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!

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!

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!

 

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!

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