FAMILY

TORONTO FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER: CHEEKINESS

LLB-Creative-Toronto-children's-photographer-little-boyLLB-Creative-Toronto-children's-photographer-little-boy-2I had the enormous delight of photographing this little three-year-old gentleman and his family on Father’s Day. He was such a character and loved showing me all of the funny face he could make. This shot in particular stole my heart. Honestly, working with kiddos is the best! I feel very lucky to be invited by families to capture the personality of their little ones!

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TORONTO NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHER: MAMA AND BABE

Toronto-newborn-photographer-LLB-Creative-candid-momentsIt’s always a surreal experience photographing a newborn. Here is a teeny tiny person, at the very beginning of their life, completely fresh and unspoiled with nothing but possibility surrounding their little being. It is absolutely magical. At one point while photographing this beautiful 17-day-old babe I got chills (the good kind!) One day she will look back on these photographs and realize that some of her earliest moments with her parents are hers to cherish forever.

I cannot stress enough the importance of investing in a newborn photo session. Please, if you have a moment, read these 5 reasons to invest in newborn photography — it is a beyond precious and magical time of life. Wouldn’t you want to remember it always?

So much more from this beautiful session coming soon!

EMAIL ME TO BOOK YOUR NEWBORN PHOTO SESSION!
(gift certificates are available and are perfect for showers!)

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TORONTO FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER: FATHER SON MEMORIES

LLB-Creative-Toronto-family-photographer-father-son-shootFather’s Day is just around the corner and capturing some real father-child moments are an absolute dream! Remember when you were little and Dad would throw you up in the air, put you up on his shoulders, dangle you upside down? Those are the moments I love to capture! This little series was photographed to be very candid with a soft vintage feel about it — in other words, something that can age gracefully and be enjoyed for generations!

EMAIL ME TO BOOK YOUR FATHER-CHILD PHOTO SESSION TODAY!
(gift certificates are available too!)

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TORONTO MATERNITY PHOTOGRAPHER: PRETTY IN BLUE

LLB-Creative-Toronto-Maternity-Photographer-Blue-DressMaternity photographs can be nerve-wracking; your body is changing in ways you never imagined, you’re tired, you’re busy preparing everything before baby arrives. But deciding to have your beautiful baby bump documented to remember for years to come doesn’t have to be a huge ordeal that further weights down your endless to-do list.

Sometimes the sweetest pictures are the simple ones. Choose a pretty, figure-flattering outfit (I am always around to offer advice and styling tips!), visit me in the studio or at an outdoor location you love, such as your backyard, favourite park or charming neighbourhood cafe and finit! We’ll chit-chat and laugh, while capturing some truly delightful, and real moments, that reflect your pregnancy and natural glow.

Sometimes I think there is a misconception about maternity photos — that you have to strip down to really show off your new curves. But if that is not your style, no need to pressure yourself! The whole point of a maternity session is to capture YOU, which means YOUR style, YOUR personality and YOUR pregnancy in a fun, stress-free environment. Plus, mamas-to-be always receive a special little gift from yours truly to further celebrate their bundle of joy! (Who said that?)

EMAIL ME TO BOOK YOUR MATERNITY PHOTO SESSION TODAY!
(gift cards are also available and are always a hit at baby showers)

 

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TORONTO FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER: SPRING BABIES!

LLB-Creative-Toronto-children's-photographer-spring-portraitHaving portraits of your little ones done every season is a wonderful way to see and remember how much they change over the course of a single year. This little nugget and his main man, Mr. Lion, were such a pleasure to work with! He spent the afternoon gurgling and squirming, while I busied myself making funny faces and making even funnier noises — clearly, we’re best buds now!

EMAIL ME TO BOOK YOUR CHILD’S SPRING PHOTO SESSSION!

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TORONTO MATERNITY PHOTOGRAPHY: SPRING IS HERE!

LLB-Creative-Maternity-Photography-S-1Spring is in the air — at last! A few days ago I had the great pleasure of photographing this lovely mama-to-be! It was such a riot in the studio — we laughed our pants off and created a photo session that was soft, serene and natural. I can’t tell you how much fun I’m having working on these images this week!

I am always so happy when expectant mothers decide to take the plunge and have their photograph professionally taking. Although I have never been pregnant myself, I do understand how nerve-wracking it can be. But it is a beautiful time of life that doesn’t happen all that often, a part of your history, a time that passes in the blink of an eye. I always like to imagine the child one day looking at images of their expecting mother and knowing that their arrival was greeted with such love, excitement and celebration!

