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{girlies = pink. tutus. pearls.} :: Toronto Child Family Photographer, Durham Region Child Family Photographer

Pink, pearls and tutus.  having two little girls of my own, i am all about the frills that comes along with them.  Here are a few more images from the spring mini sessions that i just heart <3.

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May 5, 2010 - 9:15 am barb - love the zebra chair!

April 27, 2010 - 9:11 pm J & M - Awww, so sweet, the two you have of Miss A are m faves too! Thanks for having such a great talent Cherry!

{capture this moment.} :: Toronto Family Photographer

When P and N contacted me to do their family portraits, P told me that his parents were going to be in town and that he also wanted to capture their 5 and 3 year old kids, especially before his 5 yr old’s teeth started to fall out.  Instantly, i knew that i was going to enjoy this family.  Freezing the moment is so important and i loved that this family believed in that.

P and N, your family is so down to earth — simple and so easy going with such a strong sense of family.  i had a fun morning with you both, your charming parents, C & J, and your adorable little monkeys, A and A.

I promised i’d get this out on the blog for you.  Not much of a sneak-peek with your gallery going out in the same day but nevertheless, a promise is a promise.

~enjoy.

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April 2, 2010 - 6:21 am wendy b. - What a sweet family. Beautiful photos!

April 1, 2010 - 11:30 pm Laura Geraci - These are beautiful. Very modern. I like the large family image.

March 31, 2010 - 11:43 am Lori - Nice work! The family portrait is perfect.

March 31, 2010 - 11:17 am courtney - cherry, you KNOW i adore these! every single one of them...there's so much love and beauty...what photography is truly about!

March 30, 2010 - 12:55 am Holli Dunn - What a gorgeous family! I'm loving the first one with the whole family. Looks like you all had a lot of fun!

March 29, 2010 - 10:21 pm TaraMc - Wow, what a fun session. I love the energy and personality you have captured here. Excellent work!

March 29, 2010 - 9:24 pm GIOVANNA - Beautiful! You got some amazing shots here!

March 29, 2010 - 9:10 pm Stacey - Wow! I love the one with the whole family. They are going to treasure that for many years!

March 28, 2010 - 9:48 pm Chelsey - I was just going to say! You can totally tell how easy going (and IN LOVE! with each other) they are. Beautiful captures, Cherry!

{adventure.} :: Durham Region Child Photographer, Toronto Child Photographer

Miss M….so full of adventure.  She had quite the audience the morning of her session.  An audience who she had wrapped around her little fingers.  We were so captivated by her…swaying to the beat of Britney in her leather jacket and sassy tutu.   Uncle B , Auntie L and Gran  had a lot to do with bringing out her ‘sweet’ personality.  Sweets for the sweet ;) . Let’s just say that after the session, I’m pretty sure that Uncle B was right up there on  Miss M’s  ‘Most Favourite’ list along with Barney and her puppy.

We just sat back and watched this little gal adventure and explore the studio and all its props.  Her curious little mind, so ready for the world.  There is so much to see Miss M and the world is is yours….

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February 22, 2010 - 8:47 am mandy - These are so sweet. I love your perspective on that first shot, and the slight vintagy tone.

February 21, 2010 - 1:25 am Holli Dunn - Loving your work! (and branding!) Gorgeous little one!

February 19, 2010 - 5:52 pm Mindy - Those clothes are too much!!! I love your lighting here- what a cutie pie!

February 19, 2010 - 11:25 am jen - So cute! Love her outfit!

February 18, 2010 - 11:59 pm April B - Hehehe..I love these images! They make me want to laugh out loud. Gorgeous work.

February 18, 2010 - 10:15 pm Rose - Love these! Such great photos!

February 18, 2010 - 7:16 pm --cherry. - hi vicki! so glad you love them :) . i had a fabulous morning with all of you....it truly was such a fun and relaxed session. i'll be in touch as soon as M's gallery is ready. katherine -- ...don't you just LOVE that hat?! it totally made me smile when miss M put it on...too cute!

February 18, 2010 - 6:32 pm Katherine - That hat is cracking me up! These are gorgeous! Fabulous job!

February 18, 2010 - 2:55 pm heavenesque - LOVE the styling here!!

February 18, 2010 - 1:55 pm Laura Brett - Oh my goodness she is precious! Beautiful work.

February 18, 2010 - 10:18 am Julie - Love these. That hat is to cute!

February 18, 2010 - 10:17 am gil - What a cutie! I love the images!

February 17, 2010 - 11:36 pm vicki - I absolutely love the pictures, can hardly wait to see the rest, we had so much fun and it looks like you have really captured her personality, I'm sure Auntie L and Uncle B will be back!

