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Newborn | Whitby Newborn Photographer

I am so behind on my blogging, this newborn session is from September! But it’s never too late to share such beautiful images! Mom had contacted me in August to book for September, which is always a good idea to do. Twelve days after she entered the world, this precious little babe came into the studio with mom, dad and big sister. She was so sweet and loved her paci soooo much haha! We got these adorable, timeless images for this family to cherish forever. Together we created a beautiful album for them to keep these memories close for years to come, and show to all of their friends and family. Here are just a few of the images that made this little ones album complete!

newborn baby girl laying on her side newborn baby girl with her family newborn baby and sister snuggling dad holding newborn daughter in arms and kissing her newborn baby girl in moms arms while snuggling her newborn baby girl in white lace bonnet black and white of newborn foot black and white of newborn hands newborn baby close up of head newborn baby girl curled up on pink backdrop close up of baby girl's face with cream headband on pink backdrop

After someone completes a full session with me and their images and products have been delivered, I send out a post-session questionnaire to get some feedback on our session together. One of the questions I ask is If you were recommending me to your best friend, what would you say?” Mom’s answer was so kind, it made me smile, “I would show her the album and she would be sold!” Albums are my most favourite product to create with a client so I especially loved this answer!

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 Brynn | Whitby Newborn Photographer

You might remember this beautiful family from a blog post I did back in August, when they were expecting little newborn Brynn, very soon. If not, check out their maternity photos on this blog post. Their baby girl made her appearance in August, and she came in to my studio at just 10 days new for her photo session. Big brother, Jack, was so proud of his new baby sister and loved giving her some snuggles for the camera! We used lots of pinks, greys and complimentary colours for this session to go with baby Brynn’s nursery. Her heirloom album even matches the nursery! Along with her album, mom selected a float mount cluster, a framed family photo in one of my wood signature frames, and some custom birth announcements to send out to all of her friends and family! She definitely picked all of my favourite products!!

Preschool brother holding newborn sister

newborn baby girl wrapped in flower fabric in a crate

close up of baby hands

close up of baby lips

newborn baby girl wrapped in pink

newborn baby girl side profile

newborn baby girl with pout lips

newborn baby girl laying on her side with grey bow on her head

dad holds newborn baby girl in his arms

mom holds newborn baby girl in her arms with eyes closed

newborn baby girl with her family

 

Here are some of the products this family took home. I really need to start taking better product photos, but for now, here are some cell phone shots. I promise they look a million times better in person!

collage showing birth announcements, framed print, and float mount collage

 

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 Uncommon Creative Image Competition | Whitby newborn and family photographer

I recently had the privilege of attending the Uncommon Creative Collective, a 3 day conference geared towards family and newborn photographers. The conference hosted some of the most incredible speakers, most talented photographers, and brilliant business minds known to the Canadian photography world. It was an incredible experience for me to attend and learn from some of these talented people, as well as meet so many peers from across Canada.

One of the highlights for me, that I specifically wanted to write about was the Image Competition, sponsored by GTA Imaging. I was honoured to have 2 of my images place in 2 categories! The image on the left placed third in the category titled “laugh” and the image on the right placed first in the category titled “love”.

me holding my placing images

 

 

Katie’s Maternity Session | Whitby Maternity Photographer

Katie reached out to me about a month before her due date, inquiring about maternity and newborn photos. Katie is the Owner and Artistic Director at Katie’s Dance Connection in Oshawa, so she is one busy lady! I was thrilled to be able to get her in for her maternity photos around week 37, and prebook her in for newborn photos in August. Katie, her husband John, and their 3 year old son Jack, joined me at Heber Down in Whitby on a beautiful evening in July to spend some time together and capture this time in their lives before they welcome their little girl into the world.

Little Jack was excited to give some loving to his mom and hug his baby sister in her belly. He’s going to be such a  great big brother, I can tell! I can’t wait to have this whole family back into my studio next week for baby girl’s newborn photos!

young boy hugs mom's pregnant belly pregnant mom walks on the waterbank expecting mom holding her belly in a meadow young boy kisses mom's pregnant belly while dad looks on family of 3 share a moment together while waiting for their new baby expecting family of 3 pose in a meadow pregnant mom hugs toddler son pregnant mom kisses toddler son pregnant mom hugs toddler son pregnant mom looking at belly in meadow

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 Nicole | Whitby Newborn Photographer

Newborn Nicole was just the sweetest! She slept, she snuggled, she curled up, and she was just adorable with the little curls in her hair and her chubby little cheeks. Nicole is Ola and Andrew’s second child, a baby sister for big brother. They were in town for only a short period of time when they contacted me, so I brought them into the studio as soon as possible, and we took Nicole’s photos at 9 days old, and just a couple weeks later they were back off to their home overseas. I’m sure Nicole took all that travel like a champ! It was such a pleasure meeting this family!

I also got an amazing float mount cluster printed from this session for my studio. You can see a snap of what that looks like at the end of this post!

 

baby with parents in black and white proud dad holds newborn in arms happy mom holds newborn daughter newborn baby girl on wood bed newborn baby girl in green wrap newborn baby girl in dads hands newborn baby girl wrapped in cream newborn baby girl wrapped in cream with matching headband newborn baby girl on cream newborn baby girl wearing cream romper and bonnet

And here is the float mount cluster I had printed for my studio wall from this session (snapped with my cell phone):

float mount wall cluster

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 Mason | Whitby Newborn Photographer

I first introduced you to Christine and Raj a few months ago when I did their maternity photos. We had a fantastic in-home maternity session together, creating some of my favourite timeless maternity images. Fast forward a couple of months, and baby Mason was welcomed into the world 2 weeks past his due date, in May. (Yes, I’m a little late sharing his photos). This little man stole my heart from the minute he was carried into my studio, with his chubby cheeks, and the way he would look at me like he was looking right into my eyes, which is not super common in a newborn. We captured a great mix of sleep and awake photos, he was pretty content either way! Also not always so common for a newborn!

Here are a few of my favourites from baby Mason’s newborn shoot.

baby boy wrapped in grey

baby boy in brown romper

baby feet

baby boy wrapped in navy in a white crate

boy baby with open eyes

newborn wrapped in beige

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!

Amanda & Lou’s Maternity Session | Whitby Maternity Photographer

Amanda and Lou were expecting their first child at the end of July, so Amanda contacted me to have some gorgeous maternity photos done. Amanda had a clear vision of what she wanted, some beautiful outdoor images in the couple’s backyard wooded area, as well as some more intimate photos if the couple together inside their house. Amanda looked absolutely beautiful in the white lace dress she choose for her outdoor photos, complete with subtle flower crown. When we moved inside, she changed into a soft, lace kimono and she just glowed.

It was a pleasure meeting this expecting couple, and doing these photos with them. Thank you for choosing me to capture this special time in your lives!

expecting mother leaning against tree maternity in the woods expecting couple share an intimate moment expecting mother's belly with mom and dads's hand on it expecting couple in embrace expecting mother sitting on chair

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!

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!

newborn girl wrapped in cream on furnew mom holds baby daughternewborn in dad's arms dad holding newborn daughter while kissing mom new parents holding baby girl newborn girl in bum up pose on purple blanket newborn girl laying on side on purple blanket newborn girl on purple close up of newborn feet close up of newborn hands newborn girl in black and white on fur  newborn baby girl in daddys hands in black and white newborn girl in pink 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!

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

hands on pregnant belly

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!