Posts tagged first time parents
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
Welcome Baby Georgia! | Toronto Newborn Photographer

Little miss Georgia had her newborn session one day before her due date!  She surprised her parents by showing up a month early, and one big advantage that gave us is that this little peach slept so well for us!  The bright sunny day paired perfectly with her cheery white, pink and gold nursery that Georgia's mom, Kate, did a beautiful job designing.  I think my favourite thing in the nursery was the amazing window ledge filled with books (which will be no surprise to anyone who knows me), although the cozy blue chair takes a close second.  I had such a great time getting to know Kate and Andrew and enjoyed listening to them chat away to their baby girl!  Wishing this sweet family many blessings in the days to come.

pink gold and white nursery details, stuffed animals in crib - Markham In-Home Photos
new mom changes 4 week old baby girl's diaper on change table in pink and gold nursery - Barrie In-Home Photos
first time parents hold 4 week old baby daughter standing in front of crib in pink and hold nursery - Stouffville Lifestyle Photography
mom holds 4 week old baby girl in nursery, dad stands behind smiling at daughter - Markham Lifestyle 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
Margaret and Wes | Toronto Maternity Photographer

From our very first emails I knew Margaret and I were going to be fast friends!  She said that she could feel the love between the families in my photos, and wanted me to capture the love in her family as well.  What beautiful words for me to hear!  Margaret and Wes made this so easy for me, you'll see in the photos below that they just exude love for one another and for their baby girl who is set to make her appearance this month.  We did a mix of indoor and outdoor shots, and Margaret was such a trooper hiking around outside, which isn't easy when you're in your third trimester (at least from what I hear, I did no hiking in my third trimester, or in any trimester for that matter)!  I left our session relaxed, refreshed and feeling like I had just spent an evening with good friends.  What more can you ask for from a session?!  Margaret and Wes, I can't wait to capture your sweet baby girl when she finally arrives!

pregnant mom to be holding baby belly and looking at camera - Stouffville Lifestyle Photography
husband embraces pregnant wife, kisses her shoulder - Markham Lifestyle Photography
Welcome Baby Damien! | Vaughan Newborn Photographer

When I rolled up to Hilary and James' home for their baby boy's newborn session it was a gorgeous April afternoon, nice and bright, plenty of beautiful light for an indoor session!  We started in the brightest room in the house, baby Damien's nursery, and while we were in there it started getting darker, darker, darker, until it was so dark my camera was having trouble focusing!  Some serious storm clouds had rolled in, and since it was so dark we ended up doing 90% of our session in the nursery.  One room and one window made for a fun creative challenge and we got such a great variety of shots in that little space.  Handsome little Damien was such a good sleeper through the majority of our session, and then peeked his soulful little eyes open towards the end to round out his collection of portraits!  Hilary and James, thank you for giving me the privilege of witnessing and documenting your first days as a family of 3. 

First time dad hold sleeping, swaddled 2 week old baby boy - Newmarket Lifestyle Photos
New parents laughing and holding 2 week old baby son in nursery - Stouffville Lifestyle Photos
2 week old baby boy with dark hair sleeping in onesie with arms in air - Markham In-Home Photos
new parents hold 2 week old baby son, mom looking up at dad - Barrie In-Home Photos
2 week old baby boy with dark hair wrapped in swaddle lying awake on bed - Barrie Lifestyle Photography
2 week old baby boy with dark hair wrapped in swaddle awake and looking at camera, mom lying next to son - Uxbridge Lifestyle Photography
Welcome Baby Cara! | Stouffville Newborn Photographer

