This week in pictures: In which summer abruptly gives way to autumn

by DaniGirl on September 16, 2013 · 1 comment

in Mothership Photography, Ottawa Family Fun

Hey, hi! Remember how I used to write posts for this blog? Ya, those were good days, eh? Two blog posts in two weeks – oy, the transition from summer to fall has been brutal, both from a weather perspective and from an activities one. I feel like I’ve run headlong through the last two weeks with barely time to breathe, let alone write blog posts. But, ahem, there’s ALWAYS time for photographs!

My last photo post documented our delightful last week of summer, so it only seems right I lead off with this, the boys’ first day of school. Sigh, so grown up! This is the last year they’ll all be at the same school together.

back to school portrait of three brothers

It’s still officially summer on the calendar, but even nature seems to think it’s fall. Doesn’t this have a distinctly autumn feel?

Twig and berries

Nothing says autumn like an afternoon in the orchard! This year, for our annual apple picking trek we opted for the path of least resistance, with the closest and least busy orchard we know, which also happens to be a perfectly lovely place to pick apples: the Log Cabin Orchard outside of Osgoode.

 family photographs in the apple orchard Ottawa

 family photographs in the apple orchard Ottawa

 family photographs in the apple orchard Ottawa

Apple picking 2013

They stopped long enough to let me get a few quick portraits. Because, yanno, I hardly have *any* photos of my lovelies! šŸ˜‰

 outdoor portraits of brothers in a tree

And then I milked the orchard shots for a few days of “photos of the day,” playing with photoshop and textures.

Ladder in the orchard

Apple photograph

And what else does September bring? Activities, of course. Each spring I enroll the boys in swim lessons, and each boy also gets at least one year of skating lessons. I’ve had just enough of a buffer from Tristan and Simon’s lessons a few years back to actually be looking forward to Lucas’s first lesson. He was a trooper – up on his feet and gliding during his first lesson. And falling, of course. There was a cringe-worthy amount of falling, but the smile on his face never faltered.

 photo of little boy skating lesson hockey gear

Amidst the craziness of early September, I managed to slip out to Toronto and back for a very quick but wonderful visit with my friends at Fisher-Price and Mom Central Canada. I’ll have more about that grand adventure soon, but for now here’s one of my favourite photos from the trip, the view of the Toronto skyline from the ferry between Toronto’s island airport and the mainland.

Toronto the good

And finally, one of my very favourite parts of autumn is that it is a SPECTACULAR time for family portraits. Saturday, I was honoured to take a second year of portraits for this lovely family. We had a little wander through some gardens, across a bridge, and around an old barn, stopping for a wee picnic snack along the way. My favourite kind of photography session – just watching and photographing a happy family at play. I’ll have lots more from this fun session soon, but here’s the sneak peek:

portrait by Ottawa family photographer Danielle Donders

Aren’t they adorable?

I have just a few openings for autumn family portrait sessions this fall in Ottawa, as life is pretty darn busy and I try not to schedule more than one session each week. If you’re interested in either a porch portraits mini-session out here in Manotick or maybe a full portrait session with the colourful leaves and delicious autumn light (can you tell I love autumn portraits?), please get in touch soon! I’d love to work with you and your family to capture these moments – they’ll be gone as quick as the apples disappear from the orchard!


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1 Chantal September 17, 2013 at 8:47 am

It is unreal how fast our decent into fall has happened this year. I am feeling a little S.A.D over it.

OMG that photo of Toronto is amazing!

As always your guys are adorable.

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