Professional Headshots | Whitby Photographer

Some of you may not know I also offer professional headshots in my Whitby studio. These headshot sessions provide you with polished, professional photos that portray the image you want to put forward! These sessions are quick and painless, and can really make a difference in your business. We talk about the kind of image you want to portray, and I offer advice and guidance on clothing and make up tips.

Did you know that 2012 report from eMarketer found that 82% of consumers trust a company more — and 77 % are more likely to buy from a company — if the founder uses social media? The quality and style of your headshot portrays a lot about you and how you conduct business. It’s important to make sure your headshot matches your brand! I’ve worked with professionals from real estate and insurance agents, to authors, public speakers, fitness coaches and many more, to ensure their visual identity matches their brand!

Packages start at just $250, customizable to suit your needs, and are a great investment in your business.  If you are ready to put your best foot forward, contact me and let’s set something up!

 

Corporate Headshots

whitby corporate headshots

Environmental Headshots

outdoor and environmental headshots

 

Elle Marie Photography specializes in newborn, family and lifestyle photography. If you are interested in booking a session please contact me! My studio is located in Whitby, ON and I photograph families all of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), including Whitby, Oshawa, Bowmanville, Ajax, Pickering, Markham, Toronto, and Mississauga. I book a limited number of newborns each month so please get in touch and we can discuss your session!

Your belonging, your history: Why it’s important to print your images | Whitby Family Photographer

Last week we celebrated my son’s 4th birthday. As you could imagine, in those four years I’ve snapped an uncountable number of photos of him. Sometimes these photos are capturing a quick moment on my phone, sometimes I haul out the “big camera”, and sometimes I even bring him into the studio to capture him and his personality at any particular moment in time.

4 year old boy

As you could also imagine, I have photos of my son, and our family, all over the house. In fact, sometimes I wonder if it’s a little too shrine-like and I should be looking into other forms of art, but I’ve been assured I’m not there yet! Printing photos is so important to me. These photos hang on our walls, and fill up albums. They remind me of the day he was born, the moment we became a family of 3, the way he fell asleep that one time in his jolly jumper, the way the dog would lay like a guard in front of his crib, how he laughed until he drooled at his second birthday party, how he looked after his first (and so far only) haircut, the list goes on and on.

The funny thing is, I thought I was printing our photos for myself, but now I know it is for him. There’s barely a day that goes by that he doesn’t refer to the pictures on the walls, or want to look through one of his albums, as we sit and I tell him the story that goes along with the photo staring back at us. His favourite photos are the ones of himself of course, but he asks about mommy and daddy, talks about “when he was a baby”, points out how happy our dog looks, and remembers our cat who has since passed. This is his family he proudly declares! These photos that are hung on our walls, and displayed on our shelves give him a sense of belonging, and love, deep rooted in family. He knows just how important he is to us, and as a part of this family.

Family of 3 with dog

Family Photo credit: Ashley Eve Photography

Sometimes the days are long, but this time goes quickly. Don’t hide away these photos, don’t risk the chance of loosing them forever on a cd (which is now obsolete) or when your computer crashes. Create meaningful, and beautiful art and albums. One day your little one won’t be so little anymore. One day they may have a family of their own. Make sure your history has been documented in a way that can be shared with generations to come.

playing in puddles

Now is the time, let’s get some pictures on your wall or create a cherished family album.

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Baby Addalyn | Durham Region Newborn Photography

When Stephanie contacted me to inquire about newborn photography, I knew from our very first phone call that we were going to have a great newborn photography session! Talking with Stephanie about her session, was like talking with a friend, and meeting her husband Matt when they came in for their session was no different! Stephanie and Matt were due with their baby girl on December 24th, although Miss Addalyn decided to make her appearance a few days early! Addalyn came into the studio for her photos just a few days after Christmas, with her mom, dad, and she even brought her fur-sibling along for a picture 🙂 Little Addalyn looked absolutely gorgeous my my little romper form Lace & Wildflower, which worked out well since she was not a huge fan of being naked!

A couple weeks after their session, Stephanie and Matt came in to view their images and select how they would like to display their images. Along with their digital images, they selected a gorgeous 16×20″ canvas, and a premium 8×8″ album that will be passed on through generations. It makes me feel so happy when I think about what an amazing gift they will be able to pass on to Addalyn when she is older.

Here are a few of my favourites from their session!

newborn in lace romper newborn wrapped in white family photo with newborn and dog dad holding baby girl newbonr baby girl being held by mom newborn baby with mom and dad newborn in lace romper profile photo of newborn baby girl newborn girl in white bowl with pink quilt newborn baby girl in cream bonnet newborn with head on hands

And here is a quick phone snap of their beautiful products!

canvas, album and usb laying flat on wood

Elle Marie Photography specializes in newborn, family and lifestyle photography. If you are interested in booking a session please contact me! My studio is located in Whitby, ON and I photograph families all of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), including Whitby, Oshawa, Bowmanville, Ajax, Pickering, Markham, Toronto, and Mississauga. I book a limited number of newborns each month so please get in touch and we can discuss your session!

