How to Reduce Stress Before And During A Portrait Session

The day is here.

You have waited nine long months, your new baby is finally in your arms and you just realized you haven't scheduled your newborn portrait session. You are excited to have your family documented, celebrated and to leave your children with beautiful images that include you.  Now what's the best way to go about doing it?  I have put together some helpful hints that will make it not only stress free, but oh, so enjoyable.

{FIND THE RIGHT PHOTOGRAPHER}
Choosing the right photographer for you makes a big difference in how stressed you will feel during a photo session. I encourage my clients to meet with me beforehand, or have a really good telephone conversation about their vision for the session and all those little details.  I enjoy getting to know you and ensuring our visions for the session are compatible.

{CLOTHING CHOICES}
I send my clients a list of clothing options that work well here in the studio.  Although I do have options for baby and mom on hand, wearing your own clothing can make your portraits feel a little more personal.  It’s a wise idea to choose the outfits you’ll be wearing a few days before your session, just in case you’re in need of something.  Iron and hang/lay them out the night before to take out the stress of remembering, and so your husband can assist you with dressing everyone with ease.

{DO YOUR BEST TO REST}
Sleep when your baby sleeps.  Seriously.  If you’re coming to a studio anyway, the dishes can wait.  Do your best to ensure that everyone in the family gets a proper amount of sleep the night before a photo session.  You will feel so much better if you are well rested and you will be better able to handle the little stressers that are sure to occur.

{COMMUNICATE ANY CONCERNS}
If there are special circumstances that I (or the photographer you choose) should be aware of, make sure to communicate that ahead of time. If I know your child has special needs, I can plan ahead and I’ll be more likely to achieve the images you will love so dearly.

{RELAX}
You just had a baby, so I assume you are not going to be on time for your session.  Just do your best.  I am completely okay with that.  We are creating beautiful images of your family, but we’re also having a special day together and making memories. Embrace the idea of me documenting your children interacting with you or each other. That’s exactly how we’ll get the great images where everyone looks like themselves.

In all of the chaos and the conversations, you know who you are. You know you would like these moments documented in the most wonderful of ways.  In the beauty and in the light of God’s goodness, you know who you are. Woven through His words, scripture, promises with your name on it is the very description of exactly who you are. You are a treasure. You are on purpose. You are loved. You are powerful. You are a mouthpiece of grace.  Now let’s begin this adventure together.

Are you expecting a baby?  Click these links for more information on having your own maternitynewbornbaby or family portraits created. Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara Region maternity photographer specializing in natural light maternity, newborn, baby and family photography.

For best results, call 905 309 5000 or email karen@rolphoto.ca to reserve your session while you’re still pregnant.  This ensures a place for you in my schedule, allows you plenty of time to review your photographic options, and gives you peace of mind to know that it’s all taken care of.

Karen of Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara Region maternity photographer located in Southern Ontario, also specializing in family, newborn and baby photography in Oakville and Toronto.

Niagara Baby Photographer | Through the Haze

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During the first days, weeks and months with a new baby, life can feel like you are walking through a haze. So many new emotions, routines and, of course, the lack of sleep. One moment you are overflowing with love and joy as you gaze at your little miracle. In the next, you are sobbing as you fold and tuck away the last tiny NB sized onesie.

The days and nights start to melt together, while at the same time stands still every moment you are with your new love. Her big brown eyes look into your soul. She may not be able to talk, but you know her voice. And even through the haze, she is the most beautiful thing you have ever laid your eyes upon.

Lovely Nora, along with her parents Patrick and Rachel, met up with me at Charles Daley Park for a sun-kissed baby milestone session. Rachel took great care in selecting soft, neutral tones for their session. Doing so left the focus on their connection with and love for one another. Images telling the greatest love story of all time. The story of parents' love for their baby. And Nora is so, so loved.

Gray skirt from the Reflections of Life Studio Wardrobe.

White muslin blanket by Little Unicorn.


Are you expecting a baby?  Click these links for more information on having your own maternitynewbornbaby or family portraits created. Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara baby photographer specializing in natural light maternity, newborn, baby and family photography.

For best results, call 905 309 5000 or email karen@rolphoto.ca to reserve your session while you’re still pregnant.  This ensures a place for you in my schedule, allows you plenty of time to review your photographic options, and gives you peace of mind to know that it’s all taken care of.

Karen of Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara baby photographer located in Southern Ontario, also specializing in family, newborn and baby photography in Oakville and Toronto.

Why I Love Lifestyle Photography

Candid photography is raw. It is uncut moments in time. It is a person getting on the bus. It is a split second where someone is doing something in their natural environment and not posing for a camera. It is not perfect photographs featuring perfect posing and lighting.

