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Sweet September Family Session | Toronto Baby Photographer

I met this beautiful family on the most gorgeous September evening, shortly before little Adam's first birthday.  He was such a sweetie, despite being up so close to bedtime, and gave us so many smiles. His parents, Alissa and Sandro were naturals in front of the camera, and did such a fantastic job keeping their baby boy happy.  It was one of the most beautiful outdoor sessions of the fall with all that golden light, and I'm excited to finally be sharing it with you here!  Enjoy!

 dad standing in field holding 1 year old baby boy with dark hair in striped sweater, son smiling at camera with surprised look, dad leaning face against boy's - York Region Golden Hour Photos
 dad standing in field holding 1 year old baby boy with dark hair in striped sweater smiling at camera, father smiling at son - Newmarket Lifestyle Photos
 couple standing on path at sunset, sun setting behind them, husband standing behind wife embracing her, woman smiling at camera - Barrie Lifestyle Photography
 couple standing in golden field at sunset, sun setting behind them, husband's arms around wife's waist, couple face-to-face, nose and foreheads touch, smiling- GTA Lifestyle Photography
The Sproat Family | Toronto Lifestyle Photographer

I had SO much fun with the Sproat family during the Saturday morning we spent together.  John and Becky welcomed me so warmly into their home, and gave me total freedom to do my thing as I captured all of the antics and fun that unfolded! Jesse and Alexa were silly and adventurous, as you will see from a few of the photos at the park (was I that brave as a child?)!  When we returned back home though, they were kind enough to show me a few of their favourite things.  Alexa loves cats and Jesse loves pugs, and both love Lego!  They also both adore their little white hamster, Fiona, who become quite the star, and actually had some impressive posing skills...although she did poop a lot ;)  Becky and John were also game for a few couples shots which made me very happy!  All-in-all it was everything I hope for in a family session, and as always, an honour to create these memories for them.

 family of 4 standing on front of dark home with old doors, mom's arms around 7 year old girl's shoulders, 9 year old boy hugging sister, dad's hand on son smiling at him - Stouffville Lifestyle Photography
 family of 4 standing on front of dark coloured home with old doors, mom and and dad tickling 7 year old girl and 9 year old boy as kids try to get away, laughing - Markham Lifestyle Photography
 mother and daughter sitting on steps of backyard porch, mom's hugging 7 year old girl's shoulders, girl looking at camera - Stouffville In-Home Photography
 9 year old boy sitting between dad's legs as they sit on backyard porch step, dad's arms around son as he tries to escape, both laughing - Markham In-Home Photography
 7 year old girl sitting on swing in city park, hair flying in her face as she move backwards, smiling at camera - York Region In-Home Photography
 7 year old girl sitting on swing in city park, shot from below as she swings high, feet in air - Newmarket In-Home Photos
 9 year old boy in plaid shirt with light brown hair standing on top of jungle gym at park and smiling down at camera - GTA Lifestyle Photos
 7 year old girl with light brown hair in dress and fur vest swinging from jungle gym at park, and looking seriously at camera - York Region Lifestyle Photos
 7 year old girl and 9 year old boy jumping off tree stumps at park, arms in air, mouths open, smiling, little sister looking at camera - York Region Lifestyle Photos
 mom walking down paved path at city park, arms around 9 year old son and 7 year old daughter as they stroll - Newmarket Lifestyle Photography
 7 year old girl sitting on bench in mudroom, one knee up, taking of shoes after returning from park, looking at camera - Markham Lifestyle Photos
 husband and wife sitting on ground of colourful tile, leaning against white wall, arms linked and holding hands, smiling at one another -  Barrie Lifestyle Photos
The Morris Family | Newmarket Lifestyle Photographer

Sometimes when the weather is being a pain and there's too much rain and cloud and I have a bunch of sessions that have to be rescheduled, I start to ask myself why I even bother shooting outside at all?! But then I have sessions like this and I am reminded.  Because a gorgeous fall evening + a beautiful and fun-loving family + the golden setting sun = magic.  That's what my session with the Morris family was.  Audrey and Linden had a classic brother-sister relationship, which I think you can get a feel for in some of these photos!  Being only a year apart they have the perfect blend of sweetness one moment and teasing the next.  It made for some fun moments!  Theresa and Jason are so obviously adored by their kiddos, and I absolutely loved capturing all of the joy and fun that this family brought to our session!

