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Jalen :: 1 year old. Durham Region Child Photographer, Toronto Child Photographer

let me tell you how much i love facebook.  i connected with Jalen’s dad, Jose,  through facebook a few years ago.  we went to university together and after that haven’t been in contact  since.   Then along came facebook and Jose and i ‘friended’ each other.   we were probably facebook friends for a good year  and didn’t really connect until one morning about a month ago, i woke up to a message from Jose telling me all about his ‘after university life’ — how he got married to a beautiful girl named nicole, where they lived and how they had a little boy almost a year ago.  i could tell through his facebook message that he was thee PROUDEST dad ever….talking about his little jalen.  then he told me he contacted me to talk about having photographs of his little guy to mark his one year birthday but didn’t want the typical Sears/Walmart birthday photo with the huge #1 (i think we all know what he’s talkin’ about!).  he mentioned a smash the cake session but i knew i had to do something different….

When Nicole and Jose showed up with Jalen dressed to the nines, i knew my vision was going to be complete….

happy 1st birthday, little man!


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you were an absolute dream to photograph.  you didn’t fuss at all and slept the entire time.  that is exactly how i remember your brother when i photographed him at his newborn session.  look at how big and proud he is sitting with you….his sweet little sister….

congrats C + A on the most perfect addition to your family.


–-cherry ♥.








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{mr. d-nut.} :: Toronto Child Photographer, Toronto Baby Photographer

Loved this little peanut and all his expressions…


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February 6, 2011 - 9:13 pm Trina - OMG! LOVE THEM, CHERRY!! So excited to see the rest of them! :) :) :)

{Happy New Year!!} :: Durham Region Newborn Photographer

oh goodness.  i guess better late than never, right?

First off, i hope you all enjoyed the holidays! Another year has come and gone so quickly. it’s been a great , super busy year and i just wanted to take the time to thank each and every one of you for helping make this year such a fabulous one. We welcomed tonnes of newborns (tonnes!!) and captured lots of milestones for both new and past clients. i’m so super excited for the new year  and i’m looking forward to meeting you all and your families.

Wishing you and yours a blessed 2011!!

This was our family’s Christmas card this year.  An impromptu session with the kids.  After one of my sessions, i called my husband up to bring them over….hence the lovely Christmas coloured frilly coordinating outfits.  Soooo not.  ahahaha.  You’ll have to cut us some slack on the outfits….they’re compliments of the Mister ♥ ❤ ❥ .



Some studio news:  The studio will be closed from Sunday January 16th to Wednesday January 25th, inclusive.  I will not have access to emails or voicemail so will return your calls/emails/inquiries upon my return.


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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!

{CCP Spring Minis are Here! | Sat. April 10th and Sat. April 17th. } :: Toronto Durham Region Newborn Photographer, Toronto Durham Region Child Photographer

These minis sessions were released to my newsletter subscribers last week.  Subscribers had first dibs on timeslots and days.  There are only 4 spots  left (2 on each day) so hurry and contact the studio to reserve your spot, these will go quickly!!

There will be an exclusive mini session package with products the studio doesn’t normally offer as well as an exclusive discount on additional prints,  canvases and other specialty products.

Don’t forget to subscribe to the newsletter to be the first to find out about specials, hear some photo tips and to just


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April 7, 2010 - 10:45 pm Dawn - These are so adorable. Great idea!

April 27, 2010 - 7:56 pm {girlies = pink. tutus. pearls.} :: Toronto Child Family Photographer, Durham Region Child Family Photographer » Cherry Cortez Photography Blog - [...] Pink, pearls and tutus.  having two little girls of mine own, i am all about the frills that comes along with them.  These are more from the spring mini sessions… [...]

{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 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!

{faces.} :: Durham Region Newborn Photographer, Toronto Newborn Photographer, Toronto Child Photographer

These are some of the little ones that i had the amazing opportunity to photograph since i reopened after the holidays.  Little ones, big ones, they all have their own personalities beginning at just a few days old.

