Marsha Pizarro Photography » Calgary, Alberta based professional newborn photographer with experience specializing in creating memories that focus on the beauty of your new baby.

As a newborn photographer, I think it’s important to continue learning regardless of what point you are in your photography journey. A year after attending Nicole Smith Photography’s workshop (read about my experience here), hosted by Sandra Hill Photography in Brantford Ontario – I returned to do 3 on 1 mentoring with Sandra Hill. Sandra is a huge ‘photographer crush’ of mine. Her work is absolutely breathtaking and she poses with perfection. I have always admired how she keeps everything so simple and all about the beautiful baby. In my personal newborn photography style, I like to keep everything as pure as possible. I love those fresh newborn details and want baby looking natural.

My trip to Brantford was a fairly last minute decision and I am so glad it all came together (it was also great that I didn’t have very long to count down since I was so excited to go). For the day, we had two adorable newborn models (the hair on every baby was amazing!). We started with beanbag posing and I learned so many simple tips to help keep baby cozy and transition from poses as smoothly as possible. The close up shots are some of my favorite as it shows baby’s beautiful ‘fresh’ details. After doing poses on the beanbag, we learned some great techniques for photographing babies in props. One of the last things that we learned was the potato sack pose – this pose was actually one of the main reasons I wanted to mentor with Sandra. She makes it look so easy and having the correct wrap is of utmost importance for making this pose safe. In the year after mentoring with Sandra, this pose has become my most requested – and babies love it too because they stay nice and cozy!

The trip was over way too fast and I was sad it had to come to an end. I learned so much and would highly recommend Sandra’s workshop or mentoring to anybody looking to improve their newborn photography. Here are some of my favorite images taken during my trip. All images are styled and posed by Sandra, and photographed and edited by me.

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About two years ago I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Ontario to attend a newborn workshop with Nicole Smith Photography. It was a little bit of a last minute trip for me as someone was unable to attend and had to sell their seat. This was my first time away from my daughter and although it was sad to leave her, I was super ecstatic to be able to learn from the best! I have to admit I was a little starstruck as Nicole is quite the celebrity in the newborn photography world. Watching one of the greats in action was incredible – Nicole is truly the baby whisperer. To make an incredible weekend even better, the workshop was hosted by Sandra Hill! We were all in awe of ‘Sandra’s Wood Floor’ *swoon*.
The workshop was about a day and a half, and it went by way too fast! I loved seeing firsthand how Nicole works her magic. The pose I was most excited about was the ‘froggy’. The safety of each baby is obviously of utmost importance, and it was great to learn some tips and tricks to make sure babies are super secure in this pose. I am excited to use all of these new tips and tricks!
I am a studio light photographer, but it was great to learn more about natural light. I definitely have new appreciation for natural light photographers, and wanted to come home and kiss my consistent light (not literally of course).
The little newborns that we had the privilege of photographing were just amazing! Every single baby had the most amazing hair! Here are some of the cuties we were able to photograph (posed and styled by Nicole Smith, photographed and edited by me):

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I first met Jessica, Brandon, and Sawyer for a family/maternity session (view their session here). The gender of their baby was a surprise. They were thinking their baby might be a boy since Jessica’s pregnancies were different from with Sawyer. I was so excited to find out if their new baby was a boy or girl. They had a beautiful baby girl who they named Paige. Newborn baby girl Paige was absolutely beautiful with the most perfect features. For newborn sessions, I always start with sibling images first for newborn sessions. As a mom of two, I know how important these images are so I want to do my best to photograph these for parents. These poses are done pretty quickly, as the attention span of a toddler isn’t very long. Sawyer was such a great big sister and cooperated for just enough time to get a couple of beautiful images with Paige that I know her mom will love! Together, Sawyer and Paige looked so pretty on a pink flokati rug.
For Paige’s session we used the colors rose/pink and cream – perfect for a newborn baby girl. Paige was a dream to photograph. She slept so well for her newborn session, so we were able to get so many beautiful images. After finishing the family poses, we did some beautiful photos of Paige on the beanbag with a rose colored backdrop, and then a cream textured backdrop fabric. Then we moved on to my favorite – the props! In each setup Paige looked absolutely stunning! Here are some of my favorite images from Paige’s newborn session:

 

Props by: Little Olive UK, AR Backdrops, Lemon and Pearl Design, Roses and Ruffles, Veronika G Designs, JD Vintage Props, Myrtle and Moss Props, Original Photoblocks Props, Maple Cottage Props

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Beautiful baby girl Pia came for her newborn photography session back in May. I absolutely love the name Pia and it really seemed to suite her. She had the most perfect hair and such an amazing skin tone. Pia looked amazing in everything that we did. To keep everything very soft and neutral, we used creams, beige, and light blush for Pia’s newborn session. Not wanting to cover up her beautiful hair too much, we put a lot of simple headbands on Pia. She was a great little model, and loved to be wrapped up – as most newborns do. As I do for most sessions, we started with family poses. Pia looked so small curled up in her mama’s arms. I love family poses as they show how tiny baby’s are. They don’t fit like that in their parents arms for long as they grow so fast! After we finished the family photos, we moved on to the poses on the beanbag. Pia didn’t seem to like these as much so we wrapped her up nice and snug! I love doing the potato sack pose because it’s such a versatile wrap. This allows for multiple setups without having to disturb baby. We did a beautiful cream flokati rug which looked great with Pia’s skin tone. And of course we had to use a delicate little bow to show off her gorgeous hair! Lastly we were able to sneak in a few more beanbag poses. I love these simple setups as the focus is just on baby! These are some of my favorites from Pia’s newborn session.

Props by Little Olive UK, Baby in Vogue, AR Backdrops, Myrtle and Moss Props, JD Vintage Props, Ginger-N-Pickles, Veronika G Designs, Heart Strings by Susi

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In the past year I have noticed a lot of expectant couples choosing not to find out the gender of their baby. It can be hard to wait the entire pregnancy without knowing if you are having a boy or girl, but it’s definitely worth the surprise at the end. I had the honor of being Jessica and Brandon’s maternity photographer earlier this year. I love being able to meet a family before the birth of their baby, and be a part of the anticipation in waiting to meet their new little one. They already had a beautiful girl named Sawyer, and the gender of their second baby was a surprise. Jessica mentioned that her pregnancies were different this time than with Sawyer, so they were thinking it was a boy.
I photographed Jessica and Brandon’s maternity session in Fish Creek Park. Jessica looked absolutely beautiful and had the most perfect baby bump! For the last part of their session, Jessica wore a gorgeous red dress that accentuated her bump. The lighting towards the end of the session was amazing. Sometimes sessions with toddlers can be hard to do in the evening because of bedtimes, but it’s completely worth the effort to get those glowing images. These last moments as a family of three are so precious and important to document. The photos of Jessica and her sweet girl, Sawyer, are some of my favorites from their maternity session. Not only was the lighting perfect, but Sawyer was super snugly with her mom. You can see the love between them, which makes my heart melt! These are some of my favorite images from Jessica and Brandon’s maternity session.

Find out the gender of their new baby and see photos from the newborn session here.

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