I have two favorite times for photographing babies: within the first two weeks and then when they can sit up on their own, usually when they are 6-7 months old. Newborn photography is something you have a very small window for, but if you have the chance … take it!!
Working with toddlers is fun and interactive. Just prior to the crawling stage is ideal. I recommend an in-studio session for both these ages. On location shoots, such as at the beach or in the park, are great when they begin walking.
Once upon a time, I thought that being a single mom was going to take me away from my passion for photography. But in retrospect, I realized my daughter taught me a great deal about HOW to see children thru the camera, which I may not have appreciated if she had not graced my life! One of the many things my daughter taught me was patience, which is now so valuable when I am photographing children – especially two-year-olds!
We visited Kim to have some pictures taken of our active 11 month old son. We were not prepared for the challenge ahead, however Kim was! She was very patient and understanding of his active and energetic, sometimes cranky behaviour and gave us many top tips to get him to keep still. It ended up being fun and the resulting pictures were fantastic! The active shots were especially great, far better than I had expected (considering his mood) and totally captured our son’s energy and personality. We were so happy to have chosen someone so professional and calm, and obviously experienced with active babies!
Thank you Kim, for the fabulous pictures and great experience.
Kim has been an amazing photographer for my headshots. Each session has given me more than what was needed to find the ones I would use. I am so pleased with her professional work and continue to bus all the way to Deep Cove to get my fabulous headshots!
We are first time parents who arrived at the Eclipse Photography studio with a 1-week-old newborn. We were anxious and hopeful about the photo session with our baby girl. As it turned out, after meeting Kim at Eclipse Photography, we did not need to worry. Upon our arrival, we were given an opportunity to review preferred poses. Kim also provided us with her skilled guidance and directions to maximize our experience during the session. Our nervousness and the occasional “accident” by the baby were washed away by Kim’s easy-going manner. We were given plenty of time to collectively prepare ourselves for each photo set and were made comfortable, which translated onto the photos. Overall, our expectations were far exceeded. The quality of the photos was impressive. We would recommend Eclipse Photography for anyone seeking professional photographs.
My experience with Eclipse Photography in particular with Kimberly Mara, has been top notch from start to finish. I had first considered maternity shots when I was pregnant with my third child after never having pictures of this special time in my life with my previous two pregnancies. I consider my self to be very particular in my tastes and what I wanted was a photographer who could capture my body and belly in a way that expressed how I felt pregnant. As someone who has always been unhappy with my body, I was during pregnancy, feeling beautiful in a way I had never had before. I was definitely shy to be getting in front of the camera so exposed, but I felt nothing but comfortable throughout the whole photo shoot. In fact with Kim being in the dark while shooting, I almost forgot she was there except for the quiet direction she gave. She has a way of capturing your best angle. No double chins and for someone who is short, she made my legs look a mile long (God Bless her!). Kimberley has been nothing short of super every time we have dealt with her. We absolutely love our pictures. Simply put they are art! Her work has allowed us to capture this amazing experience of pregnancy for us to remember always. I consistently refer her to anyone who will listen!
I just want to express my sincere thanks for fitting our photo shoot in on such short notice. Once I had seen Sheri’s headshots, I knew I wanted you to photogragh my sweet little girl. I am so grateful you could find the time in your hectic schedule, as we were in Vancouver for just that week. The photos are beyond beautiful! You have captured on print the little nuances that are Abby. Every photo is just amazing and I, like all your clients, am having a very hard time picking which ones to enlarge…… I want them all! I was amazed how quickly you had Abby at ease and just hamming it up like she was a supemodel. She had such a good time and couldn’t wait to tell her Daddy all about her photo shoot. We look forward to having you do a family shoot the next time we visit Vancouver. Thanks again.
Horrayyyyyy………. I LOVE the photos. They are exactly what I wanted!!! Thank you so much! I am recommending you to everyone I know!
I just wanted to thank you for being SO amazing this afternoon in the photo shoot! We had a blast. You were so flexible, friendly and funny with us and you totally made everything work out so well! YOU ARE THE BEST! Whenever the pictures are ready, please call us asap, as we are already dying to see them. Again! Thank you- YOU ARE THE BEST!
I had done a lot of research before I picked your studio. It turned out to be an amazing shooting experience. I LOVE the photos so much! I showed them to my family and friends with great pride. Though my baby girl was a little nervous and fussy during the shoot, you cheered her up and captured her smile. Thank you for your great patience! Your job is awesome! Definitely I will visit your studio in the future!
