Henry | Niagara Child Photographer

I captured Henry’s newborn portraits when we was 11 weeks old. He was in the NICU for the first weeks of his life, but he’s sure made up for it quickly! Now Henry is ONE! And is pretty much the happiest little guy ever. He had so many smiles during his session!   There is something I just LOVE about a serious face and a black and white. Red hair and green eyes, isn’t he perfect?! 

When I met him at 11 weeks he had doubled his birth weight! We captured some special portraits to document his time in the NICU. When we photographed Henry’s birthday portraits his mom had something special planned and it turned out perfect! 

 

Tara | Niagara Birth Photographer

Last week I had the honour of photographing my first birth!

I have been with Tara and Derek since their wedding; maternity, their first born’s newborn through her first year, every Halloween, and some springs and christmas’ thrown in for good measure. Tara started out as a stranger and quickly turned into one of my best friends.

I remember chatting with Tara a couple of years ago about birth photography. After she had Alexis she regretted not having done it and asked if I would photograph her next labour and birth if she ever got pregnant again. I vividly remember saying YES! But thinking in my head “IF she gets pregnant again (I was sceptical), I hope it’s not until after I have my first.” Birth photography is something that I’ve considered for a while, but was a little apprehensive that it would scar me from having my own. Now, fast forward to 9 months ago; a text with two positive pregnancy test and a moment of panic and the realization that I was 100% going to see my friends vagina.

As the due date got closer I prepared, packed a bag, did some research, made sure my batteries were charged and HOPED that Tara wouldn’t go into labour on Christmas! Well, she didn’t, but her water definitely broke on Christmas. When I got that “Umm…” text I immediately knew it was go time.

When Tara called me half a second after a contraction, out of breath and said she was headed to the hospital I couldn’t help but laugh at her (that’s what best friends are for right?) From that moment on all my nerves were gone. Tara handled her labour like a boss! (I think I was more nervous about the no epidural thing then she was!) She arrived at the hospital with her husband and sister around 6:30am and baby was born at 9:10am. The midwife was AMAZING throughout the entire labour and birth, definitely convinced me to go that route when it’s my turn – and yes, after witnessing everything I will still be having one, or three of my own!

In addition to not knowing the gender of the baby, they also hadn’t told anyone the names they were considering. So when the baby was born and Tara looked at the baby and said “it’s a girl, oh Everly.” The entire room teared up. It was such a special moment. I’m in love with her name, it suits her so perfectly.

I am so honoured that I got to share this with Tara, Derek and Kelly. I couldn’t imagine experiencing my first birth with anyone else. I am still in awe of my friend, as far as births go, it was pretty much perfect.


Alexis is already and amazing big sister. Although she REALLY wanted a brother, she warmed up to her instantly. She made sure everyone got a turn to hold Everly (quickly!) before she said to pass her onto the next visitor, her ulterior motives were revealed when the last person held her and she said “Okay, now it’s big sister’s turn!”

I am so, so happy for the four of you. I love you so much!

Lucas | Ancaster Child Photographer

Lucas is one! This guy had so many smiles for me and kept me on my toes – he’s on the move!! We headed outside to get a couple fall portraits before we let Lucas dive into his cake. The colours were perfect! I love the drool in this photograph, doesn’t that cake look delicious! Lucas wasn’t too sure about his cake. He didn’t like the taste but still kept going back for more.  I always love capturing this post cake detail shot. Those toes get me every time. 

Cole | Niagara Child Photographer

Cole will be turning one in a few weeks. I was so happy when his Mom contacted me about doing birthday portraits. I love seeing how much they have grown since their newborn portraits and what better first birthday present – something that he will cherish for a lifetime.  Cole’s big brother is so patient with him, and with me!  Mom brought a “Chip and Dale” outfit for Cole to wear. Isn’t it the cutest thing ever?!  We all know this feeling – we really shouldn’t but we’re going to anyways, because really.. who can refuse cake?!  Cole wasn’t sure about the taste of the cake, but regardless he kept going back for more! 

Isabella | Ancaster Child Photographer

liz_czinege_niagara_hamilton_child_photographer04Isabella was in the studio recently to celebrate her SECOND birthday! I can’t believe she is two already. It seems like yesterday that I was photographing her newborn portraits.  I tried something a little different with this session, I’d love to hear what you think! liz_czinege_niagara_hamilton_child_photographer01 Isabella is a beautiful little girl, look at that smile!
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Parker | Niagara Child Photographer

liz_czinege_child_photographer_niagara_hamilton01 Parker was my second Birthday session last week. For a sick babe with some serious jet jag he did great! We got a lot of serious shot, but we also managed to get some of his gorgeous smile! I secretly love the serious ones better.. shhhhh… don’t tell mom! hehehe look at him though!liz_czinege_child_photographer_niagara_hamilton02 I’m a sucker for eyelash shots. liz_czinege_child_photographer_niagara_hamilton03 There’s the smile that everyone loves! So handsome! And that outfit?! Good choice mom! liz_czinege_child_photographer_niagara_hamilton04liz_czinege_child_photographer_niagara_hamilton05 liz_czinege_child_photographer_niagara_hamilton06 liz_czinege_child_photographer_niagara_hamilton07 Lets just say.. Parker did not enjoy his cake smash. And I do not feel guilty about capturing this photograph.  liz_czinege_child_photographer_niagara_hamilton08