 family of 4 sitting on park bench surrounded by tall grasses, 4 year old boy sitting on mom's lap, 5 year old sister leaning over and snuggling brother who is smiling at camera - GTA Lifestyle Photography
 mother with dark brown hair sitting on park bench surrounded by tall grasses with 4 year old boy sitting in her lap, laughing as mom kisses son's face - York Region Lifestyle Photography
 4 year old boy with dark hair and eyes wearing button down shirt jumping on path surrounded by tall grasses, looking at camera and smiling - GTA In-Home Photos
 5 year old girl with long dark hair wearing tall boots and pink skirt twirling on path surrounded by tall grasses, hair and skirt moving - York Region In-Home Photos
 father standing in field holding 4 year old boy in his arms up in the air, face to face, son laughing and smiling at dad  - Newmarket Lifestyle Photography
 father standing in field holding 5 year old girl and 4 year old boy in his arms as daughter and son hug him, dad's face barely visible - Stouffville Lifestyle Photography
 family of 4 standing together in grass field in front of tree, 5 year old girl hugging dad's leg, 4 year old boy looking up at mom, both parents looking at son - Barrie Lifestyle Photography
 portrait of 4 year old boy with dark hair and brown eyes wearing blue button down shirt and jeans standing next to mom, whose hand is resting on his shoulder, close up of child - GTA Lifestyle Photography
 4 year old boy with dark hair and brown eyes standing under willow tree wearing blue button down shirt and jeans, hands folded in front of him looking seriously at camera - Stouffville In-Home Photography
 5 year old girl with dark hair and brown eyes standing under willow tree wearing pink skirt and grey top, hands folded in front of her looking and smiling softly at camera -Markham In-Home Photography
 father sitting on wood porch step with 5 year old girl and 4 year old boy in his lap, arms around them and son and daughter snuggle up to dad - Stouffville In-Home Photos
 father sitting on wood porch step with 4 year old boy on the step below, dad's arms wrapped around son, both smiling at camera - Markham In-Home Photos
 family of four sitting on porch of log cabin, mom and dad looking at camera as 4 year son and 5 year old daughter sit in their laps smiling at one another - GTA In-Home Photos
 family of four sitting on porch of log cabin, mom and dad looking at camera as 4 year son and 5 year old daughter sit in their laps smiling at one another -York Region In-Home Photos
 father bending down on one knee in front of old stone house as 5 year old girl hugs him around the neck, dad's arms around daughter, both smiling at camera  - Markham Lifestyle Photos
 father bending down on one knee in front of old stone house as 5 year old girl hugs him around the neck, dad's arms around daughter, eyes closed and smiling - Barrie Lifestyle Photos
Waiting on Baby Girl | Toronto Maternity Photographer

This session was SO much fun.  A mix of intimate maternity photos and some documentary-style family fun, the entire morning was totally up my alley (who doesn't love brunch, amiright?!).  Dawne is such a gorgeous mama and wanted to document this pregnancy as they await the arrival of their baby girl.  She did such a fantastic job modelling and allowed me to get creative with some harsh lighting and I just loved the results!  Then we got together with the rest of the family and captured them preparing and enjoying a delicious brunch.  It was such a relaxed and enjoyable session and I can't wait to capture their baby girl when she arrives this month!

