Category Archives: Portraits

Professional Business Headshots for 2017

Professional business headshots are very important in this digital age. They will probably be the first thing people see even before meeting you. A high quality portrait by a professional photographer is a perfect way to present yourself to new clients.

I offer professional business headshots on location anywhere in the Montreal area. My portrait style is natural, classic and perfect for professionals looking to enhance their online image. Please contact me at kate@fellerath.com to find out more about scheduling your professional headshot or business portrait.

Business portraits start at $ 95.00 per session and includes a final retouched image of your choice.

Here are some examples of my work:Professional business portrait photographer
Professional Portrait photographer

Please contact me if you would like to get additional information for a professional headshot or business portrait in Montreal. All my portraits are done on location and delivered within 1-2 days.

kate@fellerath.com
1-514-312-2277

Get the best professional business headshots and portraits:

What to wear for your business portrait:

  • I recommend wearing clothes that are well-fitted, classically cut and without any big patterns. You want to make sure the focus stays on you and not your clothes. Neutral tones and solid colours are also a good choice. I will often photograph men with and without a tie. This way, they can have two looks (casual business and corporate).

Background for professional portraits (studio or environmental):

A professional portrait can be done with a solid backdrop (grey or white is recommended). Headshots can also be done as an “environmental portrait”. This means that you can see the background of your work environment or the room you were photographed in.

An environment portrait has a softer look and helps to tell a story about you and your work. The trend I’m noticing right now is for approachable and natural looking portraits. Environmental and lifestyle portraits are the best way to achieve this.

Here are two examples of environmental portraits.

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How often should you update your business profile photo:

  • I would recommend updating your profile photo every 2-3 years or if you had a major change in your appearance (new haircut, new hair colour, new glasses). You want to make sure the photo never looks outdated.
  • A new job or promotion is also be a good time for a new photo.
  • I can also give you two or three different looks for your photo. You can put them in rotation or use the one that best suits the situation. Relaxed, casual, serious or smiling.

Updating business profile photos for a company or website:

  • If you are updating the profiles of all your employees for the company’s website, I would recommend consistency in style and look. Use the same photographer, same background (studio or environmental). This will tie everyone together as a team and add to the visual branding of your company. I often go to companies and get all the portraits done on the same day or over a two day period. These portraits can also be used for business cards or LinkedIn profile photos. I always deliver the photos resized to the requirements of the website, profile or business card. And I’m happy to return when new people are added to the team.

How long does it take to get a business portrait?

  • I can do a business portrait in 3 -5 minutes (not including set-up). You will be given 6-10 photos on a contact sheet for your selection. The retouched photo(s) can be delivered in the following days.

How much does a business headshot cost?

  • I offer professional headshots for $75.00 for 1 to 5 people with a one-time set-up fee of $50.
  • If you need 6 or more business headshots, the price will be adjusted based on the number of people.

 

Please contact me if you would like to get additional information for a professional headshot or business portrait in Montreal. All my portraits are done on location and delivered within 1-2 days.

kate@fellerath.com
1-514-312-2277

Engagement Photo Shoot at the Atwater Market

Kristyn and Marc-André suggested the Atwater market in downtown Montreal as the location for their engagement shoot. The fall colours were at their peak on this crisp autumn day.

Here are a few photos from their session. Contact me at kate@fellerath.com to discuss booking your own engagement shoot.

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4 reasons to have an engagement shoot

1. It’s the best way to get to know your photographer and develop a relationship that will make the wedding day photography more personal.

2. The photographer can figure out your style and what angles and framing will make you look your best on the big day.

3. If you’re thinking of doing a hair and make-up trial, you can benefit by seeing what it will look like in photos by getting it done on the same day.

3. Engagement photos are perfect for “Save the date” cards or emails. And it’s nice to have ‘non-wedding’ professional shots of you and your partner to put in frames around the house or at work.

4. Being photographed is actually a very fun experience (even if you’re shy) – everyone should have the chance to experience it!

Feel free to contact me at kate@fellerath.com if you would like to book an engagement shoot or discuss photography for your wedding.

Weddings at La Tundra and the Jamaican Pavilion for 2017

Bride and groom in old Montreal

La Tundra and the Jamaican Pavilion are among two of my favourite locations for weddings in Montreal. They are both gems because they offer outdoor locations for a wedding ceremony. They both have well designed outdoor space for cocktails. The grounds are also perfect for your wedding photos. Couples are allowed to bring in their own decor, catering and bar to these two venues – which is a rare find in Montreal. Book early – they are both very popular!

