Irina Fortey
Filmmaker + Photographer

School Photography | Ottawa | Fine Art Portraits

School Photography | Ottawa | Fine Art Portraits

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What are fine art school portraits?

As a mother of two, and a photographer for over a decade, I know just how much a cherished image of a child means to a parent. I created this service to bring the attention back to just how much we admire genuine personality in a portrait. To give parents a natural image of their toddler or preschooler against a classic dark background that is sure to withstand the test of time.  

I never force a smile and simply aim to capture the essence of the child, on the day. No awkward poses or faces. The results are genuine and timeless, far from the traditional cheesy photos we have become accustomed to with bright flashes and unflattering, busy backgrounds.  I provide a light and fun experience for the children and take pride in providing an environment where kids can relax and be themselves, naturally.

A breakdown of my services:

My operation is completely online. Families are linked to password-protected online ordering system. Galleries are set up according to school, toddler or preschool homeroom, or whatever groupings are assigned in the school. Each child will be provided 2-5 images, presented in both color and black and white. The family may chose the photos they want printed, as opposed to having a pose chosen for them. I also provide product choices such as canvas gallery wraps and digital images for future printing and archiving. A detailed PDF describing all ordering procedures and shooting day preparation will be provided to each school to be distributed to families prior to photo day ~ it’s a template format that is easy for staff to share.

Prints are ordered online and delivered directly to the school. 

I provide all equipment and personnel needed for photo day.

I provide the school with all high resolution digital files to use for yearbooks, website, and school advertising.

I handle any questions from parents and families about ordering and products.

I take staff photos and provide a complimentary print of each staff member.

I am willing to work with schools to provide custom services that fits their unique needs.

How many students can you accommodate? 

I am currently working with select school with toddler and preschool programs. The size can be as small as 60 or larger than 100.

Are these images expensive? 

I have competitive rates and nothing is due up front, profits are made from print or digital orders. I offer a variety of collections and a-la-carte products to fit everyone's needs. I also donate 10% of my gross back to the school! Funds that can be used to further enhance the learning environment for our children.

What time of year do you conduct Fine Art School Photos?

I work with each individual school to schedule shoots any time during the academic year.


If you are interested in booking your school or getting more information on my services.

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