Ottawa Ornamental Gardens Lifestyle Family Session: The Nuttalls

I’m going to be completely honest here, I was so freaking nervous leading up to this family session. Not because I thought they would do poorly, or because I couldn’t think of interactions for them to do during their session. No, I was nervous because I know this family and I know just how shy and quiet Little Kane can be, and I was so worried that I wouldn’t be able to get a single smile out of him during the shoot. But I am oh so very happy to report that the entire family was full of smiles and giggles all session long!!

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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!!

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Ottawa Ornamental Gardens Lifestyle Family Session: The Tolsmas

Ottawa-Ornamental-Gardens-Lifestyle-Family-Session-Stephanie-Beach-PhotographyJonathan once joked that I should get a punch card like they have at coffee shops for clients, like themselves, who come back year after year for their photo sessions. I do love getting catch up with our couples and families each year, especially when they are filled with people like Marie-France + Jonathan, who are just about the most thoughtful people out there. And their little girl Mackenzie just gets cuter and cuter every time I see her!!⁠

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Ornamental Gardens Greenhouse Maternity Session: Antonietta + Matthew

Ornamental-Gardens-Greenhouses-Maternity-Session-Stephanie-Beach-PhotographyI often tell inquiring clients about the time we shot three weddings in one weekend, and it usually starts with how bad of an idea it was (because it was definitely not a good idea, that’s for sure!). We were absolutely exhausted after the first let alone the second, and come the morning of third I really wanted to throw in the towel and just stay in bed. Lucky for us, that third wedding was for two of the kindest, funniest souls out there and it was an absolute blast! Honestly, to this day Matt + T’s wedding day was one of the most fun times we have had at a wedding, and despite how completely and utterly worn out we were, I am still really happy with what we were able to capture it all for them (that was also when I learned that sparklers, lighters and very drunk people don’t really mix – or at least they probably shouldn’t). And as an even better bonus, we ended up gaining two new amazing friends in the process.

So of course, the idea of getting to capture this new stage in their lives together was so wonderful! It was actually such a great sounding idea that Dave even tagged along to the session, because who wouldn’t want to spend a couples hours walking around the greenhouses with these two awesome people?!

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