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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.+

As a Newborn Photographer, I specialize in photographing babies that are under ten days of age. Having been in business for nearly eight years, I have had the opportunity to meet almost 800 families and their newly born babies.

The ideal time to photograph your little one is between day five and day eight of your baby’s arrival. This is because babies are generally very sleepy in the first few days of being born. Usually, on day five, a newborn baby sleeps easily and will pose faster and therefore lead to more variety of images in a newborn session.

I have been so fortunate to meet so many families over the last seven, almost eight years.

Newborn Photographer for Babies and Families

Many families come to the studio again when they have their second or third baby and it is nice to see the families again and watch their children grow.

This lovely family had their second baby boy. In 2011, I had the pleasure of meeting them for the first time when they welcomed their first baby boy into the world.

It was nice to see the resemblance between the new baby and his big brother. When I began photographing their new baby, I saw the resemblance even more on my camera display. Both children shared the same adorable peach fuzz on the side of their cheeks, which I love to capture with my macro lens. It’s these tiny details that will fade and soon be forgotten and newborn photography helps to remember this special time.

Below is a picture taken at a recent newborn photography session.

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Newborn photography sessions are long, between 3 and 5 hours. It generally takes 3 hours to photograph a newborn baby. This allows me as your photographer to take my time and ensure that your baby is comfortable throughout your session.

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It takes time and patience for each pose to be perfected so that baby’s fingers are relaxed instead of in fists. I sit with your newborn and hold their tiny hand until they relax and then gently I move their hand under their chin.

Some Details About Newborn Photography Sessions

The studio is kept warm for your session. In the womb babies are 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit or 37 degrees Celsius.

Babies don’t enjoy being changed or being naked because it makes them cold so it makes sense that during a newborn session to keep the temperature warm to simulate a baby’s environment in utero.  The temperature is kept at about 85 degrees Fahrenheit or 29.4 degrees Celsius throughout a newborn session.  This temperature keeps baby comfortable throughout your photography session.

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The second and equally most important criteria for a newborn session is to keep baby well fed. Day five is usually the earliest day to photograph a new baby as a mother’s milk usually does not arrive until day three; four or sometimes day five after baby has arrived. It is best to have one day elapse between breast milk arriving and a newborn session taking place. This allows time for breastfeeding to be established prior to attending your session with your newborn photographer.

If baby is being formula fed, sessions can take place as soon as parents arrive home from the hospital.

Once we are equipped with a warm studio and a well-fed baby, we are ready to begin your session.

Before I begin posing and photographing a new baby, I spend time with the baby for at least 10 to 15 minutes. You can always see me by the window that provides the natural light to photograph your baby walking gently and rocking your little one. I am a stranger to this new little person and this gives baby time to get used to me. Your baby has quickly bonded with mom and dad and siblings and has spent the last nine months listening to the sounds around them including the voices of family members.

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Once baby has fallen into a deep sleep in my arms I begin to unwrap your baby from his or her swaddled blanket so baby is not woken up.

Now it’s time to have fun and pose your baby in the adorable newborn poses you see here in the galleries. Even more variety and recent sneak peeks can always be found on the Facebook page.

The studio space is approximately 1250 square feet. There are three separate rooms dedicated to my photography space in an open concept layout. One area is dedicated to photographing your newborn with natural light. Another area is an office space where samples can be viewed of hard cover story albums, gallery wrapped canvas and other product offerings.

There is an entire room for clients to sit during their session. This room has a seating area. Toys are available including some Legos, a Fisher Price play station, children books and crayons and coloring books. This helps to keep older children entertained throughout your session.

Siblings are always welcome to attend a newborn photography session. Many of my clients drive a far distance to see me for newborn portraits and my studio has the space to accommodate older children for a newborn session.

If clients are local and it is possible for parents, I recommend having a friend or family member bring older siblings near the end of a newborn session for family pictures. This is only because newborn sessions are long making children impatient.

Family pictures are always welcome during each and every newborn session. We focus on your newborn for the first three hours of your session. Sibling and family images are never rushed and a full two hours is devoted to family and sibling images.

The studio is always being updated with new bonnets, hairpieces, newborn rompers, dresses, wraps, layering fabrics, flokati, posing fabrics and props.

A few new arrivals are on their way now from JD Vintgage props including a new addition to our flokati supplies – a beautiful extra large soft grey flokati, a new amazing ruler crate which I just love to pieces and an oval mesh basket and I almost forgot, a new natural wooden bowl with a unique shape. All of these items will make a wonderful addition to the prop inventory on hand and available for client’s use and enjoyment.

Also arriving are a few new organic bonnets in dark sapphire blue, soft pink and plum with matching soft merino wool wraps.