Ava | Niagara Child Photographer

liz_czinege_child_photographer_niagara_hamilton01 Ava is one and she celebrated with portraits and a cake smash! And by she I mean her mom and dad, because really.. Ava had no idea what was going on but she did know that she wasn’t a fan of it. I got quite a few evil eyes from her throughout the session but they were so cute I forgave her ;)liz_czinege_child_photographer_niagara_hamilton02 liz_czinege_child_photographer_niagara_hamilton03 liz_czinege_child_photographer_niagara_hamilton05liz_czinege_child_photographer_niagara_hamilton04 liz_czinege_child_photographer_niagara_hamilton06 liz_czinege_child_photographer_niagara_hamilton07 liz_czinege_child_photographer_niagara_hamilton08 liz_czinege_child_photographer_niagara_hamilton09 The lighting wasn’t the greatest but I couldn’t pass up a portrait in front of the beautiful sunflowers! liz_czinege_child_photographer_niagara_hamilton10 How adorable does Ava look in this tutu?!
liz_czinege_child_photographer_niagara_hamilton11 heheh, baby belly buttons. liz_czinege_child_photographer_niagara_hamilton12 Gorgeous setup for Ava’s cake smash. I love when ideas come together! This is exactly what mom and I had in mind during our pre-consultation!liz_czinege_child_photographer_niagara_hamilton13 liz_czinege_child_photographer_niagara_hamilton14 The many faces of Ava. Throughout the sessions Ava was KILLING me with her hilarious faces. Editing her portraits was definitely amusing, bottom right takes the cake though, I think she had enough cake!liz_czinege_child_photographer_niagara_hamilton15

Isabella | First Birthday | Hamilton Child Photographer

liz_czinege_photography_child_newborn09 One year has come to a close. I’m always at a lose when it comes to talking about the last session in my Baby’s First Year package. It’s bittersweet, I love watching my little clients grow and reach new milestones! After each session with Isabella I didn’t think she could get any more adorable – but she did! – her smiles is so contagious! liz_czinege_photography_child_newborn01 liz_czinege_photography_child_newborn02 Dad was able to make it to Isabella’s last session and she had nothing but smiles for him – usually she’s VERY serious.
liz_czinege_photography_child_newborn10 liz_czinege_photography_child_newborn03 I’m a sucker for those big brown eyes! liz_czinege_photography_child_newborn04 liz_czinege_photography_child_newborn05 Isabella’s realization that she could eat the cake was hilarious. She kept looking at her parents to see if they were going to say anything – while simultaneously shoving handfuls of cake in her mouth. liz_czinege_photography_child_newborn11 liz_czinege_photography_child_newborn06 liz_czinege_photography_child_newborn07 I love these two photographs, just completely covered in cake. So much fun!! liz_czinege_photography_child_newborn08

Eastyn | ONE! | Hamilton Child Photographer

liz_czinege_niagara_child_photographer1 On this beautiful Thanksgiving morning I met with Eastyn and her mom to capture her first birthday portraits. Eastyn is such a sweetie, so happy to be one! In reality she probably has no idea what’s going on, but she loved being the centre of attention!  Mom brought along this great chalkboard that a friend of hers made, and I am in LOVE with it. So great!! liz_czinege_niagara_child_photographer2 Kisses and Peek-a-Boo, heheh.liz_czinege_niagara_child_photographer5 liz_czinege_niagara_child_photographer4 liz_czinege_niagara_child_photographer6 These moments are the sweetest, I love them. liz_czinege_niagara_child_photographer3 Mommy daughter moments are my favourite to capture.
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Niamh | 1 Year | Hamilton Child Photographer

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Miss Niamh (pronounced Neve) is almost one! We held the session at Niamh’s grandparents farm in Beamsville. Surrounded by a vineyard, an orchard and Irish accents, I can honestly say it was such a pleasure to photograph Niamh and her family. With Niamh’s grandparents visiting from Ireland, it was a great opportunity to capture portraits with both set of Grandparents for Niamh’s first birthday.

liz_czinege_photography_niagara_hamilton_children02The dog’s wanted to be part of the portrait session too, photo bombing every chance they got. But that’s okay, because by the end of the session I was in love with these rescued Vizsla’s (they’re Hungarian hunting dogs, so I felt a connection to them HA!)

liz_czinege_photography_niagara_hamilton_children03 I’ve had “You’ve got the cutest little baby face, there isn’t another one to take your place.” on repeat in my head since I photographed Niamh. Her grandparents sang it repeatedly to make her smile, whatever works!liz_czinege_photography_niagara_hamilton_children05I am in LOVE with the family portrait, it really doesn’t get much more natural then this. liz_czinege_photography_niagara_hamilton_children06
liz_czinege_photography_niagara_hamilton_children01 After the session I was invited to stay for tea and cheese – who can say no to that?! Especially when it involved loose tea and actual tea cups! Afterwards Niamh, her mom and I snuck out to take a few more photographs which turned out to be my favourites from the session! liz_czinege_photography_niagara_hamilton_children08liz_czinege_photography_niagara_hamilton_children07