Here are photos from Kristyn and Marc-Andre’s wedding at the Jamaican Pavilion last August.

Getting Ready at the Place d’Armes, Hotel and Suites:

Bride getting ready at Place d'Armes hotelMany couples getting married at La Tundra or the Jamaican Pavilion choose to get ready at the Place d’Armes Hotel & Suites. It is a beautiful boutique hotel in the heart of Old Montreal and only a few minutes drive from Parc Jean-Drapeau and the two wedding venues.  Bride at Place d'Armes HotelThis hotel also has a beautiful stone exterior that is perfect for family photos or a “first look”.

The Bride and Groom’s First Look:

A “First Look” is becoming more popular every year. This gives couples the chance to see each other for the first time on the wedding day before their ceremony. This special moment is made all the more romantic since it is just between the two of them and away from the eyes of all their guests. It also allows the bride and groom to spend more time at cocktails with their guests because their photos can be done before the ceremony. I can also mention that this is a good time to do your photography because a bride’s hair and make-up is still fresh and perfect and the bridal bouquet is at it’s best.

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An Outdoor Wedding at the Jamaican Pavilion – Minutes from Downtown Montreal:

You would never know that this lush wedding location is only a few minutes drive from Downtown Montreal. The open space enclosed by greenery and surrounding trees makes this ceremony location romantic, quiet and very private.  If you’re looking for a wedding venue that offers an outdoor location for the ceremony – this is a beautiful option.

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Wedding Photos near La Tundra and the Jamaican Pavilion:

After Kristyn and Marc-Andre’s ceremony we wandered into the beautiful gardens of Parc Jean-Drapeau. It’s a photographer’s dream to have so many choices for photography locations. Everywhere you turn, you will find beautiful places for wedding photos. With so much choice, we were able to meander back (photographing along the way) to rejoin the guests for cocktails.candid photo of the bridal party after the weddingBride and groom walking bride and groom kiss under canope of trees

Outdoor Cocktails at the Jamaican Pavilion:

At the Jamaican Pavilion (as well as La Tundra) guests are able to spill out around the reception hall for an elegant cocktail hour.Jamaican Pavilion Cocktailsglass jars with wedding punchbride at wedding cocktailsCocktails outside the Jamaican Pavilion

Wedding decor and details of the reception at the Jamaican Pavilion.

The Jamaican Pavilion has a beautiful renovated and modern interior with wood floors and stunning floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the grounds. I have seen this room decorated many different ways, and it is always enchanting.Interior of Jamaican Pavilion reception hall decorated for a weddingwedding flowers and wedding cakeKristyn and Marc-Andre worked with Bravo Rentals and the talented duo at Lovely & Lavish Events to create an elegant yet cozy ambiance. I loved everything about the decor – the chairs, the flowers and especially the stunning wedding cake by Rustique.

Wedding Photography: Kate Fellerath Photography

Bride’s wedding dress: White Montreal
Bride’s make-up: Nancy Kafadarow
Bride’s hair: Maggie Semaan
Groom’s tuxedo: Waxman Tuxedo House
Bridesmaids dresses: White Montreal
Wedding Cake: Rustique
Wedding Co-ordinators: Lovely & Lavish Events
Wedding Bouquet and Flowers: O.xide Design
Reception Hall Rentals: Bravo Rentals

I also offer Engagement Photo Sessions in the Montreal area.
Click here if you would like to see Kristyn and Marc-Andre’s engagement photos.

Please contact me or call 1-514-312-2277 if you would like to find out more about my Engagement and Wedding Photography Packages.

 

Fun Montreal Tourist Activities for Families

If you’re planning a visit to Montreal with your kids, you are most likely looking for some activities that they will enjoy while also seeing the best places that Montreal has to offer. This is my list of the Best Activities to do with a family in Montreal.