 pregnant woman with blonde hair in braid wearing black top and grey underwear, baby bump exposed, holding belly and smiling standing in front of window - Markham Lifestyle Photography
 pregnant woman with blonde hair in braid wearing black top and grey underwear, baby bump exposed, holding belly and smiling standing next to window - Barrie Lifestyle Photography
 pregnant woman with blonde hair in braid wearing black bra, panties and robe, baby bump exposed, holding belly and smiling standing in front of window - York Region Lifestyle Photography
 pregnant woman wearing black bra, panties and robe, baby bump exposed, holding belly standing in harsh light - Newmarket In-Home Photography
 pregnant woman with blonde hair in braid wearing black bra, panties and silk robe, baby bump exposed, hands on hips standing in front of window - GTA In-Home Photography
 pregnant woman with blonde hair in braid wearing black top and grey underwear, baby bump exposed, holding belly and smiling standing in front of window - York Region In-Home Photography
 3 children standing at kitchen island with mom helping to mix pancake batter for family brunch, 8 and 10 year old girls, 13 year old boy - GTA Lifestyle Photos
 3 children standing at kitchen island mixing pancake batter for family brunch, 8 and 10 year old girls, 13 year old boy - York Region Lifestyle Photos
 couple sitting together on couch smiling, husband's hand on pregnant wife's belly, woman wearing black dress and blonde hair in braid - Barrie In-Home Photography
 couple sitting together on couch snuggling, husband's hand on pregnant wife's belly, woman wearing black dress and blonde hair in braid and resting head on man's shoulder - GTA In-Home Photography
James' First Birthday Cake Smash | Aurora Family Photographer

To keep things consistent with my last post, another huge overshare here!  This fun family was getting ready to celebrate their littlest member's first birthday and thought a cake smash and sink bath session would be a great way to start!  Despite the fact that we messed with his nap times a little bit, James was in fine form and was a rockstar when it came to the cake smash.  He wasn't afraid to get his little hands dirty, and definitely ended up with a pretty decent sugar high! And, of course, it goes without saying that a sink bath makes me over the moon happy as a photographer.  It was so fun capturing everyone loving on and celebrating this sweet boy.  Happy first birthday James!

 1 year old baby boy with dark hair in white and blue plaid shirt and jeans sitting in mom's lap holding an apple - Barrie Lifestyle Photos
 1 year old baby boy with dark hair in white and blue plaid shirt and jeans holding mom and dad's hands as parents help him walk between them in backyard - GTA Lifestyle Photos
 1 year old baby boy with dark hair and eyes sitting in kitchen sink getting bath, water running as mom holds son's hand under it - Newmarket Lifestyle Photography
 1 year old baby boy with dark hair and eyes sitting in kitchen sink scratching neck as mom gives him a bath - Stouffville Lifestyle Photography
 13 year old big brother standing in kitchen holding 1 year old baby boy wearing bath robe and resting head on his shoulder - Stouffville In-Home Photos
 dad sitting at kitchen table holding 1 year old baby boy in hooded towel in his lap and feeding him bottle - Markham In-Home Photos
Sweet September Family Session | Toronto Lifestyle Photographer

Huge overshare happening in this post, my friends.  This beautiful family made my job so incredibly easy.  Nine month old Grayson was SO charming, I could have photographed that sweet smile alllll day.  Rebecca and Andrew were a lot of fun and knew all the best ways to entertain Grayson as we got closer and closer to bedtime.  They introduced me to the best kids playlist on Spotify (Upbeat Children's Songs...give it listen, you won't be disappointed!) and showed me how much fun I missed out on by not letting my husband throw Levi in the air!  Our session was so fun and it was a joy to capture all the love between these three.

 family of 3 sitting on ground in park, 9 month old baby boy with dark hair sitting in dad's lap chewing on hand, mom snuggled next to them, father laughing - Newmarket Lifestyle Photos
 9 month old baby boy with dark hair in white t shirt, jeans and sneakers sitting on grass in park in front of greenery playing and smiling -  Markham Lifestyle Photos
 9 month old baby boy with dark brown hair wearing white t-shirt, jeans and sneakers with hand in mouth looking serious  as he sits in swing at park - Stouffville Golden Hour Photography
 9 month old baby boy with dark brown hair wearing white t-shirt and jeans smiling and laughing with hands in air as he sits in swing at park - Markham Golden Hour Photography
 family of 3, 9 month old baby boy in white t-shirt and jeans sitting in mom's lap chewing on Sophie the giraffe, mother and father looking and smiling at son - Markham Lifestyle Photography
 mom standing holding 9 month old baby boy with dark hair wearing white t-shirt and jeans, kissing son on cheek - Barrie Lifestyle Photography
Sweet Sage at High Park | Toronto Family Photographer

