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Mom always did know what was important

Recently a friend’s mother passed away. He shared this story in Facebook, and it brought tears to my eyes. He and his dad had gone to the bank to clean out his moms safety deposit box. The went expecting to find some paperwork, maybe some documents, a birth certificate perhaps. As Scotiabank describes it, “Know the things you value most are in one safe, easily accessible place.” But what they found was so much more meaningful, and although unexpected, not surprising. This woman loved her family, time with them was worth more than anything to her, I could tell this from the first time I had met her, and this story just reaffirmed it for me.

When they opened the safety deposit box, they found family photos documenting her sons’ first few years. These photos were not professional, they were not perfect, but they showed this family during the most precious years of their lives. And that, was what this mom never wanted to lose. The memories of her babies. As her youngest son said while sharing this story, “Mom always did know what was important.”

3 photos from 1980s
(photos from my own childhood)

In today’s digital age we have a false sense of security with our photos sometimes. The importance of backups is stronger than ever before! I can’t count how many people I hear say they lost their phone and so many photos with it, or their hard drive crashed and they lost their newborn photos. It makes me so sad. And while we are also a generation that probably indulges in a few too many photos at times, you never know what you might loose at any time. This is why printing photos is equally important to me as having digital images saved, stored, and backed up. Print at least a few photos from every stage in your child’s life. These are moment’s you can;t get back, and while some of these moment’s may seem small or insignificant, they are our history, and the documentation of years passed.

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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 over 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!

Newborn Hannah | Whitby newborn photographer

Chris and Julia contacted me several weeks before their due date, they wanted to meet and chat about the possibility of booking a session together. I LOVE when this happens! I love meeting new parents-to-be and having them into my studio so we can chat. We can get to know each other a little, talk about newborn safety, I can explain what to expect during a newborn session, give a little tour of the studio, and show you all of the beautiful options for finished pieces of your own gorgeous images of your new little one.

Fast forward to mid May, and baby Hannah made her appearance! Just after a week later, Chris and Julia brought little Hannah into the studio for her photos. She was a dream to work with, she slept the entire time and made my job easy!

Here are just a few of my favourites from Hannah’s session with me, and I can’t wait for her album and circle float mount wall hanging to arrive!

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Christine & Raj | Whitby Maternity Photographer

Christine and Raj are expecting their first baby and wanted to have maternity photos taken. In fact, I’m waiting for their call any day now to say babe has arrived! Last month we got together to take their maternity photos. The weather was still questionable in Whitby, and it was very important to Christine to include her 3 little, and adorable, dogs so we decided on an in-home session. I love in home maternity sessions. They are generally laid back, comfortable, and a great way to show the some of the details, like the nursery, while waiting for baby. When I come into your home for a session, I spend a bit of time finding a couple of the best spots in the house to use, that have the best lighting, and we do a mix of posed and more relaxed interactions, with less posing. It’s a great option, especially for expecting mommas!

expecting couple on bed in their home steal a kiss

expecting couple on bed petting dogs

expecting mom and dogs in nursery

maternity photo of woman with her dogs

pregnant mother on bed with dogs

pregnant couple pose in nursery in whitby home

pregnant couple on bed with dogs

couple talking about arrival of new baby

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pregnant woman with husband hugging from behind

pregnant woman in white dress

pregnant woman in white dress

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 Josephine | Whitby Newborn Photographer

Stephanie and Patrick contacted me about newborn photos months before their due date, they were exploring photography options and I was very happy to chat with them! As Stephanie mentioned, this was their first baby and they wanted to do it all for her! I can definitely relate to that excitement, and completely agree with wanting to capture all of the detail and special moments in quality heirloom pieces that will last a lifetime and more.

Baby  Josephine came into this world in late March and we had her into my Whitby studio at 9 days old. She was equally happy awake and asleep, and gave us some great shots of both!

Mom and dad selected a beautiful 8×8″ album of their photos to take home, which I am sure they will look back at fondly many many times over the years, and one day Josephine will be able to share this special piece with her own family as well.

Here are just a few of my personal favourite photos from their session!

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newbonr girl in moms arms

neborn nose to nose with dad

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!

TANYA | WHITBY HEADSHOT PHOTOGRAPHER

Tanya needed a new headshot, on a tight timeline so we met last week at my Whitby studio to do some updated headshots. Tanya is a consultant working with non-profit organizations, who has a bold, fun personality, mixed with a high level of knowledge and business sense required in her area of expertise. She reflected that in her headshots with clean professional styling, mixed with a business jacket with a little flair!

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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!

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!

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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!