Lisa

I am a newborn, maternity and family photographer based in Ottawa, and I absolutely love what I do! I specialize in newborn photography because I simply love working with newborns and capturing their beauty in photos. I recognize the importance of capturing new life, and all the finest details of your little one that are fleeting even in those first few weeks. My goal as a photographer is to capture precious images of your baby that you will cherish for a lifetime and I am extremely honoured to be asked to share in your lives at this special time.

I also have a passion for maternity and family photography, and capturing your little ones as they grow. I always make sure your style and personality shine through by making a fun and comfortable environment for everyone involved. My family sessions are focused on capturing families in fun, candid and loving ways and capturing children just as they are!

View my blog to see my most recent newborn photography, family photography and maternity photography.

 

Why Hire Me?

Experience

I have owned my photography business since 2012, and I have photographed over 250 newborns. I am fully self-taught. Every session I have done has helped me build my expertise in calming newborns, posing newborns, session workflow, lighting, photography techniques, editing and customer service. Newborn safety is always my number one priority.

My Style

I have a very soft, warm and organic style that highlights the natural beauty of your new little one. The images that draw me in the most are neutral coloured with simple props that complement the image rather than distract from your newborn. I want your baby to be the main focus of your images. I avoid bright colours and patterns because I find they take away from the purity of newborns. Neutral and soft colours are timeless and they will last years and years to come.

Patience of a God

Almost every client comments at some point during their session on my patience. I have a calming and confident way that newborns easily sense, and is essential for posing newborns all the way to the last finger!

Simplicity Focused

My business process is focused on simplicity, while providing exceptional service. There is only 1 fee, you come to my studio once, and there is no back and forth picking photos, because you get all the best ones in digital format. I keep things easy because I know you are busy enough at home with a baby. I provide you with a simple preparation guide on what to expect during the session, what to wear, and how to prepare your baby prior to the session.

Fully Insured

My business and studio are fully insured.

Pricing

I believe that a photography experience is something you should look back on next year, or 10 years from now and remember fondly. I often have clients not only thanking me for the precious photos, but also for the wonderful experience. I want to leave you with a lasting impression that would make you proud to refer me to your friends and family.

All sessions include a collection of the desired high resolution, edited digital photos.

Pricing below includes all session fees and taxes.

Newborn Sessions Pricing Newborn Photography

Newborn Simplicity $400

Photographer’s time and talent for 1 hour in my studio (time may be extended due to fussy baby at photographer’s discretion)
Fully styled – includes the use of props, wraps, headbands, hats, etc. during your newborn session
10 high resolution, professionally processed digital images
All provided photos come in colour and B&W
Baby only OR family photos only

Newborn Classic $600

Photographer’s time and talent for 1-2 hours in my studio
Fully styled – includes the use of props, wraps, headbands, hats, etc. during your newborn session
20 high resolution, professionally processed digital images
All provided photos come in colour and B&W
Includes newborn photos with parents OR siblings if desired

Newborn Premium $700

Photographer’s time and talent for 2-3 hours in my studio
Fully styled – includes the use of props, wraps, headbands, hats, etc. during your newborn session
25 high resolution, professionally processed digital images
All provided photos come in colour and B&W
Includes newborn photos with parents AND siblings AND full family photos if desired

 

Maternity Session Pricing Maternity Photography

*Receive $50 off your maternity session with the booking of a newborn session*

Maternity Simplicity $350

Photographer’s time and talent for 1 hour in my studio
10 high resolution, edited digital photos
All provided photos come in colour and B&W
Expecting mama only

Maternity Classic $500

Photographer’s time and talent for 1-2 hours in my studio
20 high resolution, edited digital photos
All provided photos come in colour and B&W
Includes maternity photos with family

 

Baby Milestone Session Pricing Milestone Photography

*Returning newborn clients receive $50 off milestone sessions*

$400

Ideal for 6-8 month old (when baby is able to sit without assistance)
Photographer’s time and talent for 1 hour in my studio
Fully styled – includes the use of props, wraps, headbands, hats, etc. during your session
20 high resolution, professionally processed digital images
All provided photos come in colour and B&W
Optional: Add 5 photos with parents and/or siblings for an additional $50

 

Cake Smash Session Pricing Cake Smash Photography

*Returning newborn clients receive $50 off cake smash sessions*

$400

Photographer’s time and talent for 1 hour in my studio
Session will begin with photos of your baby without the cake and will end with the cake smash
20 high resolution, professionally processed digital images
All provided photos come in colour and B&W
Cake and outfit provided by you
Optional: Add 5 photos with parents and/or siblings for an additional $50

Additional mini sessions are announced throughout the year. Follow me on my facebook page to get these updates.


Availability

It is never too early to book your session. I am typically booked up 2-3 months in advance, however, I leave a little flex time in my schedule for early and late newborn arrivals. Your due date will be put in my calendar as a place-holder until your baby arrives. After your baby’s arrival, we will ensure your session takes place within 12 days of birth. If you do not have a session date scheduled yet and your baby is arriving soon (or is already here!), please contact me right away and I will see if I am able to fit you in. All sessions are scheduled on week days.

