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!

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!

The Rohrer / Silver Family | Whitby Family Photography

I love extended family photography sessions! I think it’s so important to capture those moments that include grandma and grandpa. Those moments that are often forgotten or we simply don’t take the time to capture. We owe it to our kids to capture these moments for them! The Rohrer family had originally contacted me for a family photography session with just the 4 of them, and as luck (and our questionable summer) would have it, we had to reschedule due to rain. It worked out beautifully though because in the time before the reschedule, they decided to ask if both sets of grandparents could come along. Of course!

We got up bright and early one Sunday morning in July, before the sun was high and making us all sweat, and headed to Cullen Gardens, in Whitby, to capture their family. We did a mix of posed formal portraits, and lots of fun and active photos with the two young boys. Jumping, running, spinning, and literally running circles around mom and dad, these boys were game for anything I asked! It was a blast! Here are just a few of my favourites from the session!

Extended family photo Grandparents and grandsons grandsons and grandparents boys giving daisies to mom two sons running in circles around their parents two sons running under a blanket their parents are holding black and white image of extended family couple in loose embrace 2 boys playing ring around the rosey at cullen gardens two boys running ahead of their family

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 Divinec Family | Oshawa Family Photography

The Divinec family came to see me last year in my Whitby studio, when Chloe was just a tiny newborn. It’s been about 9 months since then and as babies do, she has changed so much in such a short time! They decided it was time for some updated family photos! We chose a little park in Oshawa, off the beaten path, and a beautiful summer’s day made for gorgeous photos!

I love it so much when my newborn clients come back to me for some family photos. It’s such a joy to see the babies grow, and it’s always nice to see mom and dad and chat a bit about how they are doing now that they are old pros at this new parents thing!

 

Family of 3 with dog

dad kissing baby daughter

mommy and baby girl

mommy kisses baby girl

family sitting on grass with dog

baby girl crawling

family on bright blanket

baby girl with dog

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!

Introducing Mommy & Me Sessions | Whitby Portrait Photography

I so excited to introduce these special sessions just in time for Mother’s Day! If you are like me, you have 1 million and 1 photos of your kids, and perhaps nearly as many of them with their dad, but what’s missing is you. Sure, you might have a handful of awkward selfies, and a few snaps dad has thought to take, but us moms are often missing from the photos we use to document our lives. The days, turn into months and the months into years and it’s so important to not let this time slip away. This is your chance to get in the photo! Celebrate motherhood, celebrate your children, celebrate the bond between mother and children.

I am offering special Mommy & Me sessions in my studio on Whitby, ON, now through the end of May. Packages start at just $150. Dates are limited so please contact me at lyndsey@ellemariephotography.com for full details today.

celebrate motherhood with a special portrait session for mom and her children.

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