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October 16, 2020

two little girls in white vintage nighties in a magical room decorated for Christmas and posing for their Christmas mini session in Saint John, NB

This is where you book your 2020 Christmas Mini Sessions!

2020 Has been a doozy of a year! We have all realized the importance of our family. Being told to stay home, stay together has been challenging at times but home is where we were safe.

Celebrate what is important this season!

two little girls in white vintage nighties in a magical room decorated for Christmas and posing for their Christmas mini session in Saint John, NB

2020 Christmas Mini Sessions

Covid Safety Plan

When the world shut down due to COVID-19, so did our studio. Re-opening only came after the New Brunswick photography community was given the green light from the Government of New Brunswick, specifically for photographers.

In conjunction with the Province of New Brunswick, WorkSafe NB, and Public Health we were given guidelines and required to fill out paperwork outlining our safety procedures. 

little boy holding a baby with someone spotting for safety sits next to him

We are in a unique position that we work in close quarters with newborns, children and families who are unmasked. Safety is our top priority (one of the reasons I also work with an assistant for newborn sessions). 

Some of the procedures stay the same, whereas others have changed. We have also increased some of the precautions more than recommended for our own peace of mind. 

COVID Safety Plan

At Enchanted Hill Photography no one (photographer, assistant, and clients) who traveled outside the Atlantic bubble, had contact with someone outside the Atlantic bubble within 21 days may not enter the studio.

No one is permitted with cough, fever, sore throat, or other symptoms of COVID. 21 Days must pass after any illness before entering the studio. 

Hand sanitizer must be used upon entering the studio with an alcohol content of 60% or higher.

Photographer and assistant must wear masks covering mouth and nose while photographing clients. They must also wear latex-free gloves when touching a client. 

All loose fabrics touched by clients must be taken for washing after every session.

Cleaners with bacteria-killing ingredients are used to wipe down garbage, door handle, all surfaces clients touch after every session. Floors are mopped after every client as well.

How We Can Do More

Jen and I love what we do and have had serious conversations about what we could do to go the extra mile. Things like the toys have been removed from the studio, snacks and drinks are not longer available for clients at the current time.

We have both personally made the decision to avoid large gatherings where people may not take safety precautions. Wearing masks even when it is not necessary but we feel there is a risk. These were personal decisions based on a sense of responsibility for our tiny clients.

Good Job Saint John!

We are so proud of how Saint Johners have gone above and beyond by staying home during the quarantine, self-isolating when they were at possible risk, and all to keep friends and family safe.

Watching the small businesses come together to make sure we all get through this safe and healthy. I love seeing the steps some of the restaurants have made to make outdoor dining spaces and more shops having online options.

August 17, 2020

little boy holding a baby with someone spotting for safety sits next to him
little boy holding a baby with someone spotting for safety sits next to him

July 31, 2020

How to Choose a Newborn Photographer

Choosing a photographer can feel daunting, there are over 100 in the Saint John and Quispamsis area! So many are extremely talented but I wanted to give some idea on how to choose a newborn photographer.

Of course, I want you to hire me! But my style may not be what you are looking for and there may be other photographers who better suit your needs. The window is so small for newborns, this is the shortest stage of human life. It is also the moment that everything changes in your life (even if baby number 4 or 5!).

Check Out Their Style

wide awake newborn baby in Saint John

Every photographer has their own unique style. From big styling differences like Lifestyle or Posed. Lifestyle is typically held in your home. Lifestyle focuses more on the family environment, unposed, and how you interact as a family.

Posed newborn photography (which is our specialty) is carefully posed, to showcase the baby’s face and features. Props can be added and sessions color coordinated.

Look at the Editing

Every photographer has their own secret recipe for editing. We all have our own unique style in editing but it also depends on skill level. Over the past decade I know my own personal style has evolved but also my skills have highly advanced.

Some photographers only enhance the image a tiny bit leaving everything as they saw it through their lens and others will do extensive editing to give a prettier version of reality and some will fall in the middle.

Editing style can also vary in making the pictures look like they were processed with film and others are very sharp and the colors nice and crisp. What may be popular and trendy now may look out of date in 5-10 years.

Realize that every photographer has their own particular style, look at their website, and make sure everything is consistent, so there are no surprises when you receive your pictures. Also, realize that photographers will be unlikely to want to change their style of editing as well.

Experience and Safety

toddler at a photography studio is getting his picture taken and  holding his baby sibling and an adult woman wearing a mask and black plastic gloves is holding the baby and spotting for safety

This is a big one. Brand new babies mean you have researched safety, from sleeping methods to cribs and learn how to safely buckle them into a car seat. Choosing a newborn photographer should also require research to make sure that they have safe practices.

I am also going to say I would not discount a brand new photographer as well, we all began our career somewhere. Feel free to ask about their safety practices. They have researched them as well.

Have they taken newborn courses? Safety courses? Do they work with a spotter or assistant for more difficult poses? Do they have limitations (there are certain poses I personally refuse to even do without a spotter due to safety reasons)? Do they have a Covid safety plan (all registered businesses are required to have one and photographers were given plans from WorkSafe NB and Public Health).

Ask how many newborns they have photographed. Some photographers have more experience and some only photograph a handful.

Digitals or Products?

Framed prints of a newborn n a newborn nursery

How do you want to see your pictures in 10-20 years from now? Do you want them on your walls or in an album? How do you want to show them to your children when they become adults? Will Facebook still be a thing? Or will it go like the VCR and cassette tapes?

