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.

 a mother nurses her son outside in ottawa
 an infant boy sits in a wood bowl with a smiling expression on his face looking at the camera
 a infant boy sits in a wood bowl outside in a garden with a happy squinty expression on his face
 an infant boy sits in a wood bowl in a garden in ottawa looking at the camera
 a baby boy sits in a wood bowl on a stone path looking up at the camera with two little teeth showing

What is a milestone session?

A milestone session is just that. To celebrate an achievement!! For babies it would be holding their heads up, sitting unassisted and their first birthday! Milestone sessions capture the fleeting moments your baby has for you to look back on. Their expression as they lift their heads with wrinkly foreheads, tiny toes curled together, little chubby hands gripping their feet.

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I provide all the props and accessories for your sweet little one’s session and have many outfit options available to choose from. You are welcome to bring a special outfit from home to mix with mine or just use the studio outfits exclusively.  Usually there are 2-3 outfit changes in the length of the session.

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My cake smash sessions are very simple set ups so the main focus is on your baby. One neutral coloured paper backdrop and some minor accents or props if requested would be used. I love sweet, simple and timeless! The cake is included in your session fee and simple styles and colour to be chosen by you with the baker and any allergies to be mentioned to her. Pick up will be taken care of by you either the night before our session or morning of. We can also do a smash alternative – painting! Or a different food interest – melon, berries, spaghetti, tacos… the list is endless. This session ends with a bubble bath clean up.

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Did you know I offer prints and products through a professional lab calibrated to my computer? For milestone sessions I usually recommend a keepsake album. There are so many special moments captured that it makes it hard to choose which ones to print, so an album to flip though is amazing. I offer two unique options for albums: a lay flat – where the pages lay flat and a hand torn – it gives an extra bit of luxury feel.