I met this beautiful family on a gorgeous August evening in High Park.  Sweet little Sage was incredibly happy and easygoing which was a pleasant surprise since we were shooting very close to his regular bedtime!  We wandered around to a variety of spots in the park, but my personal favourite is under the willow trees next to the water.  Natasha and Sean came so well prepared with toys to entertain Sage and a picnic blanket to sit on.  It was a fun and relaxed evening with these three and an absolute pleasure for me to capture this stage in their family's history. 

 family of 3 sitting on blanket under willow tree at high park, 8 month old baby boy standing between mom and dad looking at camera, parents looking at son - GTA Lifestyle Photography
 family of 3 sitting on blanket under willow tree at high park, 8 month old baby boy standing between mom and dad looking at camera, parents looking at son - York Region Lifestyle Photography
 family of 3 walking down dirt path at high park surrounded by tall grasses and trees, mom carrying 8 month old blonde baby boy and parents holding hands, wife smiling at husband - York Region In-Home Photography
 family of 3 standing on path in high park surrounded by greenery, father carrying 8 month old blonde baby boy and mom holding his hand, both parents looking at son - Newmarket In-Home Photos
 father holding 8 month old blonde baby boy on path at high park surrounded by greenery, son is looking at camera, dad smiling at him - Barrie In-Home Photos
 father holding 8 month old blonde baby boy on path at high park surrounded by greenery, dad resting forehead on son's head, baby looking into distance and chewing on hand - GTA In-Home Photos
 family of 3 standing in high park, setting golden sun behind them, mom carrying 8 month old blonde baby boy and smiling at camera, dad looking at son - Newmarket Lifestyle Photos
 family of 3 standing in high park, setting golden sun behind them, father carrying 8 month old blonde baby boy and mom resting hand on baby, parents smiling at son - Stouffville Lifestyle Photos
 mom standing next to bench in garden at high park with 8 month old blonde baby boy in her arms, son reaching for flower on bush and mother smiling - Barrie Lifestyle Photos
 mom standing in garden at high park with 8 month old blonde baby boy in her arms kissing son on the cheek as he smiles - GTA Lifestyle Photos
 family of 3 standing under willow tree next to pond at high park, father carrying 8 month old blonde baby boy and mom resting hand on boy's chest, parents smiling at son - Stouffville Lifestyle Photography
 mom standing under willow tree at high park with 8 month old blonde baby boy in her arms, son smiling at camera, mother smiling at son - Markham Lifestyle Photography
Waiting on a Baby Brother | Markham Maternity Photographer

I met this beautiful family on a gorgeous summer night for their maternity session.  Jenny and Ryan are expecting their second baby boy next month!  I had a wonderful time capturing all the love and joy that holds these three together.  There was so much laughter, and the many fun antics from 3 year old Justin just brought this session to life.  His reactions to his parent's tickling him were so fun!  I can't wait to capture their first days with the baby behind Jenny's beautiful bump!  

 pregnant brunette woman in coral top standing in front of greenery next to barn holding baby belly - Barrie In-Home Photos
 3 year old toddler boy hugging his 7 month pregnant mom's legs on his tip toes, mother holding baby bump and looking down at son - GTA In-Home Photos
 pregnant woman in flowing coral top  and white skirt standing in front of willow tree holding baby belly and smiling softly at camera - Barrie Lifestyle Photos
 pregnant woman in flowing coral top standing in front of willow tree holding baby belly and looking down - GTA Lifestyle Photos
 7 month pregnant woman with dark hair wearing black lace and blush gown standing next to green foliage, holding baby bump and smiling at camera - Barrie Lifestyle Photography
 7 month pregnant woman with dark hair wearing black lace and blush gown standing next to green foliage, holding baby bump and looking to the side - GTA Lifestyle Photography
Baby Girl Emma | Toronto Family Photographer

Hello friends!  Things have been a little crazy around here, but I couldn't wait to share this beautiful family with you.  Baby girl Emma surprised her parents, Peter and Madeleine, by showing up several weeks early.  We decided to hold off her newborn session a little while to give them time to settle in, and when I met Emma she was the sweetest, roly-poly 2 month old.  Perfect age for a sink bath, am I right?!  Her big brother was so proud and an excellent assistant to dad during her bath time.  I loved capturing this little routine and now I'm thinking sink baths may need to become a regular part of my sessions...I'm hooked!  I'll leave you to scroll through the images below and trust that you'll feel the love this family has for one another and their sweet new addition!

