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    Newborn Photographer, Chandra Lee


    Newborn Photographer, Chandra Lee is an International Multi-Award Winning Portrait Photographer specializing in Maternity, Newborn, Baby and Child Photography in Ontario and the Greater Toronto Area. Her unique style allows Chandra Lee to create flawless portraits that are cherished by families for a lifetime. Newborn photography sessions are never rushed, giving each client the time and attention they deserve. Babies are given all the time they need for feeding and changing and Chandra Lee is a specialist in soothing and caring for your newborn. She has been a full time newborn photographer for seven years and photographed 700+ newborns. The studio is fully equipped with the hats, headbands, wraps, props, fabric backgrounds and flooring that you see in the galleries. The babies displayed here are 10 days old or younger. The best time to photograph your little one is between day 5 and day 8.

    Contact Chandra Lee

    If you’re looking for professional infant photographers, Chandra Lee can be reached by telephone at 905.449.2200 or by e-mail at Maternity and newborn photography sessions make a wonderful baby shower gift.+

Every day I have the amazing experience of doing what I love and photographing beautiful pregnant mamas and their new babies. Newborn photography sure has come a long way in 8 years since I started this journey. This fall marks my 9th year in business.

This year has been a tremendous year of growth and development. I am always striving to find ways to set myself apart from others as there are so many choices out there when it comes to choosing a newborn and maternity photographer.

It is probably safe to say that I spend 3 full days or more working on each newborn session. Time to prep and clean/sanitize the studio prior to each session. Spending between 3 and 5 hours with each client for their babies first pictures, a second day for sibling and family photos lasting one to three hours and then a third day for editing and processing images.

Once clients arrive at the studio, they never want to leave the studio. The walls are filled with canvases and samples of newborn imagery is everywhere. Your newborn session is your day to capture the images you’ve been dreaming of for your new baby.

Sometimes babies are having a day that they don’t feel well with gas or tummy trouble. They may be cluster feeding on the day of your session. I’m often asked if I can just squeeze in sibling and family photos on the day of a newborn session.

I know the newborn photography industry is headed in a direction where almost all of us are looking for ways to cut down on our session time.

Whenever I have looked for ways to try to be more efficient with time for a newborn session, something always seemed to come up. I’ve learned to just go with the flow of whatever transpires during a newborn shoot.

My sessions are long and always have been. I have transitional posing that speeds up posing working from one pose to the next. Sometimes my plans for a session aren’t baby’s plans for the day and we work around baby’s needs always.

Over the years, the sessions just seem to be getting longer. It’s true that there’s a lot of amazing talent out there. We’ve all worked hard to get where we are. My clients have been expressing wanting more basket poses, prop poses and poses in daddy’s arms.

When I first started my newborn photography business 8 years ago, there were no prop poses or family poses. Sessions took 2 to 3 hours and they were simple and easy.

The years went by. Newborn photography evolved and placing baby in beautiful baskets and stylized setups developed. Families began wanting to be included in the newborn session. I won my first award for a black and white image of a baby boy resting on his father’s arms and I hung a 24×36 gallery wrapped canvas of this award winning image on my studio wall. Ever since, all families that visit the studio have wanted that pose of their babies in the same pose.

Families started to grow and families came back to the studio with their second and third babies. I love capturing sibling images. These images take time to capture especially with a very energetic toddler.

Time limits just don’t work for newborn sessions. They don’t. Mamas have their hearts set on an image in their mind of how their session will look. It’s up to me as a photographer to make that vision come to life.

I have wonderful clients. This past year I had a wonderful client drive all the way from Oakville to see me. I had another wonderful family drive from Niagra Falls. That’s so far away – thank you!!

One mama started to cry during her newborn session. She had drove so far to see me. Her beautiful toddler, a very busy boy just didn’t want his picture taken with his new baby brother. I said to mama, “that’s okay”, “you can come back another day”. That family did come back another day and guess what, her son took beautiful pictures with his new baby brother! Moments to be cherished forever!

Trying to squish a full newborn session, pose in daddy’s arms, sibling images and family images into one day really is like “squishing”. The end result is that your images may look “squished”. Newborn photography shouldn’t be rushed. It takes time and patience and dedication to create beautiful imagery.

I dedicate a second day for family and sibling images lasting anywhere for 1 to 3 hours. This gives us the time we need to create beautiful pictures and the variety you are wanting from your session.

Newborn sessions don’t last longer than 5 hours because more than 5 hours is just too long for mom and baby. I don’t want to find ways to reduce my session time by removing poses from my sessions or swaddling baby up tight for an entire newborn session. Don’t get me wrong, I love and adore swaddled up baby imagery. I try for one swaddled pose each newborn session. Most of the remaining time during a newborn session is working on detailed posing.

Macro imagery is important too. Capturing up close images of baby’s face, their tiny hands, their feet and the baby fuzz on the side of their cheek. I love looking at newborn images where you can almost feel the baby in the pictures. Every little detail captured and preserved forever, never to be forgotten.

Thank you to this mama for coming to visit me for maternity and newborn pictures. She wore some of the new maternity gowns available at the studio. There are over 30 gowns to choose from now.

