Sleep Deprivation - The Huge & Ugly Monster

We have been trying to consistently post in our blog on a weekly basis with Monday being the target but as it was Caleb's 5th birthday last week, things were a bit busier than usual.  And every time the kids birthdays come around, all the memories of their times as babies start emerging again.  Caleb's birth was particularly an emotional one (maybe more about that later) but one of the things that always comes up for me is the Sleep Program we did - not for Caleb but for Abel as things were pretty difficult back then with two young kids and another little one coming along.  I would go as far as saying it probably saved my life back then - Ellie and Caleb were taking turns waking up every hour througout the night and as much as Anthony tried, they only wanted mommy. From a recommendation from a friend who had experience with the company, I booked the Sleep Nurture program with Precious Moments Babeez.

This Sleep Nurturing program is only for the younger babies  under 3 months old) which uses very gentle methods of shaping babies into a sleep routine.  And it worked wonders for Abel - he was sleeping overnight by probably about 8 weeks.  And all their tips & "tricks" are things we applied (and still do!) to our older two and now our Newborn Sessions - they were the ones who introduced us to the sound machine, shushing & soothing and pacifiers.

They do of course have an older Sleep Training program and here's more info from Debbie Fazio, CEO & Founder: 

The Sleepy Babeez program is heavily based on schedules, routines, impeccable feeds and ideal room environment among a few other important criteria. 

We have a program for babies under 16 weeks called Sleep Nurturing and another for babies over 16 weeks called Sleep Training or Teaching. 

Both programs focus on ensuring great room environment, routines, feeds and and schedules which help build the foundation of good long term sleep habits however the main difference between the 2 program is how much help the parent offers to the child. With babies under 16 weeks we want parents to support their Childs sleep learning by assisting them hands on in helping them to calm and consolidate  sleep. With babies over 16 weeks we may need to break some habits they have learn and reinstall new habits by supporting independent sleep. 

In fact we love them so much that we have approached them recently to partner up and we offer a great special for the Newborn Session to their registered clients.

We know not everyone may agree with sleep training and that's okay but for us, sleep deprivation was a huge and ugly monster and without this program, I'm not really sure how I would have gotten through those early days.  Consider contacting them if this is an issue you face - and especially for working moms, it's more than okay to get some help:

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Siblings, a beautiful friendship.

Sharing some photos from a recent Newborn Lifestyle session:

From a one child to a multiple children household is a big change of excitement, tiredness and apprehension.

Will there be jealousy, will my older one feel left out, will he be too rough with baby . . .

So many questions cloud our minds when we make this transition that we sometimes don't get to enjoy those blink-and-you'll-miss-it moments.

Then you DO blink and it's over as they've both grown into another new and exciting stage.

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Leslieville Family Documentary

Among our usual Newborn fun, we've had a couple of opportunities to do some Documentary Style Family sessions,which were amazing because the general feedback was that Anthony was able to capture the essence of their family. Whats even more fun? We didn't have to struggle with the smiles as they came naturally while the kids did the own thing and of course, the memories that came from that is priceless. I'd love to share a few photos here and if this sounds like a session perfect for your family, give us a call.

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And here is another family documentary we had fun doing.

Also, a reminder of our new addition: HANGING SERVICES ! For those of you who have ordered some wall portraits from us in the past and still haven't managed to find the time to put them up, we now offer hanging services through a third party. Send us an email if you'd like a quote. Get it done and start enjoying your images today.

This service will now to be offered as an optional add-on to all future orders.

Heirloom Album Box


Hope everyone is enjoying the first weeks of summer! June went by for us like a blur with end of school activities and organizing for the summer month

News & Updates

We're starting our first sets of Summer Sessions, please do schedule a date soon if you are signed up and haven't done so. And stay tuned for Fall Session details to be released in the upcoming newsletters! You will be given first choice on dates/times for bookings before releasing to the public .

Book a Family Photo Session in Leslieville with Us!

Our latest product addition is an add-on item to our beautiful heirloom photo albums. We call it a presentation box which stores and protects the photo album. It comes with a printed image on the cover and a metal clasp in silver or bronze

Such a beautiful way to store your album on your coffee table.

