Newborn Baby | Professional Photography in Georgina

How do you like to enjoy your photography?  Do you prefer to see an image gallery on your wall?  To walk past and enjoy every day, have friends and family see when they visit your home?  They say that children’s self esteem is increased by seeing their pictures in their home.  Seeing these photographs makes them feel important and loved, and part of a strong family unit.

Maybe you prefer to spend very focused time reflecting on your memories- curled up on your couch with a cup of tea, flipping through a book of images from a session, or certain period of time in your life.  Personally, some of my favourite time spent with my children is looking through their baby book- and I can tell they love it as well.

However you imagine yourself experiencing the images from a photo shoot, the most important thing is that you have them printed!!!   It’s my personal goal to see you walk away from our experience together with something in your hand, a physical product that you can enjoy now and pass on to your child(ren) when they are grown.  Prints from box store labs just don’t cut it- the quality required for a lasting image is something only provided by a professional photo lab.  I’d love to show you the difference!

I had a fantastic newborn session with baby Cruze.  He is just the sweetest little bundle, and I had a great time getting to know the family (even the visiting grand parents!) though out the process of maternity and baby sessions.  Here are a few of my favorites  of 1 week old Cruze.

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Studio Maternity Session | Lake Simcoe Area Photographer

So many women I speak with realize the importance of documenting their pregnancy in photographs…… only after their baby is born.  Once those gentle kicks and rolls are outside of the body, and no longer in their womb.  What felt like an annoyance or painful even, with the frustration of the third trimester gone, mothers often long for that feeling of carrying life in their belly.  For some this happens soon after the birth of their baby, and for others it’s a nagging longing that comes months or years later.

Maternity photographs are a reminder of this wonderful time.  They are to help you remember how you looked, really looked, without all of the yucky feeling of pregnancy.  We don’t all feel our best while pregnant, and that can cloud just how beautiful and glowing we are.  To capture that glow, the beauty, the relationship with your spouse and of both of you with your unborn child is important.  How amazing will it be to sit down with your child as he grows, and tell him about the time he was growing in your belly?  How beautiful for him to see how stunning his mommy was while she was pregnant.   Pregnancy is the first step in the adventure called raising a child- document that time in your family’s life!

maternity-photography-keswickmaternity-pics-suttonblack-and-white-maternity-shootpregnancy-photos-newmarketIt was a pleasure to work with Shannon and Aaron during this studio shoot.  I can’t wait to meet their little boy and have them all back for the newborn pictures!

Sutton Baby Photographer | Newborn Henry

What a great time photographing Henry!  Big sister Jane, who I photographed just less than 2 years ago, made an appearance for the sibling and family photos too.  It was really nice to see the family again and get to know little Henry.  He was such a chill little guy, a really sweet, easy going baby.keswick-maternity-baby-family-photography

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Sibling images can be difficult, especially with the toddler is under two years old.  The key to my success is to be as quick as possible.  Using the parents as support on either side, I work as fast as possible to get the shot, and then move on.  Toddlers usually don’t have much patience, and I don’t want to test it.  Best to just move on to the family photos!baby-boy-green-newborn-setupbaby-yawningI’ve talked before about sticking with a theme, colour scheme, or series of props when working with my baby plan clients.  I feel this is also important when working with repeat clients.  Big Sister Jane’s newborn photos were done with me in 2014.  I used a neutral colour pallete with Henry, so that the images would match or compliment each other when displayed together in their home.  I even used the same blanket!  I think mom appreciated this, and ended up ordering one of each for her wall.newborn-boy-and-sister-at-same-ageCongratulations on another beautiful baby!  I enjoyed looking back on Jane’s newborn photos as well- I think she’ll be an amazing big sister to baby Henry.

Interested in working with me?  I offer free consultations in person or by phone, to help you find out if I am the right photographer for your family.   Contact me to make an appointment!

Newborn Photography | Camera Gear

A lot of my clients lately have been commenting “Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen someone looking through a viewfinder!”.  I’ve never stopped, and rarely use my camera phone or point and shoot, so it’s still very normal to me and makes me giggle that people would find it unusual.   This post is to explain a bit about the camera gear you will see me using in a session.  Photography has become very automated with the use of iphones and instagram filters, that folks don’t know much about professional gear and why/how it’s used.Baby-Photographer-Camera-Bag

I’m a prime lens shooter- that means my lenses (except 1) are one focal length.  I find these lenses to be of superior quality- the sharpness is unmatched.  The downside is I can’t zoom in or out….. so you’ll notice me moving around (backing up and moving forward) more than a photographer who uses a zoom lens.

Camera: I use a professional level Canon DSLR, the 5D MarkII.   It’s a few years old now, and I would love to upgrade to the MarkIII, but I can’t justify that when the MarkII is still treating me so well!Newborn-photography-len-choiceLenses:  For newborn sessions I usually use my Sigma 50mm f1.4 lens (not pictured above because it was used to take these pictures, haha!), but have been using the Sigma 35mm ART lens more often too.  I looooove my Sigma lenses, preferring them to the Canon.  I also use my Canon 100mm macro lens for babies.  This is the lens I use to get those close up, shallow depth of field images of feet, eyelashes, tiny lips and flaky skin.  These 3 are the ones you’ll see me switching to during your photo session.   You won’t see me using my Canon 17-40mm zoom- this is my only zoom, and it’s used for landscapes, nature and real estate photography.

Other Gear:  I am a stickler for proper white balance, so every time there is a set change I photograph my gray card- this helps me keep colours perfectly correct.  I’ll also use my Sekonic light meter from time to time- especially for difficult, artistic lighting situations.  This tells me the proper exposure for the lighting conditions.Exposure-colour-balance-toysFun Stuff:  I always have a couple of squeaky toys to get your child’s attentions (for older babies and kids).  I also have some photogenic toys – if they need something to hold onto in the photos they can use these.  They won’t be too noticeable in the photos but they’ll keep your child happy.

That’s it! (I won’t mention the 8 pens, 5 chap sticks or 3 packages of gum that I found deep in the pockets of my camera bag.)  I have more gear and gadgets in the studio that have to do with lighting systems and backdrops and props.  But I will save that for later.  I love to talk about what I know about the technical side of photography, so if you’re watching me and wondering- don’t hesitate to ask!