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Amazing day for a giveaway!

THE DAY HAS COME for the amazing and exciting Andrée-Lise Photography giveaway of 2012!  I’ve been so lucky since I officially launched my business to work with amazing local vendors & clients.  This giveaway is a way of saying thank you to my fans, my new friends, partners and my future fans!

Here’s how it works:

Below you’ll find a description of the vendor & the wonderful prize they’ve generously donated.  Read through and see how cool these people really are.  Then enter the contest using Rafflecopter; a really cool app that lets you enter the contest without actually doing much work! Awesome right? YES.  Once you’ve entered, sit back and wait until we announce the winners.

Here’s another reason why we think you’ll want to enter…there will be 1 winner PER prize. The winners will be picked at random by Rafflecopter using random.org (geez, this app is amazing!)

Here’s what you’ll be doing with Rafflecopter:

  1. Entry #1 (REQUIRED) – ‘Like’ our Facebook fanpage and ALL the vendors listed below.  Leave a comment on this blog telling me you liked all the vendor pages.
  2. Entry #2 (REQUIRED) – Leave ONE comment on this blog post telling me what type of session you’d love to win from Andrée-Lise Photography and why?
  3. Entry #3 (optional) – Share this giveaway on Facebook as your status.  (example) I want to win a prize from this AWESOME giveaway hosted by @Andree-Lise Photography ft AMAZING vendors! http://bit.ly/AsQu3g
  4. Entry #4 (optional) – Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter.  (example) I want to win a prize from this AWESOME giveaway hosted by @Andreelisephoto ft AMAZING vendors! http://bit.ly/AsQu3g
  5. Entry #5 (optional) – LIKE this blog post.


a Rafflecopter giveaway



* 1 hour portrait session (family/kids/couple) ($150+ value) *
* 10% off print orders *

(Note: photo sessions only apply to Ottawa, ON.  Travel fee will apply outside this location.)

Andrée-Lise Photography loves fresh little bundles, baby bumps, chubby cheeks, birthday parties,
milestones, once in a lifetime, never-again moments and everything
spontaneous and unexpected. She’d love to be able to capture your moments,
however unexpected they might be.

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/andreelisephotography
Twitter: www.twitter.com/AndreeLisePhoto
Website: www.andreelise.com/blog


* Up for grabs is a $20 shop credit, which can be used towards
everything this shop offers including Custom pendants! *

Natalie is am a fun-loving, crafting girl who fell in love with photography at the age of 15.
In the summer of 2011, she decided to mix her two loves, photography and crafting, to create
beautiful pieces that would feature both new and old photographs she has taken. The photographs
are taken on the West Coast of Canada and each item is made by hand using quality material.
Custom pendants featuring photographs of your children, pet, or other family member are also available!
* Morsel will be giving away a delicious dozen cupcakes of your choice! ($30 value) *
Browse our menu at www.morseldesserts.ca and find your new favourite.
Choose from several different varieties such as the light and lovely
Touch of Lemon to deepand gooey Chocolate Caramel. 

At Morsel -specialty dessert catering, everything is made fresh to order, from scratch without mixes.
We use local, in season and organic ingredients when possible, so our menu is always changing with new
delicious treats, from cookies to squares to a variety of irresistible brownies.
We cater birthdays, anniversaries, showers, weddings, graduations,
and all other special occasions. Every Event is sweeter with Morsel!
* 1 pair of earrings from their shop! *

Hi! Im Krista, the founder and designer of urbanite jewelry. Each of our pieces is inspired by a different world city, and
designed using the city’s personality,colors and characteristics. urbanite jewelry was borne, quite literally, right out of one of my dreams. While living in the mountains of Morocco in 2007,I had a series of dreams about jewelry designs. After returning to the U.S., I began to bring those designs to life in metal and glass.  One year later, I released the first piece of my collection: Tangier, Morocco. Currently based in Ottawa, Canada, urbanite jewelry has also operated from Manchester,United Kingdom and Denver, Colorado. urbanite is committed to providing beautiful designs, quality handmade jewelry, and top-notch customer service.

* $30 gift certificate to their etsy shop! *

Prairie Girl Creations is an Ottawa-based business specializing in handmade fabric goods.
Prairie Girl uses bright, modern fabrics to create a variety of high quality sewn items such as
handbags,tote bags, ipad and phone sleeves, diaper bags and children’s clothing, toys and bags.
Custom orders are welcomed, allowing clients to choose fabrics and styles for unique and personalized pieces.

