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Maternity Photo Session Dresses for Montreal Moms | Pregnancy + Baby Photography by Carolina Hanna

Heeyyyy Pregnant Montreal Mamas!  This is for you!!!

My theme for 2017 has been How can I serve my clients even better?  Beyond creating images you will love, I wanted to make it simpler for you to have a maternity session you will be EXCITED for!!!!  Pregnancy is beautiful, but I know most of us don’t necessarily feel beautiful during pregnancy and who wants to go spend lots of money on clothes that you’re only going to wear for a few months, let alone spend money on clothes you’re gonna wear ONCE for a photos session?


So, as of now, when you book your maternity portrait and family session with me, you will have access to some beautiful, simple, timeless dresses!  I am so excited about offering this!!!!

And yes, you can totally use these for your newborn session too if you’d like to!

I currently have about a dozen dresses, and most of them should fit most sizes!  You’ll be able to select your favourites before your session and we can use as many or as few as you’d like!

Take a look at some of the dresses here and tell me what you think of these!  I can’t wait to get your feedback!  If this is a hit, I will be adding more dresses soon!

If you’re curious about booking a session, or how it works, I would really love to chat with you!  Get in touch today by clicking here, and let me know the best time to call you!

By | 2017-03-31T12:25:15+00:00 March 31st, 2017|Lifestyle, Maternity|0 Comments

50+ ideas for your next family photos | MONTREAL FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER

Last time you tried to get your family photographed, at the mall studio, your littlest hurled THE.ENTIRE.TIME.

It was rough.

You are not doing THAT ever again.

I don’t blame you.  But your family portraits don’t need to be forced on your little ones.  Seriously! Your family portrait session should be about family time, going on adventures, and having FUN.

Yup.  It’s possible.

I am a family photographer who loves to photograph people in their home, however I know a lot of people would prefer to do something else, or wonder about what I would photograph for 90 minutes in their “boring” regular lives.  So, I have put together a list of 50+ ideas for your next portrait session.  Have more ideas?  Please leave a comment below and I will add them to the list!



  • Family playtime – let’s do all your favourite family activities!  
  • Tickle war
  • Reading stories
  • Baking your favourite cookies, letting the kids really get their hands, and probably everything else, DIRTY!
  • Painting together (paint brushes optional!)
  • Bubble bath (your tub and a whole lotta bubbles! we can accessorize with goggles or snorkelling gear!)
  • Learning how to ride a bike
  • Family dance party
  • Saturday morning routine – from breakfast to nap time and everything you do in between
  • Morning routine.  bed head, breakfast and bath.  bring it.
  • Craft time, the messier, the better!
  • SUPERHERO costume day!  try them ALL On!
  • Playing dress-up & a tea party
  • Getting a pet?  Let me be there to capture the look of shock and happiness on your little one’s face!
  • 5 little monkeys jumping on the bed…or even just one or two, however many you’ve got will do.
  • Day in the Life (4+ hours of capturing your family on a regular day)
  • Naptime adorableness, because they are so so cute when they sleep
  • Playing instruments together
  • Favourite card & boardgames 
  • Moving?  Let’s celebrate the end of a chapter in yo
    ur current home
  • Walk, aka adventure, through the neighbourhood
  • Crazy stuff we do with our kids before they get too big and heavy:



  • A trip to your favourite ice cream parlour, the more sprinkles the better…
  • A trip to the Montreal Biodome
  • First train ride for your train lover
  • Trip to the library
  • Trip to the farm
  • Apple Picking
  • Exploring the streets of the old port or downtown
  • A day at the zoo – capturing your little one’s eyes lighting up as they see the animals!
  • Getting your first fish from the pet shop
  • Going Fishing

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  • Backyard bonfire and roasting marshmallows
  • Backyard camping
  • Splashing in the lake
  • Family picnic, with a blanket a basket and all the picnic trimmings!
  • Backyard fun – swimming, swinging, making bubbles and kicking the ball around
  • Feeding ducks at the lake
  • Hiking through the local wooded trails
  • Front porch family time
  • A trip to the beach
  • Trampoline!
  • Strawberry Picking



  • Building a snowman, family style
  • Snow ball fight
  • Making snow angels
  • Dancing in the falling snow
  • Building a fort
  • Backyard skating rink
  • Snow day sessions can end indoors with a nice cup of hot cocoa topped with everyone’s fav, marshmallows!