The day of sweet Cara's newborn session there was a massive downpour and heavy cloud cover, but walking into this new family's bright and beautiful home, I knew the dark weather wasn't going to be an issue!  Allana and Andrew designed Cara the most gorgeous neutral nursery which we spent a lot of time in capturing snuggles with both her parents plus a few shots of big fur-brother Winston along the way.  One of the highlights of the session, for me at least, was that Andrew ate like half the box of cookies that I brought during our session, so I'm feeling super confident in my baking skills as a result haha!  Or maybe they were just short on groceries, but I'm choosing to take it as a compliment either way ;) Miss Cara was a sweet pea and was happiest snuggled up on her mama's chest in a swaddle.  She snoozed away until we tried to take her swaddle of, which she was not a fan of at all!  So, of course, baby runs the show and we swaddled that girl right back up and she was a doll for the rest of the session.  Wishing this lovely family all the blessings as they enjoy life with their little lady!

gender neutral nursery details, grey crib - Markham in-home photography
new mother snuggles sleeping, swaddled 2 week old baby daughter to chest - Stouffville Lifestyle Photography
Welcome Baby Hunter! | Vaughan Newborn Photographer

Photographing newborn sessions for first time parents is such a special privilege.  To be able to come into their home, witness and capture their first days as parents is an honour.  There is still a lingering sense of disbelief and awe that this is real life!  Jenna and Daniel were so enchanted by their beautiful baby boy, Hunter, and I think he was pretty amazed by them as well!  He spent some time just studying his mama's face at the beginning of our session, and it was the sweetest thing (exploding ovaries over here!).  If you're searching for some nursery inspiration, you need to check out Hunter's...bright and beautiful space with a monochromatic palette and adorable woodland accents. I had so much fun shooting this delightful family in their home and to witness their love for their newest family member.   

monochromatic nursery details, white change table and polka dot wall decals - Markham lifestyle photos
monochromatic black and white nursery details, basket of stuffed toys - Uxbridge lifestyle photos
mom snuggling 2 week old baby boy to chest, kissing his forehead - Newmarket in-home photography
new dad holding and looking at sleeping 2 week old baby boy - Stouffvillein-home photography
Welcome Baby Lily! | Stouffville Newborn Photographer

Oh hey! That's right, another adorable newborn to melt your heart today.  Laura and Brian welcomed their sweet baby girl Lily into the world in January and I had the pleasure of meeting her when she was 6 weeks old for her newborn session.  From the moment I came into their home it was just so obvious how head-over-heels Laura and Brian are for their little lady.  There was a constant outpouring of love for her and it made my job of capturing the love between their family so effortless. I also love Laura and Brian for the fact that they let me sit and hang out and eat a banana because a was foolish enough to not have breakfast before their session! Shaky hands and cameras don't mix! Their kindness and hospitality towards me was so appreciated...Lily, you have some amazing parents to look up to :)  

Welcome Baby Kyle! | Toronto Newborn Photographer

You know that awkward, self-conscious feeling you get when someone is pointing a camera at your face and you're trying to look super cool and natural at the same time?  Well meet baby Kyle.  He has obviously never experienced this before.  I mean, look at that first photo...that pose was all him.  I think he gets his laid back ways from his parents, Mira and Ken.  They were so calm and natural in front of the camera and just let their love for their baby boy shine through.  They also didn't get mad at me for moving half the furniture in their apartment, which was a big plus ;)  I seriously enjoyed every moment of this newborn session, editing and all, and look forward to seeing this little man grow!

The Tang Family - Toronto Maternity Photographer

I knew I was going to have a lot of fun with Helen and Glendon from the moment they emailed me some silly photos of them modelling their maternity session outfits.  These two clearly had a great sense of humour.  And, of course, they didn't disappoint! We did their maternity session on a freezing cold February morning and they were crazy enough to brave the cold so we could get some outdoor shots.  I was in a parka and I was freezing, so they deserve some serious credit for posing and looking amazing without any jackets!  We had such a fun time, and I cannot wait to capture their baby boy when he arrives in April :)

pregnant woman sits in chair touching baby bump - newmarket lifestyle photography
pregnant woman sits in chair touching baby bump - stouffville lifestyle photography
pregnant woman smiling as husband embraces her and holds baby belly - newmarket lifestyle photography
pregnant expecting mother admires and holds baby bump - Stouffville lifestyle photography