Irina Fortey
Filmmaker + Photographer

Ottawa Lifestyle Photographer - common questions

COMMON QUESTIONS 


WHAT AREAS DO YOU SERVICE? 
I service Ottawa and the surrounding area. I often travel to the greater Toronto area can accommodate sessions there too!

WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY SESSION?
I only accept a limited number of sessions per month, and it is not uncommon for my schedule to be fully booked 2-3 months in advance. If you are interested in a session, please touch base soon! A non-refundable retainer of 50% of your session fee is required to secure your appointment along with a signed portrait agreement. I kindly ask you fill out the details within 3 business days to avoid loosing your desired session date. 

DO YOU OFFER MINI SESSIONS?
I only offer mini sessions in two capacities: 1) as events in which multiple clients (minimum of 4) are scheduled for back-to-back sittings at a single location, or 2) as part of a First Year package.
I am happy to look into scheduling mini session events by request if you have at least 4 families ready to book together. 

WHAT IF MY CHILDREN WILL NOT COOPERATE?
The beauty of lifestyle sessions if this...They don't have to! Our goal is to capture them authentically and in a very candid and natural way. I encourage children to play and be silly and mom & dad to follow their lead. Real is so much more interesting and memorable than perfect!

WILL YOU POSE OR HANDLE MY BABY A LOT?
As a lifestyle photographer, I do not use props or spend time posing babies. The majority of our session, you and your family members will hold and interact with the baby, just as you normally would. I will also photograph baby alone. Images of baby alone will be very organic and baby-led. Feel free to bring along special quilts or blankets to have baby photographed on. 

HOW CAN I INVOLVE MY OLDER CHILDREN IN OUR NEWBORN SESSION?
If you have older children, think about ways that they can interact with their new sibling (bottle feeding, bathing, reading books, etc.) and prepare for these activities. Often toddlers are not interested in the new baby, or even resistant to cooperating for photos. I really encourage you to just let them do their own thing. Focus on your spouse and other children and give me an opportunity to make a connection with your toddler. Once I am his or her best friend and he/she sees how much fun we are having, he/she will join us in their own time. And small candies (gummies, smarties, jelly beans) are always a good idea ;-)

HOW MANY IMAGES WILL I RECEIVE FROM MY SESSION?
Every session tells a different story and I am not able to guarantee a certain number of images. I can promise you that I will give you everything that I believe to be important to your story. The images left out are duplicates, blinks or unflattering moments, or do not meet my standards of technical quality.

SINCE YOU ARE CAPTURING USING FILM, HOW DO I SEE MY IMAGES?
Film is processed, scanned and released to me in digital format to accommodate today's desire to view images virtually. My ordering process is done completely online, from the comfort of your own home. You can order high resolution scans from your film negatives which gives you the same freedom to create as digital.

DO YOU OFFER A REFERRAL PROGRAM?
Absolutely! My business is build on "sharing the love!".  You will receive a $20 gift card to Starbucks for every person you refer and books a session.