NEWBORN

IM SO EXCITED YOU ARE HERE

Your life is a beautiful adventure filled with moments that make you smile. These moments slip away from us so quickly that we don't ever see them go. Beautiful moments like the anticipation of meeting your new baby, those first few days when you want to capture all their first little qualities. The flaky skin and tiny curls, their chubby cheeks and grabby fingers, these precious details that fade all too quickly. It is trying to hold onto these little things as our children eventually grow. Life is all about the journey, it is everything all at once, all these fleeting moments and slowing them down for a brief period of time.  It is the chapter in your life, right now. Document it, save it, remember it and treasure it.

From the moment you reach out I aim to work together to plan a tailored session. You will receive an information guide with a timeline as well as instructions to help you prepare for the photo shoot. The peaceful curled up babies seen throughout my work all have one thing in common; their parents all prepped the same way before their session. The best time for newborn photos is before the baby is two weeks old. This is the time they are most sleepy and curly, and this is important for all those squishy poses. If you have chosen a studio session, the shooting space is kept warm and relaxing. I have everything you need from props and accessories to make you photoshoot unique to you, including a parent area where you can relax and even take a nap if needed. A newborn lifestyle session is about connection and love. They tell a story. Because these photos are more candid in nature, they let parents look back on this sweet and intimate time with their newborn baby, to relive those first snuggles, those itty bitty baby bits, and all the emotion and love of that special time in your lives.

"I loved you from the very start. You stole my breath, embraced my heart
Our life together has just begun. You're a part of me, my little one"

Posed vs Lifestyle Newborn Photography – What’s The Difference?

Posed studio newborn photography is probably what most people think of when they think of newborn photographs. A sweet little babe all sleepy and squishy on a soft blanket backdrop wearing an adorable little knit hat or wrap peacefully resting with their hands folded under their soft cheek, all those newborn wrinkles and folds on display. A tiny life, only days old, sleeping peacefully all curled up and comfy just as they recently were in utero. This is a posed newborn photography session. This type of session takes place in a studio within the first 5-14 days of life. During the session parents are able to relax and entrust the process to the photographer from start to finish, getting a break from the home setting.

Lifestyle newborn photography takes place in the family’s home and will usually spend the majority of the shoot focussing on the connection between you and your baby, and photographing your baby within their new surroundings. This type of session is more flexible when itc ome to timeframe and does not need to be done within two weeks of life. Lifetsyle session are more candid in nature and feel more natural, capturing the family members as they go about their day. I love to do discreet breastfeeding images, shots of nursery details, and photos of the parents adoring their precious new baby. To see an example of an in-home lifestyle session please check out the blog post here!

I offer both posed and lifestyle sessions. If you would like more information on which style of newborn photography you should choose. Be sure to check out the F.A.Q section below.

STARTING PRICES

Here’s what’s included with your newborn session:

In home lifestyle and outdoor newborn sessions starting at - $500

Studio sessions are currently closed due to COVID-19

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F.A.Q.

WHERE ARE YOU BASED OUT OF?

I am currently living near Toronto, Canada. I primarily work out of the greater Toronto area but ive photographed newborn clients from all over Ontario.

HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD I BOOK?

Newborn sessions can be time sensitive as they are typically done around 1-2 weeks of birth so I usually recommend booking within your 2-3rd trimester or with you maternity session to make sure you are guaranteed a date as they can go quite fast.

HOW DO WE BOOK YOU FOR OUR NEWBORN?

Super standard process: Signed Contract + non-refundable Retainer officially book me for your maternity session and I put your name tenitively on the calendar (based on your due date) and confirm once baby arrives and we can start getting excited for shoot day!!!

DO YOU HELP WITH THE PLANNING PROCESS?

Of course! My clients will receive a Newborn Prep Guide that has information and a questionnaire for them to help plan their session and make sure baby is well prepped. Also, I'm always an email/phone call away to help with any of the logistics.

WHEN DO SESSIONS TAKE PLACE?

Studio newborn sessions take place within the first two weeks of life and are done Monday-Friday at 11am. In posed newborn photography, it’s best to schedule the session within the little one’s first two weeks of life. When we are looking to obtain those sleepy, posed shots, the younger the baby is, the better. During the first 14 days, they are often quite sleepy and therefore able to be positioned and “molded” into adorable poses. They are also very flexible at this age and quite enjoy being curled up and cozy just as they were in utero.

The lifestyle newborn shoot focuses primarily on the interaction between the new baby and his family and surroundings and is much less centered around obtaining the perfect pose. Therefore having a baby under two weeks of age becomes less important. This is particularly helpful for parents who contact me once their newborn baby is over that magic age for traditional newborn photography. Just because a baby is a little “older” doesn’t mean you have to miss out on those precious newborn moments!

HOW LONG IS A NEWBORN SESSION?

Typically around the 3 hour mark as timing is key during an in-studio posed newborn session because it’s important that we wait until the baby is settled into that nice, deep sleep before I start to work with them. This process can be lengthy and patience is everything. To make sure everything runs smoothly. I do provide a lengthy preparation checklist before the session so we can be assured of the best chances of success.

Conversely, with lifestyle photography, the timeframe is less distinct as we are not asking the baby to remain asleep in a specific pose in order for the session to be considered a success. Distraction is invited (or at least expected), and the session goes with the flow, staying open to unscripted moments as the parents and child reveal themselves.

CAN WE PRINT OUR PHOTOS?

Yes absolutely. This is definitely encouraged, I think your photos should live in picture frames on your nightstand and adorn your walls. I recommend printing through a professional lab for best resuts (Pikto is local in Canada as is Posterjack - they are both great quality) I recommend turning off "auto enchance" as your images are already enchanced for printing.

WHAT IF MY HOME ISN'T FURNISHED?

Rest assured that most spaces can be manipulated to ensure beautiful images. The best settings have light, neutral wall coverings and furniture but even if your walls are bright coloured, we can find a spot in front of a window to shoot and you’d never know about the wall color. Obviously this is something we’d discuss beforehand (and I always ask for snapshots of your home and lighting so I can see for myself what we’ll be working with) so there are no surprises for either of us! The fact of the matter is, if you have one or two great, bright rooms in your home we can use them to our advantage to provide you with a gorgeous set of very personalized newborn photos that you will enjoy for years to come! - I do also offer in-studio lifestyle sessions where we would shoot in a staged bedroom.

WILL ANY OF THE PHOTOS BE IN BLACK AND WHITE?

Yes! All of them actually. I offer both colour and black and white, in both print and social media versions for optimal posting quality.

CAN WE SHARE OUR PHOTOS?

Absolutely, there are your photos. Share away, whether on Social Media, print or giving them to friends and family as gifts.

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