a great city for families + creative characters

Jamie McLennan, photographed on Wellington Street in Hintonburg.

It was great to photograph designer Jamie McLennan the other evening and then over a couple pints chat about family life, creative stuff and Ottawa. We all love Ottawa for different reasons and maybe one of the best and most honorable reasons is that it’s a great city to raise a young family, as Jamie and his wife are. The cool thing is, is that they’ve decided to buck the usual trend of suburban life and move into and embrace the rich urban lifestyle of Hintonburg.

Jamie loves the independently owned shops and restaurants of his neighborhood – places like Anthony’s on Wellington where he and his family regularly go for “real authentic Italian pizza” or The Hintonburg Public House for a pint of locally crafted beer with friends. Ottawa and it’s urban hoods are all so rich, but Hintonburg has such an unique mix of residential architecture, varied demographics and such wonderful textures including the old West Park Bowling sign in our photo.

© dwayne brown studio  – the  loveOttawa  project

© dwayne brown studio – the loveOttawa project

When chatting with Jamie, our conversation kept returning to his kids, so it’s not surprising that some of his other Ottawa gems were places he takes his family. In the summer one of their favorite spots is the Agriculture Museum (hands on fun with farm animals) and in the winter it’s a big neighborhood rink super close to their home for the kids to skate. On the creative side of things, Jamie loves how open and collaborative Ottawa’s creative community is – and he’s pretty excited that he’s recently joined design forces with Ryan Thompson as a partner with Character Creative.

Thanks so much Jamie for sharing and good luck with the new creative venture!