January : 15 on the 15th / Ottawa Lifestyle Photographer

I love documenting what is going on in my family’s every day life so have decided to take part in a photography project with a couple friends.  We’re going to take 15 photos on the 15th of every  month then write a blog post about it.   I’m really looking forward to being able to go back and cherish these moments…the kids grow up so fast, it’s hard to believe that i’m going to have 2 teenagers in the house this year!

Here is this month’s project, a typical day in my house on a Thursday in the Winter:

I love that you don’t have to get up super early in the winter to see a gorgeous sunrise, I was treated to this view through my family room window


 my son getting his papers ready to be delivered after school


 Buddy watching his brother leave for school


going for our morning walk


no walk is complete without stopping by to see crossing guard Karen to get a milk bone


Buddy did a great job supervising as I was preparing for a photo session


warming his feet up by the fire after delivering the papers


my daughter finishing up some projects for school


my husband damaged his MCL at soccer the previous night so was trying to take it easy and relax (it’s hard to get him to sit down for very long!)


my daughter was kind enough to snap this photo, love it!


practicing some new piano songs


a little reading before bed (he got his electronics taken away earlier in the week so has been doing a lot of reading)


these two love to cuddle


my daughter is getting her braces off next week (hooray!) so has to put these crazy elastics in before bed this week to prepare her mouth.


we told our kids years ago that they could sleep with 2 small animals but some time over the years my daughter’s bed got taken over by a bunch of them (angry cat pillow is my favourite!)


I hope you enjoyed the photos, I know that I will love looking back at them over the years.  If you would like to play along, let me know…I would love to see your photos!

If you would like to see my friend Rhonda’s photos please go check hers out here


Family lifestyle photographer based in the ottawa area


  • Rhonda says:

    I LOVE them!!! Love the peek into your day and yeah for being IN one yourself!!!!

  • Ashley Eiban says:

    Love this fun project! These are all really fun!

  • Irene says:

    Great documentary and personal peak into your life. Love it. I especially love the photos of your pup!

  • Amanda says:

    What beautiful family portraits. I loved that you blogged some personal photos for everyone to get a glimpse of your everyday life.

  • Jenny says:

    What a great idea! Love the photos of the dog.

  • Emily says:

    Love these! What fun images…it just looks so cold in Ottawa! 🙂

  • Dawn says:

    It is so wonderful to be able to document the day to day moments. In the end, those are the ones that we want to remember the most.

  • Renee W. says:

    Thank you so much for giving us a glimpse into your daily life, Michelle Barbeau Photography! It’s such a great idea to capture 15 photos on the fifteenth of every month. I must say one of my favorite photos is the one of Buddy helping you out in your Ottawa Family Photography studio. 🙂

  • Deanna says:

    Thank you for giving us a glimpse of what its like to live in Ottawa in the winter months. Your blog made me laugh, so thank you very much for sharing. My favorites were the dog running in the snow, then getting his treat from the crossing guard, then sleeping in your studio. Then the huge cat pillow was hilarious too. I actually thought it was strategically photoshopped, lol! That cracked me up and I really needed a laugh, so thank you! I can’t wait to watch your project throughout the year 🙂

  • Corey says:

    Love this peek into your everyday! It is so important to document our own families!

  • amanda myers says:

    Nooooo – don’t remind me about those elastics!! Well, good thing they’re coming off soon! I love your documentary-style photography – I think it’s awesome that you’ve taken up this project to photograph your family’s everyday life; those are often my favorite types of photos. I’m sure there are families in Ottowa that would love this type of lifestyle photography of their own family.

  • Very cool glimpse into your life! I bet there are lots of families in the Ottowa area that don’t even realize what lifestyle photography is until they see it!

  • Wow you have a busy life! It was neat to see what happens in other people’s every day lives. And I love that your daughter has a Grumpy Cat pillow. Where do you get those?

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