Putting Baby’s Safety First for Any and All Toronto Baby Photography
As they await the arrival of their baby, parents often get excited about the prospect of baby photography. Toronto parents who see adorable images of babies online and in photographers’ portfolios start to imagine their own babes posed in cute outfits or nothing at all, alongside or even inside a selection of props.
Toronto baby photography is an amazing way to document something as monumental and special as the birth of a baby. Photos of newborns can also be easily customized to include objects that parents feel are a representation of their family, their hobbies and even occupations, making the collection of images just that much more meaningful.
I think I can speak for most photographers when I say that getting creative with different poses and props is one of my favourite parts of any newborn session. Sometimes, however, I come across images of newborns and older infants posed in ways and with props that are clearly dangerous, and it makes me fearful to think of all the new parents who don’t know what to look for in a newborn photographer.
As a professional photographer who has extensive training in the art and science of how to safely pose babies for pictures, I confess that it worries me to see how many untrained and inexperienced photographers there are out there, advertising their services for baby photography in Toronto. When the creative element becomes the focal point of a baby photography session, and not the wellbeing of the baby, the small and delicate subjects are put at risk.
When it Comes to Baby Photography, Toronto Parents Should Choose Wisely
There are many reasons you should choose a professional photographer to take your child’s portraits. Doing so will not only give you a better chance of receiving high-quality images, but the more important reason is that someone who has been trained to pose babies safely will know how to achieve the creative images you’re looking for without endangering your little one’s safety.
Having photographed more than 800 newborns in my career, thus far, I use my experience to teach other photographers how to analyze the poses and props their clients request and determine whether or not they’re conducive to capturing images safely. What’s more is that every baby is unique, and observing how alert they are, their size and other factors before agreeing to specific poses or props, is a good way to err on the side of caution.
While I show the photographers in my workshops how to use a variety of techniques and tools that will allow them to accommodate many of their clients’ requests, I also stress that you have to be willing to say ‘no’ when a pose or a prop can’t guarantee that baby will be safe at all times.
My advice to any parent shopping for a studio in which to do their Toronto baby photography is to look into the photographer’s training and credentials before hiring them.
Specialized Tools & Techniques Make Toronto Baby Photography Unique and Safe
We’ve all seen them; those heart-warming images of small babies posed on top of their fathers’ or mothers’ guitars and hockey skates, inside construction hardhats, football helmets and baseball gloves. For parents, an image of their baby alongside an object that in some way defines or represents them, is pretty magical. After all, this little person is a part of you and may, too, one day grow to love music or to follow in their parent’s footsteps by building houses. I’ve even had the pleasure of photographing the babies of a couple of professional athletes and so a session that didn’t incorporate the ‘tools’ of their professions, in this case a basketball and hockey equipment, just didn’t seem natural.
When you hire someone who has been properly trained to do baby photography in Toronto, there are many ways to safely achieve those beautiful, creative and unique images. In my studio, I regularly use composite images and spotters that will guarantee my subjects are never in danger while we capture the types of pictures that family and friends admire for years to come.
Composite Images: When it comes to baby photography, Toronto photographers, like myself, will often use composite images to produce photos of babies in poses or with props that would otherwise be impossible to take safely. With this technique, the photographer layers a few images together in Photoshop to create an image where the baby looks to be snuggled inside a helmet with their head propped on the side, for instance, totally unsupported. In reality, images are layered together to remove the hands of the spotter or other objects that would have supported baby throughout the taking of the photo.
Spotters: Having an extra pair of hands to support a newborn’s fragile little neck in a holding head pose, or to ensure a baby posed on top of a basketball, for instance, is never in danger of falling, allows the photographer and parents to get creative while maintaining that crucially high level of safety. When they visit my studio for baby photography, Toronto parents can expect that I will use my assistant as a spotter or that I will ask one of them (preferably Dad) to act as spotter for some poses.
The reason I say ‘preferably Dad’ is that babies have an incredible ability whereby they can smell and sense their mother, even if she’s standing on the other side of the room. Because of this, newborns can start to squirm or fuss in an attempt to get their mothers’ attention, and babies that are fussing or very alert are more challenging to pose safely.
A Positive and Rewarding Experience for Everyone Involved
Taking your newly born child for baby photography in Toronto is an exciting and fun way to celebrate their arrival. Photo sessions with newborns require extra time and care, but even with the breaks for feeding, changing and soothing, your baby photography session can and should be a worthwhile and memorable experience. Knowing that your special little baby is in the hands of a photographer who is aware of the types of poses and props that can be used safely to produce a beautiful collection of images will only make your experience that much more positive.
For more information on Toronto baby photography that prioritizes baby’s safety, call 905.449.2200.
In most cases, when it comes to baby photography, Toronto parents can hardly contain their excitement while anticipating how fun it will be to watch their beautiful baby posed in sweet little outfits during their photography sessions. Perhaps even more so, parents are always excited to see the images that their photographers take.
