked to give away 10 packages! lol Alas, I chose my favourite and the winner is.......... Naomi teWinkel!

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I love the pose she chose to use in this photo, and the use of the bright red chairs for props was a great idea. Congrats Naomi :)

Finally, I decided to choose one more winner (this time through a draw, so that I didn't have to make anymore decisions!) to receive a free mini-session with me. The mini-session entails a 1 hour shoot, one 8x10 print, one 11x14 print and one 4x6 print. For this draw I put all the names of people who voted, as well as all the contestants into a hat and drew one winner! And that winner is...... Chloe Rankin!

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Chloe was one of the contestants, and it turns out was on the short list for my favourite photo. I love her capture of the beach :)

I had so much fun seeing all the entries into the contest, that I can't wait to do it again! Watch for another one coming up in June. Also, as a thank you to EVERYONE who participated, I'm offering a special coupon for all contestants, as well as anyone who voted. The coupon will give you 25% off any session fee, as well as one free 8x12 print from your session. If you were a contestant, voter, or one of the winners please email me at gillottaway@hotmail.com to receive your coupon or prize voucher!

Thanks again to everyone :)

Monday, April 5, 2010

Mother's Day Specials! - Comox Valley Portrait Photographer

Mother's Day is just around the corner, and so I have a few packages to offer that would make the PERFECT gifts for mom or grandma! There are a few spots left for you to get your photos back by Mother's Day, if you just want the kids photographed, or get Mom a gift certificate so that she can be a part of the portraits later! Here are the specials I'm offering for Mother's Day:

#1 - All Mother's Day Portrait Sessions are 10% off! That's right, just for booking before Mother's Day, you will get 10% off the price of a regular session!

Comox Valley Portrait Photographer offering Mother's Day specials

#2 - Canvas sale! Wouldn't you love to have a GORGEOUS canvas of one of your portraits to hang in your home? These canvasses make quite the statement and look fabulous. For Mother's Day only you can get a 10x20 or larger canvas for $30 off! Contact me to see samples and a full price list.

Comox Valley Portrait Photographer offering Mother's Day specials

#3 - Mini Book package! Do you need a gift that will work for both Mom and Grandma? Book a session for both of them, and get a mini wallet album for each of them for just $50! Regular price for this is close to $100, so it's quite the steal!

Comox Valley Portrait Photographer offering Mother's Day specials

#4 - Book sale! After your Mother's Day session I will personally design a photo book for you, which any mother would LOVE, and you will receive $20 off the cost of any size book! Contact me for samples and a full price list.

So, what are you waiting for? Book your Mother's Day session now and stop worrying about what to get that special lady in your life :)

Thursday, April 1, 2010

It's Voting Time!

Well, the time has arrived! The March photo contest has closed, and now it's time to pick the winners! There will be two grand-prize winners for this contest, one chosen by the fans, and one chosen by me. These two people will win a full photo session with me (along with some prints), valued at over $150! I will also be making a few draws for smaller prizes for both the contestants and the voters. So, it's not too late to win something! Head on over to the fan page and vote :)

Here's how it will work... you must be a fan of Gillian Ottaway Photography to vote, and you can vote up to 3 times (for 3 different photos). To vote, just go to the photo album called "Vote for a Winner" and either "Like" that photo, or leave a comment. Please leave only one comment per photo, and if you are leaving a comment, don't "Like" that photo. Easy enough!

So, tell all your friends, get them to head over and become a fan... and start voting!

And, because no post is complete without a photo, here's another stunning capture from my fabulous partner, Brandon!

Nature Photography of an eagle from Gillian Ottaway Photography in the Comox Valley