Activities in MontrealVisit MontrealAs a Montreal-based family photographer, I am often hired by visitors to photograph their families in this beautiful city. I offer candid children’s portraits, family photos and I always leave a little time at the end for some romantic photos of the parents on their own. Montreal is after all a very romantic city to visit. In addition to family photography, I also photograph surprise proposals as well as destination weddings in Montreal.Montreal tourism

6 Fun Montreal tourist activities for families:

  1. Explore the Historic Old Port of Montreal. The cobblestone streets, little cafés and unique architecture make this a fantastic part of the city to explore. I’ve lived in Montreal my whole life and I still discover little quiet streets as well as great shops and restaurants.
  2. Another favorite place of mine is the Botanical Gardens of Montreal. Children of all ages will find something beautiful here. It’s an enormous space where they can run and explore without worrying about cars or other noises of the city. The Botanical Gardens of Montreal has many beautiful gardens to discover and 10 interconnecting greenhouses. This makes the Botanical Gardens a great option for a rainy day or a winter visit. It’s an all year-round great family activity in Montreal.
  3. Mount Royal Park is also quite unique and a great place to discover when visiting Montreal. You can park up near the summit and take a leisurely stroll to the panoramic lookout or even hike up from downtown using the many safe and well-maintained stair cases. It’s great exercise for the whole family and ideal for kids who need to move.
  4. If you have a child between the ages of 1 and 5 – the Montreal Biodome is the place for you. A winding path leads you through various ecosystems of North America. If you time it right, you can even feed the otters around 11am. Visit the monkeys, birds, beavers and fish. Penguins are the grand finale! My two year old daughter LOVES the Biodome. This place is very stroller-friendly.
  5. Montreal is also a foodie city. Visit one of the two active open air markets in Montreal. Jean-Talon Market or Atwater Market. Both markets also have indoor stalls so they are open year-round. Lots of parking nearby and also stroller-friendly.
  6. Visit a real Montreal neighborhood with a walk down Avenue Mount-Royal in the Pleatau area of Montreal. Best place to start is Mt-Royal Metro station and walk east towards Papineau St. Lots of shops, restaurants, cafés and small parks nearby. A beautiful place to stroll in the early spring and late summer if the parks are still to mucky.Romantic Old MontrealOld Port of MontrealEnjoy your visit to Montreal. And please feel free to contact me at kate@fellerath.com if you would like to schedule a family photography session in any of these uniquely Montreal locations. It’s a great memory to take home with you and a fun activity for the kids. I specialize in children’s photography, so sessions last about an hour and you get a mix of colour and artistic Black & White photography. You will also get the benefit of discovering new places that you might not have found in your guide book. I could easily design a photo shoot that winds up at of my favourite local patisseries for a warm chocolatine and a true Montreal ‘café-au-lait’.Children's photography MontrealThe photos shown in this blog are from a family photo session this past August In Old Montreal.

All photography by Kate Fellerath Photography.
kate@fellerath.com
1-514-586-5524

Engagement Photography – Botanical Gardens

Consider the Montreal Botanical Gardens for your Montreal Engagement Photography. It’s a great choice any time of the year – especially in the winter time. There are many greenhouses to enjoy in the winter and countless gardens to choose from in the summer.

These photos were taken in late spring in the fields of lilacs. The flowering trees made for a perfect backdrop for this romantic spring engagement photography session.

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What is the best time for an engagement photography session?

Late afternoon or early morning is the best time for an engagement photography shoot. For the Botanical Gardens, the best time would be sometime early morning (between 9am and 10am). It’s the quietest time in the gardens and the light is softer so you can shoot more freely in all the different gardens. In the wintertime, the greenhouses get very busy, so I would also recommend an early morning shoot time.

What to wear for your engagement photo session?

I often asked what people should wear for their engagement photo session. I suggest a “business casual” look for an engagement shoot. Of course you should wear whatever you like and feel comfortable in. But dressing up makes the photos a little more polished and classic. This is also an excellent time for a future bride to test out her bridal make-up. Getting a make-up trial done for an engagement shoot gives a good idea of what the make-up will look like in your wedding photos. It’s “win-win” because you will have beautiful make-up for the engagement shoot as a bonus.

Montreal wedding photograerI also recommend bringing a second outfit, so you can change the look of your photos.Montreal Botanical GardensEngagement photographyAll photos by Kate Fellerath Photography.

Please feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss having a family photo shoot or an engagement photo shoot done at the Montreal Botanical Gardens.

Montreal’s Botanical Gardens

4101 Rue Sherbrooke E,
Montréal, QC
H1X 2B2

Botanical Garden hours:

Monday 9:00am – 6:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am – 6:00pm
Wednesday  9:00am – 6:00pm
Thursday  9:00am – 7:00pm
Friday  9:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday  9:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday  9:00am – 6:00pm

 

Engagement Photography in Montreal for 2017

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Here are few great reasons to get your Engagment Photography done by Kate Fellerath Photography.

2017 is the perfect time to get your Engagment photos done – spring, summer, winter or Fall. They are all good times for beautiful photography.

Engagement photography is a great way to get to know your photographer.

