The start of Summer brings so much excitement. Long Summer days, warmth, sunshine, and lots of great times with family and friends always makes for a fun-filled season of memories. As a photographer the Summer also excites me because of the abundance of beautiful light and all of the gorgeous plant life that is at its fullest. In Summer Mother Nature brings to Ottawa its widest variety of backdrops for sessions and this year I am thrilled to be taking full advantage of everything she has to offer.

pregnant woman in a purple gown on the edge of water

This Summer I’m offering FIVE different sessions options for your family, maternity, and children’s photos: Beach Sessions, Summer at the Farm, Summer Blooms, Sunflowers, and Sunsets and Silhouettes.

If you’d like to hear of all of the details about my upcoming Outdoor Summer Sessions send us a message here and we’ll send them straight to your inbox!

family of four splashing in the water during summer outdoor photo sessions with sara mcconnell

Beach Sessions

Perfect for families who want:

-different backdrops for their session (sand, greenery, water)

-to have space to move around during their session for different backdrops and to play and run

-families who love the idea of a playful and fun Summer Session (and who don’t want to worry about coordinating shoes with your clothes!)

Beach Sessions will be held on August 19th

-15 minute Memories Session ($290+hst): includes 5 edited and retouched digital files in colour and black & white as well as 3 gift prints.  

-20 minute More Memories Session ($345+hst): includes 8 edited and retouched digital files in colour and black & white as well as 3 gift prints.

toddler in between parents smiling in front of wooden wall

Summer at the Farm Sessions

Perfect for families who want:

-a rustic, farm feel to their photos (barn doors, long grass)

-a unique yet timeless backdrop

-a central Ottawa location for their session

Summer at the Farm Sessions will be held on July 23rd

-15 minute Memories Session ($290+hst): includes 5 edited and retouched digital files in colour and black & white as well as 3 gift prints.  

-20 minute More Memories Session ($345+hst): includes 8 edited and retouched digital files in colour and black & white as well as 3 gift prints.


toddler being held by the hands in a garden

Summer Blooms Sessions

Perfect for families who want:

-a floral backdrop for their session

-to have space to move around during their session for different backdrops

-a central Ottawa location for their session

Summer Blooms Sessions will be held on
July 15th & 23rd, August 7th

-15 minute Memories Session ($290+hst): includes 5 edited and retouched digital files in colour and black & white as well as 3 gift prints.  

-20 minute More Memories Session ($345+hst): includes 8 edited and retouched digital files in colour and black & white as well as 3 gift prints.


Sunflowers Sessions

Perfect for families who:

-love bright colours

-want a unique and fun backdrop for their photos

-want a Manotick area location for their session

Sunflowers Sessions will be held on August 12th

-15 minute Memories Session ($290+hst): includes 5 edited and retouched digital files in colour and black & white as well as 3 gift prints.  

-20 minute More Memories Session ($345+hst): includes 8 edited and retouched digital files in colour and black & white as well as 3 gift prints.

silhouette of a family at sunset

Sunsets and Silhouettes Sessions

Perfect for families who want:

-artistic and dramatic family or maternity photos to create stunning wall art

-both candid and posed silhouettes of their family

-the beautiful bright Summer sunset as the backdrop for their photos

Sunsets and Silhouettes Sessions will be held on August 19th & 26th, September 4th

-10 minute Moment Session ($225+hst): includes 3 edited and retouched digital files in colour as well as 2 gift prints.

expectant mother in a white gown on the beach

FAQ:

What Summer Session is best for my family?

I offer a variety of sessions throughout the year (and even throughout the Summer!) to ensure that there is something for everyone. Summer Sessions with their longer length of session time, the warm Summer temperatures, and the variety of session locations means that no matter your children’s ages I have something for you. If you’re not sure which of my Summer Sessions might be the best fit for your family please don’t hesitate to reach out and we’d be happy to make a suggestion!

How do I book my session?

Booking your session can all be done online in my boutique. I know you’re busy so we make it as easy as possible to choose and book your session date and time. You don’t have to wait to see if you got the date and time you wanted and there is no back and forth emails and delays. Sign up to my VIP List and the booking links to all my sessions will be sent straight to your inbox.

Do I have to pay my session fee in full?

You can pay a deposit for your session or you can pay your session fee in full: the choice is yours!

Why are sessions scheduled for weekdays in the late afternoon?

In the Summer many of my clients head out of town on the weekends so during the Summer months I schedule sessions on weekday evenings. The sun sets so much later in the Summer than during the rest of the year and traffic is much less of a concern making weekday evenings ideal in the Summer.

The most popular locations for Summer sessions are also incredibly busy on the weekends, making them less than ideal for sessions (e.g., distractions, people and vehicle in the backgrounds).

The bright sunlight midday also limits the places we are able to take photos because the higher the sun is in the sky, the fewer places we are able to take photos (full sun = sweaty faces, squinting eyes, shiny skin).  It’s important to me to make sure my clients look fantastic but also that we have as many places as possible to take photos. As the sun gets higher in the sky, we run out of options for backdrops.

silhouette of parents with two children at sunset

What happens if it rains?

One of the reasons I offer only a limited number of sessions each month is because of unpredictable weather.   For each block of sessions I schedule I also have to schedule a backup date, in case of inclement weather, as well as at least 1-2 days per month in case Mother Nature is especially uncooperative.  Because I know my clients are busy, your backup session date and time is included in the session listing. This is to ensure that even if it does rain, your rescheduled session won’t interfere with your Summer plans because you already know when it will take place!

Why are there no locations listed for the sessions?

For Summer Sessions I will let clients know their exact session location with directions several days before their session so that they can plan their route. The general area is listed in the details for each of the session types to help you choose your Summer Session but because the Summer is a busy time of year for construction and events I will select the exact location the week of your session. I don’t select locations until the week before our session for several reasons: to ensure there are no road closures the day of our session; to check for nearby construction that may limit parking or access to a location; and to ensure that the area I choose has beautiful greenery and/or flowers.  If you’re curious about how I choose my session locations, I wrote a blog post all about the process!