 

Winter Sessions for babies | Whitby baby photographer

Introducing Winter Sitter Sessions! The time in a babies life, just after they start sitting up on their own, is without a doubt, one of the cutest times in their lives! They are full of personality, sitting, and engaging with us, it’s such a fun milestone! To celebrate and capture this special time in their lives, I’m offering this special package, which includes 5 digital images and your choice from 2 new products I’m offering this year! All at a special limited time price! These sessions are perfect for babies approximately aged 6-11 months!

Contact me at lyndsey@ellemariephotography.com for more info and to see samples of the products offered!

winter sitter sessions flyer

I am really excited about the 2 new products I’m introducing as well. The first product is the circle float mount. Such a unique way to display an image, with the illusion of floating from the wall, this piece will definitely make a statement in your home! The second option is my new signature line of frames. They come in 3 designs, with multiple finish options within each design. These are the perfect, modern way to finish am enlarged print and hang it on your wall!

12" flaot mount circle or new signature frame series.

Elle Marie Photography specializes in newborn, family and lifestyle photography. If you are interested in booking a session please contact me! My studio is located in Whitby, ON and I photograph families all of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), including Whitby, Oshawa, Bowmanville, Ajax, Pickering, Markham, Toronto, and Mississauga. I book a limited number of newborns each month so please get in touch and we can discuss your session!

Baby Liam | Whitby Newborn Photographer

I have had the pleasure of photographing Ryan and Darlene’s (large) extended family, engagement photos, wedding day, maternity photos, and most recently, their first born son, Liam. When I see them now, I feel like old friends, even though all of this has happened in under 3 years!

Little Liam entered the world a few days before his EDD, on Dec. 12, and came in for his session just before Christmas at just 9 days old. It was cold outside, but toasty warm in the studio, so Liam slept through most of his session! And of course we had to do one little nod to the holiday season with a little reindeer hat!

Here are just a few of my favourites from Liam’s session!

 

mother, father and newborn baby mother and newborn baby dad holding newborn son newborn on bed prop newborn boy wrapped in blue in bowl newborn boy wrapped in blue newborn boy wrapped in blue newborn boy laying on side, black and white newborn profile of face newborn baby boy with reindeer hat for Christmas closeup of newborn baby newborn profile in black and white newborn baby boy being held by mom and dad's hands, in black and white

Elle Marie Photography specializes in newborn, family and lifestyle photography. If you are interested in booking a session please contact me! My studio is located in Whitby, ON and I photograph families all of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), including Whitby, Oshawa, Bowmanville, Ajax, Pickering, Markham, Toronto, and Mississauga. I book a limited number of newborns each month so please get in touch and we can discuss your session!

2017 Year in Review | Whitby Newborn & Family Photographer

I can’t believe we are down to just over 24 hours left to go in 2017. This year has flown by, but you know what they say, time flies when you’re having fun! 2017 has been a huge year of growth for me in my photography career. It started off with some excellent mentoring, that helped me refine my business processes and ultimately provide a higher level of service to my clients and for that I am so thankful!

Here are some of the highlights from the year for me:

  1. I earned my Qualified Newborn Photographer Certification through APNPI, as well as my Newborn Safety Education Course badge.
  2. Had 2 images place as Finalists in the Annual Shoot and Share contest.
  3. Nominated for the Durham Region, Oshawa/Whitby Reader’s Choice Best Photography Studio.
  4. Several images appeared in Social Media and website for brands such as Playtex Baby and Driscoll’s.
  5. Photographed over 65 families, and enjoyed meeting each and every one of them!
  6. Witnessed 6 couples tie the knot, while having the honour of capturing those special moments!

And here are some of the images of many of my wonderful clients from 2017. It was an amazing year and I thank all of my clients for choosing me to be your photographer. I look forward to what’s in store for 2018 and I can’t wait to capture all of those special moments for all of you! If you are an instagram person, you can also check out my “top nine” of 2017!

collage of many of the photos taken in 2017

 

Elle Marie Photography specializes in newborn, family and lifestyle photography. If you are interested in booking a session please contact me! My studio is located in Whitby, ON and I photograph families all of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), including Whitby, Oshawa, Bowmanville, Ajax, Pickering, Markham, Toronto, and Mississauga. I book a limited number of newborns each month so please get in touch and we can discuss your session!