{Wrapping Up…. | 28 days till Christmas.} :: Durham Region Family Photographer, Toronto Family Photographer, Toronto Baby Photographer

I’m just about done my holiday rush.   A few more galleries to get out and the last of the sessions for the year will be next week.  Here are some sneak peeks for some of you that are still waiting on your galleries. I’ve had some absolute cuties come into the studio the last few weeks.

Baby R

H Family

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November 29, 2009 - 1:16 am Desiree Hayes - LOVE LOVE! You are so fabulous and I love your processing. The spit bubbles are soooo fun!

November 27, 2009 - 8:51 am --cherry. - you're welcome christine! i'll be in touch soon...

November 27, 2009 - 12:31 am Christine - Cherry -- thanks for the sneak peek! Oooooh, I am so excited to see the rest of the gallery. Thanks!

{The new CCP Studio!!…beachside. | Pickering, Ontario.} Pickering Newborn Photographer, Toronto Newborn Photographer, Toronto Beaches Photographer.

Big, big, BIG news that has me so overjoyed.  As of last month, Cherry Cortez Photography has officially moved into our very own storefront Studio!  Our studio’s new home is located in Pickering’s Frenchman’s Bay Marina, steps (literally steps!!)  from the Pickering beach and boardwalk.  We are no longer ‘just east’ of Toronto but now about a short 2 minute drive just east of Toronto.    The Cherry Cortez Photography Studio is nestled between restaurants on the marina, spas, dessert cafes, gift shops and other wonderful retailers.  I’m so excited about this new adventure…the shooting possibilities are endless with immediate access to the beach, shops, stone sidewalks and waterfront, not to mention we have some yummy studio floors and wonderful natural light pouring into the studio.  God has truly blessed me and am so very thankful.  Thanks to our wonderful clients who have referred me time and again, my family and friends who have supported me since day one and to my amazing hubby who worked overtime to get this studio looking as amazing as it does in record time…..because of each and every one of you, we’ve been able to take this huge step in the business.   I am so in love with this new space and it’s surroundings and i know my clients are going to love it as well :) .

To celebrate the new studio, in the few days or so i’ll be having an exclusive in-studio special that you don’t want to miss.  Subscribe to the newsletter to be notified of the special and to be invited to the studio’s official Grand Opening open house.  The open house is sure to be fun and exciting with yummy treats, door prizes, a grand prize and a little something special for all those who come out and show their love and support.

xoxox,

–♥cherry.

As of last month, all in-studio sessions have been held at the new location.   The studio will continue to remain open *by appointment only*.

Just a few quick images of the new space.  (L) the client seating area, (Middle) the view from my studio door. (R) some of my favourite images hanging  in my wall gallery.

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February 11, 2011 - 10:22 am bryan - great studio space

December 10, 2009 - 10:42 pm J & M - Congrats Cherry, wishing you all the best...you've got so much talent!

November 27, 2009 - 8:52 am --cherry. - thanks ladies --- your kind words mean a lot to me :)

November 13, 2009 - 12:19 pm This N That - CONGRATULATIONS!!! It's amazing! -Shellie

November 12, 2009 - 1:57 pm Roopa - congrats sweeheart!! it looks amazing xo

November 11, 2009 - 11:59 pm michelle - congrats Cherry! it's gorgeous! all the best!

November 11, 2009 - 9:31 pm monyeen - CONGRATS. it's beautiful.

November 11, 2009 - 8:19 pm --cherry. - thanks sooo much stacy!! elaine...thanks girl....you'll have to drop by the next time you're in town :)

November 11, 2009 - 8:14 pm elaine - omg.... it's so beautiful... congrats!

November 11, 2009 - 8:08 pm Stacy - I'm so happy for you! It is stunning! Congrats!

{Mamas and Chicks Show. | CCP Studio news. } :: Durham Region Newborn Photographer, Toronto Beaches Newborn Photographer.

Just a little bit of housekeeping here.  There has been so much going on in the last month i haven’t been able to keep up with this blog.  The year is quickly coming to an end and i’m frantically working on holiday orders, fall sessions, lots and lots of newborns and preparing for another Holiday show.

Key dates to remember:

  • NOV 7th – At the Mamas and Chicks show as a sponsor.  Drop in for some fabulous holiday shopping.
  • NOV 8th – last day to place orders for guaranteed holiday greeting card delivery and Fine Art Canvas delivery.
  • NOV 15th – last day to place orders for guaranteed holiday delivery.
  • DEC 19th to JAN 10th 2010 – the Studio will be CLOSED for the holidays.  if you are due during this time and your baby has arrived, please call or email the studio.

