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Tillsonburg Newborn Photographer | McCarthy Photography

Oh boy, this newborn had the absolute best smile!  It’s so great to be able to capture this for parents.  I’m loving the furry, fuzzy fabrics lately.  It adds so much texture!

I often have parents ask if I take last minute bookings…….Yes, I always do my best to fit in last minute bookings when possible.  Always email as it doesn’t hurt to ask 🙂

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Cake Smash Photography | London Ontario

Sweet little guy gave some serious looks as well as some great smiles during his cake smash session.  His cake was absolutely beautiful and he enjoyed the icing very much 🙂  With this session I usually start out with some plain images of your little one in an outfit, just so that they can warm up to the situation.  Then we move into the smashing of the cake!!!

These sessions last just long enough for baby to get tired of me and the whole picture taking situation.  It’s comical how after 20 mins or so they are all done.  That’s why I try to move fast, to change it up for them so they don’t get bored.  Let’s face it, these 1 year olds have just become really mobile and they do not want to sit still for long, I can’t really blame them.

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London Maternity Photographer | McCarthy Photography

I love maternity images that are simple and classic.  Maternity photography sessions are often overlooked because of the excitement of baby and all of the preparation that needs to be done.  Some expecting moms just don’t feel like getting in front of a camera.  Maternity sessions with McCarthy Photography are done in approx 30 mins and they are painless 🙂  I have a couple of these maternity gowns (pictured below) and some other fabric that can be used creatively for images.

The most important thing to remember a couple of hours before your session is to remove any tight clothing like socks or anything tight around the waist (anything that has an elastic band that leaves a mark on your tummy).  I always send out info to my clients to remind them of this but when I first started out I had a couple of sessions where I had to edit sock lines and tummy lines…….not fun at all 🙂  Extra editing is never fun.  It’s easy to forget about this, especially in the winter and you’d be surprised at just how much of a mark there can be from an innocent little sock 🙂

 

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London Newborn Photography | Simple is Gorgeous

Such a beautiful little man in for his newborn photography session.  He was probably the smiliest (is that even a word) little guy I’ve ever seen.  It’s so funny when they flash those smiles……I often wonder what they are thinking at these moments 🙂  You can’t sit an edit a session like this without having a little chuckle and absolutely loving your job!!!  These setups were so simple and timeless.  A little pop of colour can go a long way and black and white images never go out of style.

I really love the texture that a faux fur or flokati adds to the image.  It’s so soft and is a great contrast to the smooth skin of a little on.   I often get asked what I spend the most time on during a session and my answer is always the same……….getting the exposure correct in camera.  It’s so important and much easier to edit images later when the exposure is spot on.  I find it also makes skin look nice and creamy when the exposure is right.  If you underexpose the skin is much more difficult to edit.  Take your time and get it right in camera.

Booking your newborn photography session

If you are looking for a newborn photography session in the London area, please email us at info@mccarthyphotography.ca for availability.

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London Baby Photographer | Handsome Baby Boy

I get so many requests for the hanging pose and its such a favorite on most baby photographer lists.  I love how newborns look so snuggled and cozy in this pose.  Baby safety is always a number on priority so please note that this is a composite image, meaning that there is more that one shot done and the parents hands are editing out.  Baby is always supported by a parent, never left hanging like the final image.

Be sure to email me to get on my list of expecting moms, this way I can save a spot for your newborn session.  I do try to accommodate last minute requests so please don’t hesitate to email me regarding availability.  I have been having great success with my newborn mini session package.  It’s a great value and an amazing chance to get some gorgeous professional images without breaking the bank.  Here are the details:

Newborn Mini Session $275
This is perfect for those that want a few gorgeous professional images and includes the following:
– 30-45 min studio session
– 5 digital files
(This session is not for those wanting to have parent/newborn or sibling/newborn images, only the newborn will be photographed)

McCarthy Photography is a premiere baby photographer that is located in the London, Ontario area.  If you are looking for a newborn or baby photographer, send us an email.

London Newborn & Baby Photography | Session Tips with Siblings

The most frequently asked question from parents of a newborn session is “can we do a couple of setups with their brother/sister?”  Of course we can!!!  I have a special add on for siblings at a newborn session (Just check out my pricing page for full details and current pricing).  Unfortunately I can’t photograph siblings if you are booking a mini newborn session.  With the special price of the mini newborn session and time limit, there is no opportunity for sibling setups which often take a lot of extra time.

