What season should you book your Oshawa Family Photos?

Your Guide to Choosing a season for you Oshawa Family Photos

Here in Oshawa there are so many things to consider when looking to book your family photos. Different seasons mean different sunset times, different colours, and even different things to do. Here are some of the pros (and cons) to help you decide the best time of year to book your Oshawa family photos next year.

Family of four sitting in a green field while the father plays the guitar

Spring Family Photos

Spring is a beautiful time to consider for your Oshawa family photos. The grass is green and flowers are peeking out. Outdoor photos are best done the hour before sunset, so you if you have little ones this is a great time of year to consider, with sunset times ranging from 7:45 in early April to 8:45 by late may. We have some beautiful flower farms around the GTA, including Country Cut Flowers in Newmarket, which has beautiful tulips and wildflowers each year. There is always the chance of some rain in the spring (you know the saying) but rain and clouds can make for some beautiful sunsets.

Family of four sitting in a field of daisies during their oshawa family photo session
Spring Flowers at Country Cut Flowers, Newmarket

Summer Family Photos

Summer is actually my favourite time of year to do family photos, and when I usually get my own done each year. If you have kids that can stay up a little later (sunset times aren’t until 8:30-9:00 usually) a summer family photo session can be a great idea. Warmer weather usually means that everyone is happier, and you don’t need to find matching layers and cute boots. Sundresses and bare-feet rule the day. Summer is also the time for beach sessions and I find allowing children time to explore the sand and rocks allows them lots of time to relax and we get some amazing, natural connections. The weather typically tends to be more settled, although I do love some dark, summer thunderstorm skies!

Family of Four lying on a blanket on the beach during a family photo session in Oshawa
Summer Beach Session

Fall Photo Sessions

There is definitely a reason why fall family photos often reign supreme here in Ontario. This year especially reminded us how beautiful this season is. The colours are beautiful and provide a gorgeous backdrop. The nights start earlier, ranging from 7:00 late September to as early as 6:00 in late October, perfect for your little ones. You need to be a little more prepared for the weather, with layers that can be added on or taken away as needed!

Family of four sitting in the grass in the fall
Fall Family photo session

Winter Sessions

So truthfully I don’t do a lot of outdoor family photo sessions in the winter. I love having time to let kids play and warm up to the session, and being outdoors would mean either many bulky layers (can be done) or runny noses and grumpy children! This is also why I offer seasonal Christmas sessions (like Christmas tree farm sessions) as early as late October! What I do love to offer in the winter are studio sessions. There are many studios throughout durham region, including The Vintage Loft studio in Whitby, which offer a different backdrop to what you may normally have for your sessions. This studio has options that include a bedroom, kitchen, and larger studio space to accommodate most things!

Mother holding her young son during a studio photography session in whitby
Winter Session at the Vintage Loft in Whitby ON

What is your favourite season to take your family photos? Have you tried taking them in different seasons for a change? I’d love to chat with you about creating beautiful memories – reach out and let’s start the conversation.


This is your story. Let me help you tell it. I’m Kristin, and I’m so happy you’re here. I’m a Durham region photographer specializing in motherhood, maternity, and newborn photography. Let’s chase sunsets together and create some amazing memories. You’re a dreamer and a romantic. You want someone to fully see you and your family and to capture the beauty in the big moments and the small details. Your favourite photographs are the ones that capture a feeling, not the perfectly posed photos. You crave something a little bit different from the everyday – something bolder, more artistic, and even a little cinematic. I see you. Motherhood isn’t always perfect moments. Motherhood is messy. Motherhood is hard. Motherhood is freaking unbelievable. It’s perfectly imperfect. Let’s capture the beautiful chaos of motherhood.