Local Outings - September | Ottawa Family Photographer

Recently the opportunity came up to join some other talented photographers in a new blog circle, the goal being to document our families on a "local outing" each month. Seeing as we're in a new city, in a new country, I figured this would be just the motivation I needed to take the time to deliberately photograph parts of our life here in Nigeria.

This month's theme was anything to do with water.

We live in a great area here. Our home is part of a neighbourhood that has access to two different pools (each with its own clubhouse), two tennis courts, squash courts, a gym, a couple small playgrounds, and ample smooth roads (with plenty of speed bumps) for the kids to ride their scooters or bikes on.

If you read my last post, you'll also know that we're luckyluckylucky enough to also have a housekeeper working for us. It's only part-time (three days per week), but BOY. IS. IT. NICE. 

*whispers* We also have a cook two afternoons per week.

Don't hate me!

All this extra help equates to actually having time to take advantage of the pools and everything else this place has to offer!

And believe me when I say that we have been taking FULL advantage.

Next in the circle is Hoboken, NJ, family photographer Noelle Soroka... digging for fossils with her kids on the muddy banks of a river. Go see for yourself.


Amy Jay Photo is an Ottawa family photographer specializing in Documentary Family Photography and Birth Photography. However, at this time, I am on a short hiatus... living in Nigeria! Storytelling photography is my passion. I would love to tell your family's story... when I get back to Canada. :) In the meantime, feel free to follow along with my family as we adventure in Africa.

  • Heather Halford Whitten

    on September 30, 2015

    I'm so glad you're a part of the circle! Thank you for participating:) I love that they take so much stress off of you while you're already so far from everything that you are used to and your family/friends. That really is a gift and you are taking advantage of it so wonderfully by spending this time with your kiddos!! Lucky little ducks! There are so many favorites in here. But, the one of your younger son falling back into the pool has to be my fav! He looks so tiny and so carefree with that little smile squeezed between those full cheeks! Can't wait to see more from you each month!!

  • Meghann Loft

    on September 30, 2015

    These are so cool. I love the diving in the water and you see the feet.

  • noellesoroka

    on September 29, 2015

    Awe.some! I love so many things about these images…the perspectives you captured, the tones and the expression. I felt like I was poolside with you!

  • Kimberly Grimm Fyffe

    on September 29, 2015

    LOVE these! The tones are perfect :)

  • Carol Zanarotti

    on September 29, 2015

    Oh, love this Amy! What a great experience for all of you (including having a housekeeping haha). So many nice images, I can't choose a favorite!

  • Becky Burch Auerbach

    on September 29, 2015

    What a fantastic set of photos! I hope you were able to get in the pool and enjoy that water, too! The photo of your daughter giving a "thumbs-up" cracks me up!

  • Charlotte Northrope

    on September 29, 2015

    I really love following all your adventures Amy! You have such great composition and colour. What an amazing experience you are giving your children!

  • Ari Dorfman

    on September 29, 2015

    These are so great! I would print so many of these big! Great job!

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