Month: April 2014

TORONTO FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER: CELEBRATING MOTHERS

Image may not be cropped, edited, printed or manipulated without direct written consent from the photographer. Image may not be cropped, edited, printed or manipulated without direct written consent from the photographer.I always feel beyond lucky when a mother, especially a new mother, invites me into her home to capture the beautiful moments between her and her babe. Of course, I am completely biased, but in my mind a professional photo session is one of the nicest, most meaningful gifts you could ever give to a mother. It will be something she will treasure forever and enjoy for a lifetime. Guaranteed!

EMAIL ME TO BOOK YOUR MOTHER’S DAY PHOTO SESSION TODAY!

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TORONTO MATERNITY PHOTOGRAPHER: DANCING FOR A BUNDLE OF JOY

Image may not be cropped, edited, printed or manipulated in any manner without direct written consent from the photographer.I absolutely adore movement in photographs, because it instantly transforms any scenario into something more naturalized, carefree and fun. I always say the absolute worst thing a person can do is JUST sit and smile for the camera . Move about, let loose, be silly and forget the camera is ‘watching’ you — those are the best things anyone can do when having their photo taken and something I always try to encourage my clients to embrace. After all, as I always say, it’s my job to follow what is happening and capture the moment before it flutters away.

This is a favourite shot of mine from a recent maternity photo session. Doesn’t it look as though she is dancing for joy? For her bundle of joy no less? I would love to have a photograph of my own mother like this — calm, carefree and off in her own wonderful world. My only problem is I cannot decide if I prefer the coloured version or the black and white!

EMAIL ME TO BOOK YOUR MATERNITY PHOTO SESSION TODAY!

 

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TORONTO FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER: FREE YOUR STYLE

This image is copyright protected and may not be printed, cropped or edited in any manner without direct written consent from the photographer.What I love most about fashion photography is that it is really just a grown-up’s version of playing dress-up. You have a rare opportunity to create characters, dream up backstory, express a mood and shoot something beyond your comfort zone. I love that fashion photography encourages you to experiment and play around. This was an especially fun piece to style — I am obsessed with funky florals and jump at any opportunity to use them! I can’t wait to share more from this wonderful shoot with you in the next few months… for now it has to be kept under wraps. (And yes, that hair is real, not PhotoShopped!)

(Model: Toronto singer/songwriter SNOWZEI)

Want to ham around in front of the camera for your very own fashion shoot? Ask me how! Not only will you receive two hours of studio shoot time, but you will also have access to professional hair and makeup and I will style you! Personal fashion shoots are a wonderful way to boost confidence, have fun and get some truly unique images to look back on. And did I mention it’s like playing dress up? What’s not to love — really!

Don’t think, “Oh I can’t do that…” or “I’m not a model to do that.” Those thoughts are merely personal excuses that prevent us from going out and having true fun. You CAN do a fashion shoot and look amazing, but more importantly taking that leap of faith and doing a fashion shoot with me will FEEL amazing. Promise! These sessions make wonderful presents, profile photographs and memories. A little food for thought.

EMAIL ME TO ASK ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL FASHION SHOOT TODAY!

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TORONTO BABY PHOTOGRAPHER | NEWBORN PHOTO SESSION WITH GRANDPARENTS

Copyright LLB Creative | www.lauralbenn.com; Image may NOT be cropped, edited, printed or reproduced in any manner without direct written consent from LLB Creative.

Contrary to popular belief, LLB Creative Newborn Photo Sessions are not exclusively for new parents and their bundle of joy — grandparents can also book a session with their newest grandchild as a way to capture some of those earliest generational memories. I for one am extremely close with my grandparents — I cannot imagine what my life would have been like without them! As such, any photograph with them is deeply cherished as a treasure.

So when booking your LLB Creative Newborn Photo Session, why not chat with your parents and see if they would like a photo session of their own? The results will be absolutely priceless and the moments a gorgeous piece of personal history that you absolutely will not regret investing in.

EMAIL ME TO BOOK YOUR PHOTO SESSION TODAY!