Lifestyle photography combines that candid photojournalism with perfect posing and lighting to creates a more modern style. Photographers who specialize in lifestyle photography create images of people doing things they would normally do in a natural setting.

This is my preferred style of photography and let me tell you why.

Newborn lifestyle photography is about documenting the life of a brand new little person. It is about capturing the personality of each baby and celebrating their uniqueness. It is about the feelings between two parents as they realize the future years of their life have been forever changed for the better.

And through newborn lifestyle photography, I get to immerse myself in their life even for just a couple hours and enjoy and capture the love that is naturally surrounding them.

In order to capture these feelings, an environment needs to be created that facilitates connection. Lifestyle photographers often need to be able to photograph their subjects as if there is no camera in the room. It takes time for parents to feel completely comfortable, so these sessions can never be rushed. With newborns, I always follow their cues, their position likes and dislikes, and if they should move their arm, stretch out those tiny feet, give me a great big yawn, I photograph it. Those moments are just as, if not more important. Being able to capture the personality of a newborn baby in images is something new parents are sure to treasure completely.

Every life is so valuable, so beautiful, so precious. There are ways that a baby will just yawn or in how a mom will rock her little girl against her chest, that is beautiful. There are stories and narratives we can tell through capturing these moments that people can keep forever. In a glimpse of these first few months of their life, we get to capture their innocence, their story, their personality, just how very loved they are. We get to capture it not in a rigid way, but them as they are in their element.

Lifestyle newborn photography takes the planning and preparation of newborn studio portrait sessions and combines it with the raw, uncut moments of newborn photo-journalistic photography. The result is a brand new form of art. One that leaves parents breathless. One that leaves a lasting memory, of that perfect little babe and the feelings of love that surround them.

Are you expecting a baby?  Click these links for more information on having your own maternitynewbornbaby or family portraits created. Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara Region maternity photographer specializing in natural light maternity, newborn, baby and family photography.

For best results, call 905 309 5000 or email karen@rolphoto.ca to reserve your session while you’re still pregnant.  This ensures a place for you in my schedule, allows you plenty of time to review your photographic options, and gives you peace of mind to know that it’s all taken care of.

Karen of Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara Region maternity photographer located in Southern Ontario, also specializing in family, newborn and baby photography in Oakville and Toronto.

Choosing A Newborn Baby Photographer

Do you know the moment when you first met your baby?  When you finally got to hold her in your arms?  Like all of your insides had been hugged, like all the empty spaces got filled, like you found the answer to the questions your soul had been asking.

The love that we have in our hearts for our children is special and powerful. It is a beautiful treasure when we are able to have that photographed and preserved for forever.

Newborn photography is a once in a lifetime thing.  I’ve had clients call my studio when they’ve had a bad experience with another photographer and by the time they know the images aren’t any good, it’s too late to truly capture that newness.  Even at three weeks, your newborn is going to look so different, and they won’t curl up as they did when they first entered the world.  If that was your vision, you can’t go back again.  Here are some questions to ask a photographer before reserving your session with them.

1. How much experience do you have photographing newborns?

The answer to this question doesn’t have to be a specific length of time, but how many newborns they’ve photographed. You can also tell if a photographer has a great deal of experience by their posing. You want to see that newborn expressions are not strained and that their hands and feet look comfortable and cozy.

2. Have you taken courses in baby posing or newborn photography?

Reputable newborn workshops contain information about newborn safety. The approximate weight of a newborn’s head is 25% of their body weight, meaning that newborn babies are quite top heavy. When photographing, professional newborn photographers use weights in the bottom of their buckets or bowls, counteracting the weight of your new baby’s head to reduce any possibility of injury.

If you see images on a photographer’s website that you’re questioning the safety of, politely ask them how they were done. Many are composites and a professional newborn photographer will be happy to put your minds at ease.

3. How long do your newborn sessions typically last?

It’s very important not to be rushed during your newborn session. If the room is quiet and calm, your baby will be more likely to sleep and be calm as well. You must have time to listen to the cues your baby gives during your session. For example, rooting. Rooting is when your baby will turn his or her head and open their mouth searching for food. If your baby is doing this, you will need time to feed him or her.

Also, not every baby will do every pose you’d like. Every newborn is different and comfortable in different positions. A professional understands the cues babies will give and will encourage and help you to care for your newborn during your session. Professional photographers range in the amount of time they need to photograph, but I typically need 1.5 hours to achieve 25-30 unique images.  This includes family members and light, baby-led posing. Professional photographers may ask you not to schedule appointments immediately following their session, so if they need more time, they have it.

