Family Portrait Session at Parkdale Market

I met with Don, Jennifer and their adorable two year old son Edmund a couple weeks ago on a perfect Sunday morning at Parkdale Park in Ottawa's Wellington West Village. Don and Jen chose this location because little Edmund likes to shop for berries at the adjoining market.

We really lucked out with the weather, because July has brought on a heatwave that has seen many days in the high 30s and low 40s. Not very pleasant for a place that is best known for having eight or so months of winter each year, but on this day the weather gods were kind to us. We spent some time schmoozing with the produce and flower vendors... or rather Edmund did, bought (and ate) a few favorite items, and then headed across the lot to play in the park.

I've known of Don and Jen through social media and our mutual friends in the local food scene, but this was the first time we had met in person, and their adorable little family was a dream to photograph. Don and Jen have such a wonderful warmth and calmness about them that make you want to spend hours in their presence, and little Edmund has so much personality that kept us all smiling and laughing throughout the whole session.

Rather than posed family portraits, I was tasked with documenting this amazing trio as they went about their morning together in the park. Don and Jen wanted natural looking images of them interacting with each other and with Edmund, which blends perfectly with my style and takes me back to my days as a street photographer.

I hope you enjoy viewing these photos as much as I did taking them. Don, Jen and Edmund, thank you for letting me be a part of your family for a few hours.