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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 
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I’m done with all of this snow and now freezing rain, how about you? It’s been especially hard to get back to embracing winter after a week on a tropical beach with +30 degrees of glorious heat every day. So I’m planning on staying in, keeping warm and sharing oodles of beautiful sessions that have been living on my computer for far too long. It will help all of us look forward to the day when we can ditch the snow pants and big boots!

This wonderful couple contacted me just before Thanksgiving to arrange a special engagement session that would include their incredibly handsome little boy. We planned for a morning at their home outside of the Village of White Lake, as the bride-to-be wanted to have her tranquil wooded backyard as the backdrop for their photographs.  Judging by the laughs, these two are destined for a very long, happy marriage!  Everyone attending Kate + Kelly’s wedding will get to see these photos and many more featured in their Guest Book, which I am currently designing.  It is great to own the digital files, but it’s even better when my clients have special keepsakes created out of their professional photographs!


This is just a taste of what I’m working on for the next few days and I don’t want to brag, but it has been a very enjoyable couple of weeks at “the office.”  This incredible setting along the Mayan Riviera couldn’t have been more perfect for the long awaited nuptials of my brother and his stunning bride.   It’s no secret that this kid has had it bad for my new sister-in-law for many, many years … I wonder why???  All biases aside, I don’t think I have ever seen a more gorgeous couple!!  There will be plenty more to share, but for now, here’s a sneak peek of for the newlyweds who are returning home from their extended vacation today.  Love you both so much!

beach wedding, gem photography, gemma, Ottawa Valley Photographer


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If you have been following my work for a while or have taken a peek around my site, these people may look familiar to you.  This is the fifth year in a row photographing the McGuire kids – they have truly grown up right in front of my camera!  And today is very special as the little ladies of the family celebrate their 7th birthday.  The girls were born around midnight and have separate birth dates – how cool is that?!  (My twins could only dream of not having to share their birthday!)

It seems like it was just last week that I spent a hot spring afternoon taking portraits of Kelsie to mark her graduation from public school.  Well, time has marched on and this is her final year of high school, so the entire family and I spent a bit of time together last month creating some beautiful images before their eldest daughter leaves the nest. 




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