4. Do they provide digital files only?

I believe in a tangible photography experience. Every client I service receives a wooden box of proofs, their digital image files, and two 5x7 deep matte prints, matted and ready to frame.  I realize the value of high quality, printed pieces, and the fact that our portraits can't live forever on a USB.  There's no way to guarantee a digital file, it's as simple as that.  They can corrupt at any time.  The only way we can ensure that your baby sees these images many years from now is to print them.  Giving you just the digital image files is a dis-service to you, so I you won't find that option in my product menu.

5. Do you have references?

Many professional newborn photographers have testimonials on their website, but feel free to ask for references from parents of other babies they’ve photographed. When it comes to professional newborn photography, there are no official guidelines or skills required to start up a business. To ensure you’re working with someone who is committed to proper business practices, I suggest asking the photographer you’re considering if they’re an active member of the Professional Photographers of Canada.

You want to work with a photographer that will provide a space that is safe and calm for your newborn. By asking the right questions, it helps you get to know who you’ll be working with and whether they are a good fit for you. It matters that you are comfortable and at ease.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions! Ask away.

When choosing a newborn baby photographer, please consider the professionalism and experience they have above all else.  Style is important too, but without professionalism, you won’t look back at the experience fondly.

When you hand your newborn over to someone you don’t know, you want to feel confident that they have your whole world in their hands, and that they’re going to treat it with the ultimate kindness and care as they soothe, care for, and photograph your precious baby.

Choose someone who will be professional, who you can trust and who will carry out your vision.

As a trained professional, I put your baby first, above all else, achieving images of the highest quality and they’re yours to cherish, from that day forward.  I want to create you beautiful images that capture this precious time in your life as a parent and their lives in as they enter their first few weeks in this world.

Are you expecting a baby?  Click these links for more information on having your own maternitynewbornbaby or family portraits created. Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara Region maternity photographer specializing in natural light maternity, newborn, baby and family photography.

For best results, call 905 309 5000 or email karen@rolphoto.ca to reserve your session while you’re still pregnant.  This ensures a place for you in my schedule, allows you plenty of time to review your photographic options, and gives you peace of mind to know that it’s all taken care of.

Karen of Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara Region maternity photographer located in Southern Ontario, also specializing in family, newborn and baby photography in Oakville and Toronto.

Niagara Region Family Photographer | Learning the Ropes

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When I started photographing this family they had just become three. They had welcomed their first baby into their lives and hearts, their son, Carter. As with all new parents, Alicia and Travis were still learning the ropes of being parents to a newborn, but completely in love with little Carter.

Our next session, the following year with the arrival of their daughter Jordan, Alicia and Travis were learning the ropes of being parents of two. A toddler and a newborn. Anyone who has been there knows all of the joys, and challenges, that come with it! Alicia and Travis handled it in stride.

About 2 years following the arrival of Jordan, I was able to help welcome little Wyatt to the family. Alicia and Travis were newborn pros by this time, juggling two toddlers and a newborn with ease. The whole family was overjoyed by the arrival of Wyatt.

I was beyond excited for the family's most recent session because it was the first maternity session we have done for Alicia. We met up at one of my favorite fields for an evening of magic and celebration. At this point in their journey, as they await the arrival of their fourth baby, Alicia and Travis are soaking in every second. They are enjoying this moment, and the last remaining moments as a family of 5. You can feel the excitement the whole family has for the new baby, it fills the air with laughter and squeals of joy. And, before they know it, they will be a family of 6.


Are you expecting a baby?  Click these links for more information on having your own maternitynewbornbaby or family portraits created. Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara Region maternity photographer specializing in natural light maternity, newborn, baby and family photography.

For best results, call 905 309 5000 or email karen@rolphoto.ca to reserve your session while you’re still pregnant.  This ensures a place for you in my schedule, allows you plenty of time to review your photographic options, and gives you peace of mind to know that it’s all taken care of.

Karen of Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara Region maternity photographer located in Southern Ontario, also specializing in family, newborn and baby photography in Oakville and Toronto.

Niagara ON Family Photographer | Moments Like This

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I am in the business of capturing moments. Our lives are made up of moments, and the best ones define us. They are the moments that make our hearts overflow with love and happiness. Those are the moments that I strive to capture during sessions. 

Loving, laughing, dancing and snuggling. Maxine, Stu and their beautiful daughters, Savannah and Lilah, shared all of those moments during their family session. I was the lucky one who was there to capture them. It is always a privilege to photograph these moments, especially when it is for a fellow photographer who has given me the same. You see, Maxine photographed me and my family last year at this very location. The images she captured are cherished by my family, and displayed in our living room. My only hope is that these images bring Maxine and her family just as much joy.

