Ottawa Photographer :: Extreme Makeover Kindness Edition 2012!

Phew! Firstly I want to apologize for my lack of blogging this week and last week! I have found in past years that winters tend to be slow for me…but this winter has been anything but! TONS of headshot sessions happening, and what seems like a continually growing back-log of posts I hope to get up here in the coming days. Please bare with me!

As I mentioned a few times on my Facebook page, I am SO pleased to share with you all that I was asked to be the official photographer for the Extreme Makeover Kindness Edition once again this year. For those who are reading that aren’t familiar with this event, the way it works is that this fantastic team of Interior Designers donates their time, work and skills to make a space better for an organization in need during Kindness Week in Ottawa. Last year these ladies worked hard to re-decorate the Good Companions Centre, and this year they re-decorated the Foster Farm Family Homework Club. This small homework club located in Ottawa’s west end is a vital part of this small community within our city. It services many of the local children and teens who come here for help with their homework and to use the internet after school. When these ladies told me that this year they would be working with this club I was super excited. The kids and this community SO deserve this. And any opportunity I have to be a part of something good for Ottawa’s children and teens is extra special for me.

Although I think it goes without saying, these ladies rocked it out once again. Since this project started several days/weeks before I was able to come to the club I was not able to see what it was like before, but I have seen photos and let me tell you without exaggeration – it’s like night and day. You wouldn’t even believe it was the same place. Some incredibly kind donations were made by several Ottawa businesses and individuals for everything from school supplies to flooring to cabinetry to paint. And without these donations, this project simply wouldn’t have even been possible. Once again, I am in awe of the kind, good people of this city and the way they’ve come together to support this wonderful initiative. And to these Designers, I don’t even think I have the right words to describe their talent, hard work and dedication to making such a difference. They truly are an inspiration to me, and to many others I’m sure. Please take a moment to visit their websites and admire the fantastic work they do!

Sonya Kinkade Design

Lisa Goulet Design

JAX Decor and Design (Kelly James)

DH Design (Donna Hargrove)

Solace Interiors (Nicole Duguay)

Otta Decorate (Mary Anne van Gaal)

MODECOR (Maureen Coates)

Sarah Kidder Design

Thank you all so much again for having me out this year ladies! I sincerely hope I have the opportunity to work with you all again next year when you will be no doubt making a difference in the lives of people in our community for Kindness Week! 🙂

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7 thoughts on “Ottawa Photographer :: Extreme Makeover Kindness Edition 2012!

  1. Nicole Duguay

    What a fantastic grouping of pictures to capture our final moments of the makeover! Thank you so much for participating in this Danielle and being there to get it all on digital “film”. You know we are ALL big fans of yours!

  2. Donna @ dh-designs

    Wow – these are some amazing shots! You’ve captured not only the look, but the feeling we had as we prettied up the place! Thank you so much for your contribution to a very worthy cause. I love the shot of the pencil crayons! Great work!

  3. Mary Anne

    Danielle, you managed to do it again! You described the project to a T and captured it all on film. You were even able to make us look great! Thank you xoxo

  4. Kelly @ JAX does design

    Extreme AWESOMENESS, Danielle! Your photos are amazing! You really captured the spirit of the project in pictures, and I love how you’ve laid them out in your post. It’s like reading a story in pictures 🙂

    Thank you so much for donating your time and skills and being a part of our Extreme Makeover team 🙂 And also thank you for this beautiful post and your kind words. We couldn’t have done the makeover without everyone who helped us by donating their time, products, labour, and talent.

    I hope the kids at The Homework Club are enjoying their new space. I have a feeling they’re all going to accomplish great things thanks to the kindness and generosity of all the people who care about them and want them to succeed.

  5. Maureen Coates

    I love love love your post and the way you displayed all the fabulous shots of the makeover in progress and then the reveal. And don’t forget Danielle, you are also included as a donator of time and talent as the official photographer of the Extreme Makeover Kindness Edition 2012. Sonya and the rest of us are truly grateful for YOUR kindness. I think we should do this again sometime!!!

  6. Anna

    Oh I love it!! I wish I had an awesome office like that, love the chairs, and the colours, the kids that are using it will be thrilled to bits!! Great job capturing it Danielle and great job with the Makeover all you kind and wonderful Ottawa businesses. I just love seeing kindness in action, does the heart good.

  7. Eileen Charbonneau

    You did again last year and am equally sure that you will rock it again this year!! Keep up the great work, you deserve many awards for you outstanding photos and outlook on life!!! ROCK ON!!!! Love it!!!

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