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Toronto Family Photographer

I love being a Toronto family photographer for so many reasons. I love kids and playing with them. I love watching families interact with each other and observing different family dynamics. I love being able to capture moments with my camera that parents will cherish for years to come. I love that when my wedding clients have babies, they invite me back into their lives to document their next chapter of life. I love taking portraits of newborns, babies, toddlers, kids, tweens, teens and young adults.

I have done a lot of newborn photography in the past six years. You can see some of my favourite sessions here and here. But what often amazes me is that we do the newborn session and then that’s it. I’ll often be rehired when the baby turns one and it always amazes me how much the kid has changed. I mean, obviously the kid has changed! But it started to get me thinking. What if I offered a package called The First Year? What if I could document a family four times over the course of the baby’s first year of life. From 4 weeks old to 4 months to 8 months and then 1st birthday. How cool would that be to document the growth and change in not only the child but the parents as well? So, I started to offer this package.

Ethan has been my first subject for this package and I am so proud of the story we’ve been able to tell about his first year. I love that you can not only see the growth in him physically but also developmentally. I was able to document him from an infant being breast fed to being spoon fed solids to feeding himself. I captured him being swaddled in his parents arms to standing on his tippy toes to walking on his own. I am so thrilled to finally be able to show you a complete series for this package.
As a Toronto family photographer, I am so eager to document more parents and their babies during their first year of life.

Without further adieu, here is Ethan’s First Year.
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mother and father holding newborn

father looking at his newborn baby

mothers hands and baby feet

newborn baby holding onto mothers finger

naked baby bum

naked newborn baby

newborn baby sleeping on mothers chest

mother smelling her newborn baby

father holding sleeping baby

newborn sleeping on father

father holding his newborn baby sleeping

mother looking at sleeping baby

sleeping newborn baby

baby sleeping and stretching

crying newborn baby

baby sitting on small chair

baby sitting outside on quilt

mother helping baby to walk

mother passing baby to dad

family with baby sitting in backyard

dad and mom with baby in summer

mom holding baby close to cheek

mother breastfeeding her child

mother laughing and holding baby over shoulder

black and white photo of mom and baby

baby sitting in a bumbo

dad spoon feeding his baby

father feeding his child

baby eating solid food

baby making disgusted face

baby eating food

black and white portrait of baby on bed

black and white portrait of baby on stomach smiling

baby laughing on bed

toes of baby

family portrait with chocolate lab

autumn photo of baby standing

baby sitting on blanket in forest

baby being lifted in the air

teething baby chewing on toy

baby in a hat in forest

toddler on bed with parents

toddler with his parents

toddler reading a book

toddler reading good night moon

toddler proud of reading book

child playing peekaboo under covers

toddler playing in parents bed

toddler holding hands with parents

toddler lying down on bed

toddler in between mom and dad on bed

naked toddler in diaper

childs crossed legs

baby with legs in the air

toddler standing on bed

baby taking first steps

toddler walking towards mom

baby walking for the first time

one year old eating birthday cake

cake smash with baby

toddler taking a bath

baby getting ready for a bath

toddler waiting for bath

toddler having hair washed by mom

toddler with soap in eyes

baby having shampoo in eyes

baby in a bath

baby in a shower

baby reaching for camera

portrait of baby in bath

baby getting out of bath

naked baby bum

naked toddler on mothers lap

baby being hugged by mom with soother

toddler on dad's chest

toddler eating blueberries

toddler on dad's belly

toddler in high chair

baby reaching for berries

baby eating a cracker

newborn baby and toddler

spoon fed baby and feeding himself

newborn and dad compared to toddler and dad
newborn baby compared to one year old

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Being a Toronto newborn photographer has so many perks. I get to be invited into some incredibly beautiful and unique homes. As a kid, my favourite part about going trick or treating (aside from getting candy, duh) was looking inside people’s homes. I would like to think this made me a curious child who maybe appreciated interior design? Or just a nosy kid who liked to see the way people lived. Either way, as an adult I still like to look into people’s homes but now I don’t have to wait until Halloween. I am really hoping that as you’re reading this you’re agreeing with me and not thinking, ‘man, this lady sounds like a huge creep.’ For example, check out this newborn session and let’s all appreciate the beauty of their home.

Let’s move on.
Another perk of being a Toronto newborn photographer and let’s be honest, it is the number one perk, baaaaaaabiiiieeeesssss!
(I would like you to read that in the style of Oprah, so please go back and read that sentence again)
Babies are the best. The way they smell, the way they move, their expressions and noises. I love everything about babies. I especially love documenting all of those things with my camera. 

