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happy family of three | Arnprior documentary photography

Documentary Family Photography – There are few homes in this world that from the second you walk through the door, you are hit smack in the face with pure, unconditional love radiating from those who live there. That’s how it is every time you enter the M-R home and it’s a privilege to be able to share their story.

These wonderful people are new-ish neighbours of mine and they are parents to 6-year-old Katie.  Often they can be found hanging out in their beautiful home where Katie spends time baking, dancing and snuggling up with mom for story time.  It was a very easy session to plan because we both know there’s nothing more special than documenting all of these ordinary activities that they enjoy together.  We also got to be entertained by their crazy pup, TJ.  That dog loves Katie to pieces!



There were so many of my favourite images from this session that I couldn’t help but share them all together in a slideshow. Sit back and enjoy!

At Home with Katie {The M-R Family Film}



If you live in Ottawa, Renfrew or surrounding areas and are interested in savouring these types of moments with your own family storytelling session, we need to chat. Please visit the session information page or send me a note to learn more.

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Arnprior family photographer | mothers

“What I am, you helped me to be.”

Look at these gorgeous ladies.  During the winter, my friend Terri had asked if I would spend time with her family and take some special photos in honour of her father and step-mother’s 25th wedding anniversary. It was important to Terri to have some beautiful images of just her and her step-mom; I was touched to see such an incredible bond between these two.

Wishing everyone who inspires, encourages and supports their own children, and proud stepmothers everywhere a very wonderful Mother’s Day.



Looking for a special session with your mom and family?  Gem Photography offers modern family storytelling sessions across the Ottawa Valley and greater Ottawa area.  For more information, please get in touch by filling out the contact form or e-mail 


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in-home newborn session

“Little hands and little feet,
little toothless grins so sweet,
little eyes that shine so bright,
little arms to hug you tight.
Everything’s little,
except your joy,
when you have a new baby boy.”

They are only this little for such a short time and I was thrilled when Baby Finn’s grandma wanted to gift her son and daughter-in-law a special session to help remember these fleeting moments.

Here are a few of my favourite images from our in-home newborn session with adorable Finn at one week old:  in-home-newborn-session-renfrew-cobden

(Baby sneezes may be the cutest thing ever!)mom-baby-newborn-in-home-documentary-photographer


Expecting a new bundle of joy? I’d love to help document your this exciting, albeit exhausting chapter in your life! Newborn and family sessions take place in your home where you are most comfortable and relaxed. Contact me for availability or to learn more about my Signature Documentary Sessions.  


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Vacationing in Calabogie

I had the pleasure of meeting up with a Southern Ontario family who wanted to capture bit of their time with grandparents and new baby girl at one of their favourite places.  They make their way to the Ottawa Valley each spring and fall to stay on Calabogie Lake and watch their daughters get loved up by Grandma and Grandpa, who live in Ottawa. Since vacationing in Calabogie is such a special time for everyone, it was also an ideal time to make some memorable photographs.

On the eve of their last day of no work, no school and no chores we got to hang out by the water’s edge and enjoy the warm October day.  The girls had a blast playing in the leaves, on the rocks and someone showed off her elegant dance moves as the sun began to peek out from behind the cloud-filled sky.


16_gem-calabogie-vacation_photoShe could not wait to run into the water!  It was the perfect ending to our afternoon.


Planning a vacation in beautiful Renfrew County or Ottawa area?  I’d love to help document your precious time with family and friends!  Contact me for availability or to learn more about my 
Signature Sessions.


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When you have a large family spread out in different provinces, celebrating Thanksgiving, or any holiday for that matter, doesn’t happen on the date specified on a calendar.  It is whenever you are together.

We took a little trip to Montreal a few weekends ago to check out my sister-in-laws’ new home (I now have a serious case of kitchen envy!) and hang out with some cutie pies. I was in the middle of a Visual Storytelling course and inspired to document the visit in an organic way, without directing the kids on what to do or where to be.

These images tell the real story of our time with some of the people we are thankful to have in our lives. Snuggling on the couch, eating breakfast, my country boys riding bikes and scooters (it’s a dead end street – such a change from our dirt trails!), a treat of hot chocolate spilled on the front of a polka dot dress, and watching my brother-in-law play soccer (and then the kids all running on the field after to play too!).

This Thanksgiving weekend I’m humbled and thankful to the many friends and supporters of my work.  I wish you and your loved ones a wonderful Thanksgiving.


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