Maxine and Stu have created a beautiful family. Savvy and Lilah are sisters who have already started their journey of friendship. I know their closeness will continue to grow as they grow. Together they will create the moments that define a lifetime. I am so grateful I was able to capture some of those moments for them to always be able to look back on and smile.


Do you have a young family? Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara ON family photographer specializing in capturing the love and emotions of your family. Click these links for more information on having your own maternitynewbornbaby or family portraits created.

If expecting, and for best results, call 905 309 5000 or email karen@rolphoto.ca to reserve your session while you’re still pregnant.  This ensures a place for you in my schedule, allows you plenty of time to review your photographic options, and gives you peace of mind to know that it’s all taken care of.

Karen of Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara ON family photographer located in Southern Ontario, also specializing in newborn, maternity and baby photography in Oakville and Toronto.

Niagara Mom and Baby Photographer | There You'll Be

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For 9 long months, you carried your baby directly under your heart. The minute he entered the world you held him in your arms, and breathed in the moment. During the first weeks and months, you will hold your baby will spend most of his time on your chest or in your arms, as close to your heart as possible. But before you know it, your baby will be on the move. First rolling, then crawling, and then walking and running. With each milestone, the physical distance between your heart and your baby grows. So, as you start and end each day, hold your baby as close to your heart as you can. Soak in those sleepy snuggles and cherish those moments. And remember, no matter how far the baby you once carried directly under your heart travels from you, in your heart he'll always be.

This is my last share of images from the Illuminate Retreat by the Motherhood Anthology in Fredericksburg, Texas. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be uplifted and inspired by so many beautiful women. I am considering attending the next installment, next February in Florida, to continue my journey.


Are you expecting a baby?  Click these links for more information on having your own maternitynewbornbaby or family portraits created. Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara mom and baby photographer specializing in natural light maternity, newborn, baby and family photography.

For best results, call 905 309 5000 or email karen@rolphoto.ca to reserve your session while you’re still pregnant.  This ensures a place for you in my schedule, allows you plenty of time to review your photographic options, and gives you peace of mind to know that it’s all taken care of.

Karen of Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara mom and baby photographer located in Southern Ontario, also specializing in family, newborn and baby photography in Oakville and Toronto.

Niagara Maternity Photographer | Pushing Your Limits

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I talked about how we should never stop growing in a recent post about the Illuminate Retreat I was so fortunate to attend. This post is a continuation of that Retreat and my journey.

As we grow as artists and humans, we must push the limits that we previously set for ourselves. Perhaps the hardest areas to push the limits are the ones we are most familiar with. I have been shooting indoor maternity session for years. I am comfortable working with my maternity clients, and posing them in ways that are not only natural but flattering to the pregnant form. I have found my style, and it represents who I want to be as an artist. And yet, I continue to push my limits.

Leaving the familiar, safe haven of my studio to travel to Fredricksburg, Texas was, in and of itself, pushing my limits. My studio is an extension of myself. I know the lighting from every angle, and at every time of the day. I know how to set my camera based on the weather on any given day. I know my studio. I trust my studio. 

Pushing myself into a new environment, I was able to work with different lighting and shadows. The results are my style, yet different. I pushed myself to create something different. Something beautiful. I returned to my studio with a fresh perspective, and a desire to push the limits. Even in my own space.


Are you expecting a baby?  Click these links for more information on having your own maternitynewbornbaby or family portraits created. Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara maternity photographer specializing in natural light maternity, newborn, baby and family photography.

For best results, call 905 309 5000 or email karen@rolphoto.ca to reserve your session while you’re still pregnant.  This ensures a place for you in my schedule, allows you plenty of time to review your photographic options, and gives you peace of mind to know that it’s all taken care of.

Karen of Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara maternity photographer located in Southern Ontario, also specializing in family, newborn and baby photography in Oakville and Toronto.

This Saturday! Father's Day at The Happy Baby!

Welcome daddys!  In honour of Father's Day, on Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 10-1 pmThe Happy Baby and Reflections of Life Photography will be offering daddy & baby photography sessions, right there in the store.  Reservations are available by emailing karen@rolphoto.ca, but walk ins are also welcome.  Just pop in and we'll document the relationship you have with each other in a beautiful, meaningful way.  More details here.

Are you considering have some professional family photos taken?  Click to view my family portfolio. Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara Area Family Photographer specializing in natural light maternity, newborn, baby and family photography.  Call 905 309 5000 or email karen@rolphoto.ca.

