Emily Crites|Ottawa Wedding & Lifestyle Photographer

intimate, candid, and naturally badass photography

Ottawa + beyond


Sometimes - not often, but sometimes I hang up my wedding/boudoir hat and call up a friend to shoot just for fun. Enter Chris. Last week we met up to grab some quick shots around Hull. He showed me a sweet scenic spot and I showed him just how handsome he is. Win win.


June 15, 2019 was kind of a big deal.

My little sister(ish)…okay she’s really my little cousin but we’re basically attached at the hip, got married! Of course I was her MOH, but I also pulled double duty as her photographer. Not an easy task, but we managed.

Wedding days fly by. I don’t care how many times you tell yourself that you’ll have time to double check the tables, make breakfast for everyone, steam your own dress, and take the dogs for a walk.

You won’t. Harsh but true.

So when things come up last minute or sort of sideswipe original plans its handy to have people nearby to help whip up a Plan B/C/D. June 15, 2019 was some of the heaviest rain we’d seen this year. It was pouring buckets and no matter how much optimism everyone beamed, sometimes that just isn’t enough. We had originally planned to do a first look by an abandoned barn just down the road but after realizing the uncut field probably wasn’t the brightest plan, we set out to find another plan. After a couple calls to neighbours with barns, we lucked out. Did we ever luck out.

The lighting in the hayloft was some of the most dramatic I’d seen in a long time. It was kind of a whirlwind of peonies, the greenest grass, a barn cat that desperately wanted camera time and of course some barn beers. Needless to say the day didn’t unfold as planned, but it didn’t matter. It didn’t matter that we were soaked from the knees down, or that the ceremony had to be quickly jammed under the reception tent, or that the entrance had become a decent contender for a mud run pit. What mattered was the folks around who made it special, seamless, fun and memorable.

And so if you’re planning your big day just know that you may not have all the time in the world to sort out the smallest details the morning of, but know that the people you brought on to help carry the load have your back and only want the best for the happy couple - I know Ellen & Kevin’s crew did.


I’m consistently blown away at how creative people are. Troy proposed to Sherry using this sweet skateboard while out with friends. How cute and original is that?!

It may have been a surprise but these two aren’t; both so laid back and down to earth - just my kinda folk.

How were you proposed to? Any wild or creative ways to pop the question??


If you could imagine a real life version of a Nicholas Sparks movie, Allison and Tristan are just that.

Roll equal parts bubbly, charming, funny, sweet and smooshy into one and there you have it - a couple beautiful people with infectious personalities. Photographing couples in love has to be the best part of my job, not to mention the easiest. C’mon - it’s pretty much impossible to NOT capture a cute moment between them!


Its not often I get to do family sessions with the only the girls.

We headed to the Wakefield Mill to grab a mini session with Mandi and Cassandras’s mom; a belated Mothers Day gift idea. Even though this was just a mini, my face was so sore from laughing with this bunch! It still blows my mind that this is my job! - and I’m so grateful that awesome families like this invite me along to take in their visits and comedy shows!


There’s an incredible amount of trust that goes into at-home sessions - whether it’s boudoir or family or lifestyle in general. Letting someone into your home to photograph the (extra!)ordinary is quite a responsibility and privilege, really.

Not long after their second little man was born, Laura and Merlin invited me over to photograph their family and some sweet little brother moments. It’s still kind of surreal that this is my job; becoming buddies with toddlers, watching mamas swaddle newborns, forehead kisses between couples in the kitchen…it’s pretty wild!

Here are just a few of the photos I grabbed that snowy spring day in March. Thanks again Laura and fam for having me over!!


Jenn and Alain have a household that rivals the funniest/goofiest sitcom there is. It’s loving chaos with a healthy dose of toddler giggles and squeals, sneaky kisses and puppy breath.

I’ve known Jenn for years and years and she hasn’t changed one bit. She’s still the most down to earth, hilarious woman ever. And it’s been said over and over again throughout my blogging and social media posts, but I cannot believe this is my job. That people pick me and let me hang out with them and their families, capturing those funnysweetloving half seconds that will mean the world to them.

Take a look - bet you can’t stop yourself from smiling! :)


As I sit here and type up this post, I’m as red as a boiled lobster. It’s +34 with the humidity and I’m wishing it would let up. But only just a little bit ‘cause if we wind up back where this photo shoot went down….I might cry.

This was undoubtedly the coldest day of the year. So cold that Jesse dubbed it “minus fuckity-fuck” outside. Yes, that is a technical term. Meteorologists use it when your eyelids stop blinking and the breath in your lungs become icebergs immediately after exiting your mouth and nose. So cold that poor Paisley couldn’t walk more than a few feet at a time and needed to be carried and snuggled. So cold that our wind burned faces sort of resembled my current lobster status.

Needless to say we didn’t have it in us to last an entire sessions length. It was a mini at most but they were rockstars about it. Even with sniffles, icicle eyelashes and snow up to their knees they managed to look like friggin’ models. <—- the norm for them, btw.

As always, here’s a handful from that day in the North Pole. And I am definitely looking forward to making up the session in the same field this summer, minus the frostbite.


Clearly the most Canadian engagement session I’ve done so far!

While I’m not the most graceful person (understatement of the century!!), meeting Sabrina and Derek at their local hockey rink was by far one of the cutest ideas I’ve heard of in a while.

Here are just a few of these two lovebirds; and guys, I somehow managed to NOT wipe out! Win-Win!


I spend a good amount of time in northern Ontario visiting family.

Last fall my dad and I took a bit of a backwoods trip to check out my grandfathers old home. Seeing things left as is was an eerie feeling. Here are just a few photos of time actually standing still.


The Gatineau Valley is one of the most picturesque places in the fall. That’s a fact.

Getting to take family photos of two local families I’ve known forever was hilarious - my cheeks always hurt after spending time with any of them! Here’s a handful of their adorable wee ones with them; check out those colours!


I love couples sessions. The real shit. The 'don't you dare do the dishes in the sink or pick up the kids toys' sessions. No makeup artists or lighting gear. Just hanging out on the couch or floor even, nuzzles and kisses and trying to keep the dog out of the frame. 

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