Ottawa Family Photography : Jasmine & Mehdi
Intimate indoor family photography session
First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in the baby carriage.
It's been quite some time since I photographed Jasmine and Mehdi's Ottawa wedding reception at Britannia Beach a few years back.
Now with a very tall 2 and 1/2-year-old son, Ilyas, Jasmine and Mehdi have made a nice life for themselves in Gatineau, QC, which is where I met them at home one Saturday morning.
Even with the leaves off the trees and the cold weather settling in for the season, you can still have meaningful family photography done in the comfort of your own home.
In some ways, I would say it's even better.
Not long ago I did a couple mini family portrait sessions at Ottawa's famous Arboretum. It seemed like every photographer and their dog was out taking family portraits so I had to have a keen eye on the background to make sure that I didn't get any other photographer in the frame.
In the quiet confines of home, everyone can be relaxed and I can concentrate on my subjects and capture authentic documentary family photography.
I started the session by immediately getting onto the floor and being at Ilyas's level and engaging him in things he's into, his toys.
In order to capture authentic moments, I make sure to get a report with the kids first before getting close with a camera.
Similar to my day-long sessions, I wanted the family to forget I was there as quickly as possible and they did a great job at that.
It's amazing that all these images and more were created in about an hour of photography.