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I love these sweet moments in between poses where babies are transitioning from asleep to awake, or if their arms have been wrapped and then they break free – oh the freedom! Those tiny arms reaching over their heads – o.m.g. it’s the best!

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    We could all use an extra dose of happiness these days, right?!

    And we don’t care whether it’s gas or not, it’s freaking adorable every time a newborn smiles. I dare you not to smile while looking at these happy little babes.

    I rounded up 14 newborn smiles from my sessions over the last couple years. It’s been so much fun going back through older sessions and seeing how styles, skills, and editing techniques have changed!

    Enjoy these sweet babies, and if you haven’t yet, be sure to hit up my newborn portfolio gallery for more current work and tons of cuteness!

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      A round-up gallery of 17 adorable newborn yawns and 1 sneeze – be sure to scroll to the bottom to see! I must have yawned about 100 times myself as I was putting this gallery together!

      I always try to photograph it when babies are yawning, aren’t they just the cutest?!

      Be sure to check out the regular newborn portfolio gallery as well for more cuteness :)

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        As a photographer, one of the most heartbreaking things about our current situation with COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is knowing that some families won’t get to have professional photos of their newborns.

        I made a tutorial video FREE for anyone to view just by entering your email address when you join the group below, and I’m going to provide an overview of those tips here too.


        Whether you own a DSLR or just a mobile phone, I’m here to help you take some gorgeous images of your new baby (or your older babies and kids too!)

        Now might not be the time to learn how to shoot in manual mode if you’re not familiar with the settings yet, but if you just need a refresher, definitely check out the video in the group I linked above. Otherwise, throw it in program or auto mode, and know that your exposure and white balance can be adjusted when editing.

        Similarly, please don’t try to replicate the poses and prop shots you see professional photographers posting. There is often years worth of training and practice to perfect these images, and lots of safety considerations. Keep baby on a safe, stable surface, and always have a spotter if there’s any chance of babe rolling (on a bed, sofa, etc.)

        · you don’t need a ton of space, but good light will make a huge difference
        · diffused window light is ideal (overcast day, or sheers over the window)
        · have the light washing down over baby’s face from above and slightly to the side, not from below
        · baby’s crib/room, the master bedroom, or the family room are usually good options!

        newborn lighting tutorial

        GET IN CLOSE!
        · don’t forget to get in close and document all those cute little features
        · eyelashes, lips, ears, fingers, toes, belly button, top of head

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        · use a receiving blanket, stretchy fabric, or a scarf
        · can wrap legs tighter than a traditional swaddle for sleep, just be sure to loosen the wrap on their legs if you’re putting them to bed after taking your photos.
        · try different wraps (see video for a tutorial)

        newborn simple wrapping

        · have a spotter if possible, or be within arm’s reach
        · you know your children best, if you can’t trust them with the newborn for at least a few seconds, please don’t attempt sibling photos on your own
        · lay down a pillow and cover it with a nice blanket
        · lay the older child down first, with arm out
        · Place baby down and wrap older child’s arms around at chest/tummy

        sibling photos

        · There are plenty of options for editing on your mobile phone, including the built-in camera app. For more options and control, check out the Lightroom app – it’s my favourite! Some others I’ve heard good things about include Snapseed, PicTapGo, and VSCO… tell me your faves and I’ll add them here!

        Please don’t hesitate to reach out! I’m dying to see some sweet new babies and would be happy to chat via email, text, FaceTime, etc. and help you photograph your baby :)

        You can also check out the following places for just about anything you can imagine:
        · CreativeLive – only free when watching live, but there are tons of classes available in all kinds of topics, including courses on using specific camera models – in case you have a DSLR and no clue what to do with it – this is a great option to get started. Use this link to get $15 off any class you can download and keep forever: https://refer.creativelive.com/s/Tara170
        · YouTube – more than just silly cat videos, you can actually find lots of tutorials and tips

        Also see my Facebook page for a quick video on photographing your own maternity photos too!

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          *** *** ***
          March 17, 2020 Update:
          At this time all sessions will be temporarily suspended until it is deemed safe to resume. Stay safe, stay home, wash your hands.
          Hope to see you all again soon :)
          *** *** ***

          Keeping our families safe and healthy is a top priority at all times, but particularly now with COVID-19 (coronavirus) on everyone’s mind. Canada is not currently a high-risk area, with most cases directly coming from international travel, and infants and children are not as affected as older adults and those with pre-existing conditions that put them at higher risk. While this does provide some comfort, things can change, and we’ll be monitoring the situation closely.