* 2 free tickets to Ottawa’s DIY, handmade and eco-friendly wedding show
on February 11th, 2012 at the Glebe Community Centre! *

Wed By Hand is Ottawa’s DIY, handmade and eco-friendly wedding show. It’s your one stop
shop for discovering unique wedding vendors, learning how to DIY your wedding and
to sample tasty treats from small-batch food producers.

Discover:  Over 30 handmade, eco-friendly and fair trade exhibitors!
Pre-Loved & Vintage Wedding Gowns and Cocktail Dresses | D.I.Y. Workshops |
Delicious Nibbles! | Mock Drink Bar | Photo Booth! | Swag Bags | Raffles & Giveaways

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wed-By-Hand/321825790560
Twitter: www.twitter.com/wedbyhand
Website: www.wedbyhand.com

* 2 tickets to attend a “Valentine’s Day Soap Carving Tea Party with Purple Urchin at The Daily Grind” *

Tickets include: 2 bars of Purple Urchin handmade soap, and a cup of loose leaf tea provided by The Daily Grind
When: Sunday, February 12th, 2012 from 2pm-5pm
Where: The Daily Grind Art Cafe at 601 Somerset St. W, Ottawa ON

Spend an afternoon casually carving Purple Urchin’s handmade soap, mingling, and drinking tea. The more ‘mad hats’ the better!
It’s amazing how soap provides the perfect, easy-to-work-with medium to carve words, initials, shapes, and anything else you can dream up.

Purple Urchin started as a small home-based business operating out of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
We started this business in February 2006, and have been selling our soap and bath and body products online, at craft shows and farmers’ markets.
We make all of our natural products completely from scratch and in small quantities to control quality.
Most recently, Rebecca has moved to Ottawa from Sault Ste. Marie, and she and Sarah have opened up
a workshop which contains a small retail store at the front of the building.
You can come check us out at 882 Somerset St. W., Ottawa, Ontario. We are currently open 3 days a week.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/purpleurchinsoap
Twitter: www.twitter.com/Purple_Urchin
Website: http://www.purpleurchinsoap.com/


We all thank you SO much for your amazing support and wish you the best of luck in the giveaway… now ENTER!

Contest ends at 12AM on Sunday February 5th, 2012
*You MUST enter this giveaway via Rafflecopter, if not, your entry will not be counted.*

em>LEGAL NOTE: This promotion is in NO WAY sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. You will NOT be notified publicly via Facebook if you are a winner. You MUST be 18 to participate. By entering this giveaway, you are providing information to Andrée-Lise Photography and NOT to Facebook.  Prizes do not have cash value. There will be no returns/exchanges on any of the items.

Marc - January 31, 2012 - 7:02 pm

I would like a portrait session with Andree because she kills the game!

Karen Pretlac - January 31, 2012 - 7:50 pm

Would love to win a family portrait session just because I’d love to capture where our family is right now.

Lynn MacGregor - January 31, 2012 - 9:30 pm

I would love of photo session of my 2 boys because they are my life and they grow up too fast. Capturing every moment is essential!

Jessica Pace - January 31, 2012 - 10:07 pm

I want a photo session because Andrée captures life’s “real” moments :)

Veronique Piche - January 31, 2012 - 10:20 pm

I would love a great maternity session so I can get some pictures printed and decorated the room of my future son! I am due mid-april :-)

Julie McDermott - January 31, 2012 - 10:31 pm

I want to do another couple photoshoot but this time not as an engaged couple, as a married couple….. Or pregnancy when the time comes!!

Carole legault - February 1, 2012 - 11:08 am

I would love to win this for my son and daughter-in-law they would love it….they are a great couple xx

alex - February 1, 2012 - 11:36 am

Yay! this would be great!!! I really would love to win the photoshoot!! xo thanks Andree

William - February 2, 2012 - 12:32 am

Baby oh baby, I like baby pics from Andree-Lise Photography!

Julie M - February 2, 2012 - 8:29 am

What a great giveaway :) I would love to win a family photo session with Andree – b/c she is incredible!!!!!

Julie Paradis - February 2, 2012 - 8:34 am

I would love to win a family session.

Elyssa - February 2, 2012 - 10:21 am

I hope I win the session!!! I would use it to get family pictures

Sophie Guilbault - February 2, 2012 - 10:32 am

I would love to win a family portrait session because its the only way to get all three of us in a picture together! Plus Ive seen your work and it’s amazing!

andreelise - February 2, 2012 - 10:38 am

Thank you to ALL the people who have entered so far. You are truly amazing and I appreciate it very much. Andrée <3

Melanie Thompson - February 2, 2012 - 11:53 am

Hi! I would love to win a maternity session, we are expecting our first in mid-May! + You were highly recommended to me by Joanne Corbeil and I love what I see. :o)

Maxime - February 3, 2012 - 9:39 am

I would love an engagement session because that would be awesome!!