It’s also a great way for your photographer to get to know you!  During an engagement session, I can get a great sense of what the couple likes in terms of style and poses.

Use the photos from your Engagment shoot for …

These photos can be used for your  Save the Date” cards. They can also be used for your guest book at the wedding. They can also be a fun way to add some personality to your Wedding Table Number cards.

Engagement Photography to test out your bridal make-up

Consider doing a make-up trial on the day of your Engagement Photo Session. Wedding make-up should look natural but create even skin tones and brighten your complexion. If you are looking for a great Montreal Wedding Make-up Artist, I highly recommend Joffrey Dumas (Joffrey@aei.ca  514-730-9944)

Why not get awesome photos to document your life?

You will always remember the year leading up to your wedding and it’s great to have professional photos to record that unique time in your life.

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Montreal Engagment Photo Session – Recommended Locations:

I have photographed engagement shoots all over the city – here are my favourite locations. Contact me at kate@fellerath.com if you would like to book your own engagement photo session. The photo sessions last about an hour and include all your images in high resolution.

Best Locations for Engagement photography in Montreal

Engagement Photography in Old Montreal or “Old Port

Old Montreal is a perfect place for Engagement Photography. There are lots of quiet cobble stone streets and stunning architecture. There is beautiful light at any time of the year. There are also great covered locations to shoot in the rain. You can also take photos near the Old Port area and the train tracks nearby. Old Montreal is a perfect backdrop for your Engagement Photos. This is the location where I do the most Engagment Photography in Montreal.Engagement Photography

Engagement Photography at Mount Royal Park

This is also a fantastic location for Engagement Photos at any time of the year. I love the changing seasons and the small quiet wooded paths. The Montreal Lookout has a view of the whole city and the St-Lawrence River, The Chalet at the top of the mountain is an architectural gem inside and out.

Engagement Photography at the Atwater Market or Jean Talon Market

A market is a great place for Engagement Photography in Montreal. It is full of colour, full of life and a very unique location for photography.  If you want something different, this is a great choice!

Engagement Photography on the train train tracks in St-Henry

Get urban, dynamic engagement photos in this edgy and contemporary location. You can use the old Buildings as a backdrop and walk along the tracks. But be careful: this is a busy train route, so don’t be surprised if trains pass by during the shoot.

Engagement Photography at Steward Hall

Steward Hall in Dorval is a fantastic choice for Engagment or Wedding Photography. There is beautiful landscaping and a view of the St-Lawrence river. Life is made simpler by the parking lot on site.

Engagement Photography at the Orange Julep

The Orange Julep is an iconic landmark and has been part of the Montreal landscape for 50 years. Any resident of Montreal will know it. It’s a fun and playful location for an engagement shoot. The bright orange dome in the background adds a graphic punch to the photos. And as a bonus, you can stay and have a great poutine and orange julep after the shoot!

Anywhere that is special or meaningful to you

Best location of all is anywhere that is meaningful to you. I love to draw on the personal connection people have with certain parks or locations that are important to them. This will make your engagement photos all the more special in years to come. As important as the background is to the photos, you are the central focus, so pick a location that best suits you and I will always be able to come away with beautiful and artistic imagery.

Please feel free to contact me at kate@fellerath.com for information about my Engagment Photography packages. All my wedding photography packages have the option to add on an Engagment Shoot. I love the chance to work with couples’ before the big day!

Montreal Wedding Photographer, 7 Questions to Ask

Montreal Wedding Photographer – 7 Important questions to ask before signing a contract.
montreal wedding photographerChoosing the right photographer for your wedding is a difficult and important decision. Here is a list of some important questions that I often get asked by potential clients. I’ve also added a few that I think will help couples who are looking to find the perfect photographer for their wedding.  Remember: your photos will be what you have to remember your wedding for years to come. So take care with your decision. A good wedding photographer can make all the difference between beautiful, timeless images and dark, unflattering, and missed moments. So pay attention to a photographer’s portfolio and keep these important questions in mind.