Today will be a second day in a row spent editing all day doing what I love and I look forward to receiving the new items to the studio soon.

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Are You Looking to Improve Your Web Presence?

For the past three years, my web presence went from being very strong to being non-existent.

I went from holding the number one place for newborn photographer in the Toronto area to having a page 8 ranking.

No one usually looks beyond the first page of Google when looking for a photographer. Fortunately, I had been in business for several years and received enough business from existing clients that the removal of my Google ranking was not as bad as it could have been.

In any event, I went on a journey to restore my Google ranking, a journey that took three years.

Some of the restoration tactics were naïve and made things worse. Researching search engine optimization became a part of my business module and daily work tasks. It was an overwhelming task to say the least. I read dozens of books and literature on the topic. Some of the recommendations made my ranking worse.

I began to feel like this was a task that I could never accomplish. Being very tenacious and hardworking, I refused to give up on the issue.

During my initial business start up in 2008, I hired the services of a search engine optimization company.   The company is located in the Durham area and has an outstanding reputation. The name of the company is Search Engine People. They came highly recommended to me from my business growth coach. I trusted my coach and immediately retained the company’s services to improve my web presence.

The initial investment was approximately $500 per month. At the time, I considered that to be a lot of money. My business was just in the start up phase and I had so many expenses including advertising, equipment, business registration fees, supplies and props and accessories, insurance, etc. I had left my 10-year career behind me of being a law clerk to embark on a new but unknown path of newborn photography.

Because I had such a wonderful experience with Search Engine People, I contacted them again to inquiry regarding their services. The same service was now approximately $1,200 per month plus HST. As a small business owner, that was not a fee I could allot in my monthly budget for advertising.

I looked to other companies for assistance and most said that my web site was hopeless and that I should throw my web site in the bin and start over. Start over? My web site had aged five years and I had clients and followers that looked to my web site again and again with bookmarks to thousands of pages.

I did not like that option so I hired a company that said they could restore my Google ranking for Chandra Lee Photography.

I invested close to $10,000 over the next 6-8 months and I put 150% effort into fixing my SEO problem.

The $10,000 was ultimately wasted and did not improve my ranking.

Now what do I do?

Heading back to my own research I developed a SEO business initiative with monthly tasks. I knew this task ahead of me was tremendous and daunting but took on one task at a time and to my surprise, within 3 short months my Google ranking was restored.

I admit I have let things go over the last 6 months; however, I am just happy to have improved things on my own and have a better understanding of how the entire process works.

 

Some Things That Helped Improve My Search Engine Optimization

  • Making my web site easy to navigate

 

  • Cleaning up social bookmarks

 

  • Receiving natural links to my web site

 

  • Participating in social media

 

  • Making my web site useful for my clients

 

  • Removing spam

 

Thinking Outside the Box for Your SEO Plan

Many photographers questioned my tactics including hosting modeling calls for my photography.

I held modeling calls to build my portfolio. This got people naturally sharing and linking to my web site allover the Internet. My latest modeling call reached 100,000 local Toronto moms and received 2200 entries.

Yes, this was a lot of work but it has also been so much fun. My husband helped with the events and we had as many as 12 families and 14 children in my studio in one day. We got the studio ready, had coffee, tea and cookies and muffins from Tim Hortons for the parents and children and set to work.

Not only did this help my ranking, I was delighted to meet so many new families and expand my photography skills practicing new lighting and camera techniques.

I purchased new props and backgrounds and made the modeling sessions part of my business plan. I met a few families who have never been able to afford professional portraits of their children and I realized that this was something I wanted to continue to do. This made me happy to give families a gift of photography.

If you are looking to improve your own web presence and SEO, start reading books on the topic. Chapters’ bookstore has a plethora of literature on the subject. Look for reading material that is current but remember to take everything you read with a grain of salt. You will learn through trial and error what works and what does not work.

Pay attention to what Google says and the latest algorithm releases. Listen to what Matt Cutts from Google says. From my understanding, Matt Cutts is an engineer at Google and an authority figure whom I trust on search engine optimization issues. I believe at Google, they are not trying to mislead people in any way and when I started to pay attention to what they said and not read too much into things, my ranking began to improve again.

If you have been looking for recent posts on my web site and wonder where they have gone, you will find recent pictures from newborn and other sessions on the Facebook page located at www.facebook.com/babyposing.

Here is a recent image from a newborn session. I will post more images of this sweet new baby soon. Until then, have a wonderful day and I look forward to sharing more of my world of newborn photography shortly.

 

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There are several elements that work in tandem to produce a high quality professional printed photo from a digital image.

Professional photographers receive training on how to produce the best quality image “in camera”.

In today’s world, the industry of professional photography is changing. Since I started my newborn photography business in 2008, my clients have evolved and the demand for printing digital images has increased tremendously.

