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Ottawa Family Photographer :: The Rahim Family

How gorgeous are these guys?!

When this family contacted me I was instantly excited to work with them. With toddler age twins my expectation was that it would be a busy session. Lots of running around and and unpredictability. These two little munchkins surprised me though. They were a total treat. I believe that this was partially thanks to them having such sweet, happy personalities…and partially because I had some pretty great tricks up my sleeve for entertaining them! As this lovely family quickly found out, I am not opposed to behaving like a total dork in order to get the shots I need. In fact, it’s become sort of a specialty of mine. Many, many times I’ve had people tell me how difficult it must be to work with kids of this age. Truthfully, I find it to be the most fun part of my job. I get to be care-free and have a great time, all while putting smiles on the faces of children. How awesome is that? I don’t know too many people who get to do that for a living. Well, maybe clowns. 😉

A big, HUGE thank you to the Rahim family. Working with your family has been the most fun I’ve had in a long time and I hope we have the opportunity to do this again in the future!

Ottawa Family Photographer - rahim family

Ottawa Family Photos - Danielle Lynn Photography

Tis the season for updating your own Family Photos! As Ottawa’s Award Winning Family and Child Photographer, I am excited to work with your family this year! To reserve your date with me, please contact me via my website or at info@daniellelynnphotography.com and we’ll set up an appointment!


Ottawa Family Photographer :: 5 Ways to Rock your Family Session!

So you’ve booked your session with me and want to make the most of it? Great! I’m going to tell you how! Obviously, the key to any great professional photo starts with a great photographer. But it’s time to look at the other elements that turn an already great photo into a really WOW photo! Some of the best session experiences I’ve had have been with families who are excited and take a very pro-active role in planning their session. I want to encourage EVERY family to do this. It’s YOUR day and YOUR memories after all! Let’s make the most of it together!


1) Plan what to wear! No, this definitely does not mean you have to go out and spend a fortune on a new wardrobe for your family session. But it does mean putting a bit of creativity into coordinating everyone! All you needs is one or two main colours and have everyone coordinate around that. My best suggestion is jeans combined with layers in the Fall and Winter (scarves, vests, cardigans, light jackets etc.) and for Spring and Summer: dresses, skirts, khakis or jeans combined with coordinating t-shirts or button down shirts. The warm weather is the perfect time to show off some accessories too like necklaces and bracelets! Need some visual inspiration?  I’ve put together this wonderful Pinterest board that should help!



2) Location, location, location! Like clothing, location can often make the difference between a a great photo and an amazing photo! I can and will often make suggestions of Ottawa locations that I have used in the past or locations that I think will work well for your family. But I am always excited about discovering new places so please, by all means, feel free to make suggestions on somewhere new and different! Maybe it’s a park near your home, a grungy urban spot, a family property that has special meaning for you, or a beach you frequently visit. Whatever the case, I want to know about it!



3) Be sure everyone is well rested, well fed and has used the washroom. Now I know, babies and small children can be unpredictable. Heck, even teenagers can be less than enthusiastic about having their picture taken. I totally get that. But making sure everyone has had a good nights sleep, an afternoon nap and is well fed can make a huge difference in how everyone feels. Feel free to pack snacks and drinks and never hesitate to let me know if you need to take a few minutes to get everyone hydrated and re-energized during the session. I want your smiles to be genuine, and that can’t happen if everyone is tired, has an empty belly or needs to pee!


 4) Brainstorm some pose ideas and bring them along to the shoot! Of course, as your family photographer I will have lots of pose ideas. But one of the beautiful things about custom photography is that you have the unique opportunity to tell me about anything specific that you had envisioned. In the past I’ve had some families wish to replicate a photo from when they were kids. Other times I’ve had Mom tell me that she saw an image somewhere and it inspired her to want to try something similar with her own family. Whatever the case, feel free to bring me any ideas you have and we’ll work together to bring your vision to life!


5) Spend some time focusing on you. If you had been thinking about getting that mani/pedi, or treating yourself to a fresh haircut, now is the perfect time. Getting yourself in the mindset of feeling and looking your best will go a long way in how you feel during the shoot and even how you view the pictures afterward. Believe it or not, you being relaxed and happy will also help your family to feel the same! So don’t be afraid to pamper yourself a bit in the name of having the best family photos possible! You deserve it and I really want you to feel your best!


An additional tid bit that I want all of my clients to know before your family session: I am not stressed out in any way about your child’s tantrums, disagreements or lack of cooperation. This happens. As a mom of two, I completely understand that kids will not always be cooperative – especially when you need them to! Sometimes the kids need a break and that’s both normal and fine. I am happy to wait it out with you and try again after they’ve had some time to run or relax. Some of my personal favorite client images have happened as a result of the kids not even knowing I’m there. So please never stress. You never know what kind of magic can happen when you are least expecting it. 😉


To rock your own family photo session with Danielle Lynn Photography, please contact me today! I specialize in unique, fun and candid family portraits in Ottawa, Gatineau and the surrounding area and I’d love to hear from you! Now booking sessions for September 2012 and on.


Ottawa Family Photographer :: The Walsh Family

When JoAnne contacted me a few weeks back, I know it was with a heavy heart. Her email explained that their family had a dog who was suffering from some health complications and that they weren’t sure how much longer they had with her. What touched me most was that they wanted this family photo session to happen so that they could document their time with Lucy, since they knew that there was a possibility that she would not be around long. So we booked the session and I anxiously anticipated meeting them!

Last Sunday, the 6 of us and Lucy, the white Boxer, met down at the Arboretum and Ornamental Gardens here in Ottawa for our session. We spent some time walking the grounds and enjoyed the GORGEOUS weather we’ve been having. The kids were wonderful and fun, the moments were perfect, Lucy was sweet and very well behaved – we really couldn’t have asked for a better day. On my way home, as always, I was feeling very grateful that this family had contacted me for this. With two dogs of my own that I love dearly, I am always especially touched when someone decides to include their pets in their family session. In this case, even more so knowing that Lucy’s health was declining and that these photos would mean so much to this family.

On Monday morning, the day after our session, I received an email from JoAnne thanking me so much for the session….and letting me know that Lucy had passed. I was shocked. As I sat in my car preparing to meet a friend for lunch that day, I got tears in my eyes as soon as I read it. Less than 24 hours and Lucy was gone. It was almost like she waited. Her health held on long enough to give her family the gift of these precious memories. Gosh…my eyes even well up with tears as I type this. Because it’s stories like this that remind me why I do what I do. They reinforce how truly valuable our time together is with the people and animals that we love. I’m certain that I will never forget the story of Lucy and her family and how fate made it all happen when it did. Lucy was such a lucky dog to have owners who loved her so much. And what a lucky family to have a dog who left them with such a valuable gift.

Thank you so very much Walsh family for choosing me to capture this for you. Big hugs to all of you as you deal with the loss of your sweet dog. xo

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Ottawa Pet and Family Photographer, Danielle Lynn Photography, is currently booking lifestyle photo sessions for spring! Please contact me today to secure your very own appointment!