In the Garden | Ottawa Milestone Photography

This age is one of my favourites to capture. Baby has just learned how to sit often, they are full of smiles and generally in happy spirits. Best part - they can’t crawl away yet! Since it was beautiful outside, we opted to do the session at the Ornamental Gardens. We started off with a lifestyle approach with snuggles and nursing on a blanket in the grass. We tried to have him sit in the grass afterwards, but he wanted nothing to do with it. I put a blanket down, nope. Even inside a bowl, not touching the grass didn’t fly. Thankfully, the gardens has a rocky path, so we went there and he was happy. Such a personality already.

I asked mom some questions about how our session went:

  1. What made you choose an outdoor versus indoor?

    Outdoor was chosen because it was a lovely time of year. The weather was warm, flowers and trees in bloom and we love the outdoors. There are so many beautiful outdoor Ottawa locations.

  2. Were you happy with the outcome?

    Very! The Arboretum has many unique and picturesque areas.

  3. Has he gotten over his fear of grass?

    LOL! Yes, he has. It still took some time but by mid-summer he was happily travelling all over the grass.

  4. Did you have a favourite image - which?

    I love the image of him on the path, sitting in the basket, with the little smile on his face. That expression comically followed him giving a heavy dose of side eye to the nearby foliage. It was fun! There is also an earlier image of him breastfeeding (the camera looking over my shoulder) that is very special to me.

  5. What made you choose to dress him in orange? I personally loved the bold choice, but I don't see it often.

    I'm not known for travelling the beaten path. Those little overalls were also a longstanding favourite of mine and our three sons wore them. Orange is one of my favourite colours and I find it really makes blue eyes shine.

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Natural | Ottawa Newborn Photographer

This sweet little one’s parents are drawn to natural and earthy colours and items. Their home decor reflects a rustic feel. When filling out the questionnaire, they requested natural props and earthy tones. I immediately thought of greenery and a branch nest with the wee little one wrapped up in the middle.

I love asking parents questions about how their sessions went or for a little info into their family life:

  1. Did you feel like your session captured your style?

    Yes, it had a very earthy natural feel to the photographs.

  2. Do you have a favourite image? Which one and why?

    Favourite image....I would say between these two (fourth and sixth image below)

  3. What do you love most about being a parent?

    I love watching M. enjoy experiencing the world. She’s so inquisitive, curious, clever and is always so happy to have new experiences.

When booking a newborn session, your session is fully customized to your taste, suit your nursery, the colours on the walls or to complement the style of your home. I absolutely love how this session turned out.

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Floral Smash | Ottawa Baby Photography

Seriously can not get over this little cutie and her cake smash session! The colours, the cake and her adorable little face!

She was unsure about the cake – a very dainty eater. She used her fingertips to scoop some icing and lick it off. Even though she ate it slowly, she still really enjoyed the tasty cake and she still made a little mess either way! Too cute, check her out below. Don’t let her serious expression fool you, she has a silly side too!

I think it was pretty special how we incorporated the same flowers we used around the bowl for her newborn session as part of the background for her cake smash.  These little touches are what makes your session meaningful and unique Even though cakes are included in the session fee – provided by a local baker, Decadent Desserts, you are more than welcome to bring your own. They brought a gorgeous floral cupcake cake from Cupcakes by Miryame - click to view more of her fabulous cakes!

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 a little girl sits beside a floral cake with her hands outstretched touching the icing happy expression on her face
 a little girl sits with her cake for her milestone session icing on her fingers and face flowers in the back
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Ottawa Fall Photography Sessions 2018

It’s that time of year again!! The trees start to turn beautiful shades of colours and take our breath away. Apples sprout on trees… mmmm pie. The air is perfect – crisp, cool and comfortable. I absolutely love fall and more so love fall photos!

Here’s the deets on this year’s fall sessions. Two locations – both in the west end. First weekend will be trails, second weekend will be a pond.

 fall photography sessions taking place in Ottawa area with families

Bring on the knitted sweater and fun boots!! Book your session today! 

