Posts tagged real family photography
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
Baby Girl Reese | Aurora Newborn Photographer

What do you get when you mix a 2 year old, almost 1 year old and 2 week old, amazing parents and beautiful home together in a lifestyle session?  A suuuuuper long blog post full of fun, candid and snuggly images!  Big brother Charlie was without a doubt the sweetest and most gentle big brother I've ever met, covering his new baby sister, Reese, in so many kisses! Middle girlie, Quinn, was a bundle of energy, movement and adorable smiles.  This little girl was a super early walker and had the speed to prove it!  She was so fun, but started to fade as nap time approached, and graced me with some sleepy cuddles and even let me put her down for her nap! And finally, the star of the show, baby girl Reese.  She was just beautiful and slept so sweetly for us.  She even gave me a smile as she napped in her mama's arms.  These gorgeous children all belong to the wonderful Danielle and Stu, two super-parents who managed their 3 under 3 with a competence and grace that I can only aspire to! This family was such a joy to capture and I am honoured to have had the opportunity to capture their story.

2 week old baby girl with dark hair wrapped in swaddle with soft pink flowers, wearing bow headband asleep on bed, hands near face -  Stouffville In-Home Photography
2 week old baby girl with dark hair in white onesie lying on swaddle with soft pink flowers, wearing bow headband asleep on bed, hands near face - Markham In-Home Photography
2 year old toddler boy with dark curly hair wearing chambray shirt sitting on chair in corner of his bedroom playing handheld video game - Barrie Lifestyle Photos
2 year old girl with dark curly hair and brown eyes in cream top and dark pants trying to climb out of crib in neutral nursery with animal prints on wall - GTA Lifestyle Photos
dad standing in nursery in front of crib holding and kissing 1 year old baby girl on the cheek as she laughs - Barrie Lifestyle Photography
mother sitting in nursery glider chair holding and looking at 2 week old baby girl wrapped in swaddle - GTA Lifestyle Photography
mother sitting in nursery glider chair holding and looking down at 2 week old baby girl wrapped in swaddle and wearing bow headband lying in her arms, asleep - Markham In-Home Photography
dad holding 2 week old baby girl in his arms, squatting down as 1 year old toddler daughter with dark hair in white top and tights gives little sister a kiss - Barrie In-Home Photography
2 week old baby girl with dark hair wearing white onesie, bow headband and wrapped in pink floral swaddle asleep in mom's arms, smiling - GTA Lifestyle Photos
mom with long dark hair sitting on nursery floor leaning against crib holding 2 week old baby girl in swaddle wearing headband as she sleeps in mother's arms - York Region Lifestyle Photos
mom with long dark hair in white shirt sitting in nursery glider chair with 2 week old baby girl in onesie and pink floral swaddle sleeping on mother's chest - GTA Lifestyle Photography
mom with long dark hair in white shirt sitting in nursery glider chair with 2 week old baby girl in onesie and pink floral swaddle sleeping on mother's chest - York Region Lifestyle Photography
dad sitting on edge of bed holding 2 week old baby girl in onesie and pink floral swaddle, sleeping on father's shoulder - Stouffville In-Home Photography
dad sitting on edge of bed holding 2 week old baby girl in onesie and pink floral swaddle, sleeping on father's shoulder - Markham In-Home Photography
dad sitting on edge of bed holding 2 week old baby girl in onesie and  swaddle, sleeping on father's shoulder, close up of hair - GTA In-Home Photography
dad sitting on master bed holding 2 week old baby girl's head in his hands, smiling at her, daughter in white onesie with headband on - York Region In-Home 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
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
Baby Girl Abigail | Toronto Newborn Photographer

Say hello to sweet Abigail!  I first met her parents, Andrea and Joe, at their maternity session back in May, and was excited to find out whether they were having a boy or girl!  I have great admiration for those crazy people who have enough patience to wait until baby is born to find these things out ;)  It does add an extra fun element of anticipation though, I think!   Abigail was sweet as can be and really pulled of some serious modelling throughout the course of our session.  I had a wonderful morning with these three, and loved capturing this exciting piece of their family history for them! 

