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Sara displays amazing professionalism and her finished product is always decadent! From the ease of booking a session, to Sara's warm personality, her ability to keep my toddler happy and excited during the shoot, how efficient and fast we received our proofs and the quality of the photographs was a step beyond any photography service we have ever received. I highly recommend Sara McConnell photography to all of my clients, friends and family.

Before our newborn session I had no idea how Sara was going to photograph our alert and active baby in sleepy and sweet poses. Sara is truly a baby whisperer and was able to pose him and take the most adorable pictures of our son I could ever imagine. The newborn stage is such a beautiful and fleeting time and I'm so happy Sara was able to capture his newness for us to treasure forever.

"We absolutely love our photos that Sara McConnell took of our two young children! Sara has an intuitive ability to connect with children allowing her to capture real moments. She is patient and yet extremely efficient, as a mother herself she realizes the importance of these qualities thus making the process painless and fun for the little ones. Children grow so quickly; right before our eyes our babies turn into little boys and girls. Knowing that I have such special memories that will last forever in a photograph, truly brings tears to my eyes. Looking back on these beautiful captured moments, I am able to remember my children exacty as they were and that is a gift, thank you Sara!"

We booked our first session with Sara McConnell Photography when my second daughter was a couple of weeks old. At the time I was doubtful that my newborn would cooperate, but Sara was so patient, and had such a knack for getting just the right pose and the perfect expression from both my daughters -- from that moment I was hooked! Since then, we have booked various other sessions with Sara. She never ceases to amaze me with her professionalism and the quality of photos she produces!

We (my husband, the photo shoot antagonist; our 3 year old crazy boy and our less than cooperative dog) had a photo shoot with Sara last fall at Mer Bleue in the early morning dew. It was a crisp morning when we arrived to meet Sara. She immediately put our son at ease and got buy-in from my husband with the short session, efficiency, and her personality. We had a lot of great shots to choose from, great lighting and setting choices. The pictures are a great combination of posed shots with candids. I have to admit that this year we had our fall shots taken closer to home and our son asked "where is Sara??" That 30 minutes left an impression on everyone! Would love to have some Christmas shots with you!! :)

I got to know Sara McConnell as a photographer from her sessions at Gymboree. In a ten minute slot, she managed to get my son smiling and laughing. Twice I ordered extra poses beyond what was offered because I was delighted with how she captured the real him, at his happiest. I'd gotten my son photographed twice before, and while the photos were nice, he was looking more stunned than anything. The ability to put a baby or child at ease and bring out their personality is a huge part of being a good child photographer. More recently, we signed up for a Fall Mini-Session. The pictures were colourful, artistic, and showed our family's personality with a combination of poses and more candid shots. With her assistant Brenda, Sara again got many laughs and smiles out of my son. Picking just five poses was impossible, and my friends and family were no help in narrowing it down either. One friend said, "there is not one picture in [the gallery] that I wouldn't want to have." Eventually I just ordered more poses, once again! I can't wait to have them on display and print copies for family. We're now expecting our second baby in a month, and we will be sure to come back so Sara can capture more good memories for our family. I will just need to get more wall space.

We call you the "Baby Whisperer"! You came highly recommended to us by a friend. We really liked your creative touch on your website. When we first arrived to your studio for our little one's Newborn Shoot, you instantly put us at ease. You made us feel at home while you snapped photos of Liv. Being new parents we weren't quite sure what to expect. You were so kind and gentle with our little bundle. Livia sure loved the hair blower. The photos you took were gorgeous. We wished we could have picked them all.

I selected Sara to be the photographer for my week old baby because she is simply the best! Your baby is only a that new for such a short amount if time, thats why I felt it was imperative for me to book the best person I knew for the job.I knew that Sara was so talented but what I did not know was how friendly and easy going she was. She put me and my husband at ease the moment we walked in and we all had a great time. I will continue to come back to Sara because he photographs speak for themselves, they are stunning.

Making the choice to hire Sara was such an easy one for us. Art is a pretty personal thing but one look at the way she captures people had us sold. After becoming a client I can easily say that she is totally amazing. She worked so hard at getting our kids to look at the camera and to smile in unison. Despite how disinterested they were in participating, you'd never know by the resulting shots. They are a thing of beauty and will always be on display in our home.

Every session our family has shared with Sara has resulted in beautifully captured moments between and with my children. She is able to pull out their personalities and traits so completely that every time I look at their images I see a moment in time. A snapshot of their innocence, mischievousness, love, and humour. These are images that will tell our families story for what I hope will be generations.

We were lucky enough to stumble upon Sara's amazing work when she posted in a local Facebook group about breastfeeding mini sessions she was offering. When my little one and I arrived at her home studio for our session I was impressed by how warm and friendly Sara was. She made us feel very comfortable and the photos turned our beautifully. I am constantly amazed by the number of fantastic shots that Sara can capture in as little as 15 minutes, how quickly she is able to provide the final edited images with us and how easily she can make my toddler smile. If her portfolio alone does not convince you of her talent, watching her interact with your child sure will.

I have had a few sessions with Sara now but in this particular session she worked really really really hard for her money. My best friend and I had our babies just 6 hours hour apart, however unplanned that was we had planned a baby photoshoot with Sara. She was so enthusiastic and encouraging about doing a combined session despite the fact I was extremely nervous about putting 2 toddlers in a room with 2 newborns just 4 days after they were born. You see we wanted pictures of not only the babies together but them with each of their older siblings and then of course all together. Sara has ninja-like skills at manipulating not only sweet little tiny babies but also crazy imaginative talents at convincing "spirited toddlers" to smile and cooperate in a safe and fun way, not to mention a grumpy husband who is not a fan of family pictures in any situation let alone trying to basically combine 2 family photo shoots. I will be forever grateful to her for capturing such a fleeting moment in time with my most favourite people in the whole world. The results were beyond anything I could have imagined and am proud to say that 1 of the pictures was chosen by a local business for display.

