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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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Waiting for a little girl | Mommy & Max

Early last week I met up with Jennifer and her sweet little boy for some very special photos.  At 38 weeks, she is looking fabulous and more than ready to meet her daughter.  To help ease the waiting game, I was honoured to spend a little time playing with Max and capturing a few special moments between her and the soon-to-be big brother.  And just like the last time I photographed this family, Mother Nature decided it should rain.  But only a tiny bit in comparison to our last session so we were able to head out in the backyard and eventually enjoy the sunshine.

I’m so excited to be able to visit this wonderful family again when their little pink bundle decides to make her appearance!  And I’ll be sure to pack a bunch of gummy worms with my gear for Max.  😉

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