Sibling age is important.  Siblings over 4 years old are generally pretty easy to work with.  They can take instruction well and they usually have a little patience for the process.  Sometimes it takes a little bribe but its well worth the result:)  Siblings under the age of 3 are often anxious about being around or staying still with their new baby.  Some will come in and handle a setup with no problem and will be still and smiley, while others will stomp and cry and simply not do it at all.  Unfortunately at this age there is little bribing or negotiating that will help, they have such strong minds of their own.  We just have to be patient with them and try a couple of different things to see if they will come around.

Here are some tips:

– keep calm and patient – little ones sometimes want no part in the process and are adamant about not being in a picture.  Sometimes just playing peek a boo or doing something silly to make them laugh is enough to change their mood.  If you stress out, they will clam up even more.

– Simple setups are best with simple clothing.  Like the image below there is no pressure on the older sibling to hold the baby or keep them in position.  They just have to lean down and smile.  No shirt for young siblings work well and look adorable.  If they do wear clothing, natural colours and plain are best – no strips or patterns.

– I either do these near the beginning of the session or at the very end – all depending on how soundly the newborn is sleeping when they come in.  I can usually get a feel for the baby in around 5 mins.

– It is pretty boring for a child to come to one of these sessions.  Most parents will have Mom stay here and watch baby while Dad takes the older child out for a short drive or walk.  Some parents bring books to read to their child or a movie on an ipad, and of course a snack will keep them occupied for a little while as well.

With these tips we can have a successful newborn session and you can have memories to last a lifetime.

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Dreaming About Your Newborn Photography Session?

If you are like most expecting parents you have been scouring the internet since you’ve seen that positive result on your pregnancy test…first for what to expect in you’re pregnancy, then baby room decorating ideas, baby names and of course maternity and newborn photography. It’s such a special and exciting time and that tiny baby is only a newborn for such a brief moment. As a newborn photographer and a mom, I know just how important it is to capture this stage of babies life. I’ve photographed hundreds of newborns and each and every one is unique

Newborn sessions take place within the first 12 days of babies life to ensure those curly adorable sleepy poses. Newborns are best photographed without clothing as nothing really seems to fit them at first…outfits seems to bunch up around there necks and it’s difficult to pose them with restrictive clothing. I try to use simple and natural poses as well as some beautiful and whimsical select props. I’m always happy to use something special of yours to personalize the session and I’m always open to new ideas for newborn photography.

It’s important to find a photographer that matches your taste and style. All photographers are different and one may not be able to do what another one can. Carefully review sections of the website to ensure that what you see is a style that you love.

My newborn studio is a wonderful warm space in my home. I love it and the natural light is amazing. It’s the perfect spot for a newborn photography!  Check out my Pricing page for competitive session packages.

I have a couple of great maternity sessions also, a perfect way to get to know me and decide if I’m the photographer for you.  I always encourage you to check out my maternity gallery to ensure that you like my style but keep in mind that I’m always open to trying new ideas and poses.  If you have something in mine, I’m willing to help you achieve it.

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Newborn Photography | Preparing for your Newborn Session

Newborn Session Prep

Once you book your newborn session I will send out an email on how to prepare for the big day!  The most important thing is that both parents and baby is comfortable and relaxed.  Its amazing how much that little baby can pick up on an anxious parent.  Some parents are anxious because they thing that their baby will not sleep or that they’ll have to take a break to feed the baby.  I’ve done so many newborn sessions and I can guarantee that nothing your baby does will surprise me or make me uncomfortable.  I am so patient and totally understanding of how these little people are………if they are having trouble getting to sleep, no worries, we will ultimately win out in the end and get some great images.   If you are relaxed and comfortable, then your newborn will also be happy and relaxed.

I have the studio at a balmy 85 degrees so that the baby is warm and cozy while undressed.  If baby has a full tummy before getting in the car on the way here, then that’s half the battle.  A full tummy and a warm environment is essential to a sleepy photo ready baby.

Another important thing is to dress the baby in something that is easy to remove once your arrive here.  Something that opens from the front, not something that has to be pulled over their head.  Usually the ride will put them in a nice deep sleep and I can often undress them and have them ready to start the session without waking them up if I don’t have to pull anything over their head.

If baby takes a pacifier, please bring it as it can aid in posing if baby is drifting in and out of sleep.  It will often calm them right down if they can use it for a minute or two.