 family of four sitting on bed, 9 year old boy holding 2 month old baby sister in pink onesie as mom and dad snuggled next to them - Barrie Lifestyle Photography
 new mom with dark hair in blue chambray dress standing in front of double doors holding and looking at 2 month old baby girl in her arms -  Newmarket In-Home Photography
The Anderson Family | Toronto Family Photographer

I had such a fun morning with this little family of three in their beautiful, bright home.   They were super kind when I was 15 minutes late because I couldn't find their house (my dear friend Google Maps led me astray)!  Matthew found me knocking on the door to the wrong house, where luckily no one was home!   When I finally did arrive I met baby girl Kaya, who is only 6 months old and already sitting and crawling...she was always one the move! Her parents certainly have their hands full with this sweet little lady.  The combo of giant windows and her gorgeous eyes gave us some beautiful images.  Matthew and Vanessa were so full of love for their sweet and spunky daughter, and I just loved capturing these memories for this family. 

 dad holding 6 month old baby girl up in the air, kissing her on the cheek - Markham Lifestyle Photos
 6 month old baby girl sits in mom's lap on bed, looking at camera - Barrie Lifestyle Photos
 6 month old baby girl walking and laughing, holding onto dad's hands - Barrie Lifestyle Photos
 6 month old baby girl walking and laughing, holding onto dad's hands - Newmarket Lifestyle Photography
Baby Abdullah's 8 Month Session | Toronto Family Photographer

Brace yourselves, folks.  There is a whole lot of perfect, chubby 8 month squish below this text.  His name is Abdullah, and along with the cutest role-poly little baby bod, he is also sporting a pair of gigantic, expressive brown eyes.  I'm actively holding back from writing all of those adjectives in CAPS LOCK by the way ;) Abdullah and his parents, Daniel and Sadaf, were in Ontario visiting family (they hail from Australia), and wanted to take the time to freeze this adorable and fun stage in their family's life.  Like my Levi, Abdullah is (or hopefully was by now!) a terrible sleeper, so Daniel, Sadaf and I bonded over mutual understanding of the tortures of long term sleep deprivation and I tried to pass on some hope that maybe he will start sleeping at 10 months like Levi did! I had such a fun morning with this laid back and loving family, and I'm now seriously contemplating making 8 month sessions a thing :)   

 8 month old baby boy in diaper sitting on bed holding feet, looking sad - Newmarket In-Home Photography
 8 month old baby boy in diaper sitting on bed between dad's legs, playing with feet - StouffvilleIn-Home Photography
 8 month old baby boy with brown hair and eyes in diaper lying on bed sand playing with feet - Stouffville In-Home Photos
 8 month old baby boy with brown hair and eyes in diaper lying on bed, hands folded - Markham In-Home Photos
 dad standing, holding and smiling at 8 month old baby boy who is smiling up at the ceiling - Barrie Lifestyle Photography
 dad standing, holding and smiling at 8 month old baby boy who is smiling up at the ceiling - Newmarket In-Home Photography
Welcome Baby Woodrow! | Toronto Newborn Photographer

Oh heavens.  I apologize in advance because this is a LONG blog post!!! This family allowed me to capture so many beautiful moments that I just couldn't choose.  Between a gorgeous old home, a spunky and fun 2 year old and an incredibly sweet newborn baby boy, this session was what dreams are made of!  Little miss Millie (the cutie in the pigtails) was so much fun to hang out with.  She didn't hesitate to warm right up and enjoy her time in the spotlight, which I think is very evident in the photos of her below!  She was a darling big sister to baby Woodrow, giving him lots of kisses and trying to calm him when he cried.  Woodrow was the most adorable little squish, with plenty baby chub since he arrived 2 weeks past his due date! He slept so well and was such an easy model.  Niki and Chris (parents to the two cuties) were so incredibly kind and seemed to navigate life with two littles with and admirable amount of grace and humour.  If you haven't gotten the gist, I really enjoyed my morning with this family, and I hope you can feel the love they have for one another in these photographs!

