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Baby Jayden | Whitby Newborn Photography

This little peanut’s momma and daddy came in to meet with me before booking their session. I love when that happens! We talked about being pregnant, timeless photos, keeping it simple, newborn safety as it pertains to photography, and as I always do, I got to reminisce about when I was pregnant with my son, planning for his upcoming arrival. I love it! If you’ve had a newborn session with me, you know how I get! I’m about one step away from busting out in song, “It’s so haaaard, to say gooodbyyyye to yesterday.” 🙂

Little Jayden arrived just after Christmas day, and I had him in for his session just after the holidays. Here he is at just 10 day’s old, with the most devine cheeks and chunky rolls! What a gorgeous family these 3 make!

baby boy with sleepy cap on baby boy snuggled up on grey close up of baby face close up of feet in black and white newborn baby boy all wrapped up close up of newborn baby boy black and white image of newborn baby boy baby boy in a crate newborn baby boy in dad's arms newborn in mom's arms mom and dad looking down at newborn family of 3 with newborn posing

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 and families each month so please get in touch and we can discuss your session!

Oshawa Family Portraits | Whitby Family Photographer

Fall is such a busy time of year for photographers, the weather is nice, the scenery is beautiful, and it’s the perfect time for some family photos. This particular family have been in front of my camera several times now and it’s always such a pleasure. The oldest boy is so much fun, and has quickly become my little buddy! Mom went into this session super open-minded, now that we’ve worked together a few times, she just said do your thing, whatever you want! So, I took them to one of my favourite fall places, and we just hung out for about an hour. We played lots of fun little games with the kids, had some tickle time, and even threw rocks into the water. I think everyone had fun!

So many great images came out of this session, but here are a handful of my favourites! In fact, I loved this session so much, I used it to create a new studio sample album to show how great a 10×10 family album looks! Take a peek at the end of the images to see the album!

family on beach in fall family cuddled up on blanket brothers hugging family tickling family of 4 walking young boy smiling young boy giving his mom and brother a picked flower boy hugging mom boy laughing with dad boy high fiving dad family of 4 baby boy at beach with parents in fall brothers throwing rocks in pond with dad young brothers picking rocks with dad boys snuggling mom on beach in fall husband and wife hugging

Like I mentioned, I put together a beautiful album from this session, here are some snapshots of that:

Collage of a 10"x10" premium album from a family photography session

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 and families each month so please get in touch and we can discuss your session!

8 Christmases

I recently read an article that informed me that the average age that kids generally lose that certain Christmas magic (you know what I mean), is now 8 years old. 8. My son is 4, it hit me like the polar express that we are half way done. Maybe less, maybe a little more, but likely about half way. In fact, the article showed a huge drop off after the age of 5. OMG, that’s next year!

Now, I know, I know, Christmas will still be fun, Christmas will still be special, and most importantly we will still have the special time together as a family, but there is something that just fills my heart in those years when kids still fully believe in all that is Christmas magic. I am not ready to even think about letting this go!

So what did I do? I thought about all of the traditions and magical memories I loved as a child, and set out to provide the same kinds of memories for my son. And of course, being who I am, I photographed everything! Whether I pulled out “the big camera” or used my cell phone, I made sure to document these days, as they are so fleeting. We only get 8 Christmases on average before things change just a little bit.

So here is my list of traditions or things you might like to do with your child to help create those memories, and enjoy some special bonding time as Christmas comes! I’ve linked to specific events happening in and around Durham Region where possible, and while some have passed (save them for next year!) some are still on-going!

