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The Newborn Experience

Congratulations on your most amazing little bundle of joy!!  

This is such an exciting time in your life and I will photograph you I am always remember how important it is to capture that love, connection and all the little details. 

I’ll give gentle direction throughout your session, but mostly want to document your new life naturally and we will go with the flow. We will take breaks as needed for feeding and changing, including necessary time for older siblings. This also provides an opportunity to grab breastfeeding photos if you choose.   I take my cues from you, and your children. We can go as quickly or as slowly as your family would like. I can be silly or quiet. I always take my cues from you. 

My goal is to make the entire experience wonderful. We will communication before, during and after the session in order to make sure you are totally engaged and satisfied with our experience together.  I am calm, relaxed and fun session complete with beautiful artwork you can enjoy for years and years. 

 


They will never be as little as they are today

Hi! Let me first say, congrats on your new baby! Booking a session 2 months before your due date is always my suggestion but if you are more like me and have waited until baby has always arrived, don't worry! We can always create beautiful photographs of your baby no matter the age. When babies are younger 5-10 days old, we tend to get very sleepy squishy images. When they are a little bit older, we will get more awake images. 

Ok, with that now said, I am excited to hear all about you! Please send me a quick "Hello" through the contact form. I would love to chat with you about your family and your photography needs. Let me know what type of session you are interested in (studio, or outdoor), a date you have in mind and any other details about your amazing family. 

I will always respond as quickly as possible, usually within 48 hours to make sure we are a great fit for your vision, and get your date secured on my calendar.

1. Say Hello

2. Let's plan your session

Let's pick a date. Because the arrival of babies can be very unpredictable, I ask that you simply tell me your due date and we will make sure we have space within that month. If your due dat changes, please just let me know! (My first baby was 3 weeks early so I get how things change!) 


3. Where will we shoot inside my home?

Ok, so heres the important part. 

Take a look around your home. All we really need is some nice light. Look for a large window . this is often the nursery, a master bedroom or the living room. Take a few moments to scan the room and prepare the room by cleaning out any obvious clutter. Consider cords, tissue boxes, diaper boxes. Feel free to hide these items behind the couch! hehe 

When looking around your home, please pay attention to what time you have the nice light. We are looking for nice soft light if possible. Some homes this is the morning and sometimes it is the afternoon. 

4. what do I wear?

I have a small client closet that you can choose from! It consists of very pretty but simple dresses. 

I always suggest neutral colours. I think these are timeless and photograph well with my style. 

Please avoid anything with writing or logos. If Dad is going to be in the photos I suggest chinos or slacks rather than jeans if possible.  
I can send a fashion guide if you like and am always happy to consult on clothing any time! 

5. your Session

The day has arrived. It is time for your session. If we are doing an in-home lifestyle session, turn up the heat a little so it's nice a toasty. ( A warm baby is a sleepy, happy baby). You can feed the baby before I get there or wait till I arrive.  Get the big kids and yourself dressed and make sure you do not skip eating (maybe switch that, and have the kids eat first, then get dressed!)
Newborn Sessions usually take between two and three hours. I follow your baby's lead and allow plenty of time for feeding and changing. Most of our time together will be spent getting your babe settled into a good sleep so I can pose him into those sweet positions for his photos. A lifestyle session can sometimes be shorter due to babies being happy in the arms of their loved ones and therefore they wont need as much settling or to sleep as soundly.


5. Your images

About 2 weeks later we will book a viewing appointment. This can happen in person or virtually. When we meet we will have a chance to chat, have some delicious snacks, maybe even a little drink. We will smile, ohh and awe at your photos and maybe even shed a tear or two. Together, I will help you select your favourite images that you would like printed for wall art or for an album that you can look at over and over again. If you would like digitals we can get those ordered as well. 

A few weeks after you appointment your images and products will be ready for pick up.


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The Process

Studio sessions from $500

in home Life style sessions from $500

Home sweet home. Dont worry about leaving your home for your newborn session!  I will come to you to photograph you and your family in your own home. This is a wonderful option for those who have beautiful natural light in their home and would enjoy capturing what life is really like in this moment in time. 