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If you have already have an album from us and are interested in adding this, contact us and we'll make arrangements!

Soft, Clean and Bright! =)

A regular client of ours, we were beyond the moon to get a chance to meet the youngest member so early on ! We knew this session was going to be great with such a photogenic family but it couldn't have gone any smoother. Big sister has a smile that lights up the room and with mom, dad and grandma in the room guiding her to bring out the real smiles, it was definitely one of our best sibling combos. And of course baby brother couldn't be overshadowed and was on his best behavior, giving us the best of naps to get through many great poses. The neutral and classic colour palette mom requested was a perfect compliment to this already perfect session.

Best Friends Forever

Best Friends Forever


Newborn Posing Beds

As i find time and start to get creative with our newborn sessions . I started toying with the idea of building our own newborn props.  If you didn't know,  a lot of our props are made by us. One of the things I've started getting into is building newborn beds for our babies and milestone sessions. 
This is the third one that I've completed and i'm kinda toying with the idea of a 4th. Its addicting.     
This one has taken me months to do;  from the process of buying materials, finding individual parts to assemble, build and put together.  Chipping at it and leaving it sitting dormant for days, weeks, months and then getting  back at it, when i had time. 
Its definitely a labour of love and this was dreamt up, when i was working on the 2nd bed.     Did i mentioned its a bit addicting.  =)
Believe it or not, its quite therapeutic.  
I knew that with the newborn photography , i would be slowly be building a collection of camera gear,  but i didn't know i would be collecting hand-tools,  power-tools, widgets and things.   
I never would have thought home depot would be my 2nd home.   I go there on a daily basis;  An employee came up to me and said that he's gonna hand me an apron one day.  
Pointing to his Orange Apron uniform.   We both laughed.   He told me,  a lot of husbands come here to avoid the wife and kids,   "whats your excuse?"    i'm seriously here for work,  honest! =)

Anthony a.k.a. the guy behind the camera

Newborn Bed

Newborn Bed


Definitely one of our staple needs during our newborn session! We always ask parents to bring one to the session to help calm baby and send them off to dreamland. This is especially important during any of the more difficult poses as their little necks just don't have the support and staying asleep will ensure we get through the pose safely.

Of course we can understand a new parents' hesitation in using one. But they don't get addicted after a one time use for 2-3 hours so the choice is still theirs if they want to have the paci as part of their newborn life.

A lot of parents also tell us their babies don't take take it. One of the tricks we have up our sleeve is to stroke the pacifier against the roof of their mouths which will stimulate their sucking reflexes (same idea as in breast feeding).

This one is our go-to brand - in the newborn size of course (we stock brand new ones in the studio in case they're forgotten). The Philips Avent Soothie Pacifier.

We love this one as it's easy to hold, easy to clean and you can stick your baby finger underneath it to help direct the paci into baby's mouth and start that sucking!

Using the soother as part of your newborn's everyday routine is a very personal choice and we don't think there's really any right or wrong.  For us personally, we chose to introduce it for all 3 of our kids.  And each experience was slightly different.

Ellie our oldest, loved the pacifier and was honestly a lifesaver for us - it got her to sleep so many nights and naps (which was the only time we let her use it - for sleeping).  She eventually dropped the habit on her own at 3 months old when she found her thumb :)

Caleb was completely different, he loved his soother so much too and still kept at it past 3 months.  We knew it had to go though when at 3 months old, mommy was waking up every hour to put that damn thing back in mouth!  We decided enough was enough and cut him cold turkey, he screamed for 4-5 days overnight and then become the perfect sleeper he never was!  He also eventually became a thumb sucker like big sis!

Abel took to the pacifier at about 2 weeks as it was part of the sleep nurturing program we had subscribed too (more on that in a future post!) and like Ellie, dropped it naturally at about 3-4 months when he found his "bummie" (his baby talk attempt at saying "blankie" which has stuck :))  Surprisingly he's the only little Chan who does not suck his thumb although he certainly makes those sucking sounds while holding his bummie.  LOL.

Newborn Twin Boys

Newborn Twin Boys

Newborn Portraits

Newborn Portraits