(Makeup by Crystal Brown Beauty)

EMAIL ME TO ASK ABOUT YOUR MATERNITY OR FAMILY PHOTO SESSION!

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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 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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TORONTO CHILDREN’S PHOTOGRAPHER: LITTLE PRINCESS

Toronto-children's-photographer-LLB-Creative-playingWhat a beautiful time in the studio this photo session was. This little one was so bubbly and full of life — she even grabbed the hairbrush as though she were going to start singing a rendition of ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ (as we all do from time to time!)

Pssst! Did you know families who book their photo sessions four months in advance benefit from Earlybird Booking Savings!

EMAIL ME TO BOOK YOUR FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHS TODAY!

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TORONTO MATERNITY PHOTOGRAPHER: FASHIONABLE BABY BUMP

Toronto-Maternity-Photographer-LLB-Creative-Studio-Baby-BumpHappy Monday everyone! I hope your weekend was as joyful as mine! I spent a wonderful couple of days getting completely lost in my studio, photographing baby bumps and furry pet friends! Here is a little sneak peek from one of the maternity sessions. This mama-to-be was looking for tasteful belly shots that reflected her style in a sophisticated and modest manner. Can’t wait to share the rest of it with you!

HAVE A FRIEND WHO IS EXPECTING? GIVE THEM A MATERNITY OR NEWBORN PHOTO SESSION GIFT CARD!
EMAIL ME FOR YOUR GIFT CARD TODAY!

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TORONTO CHILDREN’S PHOTOGRAPHY | 5 REASONS TO INVEST IN A NEWBORN PHOTO SESSION

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1. ‘NEWBORN’ IS A ONCE IN A LIFETIME MOMENT

Your child will never, ever, ever be that tiny again. From the moment they arrive in this funny, beautiful, mixed up world they are growing. Nobody thinks their child will grow that quickly; they always think that they have more time, but before you know it your baby has outgrown their very first onesie, is no longer the length of your forearm and is bigger every morning when you go to wake them. Being able to look back year after year and see how small they really were will feel like a dream once those photos are safely tucked away in your family album.

2. MAKE A BEAUTIFUL INTRODUCTION
Many new parents, especially first-time parents, don’t feel up to having a lot of friends and family come over to meet the babe in those intimate first few weeks. Indeed both parents are exhausted and probably a little overwhelmed getting to know the newest addition to their family. So instead of having to entertain numerous people who want to congratulate you over and over again, a Newborn Photo Session can offer loved ones an intimate look at the wee one, whether new parents simply share them on Facebook or opt for a custom-designed Baby Announcement card to send out as a keepsake.

EMAIL TO BOOK YOUR NEWBORN PHOTO SESSION TODAY!


3. A BABY SHOWER GIFT TO BE REMEMBERED

How many baby showers have you attended where the mama-to-be gets dozens of blankets, bottles and toys? After a while, everything that comes from brightly coloured tissue paper looks the same, albeit very cute, and it’s difficult to keep track of who gave what.

To really surprise the expectant mother, why not give a Newborn Photo Session gift card? It will be a gift that she will cherish forever, something she might not have otherwise treated herself to and something she will always remember. Plus if you split the cost of a Newborn Photo Session with a friend or two, you’re ahead of the game! Imagine what you might spend on stuffed animals and adorable baby clothes that will be outgrown in less than a month — the cost is probably comparable to a Newborn Photo Session that will become a piece of beloved family history.

4. IT’S NOT EXPENSIVE
There is a misconception that investing in professional baby photographs will cost a small fortune. I promise you, this is not the case with LLB Creative rates. Will there be some cost? Yes, of course, but if you think about how often you will look at your beautiful baby photographs – once, twice, maybe three times a year, every year until you are retired and beyond – that initial sum suddenly becomes miniscule. In fact, let’s break it down over one year; a Newborn Photo Session will cost less than $20/month over a year… chances are you might spend more on baby clothes or toys each month than the cost of your wee one’s photos.

5. NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY CAN BE NATURAL
I personally consider ‘newborn’ to be anything under three months of age and my style to this genre of photography is completely natural. I don’t pose a baby in any manner, preferring instead to capture real moments of the parents and the babe interacting. Newborn photo sessions with me are relaxed, intimate and shot in the comfort of your own home. I bring cookies and tea to make our photo session even more of a celebration and document your family’s true, beautiful nature to be treasured always.

 

EMAIL TO BOOK YOUR NEWBORN PHOTO SESSION OR PURCHASE YOUR GIFT CERTIFICATE TODAY!
(Don’t forget to ask about my 2014 Children’s Photography Catalog — there is something for children of all ages!)

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