So first off , the Mamas and Chicks show is sure to be a fun-filled day with some awesome vendors, a great crowd and some wonderful conversation!

Show Special

Book a Photo Session at the show and receive a complimentary mini-accordian album with six 4×6 images.

Here are the details:

When : Saturday November 7th 2009

Where: The Holiday Inn, Oshawa

Time: 10am  to 6 pm

Admission is $5 (children under 12 are FREE)  a portion of proceeds from ticket sales go to Lakeridge Health Oshawa

Hope to see some of you there!

Here are some images of some cuties from the last couple of weeks.

Baby N at 3 weeks. sooo soo sleepy and too too cute for words.  congrats C & A!!

 

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November 8, 2009 - 9:25 pm Jane Photo - Lots to love here. Bunch of cute kiddos. Congrats on these. They're beautiful.

November 6, 2009 - 11:11 pm --cherry. - thanks everyone for visiting!!

November 6, 2009 - 10:58 pm Robbie - Looks like you had some wonderful sessions! These are great and I'm sure the families are thrilled!

November 6, 2009 - 7:32 pm Mandy - These are all so beautiful and artistic. Awesome work.

November 6, 2009 - 6:42 pm Krissy Allori - These are fantastic. I love your B&W conversions. The little girl with the brown hat is soooo cute!

November 6, 2009 - 2:36 pm Christie Provost - Oh wow, I can't even begin to choose a favorite. These are all so beautiful. Great work! :)

November 6, 2009 - 2:04 pm Tiffany Bender - beautiful beautiful!!

November 6, 2009 - 2:02 pm TracyT - All so fantastic. Love them!! that first newborn one is outstanding!

November 6, 2009 - 10:48 am jennifer - omgoodness your work always blows me away, absolutely stunning!

{sweetness. | 9 days old.} :: Toronto Newborn Photographer

This is miss Z.  9 days old with big sister A.  These two were oh.so.sweet.  Nothing speaks to me more than sibling connections.  love it.

congrats R and N.

xoxox.

–cherry.

Stay tuned everyone.  big changes are coming.  we’ve been working hard.   i’ve been working hard.  people have been working hard for me. Lots will be revealed shortly :)

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November 9, 2009 - 7:39 am Angela - These are absolutely precious! Beautiful, sweet images.

October 17, 2009 - 12:45 pm Amy - These are beautiful! I LOVE the image of the siblings together. Nice work!

October 16, 2009 - 6:54 pm Amber - These are so incredibly beautiful! I love the simplicity and your processing!

October 16, 2009 - 12:23 pm Andrea - This is soooo sweet! What beautiful kids!

October 16, 2009 - 9:14 am Natasha Audette - Thanks for the sneak peak Cherry. They look beautiful. We look forward to seeing all the pictures :-) Natasha

{Family On-Location.} :: Barrie Family Photographer, Durham Region Family Photographer

This young family was too cute for words.  i just adored their little boys D and L who were super fun to play with.  I went up to their cozy home in Barrie and their backyard was just a treasure of afternoon, adventures just waiting to be explored.  What a perfect place for two little explorers to grow up.  We walked logs, jumped off logs, picked acorns and played hide and seek until we it was time for me to go.  I love meeting my clients for the first time and especially love it when i feel like i’ve  known them forever.  This session was one where mom and i chatted the morning away and played with her boys.  i’m so very blessed to have this job that seems like more playtime than actual work :) .   Thanks J and B, your family is just beautiful.

xoxox,

–cherry.

On a couple of side notes, i have gotten quite a few emails asking ,’Do you still do family photography?’.  The answer is YES!!  Although i specialize in newborn and maternity photography, i still do family photography as well as on-location photography.  This is my busiest time of the year for family sessions.  Fall is very popular for those gorgeous fall colors but it seems like mother nature was been quite unpredictable lately.  We were so close to canceling this session due to rain but thought we’d take our chances.  Good thing we did cause it didn’t rain a single drop that morning.   We lucked out with this family but unfortunately because of this terrible rainy weather, i’ve had to reschedule 4 sessions in the last 6 days.  Hopefully today’s sunshine is the beginning of a gorgeous fall…

i have 2 more time slots remaining for the Mini-Sessions so if you’d like one of them, be sure to send me an email as i expect them to go quite quickly after this announcement.

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October 7, 2009 - 11:57 pm Anna-Karin - Lovely family portraits! The boys are adorable.

October 7, 2009 - 7:24 pm Lina - Beautiful session, such a fun family!

October 6, 2009 - 1:42 pm casandra heeren - fantastic work...love the location + the ladder!

