The Best Age for Newborn Photos

The Best Age for Newborn Photos

What’s the best age for newborn photographs? I get asked this question quite often. First things first though, congratulations on the birth of your new baby! You must be over the moon and anxiously wanting to document your little one’s first precious days of life! 

For newborns, the ideal age I recommend is when they between 4-7 days old. That’s when they are still squishy and sleepy but also big enough for us to pose them easily. Somewhere between when the umbilical cord falls off and 8 days old is perfect.

For newborn sessions with yours truly, I come to your home. This saves you from having to pack up all your baby gear (and baby!) and haul it to a studio. “But Christine, my house is not big enough for a professional PHOTO SHOOT!” Don’t worry. For newborn sessions I only need a 5’x5′ space in your living room where I can set up my props and lighting.

While I am setting up we would have you attempt to get your baby to sleep. This usually happens easily when they are “milk-drunk” and when your home is very warm. The session can last from one hour to three hours, depending on how smooth things go. Sometimes babies are cooperative, calm and sleepy right away, and then super cranky after about 30 minutes…so we play it by ear.

Newborn Photo 1
Newborn Photo 2

It sounds obvious, but newborn sessions are all about the baby. The least amount of distractions is best (such as additional family members and/or other children). Trust me on this please. I know that everyone is excited to have a new baby around, but before and during the session it is best to have a calm and quiet environment for the best results, which is what you’re paying for, right?!

Having the session in your home also makes it super easy to incorporate any keepsake items (a special piece of jewelry, blanket, hat, prop). All I ask is that you have them on hand so I can easily add them in to some set-ups.  Also, as any parent knows, we always need lots of baby-wipes on hand as accidents do happen!

With spring right around the corner I can’t wait for another round of squishy newborn sessions!

Vintage Romance Style Shoot

Vintage Romance Style Shoot


Just recently I was at Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm for their annual bridal open house. As usual, it was a fun weekend for us vendors as we caught up with each other and also met many wonderful couples. I had a great time and I was pleased to meet all of the newly engaged and excited couples in love!

Earl, Susan and their dedicated team were all on hand to showcase their beautiful facilities and welcome old and new friends alike. They also coordinated a Vintage Romance themed style shoot which I was so happy to be a part of, check out some of the photos below.

Vintage Romance Style Shoot









































































Photography: Tripp Photography  |  Wedding Gown: Juliannah’s Bridal  |  Flowers: Passiflora Floral Boutique  |  Venue & Decor: Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm  |  Hair & Makeup:  Lydia Zandbelt of Unik Hair Studio  |  Cake: Sugar & Spice Custom Cakes  |  Invitations & Stationery: Daisy Designs  |  Table Linens & Chargers: Groovy Linens  |  Specialty Rentals (Bride & Groom Chair, Tableware, Furniture): Chez Lili Party Rentals

Open House at Stanley’s Farm

Open House at Stanley's Farm

It’s that time of year again!

The Annual Bridal Open House at Stanley’s Farm is taking place THIS Saturday, January 23rd & Sunday, January 24th in the Maples Hall, 10am-3pm.

All current Stanley’s brides and those who are thinking of Stanley’s are invited to come out and visit! Take a tour of their venues, chat with friendly staff and meet some of their favourite vendors.

There will also be fabulous door prizes donated by the vendors at the show. Door prizes are limited to couples that have preregistered for the show.

See you there!

5 reasons why pictures turn out better when the photographer’s eye is on the camera’s viewfinder


5 Reasons Why Pictures Turn Out Better When the Photographer's Eye is on the Camera's Viewfinder

The viewfinder or eyepiece on your camera is there for a reason – so you can accurately frame your subject prior to hitting the shutter button. The digital or LCD screen available on nearly all cameras nowadays was created so you can check your photo afterwards or to show the resulting image to your subject.

