Yearly Archives: 2009

{CCP 2009 — Year in Review.} :: Toronto and Durham Region Newborn Photographer

First off, i’d like to wish you all Happy Holidays!! This past year has come and gone so quickly. i have soooo much to be grateful for — so many amazing things have happened over the last year. it’s been a great 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 for Cherry Cortez Photography. We welcomed tonnes of new babies and captured lots of milestones for new and past clients. i’m so super excited for the new year — lots planned and lots of newborns i’m looking forward to meeting!!

I just wanted to share my family’s holiday card with you and I put together a little video of some of my favourite images from 2009, so if you have a couple of minutes, check it out…you might catch your cutie in it.

Wishing you and yours a happy and safe new year and all the best to you this upcoming decade. See you in the new year…


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{Brand Launch. New Logo, New Look. Ending the year off….caught up and rebranded.} :: Durham Region Toronto Newborn Maternity Photographer

I’m finally all caught up.  It’s been a crazy but oh so awesome holiday rush.   Before closing down to enjoy the holidays with my family and amist all the fall and holiday sessions,  i’ve worked with  an awesome company Luxcetera to fine tune and rebrand my whole image.   It’s been a work in progress for the last few months.  It started with the new studio that we opened in October  and needing signage.  When i looked into getting a sign for the studio, the cost was well…let’s just say, not pocketchange. I really didn’t want to invest in a  sign when i wasn’t in love with my logo.  Thus, the journey began….. I worked with the amazing and uber talented Ashley Jankowski who taught me to embrace my brand.  I’m a simple kinda gal and i think that it’s carried throughout my work.  When ashley and i had our first brainstorming consultation, she said…’You gotta use the Cherries ….and red’.   Two things which i know i couldn’t vision.  uh-uh…no way.  The red was totally not in my comfort zone (i’m a blahhhhh kinda girl who likes muted tones like grays, off-whites and pale, pale blues….which are the colors i initially told her i’d like to use).  She presented me with her concepts and we worked together to get not only a new logo but a COMPLETE look and feel that i absolutely adore, am super excited about and that  totally represents me:  natural, classic and a little bit old-school.  And…guess what? — we used the cherries and the red (along with my gray, blues and off whites :) ).   Ashley  gets it.  She nailed my brand dead on.

Oh….and you’d think that with all the holiday craziness, the opening of our studio and the whole rebranding process that that would have been more than enough on our plates to handle…but no….if we’re gonna live in chaos, we might as well go all out and add  a new puppy to the mix!    Let me tell you — out of all the things i’ve done in my life, our puppy has been my biggest challenge.   We survived the sleepness nights when we had our first child, we managed through more sleepless nights with our 2nd and 3rd kids.  I gotta say that our puppy Tex takes the cake….he’s a whole lotta newborn…that’s for sure.  If i was to compare?  It would probably be similar to having newborn triplets.  Now i know you’re gonna ask if i have triplets of my own.  No, i don’t have triplets but i know how much work one newborn baby is and Tex is probably three times that much work (possibly more).  But….with all the potty accidents he’s had, the car rides that end up being too much for his tummy, all the nipping and sock stealing he’s done….he is the perfect addition to our family.  How could we not love this guy?!!??  Meet the newest member of our family : Tex.  I wanted to name him Sam. Sam was the boy name we never got to use for our second and third pregnancy but my son said, ‘why not Tex?’ .  I was all like, ‘Huh? What’s a Tex?!?’.  He said it was his inital combined with his sister’s:  Téa, Ella and Xavier.  We always knew Xavier was a bright  boy….i guess  ‘Sam’ just didn’t cut it (lol).  Tex.  We loved it.  Similar to the cherries and the red, we just had to use it.

Stay tuned to the blog for the next week….we’ll be doing our annual year in review slideshow and you just might catch your cutie in it!



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December 29, 2009 - 3:26 pm napcp - Absolutely stunning work, Cherry! Congratulations on the new logo, the new look, and the start of a fantastic new year!!

December 20, 2009 - 11:53 pm --cherry. - thanks barb and lel! i know...hard to believe but tex has already outgrown that little sweater of his! he's growing like a weed. funny enough, the one who loves him the most is Téa -- the youngest and the least reserved around him. She's our fearless child. Xavier on the other hand...uhhh...not so fearless. lol.

December 18, 2009 - 2:11 pm Lel - Wow! Everything looks great. Glad to meet Tex too, even if it is through cyberspace. He's so cute.

December 18, 2009 - 11:13 am Barb - i love the new look cher - looks even better up and running!Tex is so adorable. I love the sweater. He looks like he should be on the cover of Doggy GQ or something!

{Their First….} :: Whitby Maternity Photographer, Pickering Maternity Photographer

This beautiful couple is expecting their first baby within the next few weeks.  i think they’ve gotten a bit of practice having had some sleepless nights from raising their gorgeous puppy Molly.  I’m so looking forward to meeting your little one M and K! ….i’ll be waiting to hear the good news :) .