For her newborn pictures, we used mostly whites and cremes for baby’s photos with a little bit of turquoise blue. I love that you can see the baby’s fuzz on the side of her little cheeks. You can see this and more in the slideshow I put together below. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

We are now booking newborn sessions for October through January:)

Toronto Newborn Photographer Baby AddiePINIMAGE

Beautiful Maternity ModelPINIMAGE

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    Next Newborn Posing Workshop Date

October 15, 2016

Chandra Lee Photography will be offering a newborn posing workshop on October 15, 2016 for aspiring or existing professional photographers to learn all aspects of newborn posing including safe posing of newborns, relating with clients, session set-up and flow, transitional posing and stylizing.  Work closely with an experienced and internationally acclaimed newborn photographer to breathe new life into your existing business or for the best possible start in a new career.

Small Group Mentoring with an Award-Winning Newborn Photographer

Learn all about photographing newborn babies with studio lighting. Become a more proficient and confident newborn photographer, hone and master safe posing skills of newborn babies, proper lighting techniques, camera settings, custom white balance for best skin tones, camera angles and editing.

Learn soothing techniques and watch Chandra as she poses baby on the beanbag, props, baby in parent’s hands and parent images.

Bring your camera to class and take images of each set-up and leave with a complete newborn photography portfolio, perfect for launching a new business or refreshing your existing portfolio.

Watch Chandra edit 2 – 3 newborn images from start to finish.

Registration Details

Investment – $950

Registration – A $475 Cdn. deposit is required to hold your spot and is non-refundable. To register for the workshop, please use the PayPal shopping cart below to send your deposit.

Cancellation – Your deposit of $475 Cdn. is non-refundable. The remaining balance is due 30 days before the workshop. Should a cancellation be requested after the remaining balance is paid, the remaining balance will be refunded if you can find someone to fill your spot.

HST – HST is added to all workshop fees.

What You Will Learn

Learn to master newborn photography with studio light.  Students will also learn exposure basics, custom white balance, how to set up for a newborn session, safe posing of newborn babies, soothing techniques, and relating with clients. There will be 2 to 3 newborn models over the course of the day.

What You Need

DSLR – you should be comfortable shooting in manual mode
50 mm lens or 24-70 mm lens
Macro lens is suggested but not required. Chandra does a lot of her work with a 105 mm macro lens

Class Size

Class size will be limited to 4 photographers.

Class Itinerary

9:00 a.m. – Meet and Greet

9:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Newborn posing on beanbag, transitional posing and stylizing

12:30 p.m. to -1:30 p.m. – Lunch and editing

1:30 p.m. to – 5:00 p.m. – Prop posing, baby in parent’s hands, wrapping and parent images

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Question and Answer

What Class Includes

Lunch and snacks
Ongoing guidance and support provided through a private Facebook group

Newborn Posing Workshop October 15, 2016

Chandra looks forward to working with you and helping you improve upon or begin your business as a newborn photographer! For more information or to ask a question, please call 905.449.2200 or email

Newborn Posing Workshop October 15 2016PINIMAGE

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  • Neesha - I am interested in your next new born photoshoot course. Please let me know when it is. Thanks!

  • Joann - Hi I am interested in your next new born photo shoot course. Please let me know when you will be holding it.
    Thank You in advance
    Joann Dunkley

  • admin - Hi Joann, thank you for your message. Please take a moment to fill out the mentoring inquiry form at: Plans are in the works for the next posing class and details will be released on the web site. Thank you!

This is baby Dylan. He’s the baby boy of a wonderful client I’ve known for the last two years. I always notice and appreciate all of the comments and likes anyone leaves on my social media pages. I try to take the time to click like and whenever possible I try to respond with a personal thank you. Dylan’s mom has always been supportive of my small business and I truly appreciate the support she’s given me by reaching out and commenting on my posts:)

We chose blues, creams and browns for Dylan’s session. He is the cutest little guy with red curly hair. I’ve actually never photographed a red head baby with curly hair like Dylan’s before. He was super sweet to photograph, nice and sleepy and a happy baby.

It’s nice when my clients let me choose the props and colours for their session. Clients are always welcome to choose everything for their session. Sometimes we got lost in all of the props available at the studio. There’s so much to choose from.

I love photographing the beautiful little details of a newborn. Cute little baby toes and feet, their little newborn fingers, their little belly buttons and even their cute back rolls which will all be gone in a matter of a few days all filled in with breast milk or formula.

Thank you so much to Dylan’s mom. Thank you for trusting me to capture these beautiful moments for you!

Newborn Photographer
Newborn Picture Baby Dylan

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What is the Size of an Instagram Picture?

    In July of 2015 Instagram changed the size of an image display to 1080px by 1080px to be in line with Retina and other high resolution displays available on smartphones, tablets and laptops.

    Using Collages on Social Media

      Collages are a great way to showcase your work on social media. You can show more than one image at a time and this is a great way to set yourself apart on social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram.

      Free Instagram Collage Template Download

        Here is a download link for a free download of one of the Instagram collages I’ve made for my own use. I use it often to showcase my work on Instagram. You can see the collage in use in the image posted below.