When it comes to newborn sessions, I typically recommend to do the photos when the baby is between 4-6 weeks old. My approach to newborn photography is to keep it real and to document life with a new baby. (In other words, I don’t do babies in bowls.) While week old babies are adorable…they don’t really do much other than eat and sleep. When the baby is just that little bit older, they’re still teeny tiny but they’re awake longer and are starting to develop their personality. They are awake for longer intervals and their faces are a bit more expressive, providing for more variety in the photos. Having said all of that, I am in no way against doing a newborn session with a days old baby. If that is what you want, that is what we will do.

When Clara’s parents contacted me to do her newborn photos, we waited until she was 4 weeks old and I’m so happy with how they turned out. Nicole and Chris were so cute with their new daughter. You can just feel their happiness through these photos. 

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newborn baby lying on bed in onesie

mom and dad holding newborn baby

mom and dad holding crying baby

dad kissing top of baby's head

mother burping her baby

mom kissing her newborn baby

dad holding his baby on his shoulder

dad smelling top of baby's head

baby looking up at her dad

dad holding newborn baby while mom kisses her

baby looking at camera

naked newborn baby sneezing

mum holding naked newborn baby

mother holding her naked baby

newborn baby yawning and stretching

newborn crying with parents hands holding her

mom and dad admiring their yawning baby

father and daughter feet

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This was my first Miller Lash House wedding and I hope it’s not my last. One of my favourite parts about being a Toronto wedding photographer is the amount of amazing venues we have in this city. Leigh and Jeff were married on a hot summer’s day and I think we can all agree they looked amazing. I love when a bride has a unique sense of style and she isn’t afraid to rock it at her wedding. I also love when a bride is referred to me by her friends, which was the case here. I have been lucky to capture two of Leigh’s girl friends weddings. One was at the Berkely Church and the other was at the Hart House. It’s always so nice to see familiar faces at the weddings I document!

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I really loved shooting this Miller Lash House wedding for a few reasons. I loved the outdoor ceremony space with the tall green cedar hedge serving as a backdrop. I also loved the open field adjacent to the venue which served as our location for portraits. Whenever I am documenting a wedding, I always try to pull my couple aside during sunset for about ten minutes to create some beautiful golden light portraits. The open field where we did their first look as well as their formal portraits served as the perfect spot to also do their sunset portraits and we timed it just right for when the sun was going down. 

It was an absolute pleasure to document Leigh and Jeff’s Miller Lash House wedding. These two are so in love and happy, it was hard to capture a moment where they weren’t grinning ear to ear. The whole day from start to finish was fun, especially the dance floor. These guys and their friends sure know how to cut a rug (does anyone even say that anymore?) All I know is I didn’t want to stop taking photos of them dancing and that’s always a good sign of an amazing wedding.
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Without further ado, here is Leigh and Jeff’s Miller Lash House wedding.

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Graydon Hall Wedding

Jan 25 2017

This was my very first Graydon Hall Wedding and I loved every second of it. Courtney and Craig chose to have their wedding in September because that month according to weather statistics is the less likely to rain. However, that did not prove to be the case for their wedding day. It rained and it poured all day. But you know what? It was ok. Courtney made sure to have plenty of umbrellas on hand and she and Craig were totally cool with doing their portraits outside, despite the miserable weather. I personally love doing rainy portraits because it leads to having some moody and unique photos.

Having a Graydon Hall Wedding is really terrific for a few reasons. The grounds are stunning and can be used to do all of your formal portraits without having to travel anywhere. It’s a one stop shop there! The inside and outside are architecturally stunning and create such a romantic setting for a wedding. They originally planned to have their ceremony outside but because of the rain it had to be moved inside. This wasn’t so bad though as the indoor option was beautiful and created even more so by the flower arch from Blush and Bloom.

Courtney and Craig’s Graydon Hall Wedding was a photographer’s dream not only because of the venue but because of the people. It was so wonderful to see some of my past bride’s there. Leigh who was married this past summer at Miller Lash House was a guest and so was Kathleen who had a Hart House wedding. Being surrounded by your closest friends and family is so important for your wedding and this is what Courtney and Craig made sure to happen at theirs.

Here is Courtney and Craig’s love story of their Graydon Hall Wedding.
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Venue: Graydon Hall
Flowers: Blush and Bloom
Dress: Leanne Marshall from MRS Bridal Boutique
Hair and Makeup: Rosemary Chau and Erin Guenter

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