Ottawa Ornamental Gardens Lifestyle Maternity Session: The Radulovics

Where do I even start with this one?! Seriously I don’t know. Samantha + Damjan are honest-to-goodness two of the nicest, most thoughtful people Dave + I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Their engagement session took my breath away and their wedding day was one of the most touching and heart-warming celebrations we have gotten to be a part of. So when Damjan reached out to me about their maternity session, I was so ridiculously excited – and even more so because it was all a complete surprise for Sam!!

Damjan had even picked the perfect date to not only get a maternity session in, but also have it act as an anniversary session too as these two were also marking 6-years together! And when I say it was all a surprise for Sam, it really was. She had no clue what was really planned for her, not until they pulled into the parking lot and Damjan pointed over to me waiting for them! The look of shock and delight on Sam’s face was absolutely perfect!

And thankfully, after a 20-minute wait in our cars, the skies cleared up and the pocket of rain (that seemed to only be in the exact location we were using) went away and we were left with a beautiful rainbow, and what ended up being a flipping stunning glowy evening sky!! Seriously – this sky was utter perfection! There were at least three other photographers taking advantage of the light behind the greenhouses that evening, and I completely understood (and fortunately Ottawa has some great photographers who are all really respectful of each other and we all managed to stay out of each other’s way and share that gorgeousness – yay for community!).

Now when it came to Sweet Cadence, she was asleep in the car when they first arrived, and she slept through that 20-minute downpour I mentioned before, so she was a bit groggy when we got started. The pouty lip was definitely making an appearance, but with some help from being allowed to press the button of my camera and good old Mr. Monkey, her cheerful, energetic personality came out and stayed out for the rest of the session! She even became my big helper and captured some shots of Mom + Dad herself!

I am so happy for this growing family and I can’t wait to meet their newest member because if she is even half of awesome as her parents and siblings she is going to be an amazing person!