        INSTAGRAM-COLLAGE-TEMPLATE-Chandra-Lee-Photography-1.psd (160 downloads)

        Instructions for Using the Template

          I use Adobe Photoshop CC.

          To enter images in the template using Photoshop, select the image layer you would like and select FILE and then PLACE EMBEDDED.

          Select the folder where the image you want is located. Now select the desired image and press PLACE.

          To resize your image, select SHIFT on your keyboard and press and hold your left mouse button at the same time. Now click and drag from a corner of the image until you have the desired size.

          Click the MOVE TOOL (V) and position your image over the image layer.

          Now click ENTER on your keyboard.

          Now click COMMAND, OPTION and G (all at the same time). This locks your image into the image layer.


          Now repeat the steps above to place your images into each image layer.

          Transforming Your Collage Template

            I have numbered each image layer from 1 to 12. There is also a layer to enter your logo. You can delete the existing logo layer and make a new layer to enter your own logo. Alternatively, you can just remove the text that is in the existing logo layer and then use the same method for inserting images to insert your logo. It’s always a good idea to have your logo on your work. If your collage is shared or reposted on social media, others will be able to find their way back to your page. Your logo allows other people to know who the creator of the work is. Having your logo on your work also prevents image theft.

            You can change this collage around by deleting or adding layers. You can resize the existing layers by selecting the desired image layer and selecting EDIT then TRANSFORM then SCALE. Then click and hold the SHIFT key on your keyboard and drag the image box to the size you would like.

            Have fun creating your own collages for social media. I hope this tutorial has helped you find your way through Photoshop creating a collage and inserting images. Leave a comment below if you would like to see more tutorials or template downloads here.

            Much love!


            Instagram Collage Download Free TemplatePINIMAGE

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  • Irian Nunes Costa - Todas essas Fotos estão lindas fofas.

  • Marina F. Brunes - Many thanks, Chandra! You’re not only a great photographer but also a professional willing to share some of her expertice with others and that honours you. I’d love to attend one of your workshops if you ever come to Northern Europe. Meawhile, I’ll look forward to see more of your tutorials. Best Regards, Marina F. Brunes (Norway).

  • admin - Thank you Irian <3

  • admin - Thank you Marina! It was my pleasure to help you today! Chandra

Many clients ask what a full session looks like at Chandra Lee Photography. It’s an important question to ask when looking to hire someone to photograph your newborn for baby’s first photo session.

It’s always a good idea to call around and speak to many different photographers and listen to what they have to offer. Each one of us is different in our own way. There’s no question that there’s a lot of amazing talent out there!

Newborn safety should be the most important aspect of a newborn session. It’s good to know that the photographer taking pictures of your baby is using spotters and composites while photographing any suspension images, prop poses or images such as baby holding head up pose or any other pose where baby “appears” to be free standing. This means that baby is being held onto by a spotter and the images are layered together in Photoshop in post processing to remove the hands supporting baby.

While prop poses are being captured (when baby is in a bucket or trencher bowl, etc.) there should be a spotter within arm’s reach of baby at all times.

The second important question is what will you be receiving from your newborn session? How important is the number of poses you will receive. How important is the quality of the images?

In this post I share screen captures of all of the images taken from a recent newborn session here at the studio. It’s important for me to capture beautiful images of your baby that are never rushed so perfect posing can be captured while keeping your baby safe and happy at all times.

I know that my clients love variety when coming for a newborn session and it takes time to photograph lots of variety.

You should be able to see the quality of a photographer’s work before booking. Things to look for are the workflow from beginning to end that show you the transition of poses. Many breaks are taken throughout a newborn session for baby to spend time with mom for feedings. Feeding times vary from baby to baby and can take anywhere from 15 minutes to close to one hour. Each baby is different and some babies take longer than other babies to feed.

You should also be able to view a photographer’s work and see a consistency in colour balance. There should not be a great difference in colour between images. When shooting on different colour backgrounds and blankets, the colour may vary; however, from one set to another set, the images should be the same unless the photographer has made changes to the brightest or darkness of the subject and/or background. This is all controlled with our camera settings including shutter speed and aperature settings.

An experienced photographer will know how to control light throughout their photo session.

It’s important to choose a photographer whose work you love and be informed before making your final decision.

Multiple images are taken throughout a newborn session of each pose. One image is selected from each set-up resulting in 30 to 40 final edited images to choose your favourites from.

Below you can find 2 screen captures of all of the raw images taken from a recent newborn session. It shows the progression from beginning to end. This little guy was just 7 days new when he attended for his session. He was able to do 6 prop poses because he was very sleepy at just 7 days. We were also able to capture lots of variety on the posing pillow. You will notice that baby was supported when we captured the baby holding head up pose. Mom was spotting her baby for this pose.

3 of the final edited images are displayed so you can see the result.

Baby Dexter Newborn PicturePINIMAGE

Baby Dexter Newborn PicturesPINIMAGE

All of the Raw ImagesPINIMAGE

Baby Dexter Newborn ImagePINIMAGE

Baby Dexter Newborn PicturePINIMAGE

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