Niagara Family Photographer | Feeding the Soul

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We've talked about how we must never stop growing and pushing your limits, as it relates not only to life but to my experiences at the Illuminate Retreat in Fredricksburg, Texas. The Illuminate Retreat put on by the Motherhood Anthology was an experience that I will never forget. It helped me grow as an artist, it pushed me outside the comfort of my Reflections of Life studio, and it fed my soul. I was given the opportunity to bond with some of my favourite photographers friends from all over the world. Connect with them on a level beyond that of social media. Relax, eat, drink and enjoy one another's physical company. Connecting over photography, life, and womanhood. We strengthened our friendships, and just had a fabulous time together. 

Our souls crave human connection. A laugh with a good friend, a hug from a child, a caress from a significant other, nursing a baby. All of these connections feed our souls in different ways. One of the many reasons that I love family sessions is capturing those connections. We had a beautiful family to photograph at the Illuminate Retreat. Paired with a gorgeous evening, perfect light and an inspiring weekend, my soul was full. 


Do you have a young family? Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara family photographer specializing in capturing the love and emotions of your family. Click these links for more information on having your own maternitynewbornbaby or family portraits created.

If expecting, and for best results, call 905 309 5000 or email karen@rolphoto.ca to reserve your session while you’re still pregnant.  This ensures a place for you in my schedule, allows you plenty of time to review your photographic options, and gives you peace of mind to know that it’s all taken care of.

Karen of Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara family photographer located in Southern Ontario, also specializing in newborn, maternity and baby photography in Oakville and Toronto.

Niagara Maternity Photographer | Blind Love

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For Aisling and Wayne, the greatest loves in their lives are blind. They took the first steps towards those loves without seeing, without knowing, and just trusting. Aisling and Wayne met on a blind date. They grew and nurtured their love from that day forward. And now, they have a new blind love that they are nurturing and growing. They have not met her or held her. They have not laid their eyes on her beyond an ultrasound image but they are deeply in love with her.

Aisling asked that I share this glimpse into their journey to this moment, and I do so with great pleasure:

Wayne and I have been together for 10 years.

A blind date that was nurtured and flourished with our unwavering commitment to each other and a dream for a family of our own one day. Not every couple has 10 years together before they have children. I smile as I remember the time Wayne and I have shared developing our bond and making memories.

We worked hard and planned many aspects of our lives getting ready to build a family ensuring that we could provide the life that we wanted to for our future children. I am a nurse and work with the elderly and Wayne is an auto mechanic. Loving my job opens my eyes to what we all have in the last years of our lives- our memories and family. We often found ourselves daydreaming about our own family which always included children; who they would be, family vacations, who's eyes they would have. Always including our Finnegan (our 6 year old chocolate labradoodle) and what kind of furry big brother he would be.

Our fertility path was not one that was easily walked. After deciding that we were finally ready for a child it felt like it was taking a long time to happen. I began to worry that perhaps we waited too long to start trying. Wayne however never doubted that there was a bigger plan that we just weren't aware of.

When we first found out we were expecting we were full of gratitude and hope for the future. Every day I talk to this child repeating: "You are loved, you are wanted, we are ready."

I absolutely love being pregnant! Every change, every movement I cherish. This baby is a gift and Wayne and I are so excited to share this beautiful life with the world. Having a daughter is something special, Wayne's generous soul will no doubt be an enormous influence in whom she becomes. I hope to teach her to be kind, present and to seek out the light in others.

We look forward to experiencing this world through her eyes, seeing everything for the first time. From the sunshine and the stars to the sand and the trees. We want our daughter to know that we will be her family forever and that love is eternal.

My journey with our portrait session was so gentle, calming and reassuring. I was nervous but Karen had a quiet peaceful space where I could close my eyes and focus on this blessing of the baby girl that we are growing.

I am thankful for the timeless images. Nine months seems like a long time but it has gone by so quickly and as the time nears for our baby girl to come earthside I am grateful for these memories of this special time being pregnant with our first child. 

-Aisling Gordon

Maternity gowns are all a part of our Studio Wardrobe.


Are you expecting a baby?  Click these links for more information on having your ownmaternitynewbornbaby or family portraits created. Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara Maternity photographer specializing in natural light maternity, newborn, baby and family photography.

For best results, call 905 309 5000 or email karen@rolphoto.ca to reserve your session while you’re still pregnant.  This ensures a place for you in my schedule, allows you plenty of time to review your photographic options, and gives you peace of mind to know that it’s all taken care of.

Karen of Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara Maternity Photographer located in Southern Ontario, also specializing in family, newborn and baby photography in Oakville and Toronto.

Grimsby ON Maternity Photographer | With All My Heart

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With pregnancy comes a wide range of emotion. Excitement, anticipation, nervousness, hope and joy. Most of all it bring with it the feeling of a love like no other. It is a love that has no bounds, and a love that cannot be broken. Without ever laying your eyes on your tiny new love, you already know that he is the most beautiful thing you will ever see. Without ever holding her in your arms, you know that the moment you do will be among the happiest of your life. You may not fully understand the capacity of this new love but in that moment when you first hold him against your heart, it will all make sense. Because, from the moment you knew he existed, you loved him with all your heart.

