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A quick preview of a 50th Anniversary family portrait session held in Ottawa on the weekend. 

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This year fall looks like it may be coming early... Book your family portrait sessions today!

Like many others ( hundreds and hundreds of thousands of people ) we went to find a Dragon in Ottawa. We went as a family, to see something cool with the kids that we will probably never have the chance to see.  Also a great photo opportunity right?   So here was the problem, three kids ( wife as well, but she can look after herself... ) ages 10, 8 and 6 in a huge crowd... Me with a heap of camera gear, trying to keep any eye on my kids while trting to get "the shot" What could go wrong!  

Am I the best parent , nope... But I do know that I can't be a professional photographer and a great parent at the same time, it just doesn't work. So what did I do, left the camera(s) at home.  All I took was my phone.  Below are two photos  from Friday night near the market, taken with my cell phone. Technically they are horrible - blurry, not in focus, noisy, I  really don't have anything good to say about them  as a photographer. But as a parent, I love them!  It shows an 8yr old having a great time, enjoying  some really cool robots. Mission accomplished.

So why show them here? That's a good question. I'm going to guess that a lot of people are in the same boat - great experience , great memories and average photos to show for it.  When you use a professional photographer for family portraits or even dragon hunting , all you have to worry about is your family and having fun. We take care of the rest, you can relax just have fun. We can positon ourselves to get the best photos, we have the right gear for the job. Leaving you to have some great family time and create some memories, leave the capturing the memories to us.

Want to not only create great memories with your family, but to have some great photos to remember them by ? Contact us and let us be your Ottawa Photographer​

Seeya Steve

*disclaimer - as you can tell, I am not a writer or do I claim to be one, if you need someone to turn your ramblings like the above into a well written piece.. I suggest the services of a professional writer, such as Erika at ​the James Street Writing Company

Ottawa Family portrait photographer

candid portrait kid river outdoors

It can be the simple moments like this that create moments that are worth capturing.   

Let us help you capture those memories before they grow up (  you don't think it will happen fast, but one day they are playing with a stick by the river - the next they are asking for the keys to the car! )​

A great headshot doesn’t make you great at your job; it doesn’t make even though slightest difference. So why have one?


It’s hard to do sometimes, but remember – It’s not about what you look like, its who you like. People like dealing with people they know, like and trust.  A great headshot is one of the best ways to do that.

A great headshot can show your potential future clients the kind of person you are, are you someone that “people would want to do business with”.  Does your headshot make you look trustworthy, approachable, and someone that they can see themselves doing business with?

Does your headshot look like you? Or does it look like you from a long time ago. Honesty is a big part of making people trust you, if you can’t be honest with yourself in how you look now – how are people going to trust you. Remember, it’s not what you look like  – its who you look like!

I’d love to show a headshot with more hair and a few fewer lbs…. but that’s the real me ( yes I can do something about the lbs, but the hair is long gone…)

If your headshot doesn’t look like you anymore ( ask a friend that will be honest with you – it’s more important what others think of your headshot than what you think of it), and you are in the Ottawa or surrounding areas, Barking Monkey Studio would be happy to help you change that. You can either come to us in our headshot studio, located in Ottawa. Or we can come to you – we love to get out of the studio, especially if it’s a nice sunny day! It’s the small details that make a good headshot great, and at Barking Monkey we don’t stop until you are happy with your new headshot.

Ian had never really seen the value in a professional headshot, after his session he told me he can see the value in one now…

It’s the small details that make a good headshot great, and at Barking Monkey we don’t stop until you are happy with your new headshot. The tiny difference in an expression can be the difference between average and great. If your potential clients can tell that you take care of the details in your own business, they will also be reassured that you will look after them the same way.


One of our clients, Dr Tatyana from Merivale Chiropractic  and Urban Panda Health and Wellness  with her own version of why you should use Barking Monkey Studio ( no script, one take… I was impressed. She nailed it !)

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A headshot is a great start to your marketing content for your business, whether its a headshot or a talking headshot / promotional video you are off to a great start.
Ready to get that new headshot, contact us today!

There is no doubt that video content is key in online marketing and social media for your business.

There is so much content out there, that your video can tend to get “lost in the crowd”, all it takes to stand out is to raise the quality of your content!

Even if it’s a short simple message promoting an upcoming event, quality content can make a difference.

Below is a short video Dr Tatyana from Urban Panda Health and Wellness did for her Networking groups upcoming Visitor Day

BNI Business Lunch Exchange Visitor Day Promotional Video from Barking Monkey Studio on Vimeo.


It doesn’t take much to up your game and stand out from the crowd with your online marketing?



Headshots – capturing the real you is important

Ottawa Commercial Headshot Portrait Family Interior Exterior Photographer

Capturing the real you in a Headshot is important

People like dealing with people – a headshot can help your clients see you are a person that is approachable and willing to help them

Tina needed an updated portrait for her business rebranding / business branding update, we think we captured the real Tina !

FEMALE business portrait headshot ottawa


If you need an updated headshot or business portrait in Ottawa or the surrounding areas we’d love to help


Contact Barking Monkey Studio – Ottawa Headshot and Business Portrait Photographers today to set it up