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!

 

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!

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!

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!

newborn baby dressed in cream with bonnet newborn baby on cream blanket close up face of newborn baby girl    newborn in floral wrap in a brown crate newborn wrapped in cream wrap in whitby studio face of newborn with brown head tie close up of newborn lip bubbles newborn on white with white pillownewborn girl yawning in mom and dad's arms

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!

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!

 

Baby Olivia | Whitby Baby Photographer

Robert is an old friend of mine, we worked together for a few years nearly a decade ago (OMG), we became fast friends, spending lots of lunch hours together, snowboarding, climbing the CN tower, we sailed on a boat, truly one of the best friends I’ve made through work. While we don;t see each other as much anymore, some friends you just will always consider a friend. So, I was thrilled when Robert emailed me just over a month ago to let me know him and his wife, Barbara, who is one of the sweetest women I’ve ever met, would be visiting Ontario, from their new home in BC, with their new baby girl, Olivia, and wanted to stop by for some photos!

They came into my Whitby studio one morning, and we did a series of family photos, as well as baby Olivia alone on the bed that I often set up in the studio. Olivia was just shy of 3 months old, and her expressions were just adorable! The results are beautiful, but with hair like Olivia’s, I knew these photos would be delightful!

Big thank you to Robert and Barbara for bringing Olivia in and taking time out of their family vacation to have photos done!

3 month old baby and 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!

BABY LUKAS | WHITBY NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY

Sweet little newborn baby Lukas was only 8 days old when he came in earlier this month to have his photos taken in my Whitby studio. He slept for nearly his entire session, and curled up to reveal the cutest little back rolls! Mom and Dad, and big brother Jackson also joined him for some portraits. It’s very clear how much Jackson loves his new little brother and loves giving kisses! Siblings are so sweet to capture at this age.

There were so many great shots from this session it was very hard for me, and for mom to narrow it down, but here are a few of my personal favourites from the session!

 

family with newborn boy mom with newborn baby boy Dad and newborn baby boy toddler kissing newborn brother newborn baby wrapped in grey newborn baby feet newborn baby hands newborn baby boy holding his foot newborn baby boy all squished up on grey newborn baby back rolls newborn baby close up newborn baby laying on side in black and white newborn baby on white smiling newborn baby wrapped on birch and 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!

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