October 6, 2009 - 9:37 am jennifer - awww what a fun adorable family, lovin the later so creative!

October 6, 2009 - 9:34 am Mindy - Gorgeous family! I love the use of the ladder- how fun and creative!

October 6, 2009 - 8:44 am Angela - Beautiful session. Love the location!!

October 6, 2009 - 7:50 am Rhonda Stark - what a fabulous location and the boys are adorable .. and i love the ladder .. great job on the session!

October 6, 2009 - 6:51 am Jennifer Boggett - Beautiful work! Gorgeous family and such a lovely setting!

October 6, 2009 - 6:51 am --cherry. - thanks jess! you're very welcome :) ...the wait is almost over..i'll be in touch in a couple of days.

October 5, 2009 - 8:16 pm Jess - Thanks Cherry!! It was so fun to have you come up and play with us, it was our pleasure to meet you and we can't wait to see the final product. Lovin the sneak peeks Thanks again

{Introducing..CCP Limited Holiday Mini.Sessions} :: Durham Region Family Photographer, Toronto Family Photographer

The studio has been quite busy the last couple of months.  We’ve seen many, many, MANY newborns and have been scoping out new products, new marketing ideas and other wonderful things and i have been working on updating this blog.   Big news is about to be revealed in the next few weeks so stay tuned and be sure to sign up for the email newsletter. If you signed up for my newsletter, you were one of the firsts to be informed of the CCP Limited Holiday Mini Sessions and a few of you have already snatched up some time-slots.

What is a mini-session?  A ‘mini’ is a quick 20 minute session – how easy is that?! You get to choose between two great packages that suit everyone’s need and tastes.   Perfect to help with all your gift giving dilemmas (an 8×10 for aunt judith, an 11×14 for grandma and grandpa…).  If you’re looking to get some holiday cards done, the ‘Joy Captured’ package includes holiday cards.  You can choose between this year’s cards or even last year’s cards — and i must admit, they are just beautiful:: Press printed 5×7 double sided cards in your choice of linen, watercolor, or pearl finish.  The minis are also great for those that don’t want a full session just yet but would still love to capture their baby at 6 months or 3 months or to capture your belly if you are expecting or just to have your family photos updated.

When:  Saturday October 17th 2009
Time:  time slots available from 8:30 am to 3:30pm
Where: Pickering – in-studio location : to be announced
Who:  includes up to 4 people
ie. – 2 adults, 2 children
- 1 adult, 3 children
- up to 3 children

There are a few spots remaining and i expect these to go quite quickly.  This is a One-Day only event and spots are limited so be sure to hurry and reserve your time-slot.  Once they are gone, they’re gone…

**To reserve your spot, full payment is required at the time of booking.  Due to the quick and easy nature of the mini.session, these time slots are not suitable for newborns.

Here are the details:

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October 5, 2009 - 7:54 pm {Family On-Location.} :: Barrie Family Photographer, Durham Region Family Photographer » Cherry Cortez Photography Blog - [...] have 2 more time slots remaining for the Mini-Sessions so if you’d like one of them, be sure to send me an email as i expect them to go quite [...]

{we’re back…from our roadtrip!.} :: Toronto and Durham Region Family Photographer

It was quite the adventure with our family of five, my brother’s family of five and my other brother and sister-in-law.  We decided to take a LONG drive down to  Florida and play in the sun and sand for two weeks.  We are super exhausted (whoever said vacation was relaxing???) but at the same time super thrilled to have been able to experience the happiest place on earth with my brothers (big Bertha and big Uncle Glen — their ‘code names’ on the walkie.talkies) and all the kids (6 in total — ranging from 5 months to 7 years old).  We ate, swam, shopped, went to South Beach Miami for the night, collected seashells at the beaches, ate some more, visited a couple of parks and did lots of walking around.  Glad to be home but at the same time, sad it’s over.  We talked to my brothers and SIL’s the other day and apparently, there are plans to make make our road trips annual….except this time, the drive can’t be longer than 10 hours! lol.

i’ve been wanting to do a couple of collages of the trip for my blog but i only managed one…  i figured i better post this now otherwise, it’ll be outdated by the time i actually get around to doing the other collages.  I’m still working on editing our photos from last years trip to Florida.  yah, i already said that i was a slacker, didn’t i?!!?!?

My three monkeys pictured below….and yes — that’s my blond beauty. Apparently, it doesn’t matter that snow white has dark hair cause ALL the princesses (and don’t forget…barbie too) have blond hair.

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July 27, 2009 - 8:06 pm Petra - super cute..looks like you had a blast! Welcome back!