          This post is not to cause fear or panic, simply to provide information and ease any concerns over scheduling a photo session during this time.

          I want to outline the ways in which I am working to ensure the safest practices possible and how we can work together to help prevent the spread of this virus.

          Firstly, as always, I will reach out to you to reschedule your session if anyone in my family is sick, and I ask that you do the same, especially if anyone has a fever. Let’s be overly cautious on this.

          Follow infection prevention guidelines

          To minimize the risk of infection, everyone should take these necessary infection prevention measures:

          • Wash your hands frequently, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
          • Clean and disinfect frequently touched household objects and surfaces, using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
          • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Stay at least two metres away from anyone who is coughing.
          • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
          • When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue (or your bent elbow/sleeve if a tissue is not available).
          • Remain informed from reliable sources, such as the World Health Organization, your local ministry of health (ie: the Ontario Ministry of Health), your local public health unit (ie: Ontario Public Health) and your local city’s public health (ie: Hamilton Public Health).
          • In addition, here is a parent resource for talking to children about COVID-19.

          In The Studio

          • Here are ways in which I am keeping the studio and clients as safe as possible:
          • Thoroughly washing my hands at the beginning of every session, and throughout the session as needed.
          • Hand sanitizer is readily available for anyone to use.
          • Thoroughly wash and sanitize all props between clients.
          • Thoroughly wash and/or sanitize all newborn clothing, wraps, and anything that comes into contact with baby.
          • For items that are unwashable, sanitizing spray will be used as needed.
          • Sanitize all surfaces that clients will be touching. (ie: doorknobs, railings, chairs, coat racks, etc)
          • Toys will not be provided for children to play with in the studio. Any items used as props will be sanitized between use.
          • Rescheduling sessions if I or anyone in my family is sick.  If needed, I can recommend another photographer in your area, or simply wait until we are safely healthy, and keep in mind that we can still create a beautiful gallery with an older newborn.
          • Sessions are not booked back-to-back, allowing time for proper cleaning in between.
          • If you have traveled outside of Canada, I ask that you do not schedule a studio session within 2 weeks of your return.
          • If there are additional measures you’d like me to take before your session, please reach out.

          Thank you to APNPI, the professional organization I belong to, for providing guidelines for photographers and the basis for this post.

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            lavender mini sessions durham region

            I’m super excited to offer these Limited Edition sessions this year! While nothing beats a full custom family session, this is a great option for a quick update on the family photos, or a milestone session to document your child(ren)’s growth this year. Also a great option for mamas or little girls that just want to put on a pretty dress and twirl in a field of lavender ;)

            Our lavender mini sessions will be taking place at the beautiful Lavender Blu farm just north of Port Perry, on the evenings of July 21 and 23, 2020. Sessions will be scheduled from 7-9pm during the beautiful light of golden hour. Timing is super important in achieving results consistent with the images you see in my portfolio – I love golden hour!

            Yes, it might be a late night for the kids, and you can play it up as a special family adventure! Bring drinks and snacks to keep them happy, and we’ll be playing some games and having fun during your session to keep them interested and help us create some beautiful, connected, fun images of your family.

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              Now booking for February 15th and 29th
              Click below to choose your date and time and complete your booking.

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                I love that we ventured away from a heavily pink colour palette for this sweet baby girl, while still adding some girly touches here and there. I’m loving anything earthy for newborn photography lately, and this session was so much fun to style.

                Wondering how styling choices are made for your session?
                When you schedule your newborn session with me, you’ll fill out a brief questionnaire that helps me plan your session, based on the colours and decor in your home, in baby’s room, and your preferences in general. If you have specific colours you want us to use, we’ll plan based on that. If you’re not picky, I’ll put together something I think you’ll love! For the most part, we stick with neutrals and one or two accent colours.

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                  This sweet little dude was so good for his session. Mama totally rocked her maternity session too, which you can see HERE.
                  When you schedule your newborn session, you don’t have to worry about what baby will wear – I’ve got that all taken care of! We keep the little ones wrapped for a large portion of the session, and then if they’re super sleepy and the parents want them, we get a couple nakey baby shots too ;)

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                    Tara Graham photography

                    durham region and gta

                    ontario canada

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                    Maternity, newborn, family, and headshot & personal branding photography in Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, Pickering, Courtice, Bowmanville, Newcastle, and the GTA.

                    tara Graham Photo

                    Durham Region and GTA Ontario canada

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                    Maternity, newborn, family, and headshot & personal branding photography in Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, Pickering, Courtice, Bowmanville, Newcastle, and the GTA.