But what many first-time parents don’t realize is what needs to be available or involved to ensure it’s a good experience, overall, or just how much time it takes to actually complete a session for baby photography. Toronto photographers like myself, who specialize in newborn photography, will often schedule at least five hours to take photos of a baby that’s only days old. After the fact, parents who rushed to choose a photographer or studio for their baby photography in Toronto sometimes wish that they had taken more time to decide, because they’ve spent several hours with a photographer or in a studio where they were not entirely comfortable.
Your Toronto baby photography experience should be positive and memorable, not a test of how long you can endure a crying baby in an awkward or uncomfortable environment. Of course, there will be some amount of crying in any session with a newborn, but it’s your photographer’s job to keep baby’s tears to a minimum and to ensure that you and your little one are comfortable and relaxed, from start to finish.
When they visit my studio for baby photography, Toronto parents can expect to feel at ease and their babies’ needs met quickly. During my career as a baby photographer, I’ve learned what’s required of me and my studio to keep my clients and little subjects content, so that everyone is happy and the session runs as smoothly as it possibly can.
The following are some of the things parents interested in baby photography in Toronto should consider or look for, both in a photographer and the studio in which the session will take place:
A Content Newborn Ensures a Positive Toronto Baby Photography Experience
It’s amazing how quickly a crying and upset baby can put all the adults in the room on edge. When they’re trying to choose a studio for their child’s baby photography, Toronto parents should look for one that offers some, if not all, of the following. In my experience, these are must-haves for keeping babies happy throughout their photo sessions:
A Warm Studio: Ever been to a hot yoga class? It goes without saying that keeping babies warm and sleepy is the best way to pose them and take photos with as little fussing as possible. Also, I always keep my studio nice and toasty so that babies aren’t bothered by their lack of clothing when I take photos that capture the lovely little rolls of fat down their backs.
Breaks for Feeding and Changing: And lots of them! While taking several breaks to feed and change baby are what makes a Toronto baby photography session so long, they are absolutely necessary. When you try to take photos of a baby that’s hungry, you’re not only setting yourself up for a challenge and portraits that are less-than-desirable, but it’s also the best way to guarantee that baby will be unhappy.
Baby-Related Essentials: When you choose a studio for baby photography in Toronto, look for one that provides a variety of baby-related essentials, so that in the likely event that you forget wipes or diapers, or you would be more comfortable feeding your baby with the help of a nursing pillow, or changing diapers at an actual changing station, the photographer’s studio is fully-equipped and you have less to worry about. Choosing a studio that gives you access to a fridge for storing breast milk or formula is more than helpful, as well.
A Photographer Who has Perfected the Art of Soothing a Baby: You may think that a photographer whose specialty is photographing babies and children would be a natural when it comes to comforting and soothing, but this isn’t always the case. Throughout my career, I’ve used every baby soothing trick in the book, and become quite proficient at knowing just the right way to calm a baby and soothe them back to sleep.
When it Comes to Baby Photography, Toronto Parents’ Comfort Counts, too
If you’ve had to endure a situation where your environment or the person or people you were with made you uncomfortable, you can only imagine what it would be like if you were to add a newborn to the equation. When you take your newborn for baby photography in Toronto, you want it to be in a studio where you feel comfortable spending several hours and to feel confident that the person who is posing your baby and taking their pictures knows what they’re doing.
This being the case, I would recommend choosing a photographer who is willing to meet with you, in person, before your session. Get a feel for the photographer and the space in which they take portraits. Do you feel relaxed in their presence or in their workspace? Can you imagine yourself spending several hours there and with them, without glancing at your watch every five minutes? With baby photography, Toronto parents often focus on finding the photographer whose portfolio they like the best, and this is important, but if baby doesn’t feel comfortable and they pick up on the fact that you’re uncomfortable, that happy little equilibrium that’s needed for a successful newborn session can be thrown off kilter.
At my studio, I aim to keep parents as relaxed as possible too, and I find that the following can be quite effective in doing just that:
A microwave for warming lunch
A cozy lounge area where mom can take a nap
Access to Wi-Fi and a fax machine allows parents who need it to get work done
There may not be a fail-safe formula for successfully completing a smooth, cry-free baby portraits session, but a photographer and studio that’s willing and capable of going the extra mile in terms of keeping parents and babies happy and content, is one worth looking into.
For more information on Toronto baby photography at my studio, or to book your session, please call 905.449.2200.
In only a few months, as you look back at the pictures taken of your baby when they were just days old, you won’t believe how much they’ve already changed. Fast forward to years from now, when your sweet babe starts school, and they will resemble that squishy little newborn even less.