Karina - February 3, 2012 - 2:32 pm

I’d love a session with my sister, sisterly love yo!

write my essay - February 11, 2012 - 1:02 am

Such a small think. 😉 But such a great idea

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Brooklyn and Serena ~ Family / Baby Session

If I could specialize solely in shooting newborns, babies and bellies; I would in a heartbeat!  I just love babies!  I know most people can say that without hesitation, but I think I’m quite obsessed with them. (not in a creepy way! hehe)

Moving on…

A week before Xmas, a friend from work came by and asked me if I could fit in a session of her beautiful grand-daughters for her husband Jeff.   Due to the tight timelines, I was quite nervous but agreed to do it!

She had mastered a wonderful plan to get photos done without him knowing, while he was away on a business trip.  The love and dedication for family I witness on a day to day basis is amazing.

They came to my house (studio, hehe) and we spent 3 wonderful hours getting as many shots as we could: changing outfits, changing backdrops, and being entertained by their wonderful 3 year old chatterbox Serena.  I’ve only ever met another 3 year old with such a kind heart, an amazing vocabulary and a strong personality.  Parents be warned, she’ll be a tough teenager and…a heartbreaker.  Poor guys!

Brooklyn, the beautiful 3 month old angel was a ham to work with too, she slept like I’d want all my newborns to sleep; deep and for a long time.  She let me move her into many different positions and smiled on demand.

We finished the whole session with a foot shot, which had been requested by grandma.  This was a hilarious adventure in DIY setups and photography techniques.  Brooklyn ended up peeing all over us, but we got the shot we wanted.

I couldn’t have asked for a more interactive and momentous session with wonderful parents and children! Thank you for allowing me to be part of your memories.

Here are the photos I was able to capture of Ashley and Kyle’s perfect children: Serena and Brooklyn.

I also wanted to give a special thank you to my good friend Jessica for being there and assisting me with this shoot – it was much appreciated!

P.S. Leave some love for this beautiful family below in the comments or join the chat over on the facebook page!

P.P.S. Looking for newborn, baby or child photography of your own angels?  Click here to contact me, and we will start planning your session:)

See you again soon,


Kim - January 24, 2012 - 11:58 am

Beautiful! You did a great job Andrée!

Andrée-Lise Photography - January 24, 2012 - 12:04 pm

Thank you for stopping by and for the wonderful comment :)

ROSANNE - February 2, 2012 - 6:45 am


Elyssa - February 2, 2012 - 10:18 am

I hope I win the session!!! I would use it to get family pictures :)

andreelise - February 2, 2012 - 10:37 am

So appreciated! Thanks for the beautiful comment :)

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2011 in review + favourite photos!

As I look back on 2011 and look forward to 2012, I am happy with what I’ve accomplished and what is coming.  A lot of things happened in 2011… I bought a house, a new car (within the same week), got married and launched my business.  How could 2012 top that?? Not sure, but I have a feeling it will come close!

As I reflect on my year, one of my most important accomplishments would have to be finding my confidence.  Every day, I have more and more trust in my skills and abilities and it feels really good.

Although I wish I was 100% confident, I hope to still get excited and nervous when I meet a client for the first time, show up for a shoot and deliver my products after a lot of work and dedication.  I love what I do, and I hope it stays that way!

I already have several contracts booked for the new year and am very excited when I get a new lead or an email from an interested person! I am always looking forward to new experiences that come my way.

I hope you hop on for the ride, I will try to keep it as interesting as possible! (…and I promise to post more in the new year!)


PS.  Here are some of my favourite 2011 photos!

William - January 21, 2012 - 12:09 am

You go girl!

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Featured on TV!

As some of you may know, photography isn’t my only passion.  Since I was a wee little girl (actually that’s not true, I’ve always been quite tall ;)), I’ve been very involved in all things crafty.  When I was 7, my grandmother taught me how to knit, and it was an instant connection.  Although I learnt when I was little, it wasn’t until 3 or so years ago that I really got serious about knitting.  Now, knitting and I have a pretty intense love affair going on.  One that even has my husband wondering, what about me??

When I was asked by my friend JP if I would be interested in being featured on Entrenous on TvRogers (a french community channel here in Ottawa), I was so excited!! I said yes right away and started thinking what I could talk about!  Of course, I wanted to share with the world (or in this case, the french people in Ottawa…and my family, haha), my intense love with the art of knitting.  Too many ideas!  I got help from my knitter friends and we figured out a plan that was short, concise and would get the message of how beautiful it is across.

