May 30, 2012

Photo shoot with D.P. Photography

It was the day before Easter when I came to the realization that I hadn’t had any professional photos taken of JD since he was born. If you are a parent of two or more children, you understand exactly what I’m referring to. We tend to be diligent about getting pictures done to document the birth and events of our first born. However, when you have a second baby, it becomes so much more difficult. You’re exhausted, you’re desperately trying to figure out how to take care of two or more kids at the same time and once you feel like you’ve got a routine and you can breathe a bit easier, you look around you and realize that your little baby is now a toddler and you haven’t documented their newborn adorableness professionally like you did for their older sibling.

Well, overwhelmed with mommy guilt, I scoured craigslist to find a photographer to take our family photos. I knew Dave and I wanted some fun, artistically interesting photos that captured our family dynamic. After going through several photographers who were just not right for us, I found Deanna from D.P. Photography. Our photo shoot was held late afternoon, on a sunny yet chilly day on the U of T campus, and was a wonderful experience from beginning to end.

Dee’s a mom of two gorgeous little kids, so it’s no surprise that she’s wonderful with children, which is a true gift and skill with young ones. Our kiddies felt totally comfortable with her from the moment they met and took to her immediately.  She was very patient and flexible in the shot set up, giving directions for posing and yet was also very aware of everything that was happening and took shots in the moment when she saw a great opportunity.  For example the shot below of the family with me swinging Brie in my arms was taken after we were done our photo shoot, simply sitting together on the steps.    She was also open to my suggestions and input so it felt like a good collaboration between the two of us.  She’s extremely talented, prepared, very professional and after this shoot, I consider her to be a friend.  It was a fun experience for our entire family and we would definitely work with her again.

Here’s her contact information if you’re interested in booking a session with Deanna from D.P. Photography.

Website: D.P. Photography
Blog: Aperture Angel 
Facebook: D.Powell.Photography


These pictures are already gracing the table tops and hallways of our home. We are over the moon with how great they turned out.

Thank you Dee for capturing this special time in our lives!


Cheers to Deanna from D.P. Photography, you did an awesome job!

From: Char a.k.a Epic Mom



  1. All of the photos are awesome, but I think my fave part are your Mom Awesome shoes! And that lace dress. So, so cute!

    • Thanks for the great compliment! When I started to plan this photo shoot for my little family I knew one thing for sure, I needed to bring it to prove that I still had it! 🙂

  2. Thank you for sharing these on Saturday Show and Tell. I think the pictures look great! We had a great photographer in California, but now we have to find another one. Thanks for sharing your search. I hope you’ll be back again this week to share more.

  3. Fabulous! What a beautiful family! Of course, I’m biased! 🙂

  4. Char! You have a GORGEOUS family!!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE all of these pics!!!! Thanks so much for sharing ?

    • Thanks J! Having two toddlers and a teenager of your own, I’m sure you would appreciate what a challenge it usually is to get a good picture of all the kids together. Seriously, I can’t stop giving mad props to our photographer, she’s totally a photo genius for making us look so good! 🙂

  5. The pics turned out amazing, you have such a beautiful family!!

  6. Wow, hot mama! Look at you and your beautiful family. These are gorgeous pictures. LOVE the pink heels!! 🙂


  7. Wow, wow, WOW! Those are gorgeous! You have a beautiful family. 🙂

  8. oh my gosh!! what beautiful pictures!!! send them into a magazine!!

    • Awww, you’re so sweet Annmarie! I’m just so excited about the first photo of the kids together with both of them looking at the camera, Dee is a photography genius because that’s a feat in itself. 🙂

  9. These are Beautiful, Char! I really need to get on the family photos thing!

  10. Awesome pictures – you have a beautiful family (and nice legs!) 😉

    • Thanks Melanie! I’m learning to rock the body parts I like the best as opposed to stressing about the ones that I’m not in love with! 🙂

  11. Nice series! I say it was definitely worth getting them done.

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