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Happy Valentine’s Day!! – Toronto Child Photographer

As many parents know, schools celebrate quite a few holidays.
One of those holidays is Valentine’s Day.

Now normally, I’ll take pictures of my kids to create their own Valentine Card, but this year, my son decided to skid on his face a bit…so no pictures.

My kids asked me to make sugar cookies, as they feel that I make pretty good ones. So yes apart from photography and photographing newborns, I do love to bake as well.


What started out being a cookie for each classmate, then the teachers, became for the secretary, for the principal, the librarian, the lunch room helpers, co-op students, anyone and everyone they could think of!

So, here I was, the day before Valentine’s Day, baking sugar cookies.
Rather than disappoint, I baked. And baked. Iced some and baked some more.
Literally all day.
I baked close to 200 cookies. Honest. Almost 200 cookies…wow!!

But, the look on my kids faces when they came home after school and they saw all the baking I did, realizing that they were going to be icing cookies for the night…and tasting them of course…was so worth it!

However, I did draw the line at writing their names on their Vday cards.
I let them do it instead. You know, the whole practice your penmanship thing?

Anyways, wishing everyone a very Happy Valentine’s Day today!

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Beautiful Mama To Be – Toronto Maternity Session

This couple is so adorable with such a wonderful sense of humor that I cannot wait to work with them again,
when their little one decides to make their entrance!

Here’s your sneak peek!


Expecting, or know someone who is? Feel free to check out the Maternity & Newborn Special merryfields photography is having by
clicking HERE!

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sophia - So beautiful!!!

sophia - Amazing sneak peek! Your so talented!

Kara - aww how fun!! lovely sneak peak – can’t wait to see photos of the lil babe :D

Elena - These are such beautiful maternity pictures! Congratulations to the proud mama to be!

chantal - what a fun session! Great work and congrats to the couple!!

Beth Ann - Beautiful maternity photos! Love the first one!

Katherine Mendieta - Love the natural light. Maternity pictures are so wonderful to look at when you can tell how much both the mom to be AND dad are excited to document this special moment in their lives. I bet they will cherish these forever :D

Heather Meehan - Stunning maternity images. I love the back-lighting you used!

Kristy Mutchler - What beautiful backlighting!

Hasiya - Love these picture.

I cannot believe this. I saw the link and the picture but thought it was an ad until my mom just told me it was you. Hahahahha..Doh.

Katy Lo - congratulations! beautiful mama and beautiful baby!

Cake Smash for Sweet Miss { J } ! – Toronto Newborn Photographer » merryfieldsphotography.com - […] to the parents for making the banner & tutu! Thank you for that! Also a big kudos as always to Yummy Stuff for their gorgeous […]

Welcome Newborn Baby { D } !! » merryfieldsphotography.com - […] pleasure of photographing this gorgeous family for their maternity session, which you can see HERE! Valentine’s Day is deemed to be a day to celebrate love…and what better way to […]

Safety in Baby & Child Photography

A lot of times I get:

“How do you do such and such a pose?”
“How does the baby stay up like that for you to photograph them?”

The truth is very carefully.

Babies & children are very precious. Safety is always first and foremost and the picture last.

Every professional photographer who photographs these precious little ones should be using safe methods in photographing them.

There are some babies who are more bendy than others. When I am doing simple poses on the beanbag, I can see that.
There are some babies that can go into a pose easier than others and some not at all where the photographer needs to just keep things simple.

The key is to never ever force them.

If as a parent you decide on custom portraiture, please ensure that your photographer practices safety first.
If at any time you are NOT comfortable with something a photographer is doing, TELL THEM.
It’s you’re right and there is no need to feel uncomfortable about letting the photographer know your wishes.

A professional should respect your concerns.

Here are some samples on how I take the photographs and PLEASE do NOT try this on your own with your baby or child!!

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Dad’s hands are on baby at all times and he is sitting right beside the beanbag.

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Again, parents are right beside the baby at all times and baby is being supported.