Pricing Details

Say Hello

Studio Newborn Sessions

In Home lifestyle sessions

Maybe a studio session is more your speed. Maybe your home is dark or you simply could a change of pace. Let me take the stress away from you. Enjoy a few hours in my cozy studio. You can sip on tea while watching your little be photographed.

Always a fun day when we get to do a photo shoot with Chelsey! We have had the pleasure of having Chelsey photograph many of our big life events; our engagement, wedding, the newborn days of both our babies, and our family as our girls grow. Her approach is relaxed and she gives great direction that is playful and natural rather than posed. I love the way the photos reflect the little things my kids were doing in those moments, capturing them in the pure joy of childhood.
- Casey

I came across Chelsey's website when I was pregnant with my first baby nearly a decade ago and booked her for a newborn session because I liked the look of her photos! 3 babies later, many photo shoots and lots of laughs I can honestly say I wouldn't trust anyone else to capture my family in photos! Chelsey is honestly the best and I without a doubt love every picture she takes of my family! She is amazing and my kids love her too!

- Ashlie

Chelsey has taken photos of us for over 8 years beginning when I was pregnant with my first child. We have 2 walls devoted entirely to photos that Chelsey has taken of our family and we receive so many positive comments on them. Chelsey has a knack for getting reluctant little ones to smile and with posing newborns! Very happy with all of our photos!
- Melissa

My husband and I went with Chelsey for our maternity and newborn photo shoots and we had an EXCELLENT experience with her!
Her fun, flexible, relaxed attitude makes her easy to get along with and provides a comfortable environment for photo taking. She has a great eye for candid photo opportunities and more staged shots that will blow you away (see two examples attached). She turned the photo taking experience into a joint effort - gauging what's important to us and what our personal taste would be while also offering great suggestions along the way. As parents of a newborn, we weren't sure if we wanted to have anyone in our - let's be honest, messy and chaotic - home. When Chelsey came for our lifestyle newborn shoot, she was amazing at working around the messes to capture some wonderful shots that felt like us. She was also great at handling our little guy - helping him look his best and making him feel comfortable. Looking forward to working with Chelsey again in the future! :)

- Courtney 

Chelsey was fantastic to work with. She photographed my mother’s 60th birthday celebration as well as my son’s 6 month photos. She engaged so well with both the children and adults and made the whole experience so easy. Chelsea was so natural and easy to talk to, and was able to capture everyone’s personality in her photos. The only difficult thing was choosing which photos to purchase because they were all so beautiful ❤️ I would definitely recommend Chelsey Kae Photography. #guelphbabyphotography #torontobabyphotography

- Kate McWade


Chelsey has been nothing but professional for the several photo shoots we’ve done with our family. She always makes it fun, and never forced or awkward. I’ve often recommended her work to friends, and would do it again!
- Lindsay GM

Chelsey started taking photos for our family just before our first child was born. Since then, we keep coming back for more and more amazing photos. Chelsey is professional, flexible, and a pleasure to work with. She is patient with young children and making sure you love your photos is her top priority. She is extremely talented and dedicated. I have received countless compliments on photos Chelsey has done for us, and I am constantly asked for the name of my photographer. I can not recommend chelseykaephotography strongly enough! You won’t regret it!

- Lorriane

Chelsey’s photography lines the halls of our home. Over the past seven years (and four children!) she has captured beautiful images of our family by keeping the atmosphere relaxed and comfortable. Chelsey is wonderful with children of all ages and we have been very fortunate to work with her.

- Kristyn 

Chelsey did an absolutely fantastic job on capturing mine and baby’s first mama outing together. We used nature as the backdrop and she took the time to make us feel comfortable; giving tips/ideas for endearing positions and placements, which helped to snap the perfect shot! Thanks Chelsey, we will be seeing you again :)
- Natasha 

Chelsey has taken photos of us for years and the outcome is always great. The images are beautiful and Chelsey is wonderful to interact with. She makes you feel comfortable.
- Nicole

Chelsey did an amazing job on our maternity, birth and Christmas mini shoot. We couldn't have been happier with the quality of the photos and her professionalism. She made us comfortable behind the camera and was extremely patient with my daughter while trying to capture her at her best! I highly recommend her services.
- Brittany

So happy with the location of the photos, very professional attitude but fun to work with! Overall, great, creative photographer and a great experience!
- Brittany Plummer

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