Cynthia has been a client of mine since her first born's newborn session. I photographed Gray as a newborn and when he was about 8 months old for a baby milestone session. As Cynthia was approaching the end of her second pregnancy, like many moms-to-be, she was feeling tired and swollen and not very camera ready. But after some time well spent with our makeup artist, Christine, and picking some pieces from the Reflections of Life studio wardrobe, Cynthia was ready, and she was beautiful. Together, we had a wonderful session capturing all the emotions that come along with pregnancy. Through the images, you can feel that Cynthia already loves this baby with all her heart.

Maternity gowns are all a part of our Studio Wardrobe.


Are you expecting a baby?  Click these links for more information on having your own maternitynewbornbaby or family portraits created. Reflections of Life Photography is a Grimsby ON Maternity photographer specializing in natural light maternity, newborn, baby and family photography.

For best results, call 905 309 5000 or email karen@rolphoto.ca to reserve your session while you’re still pregnant.  This ensures a place for you in my schedule, allows you plenty of time to review your photographic options, and gives you peace of mind to know that it’s all taken care of.

Karen of Reflections of Life Photography is a Grimsby ON Maternity Photographer located in Southern Ontario, also specializing in family, newborn and baby photography in Oakville and Toronto.

Father's Day Petite Sessions

Welcome daddys!  In honour of Father's Day, on Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 10-1 pm, The Happy Baby and Reflections of Life Photography will be offering daddy & baby photography sessions, right there in the store.  Reservations are available by emailing karen@rolphoto.ca, but walk ins are also welcome.  Just pop in and we'll document the relationship you have with each other in a beautiful, meaningful way.  More details here.

Are you expecting a baby?  Click these links for more information on having your own maternitynewbornbaby or family portraits created. Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara Area Maternity photographer specializing in natural light maternity, newborn, baby and family photography.

For best results, call 905 309 5000 or email karen@rolphoto.ca to reserve your session while you’re still pregnant.  This ensures a place for you in my schedule, allows you plenty of time to review your photographic options, and gives you peace of mind to know that it’s all taken care of.

Niagara Area Maternity Photographer | Windows to the Soul

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The eyes can say so much without ever saying a word. The eyes are the window to our souls. And when they make a real connection with my camera, an image is created that can touch the viewer's soul. 

Ashley came to the Reflections of Life studio for her maternity session. She is already a mother, and is awaiting the arrival of another little one who will call her Mommy. After selecting her session outfits from our studio wardrobe and being pampered by our makeup artist, Christine, Ashley was ready. Her comfort in front of the camera and her genuine smile make you feel like you have known her for years, while her eyes light up the room and invite you in for a long talk. 

Ashley is enjoying every moment she can of this pregnancy. She is so grateful for this short time that she has her new baby all to herself, yet is eager to hold her baby in her arms. Most of all, Ashley is happy and full of joy. You can know all of this just from her eyes, as they give us a glimpse of her soul and her heart. 

Maternity gowns are all a part of our Studio Wardrobe.


Are you expecting a baby?  Click these links for more information on having your own maternitynewbornbaby or family portraits created. Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara Area Maternity photographer specializing in natural light maternity, newborn, baby and family photography.

For best results, call 905 309 5000 or email karen@rolphoto.ca to reserve your session while you’re still pregnant.  This ensures a place for you in my schedule, allows you plenty of time to review your photographic options, and gives you peace of mind to know that it’s all taken care of.

Karen of Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara Area Maternity Photographer located in Southern Ontario, also specializing in family, newborn and baby photography in Oakville and Toronto.

Niagara Baby Photographer | Simply Baby

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There is beauty in simplicity. An everlasting beauty that is seen by the masses. As a photographer, it can be so easy to get caught up in the grande setups, frilly outfits and colorful accessories. To get caught up in the trends of the time.

But what happens when those trends fade? Do the images lose some of their original appeal? Or do they become harder to display with the décor of the home? While the images are fun, the little details of your baby often get lost in the mix.

When I have a sweet babe visit me at the Reflections of Life studio, I strive to create timeless images that will forever be "in style." Images that can be turned into pieces of art that will forever adorn your walls as though the décor was built around them. The only sparkle is in your little one's eyes, the only ruffles are the rolls in her baby thighs. 

Precious Hannah Dianne came into see me recently for a six month baby session. She was quiet and reserved, and took a little time to warm up to me. But that is who Hannah is right now, and I was able to capture her quiet, calm nature to create some beautiful images. I love the simplicity of each image with the only thing drawing in the eye is Hannah. Simply beautiful. Simply baby.


