December 31, 2011

Toronto Child Photographer

Such a tender moment...

December 19, 2011

Newborns of 2011

I have had such an amazing year and it's no secret to those that know me that the wee little newborns are super special to me so I am sharing this little video of some of my favourite shots! I did share this recently with those that have subscribed to my newsletter as well as with those that follow me on Facebook and one of my clients pointed out that I forgot her baby!! A huge oops on my part because I intended to include all my wonderful newborns and it was just an innocent oversight :) I have rectified the situation and have included everyone up until my most recent newborn (with the exception of one family that preferred not to have their images shared online) If I accidently missed another please, please let me know!!

I hope you all enjoy some wonderful times spent with family and friends over the holidays and I will be back in 2012 after some time off with my family!!

To view the video on a separate page just click here.

December 18, 2011

Toronto Newborn Photography

This could very well be my last Santa baby and last newborn of 2011....maybe :) I still have one more mama-to-be due soon, but it'll be a close call as to whether the session will be in 2011 or the first of 2012! Other than that I am done with sessions for the year. This week will be all about finishing up as much as I can with editing, orders, designing albums etc... so that I can take a bit of time off over the holidays to spend with my family and prepare for what promises to be a very exciting 2012!

Can I just say that I LOVE this little sweetie's long, long eyelashes and those perfect little lips! Have I ever mentionned how much I love photographing newborns......

Toronto Maternity Photography

Loved this session!! How awesome does this mama-to-be look?!

December 14, 2011

Durham Region Newborn Photography

It's such a honour when parents put their trust in me with the most important thing in their lives...their sweet little babies! I am sure the whole process of a newborn session can be overwhelming to new parents that are already so tired and emotionally and physically drained so soon after the birth of their child. But this moment....the moment that they are so tiny is gone in the blink of an eye and although every new stage is an exciting one, these first few days will be gone forever. With a little (ok sometimes a lot!) of patience we can capture those memories forever.... I am so thrilled that this little boy's parents had the trust in me and the patience it took to get some lovely images of their brand new son. All of my sessions are worth every pee (or worse!) accident on my clothes and blankets and every minute of waiting for the baby to be comfortable and settle into that nice deep sleep that allows us to capture images like those below.

December 13, 2011

Durham Region Baby Photography | Happy Birthday Nathan!

I think this is my most favourite from this session :)

December 12, 2011

Toronto Newborn Photographer | Beautiful Christina

'Tis the season of chaos and craziness for a lot of people as they prepare for the holidays! I think this is affecting all my little newborn clients too as I have had a few babies lately that felt the need to stay awake for their sessions but this wee little girl settled in quite nicely to allow us to get some beautiful shots of her at 9 days old.

December 9, 2011

Toronto Newborn Photographer

Usually the simplest of images are my favourites....all about the newborn goodness..nothing more, nothing less.

December 8, 2011

Durham Region Newborn Photography

{Durham Region Maternity Photography}

One of the many babies booked in for a January arrival...can't wait!! The start of the New Year is going to be so exciting with so many newborns on their way!

December 1, 2011

Durham Region Children's Photographer | Family of 5

Any parent with more than one child knows how difficult it can be to get a photo of their kids together :) I will not lie, even though I am experienced at photographing children....photographing 5 children ~together~ is a challenge! But I do LOVE this shot of all 5 of these kids together!!

November 30, 2011

Newborn Photography | Baby Christina

{Sigh} How sweet is wee little Christina? I will definitely be sharing more from her session a little later :)

November 26, 2011

{Durham Region Newborn Photographer}

As we prepare to enter the craziness and chaos of the holiday season, just take a moment once in a while to appreciate the important things in life.....

November 24, 2011

{Toronto Child Photography}

I am really hoping that mom and dad will be thrilled that we got a great photo of their three one shot!! Let me tell you, this was by no means an easy task with these energetic little guys.

November 23, 2011

{Toronto Child Photographer}

I have been photographing Natalie since she was born and all throughout her first year and I was so thrilled when they got in touch with me recently to book another session! Natalie's going to be a big sister!!! She was so awesome during this particular session, really worked the camera...there were soooo many photos that I could have shared, but I tried to narrow it down to just a few...(a dozen counts as a few right?!) I think my favourite might have to be the tongue sticking out photo (and there were several of those!)

November 21, 2011

{Toronto Newborn Photography}

I had the pleasure of meeting this little guy with his mom and dad earlier this month! Santino was one of those babies that knew what he wanted and didn't want in terms of posing! All in all I think we managed pretty well considering that :)

November 13, 2011

Toronto Newborn Photographer | Newborn Safety

In some newborn photography circles this past week has been named newborn safety week and photographers are trying to get the message out there that safety is priority number one when it comes to photographing these precious little babies!! Many new photographers see all these great poses and mistakenly think that you must capture this final image right in the camera as is...This is not so. Photoshop (or other photo editing software) plays a huge role in creating newborn art. Many of the beautiful newborn images you see out there are the result of the creativity of the photographer during and after the session.

There are many different approaches to creating a final image. Some require the use of two or more photos to create a composite (I use this technique often) or sometimes one photo is used and unwanted elements are just cloned out, as in the example below. I use both methods regularly, just depends on the pose/image and my mood :) as to which one I will use. Parents: please understand that while this type of image can be done safely, not all babies are up for all poses. I will not attempt a pose if I feel your baby is not suited for it. There is no image in the world that is worth putting your baby at any risk. Most of these types of images do require your baby to very comfortable and soundly asleep. Even the simplest of blanket poses aren't for every baby. It is very important to read the cues the baby is giving us as to what he or she will be comfortable with.

So here is a little glimpse of a before and after. This first photo is what I used to create the bottom photo. The baby was never lifted above the large 40" diametre bean bag more that what you see here, a couple of inches. Dad kept his hand behind the baby's head to stop him from swiveling around and mom was ready with an extra hand right at the side should their baby have decided to wake up and stretch. I usually have someone hold their hand right near the baby until I am ready. They can pull their hand away and I snap the photo and the hand can go right back. Before even getting to the camera we carefully test the baby's weight distribution by gently lifting him with a hand underneath supporting him.

November 10, 2011

Toronto Newborn Photographer

I love the images we got from this session....

October 26, 2011

{Toronto Maternity & Newborn Photography}

I have been fortunate enough to be extremely busy during the 2011 year and love and appreciate everyone one of the wonderful clients that have come to see me to capture such precious times in their lives! With a full schedule though, things do need to be prioritized and unfortunately blogging peeks has taken a bit of a back seat in effort to keep up with all my sessions appointments, editing of images and client orders. I am hoping to get back to it and update all the amazing little wonders I have had the pleasure to photograph! All of that being said, I just had to post just a few (well....quite a bit more than a few!) from a recent (if you consider 6 weeks ago recent!) session. This first photo just cracks me up... I LOVE IT!! I also love this family for trying out an idea that I had for maternity sessions. I think 'A' had a good time painting mom's belly :) And of course since I am so behind in blogging, baby 'C' has already arrived and had his session as well!

This is one of my favourite photos from this session...I love how simple it is, just about the baby and nothing else.

October 18, 2011

{Durham Region Newborn Photography}

Meet the beautiful Katina! Oh my, she could melt even the coldest of hearts!! How sweet is she?!!

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About Shelly Ferguson Photography

I am a newborn photographer serving clients from in and around the Greater Toronto Area and to the east. My studio is located in Durham Region, Ontario. I specialize in newborn and children's photography. Sessions are limited and are by appointment only.
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