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Of Wild Dawn Families

Photography for Outdoorsy People



The details.

Outdoor Family Session

Family Sessions are sold out for the remainder of 2021. 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.

$270 +hst

Includes wardrobe assistance, access to my dress lending library and access to my online store to purchase outstanding prints and photo products.

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Hey, I'm Crystal

Super Outdoorsy. Kinda 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, full time 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, long drives with loud music and my secret super power is that I know the lyrics to every song every written! (And I WILL sing them!)

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

 But I’m definitely here for a good time!


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!

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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! I know that summer sessions are scheduled quite late or very early. I specifically schedule a lot of my sessions around golden hour, which may mean keeping the kids up late, but I promise it will be worth it!

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 formal educational background is actually in child and youth psychology! Your family session should always feel like a little break for you mama! I got the kids, you just spend the next 30 minutes loving on your wild family.

Session dates, times and locations are released SEASONALLY. 

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