Posed vs. Lifestyle Newborn Sessions: Choosing what is right for you | Whitby newborn photography

When choosing a newborn photographer to capture your baby in those first few days, above almost all else, it’s important to choose a photographer who’s work you love. These are the photos you will cherish for a lifetime and will be passed on through generations, and they represent not only the baby in them, but a very special time in the parents’ lives. Not only do you want to choose the right photographer to capture these moments, you also want to choose the right type of session to give the look that you are hoping for in your finished photos. Elle Marie Photography offers both in studio posed sessions, and in home lifestyle sessions, so how do you choose? What is the difference? It sure sounds good to have your photographer come to you doesn’t it? But what does that mean for your photos? I get asked these questions all the time, so I wanted to write a blog post laying out the differences and help you choose the type of session that works for you. Both kinds of sessions are beautiful, meaningful, and special, but I want to explain a little more about each type of session, and while I can’t speak for all photographers, this blog will outline the differences with me as your photographer!

What to expect in a posed, in-studio newborn session

My studio is located in Whitby, Ontario. It is where I photograph newborns with their family, it houses my props and it’s also where I do all of my reveal and ordering appointments, although those spill into the rest of my home! A newborn studio session with me typically lasts about 2-3 hours, depending on baby’s needs on that particular day. We take the time that is needed, and break often for feeding, snuggles and soothing as often and as frequently as needed. I take a low stress approach, and we follow baby’s cues. We typically work through 3-5 setups, again depending on what baby allows. It’s important to remember that not all baby’s will do all poses, and baby’s safety and comfort is most important to me. Some babies will achieve more “natural posing” while other babies will curl up any which way I want them to. Studio sessions allow me to have total control over the environment, lighting, and give us the full use of all of my props.

I am not a newborn photographer who uses a lot of props in my completed images, as I feel timeless, emotional images that feature baby in their natural state, produce the best kind of art! I do however, have a good selection of wraps, backdrops, posing blankets, bowls, crates, outfits, headbands and more, to add that little something to enhance your baby’s photos! In the end, we will have achieved typically 20-30 photos of your baby, usually including family and any siblings, in those cute, posed positions.

What I love about studio sessions

  • The finished product is a true piece of art, featuring your baby.
  • Mom and dad typically get to sit back and relax for most of the session while I do all the work.
  • The lighting is guaranteed. No worries about the small window in the nursery.
  • We have access to all of my cute little outfits, gorgeous rugs, and clean and simple backdrops and wraps.

Here are some recent studio samples:

Newborn sleeping on stomach Baby in little hat taking a nap newborn baby wrapped on birch and wood newborn baby laying on side in black and white black and white newborn newborn wrapped in white newborn with family

What to expect in an in home, lifestyle newborn session

I am happy to travel to your home, but it is important to understand the differences in the finished product. At home lifestyle sessions are typically a little shorter than a studio session, but again, depend on baby needs at the time. The average length of an at home newborn session would be about 1-2 hours. I do not bring any props or equipment beyond my camera gear to your home. We use your home as the backdrop and do very, very natural posing. Lifestyle sessions tend to include mom and dad a lot more, and are a mix of directed, loose posing, and documentary style photos in the moment. There is a lot less, “look at the camera and smile” moments, and a lot more “pretend I’m not here” moments! If baby is sleepy and allows for it, I may do 1 or 2 styled poses, but that doesn’t always happen. I bring minimal lighting equipment with me, but mostly know how to use your home the best way I can to use the natural light. How this looks, can vary greatly from one home to the next. We usually move around your house to include rooms that are important to you, but also places in your home that have the best lighting. The master bedroom and nursery are often popular choices, but I have been known to lay a baby on the dining table 🙂

A lot of times mom’s worry about the mess, I assure you, don’t worry too much about it! We can move things as needed. You have a new baby, don’t stress about the mess! In the end, we typically end up with about 30-35 images from your session for you to choose from. Lifestyle sessions make for a great finished album!

What I love about lifestyle sessions

  • We tend to capture more of those real moments showing the true connection between parent and baby.
  • We are in a place that is very, very special to you.
  • It’s true, you don’t even have to pack up and leave your house!
  • Siblings and/or pets are most comfortable in their own home.
  • We dont worry as much about getting baby to sleep, so things tend to move along more quickly.

Here are some recent lifestyle sessions:

new parents with baby in nursery

newborn in daddy's arms

newborn baby at home newborn in mom and dad's arms new parents hold baby while sitting on couch new parents play with baby on change table

So, How do you choose?

My advice to you is to think about the end photos. Do you want the natural, in the moment newborn photos around your home, or do you want the cute, curled up newborn poses with the beautiful wraps and cute little head bands? It’s easy to think, ‘oh it would be so much easier to just have Lyndsey come to the house’, and that may be true, but these are your once in a lifetime photos of your new baby. Make the choice you are going to love for a lifetime! I want these photos hanging on your walls, printed in an album, and passed down through generations, make the choice that speaks to you!

