"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.
Sorry NO Passport or PR Photos
Family Portraits In The Park™
Outdoor Family Portrait
Booking from Jun-Oct 2023
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You just have to laugh and keep snapping when a family of geese unexpectantly wanders into your composition.
Ottawa Photographer - Family Portraits in the Park by Spencer Studio
Our Outdoor Family Portraits in the Park have been one of our most popular portrait services. We started offering these in Ottawa over 25 years ago. Our Saturdays became so busy that we stopped accepting weddings in October so we could just do the family portraits in the park when the leaves were at their peak. Many clients drive in from Kanata, Nepean, Ottawa, Barrhaven, Orleans, Manotick, Stittsville and Richmond. Many clients book us every year and it's always great to see everyone again.
October Fall Family Portraits in Ottawa the leaves are usually at their peak of colour and it leaves time for portraits to be ready for Christmas giving and making of Christmas cards.
Family Portrait Park Gift Certificates are also very popular because they have no expiry date and are available.
Our Ottawa Family Portraits in The Park are typically relaxed casual looking poses, sitting on the ground or a bench or on an old wood fence with nice natural smiles. 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.
With portraits involving large families, we do the big family group first then some smaller family groupings. One main group up to two smaller groups included, additional groups are $15 each, 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.
Best time of the day for great family portraits in the park. Over twenty years of experience doing our Portraits in the Park tells us: The light is best for outdoor portraits on an overcast and hazy days. On sunny days the light is best for outdoor portraits at 9:00 AM, 9:30 AM, 4:00 PM, 4:30 PM.
The fall leaves are "usually" at their peak mid October, but last two years it was late October. However, heavy rain or wind can also affect how many leaves will be left on the trees, always a gamble and impossible to predict.
YIKES RAIN!!! In the event that it is actually raining on the day of your shoot, we will call you to offer alternative dates, a postponement or a cancellation. Rain is not unusual for October so we keep a few "open" dates just in case. If it's just really overcast we find the light is much better than sunny days, the light is soft and even so it makes for great portraits.
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, 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.
If you are in the Ottawa/Nepean/Kanata/Richmond/Manotick/Barrhaven area and would like to book one of our Family Portraits in the Park Photo Sessions just check out our Online Calendar, find a day and time that works for you and book yourself in.
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 favourite 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.
What to Wear for your Outdoor Portrait.
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 tips in your confirmation email.
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 Genbook's 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 and yes they love the photos too. Spencer Studio has been an Ottawa photographer since 1980 and has won many awards and recognitions.
Our Awards and Honors
Spencer Studio, a Professional Ottawa Photographer for 40 years and it 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.
Professional, patient, funny and fun!
"Robin has been photographing my family for nearly 10 years. It began with my Ph.D. graduation photos and continued through the years as my family grew. He has always been professional and patient and really knows how to make a photoshoot fun (especially for young kids)! He is an amazing photographer and we would never hesitate to refer his services. Always a pleasure to work with Robin and we look forward to working with him again in the future!" ~ Five Star Verified Review by Julie G.