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I’m an On-Location Natural Light Photographer specializing in prenatal, infant, children and family portraiture in the Ottawa area.

Website: http://www.michellebarbeauphotography.com email: michelle@barbeau.net
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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas from the Barbeau Family

I just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  Hope you have a nice relaxing time with friends and family!

Here's our Christmas card that we sent out this year to family:


Back:  I put a family picture on the back with no writing so that the Grandma's and other family members could put it in a frame if they would like

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

52 Week Challenge - Week 50

This week's theme was "After".  The kids were busy decorating a gingerbread house this week so I thought I would post the "After" they were done picture (maybe I should post an after they attacked the house picture as well :))

If you would like to play along, next week's theme is "Tired"

Saturday, December 15, 2012

52 Week Challenge - Week 49

This week's theme was "smiles".  It was my 40th Birthday yesterday so thought I would do a mini photo shoot for myself.  I was too lazy to take out the tripod so my lovely daughter helped me out and took the photo for me...I think she did an awesome job, i love it!

I've tried taking more serious photos of myself but none of them look right unless i'm smiling.  If you know me well, you'll know that I always seem to have a smile on my face.  I've even had people make fun of me for smiling too much but to me that's a compliment.  My daughter came home from school the other day and commented that her friends keep telling her she smiles all the time...If she had to inherit something from me then I think that's a great thing!

If you would like to play along, next week's theme is "After"

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

52 Week Challenge - Week 48

I'm a little late posting this but last week's theme was "Beyond Reach".  My husband recently joined a men's soccer league so the kids and I went to watch him play.    The lighting in the soccer dome was really bad but I still had fun playing with my camera.

Here are a few photo's to go with this week's theme (my husband is the one in the red shorts):

The next one crack's me up...can you find the ball?  He's purposefully getting in the way of the ball when the other team was kicking it in (no wonder he comes home with bruises every week)

He's an excellent soccer player and did really well when we were there despite having a bad cold.  Here he is getting a goal.

Stay tuned for this week's theme which is "Smiles"

Monday, November 26, 2012

52 Week Challenge - Week 47

This week's theme was "Gathering".  We celebrated an early Christmas with my side of the family yesterday so I took some snap shots of the day.  It was such a fun time!

if you would like to play along, next week's theme is "Beyond Reach"

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Family of 5 - Kanata Family Photographer

After rescheduling twice due to the rain, I was finally able to meet up with this wonderful family.  I met Mom back when we used to work together as teenagers (I won't say where :)) so it was great to meet her beautiful family!

It was really cold outside so there was a lot of cuddling going on!

They even brought their adorable 10 month old dog Racy along

Every year they give the Grandparents a photo of all their Grandchildren so the two cousins stopped by for a couple of photos.

The kids were so well behaved that it was easy to get a shot of all of them and even little Racy!

Monday, November 19, 2012

52 Week Challenge - Week 46

This week's theme is "Music".

My daughter just started learning an instrument at school last year and I thought she was crazy to pick out Trombone (it's so heavy to carry around!) but she's really enjoying it.  I love that it makes a nice deep sound so even when she messes up when practicing, it doesn't sound like fingernails scratching on a chalkboard.  :)

I'm really proud of her and how how quickly she's learnt how to play.  I was going to do a little photo shoot of her but she's sick right now so here's a picture of her from last december right before her first concert with her school band.  They did really great and my favourite song was called Creatures in the Night.  The trombones had a big part in it...it's a nice creepy sounding song!  I didn't think to take a video of her band playing it but click here and you can hear what the song sounds like.

If you would like to play along, next week's theme is "Gathering".

Monday, November 12, 2012

52 Week Challenge - Week 45

This week's theme was wind.  My grandmother used to have a bunch of wind chimes and other wind objects hanging outside her house that she loved to look at.  When she passed away almost exactly 4 years ago, I decided to bring one of her wind chimes home with me.  I hung them on the back of the house and whenever we get a bit of wind, I hear them and think of her...I just love them!

here's a picture my father took years ago of me with my Grandmother and cousin....love it!  Don't you just love all the hairstyles?!

If you would like to play along, next week's theme is "Music"

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Beautiful Mother and her Grown Children - Ottawa Family Photography

I met up with this fun family at Andrew Haydon Park.   I thought it was so sweet that daughter and son bought their mother a session...what a fantastic gift and keepsake!

Isn't this the cutest?!  I hope my son still cuddles me like this when he's an adult!

I love this photo - beautiful girl and beautiful background!

It was a dreary day but we managed to get the photo shoot in before it started to rain.

 I loved how well these two got along (can't say the same thing about my own kids...maybe they won't fight so much when they're older :))

Monday, November 5, 2012

52 Week Challenge - Week 44

This week's theme was texture.  I just love the texture of flowers and happened to be given a beautiful bouquet this past week so had a blast playing with my camera.

here's my favourite shot...I love that you can see the veins on the side of the petal

If you would like to play along, next week's theme is "Wind"

Friday, November 2, 2012

52 Week Challenge - Week 43

This week's theme was "Memories".  Since it was Halloween on Wednesday, I thought it would be fun to go back and look at some old Halloween pictures of the kids.

Here's one of them from 8 years ago, aren't they cute?!  It feels like they were just this age, it's hard to believe they're now10 and 13 years old!

Here's one from this year.  My daughter is so tall that I think this will be her last time trick or treating.

If you would like to play along, next week's theme is "Texture"

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Multi-Generation Family

I love watching families grow.  The first time I took pictures of this family, their son was just a baby.  They then had me back to to newborn photos of their daughter and now this time they brought along great grandma.  It was so much fun to do family photos with different generations and I believe that we got some great shots that they will cherish for a long time!

It was a cold, wet day but the kids did really well (with the help of a candy bribe :))

Monday, October 29, 2012

52 Week Challenge - Week 42

Wow, I was so busy last week that I forgot to post my challenge so you get two this week!  :)  Week 42's theme was "On The Shelf".    Those of you that know me well know that I really dislike school photos...the cheesy smile, super bright blue background and the sort of scared/stunned look in the eyes.  Over the years, i've stopped even handing them out to family and i only order a sheet of small  1 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch prints to put in frames I bought for the kids when they were babies.   It's fun to see how they've changed by looking on their shelves and seeing their frames.  We haven't received this year's pictures yet but here are their frames right now.   I can't believe my daughter's frame is more than half full already!

(I've taught my daughter how to do a natural smile so her later smiles aren't so bad...I tell my kids not to say cheese :))

If you would like to play along, the next theme is "Memories"

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

One of my Favourite Families

It's been a couple of years since I did some photos for them but I was finally able to get my brother's family in front of my camera again.  We were short on time but we managed to get quite a few shots that I love!

These two love each other so much!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Fun Family of Five - Ottawa Family Photographer

I had a great time with this playful family...we were a little worried about the rain but it stopped just in time for our photo shoot.  We decided to take pictures at Vincent Massey park and it turned out to be a beautiful location!

Here are a few photos of the laughing that was going on!

 I loved seeing the different personalities in these adorable 5 year old twins...

and they're equally adorable little sister

Mom and Dad were able to stop and get a little cuddle time in!

52 Week Challenge - Week 41

This week's theme was "my neighbours".  My neighbour Monja had a bit of a photographic emergency a few weeks back...she only had a couple of days to send in a headshot for a fitness conference she's going to be speaking at.  We only had about 10 minutes but had a great time doing an impromptu mini session on my front steps.

Here are a few shots:

if you would like to play along, next week's theme is "On The Shelf"

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