Are you expecting a baby?  Click these links for more information on having your own maternitynewbornbaby or family portraits created. Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara Baby photographer specializing in natural light maternity, newborn, baby and family photography.

For best results, call 905 309 5000 or email karen@rolphoto.ca to reserve your session while you’re still pregnant.  This ensures a place for you in my schedule, allows you plenty of time to review your photographic options, and gives you peace of mind to know that it’s all taken care of.

Karen of Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara baby photographer located in Southern Ontario, also specializing in family, newborn and baby photography in Oakville and Toronto.

Niagara Region Baby Photographer | Mama's Day Petite Sessions

Recently, Reflections of Life Photography went on location to the Happy Baby Shop to hold Mama's Day Petite Sessions. I love doing these special sessions because it gets the mamas out there in front of the camera with their little ones instead of behind it. Us mamas, myself included, do not get in front of the camera with our babies often enough. I was so happy to team up with the Happy Baby Shop to offer these sessions to a wonderful group of mothers. 

Capturing the love and bond between mamas and their children is one of the many joys of this job. The emotions are so strong, and always come through in the images. Every mama who participated in our event was SO happy that she did. And I am so happy to be able to give them the gift of having memories of this time to hold on to forever.

Thank you to the Happy Baby Shop for hosting such a wonderful event. And, Happy Mama's Day to all the beautiful, loving, sacrificing, caring, and amazing mamas out there!


Are you expecting a baby?  Click these links for more information on having your own maternitynewbornbaby or family portraits created. Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara Region Baby photographer specializing in natural light maternity, newborn, baby and family photography.

For best results, call 905 309 5000 or email karen@rolphoto.ca to reserve your session while you’re still pregnant.  This ensures a place for you in my schedule, allows you plenty of time to review your photographic options, and gives you peace of mind to know that it’s all taken care of.

Karen of Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara Region baby photographer located in Southern Ontario, also specializing in family, newborn and baby photography in Oakville and Toronto.

Niagara ON Baby Photographer | Sense of Wonder

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Babies are amazing little humans. They have so much joy, love and wonder for everything around them. They are pure innocence and pure joy. Babies see things that we, as adults, can no longer see. 

The sense of wonder of a one year old is like no other. They see amazement in the simple. In the things we take for granted. A balloon floating above their head. Blocks that can be magically transformed into a tipsy tower.

Braxton came in to the Reflections of Life studio to celebrate his one year birthday. I am honoured to have been a part of his story since the very beginning, when he was still growing inside his mama's belly. I photographed him as a newborn, and we also had a lovely family session last Fall. 

At one year of age, Braxton is full of smiles. The kind of smiles that make you smile when you see them, and one full of tiny little teeth! He is so expressive, and filled with the purest of joy. Braxton loves his mama. Fiercely. Braxton is a curious little one, and examined every detail of the wooden blocks he was playing with. And, he has the cutest of baby tushes.

Happy First Birthday Braxton. My wish for you is that you never lose your sense of wonder.


Are you expecting a baby?  Click these links for more information on having your own maternitynewbornbaby or family portraits created. Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara ON Baby photographer specializing in natural light maternity, newborn, baby and family photography.

For best results, call 905 309 5000 or email karen@rolphoto.ca to reserve your session while you’re still pregnant.  This ensures a place for you in my schedule, allows you plenty of time to review your photographic options, and gives you peace of mind to know that it’s all taken care of.

Karen of Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara ON baby photographer located in Southern Ontario, also specializing in family, newborn and baby photography in Oakville and Toronto.

Grimsby ON Newborn Photographer | And Beautiful is What You Are

Sue and Dylan came back to the Reflections of Life studio with their precious baby girl, Rylan Brianna. Sue and Dylan had previously been to the studio for Sue's maternity session, where we focused on making Sue feel as beautiful as she looked. With the arrival of Rylan, Sue has the beautiful glow of a new mother. Our makeup artist Christine worked off of that glow to highlight Sue's natural beauty. 

With the arrival of Rylan, Dylan looks at his wife in a whole new light. He is in awe of her beauty and her strength. They both look at Rylan as though she is the only thing in the room. There is so much love between this new family of three.  

Rylan is beautiful to the core. Every inch of her and every tiny detail is perfect. Every stretch, every yawn, every smile is pure. Pure innocence. Pure beauty. Just like her momma. I know that Rylan will grow in confidence with Sue and Dylan as her role models. She will grow to see the beauty in everything around her, including herself. Sue, Dylan and Rylan, beautiful is what you are.