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Baby’s neck is fragile and not developed yet, so dad is providing support at all times.

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Toronto Newborn Photographer

Even when they are able to sit up on their own, a parent should be sitting beside the baby/child to spot them.


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Baby was 3 months old for this photograph. Again, both parents on either side of their child supporting and spotting.


Anelle - This is a fantastic post! One that every parent should read. Thank you for sharing.

Jennifer Esneault - Coco et Elie Photography - Great post on newborn safety! Parents should know that the photographer handling their newborn or small baby has safety measures in place before a session. :)

Fort Collins Wedding Photographer - Awesome content and instruction – great blog idea, and of course gorgeous images

chantal - this is great! and something Everyone including new photographers needs to read!

Kristy Mutchler - What a great blog post with so many visual examples!!! So important to show families just how important this is!

Brianna - This is great!

Amy O'Neal Productions - These are awesome, this is why I stay away from NBs though, composites are so not fun lol!

Anna - What a great post and a great reminder to others. Safety first!!

Michelle - Thank you for sharing this and keeping people informed.

Audrey - Love the behind the scenes look at this! So important that you covered this.

Eden - Awesome blog about newborn safety! Love how you wonderfully show how it’s done.

lorena - All new newborn photographers should see this blog. Great behind the scenes & great job on the composites.

Lorena Gililland Turner - great job on those composites! This is a great blog. All new newborn photographers should see this.

Sophia - Your work is amazing!!

I Respect My Clients Privacy

Toronto Photographer

Guess what today is?
International Data Privacy Day!
I never even knew that such a thing existed!

But it made me think about privacy and how it relates to my line of work, and I decided to expand a bit on that.

As a professional photographer, I obviously quite love and enjoy what I do for a living.

Photographing babies, children, couples, families, expecting mothers…it’s all amazing to me.

It’s amazing to meet new people and get to know them while photographing them and providing them with cherished beautiful moments they can treasure forever.

So let me back track a bit.

Some time ago, I had a session that was quite amazing. The parents were awesome, the session went smoothly and when I looked at the photos I was so so excited to share with everyone!

When I had the images ready, and I was brimming with excitement, I touched base with the parents and they said no.

Inside my head I had the following conversation with myself.

“NO?? What do they mean NO??
No what?? This session is amazing!!”

“No we do not want any images of ourselves or family shared on the internet, your blog, your website, Facebook…nowhere.”

Was I disappointed?
Yep. I was. That is the truth.

But reality is that when you are proud of your work, you do want to share it.

It’s a big arrow saying, “Look at me and the great work I do!” <—–truth and everyone else can deny as much as they want, but we all know that is true.

But what’s even more important to me, is respecting my clients rights. One of their rights is to maintain their privacy.

 I feel that it is  my clients right to choose on whether they want their images displayed publicly or not. I will always respect that.

That is one of the aspects of the session I do discuss with my clients beforehand, to let them know, that is their right.

No I do not charge extra to not publish those images. Personally, I don’t agree with charging extra for respecting privacy.

Just as I request clients respect copyright laws and my artistry; I think it only fair that I reciprocate.

I don’t know everyone’s situation, and to be honest, I don’t really need to. Clients need to be able to know that I will always act in a professional manner and respect their wishes, no questions asked.

What I as a professional photographer do, is get hired to capture moments that clients want to cherish forever.
I get hired to make my clients happy.

THAT is my job and the job of every photographer.

So what happens if you have already signed a contract, let me publish those images and all of a sudden you are in a situation that you are no longer comfortable with having your images online?

As a great photographer told me, (yes David you!):

“Even if your client has signed a release, and then asks you to remove an image – you do it immediately and graciously.”
And that is what I do.

Immediately. Graciously.

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Matt - I think every photographer feels the same way when the clients says NO to publicizing their images

AnnMarie - Well said. I completely agree!

Donna - Awesome. Great post!

Lisa Knutson Aamold - Great advice!! I feel the same. The customer isn’t always right but if it has to do with their privacy you do what they request.

