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Fall Mini Sessions! ~ Ottawa Family Photography

So you’ve been thinking that you’d love a session with Danielle Lynn Photography but aren’t in need of the full meal deal right now? No problem! My Spring mini sessions at the Graffiti Wall were so successful that I decided to offer some mini’s at a different location for the Fall! Missed out on a graffiti wall Mini in Spring? Check back with me for spring 2012! If there is enough interest, I’m hoping to offer them again!

The Fall mini sessions will be held at the Arboretum this year. I’ve been there quite a number of times for sessions as well as with my own family and there is no better place that I know of in Ottawa for those gorgeous fall colours in a natural setting! What will happen is that I will meet your family at the Arboretum, we will spend 30 minutes capturing some beautiful Fall images (perfect for holiday cards and gifts!) and approximately one week following your session I will provide you with an online gallery of 10-15 proofs to choose from! These Mini Sessions are perfect for Families of 5 or less ($15 per additional family member if more than 5), sibling groups, Couples/Engagements, teens/highschool grads, or even pet portraits!

All details about where we’ll meet, what to wear, the appointments I have available, and how to reserve your time slot are available by contacting me via my contact form! Looking forward to hearing from you!




Please note: Mini Sessions will be booked on a first come, first served basis. Because of my my normal booking schedule and workload the number of time slots are also very limited. If you would like to book a Mini Session or have any questions, please do not wait to contact me! When they’re gone, they’re gone!


What are we waiting for? ~ Ottawa Family Photographer

Next month? Next year? Several years from now? Is there ever really a perfect time to have your family photos taken? If so, when?

I’ve been thinking about this topic a lot lately. Because I, myself have really been slacking on making sure I have enough of images of my OWN family. Not just my kids – of my ENTIRE family. Awful of me I know. But its like that saying “the cobbler’s children have no shoes”. In the past I’ve focused so greatly on building my business and photographing other’s families and kids, that often I’ve inadvertently neglected to document my own family. I’m working on making major changes in that department.

When I hear chatter from people about whether or not to get family photos, I often hear a lot of this type of thing:

“We don’t have time this year…maybe next year…”

“Maybe when we can afford to spend more…photos are so expensive…”

“Maybe when I lose those last few pounds…”

Does this sound like you? Of course it does. Because it sounds like me as well. If truth be told, I am not comfortable in front of the camera. I never have been. At the moment I am not at my goal weight. I feel like every time I have a camera pointed in my direction I look like I’m making the Chandler Bing smile AND despite how easy I am able to make it look, my kids are super difficult to photograph. Sometimes it seems more like torture than an enjoyable experience for me. So believe me, if you have a reason for not doing this, I get where you are coming from!

But guess what? I also have a fear. I have the fear that after I am gone, my children will only have a small handful of photographs of me. I worry that when they think about me, they won’t remember me as the Mom who’s in the photos with them, but rather as the mom who took them all or worse, ducked out when a camera was pointed her way. And that is not the legacy I want to leave my family with. No matter how unhappy I could ever be with parts of my body, or how awkward it feels to be in front of the camera, I know in my heart of hearts that my kids won’t be looking back at the photos saying “Sheesh, I wish she’d have lost some weight before taking those pictures” or “I wish she had a nicer smile“. No. Because I am their Mom. And like all children, mine love me far beyond my own insecurities. And so do yours.

There is no perfect time.

It’s true. There will always be a reason not to do this. But life is uncertain. Those of you who have ever lost a loved one knows this all too well. We have no idea what’s in store for us tomorrow, or a week from now, or a year from now. There are people as young as myself being diagnosed with things like Breast Cancer. And that scares me to death. So I can’t wait. I can’t hope that the perfect time for a family photo is around the corner. The perfect time is now.

Are family photos expensive? Its an investment. And like any investment, cost is relative – its about what you VALUE. Putting off that new techie gadget or designer handbag could easily afford you an amazing set of professional quality images. What about time, you don’t have enough time for family photos this year? Set aside 2 hours. Seriously. That is the length of the average family photography session. How about your weight? Still waiting to lose 10, 20, 30 pounds? Stop stressing! Love yourself for who you are and just be the person your family loves. Because you…yes YOU are fabulous and beautiful just the way you are.


Danielle Lynn Photography


Danielle Lynn Photography


Danielle Lynn Photography

I hope this post is that little push that some of you need to take a real, honest look at some of the reasons you may have been putting off family photos. And I hope that you act on it. Book yourself a session with a professional photographer who’s work you admire. I think you’ll realize the same thing that I, myself am slowly learning – how painless it really is.

Fabrice, Julie and Anthony ~ Ottawa Family Photographers

I was so thrilled when I received an email from Julie last week asking me if I would do another photo session with their family here in Ottawa!! Last year I had the pleasure of these guys being one of my first ‘official’ clients in business and not only was I SO happy that they contacted me for the second year in a row, but Julie had some good news of their own to share as well – little Anthony was going to be a big brother at the end of October!! Anthony also turned 3 in September so Julie wanted this session to document a couple of important milestones in their life! We decided to do our session in two locations. A local graffiti wall just screamed PERFECT to me so we did a few of Anthony alone there. I think it brought out his wild side a little 😉 We then moved on to the Experimental Farm and had a bit more fun in a more relaxed setting with the fabulous red wagon prop that I’ve been dying to get some use out of since last year! All in all, we had a great time. Julie was positively glowing, Anthony was SO well behaved and adorable and everyone just looked so happy together. I love being a part of moments like these.

It was fantastic to see you again guys! Looking forward to seeing your beautiful family again soon…and with a new family member!

To book your own family session with me, please contact me at: info@daniellelynnphotography.com! With Fall being the busiest season of the year, dates are booking up FAST, so if you wish to get photos done in the next few weeks, now’s the time! For the months of September and October, each session will receive one complementary 11×14 canvas gallery wrap as part of the Danielle Lynn Photography birthday celebration!! Looking forward to capturing the joy with some wonderful new families this Fall!