   

Are you expecting a baby?  Click these links for more information on having your own maternitynewbornbaby or family portraits created. Reflections of Life Photography is a Grimsby ON newborn photographer specializing in natural light maternity, newborn, baby and family photography.

For best results, call 905 309 5000 or email karen@rolphoto.ca to reserve your session while you’re still pregnant.  This ensures a place for you in my schedule, allows you plenty of time to review your photographic options, and gives you peace of mind to know that it’s all taken care of.

Karen of Reflections of Life Photography is a Grimsby ON newborn photographer located in Southern Ontario, also specializing in family, newborn and baby photography in Oakville and Toronto.

 

 

Niagara Baby Photographer | Never Stop Growing

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As an artist and a human, I make it my mission to never stop growing and to never stop learning. It can be easy, and perhaps a little tempting at times, to fall into routine. You find a system that works for you and you stick to it. That is when you know you need to find a little inspiration.

I recently traveled to Fredricksburg, Texas for the Illuminate Retreat put on by The Motherhood Anthology. I traveled and roomed with my friend, business partner and fellow newborn photographer, Tamsen Donker of Creative Clicks Photography. Tamsen and I work together to bring fellow photographers the Poetic Posing guide. Tamsen was as wonderful a travel partner as she is a friend!  

The Illuminate Retreat was simply amazing. It was everything I hoped for, and everything that I had no idea I needed. Beautiful weather, a different scenery from Ontario, gorgeous models and inspiring mentors. Not to mention, just the right amount of me time with other adults who have the same passion as me. It is important for us to remember that it is okay for mothers and wives to take some time for ourselves. Do not convince yourself that you do not need it, or feel guilty when you take it. We all need time to ourselves to grow.

I returned home refreshed. I returned to the studio ignited. In a few short days in Texas, I grew as a wife, mother and photographer.

Mother's dress is included in my Studio Wardrobe Collection.


Are you expecting a baby?  Click these links for more information on having your own maternitynewbornbaby or family portraits created. Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara Baby photographer specializing in natural light maternity, newborn, baby and family photography.

For best results, call 905 309 5000 or email karen@rolphoto.ca to reserve your session while you’re still pregnant.  This ensures a place for you in my schedule, allows you plenty of time to review your photographic options, and gives you peace of mind to know that it’s all taken care of.

Karen of Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara baby photographer located in Southern Ontario, also specializing in family, newborn and baby photography in Oakville and Toronto.

Niagara Ontario Newborn Photographer | Change of Heart

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Change. It can be hard. It is rarely easy. Even the smallest change to routine can throw the rest of your day off course. More often than not, however, we must embrace change. Especially when that change is within ourselves.

Pregnancy causes so many changes. Changes to our emotions, our hormones, our bodies. It leaves an everlasting change to our bodies and our hearts. After pregnancy, our hearts are forever changed by a love we never knew existed and never want to be without. Our bodies, on the other hand, often change in ways that are much harder to embrace. It is difficult to feel comfortable in a skin you are not familiar with and no longer comfortable in. As a result, we avoid having our photographs taken, even with the precious miracles our amazing, but different body, has created.

Embrace the change. Be in pictures. Your little one will cherish the pictures his whole life. He will not see the changes to your body that you cannot see past. He will see his mama. He will see your smile. He will look at the pictures throughout his life and instantly feel his mother's love for him. We all must embrace the changes and be in pictures with our little ones. We owe it to them to have memories that they can hold onto forever with their mother, who sacrificed everything, embraced change and loved them and herself unconditionally.

Carlin came to Reflections of Life Photography with Hans and their sons Cohen and Wolfgang for Wolfgang's newborn session. Like so many of us, Carlin has struggled with her body changes since Cohen was born. As a result, most of their family pictures are of Cohen, or of Cohen and Hans. Carlin's one request was to have images of all of them together, as a family. I was happy to oblige, and we were able to capture wonderful images of this new family of a four together. There is so much love between them. My hope is that when Carlin looks at them, she sees the connection, the love and the togetherness of her family. Becoming a family is the most wonderful change in this life, and it should be celebrated and captured. 

Newborn swaddle wraps by The Happy Baby Shop


Are you expecting a baby?  Click these links for more information on having your own maternitynewbornbaby or family portraits created. Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara Ontario newborn photographer specializing in natural light maternity, newborn, baby and family photography.

For best results, call 905 309 5000 or email karen@rolphoto.ca to reserve your session while you’re still pregnant.  This ensures a place for you in my schedule, allows you plenty of time to review your photographic options, and gives you peace of mind to know that it’s all taken care of.

Karen of Reflections of Life Photography is a Niagara Ontario newborn photographer located in Southern Ontario, also specializing in family, maternity and baby photography in Oakville and Toronto.