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How to Choose Your Photographer

I know you are putting so much care and thought into who you choose as your photographer. It feels a little strange and egotistical to list my credentials, though I feel like certain aspects of my experience will help to put your mind at ease, so I would like to share them with you here.

Education and Experience

I am one of the rare ones that went to school for photography, and graduated at the top of my class. After college I was fortunate to work with one of the most renowned Canadian portrait photographers of our time, learning so much about posing and lighting.

 

I have always believed in continuing education, and try to attend at least one conference or purchase an educational course or mentorship at least once per year.

 

I now have 15+ years of experience photographing couples, babies, kids, and families. One of the things I hear the most is how much PATIENCE I have. And it's true. I will rock and bounce your babies, I will endure the toddler tantrums and try to find out what makes them tick so I can get the shots we need. I adore kids, and I love getting down on their level and playing silly games too.

Newborn safety

When it came to newborn photography education I sought out the best in the industry - a newborn photographer teaching internationally who is also a physiotherapist and recognized as a leading expert in newborn safety. With this advanced training, I am aware of the potential risks involved with many of the popular newborn poses. In my studio, we do things safely, or not at all. Your baby's safety is a top priority.

 

I am currently a member of APNPI (Accredited Professional Newborn Photographers International), meaning I have completed my Qualified Newborn Photographer training as well as a newborn safety course.

Accredited Newborn Photographer

With APNPI photographers have the opportunity to submit 12 images in each of 10 different categories to be judged for Accreditation. If Accreditation is achieved, it indicates that all 12 images were deemed "above average quality in photographic artistry".

 

•Maternity

•Newborn Posed
•Newborn Environmental (outdoors)

•Macro Imagery (close-up images of all those adorable little details)

a collage of outdoor newborn images in various environments, that were submitted for APNPI accreditation.
A collage of black and white macro close up images of baby's hands, lips, lashes, toes, and more

In addition to being a member of APNPI, I am also an Ambassador, Educator in their Academy, and judge in their competition/accreditation process for other members.

Photographer Mentoring and SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

I am also proud to help other photographers succeed, whether it's 1:1, through my online classes and tools, or my speaking engagements with GTA Imaging in 2023, Shutterfest 2023, or WPPI 2024. I am so honoured to have been chosen to speak at these prestigious events in our industry.

Tara Graham teaching a class at Shutterfest photography conference.
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top 3 photographers in Oshawa from three best rated
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APNPI accredited newborn posed photography
APNPI accredited environmental photography
APNPI accredited Macro imagery photography
APNPI accredited maternity photography
1 - say hello

1. Say Hello!

I can't wait to hear about what you're looking for in your maternity session! I want to know all the details - when are you due, did you find out what you're having, are you wanting a studio or outdoor session, and any other important details.

Fill out my contact form to receive the full pricing guide. We'll choose a date and get it locked in with an agreement form and retainer so we can start planning your session!

2 - planning your session

2. Planning Your Session

As part of the booking process I will help you choose a location for your session - waterfront, greenery or studio are all common choices.

If you wish, I will also help you choose a dress to rent for your session through an amazing company I've partnered with! There are many styles and colours to choose from. Or you might choose to wear your own clothing, and I can help you find something that will show off that bump and look fabulous in your photos!

3 - ask me anything

3. Ask Me Anything

Leading up to your session, you're welcome to send me an email or text if you have any questions. Still not sure what to wear or how to style your hair and makeup? I can help! Send me pictures of your choices and we can decide together.

4 - session time

4. Session Time!

Your session day is here! You are looking and feeling fabulous, no need to be nervous! I will guide you through a mix of posed and "unposed" looks, giving you lots of time to snuggle that bump and enjoy the moment. I want you to feel relaxed and enjoy the session, afterall, your baby will be here soon!

5 - your images

5. Choosing Your Images

Yay! Your session is complete! Now we'll set up a Gallery Reveal and Ordering Appointment about 1 week after your session so you can see the beautiful images we created.

You'll choose the items included in your collection, and you'll be able to upgrade to add additional images, an album, and/or wall art to show off all your favourite images.

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1 - Cara and Rob

Tara is beyond talented, professional and friendly. I wholeheartedly recommend her for any photography needs. She captured our maternity and we are so grateful she created the most beautiful lasting memories through her photography. I look forward to Tara taking our newborn shots when the baby is here!

Cara and Rob

WHITBY MATERNITY SESSION

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3 - Victoria

Tara is so sweet and lovely to work with. Very professional and friendly. I really enjoyed my maternity session with her! And her photos are beautiful!

Victoria

OSHAWA MATERNITY SESSION

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2 - Stef and John

We did our Maternity and Newborn photoshoots with Tara and I'm so glad we did! The photos are INCREDIBLE! We couldn't narrow down our favourites so we ended up purchasing all of them. She made us feel super comfortable which is reflected in the photos. She was so good with my newborn son, I actually learned soothing techniques from her! We also purchased an album and custom frame and are so happy with the quality, I cried when I saw it.

Stef and John

MATERNITY & NEWBORN

1 - Cassie and Mike

Tara has done a number of different types of photos for my family and she has been amazing! Her style, talent, professionalism, are just a few reasons why we keep having her capture these special moments. Definitely highly recommend!

Cassie & Mike

WHITBY MATERNITY SESSION

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Award-winning maternity, newborn, and family photographer servicing Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, Pickering, Courtice, Bowmanville, Newcastle, Toronto and the GTA. Inquire for travel sessions.