Hello parents of Blackmud Creek Child Care kiddos!

I’m so excited to bring back my unique boutique style of school portraits to Blackmud Creek Child Care! Things are a little (okay, a lot) different this year, but I know I’ll be able to capture some gorgeous, genuine and expressive images of your kiddos that you’re going to love! We’re doing things a little differently this year than in the past, so this page is designed to give you some helpful information to make your photo experience as easy and convenient as possible. Of course, if you have questions, please contact Rona.

To ensure we’re as mindful of everyone’s health and well-being as possible, we are implementing the following policies:

  • Outdoor Photos. We’re taking things outdoors this year, stepping away from our signature black background and working in a natural setting. Let’s cross our fingers for good weather (in the case of severe weather, picture day(s) will be rescheduled)
  • Class Photos will be composites (think of these as a mini yearbook page) instead of groups
  • No contact photos means we won’t be wiping noses, faces or smoothing hair. We’ll do our best to direct your kiddo, but they will just be totally themselves, and that’s awesome!

On this page:

Important Dates

Picture Day:

Wednesday, October 7 afternoon

Galleries Released:

Within 3 weeks from picture day

Ordering Deadline:

10 days from gallery release date


What makes this photography different?

My goal during my short time with your child is not to force a cheesy smile. I’m looking for natural expressions, which will range from serious and pensive to sweet and silly. We work to keep the focus solely on the child’s face and expression, not on a distracting backdrop.

I’ll chat and interact with your child during our time together to elicit genuine expressions. For extra fun, have your child come prepared with a joke for ME (I’m always looking to expand my dad joke repertoire)! 🙂

What should my kiddo wear?

We’re outdoors this year and using nature as our backdrop, so almost anything goes! I’m still a sucker for bright clothes, or ones that show off lovely detail in the shoulder area – sundresses (if it’s warm enough!), ties, collared shirts, pretty sleeves, etc are all great choices. A cozy fall sweater or layers will look adorable. Stay away from small, busy patterns which end up being distracting in a portrait. All shots are waist or shoulder up. If your child should remove a sweater or jacket, please contact Rona directly so we can make a note with your child’s name on our portrait schedule.

Please avoid large logos, hoodies, or sweatshirts.

Will there be class photos available?

You bet! Blackmud Creek Child Care Centre is generously providing a composite class photo to every child registered.

What about sibling photos?

If you have more than one kiddo attending, the centre is providing us with that list and they will be photographed together. Sibling packages are purchased separately from individual photo packages.

When can I expect to see our photos?

Notification of your child’s proofs will arrive to your email within 3 weeks of picture day (don’t forget to sign up below to get gallery release notices and reminders for picture day!). You’ll access proofs via a private online gallery. You will have 2-5 images in both colour and black and white to select from. Online galleries are open for 10 days. A late order handling fee of $10 is applied to orders placed after the galleries close.

How does ordering work?

After your receive your online gallery, you will have 10 days to place your order (there is a $10 late order handling fee to re-open your online gallery). Everything is viewed, ordered, and paid online, so there are no paper order forms to keep up with. You will have the option to purchase prints, image blocks, cool 3D photo shelves holding a metal print and digital images with printing rights.

Grandparents and other relatives may also place orders through the digital gallery!

All prints will be delivered to the centre unless requested otherwise.

What quality are the prints?

Prints come on professional-quality paper with lustre coating.

How much do packages cost?

We offer both print packages as well as digital negatives, where parents can print themselves. Packages range from $25–$50, and our digital negative collections begin at $45. We also offer custom studio products, such as image blocks, 3D photo shelves with a metal print and framed enlargements.

When will I get my prints?

Product orders will be delivered to your kiddo’s classroom within 2–4 weeks from the date your gallery closes.

REGISTER your email to know when proofs are ready

Register your email to my mailing list below to receive picture day reminders, proofing gallery release notices, ordering deadline reminders and other important information regarding school photos, as well as periodic emails from Pause Photography + Design. You can unsubscribe at any time.


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One last thing… a Model Release

Your child’s privacy is important to me!

I occasionally like to post a sneak peek on social media from my photo day at a particular school or add new kids’ photos to my website and marketing materials. If you would be willing to give me permission to include your child’s photo (never any names) for these purposes, please complete the following release form. Thank you so much!

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I hereby grant to Rona-Marie Harvey o/a Pause Photography + Design ("Photographer") and her employees, legal representatives, transferees and assigns, the irrevocable and unrestricted right to use and publish photographs of me and the people listed for editorial, trade, advertising, commercial, publicity, illustration and any other lawful purpose and in any manner and medium; to alter the same without any restriction; and to copyright the same for Photographer's sole and exclusive use and benefit. I hereby release Photographer and her employees, legal representatives, transferees and assigns from any and all claims and/or liability relating to said photographs. I further release Photographer and her employees, legal representatives, transferees and assigns from any and all claims and/or liability relating to all photography sessions.

Specialty Products

We have more than just prints! Look for these unique ways to share and display images of your kiddo when you receive your proofing gallery. Some of the most popular items include metal collage walls and mugs.