Stories in Seven - December - Ottawa Family Photographer - AmyJayPhoto

Stories in Seven - December - Ottawa Family Photographer

This months' story is a) not from December, and b) not limited to seven images. 

But I hope you'll forgive me.

I still want to share images from our trip to Ghana, and this day was just too much fun. After enjoying an early breakfast with our host, we walked through the village of Tafi Atome to the Monkey Sanctuary. Not gonna lie, we drew a lot of stares. 

Francis met us with bags of bananas, and we started our walk through the forest in search of the monkeys. On the way there, the explained about the Mona monkeys in the area and why they are protected. There is a whole legend about how their ancestors came to settle on this land, and how the monkeys accompanied them along the way. He also pointed out interesting plants and tress, particularly this huge "parasite" tree that grow alongside and feed off of their host. Peter's dad would have loved it!

As we walked, Francis would call to the monkeys. He is no stranger to them, and they clearly know the drill. 

The kids were a bit apprehensive at first, but it didn't last long. I'd read online reviews that reported the monkeys being a bit agressive and some people being bit or scratched, but we didn't find this at all. They would hold on tightly as they tried to peel the pieces of banana, but I found them surprisingly gentle. 

Simon loved it, Eloise preferred to have someone else hold the banana, Liam was ever-chill, and Andrew had that open-mouth, face-splitting smile on the entire time. Peter? Peter kind of missed out... the monkeys were afraid of his red shirt and bag. I did get my chance as well, but truly just enjoyed photographing the kids having such a unique experience.

Definitely one we won't soon forget.

Please head over to Cynthia Dawson - Toledo Ohio Lifestyle Photographer to see if she managed to keep her Stories In Seven to seven images.  **Spoiler: she didn't. ;)


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.


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