Shuanna Ewing - I agree with this as much as I want to show those photos off, it’s their right to privacy and I always respect that.

Sarah - Such great information! I am so glad to hear that you have such great respect for your clients :)

jo thombs - great post! It can be frustrating when you want to share your awesome work but it is the client’s likeness and ultimately their right to the privacy especially when it comes to kids!

merryfields photography - Matt, you would be quite surprised then to know that no, not every photographer feels that way.

In some groups that I’m in there have been whole discussions where professional photographers -certified PPA, or PPOC or WPPI-have been adamant that when a client has booked them it is mandatory for them to use the photos in advertising, blogs, etc.

So perhaps I should have added that part to my blog as well…

Nichole L. - As my good friend, I’m sure you know why this hits close to home. Our privacy is something many hold dear, and should be understood, not mocked. I think you are a wonderful person for running your business this way.

Lindsay - I had no idea that there are photographers out there who charge their clients to keep their images private.

I agree with you 100%. It’s our job to protect our clients and make sure they’re happy. If that means keeping their images private, then so be it.

Thanks for sharing!

Brittany Adams - This is great! Privacy is definitely important and as professionals we need to respect our client’s wishes!

merryfields photography - Thank you Nichole!

Lindsay it’s been brought up in numerous discussions in various groups & forums I’m in where there are photographers that feel it is their right to post any and all photographs they are hired to take and if a client says no, then some do charge a ‘non-publish’ fee…which personally I think is unprofessional on their part.

Katherine - So informative! What a great post, you’ve brought awareness to a topic many aren’t even aware of!

Sweet Miss { D } ‘s 9 Month Session – Toronto Baby Photographer

Not only is she feisty, but little Miss D is just full of smiles and absolutely adorable to photograph!
I’m really loving getting to watch her grow for the year!
Enjoy the sneak peek!

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Toronto Newborn Photographer

Toronto Newborn Photographer

Toronto Newborn Photographer

Toronto Newborn Photographer

Katherine - I giggled at the image of little Miss D chewing on her fun owl hat! Love that you showed the images from her newborn session to present…how fun is that beach picture!

heather - This is my FAVORITE baby age! Look at all those adorable faces you were able to capture!!

Chantal - These are so adorable!!! I love your set ups especially the chevron one!

Amanda - What a cutie!! I LOVE that little poke a dot dress!!

Brittany - She is so cute! Love the theme!

Kristy Mutchler - This session made me laugh out loud! Perfect!

Candy Hoehn - She is too cute! I love all the different setups you have. So much variety!

Amy O'Neal Productions - Oh these are GORGEOUS!!!

Cake Smash Fun for Little Miss { A } – Toronto Baby Photographer

Can you say adorable??
Miss A was so lovely to work with and I loved how big brother wanted to get in the suitcase with her!

Enjoy the sneak peek!

Cake Smash

Cake Smash

Cake Smash

Cake Smash

Cake Smash

Cake Smash

Cake Smash

Gretchen - What a sweet girl! Love her expression in that last one on the left! Great session!

Angela Ramsey - I love hoe big brother wanted to get in the suitcase also. Love the colors in the images. Nice work!

Katie Brockpahler@gmail.com - Aww! She is adorable!! Great photos! I always like seeing cake smash photos!

Candy Hoehn - What a wonderful cake smash session! I love that banner! Where did you get it from?

merryfields photography - Thank you everyone! I loved loved photographing this little girl and her brother!

Candy, the banner is something that I made. Thank you!

Katherine - You sure have the cutest props! That polka dot tutu is darling

Mary Peterson Cook - I so can say adorable! These are fantastic! I love the one of the close up, she’s already a little model, giving you the best expressions! So cute!

heather - She is ADORABLE! I love how you styled her session!

Sarah - So expressive! What a doll face.

Anelle - What a super cake smash!! I love all the expressions and set-ups! The second to last one made me smile :)

Kristy Mutchler - What a sweet little birthday girl!!!

Amy O'Neal Productions - These are beautiful! Love the pearls!!

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