Miss S.  My first newborn of 2010.  Fiesty and oh so strong…yet so very delicate.

Miss A.  at her 6 month session was full of smiles.

Miss C.   Absolutely and most definitely the biggest little ham yet.  Wait till you see her gallery and all her adorable faces.  i just puffy heart the one of her and her baby.

Miss M at 1 Year old was full of poses infront of the camera.  LOVE her mom’s vintage rocking chair from her own childhood.


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February 12, 2010 - 9:19 am Katherine - Oh wow! So many gorgeous kiddos! Great job capturing them all!

February 11, 2010 - 12:16 pm Julie Wagoner - What a wonderful variety of adorable kids and beautiful shots!

February 10, 2010 - 11:11 pm Tiffany Bender - I love your color and processing!

February 10, 2010 - 10:30 pm --cherry. - thanks everyone for the comments. yes --- lots of colour in these images...something which i'm not used to! i LOVE black and white but with these galleries i could just feel the colors waiting to be brought to fruition.

February 10, 2010 - 4:03 pm jennifer adams - oh goodness these are amazing all of them! Gorgeous work, love your lighting and colors in these!

February 10, 2010 - 3:44 pm Stephanie - Beautiful work! Great variety.

February 10, 2010 - 3:39 pm Shonda Feddema - These are all wonderful - beautiful work!!

February 10, 2010 - 11:53 am Beira - Love the lighting of the top left newborn hand shot! Your colors are beautiful. Great work!

February 10, 2010 - 10:18 am Cindy - Beautiful work! Love the soft colors and gorgeous light!

February 10, 2010 - 8:01 am Jessica - Oh, so fun to see all these sessions! I especially love the middle image from that newborn session--so sweet!

{cool dude. Mr. M.} :: Durham Region Baby Photographer, Toronto Baby Photographer, Markham Baby Photographer

This has got to be one of my favourite ages – 8  months. Actually, anywhere between 6 and 9 months is so much fun. This age brings lots of smiles, unbalanced wobbley sits, lots of rolling and drool and a whole lotta outfit changes….and they can’t get away from me to boot!  Mr M sure is a mini-me of mom and dad — lots of character and sporting the super cool threads.  we were able to capture a variety of images cause mom came super prepared with different hats, jackets and outfit changes.  C’mon….just look at that smile….he’s definitely a heartbreaker in the makin’.



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January 28, 2010 - 9:08 am courtney - cherry, these are just gorgeous! looove your style!

January 12, 2010 - 2:06 pm Lina - Beautiful session, such a cutie pie!

January 12, 2010 - 2:32 am Holli Dunn - These are so fun!!!! Great images here!

January 11, 2010 - 9:46 pm Roopa - cherry - i love the pics that you took of Massi, Michie and Rob! cant wait to see the rest of them!

January 11, 2010 - 6:57 pm --cherry. - thanks everyone for visiting!! I love that one too Michelle! there are some really cute ones of M...can't wait to show them to you!

January 11, 2010 - 2:17 pm April - He has got to be one of the cutest boys I have ever seen! Awesome work!

January 11, 2010 - 12:26 pm jennifer - what a gorgeous family and a little cutie he is! These are fabulous!

January 11, 2010 - 12:24 pm Krissy Allori - Such a cutie! Little man looks like he has a BIG personality. I'm sure they'll love these!

January 11, 2010 - 12:12 pm Stephanie - So cute!! Love your processing.

January 11, 2010 - 12:00 pm Shanna - These are really cute!

January 11, 2010 - 11:34 am Katherine - How fun and beautiful! I'm sure they will love them!

January 11, 2010 - 11:00 am Salina J - You caught such great expressions - love these!

January 11, 2010 - 10:51 am Jeanette LeBlanc - Awesome shots, looks like a fab session - I'd love to see more.

January 9, 2010 - 11:44 pm Michelle Johal - Cherry you are a fabulous photographer! We are so excited to see the rest of the gallery! We love the first one especially ...

January 9, 2010 - 12:38 am Kristel - LOVE these! What a beautiful family!

{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!