Baby Blog

Start to Finish

By Top Tens

When you come to Lemons & Ants, we always ask our families, what kind of experience are you are looking for. What do you plan on doing with your photos? Are you looking for an album, a wall gallery or a wall art piece for the dining room, living room? This gives us an idea of what we are shooting for, it adds a personal touch when you have a goal in mind. From start to finish we can help you design the end product. Where it will be delivered to your home ready to be enjoyed. This is what we love striving to help families do. Being able to meet our families for the first time as they are starting their new family or their children are already preteens, perhaps grandparents are seeing their children have children. We can help preserve and cherish those memories. Seeing the end finished product and handing it over to our families and seeing the look on their face.
We are a growing family ourselves and we know how time flies, just the past year 2020 alone, and now in 2021, half the year has gone by in a blink of an eye. We hold so dear close to our children, telling them to stop growing so fast. We can’t stop time, but we can help capture these special memories. It’s what our families have known us to be good at and it’s why we come highly recommended to their family and friends.
We specialize in families, and you are working directly with us. There is no customer service rep or third party handling your call. It’s Lemons & Ants. Le Man & Anthony, oh and sometimes our three kids might help! ;)

The Booking Process.

By Top Tens

When you decide on a photo session with us, we’d recommend checking out our website and go through our galleries. From there, book a call with us for a chat, get to know us and ask any questions you might have.

Once you decide to proceed, we will send over a contract for review and a Welcome booklet, we recommend going through our Pinterest account and going through our board and pinning the photos you like of ours. While it’s fun to include boards from others, we recommend our photos because we can ensure we have the props from our setups and ensure a more consistent look.

From there, we would draw inspiration from our photos and book a date when you are ready for the shoot.

Once you show up on the day of the shoot, sit back, relax and enjoy the process, have a coffee on us, nap on our couch =) or just surf the internet or Netflix on our provided WIFI.

Once complete, we will schedule an appointment in about two weeks to review your gallery of beautiful photos together. From there you can decide on the different types of beautiful products we offer. Custom albums, desktop to wall art options. The perfect keepsake for your library or coffee table and gifting to grandparents.

We take care in producing these heirloom pieces and we know you will surely love and cherish them for years to come.

A Newborn Session with Us.

By Top Tens

After you’ve been booked in with us, we usually send out a Welcome Booklet that helps guide you through a relaxing and enjoyable experience in an exciting time your lives. One of the things we talk about is how to get baby partway to that dreamy stage that permits us to capture some gorgeous photos.⠀⠀⠀

When preparing for a newborn session, particularly in the winter, is to warm up the space we are shooting in. When shooting in the studio or travelling to parents’ home, we ask mom and dad to turn up the room temperature to ensure baby is nice and cozy. A space heater also does wonders and helps to simulate body warmth that baby is accustomed to during the first few weeks of birth. During those much-needed skin to skin contact and snuggles. A hot water bottle under several layers of blankets does wonders and puts the baby in a lull, making posing much easier. In between takes, we ask mom to feed and top up baby so that they can stay warm and fuzzy. These are just some of the few things to keep baby right at home during our newborn session with us. Along with baby, you’ll feel right at home with some hot beverage, snacks and wifi to binge on Netflix or be right at home to nap on our couch, one of the preferred choices for tired parents.

Who we are

By Top Tens

Lemons & Ants Toronto Newborn Photographers

As parents of three young children, our photographic journey began about 6 years ago and was inspired by how quickly things moved and changed with these little humans. We wanted to soak in every little detail including the laughter, soft smiles and big dramatic cries. And soon after we found ourselves chronicling the magical memories for parents wanting the same for their families.

We fell in love with Newborn Portraiture really quickly soon after. Working with newborn babies is magical and we’re so honoured by every set of parents who will allow us to be part of this precious time in their lives. Having gone through it three times ourselves, we remember the intense exhaustion that often accompanies it but triumphing over it is the giddy intoxication of caring for this little human being who is a mini replicate of you.

With this in mind, we wanted to give our clients the best of the best and so we went for the certification into the APNPI (Accredited Professional Newborn Photographers International). This involved months of intense submissions as we would be judged on everything from Newborn Safety, Lighting & Composition to Technical Camera skills.

As partners in business and life, we’ve spent the better part of 10 years attuning to each other and we often find ourselves naturally complementing each other to give you a well-rounded perspective of the
day. As photographers, we see ourselves as storytellers and often your new story begins on this day.

Anthony & Le Man


By Behind Our Scenes

We’ve come along way, and we are still continuing to grow.

A look into the past, we continued to discuss our goals for this year. One of the decisions was, what we want to continue to photograph and grow. And the truth is, it crossed our minds that maybe we wanted to discontinue or step back from Newborn sessions. We love the candid natural photos and questioned whether this still fits into that overall plan. But ultimately, our love for these sessions won over. Newborn sessions can be long and intense (sessions usually last up to 3 hours or more) but also very beautiful. Where we get to wrap, soothe and rock baby. Seeing their little expressions, the excitement when a smile breaks out (even though we know better what is happening at that moment 😂). It takes us back to our own children’s first days and a sense of nostalgia sinks in.

The reactions from mom and dad, despite how exhausted they are, is priceless. The bright smiles that break out every time a baby is posed in a setup. The little squeals of delight from mom seeing how adorable their little is baby. And talking with mom and dad about their experience, from pregnancy to delivery. How they are handling things, it’s a second chance for us to enjoy and reflect on how parenthood bonds all parents no matter how much our backgrounds differ.