I offer a limited number of photography sessions every month to ensure a high level of quality. Please feel free to contact me today to check my availability and to reserve your session date.

Booking & Payment

Newborn photography is best taken 4 to 12 days after birth. This is when newborns are extra sleepy and they love to be curled up in sweet newborn poses. Maternity photography is best taken during the 8th month of pregnancy.

A $50 retainer is due at time of booking to secure your session. This retainer is non-refundable, but transferrable. The remaining balance is due the day of the session. Due to the nature of custom photography, all payments are non-refundable.

Gift Certificates are available for purchase. Please e-mail hi@lisajohnsonphotography.ca to inquire about purchasing gift certificates.

Returning Clients

Returning clients receive $50 off all future sessions, excluding mini sessions.

Copyright

In purchasing the digital files, you are receiving the personal printing rights to the digital images. All images remain copyrighted by, and property of, Lisa Johnson Photography. Lisa Johnson reserves the right to use your images for any purpose which may include, but is not limited to advertising, promotions and posting online. By hiring Lisa Johnson, you agree to these terms.

 

Birth announcement cards

Printed on 5×7 premium matte card stock (envelopes included).

  • 50 – $150
  • 75 – $210
  • 100 – $260
View design options
 
 

Gallery wrap canvas

Matte texture on a consistent poly-cotton blend. Quality canvas prints are designed to last over 100 years without fading.

  • 12×18 – $130
  • 16×24 – $150
  • 20×30 – $200
  • 24×36 – $240
 
 

Flush mount session album

All of your coloured photos in a gorgeous layflat flush mount album. Consisting of thick, waterproof pages that are seamless and do not bend, with a solid construction that’s durable and long lasting.

  • 6×8 – $250
  • 8×11 – $380
* Additional copies of session books are sold at half price View more images
 

Packages


Hatchling

$580.00
$660 value!
  • 16×24 canvas
  • 6×8 session album
  • 100 birth announcement cards

Baby

$720.00
$840 value!
  • 20×30 canvas
  • 8×11 session album
  • 100 birth announcement cards

Toddler

$920.00
$1150 value!
  • (3) 12×18 canvases
  • (3) 6×8 session albums
  • 100 birth announcement cards

FAQ

When should I book my newborn session?

Contacting me early in your pregnancy is a great way to start the booking process and clear up any questions you may have! I offer a limited number of photography sessions every month, so I am more likely to schedule you in if you book in advance. I do take last minute bookings, so if you just had your baby, please feel free to contact me and I will try to fit you in!

When is the best time for newborn photography?

Newborn photography is best taken 4 to 12 days after birth. This is when newborns are extra sleepy and they love to be curled up in sweet newborn poses. As they get past the 2 weeks mark they are much more alert and not so bendy or sleepy, making it much more challenging.

Do you provide newborn props?

Yes! I have a growing collection of props including wraps, hats, headbands, backdrop blankets, etc. I have a very soft, warm and organic style that highlights the natural beauty of your new little one. The images that draw me in the most are neutral coloured with simple props that complement the image rather than distract from your newborn. I want your baby to be the main focus of your images. I avoid bright colours and patterns as much as possible because I find they take away from the purity of newborns. Neutral colours are timeless and they will last years and years to come. You’ve taken the time to invest in images of your newborn and you want those images to last for generations.

What can I do to prepare for my newborn session?

Prior to your session, I will email you my detailed newborn photography preparation guide that will cover what to expect, what to wear and how to prepare your baby.

How do you choose the photos that you provide to us? Can you provide the unedited images?

The photos provided to my clients are chosen by me based on the shots that I feel best represents the client, the atmosphere, my style, and the technical quality of the image. I do not provide my client with unedited images, as this does not depict an accurate product of my business and is not a part of my session packages.

When is the best time for maternity photography?

Maternity photography is best taken between 32 to 36 weeks of pregnancy.

Do you have a studio?

Yes! My studio is located in Kanata South. You can view photos of it here.

What equipment do you use?

My camera body is a Canon EOS 5D Mark II. My favourite lens (and the one I use the majority of the time) is the 50mm f/1.4. I also LOVE the 100mm f/2.8 L macro lens for photos of itty bitty toes and hands.

Do you edit the photos?

Yes! All the photos provided to you are fully editing. My editing includes colour correcting, smoothing skin and blemishes, and stylized edits.

When is the best time for outdoor family photography?

Outdoor family photography can take place between May and October. The ideal time to shoot outdoors is in the evening. I avoid shooting in the afternoon because the sun causes harsh lighting and unflattering shadows. I love shooting in the golden hours before sunset. There always seems to be an extra bit of magic captured during this time.

Are Gift Certificates available?

Yes, gift certificates can be purchased for specific packages or in the denomination of your choice. This makes a great baby shower gift!

When will I receive my images?

Within 2-3 weeks of your session, you will receive your full photo collection through a secure online download. I always like to post a few photos in advance on my blog or facebook page to give you a sneak peek.