"Ottawa's Most Trusted Photographer" ™
By Appointment Only
We are closed Sat. Sun. & Mon.
Saturday mornings are reserved for prepaid family portraits.
We offer photo studio sessions from 10AM to 1PM.
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Ottawa Photographer - Family Portraits
Family Studio Portraits
Limited To 4 People MAX in the Studio
Family "Portraits In The Park"™
No Limit on Group Size
Available June 1 to October 31
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Ottawa Photographer available for Large Family Reunions in the Ottawa, Nepean, Kanata, Manotick Area
Ottawa Photographer - Family Portrait Studio or Location
"TOP FIVE BEST Photographers," Says Ottawa METRO News
572 Five Star Online Reviews
Verified Reviews (381) and Google Reviews (171)
Always a Fun Time...
You just have to laugh and keep snapping when a family of geese unexpectantly wanders into your composition.
Our Ottawa/Nepean Portrait Photo Studio...
We are Ottawa photographers offering Family Portraits, Our studio is located in Ottawa Ontario. We have also been photographing and serving clients in Nepean, Kanata, Orleans, Barrhaven and Manotick since 1980.
Please note our small studio can only handle family groups of up to four people. We are happy to photograph larger family groups on location, your home or the park.
Family Portrait Gift Certificates have no expiry date and are available online Family Portrait Gift Certificates Click Here
We can offer you professional family portraits, formally posed or relaxed casual looking photos, nice natural smiles, slimming poses, advice on the best clothes to wear, and of course a little retouching. We have been photographing families for clients not just in Ottawa Ontario but also Nepean, Kanata, Orleans, Richmond and Manotick since 1980.
You have a choice of a simple family portrait photo session in our Ottawa/Nepean photo studio or a location family photo session anywhere in the Ottawa/Nepean/Kanata/Barrhaven area. Our Ottawa photo studio is small and can only handle four people maximum. For larger families we offer in-home portraits, local Ottawa area parks, or even your cottage. Cottage family portraits are great and become very popular for family get-togethers. If you have a location in mind great, if not we have a few locations we like that offer like the Experimental Farm Gardens or The Arboretum.
Typically we do the big family group first then some smaller family groupings. One main group up to two smaller groups included, additional groups are at an additional charge, pays for extra time only no images are included.
Large Families and Family Reunions our online ordering system makes it so easy for people to place their own individual orders. That way no one is stuck having to calculate how much each person's order comes to then collect the cash.
Studio portraits and in-home portraits are available all year long, however, Ottawa being Ottawa our outdoor location photo sessions at the cottage or in the park are usually just offered spring, summer and fall. Our annual Portraits In The Park fall leaves family portraits sell out every year.
Gift Certificates are Available
If you are looking for a unique gift idea we offer Professional Portrait Gift Certificates. They are available by phone or online. A simple solution for birthdays, anniversaries, retirements and of course Christmas. They also work for B2B corporate gifts or customer appreciation. appreciation.
Retouching is Included Free on all Finished Photos (Not proofs). Typically we include some portrait retouching to whiten teeth, soften lines and wrinkles, remove blemishes or thin down the jawline and reduce a double chin if needed. All of our finished images have been tweaked in Photoshop. Our goal is to make you look great but not overdo the retouching, we want you to look like you are having a great day without looking retouched. But of course, the choice is always yours how far we go so if you have any special concerns just let us know.
By Appointment Only
Yes, we only work by appointment and most clients just use our online calendar. Find a date and time that works for you and book yourself in. Our online calendar never sleeps or gets a day off so it is always available to you. Yes, you can also phone or email for an appointment.
Free Parking and Client Comfort
We have free parking just a couple of feet from our front door. We have a washroom/change room at your disposal. Plus we have a bottle of the coolest, most delicious bottled water available anywhere, just for you. If I forget to offer you one, please remind me.
If you are in the Ottawa/Nepean/Kanata/Richmond/Manotick/Barrhaven area and would like to book one of our Family Portrait Photo Sessions just check out our Online Calendar, find a day and time that works for you and book yourself in.
One of the common threads in our Verified Client Reviews is that we make people feel comfortable and relaxed, and yes they love the photos too. Spencer Studio has been Ottawa photographer since 1980 and has won many awards and recognitions.
Great photographer, great experience!
"Both times Robin has photographed our family, he has been so easygoing and pleasant to work with, yet very attentive and professional too. Everyone was saying what a nice man he is, and how he made them feel comfortable, and relaxed, They all actually enjoyed the family photo session. The portraits he has produced are beautiful, truly works of art. He has not only captured some of life's most special moments but created cherished keepsakes. I would recommend Robin wholeheartedly!!!" ~ Five Star Verified Review by Karen Pearson
511 Five Star Online Reviews on Verified Reviews and Google Reviews
Additional Info: Spencer Studio Ottawa Photographer - Family Portraits
24/7 Easy online convenience
Easy online booking, online viewing and online ordering for all of your family portrait pictures. We try to make it easy and convenient for you, so we offer several services online available to you 24/7 like online booking. After your photo session you will be emailed a link and a password to view your proofs online. You can share your password with anyone you like or even share the gallery on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. You can take your time, select your favorite images and order online and even pay online. After we have them retouched and sized and email you when they are ready.
You can pay by pretty well any major credit card you can imagine (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, JCB or Discover) or Cash, Debit Card, eTransfer or PayPal. We will also accept Debit Tap, Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay, Android Pay.
Some Helpful Information, Tips and Free Advice on What to Wear for your Portrait Sitting.
Yes times have changed, Tie or no tie? Dressy or casual? Your choice of course but the basic principles of colour still apply. We are happy to give you a few basic "What To Wear Tips" here, in fact we have a free downloadable PDF "Tip Sheets"
Always start with clean, pressed clothes. We don't want to worry about wrinkles or stains.
"What to Wear For Your Family Portrait" PDF Tip Sheet.
"What to Wear For Your Outdoor Portrait" PDF Tip Sheet.
"Dressing to Slim" PDF Tip Sheet.
If you're not sure just ask, and we will take a look for you. In general your face and expression should be the most important element of the photo and we don't want clothes or colours detracting from that so think solid colours, keep jewelry simple and keep in mind that dark colours have a slimming effect. But of course this all depends on the image you are trying to project.
Hey check out our 572 Five Star Reviews (They make us so proud)
We are very proud of our reviews, both on Google Reviews and our Verified Customer Reviews. So many great reviews, at the last count over 572 Five Star Verified Customer Reviews. People always say how much they love their photos but the other common thread is how they felt very comfortable and relaxed. This is great to hear because as you know most people get very nervous having their photo taken.
Our Awards and Honors
Spencer Studio's 42-year history makes me proud to be one of Ottawa's oldest and most trusted portrait photography studios.
With so many photographers out there it's the national and international awards, recognitions and accreditations from our peers through professional photographers associations and professional photography competitions and also the People's Choice and Viewer's Choice awards that separate us from many of the other professional photographers in Ottawa. Clients tell us we make them feel relaxed and at ease in front of our camera.
My proudest achievement is a Paul Harris Fellowship presented to me by Rotary International in recognition of my community and international service. Whether it's volunteering my photography skills to some local charities, or running portrait promotions to buy wheelchairs for the third world or to fund a well in Africa I have always felt a personal and corporate responsibility to help where I can, in my small way. Here is a list of our Awards and Honors.