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Newborn portrait shoots rarely go exactly as planned and Aren’s shoot a few days ago was no exception. Mom says he’s typically an easy baby, full of sleepy smiles and rarely fussy. But babies will be babies and it may have been the strange place, the strange people or it may have just been a fussy day but Aren wanted nothing to do with sleep or happy smiles. In the end, we did manage to get a few sleepy shots of him cocooned in his favourite blanket. We’ve scheduled a second shoot for Monday to capture some more newborn poses so be sure to check back at the beginning of the week for more photographs of this little cutey.

Calgary Newborn Portrait Photography Aren photo

Please note that I’ve rebranded my business, built my new portfolio and created a new website – including integrating my blog. This means more changes to come. Soon I’ll be deleting my WordPress.com page and concentrating my blog on my website. I’d love for you to join me over at suzismart.com – you can easily subscribe to my updated blog at the bottom of the page or when commenting on a story.


A few weeks ago, I had the distinct pleasure of photographing my friend’s beautiful newborn daughter.  As every newborn photographer knows, the best laid plans last until the baby arrives. With the exception of perhaps five minutes in the middle of the session, this wide awake baby girl wasn’t going to persuaded to sleep. The world is too interesting and she didn’t want to miss a moment. She was a few weeks old and full of smiles and giggles for the camera – already finding her personality.

Leanda | Calgary Newborn Portrait Photography

It’s been a long time in coming but I’m finally ready.

At the beginning of the new year, I decided to expand my photography business into fine art portraits. It’s a whole new world of expectant mothers, newborns, babies and families. It’s been a long road with many challenges but I’ve rebranded my business, built my portfolio and created a new website – including integrating my blog. This means more changes to come. Soon I’ll be deleting my WordPress.com page and concentrating my blog on my website. I’d love for you to join me over at suzismart.com – you can easily subscribe to my updated blog at the bottom of the page or when commenting on a story. I hope that you’ll join me on my journey into this exciting new world.


A photography post from my family adventure blog.

The Big Picture

After you’ve captured your memories (see Photographing Children – Part 1: Capturing Memories) and imported them into your computer, it’s time to choose which ones to process and share. Be judicious – choose those that are in focus and tell a story. If you have several of the same scene pick your favourite, the one that makes you melt. The exposure doesn’t need to be perfect but should be close. If the action warrants it, a little blur can be acceptable but the eyes should be sharp and clear. The next step is to process and enhance your photos.

  1. Cropping – This is one of the most important steps in enhancing your image. What you include and exclude from your photograph can dramatically change the story. Take this image of my son with my husband taken this past weekend on our ferry crossing of Arrow Lake. One photograph, two different stories.

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This is reposted from my family blog The Big Picture

People are always asking me how I get such great photos of my son and so in the spirit of the Top 25 Photographer Moms contest, I’ve dug through my idea file to share some of my tips in this two part series. Part 1 will focus on capturing the image while part 2 will have tips on enhancing and sharing your photographs.

  1. Take lots of photos. Take your camera with you on your adventures big and small. It doesn’t have to be an expensive DSLR, it can be a small point and shoot or in a pinch your phone will do. It’s important to know your camera inside and out so that you’re focused on taking photos not on using your camera.
  2. Make sure the eyes are in focus. If you can selective focus with your camera, focus on the eyes. They are the window to the soul and a key to getting a good photo. 
  3. As in the photograph above, don’t worry about getting them to smile. Getting them to say “cheese” often ruins the moment. Capture them as they are.
  4. Tell a story with your photograph. Capture your child within the scene – you don’t even need to see their face.
  5. Use your telephoto lens or zoom function and take your photo without your child’s knowledge.
  6. Capture special memories such as this Father’s Day paddle.
  7. Enjoy. Don’t stress about getting the perfect photograph. You want to capture memories and you want them to be happy. Capture the scene then put the camera down and become part of the adventure. You can always pick it back up if the opportunity arises.

Watch for Part 2: Enhancing and Sharing Your Photographs early next week.

If you’re inspired, I’d love your support to be a Circle of Moms Top 25 Photographer Mom! Your vote would be greatly appreciated (you can cast your vote once each day). Finishing in the Top 25 would allow me to inspire even more families.