Of Wild Dawn Families

Photography for Outdoorsy People


Of Wild Dawn Photography- Ottawa Ontario

The details.

Outdoor Family Session

Family Sessions with Crystal take about 30 minutes.

A family session is for 2-7 people.

(please enquire about extended family sessions separately) 

Sessions are always outdoors, in and around Ottawa. Times for family sessions vary depending on season and sunset! 

Sessions are always a little adventure.

Session fee includes all edited digital images delivered in an online gallery.


Includes wardrobe assistance and access to my online store to purchase outstanding prints and photo products.

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What should I wear? 

This depends on the season. Every season brings with it, it's own trends and recommendations. Each family session includes the most current edition of my "what to wear guide" for that season! Coordinating the right outfits for you and your family is easy with my seasonal guide and tips! I'm so passionate about styling my families to look their very best!


How many photos do I get?

You will get all of the best digital, high resolution images from your session. Usually between 40-80 images, artistically edited and ready for print! Images are delivered in an online gallery, ready for download. Prints and photo products can be ordered directly through my site.


What if the Weather isn't Great?

That's ok! A little bit of drizzle or a little bit of snow helps make our session more unique! Obviously pouring rain or freezing cold isn't ideal for photos (hello, frizzy hair!) so we will reschedule to a date that works for both of us. If you have to cancel, thats cool! We can always reschedule your session one (1) time. 


Where will we shoot?

All of my sessions have pre- determined locations based on the season and time of day. I pour a ton of energy into scouting the perfect locations for my families! I offer sessions at various locations throughout Ottawa/Gatineau and surrounding areas. In the summer -I offer mostly sunset sessions- this may mean your kids are up a little later- I promise it will be worth it! 


I’m not Photogenic

(or in other words- I’m awkward in front of the camera)

That’s ok!! I’m super easy going and I promise we will have fun! It may take a bit of time for you to warm up to my lens but I promise to always find you the BEST light (AND always tell you when your bra strap is showing!) We will get a little silly and probably laugh a lot during your session. I’ve been told time and again that I make “awkward” people very comfortable (you’re in GOOD company!) Life is short- get in the picture mama!

Frequently Asked

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Hey, I'm Crystal

Super Outdoorsy. Super Silly.

Thanks so much for taking the time to check out my work!


In addition to being a photographer, I’m also a mom, partner, social worker and photographer educator! 

(spare time is overrated!) 

After learning the foundations of photography at the Ottawa School of Photographic Arts years ago, I’ve been next level obsessed!

I’ve been perfecting my craft and editing style since 2017, when Of Wild Dawn Photography (my second baby!) was born! 


There is literally nothing I love more than scouting new and wild locations to shoot at in the Ottawa area.

A nature lover at heart- getting out into the woods for a big hike is my MOST favourite thing to do! 

I love 90's sitcoms, musicals and my secret super power is that I (pretty much!) know the lyrics to every song every written!

My friends would tell you that I dance to the beat of my own drum!

 But I’m definitely here for a good time!

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My Style.

Colourful and Connected.

Every photographer has their own aesthetic and editing style.

Most people would describe my personal editing style as warm, colourful, contrasty and cinematic. 


 My photos always incorporate nature into them!


My job is to find you the best light in the most beautiful spots, and your job is to have fun and love up on your family!

My Process

First, the foundation of my family sessions are built around the seasons and the light!


We are so lucky to have four amazing seasons to shoot in, here in Ottawa! 

If you are looking for a studio portrait- I am not the right photographer for you, I always use nature as my backdrop!

I choose locations based on the time of year and time of day we are shooting at. A LOT of factors go into choosing the right location for each set of sessions. 

I hope you love to laugh and be silly, because at some point I'll likely be rolling in the grass or snow with your kids!

If you don’t think walking through the woods, or playing in a cornfield sounds like a dream - then we may not be the right fit!

Each season brings new choices of unique outdoor landscapes for us to use as our back drop. The leaves, flowers, fields and trees act as our own stunning studio! 

Photographing the way the light interacts with the environment is a huge part of why I love photography!


Most of my clients tell me how much fun their kids have when I take their photos! That's because I let them roam, be wild and have fun. There is no pressure to sit in one spot and smile awkwardly for 30 minutes while I place your hands in different unnatural positions!

I love working with kids (my educational background is in Child Psychology!) and I might even let them snap a few photos with my "big camera!"

Session dates, times and locations are released SEASONALLY. 

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Of Wild Dawn Photography- Ottawa Ontario