Newborn Photographer, Maternity Photography – Chandra Lee »


    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.+

This October I will be entering my 9th year of photographing newborn babies full-time. Wow! I just cannot believe almost an entire decade has gone by since I left my past career behind and started living my dream of photographing babies and families.

Thank you to all the families who choose me to photograph these tender moments of when their baby is just born.

I am noticing lately that everyone seems to be in such a hurry everywhere they go. My newborn sessions are never rushed. Part of the art form of my work comes from taking my time to connect with your baby and family. Each tiny babe is different and has their own unique needs and personality.

We spend 3 to 5 hours together each and every newborn session. Usually we spend closer to 5 hours to allow for whatever time your baby needs for feedings and comforting.

It is helpful if you give your baby a bath about an hour or so before leaving for your newborn session. This helps baby to spend a little time being awake before spending hours sleeping for their newborn session. Baby lotion after bath time helps helps smooth away some of those baby flakes.

Feeding baby before getting in the car to drive to your session also assists in a successful newborn session. Most babies love being in the car once the car starts moving. The movement of the vehicle usually lulls baby to sleep.

Dressing baby in a sleeper with a front zipper with no undershirt underneath is also recommended. This helps to not wake baby up while they are being undressed.

Following the three suggestions above saves us about one hour of time and allows us to start right away when you arrive. By saving time, this means more time can be used for extra newborn poses. I can usually work with a newborn that arrives following the preparation suggestions for 2 to 3 hours without baby waking.

When inquiring about a newborn session, we usually spend at least 30 minutes to one hour on the phone talking about what goes into a newborn session. You have an opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

Parents and other children are always welcome to be part of your newborn session. This takes extra time, usually an additional one to three hours on a separate day within one week from your newborn session.

When your baby first arrives, Mom sometimes does not feel up to having her pictures taken. Usually, we have a lot of swelling right after giving birth. By the second week, the swelling has usually subsided and we feel a lot better! If we feel better, our pictures will look better.

If you wish to visit my studio prior to booking a session, you are always welcome to do so. You will find my studio space is about 1250 square feet, open concept with lots of windows and nice and bright. There is a washroom and two hand washing stations.

It is always a good idea to view a full newborn session from beginning to end prior to booking. This gives you an excellent idea of how sessions ensue and how many set-ups are able to be captured during a session.

Most of my clients always want images of mom and dad together with baby to be included in their portrait session. If clients have other children, they always want beautiful imagery of their older children with their new baby. We take our time for these images to be captured. Sometimes older children can be shy and they need time to warm up before they have their pictures taken. When you first walk in the studio with your children, I will spend time taking to mom and dad so your older children can see us interacting. There are toys, books and colouring books available for your children to play with. Always I spend time with your newborn first setting up the pose for the sibling set-up. This gives you an additional set-up of baby; however, it also gives your other children some time to see me holding their baby brother and sister.

My favourite sibling pose is of a child with their arms wrapped around their new baby brother or sister. Usually children will need to be about 3 years to sit still long enough to capture this image. Every child is different and I have photographed 18 month old children who have enough patience for this pose with a newborn. Mom and Dad are always close by. In fact, they are usually so close by that their arms and legs or entire body is removed from the image in the post processing process. This ensures baby’s safety as there is always someone right there if your older child moves quickly.

If this pose doesn’t work for your older child, we modify the setup. My second favourite sibling set-up is of baby posed on a prop on his or her tummy low to the floor with mom or dad right beside. Older brother or sister will almost always come up to give their new baby sister or brother a kiss on top of their head or sit next to baby.

I have a few tricks up my sleeve while photographing your children. I’m not afraid to look silly in front of the children. I have stuck rubber duckies on my face, made bird noises, smacked my lips, played counting games, what does this animal say and more.

Moms and dads also always love a picture of baby in dad’s arms. We try to capture this pose each and every newborn session.

My sessions are never rushed and that is just how I am as a photographer. Repeat clients love this about me and it is why they have returned with their second and third children. I am unable to “squeeze” in one or two family pictures. It doesn’t take 5 minutes to accomplish this it takes at least one hour or longer. I am not the right photographer for people who are in a hurry.

I also take great pride in images that are perfect and a lot of time goes into making things beautiful.

I have been doing this job for nearly a decade with 900 newborns now photographed. I have seen so many babies over the last 9 years and I have learned so much from the babies and families who visit the studio.

I look forward to reaching 1000 newborns being photographed in the following year and seeing many more newborns and families.




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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 (188 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

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