Let me go back in time a bit to share a story about my dream of becoming the next Martha Stewart.

Imagine me, at 10 years old (Ok, i’m not 10 here but I thought I was really cute! PS.  My bangs were short because apparently I also had a passion for hairstyling…)

On with the story..

When I was 10, I loved to cook with my mom.  Every Friday we would make individual do-them-yourself pizzas and I would be her dedicated sous-chef preparing all the toppings.  We had a fairly large window facing our prep area and at night, we could see our reflections perfectly.  So, mom and I decided to create our own make believe cooking show… which as I recall went on for quite a while.   Mom loved the time we spent together and so did I.  Sometimes, my brother Marc even got involved and I of course, would boss him around.

As the weeks passed and our show continued to be a great success (we thought, hehe), Mom had a great idea: “Let’s tape it and pretend we’re really on a show!”  We got all excited and started planning.  We set up a video camera, and put a special table which was at the exact height that it would be on TV, we prepared our little bowls, our cutting boards, our knives and plates.  We preheated the oven and even decided to make homemade crust with our new breadmaker (which Marc had convinced Mom and Dad to buy on the shopping channel, among other things).  Everything was set and we were ecstatic.

We started taping; started preparing and went for it.  Mom was doing the filming so I got my chance to be the lead chef along with my sous-chefs; Marc and his friend.  I told them what to do, supervised their work and made them laugh.  In that moment, I remember feeling so comfortable and joyful.

To make it even better, we added commercials which we invented on the fly.  At the end of the show, Marc and his friend made orange juice to be served with the pizza (with our juicer, which he also made our parents buy on the shopping channel) and I started to conclude the show.  How did it end?  By me trying to offer my brother up for adoption, mimicking commercials of the children in Africa we often see… haha

When my grandpa saw this video (yes my mom showed our whole family), he was amazed at how outspoken and funny I was.  He raved about it to everyone saying I should send it to CBC and that I would create the first ever TV show hosted by a child. Amazing right?

Today, I would give anything to see that tape again… if only I knew where it lived.


Back to present day.  Yesterday was my big star moment!  I got all my props ready and headed to the station to go live on TvRogers!  It was AMAAZZIINNG and everything I always thought it would be:  Nervewracking as hell, exciting, amazing and FUN.

To watch the video (which was taken from my iPhone while watching it last night) click this link! Andree-Lise Photo featured on TV! PS. It’s in French:)

Once I get a real copy, I’ll post that one but for now, a photo of one of my items which was on display yesterday!

PS… For any big time TV producers reading this, I would really like my own show. Thanks!

Andrée-Lise Photography

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Unshaven Mavens

The men of our city spend a whole month growing their moustaches for fundraisers like Movember & Moustaches for Kids. It seems as though we should make a stand and do something to support a female cause too!

So, Amie Beausoleil and Malorie Bertrand, two amazing women with a purpose, got to thinking…why can’t women make THEIR men suffer and grow something for a cause?

With this, Unshaven Mavens was born and the rest is hairy.


“Unshaven Mavens will grow their underarm hair for the entire month of October, all the while raising funds for Rethink Breast Cancer, a Canadian breast cancer charity that brings bold, relevant awareness to the under-40 crowd. Unshaven Mavens will zero in on the armpit because early breast cancer symptoms can be detected in the underarm area, not just the breast.

The growing season begins at the Clean-Shave Day Kick-Off (October 1st) and for four hair raising weeks thereafter. During the growing season, Mavens and Sponsors (we like to call them “Bosom Buddies”) have the opportunity to meet up at weekly Pit Stops to give each other moral support, enjoy a beverage or two, and compare their progress. Oh did we mention, we take pictures? At the end of four weeks, a Final Red Carpit Bash is held to determine who will hold the title of “Pit Boss” (most funds raised), “Most Pitiful” (least hair growth), “Jolie Pit” (nicest pit), and “Brad Pitt” (most hair growth) and to hand out prizes.

Unshaven Mavens will be a diverse group of women who all share at least two things in common – a desire to make a difference and the ability to not take themselves too seriously.”
Taken from their website: www.unshavenmavens.ca


I took part in this project and let me tell you, it was fun fun fun!  To prepare for the project, I had the opportunity to go out with the girls and take promo shots for their website.  Here are the photos:)

In its first year, the Unshaven Mavens project raised an amazing $8,142 for Rethink Breast Cancer. WOW! Impressive. 

To see photos of the growth which were submitted by the growers click here.  You’ll even get to see yours truly…:)  Here’s a preview of my month’s growth.

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