When they choose to invest in baby photography, Toronto parents have the opportunity to capture all the beautiful little details that make up their newborn before it’s too late and their features start to change. To anyone who is contemplating Toronto baby photography, my advice to them would be to schedule their baby’s session for the first five to 10 days after birth, and to hire a professional whose specialty is taking photos of babies, specifically newborns. Toronto parents who keep these two factors in mind when making a decision as to when to book or who to hire are always more satisfied with their collection of portraits and their overall experience.
Time is of the Essence for Toronto Baby Photography
When your baby arrives, you will undoubtedly be overwhelmed, not only by the flood of emotions you feel as a new parent but also the new roles and responsibilities you’ve got to assume, despite a lack of sleep. Even still, images of newborns that best capture the smallest of details, from delicate little fingers and rolls of fat down backs, the soft baby fuzz that covers their bodies to squishy little faces, are those taken in Toronto baby photography sessions that are held within the first five to 10 days after birth, and preferably the first five to eight days.
After 10 days, your baby’s appearance changes dramatically. Mother’s milk or formula will start to fill in those sweet little rolls, their new environment, outside the womb, gives little bodies room to stretch and uncurl and makes the soft baby fuzz that once protected their skin, no longer necessary. So while you may feel like you’ve got all the time in the world to have portraits taken, and you feel like doing little more than staying in bed and staring at the baby in your arms, those little details that are characteristically ‘newborn’ will soon transform or fade. Time is of the essence and scheduling a session for baby photography in Toronto so that it takes place soon after your baby’s birth will ensure you’re able to forever preserve those special little details that make your baby unique.
The other thing that will determine the quality of your portraits and whether or not they properly capture your newborn’s finer details is whether or not you hire a professional for your baby photography. Toronto parents who want to be able to look at their child’s newborn portraits 20 years from now, and to feel as though they are taken back to that special time and place, must choose someone whose training and experience speaks for the quality of the images they take.
With Baby Photography, Toronto Photographers Who aren’t Professionals Likely Won’t be Able to Capture the Type of Newborn Portraits You Desire
Few things are more frustrating than investing money into something only to be disappointed by what you receive in return. For parents who take their newborns to Toronto baby photography sessions, receiving a collection of portraits that fail to capture their little ones’ finer details in the best way possible can be heartbreaking. Realistically, the only way to guarantee that the portraits you receive are high-quality, which takes into account the variety of poses or props used, the quality of the lighting, the images’ compositions, and the skill with which retouching is done, is to hire a professional photographer who specializes in baby photography.
The market for baby photography in Toronto is flooded with options. Unfortunately, not every person who advertises baby photography is actually a professional, meaning they have received no training nor had their work reviewed by their peers or a governing body like the Professional Photographers of Canada. When it comes to baby photography, Toronto parents should be leery about hiring someone who has not been trained to pose babies safely, and cannot feel confident that the images of all their baby’s beautiful little features will be the artistic keepsakes they hope for.
To determine the true professional photographers from the photography enthusiasts whose hobby it is to take photos–not their livelihood,–consider the following:
Look for a photographer with certification from a governing body like the Professional Photographers of Canada, which requires applicants to submit a collection of their work for review. This is unlike some other organizations, that only require photographers to pay a fee to receive certification.
Professionals have often received awards for their work
The pictures in their portfolios are consistently high-quality
Professionals re-invest in their businesses, purchasing new equipment, props and accessories on a regular basis.
Those who specialize in baby photography will have taken workshops and courses to be trained in how to properly pose and work with babies
You never hear parents say that they wish they had fewer photos of their children growing up, only that they had taken more pictures. While taking your newborn baby to a professional photographer for portraits is an investment, there will be few other times in your child’s life when seizing the moment to have quality photos taken will be so important, because as every new parent will come to learn, babies grow up too fast.
Take advantage of this special opportunity and do things right; hire a professional who truly knows their craft and how to safely pose your baby, a photographer who will utilize the skills they’ve refined and perfected over the course of their careers, both behind the lens and during the editing stage, to create a collection of images that you just can’t stop admiring.
To learn more about the Toronto baby photography experience with a professional baby photographer, please call 905.449.2200.
It’s that time of year again when we start thinking about updating family photos for holiday cards and gifts for family and friends.
Our little ones just headed back to school last week and already some leaves are starting to fall to the ground. The weather is becoming cooler and the days of summer are coming to an end.
Fall is a favourite time for outdoor family photos. The leaves turning colour and falling to the ground make a beautiful backdrop for pictures.
Children love being outdoors and exploring and it’s fun to follow them around playing peek-a-boo or silly games during a photo shoot.
Last year’s holiday fundraiser raised a total of $4,446.39 for a local shelter in Bowmanville, Ontario that helps to support women and children in our local community. It’s a nice time of year to think of others and ways to help those around us.
This year, Chandra Lee Photography will again donate 100% of the proceeds of sale from fall family photo sessions to the Bethesda House.
If you would like to book a fall family photo session, please contact us today at 905.449.2200 or email@example.com.