Family Photographer | An Easy-Going Family Session | Gairloch Gardens, ON

One of my favourite places to take outdoor family photos is at Gairloch Gardens in Oakville. It was a pleasure photographing Marcia’s lovely family there. 

Family Play by the Lake - at Gairloch Gardens, Oakville by DA Photography , www.daphotostudio.com

On Their Terms

Working with young kids involves approaching them slowly and on their terms. If I don’t do that I might cause stress or anxiety with the end result involving tears. Those three elements do not make for a great family photo – the parents are stressed with furrowed eyebrows and the kids have red blotchy faces and wet cheeks. So, I make sure I’m flexible and stand back until absolutely everyone is ready to accept me. 

The toddler- at Gairloch Gardens, Oakville by DA Photography , www.daphotostudio.com

Happy Face - at Gairloch Gardens, Oakville by DA Photography , www.daphotostudio.com

World Reflection through toddler eyes - at Gairloch Gardens, Oakville by DA Photography , www.daphotostudio.com

The Little girl - at Gairloch Gardens, Oakville by DA Photography , www.daphotostudio.com

Sisterly Love

Siblings help each other navigate new situations. Usually when one child is happy or content with a new event or process, the other child will feel at ease about the change. I see this all the time when photographing families. A brother or sister that is outgoing and camera-friendly will begin smiling and posing for me. The other sibling will usually hang back and observe the situation. Once she realizes I’m nice to her sister, she will ease into the situation and try a photo or two herself. 

Siblings smile - at Gairloch Gardens, Oakville by DA Photography , www.daphotostudio.com

Perfect open shade light - at Gairloch Gardens, Oakville by DA Photography , www.daphotostudio.com

How you like my flower? - at Gairloch Gardens, Oakville by DA Photography , www.daphotostudio.com

Trying to pose family - at Gairloch Gardens, Oakville by DA Photography , www.daphotostudio.com

Letting Go

Marcia and her photogenic family were a pleasure to work with. Marcia’s grace and quiet confidence shows in her photos with her girls. Her husband was laid-back and loved to have fun with his little princesses. The four of them worked together fantastically too! The whole family was easy-going, took direction well and eased into the photo shoot. Sometimes it’s hard handing over the reigns and not being in control. Photo shoots put us in a vulnerable position. But, once you know you’re in good hands and you commit to letting go, the magic happens! Marcia and her family did just that and the results are gorgeous.

Family portrait by the tree - at Gairloch Gardens, Oakville by DA Photography , www.daphotostudio.com

Time to replax - at Gairloch Gardens, Oakville by DA Photography , www.daphotostudio.com

Daddy and his little girl fun - at Gairloch Gardens, Oakville by DA Photography , www.daphotostudio.com

Family portrait on a bench - at Gairloch Gardens, Oakville by DA Photography , www.daphotostudio.com Playtime 

The rocks, water and lush green grass create a multi-layered background that gives Marcia’s photos an almost 3 dimensional look. It’s the perfect contrast and that’s why I love photographing at Gairloch Gardens. The background options are endless, especially in the spring and summer when there are lots of gardens with various coloured flowers to use as well. The grounds are full of room for kids to run around and play, like Marcia’s busy girls were doing.  While they were running and dancing, I was able to capture some great photojournalistic images of them at play – something Marcia and her husband will cherish for years to come. 

Family portrait on the tree - at Gairloch Gardens, Oakville by DA Photography , www.daphotostudio.com

Family Portrait by the lake - at Gairloch Gardens, Oakville by DA Photography , www.daphotostudio.com

Family Play captured into photo - at Gairloch Gardens, Oakville by DA Photography , www.daphotostudio.com

Mommy and her little girl portrait - at Gairloch Gardens, Oakville by DA Photography , www.daphotostudio.com

Parent-time

As parents of young children, Marcia and her husband have a lot of responsibilities. During their photo shoot, I was able to capture some alone time for them in front of the camera. I think they will love having a keepsake from this point of time in their lives. They’re a great couple and nestled easily into one another when we started their photo shoot. We started their couple’s shoot after we finished taking all of the photos we could take with the kids. I captured the girls’ photos while I was guaranteed to have their full attention – or as much of it as they could muster. 

Parents portrait - at Gairloch Gardens, Oakville by DA Photography , www.daphotostudio.com

Couple portrait - at Gairloch Gardens, Oakville by DA Photography , www.daphotostudio.com

Couple portrait through the leaves - at Gairloch Gardens, Oakville by DA Photography , www.daphotostudio.com

Photos taken by Dragi Andovski, published ©2015 DA Photography

Photo Location: Gairloch Gardens, Oakville, ON
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