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!

7 day old Maren | Newborn Portraits

Aside from creating beautiful imagery, my favourite thing about my job is meeting new parents.  It’s even better when those new parents are old friends!  I had not seen Maren’s mom and dad in nearly 10 years.  I attended high school with her Dad, and met her Mom some years later at some party’s and get togethers with friends.  They had since moved from town, so I was super excited to hear from them and book their first baby’s photo session!newmarket-newborn-photographybest-newmarket-baby-picturesnewmarket-photographerbradford-newborn-pictures

We had discussed maybe purple as an accent colour for the session, but I kept being drawn by the aqua blue blankets and props.  Maren’s name means “of the sea”, and her parents were married by the ocean.  I had no idea that the aqua teal colour I had chosen for their session was also their wedding colour!  (I pulled out the purple items too, just in case, but they loved the blue!).  So fitting to use it for their baby girl’s first photography shoot as well.Bradford-family

It was a pleasure to reconnect with you two again, and meet sweet Maren.  Congratulations on your beautiful baby girl!

 

Studio Maternity | Natalie’s Pregnancy

December in Ontario is not the best time to photograph an outdoor maternity.  Luckily, I have a studio to work in during the winter and early spring months.  Natalie was looking forward to a more creative studio session, with dramatic lighting to show off her pregnancy.  The dresses that she brought with her were incredibly gorgeous!  What a beautiful way to flatter her growing baby bump.  Tip: Not all maternity wear needs to come from the maternity clothing store!  These dresses were found in the regular women’s department.  Look for stretchy fabrics, and size up to fit.gorgeous-pregnancybeautiful-maternity-photosartistic-pregnancy-picturescreative-maternity-photos

Sometimes the baby’s father is not interested in being a part of the maternity session- and that’s totally OK!  About half of the time I photograph only the expecting mother, and older children (if there are any).  Thank you Natalie for allowing me the opportunity to photograph your pregnancy.  You are such a beautiful mom-to-be…. I can’t wait to meet your little baby soon!