The First Year

Step one: Booking the package

In order to book The First Year, there are three steps.


As you pull out your calendar, here are a few things to consider:

  • Weekends are super popular and limited and thus incur a $50 fee (collections B and C waive this fee)

  •  Given the beautiful colours and temperate weather, spring , summer and fall are the busiest times of year for outdoor family photos in Southern Ontario. If you'd like a session during one of those times (ESPECIALLY if you want a weekend spot), please get in touch as soon as possible!


  •  If you have a particular date or holiday by which you need prints or gifts (Mother's Day, Father's Day, Hanukkah, Christmas, etc.), be sure to book a date at least one month in advance of that date to ensure sufficient processing and printing time. 

  •  Beautiful photographs can be made in any kind of weather, but I understand that there are some downsides to being photographed in the pouring rain or the freezing cold. I can and do reschedule sessions for inclement weather, but am also happy to use your home for the entire session if sticking to the schedule is a priority. Most often, these sessions take place inside your home, especially the newborn.

Since I will be with you three+ times over a year, something to consider is the different ages you'd like documented. Most common is newborn, 6 months and 1st birthday.


This package is your oyster and I'm open to whatever you want documented. If you need some help with ideas, I'm always here to chat!

​1. You will sign a contract

2. Once I receive the signed contract, I will send you an invoice and booking link to select your preferred date and time​ for your first session

3. You will pay a booking fee of $500 to officially book the year



Once we've decided on a time and date and officially put your newborn session on the books, I'll send you a getting ready guide that will walk you through everything from what to wear to making the most of your session. That guide has been created and refined over years of experience, so it typically answers 90% of the questions that come up, but I'm always happy to set up a time to chat if you want additional help.


A few days before our first session is scheduled, I'll reach out to confirm our time and location... at that point, if someone seems to be coming down with a cold or flu, we can talk about our rescheduling options. Otherwise, that's the perfect time to ask any last-minute questions or let me know if you've come up with a fun idea we haven't discussed.

At this session, we'll discuss the other two sessions for the year and book those in (or at the very least, book in the second one).



Within just a couple of weeks of your first session, you'll receive an email from me letting you know that your photos are ready to be viewed via slideshow. I'll ask you to choose a time where you'll be able to sit down and really enjoy seeing your images and will then send it over to you. Your slideshow will be up for 24 hours and within this timeframe, you'll be able to view it as many times as you'd like.  Once you've had a chance to see your photos and marvel for a bit, you'll decide which collection you want to purchase for the year. Once you let me know which collection you'd like to purchase, I'll send you an invoice for the first instalment and will open your gallery. After that, you'll have a full month to select the specific digital files you want to use to fill that collection. The print credit will be applied when your third gallery has been delivered. Each remaining instalment will be due when the second and third sessions are. After each session, the photos will be added to your first gallery so you have them all in one place.

Collection A

(Paid in three instalments of $833)


  • Three 2 hour family sessions

  • Your choice of 20 high-resolution digital files from each session

  • $300 print credit after the completion of the third session valid on any purchases made in the online gallery (prints, albums, digital files, etc.)

  • The option to schedule Bonus sessions at any time

    Purchased individually, the items in Collection A represent a $3750+ value

Collection B

(Paid in three instalments of $1000)


  • Three 2 hour family sessions

  • The option to schedule any/all sessions on a weekend

  • Your choice of 40 high-resolution digital files from each session

  • $600 print credit after the completion of the third session valid on any purchases made in the online gallery (prints, albums, digital files, etc.)

  • The option to schedule Bonus sessions at any time

    Purchased individually, the items in Collection B represent a $4500+ value

Collection C  

(Paid in three instalments of $1250)


  • Three 2 hour family sessions

  • A complimentary one hour Bonus session

  • The option to schedule any/all sessions on a weekend

  • A complete set of high-resolution digital files from each session (min 50 images)

  • $1000 print credit after the completion of the last session valid on any purchases made in the online gallery (prints, albums, etc.)

  • The option to schedule additional Bonus sessions at any time

    Purchased individually, the items in Collection C represent a $5850 value

    *HST is not included in any of the above rates

The Collections

You will select which collection you'd like after you've viewed the first session



One of the biggest perks of being part of the First Year program is that you get exclusive access to the Bonus sessions... they're amazingly handy, and can be scheduled at any time from when you add your first session to my calendar to when we have our last scheduled session.

Grandparents coming to town? Bonus Session
Baby just learned to crawl? Bonus Session
Baby cut their first tooth? Trying solid food for the first time? Bonus Session
Need a holiday card and want a fully updated photo? Bonus Session
You got a new puppy? Uhhhh... are you crazy?!? You just had a baby! Sheesh! But also... Bonus Session!

So just what is a Bonus Session? It's a 45-minute mini-session for $450 that includes your choice of ten digital files. You can schedule as many as you'd like over the year or absolutely none at all... there's no commitment. It's just a perk that many of my clients find super-helpful... like having your own professional photographer on retainer!

In case you missed it, Collection C has one complimentary 1 hour bonus session included!

What you're going to do with your images is perhaps the most important aspect to consider when you're planning for a photo session, but it's all too often the aspect that's overlooked... all that time and money invested deserve a better return than photos gathering dust on a hard drive somewhere. You'll never get the same feeling looking at your photos on a screen as you will seeing them on your wall or flipping through the pages of an album, so I include a substantial print credit with every collection.


Below is a sample of some of the items you can choose among:


Hand-torn prints that are truly unique with a rich and textured finish. Each print is carefully torn to reveal a soft feathered edge that adds a beautiful softness to each image. These archival prints are printed on fine art matte paper using the finest pigment based inks.


5x7 / $50

8x10 / $80


Your favourite images are professionally printed on archival quality photo paper with your choice of a semi-gloss or deep matte finish. These full bleed prints are available in a variety of sizes, and are perfect for framing and hanging on the wall or giving as a special gift.


5x7 / $25

8x10 / $40

11x14 / $60



These beautiful hardwood frames will protect your prints from damage and help them look their very best in a spot for everyone to enjoy. Frames come in your choice of white or black and always includes an acid free mat-board and framer's acrylic glass. The quality has excellent print longevity and has been rated for 200 plus years fade resistance. 


8x12” (external measurement) / $220

14x18" (external measurement) / $350

18x24" (external measurement) / $490 

framed photo of baby


These lovely hard cover books are printed on smooth silk paper (250gsm). Layout and design options are limited only by your imagination, and can be further customized with your choice of linen covers and custom foiled letters.


10 spreads (20 pages) are included in the price below.

Additional spreads (1 spread = 2 pages)

can be added for $20 each.

10x10" / $500

12x12” / $600



I remember as a child grabbing photo albums and looking at images of people I didn’t know and still feeling nostalgic as I asked my mom who these people were. It allowed me to learn of the generations before me, it brought my mom and I together— even if just for a moment.


Or more recently my siblings all sitting in the floor of my mum's living room, stacks of photographs piled in everyone’s laps— retelling stories of our Nana who had just passed.


You can’t relive these memories when they are hidden away in iCloud or an external hard drive.


They allow for our future selves to reminisce and enjoy the memories of moments that have long passed. I truly value that these products will be in your hands, not stuck on the web somewhere and can be passed down for your children to enjoy.