Back to finding a photographer, almost all will provide digitals but ask yourself the honest question, do you ever print? Or are you like the majority of families today; very busy and never get around to printing.

If you print yourself then digitals may be the way to go but if you are busy and time is valuable it would be beneficial to ask if your photographer offers prints, canvases, or wall art. Photographers have access to professional print labs that are superior to big box store labs.

Do Not Miss This Time

new mom holds her baby

The newborn stage is such a short one and it is a time your can never get back. It is also a huge regret many people have looking back. They wish they had those first pictures, pictures of themselves and their new baby. (I know I do!!). Personally, I feel newborn pictures are more important than wedding pictures. We celebrate our love and commitment with. wedding party and pictures and a baby is bigger. They are the start of a new life, they are an entirely new journey and story in your life.

The baby crib, the stroller, the fancy swing and carriers…all will be packed away someday forever or sold on the local Buy and Sell. Your newborn pictures will be the only thing left from the beginning.

Whoever you hire, hire someone, do your research and enjoy the memories.

July 29, 2020

lnewborn boy laying on an vintage bed holding a teddy bear and wear a cream kit sleeper

This is a question I get regularly asked. At what age should newborn photos be taken? My answer is usually between 4 to 12 days from birth but really it depends!

newborn girl sleeping with her hands cradled to the Side of her face

Preemie Babies

Sometime babies come extra early and need more time in the NICU. This happens not too often but when it does parents feel like their world has flipped upside down. All those plans and time lines are thrown out the window. When it comes to your baby pictures we wait until they are discharged from the hospital and come home. Typically this is close to their actual due date. When baby is discharged we ask that parents call us and we try to get baby in as soon as possible.

Overdue Babies

Some babies are born well over their due date (let me tell you about one of my own babies who leisurely arrived over 2 weeks late), these babies I like to get into the studio within 4-6 days. After 200+ babies I have found these babies are more alert, a little more sensitive, and waiting to the 12-day mark means they are less ‘womb-like’ compared to babies who arrive within a week of their due date.

baby girl wear a lacy outfit sleeping in a vintage prop with roses

When Complications Occur

No matter what we do during pregnancy and birth, things do not always go as planned and complications occur. Babies need more time in the hospital or procedures that need to occur. Again in my studio, we wait till the baby is discharged from the hospital and book them as soon as possible.

But Is 3 Weeks Too Old for a Newborn Session

This is something that were had to face after the Covid quarantine! Babies born while we were closed and still wanted those fresh little baby pictures. What were learned is some babies were not as bendy but some were still able to pose nice and curly. Some babies were much more alert and soothing them to sleep was NOT easy! Our sessions were much longer but we were still able to create beautiful pictures.

newborn boy sleeping on. vintage bed while snuggling his teddy bear

When Do You Prefer Photographing Newborns?

As a professional photographer I prefer photographing newborns between 5-10 days. Babies are still very sleepy and curly, nursing issues have been addressed, formulas have been figured out. Mom has had a little healing time. There are times I will stretch that time out till 14 days because behind the scenes I may have a busy schedule with my family, my assistant may not be available or we are slammed in the studio with sessions.

In conclusion with our experience and knowledge we feel confident we can create a beautiful session for your new little love and will tell you what days we have available and what works best for us and for your little one!

At What Age Should Newborn Photos Be Taken

The Best Newborn Pictures in Saint John

Seriously, these were the best newborn Pictures in Saint John when I was done. Just look at her??

the best newborn picture in Saint John of a little girl wrapped in soft pink scarf with a floral headband

She was unbelievably beautiful. Teeny tiny features, little button nose, lashes, and that hair??!!! As a maker of bald babies I am always in awe and jealous that mama’s had babies will full heads of hair.

collage of three picture of a newborn baby with a little bit of brown curly hair

The entire session was Jen and I oohing and awing over her sweetness!!

two pictures of a newborn baby girl wrapped in a cream scarf

Soft delicate pinks, tiny fragile headbands and this session was as feminine as this sweet little girl! Mixed with cream and ivory s that the session flows beuatifull together.

Newborn baby picture vertical picture the baby is sleeping on a blanket

July 24, 2020

newborn baby wrapped in soft pink sleeping
water colour rabbit to represent Easter Mini Session

February 25, 2020

2020 Easter Mini Sessions

The Easter Minis are back! Last year they were such a huge success and many of our clients have messaged and asked if we will be hosting the again!

This year our theme is ‘Farmers Market’ …think blue skies, fresh vegetables and all the charm you find at the market.

As always our setups are created only a day or so before the event because of the materials that we use. This farmer’s market will be overflowing with leafy greens, fresh produce and real fruit from the grocery store (minus eggs…I am not willing the risk the mess real eggs will make! Those will be bonafide fakes). For the best freshness, we will be purchasing the day before March 21st.

What will happen to all that goodness after we are finished taking the last pictures? Well, it will not be going to waste but rather we have made arrangements with the St George Food Bank and all of the fresh produce will be donated to them and they will make sure it goes to families in need (we chose St George because that is my home town).

We are excited to see all of the families again this year, how much your little ones have grown and changed over the past year.

$125 taxes included, 5 digital images, full resolution and printing rights.

To book please send us a message through email

water-colour rabbit painting to represent the easter mini. session being held at the Saint John studio