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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.

The Zurawskis - Family Mini - Ottawa Lifestyle Photographer

So, I haven't blog a session since July because I'm just drowning in editing. Having two children under 4 and running my own business, things can get a little crazy at times. So all my focus has been editing and getting all the captured memories back to my clients as soon as possible. I’m going to start playing catch up as things slow down a little bit over the winter and will be posting summer/fall/winter family sessions as well as some weddings!

Here are the Zurawskis that I had photographed in October 2018. Despite being a tad cold that morning, we had an amazing adventure in the forest out in Russell. Rob sent me this amazing message a few days after receiving his gallery and it just made my heart burst on so many levels that I asked if it was ok if I shared it with you all. "Jess, at first I picked out some photos that I liked and didn't think too much about it, but the more I look at them and digest them, I see the artistry and importance. Today scanning through them at lunch, they reminding me of the family that I am lucky to have. Jess, I didn't realize the emotional impact that the photos would have on me. It didn't happen right away. At first I was analyzing them and picking out flaws, but when you see them all as a collection, you can see the artistry and how you have exceeded expectations. I am impressed how our personalities are captured. The looks that we give each other are sincere, and the looks that I see when the girls are looking at nothing at all are tender and beautiful. Thank YOU !!!!" This right here is why I am so absolutely in LOVE with my job. Also, get ready for some major blogging in the next couple of months... as I'm going to be catching up hard from way back in the summer!

Valerie and Grace - Family Mini Session - Ottawa Lifestyle Photographer

Valerie was the winning bidder of a mini session I donated to the annual Ottawa Fur Kids Online Auction last year. When she reached out to book a session, I was about to give birth to Ruby. So she kindly waited and we finally captured some amazing memories with her daughter, Grace, a few weeks ago. We had an absolute blast! 

Ottawa Fur Kids Online Auction is run every year in February. I will gladly donate another session next year so keep an eye out for it!

Jude's First Birthday Party - Ottawa Family Lifestyle Photographer

I had an absolutely blast with this beautiful family of 3 boys last month! It was Jude's first birthday and I hadn't seen them since his newborn session last year, how I've missed them! 

I arrived, Jude filled up his little belly and then we quickly headed out for some family portraits before the guests arrived. I stayed for a good part of the party and documented all the crazy goodness that comes with a first birthday party! Loved every minute of it! Please enjoy the fun!

Everett - One Year - Family Mini - Ottawa Family Lifestyle Photographer

I met Everett a year ago. I photographed him when he was only a few weeks old and so itty bitty. I loved meeting him all over again, I feel so lucky I get to watch this little human grow.

I feel so honoured that my clients continue to come back and ask me to capture all these precious, fleeting moments for their families. Our babes grow so friggin' fast and I feel it is so important to document all the things so we can remember forever how it was and who they were.

In Home Newborn Lifestyle Session - Ottawa Family Photographer

This beautiful and very large set was just sent off to this amazing family this afternoon and I am so excited to be sharing it with you all. If I didn't think it was over kill, I'd just share all 150+ images. It's so difficult picking and choosing what images I'd like to share for my blog. I absolutely love story telling and I feel that every image is a page to a story and if I skip an important moment it makes it harder to follow along. I do hope that I chose all the right moments to allow you, the viewer, to feel all the right emotions..

Please enjoy!

 

Logan turns 2 - Extended Family Lifestyle Session - Ottawa Based Photographer

We definitely all got our workout in chasing sweet sweet Logan around the park back in May.

Logan's mom, Hailey, gifted this session to both of Logan's  two sets of grandparents but also GREAT grandparents. Seriously, an incredible gift. Irreplaceable moments now frozen in time for Logan to look back on and know just how much he is loved.

Wildroots Nature and Forest School

Last week I was so incredibly fortunate to be a "fly in the forest" during one of my daughter's Forest school sessions at Wildroots Nature and Forest School.

She has been attending since last summer at just 2 1/2. I would pick her up and ask her how her morning was and what she did but she could never fully explain to me. Still at almost 3 1/2, she tells me "she doesn't have the words" to express what they did.

I finally had the privilege to watch and document one of their magical mornings in the Forest. I wanted to get it all. The curiosity, the wonderment, the excitement... all of the feelings. So that when the parents of these amazing children and all of you looked through these images, you would get a glimpse of what they do and what they see each morning.

It's incredibly amazing, this opportunity that these children have. Learning from great educators about the forest and the life it contains. They are developing a deep respect for nature and at the same time gaining confident, grit and making great friends in the process.