Naturally, the conversation led us to reminisce about our past and especially how we began. 😃

This little one in the first photo was our first Newborn session who is also our sweet little nephew. He was almost one month old here and we were terrified of handling him. He didn’t sleep a wink but was happy enough to be our model. He is now preparing to go to JK this coming September – how time flies and how much he has grown.

And the 2nd photo is of another sweet newborn from a session last year. From a comparison of the two, there are ways of how our wrapping, posing and technical skills have changed but one thing that doesn’t change over time is how important these photos are to the baby’s loved ones.

Sleep Deprived

By Top Tens

Sleep Deprivation – The Huge & the Ugly Monster

We have been trying to consistently post in our blog on a weekly basis with Monday being the target but as it was Caleb’s 5th birthday last week, things were a bit busier than usual.  And every time the kid’s birthdays come around all the memories of their times as babies start emerging again.  Caleb’s birth was particularly an emotional one (maybe more about that later) but one of the things that always comes up for me is the Sleep Program we did – not for Caleb but for Abel as things were pretty difficult back then with two young kids and another little one coming along.  I would go as far as saying it probably saved my life back then – Ellie and Caleb were taking turns waking up every hour throughout the night and as much as Anthony tried, they only wanted mommy. From a recommendation from a friend who had experience with the company, I booked the Sleep Nurture program with Precious Moments Babeez.

This Sleep Nurturing program is only for the younger babies under 3 months old) which uses very gentle methods of shaping babies into a sleep routine.  And it worked wonders for Abel – he was sleeping overnight by probably about 8 weeks.  And all their tips & “tricks” are things we applied (and still do!) to our older two and now our Newborn Sessions – they were the ones who introduced us to the sound machine, shushing & soothing and pacifiers.

They do of course have an older Sleep Training program and here’s more info from Debbie Fazio, CEO & Founder:

The Sleepy Babeez program is heavily based on schedules, routines, impeccable feeds and ideal room environment among a few other important criteria.

We have a program for babies under 16 weeks called Sleep Nurturing and another for babies over 16 weeks called Sleep Training or Teaching.

Both programs focus on ensuring a great room environment, routines, feeds and schedules which help build the foundation of good long-term sleep habits however the main difference between the 2 programs is how much help the parent offers to the child. With babies under 16 weeks, we want parents to support their Childs sleep learning by assisting them hands-on in helping them to calm and consolidate sleep. With babies over 16 weeks, we may need to break some habits they have to learn and reinstall new habits by supporting independent sleep.

In fact, we love them so much that we have approached them recently to partner up and we offer a great special for the Newborn Session to their registered clients.

We know not everyone may agree with sleep training and that’s okay but for us, sleep deprivation was a huge and ugly monster and without this program, I’m not really sure how I would have gotten through those early days.  Consider contacting, Precious Moments Babeez, if this is an issue you face – and especially for working moms, it’s more than okay to get some help:


By Top Tens

Importance of Printing

To our new parents and/or siblings-to-be:

A question that comes up frequently: what led us to do what we do. As a newborn focused photographers, Our mission is to document the recollection of your newborn. To help recount your family’s narrative and to deliver this in a beautifully handcrafted artwork.

In our early childhood years, we’ve spent a notable amount of time combing through our family’s photo archives. Deciphering what was happening in each picture and asking our parent’s numerous questions. Trying to learn more about our family history and the dynamics amongst our connection; to make sense of it all. We’re seeing how young our parents were and wonder what they were like. Imagining a much simpler time before ours. From this experience, we wanted the same for our children. That tangible impression of a printed photograph, being able to thumb through each snapshot. The impact each image makes is priceless. We started dedicating time to finding timeless pieces that can be displayed on a wall or heirloom albums that can be flipped through with your little ones. Printed images have now become the focus of our company. We wanted to ensure each client leaves the session, not just with digital files, but with something they can enjoy in their homes. We know life passes by in a flash, particularly time with your precious one. All we can do is preserve the memories that show our children a little about their family legacy. While digital files are great as a backup, they are not permanent and the medium it sits on has a limited lifespan. It comes down to where you want your memoirs to remain. On a USB drive, it will likely be stored in a drawer somewhere, forgotten and never shown the light of day. On your cellphone, will your children and family members have access to your picture gallery? Will they have access to your account indefinitely? Will they be able to scroll through thousands of quick selfies to get to the important snapshots, buried with time. While you can obtain the digitals to create and print the pictures yourself, you may not necessarily have the time nor the resource to find a quality lab that can deliver the images in its full glory. This is where a professional photographer comes into play. We have the means to be able to produce and deliver the desired results. Using our experience and know-how to leverage the best quality and finishes.

When you partner up with Lemons & Ants Studios, what you sign up for, is the most enjoyable experience of having your photos taken. Which is then transformed into heirloom pieces of art to showcase in your home.

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By Top Tens

Organic, Natural With A Dash Of Sweet Smiles

It’s been a while since we’ve blogged, and this has been sitting in our archives, and we stumbled upon a particular session and decided we needed to revive some of these posts that never seemed to get published.

As mom and dad seemed to favour the earthy and spring tones from our portfolio, we stuck to these same ideas for these sweet little one’s sessions.  From the beginning he was a charmer, flashing his smile after smile, almost on command –  what more could we complain about.  He even gave us a chance to use the new (at the time but already much beloved) fawn bonnet & lovey on a rich coat of chocolate fur.  We couldn’t have finished off with more gorgeous family photos with mom still glowing from her recent pregnancy.  We were also very honoured to learn that they chose us to be their photographers after mom’s sister (also a popular Newborn Photographer back home in India) couldn’t do it as she had also recently given birth.

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