 2 year old blonde toddler girl in blue dress stands looking at the camera with head tilted - Barrie Lifestyle Family Photography
 2 year old blonde toddler girl in dress stands leaning against wall practicing yoga tree pose - Newmarket In-Home Family Photography
Little Miss Lainey | Muskoka Baby Photographer

You know you have a photogenic child on your hands when a 15 minutes session produces basically an entire gallery!  This is what happened when I got the beautiful miss Lainey in front of my lens!  Lainey's mama is my cousin Katelyn (the other beautiful lady in the photos), and we got to see each other for a family baby shower, so we just quickly took a few minutes to do a mini 7 month milestone session for Lainey before the festivities got started.  Honestly, I could have captured this girl all. day. long.  I mean, look at those baby blues!  And that smile! Stop. I can't even handle it.  And this was right before nap time, which as we all know is not when most babies are at their best.  I'll be quiet now and let her sweet face speak for itself.  Scroll all the way down, you won't be disappointed!  Have a happy Friday friends!

 6 month old baby girl with blonde hair and blue eyes lying on bed holding feet - Markham Family Lifestyle Photography
 6 month old baby girl with blonde hair and blue eyes lying on bed smiling - Barrie Family Lifestyle Photography
 mom sitting in chair kisses 6 month old baby girl on cheek - Stouffville Lifestyle Family Photography
 mom sitting in chair gets kisses on cheek from 6 month old baby daughter - Markham Lifestyle Family Photography
Baby Girl Caleigh | Markham Family Photographer

I met miss Caleigh when she was 3 months old, and I definitely forgot what a sweet stage this is!  She's as beautiful as baby girls come, with a beautiful head of hair (complete with an endearing little bald spot in the back!), some gorgeous long eyelashes and cheeks for days.  I have to say I have been getting so lucky with all of the older babies I have photographed lately...they've all given me the sweetest sleeping shots, which are much harder to come by once the newborn days pass!  Caleigh was in her Fisher Price lamb swing when I got there, the same one we have, and it brought me back to the days when Levi was tiny enough to fit in his (insert crying emoji).  I never felt like each stage was passing as quickly as it did, and I still find myself thinking that the current stage will be much longer, but it never is!  Natalie and Justin, I hope you treasure these photos of you baby girl and that they will bring you right back to the days of bald spots and chubby cheeks.

 3 month old baby girl in blue dress lying on floral blanket looking at camera - Stouffville Lifestyle Photography
 3 month old baby girl in blue dress and pink headband lying on floral blanket laughing - Markham Lifestyle Photography
 3 month old baby girl looking over father's shoulder at camera - Markham In-Home Photos
 3 month old baby girl in blue dress sits in dad's arms, looking at camera - Barrie In-Home Photos
The Banting Family | Toronto Family Photographer

You all know how much I love photographing newborns...but I think I equally love the older babies! I met up with Bennett and Jenn and their 5 month old baby girl Bailey on a chilly morning in March to capture some beautiful memories in their home.  Bailey was full of sweet smiles (as well as some drool haha!) and has the most beautiful blue eyes!  Seeing her chewing away on her chubby hands and Sophie the giraffe took brought back so many memories of Levi at this stage.  Her parents just love their little lady to bits and it was an honour to capture this fun stage in Bailey's life for them!

Welcome Baby Matthew! | Toronto Newborn Photographer

Say hello to baby Matthew, his big sister Alexandra and their wonderful parents, Adina and Mike.  This family was such a pleasure to photograph...Matthew was so perfect and content and gave me some super sweet poses as he moved his hands wherever he pleased!  Big sister Alexandra was quite possibly the friendliest two-year-old I've worked with, and although she was not one to sit still for the camera we got some really fun, candid moments of her being herself!  My favourite is the one of her cute little face peeking through the curtains.  I just love love love capturing toddlers in all their energetic glory!  They are so uninhibited and joyful and these qualities can make for some truly memorable photos :)  Adina and Mike were super laid back and game for whatever I had in mind, and I had a wonderful time playing with all the beautiful windows and light in their gorgeous home.  I wish them many blessings as they enjoy these first days with their new baby boy!

 mom sitting in glider holding and looking at 2 week old baby boy - Barrie in-home photos
 2 week old baby boy asleep with hand under chin, lying on mother's arms - Newmarket lifestyle photography