2 week old baby girl in white swaddle with pink flower headband lying asleep in dad's arms as he sits on bed with legs stretch out - York Region Lifestyle Photography
2 week old baby girl in white swaddle with pink flower headband lying asleep in dad's arms as he sits on bed with legs stretch out, mom beside him with hand on daughter - GTA Lifestyle Photography
2 week old baby girl with flower headband on lying asleep in white swaddle in father's arms, mom's hand on dad's - Barrie In-Home Photography
2 week old baby girl in white swaddle with pink flower headband lying asleep in dad's arms as he sits on bed holding daughter up face-to-face smiling at her - Uxbridge In-Home Photography
new mother wearing white t-shirt and jeans sitting on chair in living room, holding and looking at 2 week old baby girl in her arms - Stouffville Lifestyle Photos
new mother wearing white t-shirt and jeans sitting on chair in living room, holding and looking at 2 week old baby girl in her arms - Markham Lifestyle Photos
new father sitting on chair in living room, holding and looking at 2 week old baby girl in his arms, mom sitting on edge of chair smiling at daughter and holding her foot - GTA Lifestyle Photos
first time dad standing in living room holding 2 week old baby girl in blush dress and flower headband, smiling at daughter - York Region Lifestyle Photos
Baby Girl Audrey | Toronto Newborn Photographer

Audrey's newborn session was full of some of the sweetest cuddles I've had the pleasure of capturing.  This baby girl was a huge fan of snuggling against mom and dad's chest.  And while she was not big on being put down, her parents did an wonderful job comforting their sweet daughter and eventually had her lulled off to sleep! I'm always impressed with how new parents to take these things in stride and how quickly they learn the little tricks that work well for their baby.  I love capturing the new-ness of the family dynamic with a tiny newborn in the household.  I've said it before and I'll say it again...I love my job!

family of 3, new parents cuddle on bed, mom holding 2 week old baby girl covered with black and white swaddle, dad embracing wife and daughter - York Region Lifestyle Photography
family of 3, new parents cuddle on bed smiling at daughter, mom holding 2 week old baby girl covered with black and white swaddle, dad embracing them - Newmarket In-Home Photography
2 week old baby girl with light hair in diaper lying on mom's chest wide awake and calm as mother sits on edge of bed and snuggles daughter - Uxbridge In-Home Photography
2 week old baby girl with light red hair in diaper lying on mom's chest wide awake and calm as mother snuggles daughter - GTA In-Home Photography
2 week old baby girl with light hair in diaper lying on mom's chest fast asleep as mother with long brown hair snuggles and looks down at daughter - Newmarket Lifestyle Photos
new mom standing in nursery in front of crib holding 2 week old sleeping baby girl wrapped in white swaddle to her chest, mother's eyes closed - Stouffville Lifestyle Photos
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
Baby Girl Harper | Toronto Newborn Photographer

Oh miss Harper.  She was the easiest baby I have every photographed!  I could move her as much as I wished between poses and she was happy as a clam and would settle right back to sleep.  Unfortunately for her parents this was because she was exhausted from being up most of the night!  Big brother Preston was incredibly sweet and introduced me to every character from the movie Cars.  He also has an amazing pirate ship bed which I can only imagine is the envy of all of his friends!  This session was so fun and laid back and I loved every moment.  Denise and Albert, thank you so much for trusting me to capture your beautiful baby girl and the love and joy she has added to your family. 

2 week old baby girl with lots of dark hair in diaper sleeping on bed on top of pink and white floral swaddle, head leaning to the side, arms in air - Newmarket In-Home Photography
2 week old baby girl with lots of dark hair in diaper sleeping on bed on top of pink and white floral swaddle, head leaning to the side, arms up - Stouffville In-Home Photography
parents sitting on master bed, 2 week old baby girl with dark hair resting in dad's arms in his lap, mom's hand on daughter's head, shot of baby's face from above - Barrie In-Home Photos
father holding and looking at 2 week old baby girl with dark hair in his arms, her head in his hands, sitting cross-legged on master bed- GTA In-Home Photos