When should you have your photos taken? – Toronto Photographer

December 19, 2022

Ever wondered when you should book your next photo shoot to celebrate a milestone with your family? Here are some ideas of the best times to organize a photo shoot with your loved ones.

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It breaks my heart when I hear Mamas regret not capturing their bump! It’s such an important time to capture that isn’t just about you, but about your baby too. When they’re older and they ask what they looked like in your tummy, what will you have to show them? A blurry mirror selfie, or beautiful photos where you’re proudly showing off your amazing bump?

When should I book?: The best time for a maternity shoot is when you’re between 28-34 weeks pregnant and can be done either in the studio or outdoors at sunset. Make sure to get in touch as soon as possible after your 12 week scan to secure your date! Toronto has a number of stunning studios for indoor sessions as well as beautiful beaches and open fields during the winter months.

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There’s nothing I love more than newborn cuddles over a coffee and chat with some lovely parents! Newborn photoshoots are for babies aged between 4 days to 4 weeks old. This is the time when they will still curl up as if they were still in the womb, and are more likely to fall asleep quickly. My style is really natural, focusing on baby-led posing and minimal props to ensure that we capture your baby just as they perfectly are.

If your baby is older than 4-6 weeks old, I recommend waiting a few months for a Sitter session. This is because older babies are generally only able to lay on their backs and occasionally their fronts, meaning it is harder to get lots of variety in your photo gallery as I’m more limited with the angles I can photograph them at.

When should I book?: It is essential to get in touch whilst you’re still pregnant to book your newborn session. My diary fills up months in advance, and it’s rare that I have any last minute sessions available. For newborn sessions, we pencil a date into our diaries for around 7 days after your due date. Once baby arrives, we then adjust this date as needed – it’s completely flexible!

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First Birthday Cake Smash

Time flies when you’re having fun! Your baby’s first birthday will come around before you know it, and what better way to celebrate than a cake smash, followed by a bubbly bath! My First Birthday sessions also include pre-cake family photos, so you can capture some gorgeous images to update your family albums.

These sessions can take place around the date of your baby’s birthday, or around 4-6 weeks beforehand if you’d like the photos back in time to display at their birthday celebrations.

When should I book?: As soon as you can! My diary fills up 3-6 months in advance, so the sooner you get in touch, the better.

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Family shoots are simply wonderful! These take place outdoors, an hour or so before sunset to get the gorgeous golden evening light.

I will capture your tribe in a beautifully natural way – no awkward posing here! You’ll walk together, look at each other and show everyone all of the love you have to give. You’ll then be able to display this on your walls, reminding your children each day of just how much they are loved.

There is a choice between a long grass field, the beach or the hilltops so whatever your family enjoy, there will be a perfect location for you.

When should I book?: Now! Don’t wait, because you never know what tomorrow brings. There will never be a ‘right’ time – it doesn’t matter what you weigh or how you might think you look, because your family loves you just as you are. To them, you are everything. You are perfect. So book that shoot now, for your family but for yourself too. Because you deserve to be remembered in photos as the incredible Mama you are.

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Here are more blog posts in different locations in Toronto both outdoors and in-studio showing why you should hire a photographer to capture your beautiful family.

Family photo shoot at Scarborough Bluffs

Family and maternity photos at Scottsdale Farm

Family and cake smash photo shoot at Mint Room Studios

Family and cake smash photo shoot in The Solarium Studio

Family photos at The Evergreen Brickworks


There are a few ways you can book. You can book right online using this tab which leads you to my online booking calendar. However, not all available dates are on that calendar so if you need a different date, send me an email! You can reach me at hello@anchorstudio.ca

Anchor Studio Photography specializes providing a full service experience that starts with booking your session and ends with getting beautiful tangible heirloom products being displayed in your home. My style of soft, candid and timeless photos can be seen in all my maternitynewbornchild and family portraits in Greater Toronto Area, including Oakville, Mississauga, North York and Richmond Hill. If you are interested in booking a portrait session for your family, you can click here to book your session. I am now booking sessions for 2023 so don’t hesitate to get in touch soon!

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