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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 info@chandraleephotography.com. Maternity and newborn photography sessions make a wonderful baby shower gift.+

Tips & Tricks for Capturing Great Smiles

Photographing Children:

Tips & Tricks to Capturing Real Smiles

Photographing children can sometimes be a real challenge.

Hold off on bringing the camera out. Instead take some time to meet and greet and get to know the parents and the child or children. If there is one thing I have learned through my years of being a photographer and working with children, it is that children need more than 15 minutes to trust a stranger. Children need to feel comfortable before you start photographing them and having the camera in their face won’t do the trick. This is especially true for kids who are shy and have a difficult time warming up to you and the camera. Try kneeling down to their level so that they can get to know you and you can build that comforting trust with the child.

Don’t say cheese. It’s always best to avoid the word cheese or asking kids to smile. The smiles that come from these methods are usually the forced, fake, cheesy kind that does not let the children’s true personality come through. It’s all about being silly with them. Make the photography session exciting for the children by playing peek – a –boo, bang on the floor, jump around, make funny noises (flatulence sounds always make older children laugh), and act like a goof! I find that bringing this kind of energy to a child session really makes the experience of the session fun and entertaining, and again makes children feel more comfortable in front of the camera lens. The most important key is to have fun and relax. Try to avoid frustration, as that will rub off on the children and your clients and if they don’t want their picture taken, don’t push it. Learn how to “read” children and find what makes the children smile and take advantage of it. You can always ask mom and dad what makes their children laugh. Sometimes children have songs that make them laugh. Being armed with a favorite child toy, stuffed animal or squeaky rubber duck usually does the trick for capturing some great smiles. If all else fails throw the session to the wind for a few minutes and just be silly and goofy with the children. Pull out some coloring books and give the children a mental break for a few minutes. If you are photographing a family session, I bet it may be a long time since mom and dad have had their own nice picture together. Take a moment to capture just an image of mom and dad together.

It is stressful for children to be forced to stay in one place and have their picture taken. It can also be stressful for mom and dad who are wishing for beautiful portraits of their adoring children. Often throughout my photography sessions I say to mom and dad, let’s just take a few minutes and let your baby girl or baby boy just be them. They don’t know what I’m up to, but this is when I snap the camera and capture my favorite images from their session. Capturing candid moments of their children are always my most loved images by mom and dad. I bet mom and dad have tried hard to capture that special way their child clasps their hands together at one year of age or that silly certain expression the child makes on their face. If you can capture that moment on camera, mom and dad will love you!

Always be ready. As a photographer, it’s important to be ready for any moment. Sometimes the moments or expressions of a child can happen so fast.

Please visit the Toronto Newborn Photographer | Baby and Maternity Photography portfolio for more newborn, baby and maternity pictures.

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  • Baby Photos | Toronto Newborn Portraits » Baby Photography Pictures | Toronto Newborn & Maternity Photographer - […] There has been a lot of interest lately from clients, neighbors and friends requesting classes on how to take better pictures of their babies, children and grandchildren. Many people probably received a new DSLR camera over the holidays. In the future, I may offer introductory classes on getting to know your camera, lighting and exposure techniques. For now, I have prepared an article, Tips & Tricks for Capturing Great Smiles. […]

The Business of Newborn Photography

Who doesn’t love sweet, adorable newborn babies? It seems increasingly popular for photographers to specialize in newborn portraiture, but how does one tailor their newborn photography business to meet the needs of their client? Read on for tips and tricks to do just that!

Newborn Safety is Key: My first most important tip is to keep safety key. After photographing 500 newborn babies and five years of exclusively photographing newborn babies, I can confidently say that I am skilled in the art of safe baby posing. A specialist should have exceptional handling skills to ensure that baby’s safety is met at all times. Many of the poses that are accomplished during newborn photography sessions (i.e. baby holding head up, hammock poses, baby on guitar, etc.) require the aid of one or two assistants. Many hours of Photoshop are often required in order to piece together composite images.

Newborn Training: A number of newborn training workshops are available to assist you in learning the art of newborn posing. It is a good idea to check the credentials and accreditations of the instructors hosting the classes to make sure you are learning from a knowledgeable teacher. It is my opinion that students learn far better when taking small group in person classes where they can have the opportunity to assist the teacher with wrapping techniques, etc. The more confident you are in safely working with newborn babies, the more your clients will feel at ease and comfortable during your newborn sessions.

Have an Appropriate Baby Working Space: If your chosen specialty is newborn babies, you will need to build a space to meet their needs. Having the basic necessities that baby needs, (i.e. baby wipes, newborn diapers, burp cloths, receiving blankets, nursing pillow) will go a long way in showing your clients you are familiar with newborn babies. Other items you will need throughout your session are blankets, change pads and other items that will keep baby comfortable throughout your newborn session.

Newborn Baby Handling: Your clients should feel you are a “baby whisperer”, quickly having the ability to settle and soothe an upset baby. It takes time to develop and hone these skills. Practice does make perfect. Engage in a support group of fellow photographers and attend as many photography classes and workshops as you can.

Show Only the Work You Love: If you desire to work solely with newborn babies, show only the work relevant to that market. The manner in which you promote yourself on your web site, blog and promotional cards will attract the clients you are seeking. Clients will commission you based on the work that you show. Therefore, it is a good idea to make a plan and determine which are your target markets. Then, show only work to attract those target markets. Developing strong branding in your target market will help you succeed in your business.

