Home Sweet Home | Ottawa Lifestyle Photographer

In home family sessions are perfect for those cold winter days, blah spring muddiness or simply as an alternative to an outdoor location. Some families find it stressful to get outside for sessions, so this option is a great way to still capture your family; in the comfort of your home. Family snuggles on the couch, love, playful moments. Your life - as you live it. Maybe you enhoy baking with your children. Let’s capture it! The messy fingers, flour smeared on their cheek, little licks of the batter fresh from the bowl. Perhaps crafting and painting is your jam? Great! Let’s do it! Chubby fingers grasping a paintbrush, poking holes in play dough, sneaking kisses in between gluing pom poms.

This sweet family chose to play. We hung out in their older son’s bedroom. The toddler roamed around, we did some reading, mama nursed the littlest and dad played with some fun toys. We ended the session with giggles on the couch downstairs.

 a family sits together on a bedroom floor mother looking down at toddler who is looking at camera dad is holding a book
 a little boy sits on the floor of a bedroom wrapped in a knitted blanket looking towards the camera
 a family sits together on the floor in a bedroom playing with toys brothers looking down
 a family sits together on a couch happily interacting with each other one boy laughing
 A family sits together on a couch brothers looking up at the camera

A sister | Ottawa Lifestyle Photography

In home newborn lifestyle sessions are a great alternative to a posed session for capturing your growing family. Many families with young siblings choose this option for ease and comfort. I come to your home between 1 to 12 weeks post birth to capture your new family member. We often use two rooms in your home - typically the master, the nursery or the living room. It is mostly based on lighting and space as well as where you are most comfortable. Natural areas of your home that you would commonly use.

For this family we used the master bedroom and living room area. It was a very laid back session - mama nursing her new little one while dad played with big brother. We had some fun and snuggles in the master as well as a quiet moment with mama on her own. These moments are truly beautiful and oh so fleeting. I’m honored to be able to capture this special time in their lives.

 a mother sits in a rocker nursing her baby back of head seen
 a father and son sit together with toys boy playing with guitar while dad looks down at him
 a mother holding her newborn baby girl eyes open looking into camera
 a father holds his newborn daughter her feet hanging over his arm
 a family sits together on a bed mother holding newborn baby with a toddler playing with dad
 a mother holds her newborn in her lap holding her hands looking down in a bed
 a mother sits on a bed holding her newborn looking down at her

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.

 a family stands at mer bleu bog in ottawa in winter dad holding the toddler son under a blanket child cuddling father's chest mother hugging boys back
 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
 a family huddled together on wood bridge at mer bleu in ottawa
 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