As you know, I am an actor and a singer and I also run an acting studio. I have worked with many photographers in the past. I am so thrilled with my headshots that you did. I was extremely pleased. I felt very comfortable shooting with you and I had a blast too. You caught the many sides of me that some photographers in the past were unable to capture….or even see. I was impressed with your professionalism and yet the relaxed atmosphere, in which I felt definitely benefitted the outcome of the shoot. I would highly recommend you ….Kim at Eclipse Photography…. for any of my fellow actors photo needs.
I just wanted to say thank you so much for yesterday! You were absolutely amazing; we not only felt comfortable, but had fun while you took amazing pictures that will surely compliment the show. The girls were glowing for hours and I’m sure these pictures will be plastered on all of our walls for years to come! I can’t wait to see them all! Thanks again and it was great to meet you. We will work together again.
Wow! Our pictures are just amazing. I can not believe how awesome our maternity photos turned out. My husband and I were both extremely nervous on our way to the studio, not knowing what to expect. Once we got there, Kim made us both feel so comfortable. We felt as though Kim was a long lost friend. We enjoyed ourselves and actually had fun with all the different poses and lighting choices. Two and a half weeks later, we were back to have our newborn pictures. As a first time mom, I was quite nervous to take my newborn to the studio and completely undress him for two hours. Again. Kim made me so comfortable and totally understood all the accidents that could and would happen. Kim is so prepared for all types of ” oops”. We have since received all of our pictures, and they are absolutely phenomenal. We are so happy we did the maternity and baby pictures. It really captures the whole pregnancy experience in a way I never imagined before. I can’t believe how adorable the baby pictures are. They look like they are straight out of a magazine! We can not decide what pictures we want copies of yet, it’s way too hard to decide, when you love every single one! I have been telling everyone I know about how amazing Kim is. I will be using Kim in the future, and look forward to working with her again! Thanks so much Kim! You have made us feel more like a family, and have given us memories to cherish forever!
I Knew this was going to be my last pregnancy and I knew I wanted to cherish every moment of it. Kimberly Mara did just that. I was nervous going to the shoot knowing that I would have to disrobe and look natural to have successful photos. I didn’t think that was going to be possible considering the anxiety I was feeling. But Kimberly made my husband and I feel like we were “old friends” and we actually had fun! By making us feel so comfortable in the studio our photos projected that feeling and turned out naturally beautiful – AMAZING! The experience was beyond my expectations, but having the last moments of my pregnancy with my daughter captured on film is truly beyond WORDS. Thank you Kimberly for the memories you have created for me!!!
Just dropping you an email to say thank you for my headshots and accommodating me so quickly. I really appreciate you finding time for me on such short notice. I love the photos–you did a terrific job. However, the last one you did (with my arms crossed in the air behind my head) has disappeared! My wife stole it as soon as she saw it. I think she said something about her liking it too as she was running down the stairs. Thanks again for taking such super pictures.
I absolutely LOVE my shots!!!! As usual you did an amazing job. You made me look gorgeous and I’m really picky about how I look in photos! The problem now is…. I can’t choose which one to blow up bigger! There are too many great ones. THANK YOU! It was so much fun to feel so beautiful.
As a publisher, I have worked with many photographers, and Kimberly Mara, of Eclipse Photography, is one of the very best. Not only is she always professional, easy to work with and friendly, she is also a talented photographer who always manages to capture the best of the babies and children that meet her lens. My clients rave about the photos she’s taken for them. In fact, her photos are so good, that I choose to use many of her images throughout my magazine as editorial photographs, and on the COVER of my magazine, “Urbanbaby & Toddler” as well.
Kimberly’s organizational skills, creative energy and ease with kids & families (and us!) has made working with her a privilege. She’s done a number of photo shoots for WestCoast Families, including our cover and an inside children’s fashion spread. Her professionalism, and most importantly, her ability to capture the ‘look’ we’re after has always stood out.
The pictures are great and my husband, well…..let’s just say that the surprise brought him to tears, so it was so worth it! I am so glad that I was brave enough to experience this with you and what a lasting memory we have now of our beautiful little baby when he was inside of me.
Thank you so much for taking those amazing photos of us. We had lots of fun while we were taking the photos too. You made us feel so confident and comfortable in front of the camera. It is wonderful to share them with all my family and friends. We all like your photo style. It brings us the feeling of pure happiness when we look back on our beautiful black and white photos. You captured all those moments that will now stay forever with us. You have a gift to be able give us a “key” to go back to this pregnant period in our lives, and unlock those memories after many years. Thank you for that!