I’m always happy to talk this through with you. You can send me pictures of your home and we can talk through what might work best for you and your family!

 

2017 Tree Farm Holiday Sessions | Whitby Family Photographer

My 2nd Annual family tree farm photo sessions are my favourite day of the year! I have so much fun photographing so many families, meeting new people and welcoming back returning clients and friends from Whitby, and all over the Greater Toronto Area! I am also so lucky to have such an amazing friend who lets me use his vintage truck out at the tree farm, which makes for some amazing photos! Kids love it, parents love it, and I love it!!

This year’s tree farm sessions were a little colder than last year, but everyone was having so much fun we hardly noticed, right?? We didn’t get snow, but we did get a great day to cozy up with your family! This year I was also thrilled when we showed up to the farm and they had this awesome wood pile that we were able to use as a third setting for some photos. It was beautiful!

My only regret each year is that I can only do these sessions for 1 day, and they sell out in early September. My heart breaks every year when I have so many people asking to get in and book one of these sessions, but I just can’t fit any more in. SO….next year, I’m going to see what I can do about that! Fingers crossed, I’m hoping to open up at least 2 days for 2018. Watch for booking info to come out in August!

Here are just a few (there’s way to many great ones to show them all!) of my favourite photos from my family Tree Farm Sessions!

 

Collage of tree farm session photos Collage of tree farm session photos

Elle Marie Photography specializes in newborn, family and lifestyle photography. If you are interested in booking a session please contact me! My studio is located in Whitby, ON and I photograph families all of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), including Whitby, Oshawa, Bowmanville, Ajax, Pickering, Markham, Toronto, and Mississauga. I book a limited number of newborns each month so please get in touch and we can discuss your session!

The Kaak Family | Whitby Family Photographer

This session holds a special place in my heart because it features some of my own family: my sister, brother-in-law, and my adorable little niece. We shot this session “back home” in Dorchester, Ontario over thanksgiving weekend. We went to a little spot not far from our mom’s house, but I really had no idea what to expect of the location until we arrived. Well, I couldn’t have asked for a better location, nor better weather, and the perfect golden hour, which complimented my niece’s fiery red hair so perfectly!!

I was so happy to be able to capture these special moments for my sister and her family, and I can’t wait to show off the amazing framed wall art we have planned and are putting together! It would have been a shame to take these photos and them leave them sitting on a usb somewhere, there was absolutely no way I could allow for that! So stay tuned to see the finished product!

In the meantime, enjoy these beautiful photos!

 

little girl holding moms hand

little girl leaning on mom

Family of 3 - dad holds daughter up over head while mom looks on

Family of 3 - daughter on dads shoulders

Family of 3 sitting on ground

mom snuggles daughter

little girl sitting on ground on red blanket

little girl doing airplane with her arms

little girl running towards camera

little girl kisses daddy

close up of little girl with daddy

parents swing little girl walking along a path

Elle Marie Photography specializes in newborn, family and lifestyle photography. If you are interested in booking a session please contact me! My studio is located in Whitby, ON and I photograph families all of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), including Whitby, Oshawa, Bowmanville, Ajax, Pickering, Markham, Toronto, and Mississauga. I book a limited number of newborns each month so please get in touch and we can discuss your session!

Kerry | Whitby Maternity Photography

I was so excited to capture these maternity photos for Kerry and her family. Maternity photos are one of my favourite to capture! It’s such a special time, and not one that typically happens too often in each of our lives, so it’s great to document his time and show how beautiful it is!

I first met Kerry during the holiday season last year. She brought her first son, Declan, into the studio for some holiday photos. He was just a little guy then, around 7 months or so if I remember correctly, so it was a lot of fun seeing him almost a year later, and seeing how much he has grown and what a fun little guy he has become! Kerry also brought this gorgeous custom made maternity gown, which photographed beautifully! She also brought a casual outfit, for some more laid back photos with her family as well. We met at Heber Downs, in Whitby, which gave us a great variety of places to shoot. Definitely one of my favourite spots!

Here are just a few of my favourites from the session!

expecting mother wearing pink maternity dress expecting mother wearing pink maternity dress looking at camera expecting mother and husband expecting mother wearing pink maternity dress blowing in the wind expecting mother holding toddler expecting mother in the forest expecting mother and family walking in the woods family maternity photo family maternity photo expecting mother holding toddler son expecting mother laughing expecting mother and husband

Elle Marie Photography specializes in newborn, family and lifestyle photography. If you are interested in booking a session please contact me! My studio is located in Whitby, ON and I photograph families all of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), including Whitby, Oshawa, Bowmanville, Ajax, Pickering, Markham, Toronto, and Mississauga. I book a limited number of newborns each month so please get in touch and we can discuss your session!