I'm Charlene. Photographer/Owner of Van Veit Creative. I have always been passionate about creativity, but it wasn't until I had children that I committed to pursuing a creative life. I am my family's designated memory keeper, and I love documenting my family's journey through each new evolution or milestone. I am so passionate about memory keeping that I decided to make a career out of it!
I love photographing families because I get to highlight your beautiful, unique connection and support you in your own memory keeping. I look for light and love everywhere I go, and I infuse these concepts into my photography.
Please take a look at my photo gallery below.
I understand how vulnerable it can feel to be in front of the camera. That's why I get to know your family before the session. With a quick questionnaire, I tailor the session to your family's comfort level.
I foster a calm, relaxed atmosphere by rolling with your kiddo's temperaments and reactions to being photographed. I gently guide poses that prompt your beautiful connection, and I encourage playful interaction. I bring out the best in all of you without the need for forced expressions.
I adapt to the vibe of the session. If your kiddos need activity at the beginning to shake off the extra excitement, then we start with that. If they are a little unsure and need some time to warm up, we get the snuggles in first. With years of childcare experience, I put my expertise to good use to give your family an awesome experience!
Check below for testimonials from past clients!
"Amazing talent and has an eye for those special moments that we would not see. Charlene is amazing with kids and really knows how to make their personality shine in her pictures."
- Lynn, H.
"Charlene has a beautiful, fun and loving personality and it truly shines through in her photography. She is truly magical at letting our young kids guide the session while capturing some of the most beautiful moments with our little family and our beautiful children that one can only dream to see displayed in a photograph that we will treasure for a lifetime."
— Julie R.
"She bonded with our kids straight away, not a tear in sight at our family photoshoot right before bedtime...Charlene is a delight to work with and her photos are lovely, really capturing each family member's personality!"
- Amy L.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where are you located?
My studio is located 45 minutes East of Ottawa in North Glengarry, Ontario.
What types of session do you offer?
I offer lifestyle photography for couples, maternity, newborn, family and individuals.
Where are your sessions?
Sessions can occur in my studio, in your home or outdoor. Location will be discussed in advance to see what would work best.
Can I reschedule if someone in my family is sick the day of the session?
Absolutely! I want you all feeling your best on session day. If you need to postpone, I will transfer your session retainer fee to your new date. My only request is that on the onset of illness, please contact me immediately so I have as much notice as possible. If you are starting to see signs and symptoms the day before, you can contact me at the possibility of a cancellation and then we can connect the morning of to see if we can move forward with the session.
But what if my children misbehave? Will the session be ruined?!
Let me let you in on a little secret...
Meltdowns are okay!
I can roll with any behaviour and use my experience as a former childcare educator to keep the session flowing. With a quick questionnaire prior, I get to know your family so I can plan a session that motivates your child to have fun!
The session will still be great, the photos will still be amazing! Don't worry Mama, I'm here to help!
Are pets allowed?
Of course! Pets are part of your family and having documented memories of them is essential. I'm a total cat lady, so I understand the importance of including pets at your session.
Can extended family members join our session?
Grandparents or other family members may be able to be included at an additional cost. Please inquire before booking if you would like anyone besides your immediate family (parents + children) to participate.