I see many people taking photos while holding their camera out in front of them, trying to frame the image using the screen (also called the monitor) instead of using the viewfinder. Any professional photographer will tell you that taking a photo with your eye on the viewfinder results in the best photo! So, with that in mind here are 5 reasons why pictures turn out better when the photographer’s eye is on the camera’s viewfinder:

1) Steadiness – If your eye is to the camera then you can keep the camera steady easily; two hands and a face makes it’s own tripod! You can’t say the same when you are holding the camera out in front of you (especially if you are taking pictures in a busy, crowded place!).

2) Easier to find your focus point – If your eye is in the viewfinder then your attention is on the focal point, not on what is going on around you. This enables you to easily centre on the focus point in much less time then it would if you were to hold the camera out in front of you, bettering your chances of that perfect shot.

3) Easier to pay attention to detail – When you use the camera’s eyepiece you are zooming in on your subject and are better able to pick out the details, especially if it is a texture-based shot.

4) Interrupts flow – Think of it like using your cell phone while talking to someone in person. If you are constantly holding the camera away from you while taking a picture and then bringing the camera close to you to getting a better look at the shot on the LCD screen then you are interrupting the flow of shots and could very well be missing an important shot while looking and re-looking at your LCD screen! Keep your eye on the viewfinder and focus on the shot as your camera sees it, not your screen.

5) Professionalism – It makes you look like an amateur to stand holding your camera away from you. Professionals know and typically do hold their cameras to their faces to properly frame and focus a picture.

I use my viewfinder 95% of the time, and often I actually keep both eyes open, one looking through the hole and one catching the added movement outside of my sight. Relying on the LCD screen to take pictures is not only poor technique it kills your camera’s battery! With practice and learning to trust your instincts you will see why the viewfinder is an important part of your camera and will revel in the magnificence of your shots!

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Learn How to Take Great Candid Photographs

Learn How to Take Great Candid Photographs

Do you have a DSLR camera and love to take pictures, but find that the pictures you take appear fake or posed? Or do you have problems getting your subjects to smile, laugh or look like they are having fun? Unfortunately, these photography problems are not uncommon.

I love helping novice and professional-level photographers overcome such problems. I have taught hundreds of photographers in a classroom setting learn how to use their camera like a pro. I have taught these same photographers how the pictures they take can tell a story unlike any written word.

My style of professional photography is candid, which is also a favourite style for my wedding photography and other professional photography clients. Why is it a favourite style? Many times people feel that they look the most authentic or like their true selves when they are not looking directly at the camera, or when they don’t know the camera is even there.

When you are not asked to smile, you are more likely to be relaxed and if you are smiling because the situation is humourous or because someone said something funny then you are more likely to smile naturally and in the end, like the picture of yourself! And when one person smiles, the person close to them will probably smile too (after all smiles are contagious!).

I love sharing my ideas, concepts, tools, and techniques with photographers who want to learn how to take amazing photographs. It is this love, combined with my love of candid photography that pushed me to create an accessible and affordable online course teaching photographers how to take great candid photographs. If you want to master this popular style of photography, I encourage you to sign up for my course, “Unposed – Learn How to Take Great Candid Photographs.”

In this course, I will unveil six tricks that I use when planning to capture people in their natural state. You will also learn my definition of “candid” photos as well as photo-journalism. I also encourage course students to engage with one another and myself through the discussion board available within the course setting to learn additional tips.

In addition to teaching you pro-level photography tips, this course will give you some insight into how candid photos can really mean a lot to people. You may be surprised at how grateful people will be when they see that you have captured their smile in its natural state – and how quick they will be to praise the candid photography style.

Sign up now!

Learn why people love and appreciate the stories candid photographs tell and why it’s easier to capture a natural smile than it is a posed one.

I look forward to teaching you about candid photography!

I hope to add to my course selection in the near future, so if there is another photographic technique or photography problem that you would like to see discussed in an online course setting, leave a comment and let me know. I also encourage you to join my active and ever-growing Hobby to Pro Photography Facebook Group.