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January 7, 2010 - 6:34 pm --cherry. - no problem mickii! can't wait to meet your little one!

December 27, 2009 - 1:37 pm mickii - Thanks again for the fantastic photos! We can't wait until our little one arrives and we can finish our album!

{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!

{mr. A. | 14 days old.} :: Toronto Beaches Newborn Photographer; The Beaches Newborn Photographer; Pickering Newborn Photographer

This little man was 14 days old when he came to visit the studio.  His gallery is just full of newborn sweetness that i just adore.  Look at all those yummy folds in his scrunchy little back… love it.  It was great hanging out with your growing family.  He’s just precious T and R.


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November 27, 2009 - 8:54 am --cherry. - you're welcome tanya! A's gallery is of my favs!

November 22, 2009 - 9:55 pm Tanya - Thanks Cherry! Your patience and attention to detail during the photoshoot really paid off. You managed to capture some great images of our little guy.

November 19, 2009 - 9:33 pm Brandi - Completely gorgeous!

November 19, 2009 - 10:26 am Angela - These are so wonderful! Love your lighting and colors here. Beautiful baby!

November 19, 2009 - 7:00 am --cherry. - thanks everyone for the comments!

November 19, 2009 - 12:45 am Ingrid - beautiful work! What a sweet little baby! I LOVE the first one!

November 18, 2009 - 10:06 pm Jane Photo - Love love love that third one. The dangerous spikes and the soft wrap and the sweet babe...sigh. It melts me.

November 18, 2009 - 6:56 pm Lina - eeeeks, such a cutie! Lovely shots.

November 17, 2009 - 12:39 pm Holli Dunn - Wow, beautiful little one. These are stunning.

November 17, 2009 - 11:57 am Amber - Oh...LOVE these! Beautiful work.

November 17, 2009 - 4:43 am Anna - seriously perfect!!!!! I love each and every one of these!!

November 17, 2009 - 12:38 am mollie - these are just precious!! i love your posing :)

November 17, 2009 - 12:01 am Tessa Rice - Beautiful work!!

November 16, 2009 - 10:57 pm Jennifer Boggett - Wow. These are perfection. I love the little wrinkles! Amazing work.

{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.



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'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'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  Nothing speaks to me more than sibling connections.  love it.

congrats R and N.



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.



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 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

{dream maternity. | 34 weeks. } :: Toronto Beaches Maternity Photographer, Durham Region Maternity Photographer

Some of my favourite maternity images to date.  The exposed brick, perfect parent models, a cute two year old and one of my favourite dog breed’s made for a photographer’s dream.  At 34 weeks, T was just stunning.  Congrats R and T….can’t wait to meet your little one.  i know you’ve been waiting for this sneak-peek , so i hope is was worth the wait…i’ll be in touch soon.



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October 5, 2009 - 7:58 pm --cherry. - thanks everyone for all your comments!

October 4, 2009 - 11:37 pm gyoza*girl - ooh, SO gorgeous – the models and the photography! :) i LOVE that middle shot of porkie and K! :)

September 30, 2009 - 11:32 am rebecca - Love love love that brick wall and you used it so well! These are just beautiful!

September 30, 2009 - 10:31 am casandra heeren - these are just STUNNING... amazing work!

September 29, 2009 - 11:22 pm Kristie Chadwick - Great session. The middle one with the brother and the dog is perfect!

September 29, 2009 - 6:47 pm Kristin Rachelle - Beautiful captures of a beautiful family!!!

September 29, 2009 - 2:01 pm Jeni - adorable!! I love the one with the dog and little guy on the floor, so so cute!

September 29, 2009 - 10:24 am Melissa Rodriguez - Stunning Mommy to be! Can't wait for the newborn images - these are just gorgeous!

September 29, 2009 - 8:31 am Giovanna - What a beautiful mama, beautiful family, and GORGEOUS images! Great job!

September 29, 2009 - 8:22 am This N That - Oh my goodness, these are beautiful!!! What a gorgeous mom to be, and family! LOVE LOVE LOVE the one of the little person on the floor with the dog! That is amazing! Shellie++

September 29, 2009 - 6:18 am TracyT - Wow! Gorgeous work. What a beautiful family. Love your lighting!

September 28, 2009 - 11:03 pm Gillian - You're so right - DREAM maternity session! Love it! Can't believe the pic with the dog and sweet son ... that's PERFECTION!

November 16, 2009 - 8:10 pm {mr. A. | 14 days old.} :: Toronto Beaches Newborn Photographer; The Beaches Newborn Photographer; Pickering Newborn Photographer » Cherry Cortez Photography Blog - [...] those yummy folds in his scrunchy little back… love it.  It was great hanging out with your growing family.  He’s just precious T and [...]