Beauty of Winter | Ottawa Family Photographer


I know not everyone thinks of doing family photos in the winter, but they can be so pretty. The crisp white snow, the patches of ground showing through, the branches covered in a fine blanket of snow. We talked about a few options for location and ended up going to Mer Bleu Bog in Ottawa. It was a tad chilly – no lie. They were rockstars! Had fun with this sweet family and so glad I brought a blanket for them to warm up underneath with. It ended up coordinating with their outfits so well that we used it in some shots. I absolutely loved the styling of their clothing they wore. Love the look of layers on clients.

I asked her a few questions afterwards to get a better idea of how she thought her session went. I love doing this to see client’s perspectives.

1)      What were you most worried about for your session?

I was most worried about the cold frigid air, if we would be warm enough and if my son would cooperate.

2)      Why did you choose to do your family photos in the winter? Are you happy with the outcome?

Chose to do winter because I have a summer and spring session with Michele already and want to complete all the seasons. I am very happy with the outcome.

3)      When planning your session, a few location options were offered and you decided on mer bleu. What made you pick this spot?

It was a different location than I have used before and very unique.

I’d say her session was a success. Lots of cuddling, images full of love and fun. I can’t wait to see them next fall to complete her “seasons” sessions. Maybe after seeing her session taken in the winter, you may decide to do your family photos during that season.

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 a father holds his son in his arms both smiling at camera with toddler wrapped in a plaid blanket in winter
 a mother holds her son looking down at him as his face rest on her body outside in winter in ottawa
 a mother holds her son resting her face on his giving him affection and love outside in winter in ottawa
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 a mother and father cuddler their son under a red shawl at mer bleu in ottawa in the winter
 a couple romantic posed on wood bridge in winter at mer bleu in ottawa

Life with Boys | Ottawa Family Photographer

This sweet family belongs to my cousin. These two funny, charismatic, sensitive and energetic boys are her world. It’s kind of fun watching your childhood friend-cousin you grew up with wade through parenthood. It’s even more fun getting to capture their interaction. After our session I asked her a few questions to see what she felt. I love asking clients different questions as it either helps me grow or I can see things through their eyes.

1)    Looking through your images, is there one that stands out? What makes it special?

It’s hard to pick just one, but the one at the end in the field with F in my lap, they were starting to get tired and it really kind of captured our family dynamic.

2)    I know location was very important to you, were you happy with where we went?

I was so happy with where we went. I knew what kind of visual I wanted but you cultivated every single space at the location and the end result was beautiful.

3)    Do you feel your children were captured in their natural state? Id not, what could be different?

Almost too much! You’re seen all of F’s silly faces! It’s hard to get them to smile. But my favorite moments you captured when they didn’t know you were taking the picture, the little laughs, the secrets. It was great seeing those little moments captured.

4)    Was there an awesome moment during our session that was captured… which one?

After all we went through to get a nice picture by the beach the one of them on the stump is by far my unexpected favorite. I think you might even got a bit muddy in the bushes for that one but we had a laugh and saw some cool wildlife.

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Tranquility | Ottawa Lifestyle Newborn Photography

This was the sweetest little family. They booked a lifestyle session to document their family naturally and a newborn posed session to capture their brand new baby’s new-ness. The little toddler was so infatuated with her brother and loved giving him lots of snuggles and affection.

Newborn lifestyle sessions are a beautiful way to remember this fleeting moment in your life. Everyone snuggling in bed together reading a book. Mom sitting in a chair feeding the baby while a toddler crashes toy cars around together. Dad making some coffee while the noise of little children laughing fills the room.

They decided to sit together on the couch. Big sister sat on mom’s side caressing her brother’s little head, then moved over to sit with dad. Lifestyle sessions are pretty much go with the flow. Upstairs they sat on the bed together, also did some fun playing while mom fed the baby.

I just love how natural and casual this session turned out. The rooms we spent time in are rooms I typically ask to use – a master bedroom, living room and occasionally a kitchen or nursery.

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