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{NEW} LLB CREATIVE PHOTO EDITING SERVICES

SAMPLE-FOUR-SQUARE-copyDo you have a photograph or two that you wish had turned out a little better? Perhaps you snapped a photo of your baby only to find it is shrouded by shadows and poor lighting. Perhaps you love the candid shot of you and your best friend hugging at your wedding, except for the random arm that somehow made its way into the frame. Or perhaps you adore the photo you took of your muddy dog, but wish it had a little more pop and pizz-azz to add interest.

Good news! Now your at-home family or random photographs can be spruced up and brought into their full glory with LLB Creative Photo Editing services! Whether you have a single image you’d like spruced or a series of images, this service delivers three different custom-tailored finishing options for you to choose from so that your photos are enhanced in a unique and stylized manner.

This is a great option to add some pizz-azz to photos you snap at a friend’s wedding, birthday party or any other occasion! Let me show you what I mean by different finishing options (these are just examples, each finish will be custom-tailored to your personal taste and style…)

THE ORIGINALwww.thealbumcafe.com Here is the original image, an example of what a photograph you might send in for a makeover would look like. Notice how the little one’s face is quite shadowy, the eyes are dull, and the skin tone uneven and flat.

OPTION #1
www.thealbumcafe.comThis option offers a bright and modern finish that draws out a portrait’s true colours while refreshing the image and adding a bright spark to its composition. Rich, crisp and lively.

OPTION #2
www.thealbumcafe.comBlack and white images are about so much more than simply draining the colour and hoping for the best. This finish option offers a rich classic look that adds drama, depth and a sense of timelessness to the portrait.

OPTION #3
www.thealbumcafe.comFor the romantics out there, a dreamier more rosy finish like this might be preferred. This finish brings a sense of magic and nostalgia to the image with its soft, blush-like tones and cool undertone palette.

OPTION #4
www.thealbumcafe.comFor a more vintage-inspired aesthetic this finish, with its warm buttery tones and soft subdued lighting, is a wonderful option. The modern crispness of the portrait is preserved, while paying subtle homage to those wonderful old-world images that are so beloved nowadays.

WHAT LLB CREATIVE PHOTO EDITING SERVICES WILL DELIVER

  • beautiful retouching for photographs you have personally taken at-home, on vacation or out and about
  • each submitted image will be personally edited and refreshed by yours truly
  • every tiny detail will be painstakingly addressed to make your images as beautiful as they can possibly be
  • three custom finishes to choose from will be delivered, in keeping with your desired tone
  • a private online gallery in which to view your edited proofs
  • a guaranteed turn-around time of 2-4 days (NOTE: Large collections, such as a series of travel photos or candid wedding images, may take longer)

WHAT LLB CREATIVE PHOTO EDITING SERVICES WILL NOT DELIVER

  • drastic PhotoShopping of people’s physical build (this means no splicing of arms, legs or bodies to make subjects seem ‘thinner’)
  • editing of other photographers’ work — this is a service designed specifically for at-home shutterbugs and photos they have personally taken and own the rights to; unless you have a written document that grants clear permission for images to be edited by a third party, other photographers’ work will not be accepted upon submission

So how do you take advantage of LLB Creative Photo Editing Services? It’s easy! Simply email me through this contact form or at lauralbenn@gmail.com with your photo/project details, I’ll send you a quote and we’ll go from there!

Go ahead, dig through your photograph folders, pull out the ones that you sort of like and might love if ‘a,’ ‘b,’ and ‘c’ were tweaked and send them in! Together we’ll breathe new life into your photographs, creating new treasured memories.

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TORONTO BABY PHOTOGRAPHER: LITTLE MOMENTS

Toronto-baby-photographer-LLB-Creative-baby-details-2On Sunday afternoon I had the enormous pleasure of meeting this little bundle of joy and his wonderful parents! I left this session with so many heart-warming moments that I thought my camera was about to burst! Here are just a few little moments from our time together. I can’t stress enough how important it is to have your baby professionally photographed in the comfort of your own home (please see 5 reasons to invest in a newborn session here).

I feel so lucky to have been invited into this family’s beautiful home to document their son’s early life moments — I can’t think of a more perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

EMAIL ME TO BOOK YOUR SPRING FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHS TODAY!
(Pssst! Take advantage of and save with my Earlybird Booking Discount for dates scheduled four months or more in advance!)

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