Many photographers have resisted this change. Yes, we love to provide our clients with high quality products. Knowing that our clients have a beautiful hard cover story album to showcase to their friends and family professionally printed by a trained photographer is what we strive towards.

The industry has in fact changed and more and more individuals are requesting digital images only. There is an increased desire for social media sharing, digital frames and smaller living spaces.

Whatever your need is for a photographic image, we understand that you are still looking for beautiful images of your children and families.

Perhaps you are only looking to share your images from your mobile device. Maybe you are living in a condominium in downtown Toronto and don’t have the need for a 24×36 gallery wrapped canvas on your wall. Many clients express to me that they love scrapbooking and displaying their photograph art in a keepsake album where they can make a story of their own for their newborn.

Whatever your needs are, I want to assist my clients with achieving better results from printing their own digital imagery.

Following in this article are some tips from Chandra Lee Photography on how to acquire an enhanced quality photo printing on your own.

 

How Do Photographers Process Their Images

Firstly, let us try to understand the process that a photographer uses to produce their final product.

  1. A professional photographer knows and understands how to create a great quality photo straight out of camera;
  1. Whether you shoot in auto white balance or custom white balance, your photographer “should” know how to correct for white balance or capture a corrected white balanced image out of camera. At Chandra Lee Photography, you will see me using a grey card while I photograph. This is so I am capturing a correct white balance image straight out of camera;
  1. The photographer that you choose to hire should know about proper exposure. The highlights and shadows should be captured correctly while shooting. Although these things can be corrected in Photoshop during post processing, it is always best to “get it right” out of camera. Every photographer has a different style. There really is no “right” or “wrong”.   Although there are technical aspects to photography, one photographer’s style may be using dramatic lighting. Another photographer’s style may be using more even lighting;
  1. Some photographers shoot in RAW and some photographers shoot in jpeg;
  1. You need to convert a RAW image in order to work with the image in Photoshop;
  1. Before editing begins, computer monitors should be calibrated. The device I use is called a Spyder Pro Elite and it attaches to my computer screen before each editing session. It measures the light in the room and makes sure that colors are balanced based on settings you input into the program like “gamma” and “white point”;
  1. A color profile is created within Photoshop that matches the color profile of the lab where the photographer will print his or her images.

The steps above are necessary so a photographer knows what their prints will look like from their printing lab. Without taking these steps, it is like editing in complete darkness.

 

How the Market has Changed and the Need for Digital Images

The market is changing. The industry of photography is becoming increasingly over-saturated on a daily basis. DSLRs are more affordable and within reach for many more individuals. With this change, I have observed the change in the marketplace during the last 7 years. More clients are expressing a desire to have “instant” access to their images. It is becoming more and more evident that many photographers need to know how to capture a correct image out of camera.

My post processing is minimal in most situations. I want my subjects to look real. I want the images I produce to look sharp and not fuzzy. That’s just my style. I primarily photograph newborn babies; however, I have expanded my talents over the years to include maternity photography, family portraits and photographs of older babies and children. This past year I have devoted much time to modeling sessions to practice new lighting techniques with children 3 years of age and older. This weekend will be an event I have looked forward to for several months photographing teens and children from the ages of 11 to 19 years.

Many of my clients have viewed samples in my studio of professional photos I have captured and printed through my professional printing lab. There are matching photos printed at local labs. Clients are able to view and see the difference that can take place when printing on your own. Whites may be blown out. Shadows may be darker. Babies may look orange. Colors vary drastically. Photos may look over saturated. The point is that the end result may not look like a professional photo at all.

 

Tips for Obtaining a Better Quality Printed Image on Your Own

If you can find out your photographer’s color profile including what their gamma and white point settings are, this may help you produce a better looking image on your own. Many labs (not all) have a color profile listed on-line listing these specifications.

If you want to know what my settings are and you are a client of Chandra Lee Photography, just send me an email and I will let you know.

Following are some suggestions from Chandra Lee Photography on how to print better quality images on your own from Chandra Lee Photography.

Disclaimer:  A photographer cannot guarantee the quality of images when you print on your own. You may obtain poor quality images printing on your own and results vary drastically from lab to lab.

 

Some Printing Options

You may need to download the ROES printing software to print with professional printing labs (please check with the lab directly).

I will be adding to this list over time to assist clients in printing their own digital images.

If you are a client of Chandra Lee Photography and have a lab that you love to print your images from, please add the name of the lab to the comments below. In time, I hope to test out various labs and add them to the list here.

