Fall Mini Guide 2023

The general flow of my mini sessions include photographing everyone together at the start to make sure we capture those updated family portraits, then moving on to some play time together. I have games and prompts lined up to capture some more candid moments. If there are “must capture” shots, or unique things about your family that you’d like documented, let me know ahead of time and I’ll do my best to make it happen!

The goal of this session is to capture your family as it is, chaos and all. Whether you have one little baby or five teenagers, we want to make sure that everyone is represented in who they are! Parents, please do not stress out if your baby, child, or teenager is not behaving how you had imagined for the shoot. I have three kids of my own (11, 9, and 3) and can handle the tantrums and running around like crazy! I’m a pediatric nurse in my other job, I’ve won kids over for a lot more difficult activities than photos! I work around the kids and their temperaments instead of trying to get them to work for me. For this shoot, the kids are in charge!

Location for Wednesday October 11

Sessions will be held at Hearts Desire Park in Barrhaven on Wednesday October 11. The address is 3566 Woodroffe Ave, Nepean, ON K2J 4G7. There is plenty of street parking, and you can find me along the path right where the forest begins.

Location for Saturday October 14

Sessions will be held at Walter Baker Park in Kanata on Saturday October 14. The address is 100 Charlie Rogers Pl, Stittsville, ON K2V 1A2. You can park in the lot for the Kanata Recreation Centre, or the lot on the other side of the park, on Maple Grove Rd. You can find me on the path along the pond, on the opposite side from the gazebo (marked on the map in pink).

Preparation and what to wear

What to wear is totally up to you! It’s super tempting to go out and buy all new outfits, but consider wearing some of your favourite pieces you already own. Feeling comfortable in your clothing is going to make a huge difference to how you act in front of the camera. Especially for kids! Personally, I love colour and love for my own family's photos to reflect that. But if neutrals are your jam, go for it! A few things to keep in mind:

  • Coordinating outfits are fine if that’s your family style, but avoid everyone in the same outfit. If you would like some help planning your coordinated outfits, please reach out! Send me an email to katesteelephotography@gmail.com and I am happy to chat about specifics for your family.
  • Pinterest has lots of beautiful examples! Check out my Fall What to Wear Board here
  • You can also read my blog post about what to wear here
  • Avoid large logos and multiple busy prints as they can steal the show.
  • Please be yourself! If you aren’t normally a heels and fancy dress kind of person, don’t feel you need to pull those out for your photos!

Due to the short time frame of a mini session, I will run through a few games and prompts to keep everyone moving and having fun. But if there are fun things your kids enjoy, by all means start those up! I'm thinking something like ring around the rosie, family dance parties, silly songs - anything they are familiar with to get them smiling! For this special session I will be bringing along birdseed and the chickadees are always happy to land in your hands for a snack if you are interested in that!

After the session

For these mini sessions I will be returning galleries within 14 days. Galleries typically include 20+ photos. You can choose your favourite 5 to be emailed to you in full resolution, or you can upgrade your gallery for $75 to download the whole gallery. Full instructions will be sent in your gallery email. The digital gallery is also linked to a professional lab for easy printing and holiday card creation right from your gallery.

Sharing my work is the best way for other clients to find me. I’ve included a question about sharing your photos publicly in my booking questionnaire. This allows me to share some sneak peek photos from our session on my social media pages so you can see some pictures as soon as possible! I also may include some photos from our session on my website to highlight for others what a lifestyle/documentary family session at home looks like. Please let me know if you do not want photos shared online.


I am fully vaccinated against COVID19 as well as up to date on all of my other vaccinations, including (but not limited to) Tdap, flu, and MMR. I will wear a mask throughout any indoor time during our session and we will reschedule if myself or your household develop any symptoms before our session.


Please feel free to reach out if you have any other questions!

$15 of each mini session booked for fall will be donated to the CHEO Foundation in Griffin's name. Griff is a local Ottawa boy who is fighting his 4th fight with cancer. You can read more about his story on his Mom's Instagram @littlepressco.

Together we have raised $1548.75 for various charities so far this year!