Have a Business Plan: Every business should have a business plan set out in writing and readily available to refer to at all times. A business plan should be a working document with constant changes being made to reflect your evolving business. Having an effective business plan with clear goals will help you on your path to success for your business.

Newborn Photography Products: Offer products that your clients would need for their newborn baby. Specialized birth announcement cards, keepsake albums, gallery wrapped canvas and wall prints are always popular items. It also helps to have a display area showcasing these items. Clients will generally buy what they see so having sample items will help to increase sales. Asking clients what the colors of the baby’s nursery room are will help you prepare your photography shoot by meeting your clients’ needs.

Newborn Packages: Your pricing and packages should be tailored towards your clients’ needs. All parents are proud to display their baby’s images on the wall so having packages with wall prints included is a good idea. Story albums are also popular as it is an easy way for mom and dad to share their images with friends and family. Tailoring your packages towards your clients’ needs will make it easy for them to order.
That’s it! If you are dedicated to specializing in newborn photography, now you have some great tips to assist you on your way! Keep practicing and never lose focus of your goal. You can get there!

About Chandra Lee

Chandra Lee has a love for all things baby. With a small child of her own, she finds happiness working with newborns in her boutique studio in Bowmanville, ON. Her work has been featured in an international photographic competition winning a Gold Award with the Worldwide Photography Gala Awards. Her work can also be found featured in the book Portraits and People 2011, the Globe and Mail and CHEX TV. She is a proud member of NAPCP and PPOC. Chandra is accredited in both Infant and Child Portraiture and Newborn Portraiture with the PPOC. Chandra takes great pride in capturing the beautiful art of her small subjects and looks forward to many more years working as a newborn photographic specialist.

Please visit the Toronto Newborn Photographer | Baby and Maternity Photography portfolio for more newborn, baby and maternity pictures.

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Maternity Photography

Below is a list of frequently asked questions about your Toronto maternity photography session, which I hope you find helpful. Please take a moment to read through the questions and answers and don’t hesitate to contact Chandra Lee to book your maternity photo session today!

When should I schedule my maternity photography session?

Maternity portraits are best taken between 32 and 36 weeks of your pregnancy. We want to make sure your belly is nice and round and full. Chandra Lee’s personal preference is to capture maternity portraits between 32 and 36 weeks of your pregnancy as babies have been known to arrive 3 or 4 weeks early and we don’t want to miss your maternity photography session. Chandra Lee has photographed over 500 newborn babies and from personal experience while carrying her daughter and photographing pregnant moms-to-be, swelling occurs the closer we become to our due date and most women are generally more uncomfortable during this time.

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Toronto Maternity Photographer | Pregnancy Pictures

What should I bring for my maternity photography session?

Items that are great for maternity portraits include the following:

1. maternity jeans or pre-pregnancy jeans that you can pull up over your hips (you do not need to be able to zip them up)

2. maternity yoga tank tops and pants

3. pre-pregnancy tops including tube tops

4. pre-pregnancy sleeveless tops (as long as you can button up the top few buttons)

5. scarfs

6. strapless bra (both black and nude/white if you have them)

7. undergarments (both black and nude/white)

8. lacy undergarments

Please do not feel as though you need to buy any items for your maternity photography session. We can make do with whatever you have. The undergarments are the most important items as they are items that cannot be provided for you and we do not want to see your undergarments through the maternity outfits.

We want you to be wearing clothing that fits you snuggly to show off your beautiful baby belly! Loose clothing is not flattering for maternity portraits.

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Silhouette Maternity Picture

We are also happy to incorporate special items you may have for your baby such as baby booties, a teddy bear, ultrasound picture or any other ideas you may have.

Chandra Lee Photography has a complete maternity photography wardrobe including maternity gowns and wraps to choose from during your maternity photography session.

To view some of the outfits available and see ideas of outfits for your maternity photography session, please view the Maternity Photography portfolio.

How long does the maternity photography session take?

Maternity sessions are 90 minutes in length. This allows time for you to get acquainted with Chandra Lee and feel comfortable during your maternity portrait session. Chandra Lee likes to spend quality time with each client to make sure your experience is positive. At the start of each session, we will go through each clothing item together and decide what will make you look your best for your maternity photography session. There is time for 3 to 4 outfit changes. We capture a variety of images on a white background, black background and silhouette images. Other background options are available if you have a special request. Your partner is included in your maternity portrait session with the majority of the images taken to enhance and compliment your pregnant figure.

What if I have a blemish or stretch marks?

Blemishes, minor stretch marks, scratches and bruises are not cause for concern. All of your images are retouched and these imperfections are easy to fix.

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Maternity Photography

What do most clients purchase from their maternity portrait session?

Most clients choose to purchase the digital files from their maternity photography session. We also have a large line of specialty items including designer albums, gift prints, fine art mounted prints, gallery wrapped canvas and wall art collages.

Please contact Chandra using the contact form, e-mail her directly at info@chandraleephotography.com or by telephone at 905.449.2200 if you have further questions or would like to book your maternity and newborn photography session.

Please visit the Maternity Photography portfolio for more Pregnancy Portraits.

Please visit the Toronto Newborn Photographer | Baby and Maternity Photography portfolio for more newborn, baby and maternity pictures.

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