Heather Bays is a Toronto Ontario family newborn maternity and birth photographer specializing in artistic lifestyle and documentary style photography.
Ladies. I have had 2 babies. I know exactly how you are feeling in this new body. It's fun and frustrating and exciting and heavy and it makes you feel sexy and proud but also unflattering and gross. Let me probably not be the first person to tell you this, but you look radiant. There is a reason why everyone smiles at you when you walk by them!
You may not believe me, but before you know it, you will miss this belly. Don't miss the chance to have yourself photographed. Embrace your new temporary body! You won't regret it!
Your child's birth day is the biggest day of your life. It's such an intimate time. To witness and photograph the birth of a baby is one of the most special things in the whole world. So magical. Such real raw tender emotional moments are captured. The images are breathtaking. And the first hours after birth are so euphoric. The most overwhelming amount of love. It's hard to have clear memories because it's a whirlwind of new life.
To have these moments documented is unbelievably precious. The joy they will bring you every time you look at them! Very special photos for the new parents to have. And very special for your child too!
Please contact me if you are thinking about having your birth documented. I can send you my FAQs list and then we can meet for a coffee or milkshake or something! I always meet with my birth clients before booking to be sure we're a good fit! After we sit and chat we can spend a bit of time doing a complimentary mini maternity session. This way you can see yourself through my eyes which will give you more confidence that you are choosing the right person to document one of the most important and meaningful days of your life!
It's best to contact me sooner rather than later since I only take no more than 2 births per month because I would never risk overlapping births! I understand that when you hire me, you are hiring ME for my work, my eye! So even though I do have a back up photographer, I would hate to have to send her in my place due to the fact that I overbooked. So, I just don't risk it. Ever.
The first 2 weeks of your baby's life goes so quickly. By the end of those 2 weeks your new baby has already done so much growing and the domino effect of changes start. Photograph your baby when they are new and fresh!
Newborn photoshoots are so calm and lovely. They are held in the comfort of your own home. I bring everything to you! This way there's no need to pack baby up and risk all that stress that often comes with trips in the car. You get to continue your daily routine because I always work around baby. It's often a nice break for the new parents. They can just sit back and relax.
Your heart will melt at the images of your new love.
Our family is very much apart of us! I love the togetherness of lifestyle family portraits. The rawness. Everyone being themselves together. A portrait with the whole family really tells a story!
Family portraits often start off in the home, especially with little ones. And then sometimes we take a walk around the neighbourhood to their favourite spots, like the local library, or ice cream shop. Or sometimes we'll meet somewhere like a beautiful park or a place that is sentimental to the family.
Contact me if you are thinking of having your family photographed. Tell me your ideas! Or if you aren't sure, I have a ton of suggestions too!
So many milestones! So many changes!! Life is busy when you have wee ones, so be sure to stop every so often and document their lives! Their really busy, curious, fun, hilarious, clumsy, cheeky, beautiful lives! You really won't regret having collections of photos to always look back on and pass on to your children when they grow. And those photos will be something that even THEIR children will cherish. That's why photographs are the gift that keeps on giving!
As kids get older, they become more aware of the camera and capturing those genuine expressions can be very hard. So many parents resort to just the yearly school photo because their kids either don't want to get their pictures taken or the effort of setting up a photoshoot isn't worth the fake smiles. Well, time to think outside the studio!! If you want to make the photoshoot fun and effortless, choosing an outing that they enjoy like a trip to the park, or getting ice cream. Or having a photographer follow you around on daily errands, like dog walking, or grocery shopping, or a visit to the grandparents. Or simply using your own home as the studio all allow your child to be themselves, which is exactly what you want to capture in photographs, so being in their comfort zone makes that happen!! Basically, you gotta bring the photoshoot to your child instead of your child to the photoshoot.
A lot of people photograph their children and sometimes have a family session, but feel weird about having their own picture taken. You shouldn't! There's a lot of reasons to have your own portraits taken! Maternity, graduation, headshots, boudoir, portfolio building, modelling, business, and the list goes on!
You can also think outside the box and have a photoshoot for a girls night out, or a mommy group, or friends going for ice cream, or a team playing sports, walking your dogs, or maybe you got a new haircut or a new wardrobe you wanna show off! You can turn anything into a photoshoot as long as it's moments you want to remember. And sometimes, you may just want to be a model for a little while, so do it!
**headshot and business packages come with a 2 year commercial licence.
Most people think engagement when they think of photoshoots with couples, and although that is the number one reason why couples book photoshoots, it certainly not the only reason. Married couples who didn't get the wedding photos they wanted have a lot of fun dressing up again for a "trash the dress" or a more gentle "rewear the dress" session. Some couples who have been married for a while love to get fun and romantic for some updated photos together. And some couples just want some fun loving photos together without using the dreaded selfie stick because hey, not everyone wants to get married and you don't need a wedding in your life plans to get photos with your partner in crime! So lets plan an adventure and take some photos along the way!!
Pet portraits are insanely adorable and sometimes so hilarious. Capturing their personality feels quite similar to photographing toddlers with a hint of wildlife photography. It's quite an awesome combo!
Whether it's a baby shower, a conference, a birthday party, or a haircut, some events are worth documenting. Your memories of your event will be documented in a way that every photo is brought to life and every time you look at the pictures, they will bring you right back to that special day.
Packages start at $500. **A 50% discount off Event Package B when booked with any Portrait Package. **Free haircut/portrait sessions for those wonderful souls who are donating their hair! **I don't charge hourly **You can add a Story to any event session
Shooting with film really really warms my soul. Taking pictures with a film camera feels way more casual and the whole process is super magical and exciting. Instead of shooting 20 frames of the same thing (like we all do with digital), I only take one, but it's always a carefully considered frame. There's more tonal range, especially in the shadows and it creates a different mood that just can't quite be recreated using digital and photoshop. I will never stop using film....unless it becomes obsolete. I love the nostalgia of it! It's so perfectly imperfect.
Stories are absolutely precious. They really tug on those heartstrings because they bring your images and your videos to life. They are sweet and personal and the best way to share your session with your loved ones so they get a little glimpse of what it's like inside your world.