1. Does the wedding photographer have a portfolio or website?

If you’ve found this blog, then you can see my portfolio at www.themontrealphotographer.com. Make sure you look closely at every photographer’s portfolio. If you like the images and style of photography that is a good start. Next step, check and see if they are available on your wedding date.wedding photographer in montrealmontreal wedding photographerMontreal wedding photography

2. What is their wedding photography experience?

In wedding photography, experience is key! You should ask how many weddings or years of wedding experience your potential photographer has. Wedding Photography is it’s own unique blend of timing and creativity and you need to have the right personality to balance both successfully. A good Montreal wedding photographer can keep the day rolling without stress, react to any changes or unanticipated delays and still come away with beautiful, moving and spectacular photos. A rainy wedding day is a perfect showcase for all these skills. Rainy wedding days are more difficult to manage so a photographer must think creatively, adapt to the situation and still come out with beautiful imagery. It is for this reason that I’m going to be showing you images from the wedding of Gabrielle and Yannick. They had a beautiful wedding despite the fact that it rained ALL DAY LONG, but I loved photographing their wedding and they were thrilled with the photos. Rainy weddings are uniquely beautiful because of the light quality and I still shoot as much outdoors as possible.

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Bride takes shelter from the rain under a nearby tree.

3. What is included in your wedding photography packages?

One thing to keep an eye out for when deciding on a Montreal wedding photographer is to see if high resolution images are included, or if you are only being given “proofs”. If you are getting photos only sized to 4×6, you will have to pay later for retouching and larger size images. I like to give all my clients their images in high resolution, retouched and ready to print. Please feel free to contact me to find out what else is included in my wedding photo packages.Montreal wedding photographer

4. Does your photographer come with a second photographer?

Two photographers are a given for large weddings (over 200 guests) but they are also invaluable for smaller weddings (50-100 guests). You will get different perspectives and moments you didn’t know were happening. You will also get greater efficiency in photography throughout the day, which will result in less time spent taking photos and more time spent with your guests. Two photographers make the day run more smoothly and you will get twice as many beautiful photos! The added cost is minimal, but the benefits are exponential.

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Same pose, two angles. One by Kate Fellerath and the other by her second photographer, Julie Gagnon.

5. When can I expect to receive my wedding photos?

I always deliver the final photos retouched and in high resolution 3-4 weeks after the wedding. I also delivering next-day “sneak peaks” of some of the wedding highlights which is so fun to share with family and friends.  I have heard of couples waiting 5-6 months for their wedding photos (!) so be sure to ask the question and have the delivery date added to your contract.

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6. What equipment and backup does your wedding photographer have?

As a professional photographer, I always work with professional cameras and lenses. I also have backup cameras, flashes, batteries for any potential malfunctions (although rare) that might occur. This is also another benefit to having a second photographer. We have never missed the wedding kiss!

wedding kiss in the church* A note about wedding photography equipment.

Asking about a photographer’s photo equipment might seem too technical a question. But if you are into photography you will understand the benefit of professional cameras and lenses. As important as the eye of the photographer might be, the equipment will take their photographs to a new level of beauty, sharpness and clarity. A serious wedding photographer will invest in professional equipment because the results are worth every penny spent. You will see the details in a white wedding dress and the details in a black suit. Here is a nice shot demonstrating the qualities of a good photo.

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7. References? Don’t be afraid to ask for 3-5 references.

Emailing a few past clients can give you some good insights into your potential wedding photographer. You can ask about how they were on the day, politeness, effectiveness, if they were dressed appropriately for a wedding. Were the couples’ happy with their photos? Were their photos delivered on time? Please feel free to email me for reference.

How much should Montreal wedding photography cost?

Well, this is a complicated question. Wedding photography is arguably one of the most important expenses at a wedding. After the wedding you have spent ages organizing, you certainly do not ever want to be disappointed by your wedding photos. An experienced wedding photographer will be able to help you schedule your day, keep everything running smoothly and give you incredible images. Find a photographer with whom you will get along at the wedding,  but also look closely at their portfolio. It is of course essential that you like their work. But what is equally essential is that you feel they are listening when you tell them what is important to you. My wedding packages start at $2400 for 7 hours of coverage. But I do also offer custom-designed packages for smaller weddings and events requiring less hours.Montreal bride photography

How to negotiate with your wedding photographer?

Most photographers have a little wiggle room for negotiation. I’m often happy to add some extra prints, tack on extra hour for free or waive travel fees for out-of-town weddings. It never hurts to ask 🙂

I hope that these questions and discussion points helped you better understand ways to choose your wedding photographer. If you have any additional questions or if you are interested in receiving my price list or discussing having me photograph your wedding, please email me at kate@fellerath.com or call 514-586-5524. I photograph weddings all over Montreal, the eastern townships, the Laurentians. I have also photographed several weddings in the US and destination weddings in Cuba, Mexico and Barbados.

Please feel free to email me with any questions or comments. I look forward to hearing from you!

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