Eden - In Home Newborn Lifestyle Session - Ottawa Based Photographer

I met Eden's mom and dad, Dani and James, while shooting Dani's sister's wedding last year. We were both pregnant, myself nearing the end and Dani at the beginning of her pregnancy. Throughout that day, I documented Dani and James interacting and playing with their nieces, thinking to myself what amazing parents they will become. And here I am 8 months later photographing their beautiful daughter Eden, absolutely perfect as can be.

An absolutely pleasure. Congratulations Dani and James, she was definitely worth the wait.

The Sharfsteins' In Home Newborn Session - TWINS - Ottawa Lifestyle Photographer

I don't know how, but I managed to forget to blog this beautiful newborn TWIN session I had last month... I think my mom brain is clouding my memory.

When I arrived at Wendy and Eric's home in January, Eric was still upstairs getting ready and I just want to say I had/have the most respect for Wendy who was totally rocking this new mom of twins gig!  A total pro already without a doubt, especially also dealing with the chaos of recently moving. Multiple times throughout our session I had the urge to give her a standing ovation. When you scroll through these images, you'll notice this incredible calmness about her.

Theodore - In Home Newborn Lifestyle Session - Ottawa Photographer

This family is one of my favourites. I have been documenting them since before Flo, their not quite 2 year old, was born.

I first photographed their maternity session. I was referred to them by an amazing, east coast photographer, Evan McMaster (check him out if ever you are in the East Coast and need a photographer. He's wonderful!). He photographed my first maternity session when he just happened to be visiting Ottawa back in 2014 and he photographed Sabrina and Jacques wedding when they lived in New Brunswick. Thank you Evan for sending these amazing people my way. The more we get to know each, at each session, the better our sessions get. We have gotten so comfortable with each other which makes for the bestest sessions...

Congratulations, Sabrina and Jacques, on your beautiful new addition to the family. Theodore is absolutely amazing just like his big sister, Florence.

Suzie and Aaron - In Home Newborn Lifestyle - Ottawa Photographer

I'm back baby!

Dang, it feels good to be back shooting for my amazing clients.

For now, I'm only booking in home newborn sessions, because those babies grow way too darn fast to be able to wait, but also because I friggin' adore these sessions so much. 

Suzie and Aaron welcomed their beautiful daughter Eloise to the world on Dec. 28th and at just 2 weeks old I had the privilege of photographing this brand new family.

Ellie is one lucky little babe. As you scroll through, I am almost certain you will feel the love radiate through your screen. 

The Thomas' - Family Lifestyle Session - Ottawa Based Photographer

Wonderful at home session with these five last month. It was my second time making my way to Chesterville to document this ever growing family, with little George as the new addition.

With the combination of three boys, acres of property, their own pond, apple trees and chickens, there was never a dull moment and had me smiling from ear to ear the entire session. Hope this set brings a smile to your face too.

Daisy Turns Two! - Family Lifestyle Session - Ottawa Based Photographer

Daisy turned two in September! We had an amazing family lifestyle session starting with making pudding with daddy and then heading outside to harvest some of the vegetable from their family garden, two of her favourite things. Then we got ready to head to the park where Danielle and Dan used to frequent while they were engaged pre Daisy. Feeding the ducks and birds, blowing bubbles and playing in the fountain, what more could a girl ask for!

I've been watching and documenting Daisy since she was 2 months old and I just absolutely adore this beautiful, smart, little girl as well as her Mom and Dad! Such a wonderful family, can't wait to hang out again!

The Konkles' - Family Mini - Ottawa Based Photographer

Amazing family mini session one morning back in September. Headed to the neighbourhood park for some fun and walked back home for a few photos with their pup (who I believe is 14!!).

If you follow my work you may remember these cuties from last year. I had done their newborn lifestyle session. Seriously twins are so flipping' fun, never a dull moment. 

The Meikles' - Family Mini - Ottawa Based Photographer

Super fun family mini session with the Meikles' last month! I hadn't seen them for a couple of years ( besides running into them several times at Costco! :D ) and it's just so wonderful to reconnect with past clients and see how crazy fast the kids grow!

The Bourques' - Family/Newborn Lifestyle Session - Ottawa Based Photographer

Victoria and Denis are neighbours of mine, and we run into each other at the park from time to time but we never discussed what we do for a living. They had a newborn photographer lined but to photograph their family but unfortunately (fortunately for me), their photographer had an emergency and had to cancel day of, and wouldn't be available to capture all the newness that was tiny little William in time. Victoria told me she happen to randomly see my business pop up on Google maps while searching for something, looked me up and sent me a message.

And here we are...

I am just so in love with their set, and so happy things lined up the way they did. Crazy, beautifully naturally lit home, and extremely wonderful, kind, laid back family. Pardon, this crazy large set, I had a hard time breaking it down;)