Family Photography

How to Prepare for Your Maternity Session

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Congratulations! Pregnancy is such a beautiful time full of dreams, little kicks and turns, and an exciting future ahead. It can also be hard, exhausting, and you don’t always feel your best or your prettiest. But remember - pregnancy is beautiful, you have that amazing glow, and your body is doing something amazing - new life is growing inside you.

Location: Sit back, close your eyes for a minute and imagine your session - where do you want to be? A gorgeous open field? The beach with the sand squishing between your toes? A favorite park with a forest close by? An urban feel? Or maybe it’s the comfort of your own home. Start with what you want the backdrop of your images to be; when you know the landscape you want it’s as simple as picking the spot.

Belleville, Kingston, Cobourg and all the surrounding areas have so many gorgeous locations and conservation areas we can easily find something to suit your vision.

Who is included in the session: The focus of a maternity session is you and the beauty growing inside of you; but we also want to celebrate Dad -  his love and pride for his coming baby and any siblings who are eager for this new joy to enter their world.


Wardrobe:  Pregnancy is such a special time - and you are a beautiful (even if you don’t feel like it). I always suggest moms - to - be to stop and enjoy this bit of time to pamper yourself and celebrate. These are images that you will look back on and cherish. Spend time doing your hair and makeup you love. Select clothing that makes you feel like the queen you are. Flowing dresses are incredible flattering and look amazing with a baby bump but your personal style is important to incorporate into the shoot. Choose your outfit first and coordinate any other outfits around yours. It’s your day - let’s celebrate what you are creating!

How to Prepare for your Newborn Session

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What better way to welcome your sweet newborn into the world than capturing the awe and love of your family towards this little person who has entered your home and captured your heart? Welcome sweet one, welcome.

My newborn style of photography is a relaxed approach capturing your little in their new environment. Typical places I shoot is the master bedroom, nursery, and a corner of the living room. When I arrive I will scout around your home looking for where the natural light falls the best and will utilize those spaces.

Day of the Session: As a new parent you’re going to feel exhausted, bursting with joy, some lows, and exhausted (yes, that deserves mentioning twice). So I want you to relax before your session - don’t go on a mad cleaning rampage, we can easily quickly pick up the areas we are going to use for your session. Take your time getting ready - and if you would like, I will bring a hair and makeup stylist for you Mom. You just went through a lot, you deserve a little pampering!

Sessions usually take place mid morning when the sun is bathing your home in gorgeous natural light.

Your Baby: You and I both know - babies are perfect just the way they are; which is why I don’t do any significant posing or props. I let baby guide the session, capture their little personality -  whether asleep or awake - and all of the tiny little details. (Little baby toes!!). I recommend feeding baby about 15 minutes prior to the session which will help them feel contented; but don’t worry, we can take lots of breaks. Dress your baby in a form fitting white onsie without any graphics or sayings and have a few favorite swaddling blankets around to tuck around your little one.

Siblings: I start the session by capturing images of the family together with the new baby while the session is interesting and exciting for your other children. Let your children know that a friend is coming to take pictures of them and their new baby - let them know how excited you are and that it will be a fun time. We will spend time cuddling baby and capturing meaningful images of the family with your new arrival.

Mom and Dad: Having a new little baby can be a wonderful experience, but it can also be hard. Mom and Dad - your job is to relax and enjoy your baby. Breathe in these little moments, sweet smells, and just enjoying being yourselves.

Wardrobe: Neutral and comfortable; coordinated but not matching. Mom, dress yourself in something you love and feel comfortable in and from there select the children’s and hubby’s outfit based on your outfit. If you need any help I am always on stand by - feel free to send me a message with pictures of outfits and I can help you pick the right pieces!

Preparing For Your Family Photography Session

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Hello there! If you're reading this you have either booked a family photography session or are envisioning your next session. Don’t worry - while planning can sometimes seem overwhelming I am going to break it down for you. It can actually be a lot of fun - and if you still feel lost, I’m only a phone call away. I love helping families design their sessions and discover the perfect vision for their family. There are a couple important details to go over. Let’s start!

Location: First off, Location is an important part of your session. Sit back, close your eyes for a minute and imagine your family session - where do you want to be? A gorgeous open field? The beach with the sand squishing between your toes? A favorite park with a forest close by? An urban feel? Or maybe it’s the comfort of your own home. Start with what you want the backdrop of your images to be; when you know the landscape you want it’s as simple as picking the spot.

Ontario has so many gorgeous locations and conservation areas we can easily find something to suit your vision.

Time: The time of day your session takes place plays a huge role in the outcome of your images. That soft golden light in the early morning and late evening creates such a dreamy feel to your images. 1-2 hours before sunset is recommended; if you have little ones a later nap helps them to be happy and content if it’s a little past their usual bedtime.

Home sessions are generally done late morning when the sun is the brightest and flooding your home with natural light.

Length of Session: Sessions typically last about 1 hour; they are relaxed, meaningful and most of all fun! Don’t worry - this time frame gives me plenty of time to capture a diverse and beautiful gallery for you. Now remember, no stressing, 1 hour is not a fixed time, if we need a bit longer or need to take a break for the littles to grab a snack and regroup it’s more than fine! Relax, and enjoy the session and the memories we are creating.

What to Wear: This is actually so much fun! I suggest two things - 1. Don’t attempt to ‘match’ but coordinate instead 2. Dress Mom first! Mom, we know your the one typically behind the camera capturing your family at the park, doing their crazy kid antics, and those adorable sleeping faces - this is your time to shine in front of the camera and showcase the love and pride you have for your family. Dress yourself in something you love and feel comfortable in and from there select the children’s and hubby’s outfit based on your outfit. If you need any help I am always on stand by - feel free to send me a message with pictures of outfits and I can help you pick the right pieces!

Props: Little props can make such a difference in the unique beauty of your session. Does your child have a special lovey or teddy they always have in hand? Perhaps a favorite book you snuggle down to read every night together? A special quilt you can all pile on that has special meaning? Clients have found that these small additions have added so much meaning to their final images.

Your Children: Let’s be real - kids will want to pose and smile for a picture for maybe 10 seconds before they are off running. Don’t worry; my goal is to capture authentic family images that showcase your unique beauty as a family. It’s okay for the kids to play, explore, and be themselves. I have lots of little tricks up my sleeve to keep the session fun and engage your littles to capture the images you so dearly treasure. Trust me, we are going to have a fun relaxing time. Clients often say they are surprised at what a good time they have during the session (even the kids!). Sessions are always full of laughter, family cuddles, and sweet moments forever held in the images created.