Ovie Kauai's Birth Story - Ottawa Birth Photography

I have been sitting for the past hour staring at these images of this amazing, emotionally overwhelming birth story. I have been putting off sharing them because I feel I just don’t have the right words to express how I feel about it all. I have never photographed a birth before. I have been wanting to, but I felt that each time I was asked, it just wasn’t the right time in my life. But ever since I had my girls, my only regret was that I didn’t document their births. So I have been really wanting to do this for someone, but just waiting for the right time.

Tina, who is one of my best friends, asked me months ago whether I would be interested in photographing her son’s birth. Yes, yes my heart said yes. I was ready.

Fast forward to October 14th, 2019 at 4:34am, I received a text from Guillaume telling me they have a room at the birthing centre. “I know it’s early…only if you want to” he writes. I sprung out of bed, brushed my teeth and was on the road within 9 minutes.

I’m going to let my images tell the rest of their story but before you start to scroll down and see this incredibly strong woman go through over 24 hours of labour, I need to say that I am beyond honour… I’m not sure there is a word in the dictionary to express it. It’s such a vulnerable and private experience, the birth of a child and to have been asked to be part of it fills me with so much overwhelming emotion, I am brought to tears each time I think about it. I feel so connected to this beautiful family of three and I am so looking forward to watching Tina and Guillaume grow as parents and to watch Ovie grow into a beautiful little person. My heart is incredibly full.

Amy & Pat - Family Session - Petrie Island

I am so in love with my job. I have photographed both these girls newborn sessions and have met up with this amazing family every year ever since. Their dogs, Charlie and Lily, who are 8 and 13 (!!) joined us on our adventure this year, and I know it can be a handful to bring your dogs on your sessions but seriously you will NEVER regret it!

Aleta & Kerry- Family Session - Pinhey Trail

In LOVE with this session. Three little girls under the age of 8 creates some incredible energy during a family session. So much going on, so much opportunity for me to get in there and capture all that crazy, arms are full goodness.

Maggie & Chris - Family Session - Just Food Farm

So... I gotta be honest when I say I've been wanting to photograph this family for years😂 And finally my wish came true when Maggie reached out to book a session a couple of months ago! Annndddd I was not disappointed. The boys were so fun, we played and explored and got some incredibly awesome shots of this incredibly awesome family!💥💥

Jess & Jeff - Family Session - Greely, Ontario

I photographed Jess & Jeff’s wedding 2 years ago, and now have the honour to capture their love for their daughter, Andrea, who has just turned 1 year old a few days after her parent’s wedding anniversary. Happy birthday Andrea and happy 2nd wedding anniversary to mommy and daddy.

Katrina & Alistair - Family Session - Fletcher Wildlife Gardens

Wonderful session with this incredible family. I've been photographing them for many years and its an absolute gift watching these boys grow. I remember our first session they were practically toddlers. They brought their toys cars and they were racing them in the dirt, now they are these tall young boys who feel it’s a tad uncool to pose for a solo portrait for me. Please slow down.

Jessica & Alan - 1 Year Wedding Anniversary - Orleans, Ontario

1st Wedding anniversary for Jessica and Alan! One year ago I documented their incredible wedding the day tornadoes hit down in the Ottawa area. Ridiculous winds, torrential rain and a power outage! It was an unforgettable day and one year later I photograph them again the day after their one year anniversary. Who says you only wear your wedding dress and tux once?! Seriously, such a fun session climbing waterfalls and running through the water watching the sunset. Check out their sneak peeks!
Happy anniversary Jess and Alan! I wish you a life time of love and happiness

Jessica & Jorge - Engagement Session - Kingston

I drove to Kingston to meet this incredible couple, Jess & Jorge. I’ll be documenting their wedding in October. They took me to this incredible hidden gem by the shores, that made me feel I was somewhere tropical. The weather gave us overcast, sunshine, a rainbow, wind and rain all in the span of 2 hours which made for so much variety I was in absolutely heaven, plus these two are the perfect match which made photographing them so incredibly easy. Here are their sneak peeks with so so much more that I haven't even looked through yet!

Sophie & Phil - Family Session - Chesterville

Sneak peeks of this gorgeous family’ session from September.
I’ve been coming to their beautiful home to take photos on their property every year for the past 4 years. I love these boys and I absolutely love this family and I am so excited to meet baby number 4!

Brienne & Adam - Burleigh Falls Wedding

This wedding from this past Saturday was perfection. Brienne and Adam got married in this cute little church called St Peters on the Rock which is on an Island on Stony Lake! Guests arrived on pontoons! For real, my photographer heart explodes from happiness every time I think about it. After the ceremony while guests headed to the reception at Burleigh Falls Inn, Brienne, Adam and I got in a boat and headed to Adam’s family cottage on another private island 10 minutes away. We took portraits and explored the 3 acres of property where Adam and his siblings played and made incredible memories since their were small children.
And then back on the boat, we headed to the Inn where Craig Cardiff performed through out dinner and for their first dance.
Amazing couple, outstanding surroundings and incredible friends and family made for THE perfect day!
Here are their sneak peeks!!

Allison & Mike - Wedding - Ottawa Rowing Club

Allison & Mike got married August 19 and it was so ridiculously incredible. It was an outdoor ceremony at the Ottawa Rowing Club, it rained and it didn't even matter because they had clear umbrellas hanging off the backs of each guest chair(💥💥👏). The whole day was a photographers' dream, ending with fireworks over the Ottawa River.

Christina and Mike - Engagement Session - Ottawa Airport

These two beauties love to travel so much that they met me at the Ottawa airport for their e-session and booooyyyyy am I ever so excited to document their wedding day!

Not only to do I feel their love for eachother, I also see their friendship. They are absolutely perfect for each other.

Jane & Ben - Strathmere Wedding - Ottawa Wedding Photographer

A beautiful November wedding surrounded by an incredibly loving family. The speeches got me bad at this one, I laughed, I cried and felt all the love. It’s strange when I really start to think about what I do, spending an entire day documenting all the special moments of such an incredibly special day and how connected I feel with all the people I spent that day with by the end of the night. I wish Jane and Ben all the love and I’m excited to spend another beautiful day with this family in August of this year when Jane’s brother gets married.

Jess and Alan - Strathmere Wedding - Ottawa Wedding Photographer

Jess and Alan were married on September 21, 2018 which was the same day a tornado hit down in the Ottawa area. There were talks of moving the ceremony indoors but Jess wouldn’t have it and because of this I was able to capture the epic wind that day. Power was lost later in the evening, generators kicked in and the celebration continued.

Baby Bea - In Home Newborn Session - Ottawa Family Photographerl.

This was a very special newborn session with an amazing family I hold close to my heart.

Bea was an incredible last gift her father, Shane, left his family before he past away two months ago.

Bea... "she who brings Happiness"

The McMahons - Family Lifestyle Session - Ottawa Family Photographer

I'm taking it back to sunny, warm days. Back to ice cream dripping down your cone, playing in the warm water and watching sunsets. Back to this an amazing family session I had the honour of photographing in August of last year with the McMahons.

Eric & Bailey - Wedding - Mill St. Brew Pub - Ottawa Wedding Photographer

It's always so hard for me to choose which images to share from the weddings I capture. I photograph the day to tell a story and to feel all the emotions. I want my clients and their friends and family to feel this day in their hearts no matter how many years have past when looking through their images. When I share them for you all to see, I want you to know their story too, and the ultimate goal is for you to feel like you were there too.