 

London Newborn Photography | 8 day old baby

London Newborn Session

Oh my goodness, such a doll, such a sweetie.  It was so amazing to photograph this little family, its so great to see such a strong bond between baby and parents.  Some parents are so comfortable with their new additions and it seems like they have been together forever…..its a wonderful thing to see.

This little one looked so comfy and natural when posed.  My photography sessions always start out on the bean bag with a blanket and I do a couple of poses here until I know that the baby is in a nice deep sleep.  This is when I can transfer them onto a prop, whether it be a basket, wooden prop or even a tiny little bed.  Usually the last poses that I do are the ones with parents if they are wanted.

I love the last image of newborn baby with mom, I wish that I had one like this for both of my boys.

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Sweet Baby Girl Photography |Kilworth Ontario Photographer

London Baby Photography

Such a lovely baby girl that I had the pleasure to photograph.  So sleepy and calm with beautiful little features.  One of my favorite poses is the first image.  I love the texture of the rolled blanket and how it shows off the small little toes.  I love doing sessions in my new location, its got great light and I am able to heat up the studio space only, which means that parents can cool off while still watching their little ones during their first session.  I’m now located in London, Ontario and I am loving our new location.  As a family we are trying to explore the London area and what it has to offer.  We’ve been skating downtown, snowboarding at Boler Mountain,  a couple London Knights games, lots of park activity, especially the skateboarding park in Sprinkbank Park…..so many fun things for the kids to do.

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London Baby & Newborn Photography | Gorgeous Baby Girl

London Baby Photos

London Baby Photographer, McCarthy Photography loved having this baby girl in for a session.  Such a gorgeous head of hair and I was in love with her little curl in the front of her head.  I love the natural soft cream look of the images.

Sometimes I love shooting at different angles, that’s what I did for the image below.  I usually take this photo from the front but I loved how her little rolls were bunching up like this.  Getting up a little higher on a step stool allowed me to shoot from the top and look down.  It also shows her little baby toes and that great head of hair.  My goodness, my kids took forever to grow a great head of hair…………at least a full year!!!  I’m always amazed at just how different each of these precious little bundles are.  gorgeous newborn baby girl with lots of hairLondon Baby Photography

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 Newborn Sessions

There is nothing cuter than a newborn baby resting comfortably in a sling, then hand it from and branch and well you’ve got super cuteness!!  This is of course a composite image, this means that the baby is always supported by either mom or dads hands and I take multiple shots to edit and put together to achieve this look.  Baby should always be secure and safe, its a top priority.  I think the best part about this business, well aside from the adorable babies, is the creativity and the simple and comfortable props.

I like my sessions to be relaxed and comfortable for both parents and baby.  I am extremely patient and I am never in a rush when in a session.  I want mom and dad to relax and not worry whether or not the baby is sleeping, eventually the little bundle will fall into a nice deep sleep, I’m always sure that I can wait them out :).  I’ve had many sessions where mom and dad are so grateful for the extra time and patience that I put into my sessions.  I am thankful for all of the wonderful parents that trust me with their most special gift, it is something that I am proud of and I hope that comes out in the images.

I love both classic neutral images as well as colourful simple prop images.  As long as baby is comfy and looks peaceful, I am happy.

London Newborn Photography | 8 days new

London Newborn Baby Photography

This squishy newborn boy was such a great little guy and so easy to pose and photograph.  I love the natural feel of the wood and was so excited that he gave us a great big smile, there’s nothing better than a baby smile.

All of my newborn sessions are different, some parents want to be in the images, some want to focus only on the newborn, some sessions are all natural colours and some are filled with colour.  Some use lots of props and some are all blanket posing.  I usually setup each session with a mixture of natural, some colour, some blanket posing and some props.  It’s a good variety and works with my natural workflow.

I always start out with baby on a blanket setup.  These are a good test to see how soundly and deeply the baby is sleeping.  Once baby is in a good deep sleep I usually move onto some prop posing.  Everything of course revolves around keeping baby happy and comfy.  Some babies love to be on their tummies while others love to be wrapped up and posed on their back, they are all so different and they all have their own comfort levels and preferences even at this young newborn age.  The important thing to remember is that they are only this small for such a limited time and newborn photography can only be done once.

The best time for baby’s first session is 10 days and under.  To check out photography pricing please visit the pricing page

 

 

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