Back to school photos are a tradition for many families.  Twenty to thirty years ago those photos were on display in your home (and likely your grandparents’ homes) but it’s rare today to see framed school photos on display, even if families have them taken every year.   I started offering Back to School sessions because not only do I want them to be a fun and relaxed experience for my clients but I want families to have photos they are proud to hang on the walls of their home.

This year I am offering more session options than ever for families who would like either back to school portraits of their children or family photos Under the Apple Tree before the weather turns chilly.

How Covid-19 Impacts Your Back to School or Under the Apple Tree Session:

  • We will remain at least 6-8 feet apart for the duration of the session. 
  • We will hold off on hugging, handshakes, and high fives.  There will be no physical contact during sessions.  Our enthusiasm and excitement will bridge the distance, I promise. 
  • We will not make any hands-on adjustments to hair, clothing, or poses.  We will give verbal cues and directions as well as demonstrate what we are asking you to do.  
  • We won’t be sharing any props or blankets other than my antique desk, which will be sanitized in between clients. You are more than welcome to bring your own items to the session.

Back to School Photography Sessions

Here’s why I’d love to see you and your family this September for your Back to School Session!

  1. You can be there to make any last minute hair or clothing adjustments. At school you can only cross your fingers and hope they have at least smoothed their hair!
  2. You will be excited to display the photos on the walls of your home.
  3. You don’t have to pay extra for retouching or worry about whether you’ll need re-takes for school photos.
  4. There’s no green screen here! You can take advantage of the most beautiful backdrop for your children’s or family’s photos: the great outdoors.
  5. You have input into your child’s poses and can choose to have individual photos of your children or your children together.
  6. You get digital files and prints from all of my sessions and have your final images in only a week after you choose your favourite photos.
  7. You can incorporate your own props or mementos or even choose to use my beautiful antique school desk prop. The desk will be sanitized in between clients.
  8. You get photos of your child’s true personality and spirit (no ‘cheese’ smiles here!)

All the details:

  • $125 +HST (for up to 2 siblings).  Includes 2 edited, retouched & artistically enhanced digital images of your choice in colour and black & white and 1 complimentary gift print of your choice.
  • Sessions include up to 2 siblings, please email info@saramcconnell.ca if you have more than 2 children
  • Photos can include the use of my antique desk prop, it’s up to you!
  • Sessions will be a fun and relaxed event with a variety of ages in attendance so that younger first time students can gain confidence watching their older peers have their photos taken

If sessions are postponed due to rain, your session will take place at the same time as it was originally scheduled but on the following day.

Do you have questions? Send me an email!

Under the Apple Tree Sessions

One of the first signs Fall is just around the corner are those beautiful apples and crab-apples hanging in the trees.  Come join me Under the Apple Tree for beautiful photos of your family and children this September. The apple and crabapple trees give an air of nostalgia to your photos and is the perfect backdrop for creating new memories with your family. 

Temperatures in September tend to be much more comfortable than in October so if your children are sensitive to the cold or if you like the warmth this is a great Fall Session for you. Photos can include the use of my antique desk prop if you’d like to include Back to School Photos as a part of your session. 

Here’s why I’d love to see you and your family this September for your Under the Apple Tree Session!

  1. Three Seasons in one: If you are never sure which season is best for photos, Under the Apple Tree is a beautiful combination of the greens of Spring and vivid colours of Fall. Another bonus: Summer-like temperatures!
  2. Two Sessions in one: I will have my antique desk on hand if you’d also like to include Back to School photos.
  3. Warmth: Sessions in September are perfect for families with little ones. Young children have a hard time smiling and having fun when they’re chilly so come in for your photos now before the temperatures drop in October. 

15 minute Under the Apple Tree Memories Sessions

  • 15-minute Memories Session in an east or central Ottawa location
  • Sessions are for families with 3 family members OR for sibling-only photos.
  • Session fee is $299+HST. Includes 5 edited, retouched & artistically enhanced digital images of your choice in colour and black & white and 3 complimentary gift prints of your choice.

20 minute Under the Apple Tree More Memories Sessions

  • 20-minute More Memories Session in an east or central Ottawa location 
  • Sessions are for families with 4 or more family members. Ideal for families who want a variety of photos to choose from including family photos, sibling photos, individual photos of your children, and photos of each parent with their children, as well as candid and posed images.
  • Session fee is $345+HST. Includes 8 edited, retouched & artistically enhanced digital images of your choice in colour and black & white and 3 complimentary gift prints of your choice.

If sessions are postponed due to rain, your session will take place at the same time as it was originally scheduled but on the following day.

How do I book my session?

Booking your session can all be done online in my boutique starting on August 25th. Sign up to my VIP List and the booking links to all my sessions will be sent straight to your inbox.

Do you have questions? Send me an email!