    1. Santa Claus Parade. This year we attended 2 Santa Claus Parades. One in the day time and one at night. It was a lot of fun and we loved the night parade with all of the lights! I believe all of the Parades in Durham Region are finished for the year, but Durham Region is host to so many parades, so plan early next year and make sure to attend one!
    2. Photos with Santa. My one regret this year was not booking a professional photography experience with Santa himself. Many local photographers now offer this truly unique experience, and I had intended to book with one, but being so busy with my own Christmas sessions, it just got away from me. I hope to get a session like this booked next year, but in the mean time, and because our years with Santa are limited, I booked this pretty cool Santa Experience at Scarborough Town Center, called Santa’s Secret Workshop. It’s a 15 minute private visit with Santa, where I believe they will chat, do a little activity together, and an Elf takes all the photos of our time together! It sounds and looks great! We go on Saturday and there are still appointments available!
    3. Go for a drive to see the Christmas lights. For 3 years now, we have drove out to Old Scugog Rd. to view the most spectacular light displays put on my the residents of the area. Most of the homes are fabulously decorated and it’s definitely worth a drive out there. Every year prior my son has fallen a sleep in the car on the way, because obviously we have to wait until dark to view the lights, but this year, he managed to stay awake, and he was in awe! With comments like “wow, that house really knows how to rock!” and ” I declare the winner, the house with Santa in the window!” it was a really fun drive around viewing some amazing light displays. Go make the trip! There’s also a few other homes around Durham region worth taking a drive past. This one in Whitby, and this one in Pickering, and 559 & 563 Labrador Drive Oshawa. If you know of any other good home displays, post them in the comments!
    4. Visit a festival of Lights. Growing up in the London, On area, most years my family took a trip into Victoria Park to view the lights and displays around the park and do some skating. It was one of my favourite things to do as a kid at Christmas. So last year, when I heard about the Uxbridge Fantasy of Lights, I was very eager to go, and was not disappointed! We will be going again this year, most likely this weekend! This is a real community event, where businesses and community organizations put together their own displays through out the park, creating a variety of displays all utilizing lights in different ways. There’s a horse drawn wagon to take you around the park after you’ve driven in, or you can walk. It’s on every night starting a 6 pm into the new year! Visit their Facebook page to see some photos and videos of the lights!
    5. The Whitby Christmas Market. This one too has passed, but hopefully becomes a longstanding tradition in the town of Whitby. This past weekend we headed into downtown Whitby to visit the market, and had such a great time. With free skating for the kids, cookie decorating hosted by M & R cakes, free holiday photos sponsored by 360 Insights, free hot cocoa, Christmas decoration crafts, and my favourite DJ, Shawn from Step by Step in the beer tent, it was lots of fun for my husband and I , and our son! I was able to do a little shopping from some of the amazing local vendors, while my son kept busy making cookies, decorations, and dancing! Make sure this one’s on your list next year!

Whatever you do this holiday season, make sure to make it count. Take time to set aside all the hustle and bustle and really make time to create memories with your kids, laugh together, love one another, and enjoy the magic of Christmas together. Because remember, we only get about 8, before things start to change.

son on dad's shoulders watching Christmas Parade

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!

Newborn Baby Oliver | Durham Region Newborn Photographer

Newborn baby Oliver came to me at just 13 days old. We spent a great 3 hour session together, working through Oliver’s needs for food, cuddles, and snuggles, to capture these adorable images from his first few days of life. I really love simple and timeless colours, so I was very happy when mom chose cream as the main colour to use in the session. I mixed in some grey, navy and woods, and it all came together handsomely! Here are a few of my favourites from baby Oliver’s session!

newborn baby boy sidelaying on grey pillow and backdropnewborn baby boy wearing sleepy cap baby boy close up of face newborn baby boy laying on tummy showing side profile of face newborn baby boy laying on back with legs curled up newborn baby boy wrapped in cream newborn baby boy close up of feetclose up of newborn hands baby boy in navy looking at camera mom and dad with newborn boydad holding newborn baby noy mom snuggling newborn baby boy

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 Armstrong Family | Whitby Family Photographer

As the summer days turn to fall, the days start to get a bit shorter and the gorgeous fall sunset casts beautiful golden light over our town. When we get these perfect golden hour evenings, it makes from some gorgeous family photos! This evening in September was no exception! Little man Mavic is no stranger to my camera, this was our 6th session together, and a great way to capture him as he turns the big 2!

When planning this session, we decided to keep it simple and take Mavic down to the water and let him throw rocks, climb on a log, and just play with his family. The perfect plan for a busy, outdoorsy 2 year old, and it made for some adorable photos!

photo collage of 2 year old with parents at the beach photo collage of 2 year old with parents at the beach

Mom and dad decided to preserve this time in their lives by creating a gorgeous heirloom quality album and a 7 photo, float mount wall collage. Here is a snap shot of the float mount wall cluster, still wrapped in plastic, before I delivered it to the family!

float mount cluster for wall hanging

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!

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!

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