  • Dancing in the rain
  • A trip to the Apple Orchard, where the trees are in full bloom and the animals are waiting


  • Birthday celebration – capturing all your little one’s favourite things on their birthday, right through to icing the cake and licking the spoon
  • Birthday balloon surprise!  Surprise your child by having a room filled with balloons waiting for them when they wake up!  We can have a morning breakfast party!


  • Picking up your beloved family member from the airport
  • Hanging our with Grandma & Grandpa
  • Playing cards with grandparents
  • Looking through old photographs together

The best time to do this is now, before life gets in the way.

If you are in or around Montreal, and you are thinking about having family photographs made, call or email to discuss one of these ideas, or anything else you have in mind!



By | 2016-11-08T10:36:16+00:00 March 14th, 2016|Children, Family, Lifestyle, Story Sessions|0 Comments

The Email That Changed the Course of My Photography | montreal family maternity & baby photographer

“He doesn’t really look like himself” –  the email said.

She hated the pictures.

I was devastated.

It was 2012.  At this point I was still fairly new to being in business for myself.  Things were booming, word of mouth was amazing, Facebook didn’t have all these crazy algorithms so people actually saw what I was posting.

Things should have been great.

It probably didn’t look like him.  How could I have known?  I was a studio photographer.  Clients came to me and we shot in my environment.  I never saw him being himself in his environment. I only got to see him being put on display so we could capture perfect milestone portraits of him.

But why?

Why has photography become about getting dressed in matching outfits and wearing perfect manufactured smiles?

Why did I think that that was how it had to be?  It doesn’t.

In 2013, I began learning about photojournalism in the home.  I documented all the insane things my children did. As I sat and looked through those images, as I often do,  I noticed they made me grin from ear to ear.  It didn’t matter that I couldn’t control the light or the background.  I felt back in the moment.  I love those moments.

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I still loved the portraits of my children taken in studio, I am a mommy, and I wear my mommy goggles proudly, but they didn’t give me the same nostalgic happy feeling.

I slowly realized where my heart was.  It wasn’t in a studio.

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But would people love this as much as I did, even though it isn’t “in style”?  Would anyone else see the beauty I saw?

My client’s email, as painful as it was for me to read at the time, changed the course of my career.   I struggled with it for a long time, and honestly I still do sometimes, because posed photography is just what’s in  – it’s what people look for when they look for a photographer, ESPECIALLY when looking for a newborn photographer.

Fast forward to summer 2013.  I shut down all studio activities and began travelling to my clients’ homes.  I lost a lot of clients.  But many others connected with my vision.

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Some people asked me why they would hire me when they could just DIY the pictures in their homes.

These people were not my clients.

Some people asked me if was bringing backgrounds and an array of props.

These people were not my clients.

Others told me they didn’t want to see their house in the pictures.

These people were not my clients.

My clients wants photographs that are perfectly imperfect.

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They want images that they will look back on in  20, 30, 40 years, and they can be back in their family home.

Images that bring you back to where you laughed together.

Where you cried.

Where you raised your children and watched as they took their first steps and said their first words.  The place where they grew up, the home that made you mom and dad.

If those are the images you want,  I hope you will call me.2016-03-11_0009

These moments we have with our children, right now, they are everything.

Today I see childhood entirely differently than when I first began taking professional portraits in 2010.  I see the beauty in childhood, as it is.  I know that family is everything.  Through laughter and tears.  Through struggle and happiness.  I see and capture family authentically and beautifully for myself, and for you.

If you are interested in working together, I specialize in Baby, Newborn, Childhood, Maternity & Family Photography.  I would love to hear from you today.

Learn more about newborn baby sessions here.

Learn more about maternity sessions here.

Learn more about family sessions here.



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