Ottawa Children’s Photographer ~ A New Life

I remember the day very well. I had set out to capture some very specific moments with my kids but came away frustrated that I hadn’t. The kids weren’t cooperating, the sun was too harsh, it was hot outside and when it was all said and done I actually felt a bit like crap. Not only did I not get the images I had hoped to, but I probably got a bit more frustrated with the kids than I should have.

I was going through some 2011 images last week and came across these which were taken last Summer. They immediately spoke to me when I looked at them because they brought up my memory of that day. So I decided to go through them again, this time with totally fresh set of eyes…no expectations…and I saw something different. I saw my kids having fun. I saw the chalk dust on my kids hands and faces. I saw my son Isaiah’s newly grown tooth and boy-ish scrapes and scars. I saw my daughter Zia’s mischievous grin and stare of concentration. I saw the portraits of our two dogs lovingly drawn on the pavement. I saw the shadows dancing. I saw tiny hands. I saw the scruffy winter boots Zia insisted on wearing. I saw the way Isaiah wrapped his arm around Zia in the loving way he always does. I saw love and connection and emotion and fun.

What would have been a throw-away set of images ended up with a new life today.

They aren’t perfect. But neither are we.

I find that one of my biggest personal struggles in my art is being able to let go. To let go of the ‘rules’, let go of what I think an image should look like and just let the moment just be what it is. That doesn’t mean ignore what makes a good image. It just means really learning to see and and document the perfectly imperfect beauty in my every day life. One of my many goals for 2012 is to capture more of this exact thing. Because photography isn’t about silly props or backdrops, or even equipment for me. THIS is what its about, and I’m on a mission to find more of it.




Chalk drawings inspired by some similar ones I saw on Pinterest several months back!






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14 thoughts on “Ottawa Children’s Photographer ~ A New Life

  1. Anna

    Precious Danielle. Sometimes the best photos are the ones that aren’t so perfect. Your children are gorgeous and it looks like they had lots of fun ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Stuart Sipahigil

    These are great photographs. You’re exactly right, Danielle. Sometimes, we get caught up in what makes a “good” image, and we end up adding more rules, or trading one set for another set, rather than focusing on what we see. Best of luck on your new mission ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. matea michelangeli

    This is exactly the kind of photos I like the most. It had happened to me too, after a few months, or even years, images have a whole new meaning….
    If I were a client I would have LOVED theses images of my kids!

  4. Sonya

    I loved them! its the little things in life right? I do that a lot, go back and remember things that at the time I thought were the end of the world or a real screw up and see it all in different light…..almost like you are looking at it through someone else’s eyes. I think we are so critical of our own work, we are artist’s and because of this are a perfectionist….but we are not the ones to please…we are putting our art out to someone else to judge, through their eyes….let them see the magic ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. angela

    i love these.

    and i totally understand what you are saying. it is good to let go of what you would like to see sometimes…and then totally embrace what you do see. here? all i see is happy:)

  6. DaniGirl

    Oh gosh, this happens to me more often than I’d like to admit. Sometimes I have to take a deep breath and forget whatever idea or (snicker) “vision” I had and just roll with letting my kids be kids. If there are photos, great but who cares as long as there are smiles and fun.

    And these pictures? Gorgeous! Almost as lovely as the kids themselves. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Kelly

    I’ve done the same too many ties Danielle. Sometimes we need those fresh eyes to see the beauty. We share the same struggles and here to letting some of our ‘perfectionist’ ways go this year : ) LOVE THEM!

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