 

www.mpix.com

Mpix.com has the same color profile as me. They have a parent company called MpixPro that I use for some of my products including the boutique 5×7 scalloped edge birth announcement and holiday cards. This lab is located in the United States. MpixPro will only provide service to professional photographers; however, Mpix will provide services to the general public. You have to inquire about their fees regarding shipping. I incur a standard fee of $30 for one-day air service. I believe it is the only option available from this lab to Canada. Duty charges may also be applicable so you need to check and be aware of the possible duty charges. I receive a duty charge of approximately $30 for one set of 5×7 folded cards ordered through this lab. You will also be required to pay tax so you need to check on that also. Print prices are reasonable or less than local printing labs.

 

www.pikto.com

Pikto is a professional printing lab located in downtown Toronto in the distillery district.  They have reasonable print prices or less than local printing labs on professional paper and reasonable shipping charges or free pick-up.

I hope this article will help my clients and others produce better quality images on their own from digital images.

You always have the option to order prints or products directly from Chandra Lee Photography.

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BETHESDA HOUSE FUNDRAISING
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Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a wonderful time with family and friends over the holidays.

Today, most of us are getting back into our regular routines as we drop our children off at school this morning for their first day back after the school break.

This holiday season, I took some time off to spend with my daughter Madison. I am back in the office today full-time.

This year, Chandra Lee Photography donated $4,446.39 to Bethesda House, a local women’s shelter in Bowmanville.

$2,400.17 was donated in the form of a bank draft to support the shelter.

$1,000 was donated in Walmart gift cards.

$1,046.22 was donated in the form of newly purchased toys for boys and girls.

My daughter Madison, my husband and I went shopping and we picked out the toys together. Madison and I had the cart for the girls and my husband had the cart for the boys.

Everything was dropped off to the Bethesda House on December 18th.

Each year Bethesda House arranges 100 gift baskets for boys and girls in our local community.

I wanted to help Bethesda House fill up the baskets with toys for the children this year.

Chandra Lee Photography donated $1,000 and our goal was to double or triple that amount to $2,000 or $3,000 through fundraising sessions.

With the help from everyone who came out for fundraising sessions, we were thrilled to raise a total of $4,446.39.

100% of the proceeds of sale from these fundraising sessions were donated in toys, Walmart gift cards and a certified bank draft from Chandra Lee Photography to Bethesda House.

Everything in life happens for a reason and I am grateful for all of my experiences good and bad. My family has more than we need and all we really need is each other and to be together and that we should always give back to others and be grateful for what we have.

My mother once gave me some very valuable advice that “there is always someone else out there who is in a less fortunate circumstance than yourself, always remember that and be grateful for what you have”.

I am very grateful for all of my life lessons.

My daughter was a part of this and that makes me very happy. She helped to pick out the toys for the children, she picked out the gift cards and counted to 40 and passed them to the cashier and she waited for me in line at the bank to donate the remaining funds in the form of a bank draft.

My hope is that each year my family will be able to continue to donate to others in need through my photography.

Each year I have always donated a small amount to charities mostly through my daughter’s school including food drives, the Jump Rope for Heart Event or the Canadian Cancer Society.

Over the years, I have also donated entire newborn and child photography sessions to local charity auctions.

This year Chandra Lee Photography hosted its very own fundraising event and I worked for an entire 3 weeks and donated everything made to one cause that is important to me. I am so very grateful that women and children have these wonderful resources to utilize when needed.

Thank you so very much to all of my clients who helped raise funds for this organization.

Below are some of the images taken of our shopping event and donations for the Bethesda House.

Bethesda House is a local shelter in Bowmanville who supports women and children in our local community.

I love seeing the children smile and photographing them.

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BETHESDA HOUSE AND BOOKINGS FOR DECEMBER
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This year, Chandra Lee Photography is donating $1,000 in newly purchased toys for boys and girls to donate to Bethesda House, a local women’s shelter in Bowmanville.

My daughter Madison and I are going shopping and Madison is picking out the toys and we are dropping them off together at Bethesda House before December 18th.

Each year Bethesda House arranges 100 gift baskets for boys and girls.

I would like to help them fill up the baskets with toys for the children this year.

It would be lovely if we could double or triple the $1,000 we are donating to $2,000 or $3,000 or more.

In order to help reach our goal, I am offering the following for new bookings made today until December 15th. The sessions must take place in the month of December:

2 Newborn Session Specials
4 Boutique Maternity Sessions
Unlimited Holiday Session Minis

100% of the proceeds of sale from these sessions will be donated in toys and gifts from Chandra Lee Photography to Bethesda House.

Everything in life happens for a reason and I am grateful for all of my experiences good and bad. My family has more than we need and all we really need is each other and to be together and that we should always give back to others and be grateful for what we have.

I love seeing the children smile and photographing them.

https://www.chandraleephotography.com/ | 905.449.2200

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