Tara Graham – Photographer » Oshawa | Whitby | GTA | Maternity and Newborn Photographer

Jessica and Neil lucked out and had the most gorgeous weather for their November Ajax Convention Centre wedding! Now, if you are familiar with this location, it is absolutely beautiful indoors. However, it’s right by the highway, and there isn’t much nearby as far as typical park-like scenery. As we arrived, my assistant Michelle and I did a quick tour around the building and found a couple spots that we thought might work. Our favourite? Overgrown red shrub/bush/tree things in front of a few other trees, beside an industrial building. A small spot, but I knew we could make it work. I love how the red leaves perfectly complemented Jessica and Neil’s colour palette, it really could not have worked out better!

Being in the beauty industry herself, there was no doubt Jessica was going to look stunning, but WOW! It’s no wonder Neil didn’t stop smiling at her all day. These two are just the sweetest together, and I so happy to end my 2016 wedding season with this perfect day.

hanging dress, bride in mirror, dramatic bridal photosPINIMAGE bridal details, red and purple bouquet, vera wang rings, bling veilPINIMAGE black and white groom details getting readyPINIMAGE first look bride and groomPINIMAGE bride and groom romantic posePINIMAGE ajax convention centre indoor ceremony, father walking bride down aislePINIMAGE colourful cake with gold detail, table centrepieces, signature drinkPINIMAGE ajax convention centre first dancePINIMAGE Ajax convention centre first dance backlitPINIMAGE


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I knew that becoming a mother would be a big change in my life, but I didn’t truly understand the full extent of it until it happened. Some of it, people try to warn you about in advance, but to me it always came across in a soft, half-joking kind of way. Why didn’t someone sit me down with a serious face and say, “You will not get a full night’s sleep in the foreseeable future, you won’t care if someone sees you without mascara, and forget about leaving the house after 6pm. No, really. For real.” ??

  1. Sleep
    I love sleep. I basically started working for myself so I could sleep in and never work before 10am (okay, more like 11). If I got less than 10 hours of sleep, I wondered how I would make it through the day. OH, how things have changed. I discovered that I can somehow manage to survive on just a few hours of sleep at night, or sometimes barely any sleep at all in those early days. “Sleep when the baby sleeps,” they said. HA! If I did that I would never eat, shower, have clean clothes and diapers for the baby, or especially in my case – work! Being self-employed has it’s appeal, but unfortunately there is no paid mat leave for me, so I started working again quite early. Not at full pace (even now), but enough to try to stay afloat and keep my mind occupied with more than just sleep schedules and feedings.
  2. Privacy and Personal Appearance
    My whole family was in the room with me while I was using the double breast pump in the hospital, I feed Isaac in front of pretty much anyone, and I often wear pajamas all day long. Neighbours may have caught a glimpse of me reaching out the door to the mailbox wearing a robe, or a nursing bra, on more than one occasion. At this point (almost 7 months) I will attempt to put on something without spit-up on it if I’m leaving the house, but if friends or family are coming to our place, all bets (and maybe my shirt) are off.
  3. Priorities Change
    I no longer care about missing out on weekend parties or trips. We still get out occasionally, more so during the day, but we try to keep Isaac’s schedule fairly consistent these days, and we’re usually too exhausted to do much once he’s in bed anyway, so I’d much rather be home to feed him, get him in his jammies, read a story, and put him down for the night. I love our bedtime routine and that quiet time with him. And watching him sleep on the video monitor is better than any tv show. (Is that creepy? I don’t care, he’s adorable.)

    I have also decided not to photograph weddings in 2017, in order to spend our weekends and more time together as a family. There is a ton of pre and post-wedding work involved too, it’s not just about the 8-10 hours of photography on a Saturday, so I hope this will allow me to spend more quality time with my little guy, and he won’t just know me as “that lady that’s always on her computer.” ;)

    I will still be photographing maternity, newborn, and family sessions though, because I do love my job!

Could this face BE any cuter?!

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Christmas Sessions – November 6th
Second Day Added – November 12th

We’ve had such positive feedback about the format for our Christmas sessions the last couple of years, we’ll be doing things the same way this year. Your photo session and order placement will happen on the same day, with a snack break in between! Expect to spend up to 90min total at the studio.

These sessions are for kids only. I recommend children are old enough to at least hold their head up (like Isaac is doing) otherwise I can’t guarantee the same background in your images. We will also have a secondary set that will be mainly white and bright!

There are currently only a few spots left! Click this link to schedule your session: https://squareup.com/store/tara-graham



Fall Sessions – October 15 and 16th


This year I am offering a VERY limited number of fall sessions, these will be the only family sessions in all of October, so don’t wait to scoop up a spot! These images can be used for Christmas cards too.

Order placement will take place during a follow up appointment at the studio about one week after your session.

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