When I met Sara in a local running group, we spent our 10km running together discussing many things, photography being a frequent topic. Her passion for photography shone through our breathless attempts at conversation (although we got much better at conversing and running as we progressed through our clinic!) I was so intrigued by her scope of photography, that I immediately went home and looked her up. I decided then and there, that as soon as I was expecting, she would be my go-to photographer. My maternity session was in December - and likely the coldest December day to be outside, but Sara embraced the cold and the opportunity to shoot some unique Winter maternity images. The careful thought and consideration for location, lighting, positioning and more, produced beautiful photos that often remind me of the excitement for the journey I was about to take on as a new mom. Our newborn session saw another creative photo request that Sara excitedly took on - firefighting gear. Her patience, determination and impressive baby handling skills landed some of the most amazing newborn pictures that I still receive compliments on. The newborn photos in the fire helmet and boots were so fun to do the first time, that re-creating them for our daughter's first birthday seemed like a no brainer. It is Sara's willingness to take a step outside of the box and do things a little differently that has us coming back for me. We later did an extended family photo session with Sara that saw yet another challenge - rain and three little ones on the verge of melting down. Relying on her own skills as a mother, Sara was able to deter the impending melt-downs with toys, songs and goofiness that would put a smile on anyone's face! And when our dog decided that it was her time to shine in the middle of our fall session, Sara laughed along with us and captured some funny images that still make me shake my head and say "that dog!" as I walk by them in our living room. A Winter maternity session in frigged temperatures, fitting a baby in firefighting boots, a Spring family session in the rain with children melting down, a dog frolicking madly through the leaves in the fall - we have thrown many an obstacle at Sara and she has embraced each and every one of them as a fun challenge, an opportunity to not just let the subject's shine, but her genuine talent too!

Sara McConnell...just her name brings a smile to my face.  Sara first captured the beginning of our new family in our maternity session in early 2013.  After 1 1/2 years she has continued to provide us still shots of so many heartwarming and emotional magical moments.  Sara is always looking for new ideas and themes and has an endless supply of props and backdrops to make each of her sessions unique.  She definitely knows how to multi-task - while working behind her lens, she will often times double as a costume consultant, hair stylist and comedian!

Wow! We had such a great experience with Sara. We all had a lot of fun at the outdoor session and the photos she took of our family were amazing (she is the first person to capture a picture of my little ones together and smiling). We were so impressed with her ability to engage with the kids as well as her incredible skill as a photographer. We have already referred several friends to her and plan to use her for all our family photos in the future!

I've used Sara McConnell photography many times in the past year for different occasions. Her prices are great, her packages are original and offered in mini sessions and the pictures are amazing! She has a lot of talent and she is great with babies, kids and parents! I have a four year old boy who cannot stay still for two seconds and when Sara said we would take pictures in the park, I could only think of how hard it would be to control my little one... She had so many tricks in her hat and was so efficient we were done within 10-15 min... And the pictures were beautiful!

Sara has taken our family photos three times now. We love the fact that she takes the time to ensure that our children are comfortable so that she can take the perfect shot. She is very patient, caring and professional, and her pictures are always amazing. Thank you so much Sara!

We've did three sessions with Sara during our daughter's first year. Sara was professional and warm during our time with her. And the photos have been unfailingly beautiful. We're so grateful to have this record of our little juggernaut.

I came all the way from Pembroke for a twin breastfeeding session with Sara. Our experience was amazing! I was so nervous about being too exposed but she was very kind, warm and easy going. It really didn't even feel like we were getting photographed! I'm so grateful for the memorable keepsakes she created for us! :)

The forecast was calling for 90% rain all afternoon and I was on constant radar watch, wondering if our Imagination Session would be cancelled. We got ready and drove to the session location convinced that it would start pouring as we got there but once again, Sara worked her magic! The rain held off and we entered her magical world. She even managed to get some smiles from our oldest - if that isn't proof that Sara has magical skills, I don't know what is!

Thank you Sara for capturing some of the most precious moments in our family's life! You have shared my pregnancy, both of our babies and family shots in between. We love all the pictures and have many printed on canvases around our house, but the best part is your wonderful personality, you put us all at ease and make sure our pictures are really us. We know we will be calling you again soon!

We had a newborn and family session with Sara when my youngest daughter was only 4 days old. Sara was so gentle with all of us, funny and patient with our toddler, reassuring and confident with my husband and I and our newborn. Our pictures are gorgeous and a wonderfully capture our family during that special time.

We are the lucky parents of two amazing and beautiful girls. Sara McConnell has a remarkable ability to bring out the smiles from all children in just a few minutes. This picture was taken on the first year anniversary of our daughter and she captured in this one picture their true beauty and happiness. We are so grateful to be able to keep this memorable moment and see it on a daily basis on our wall. Thank you Sara!

Our family had the pleasure of doing an Imagination session with Sara McConnell Photography. Our session with Sara was like no other session we have ever done before; the techniques she used to engage the little ones immediately put our normally quiet and reserved children at ease, resulting in truly spectacular photos. Sara’s professionalism and natural talent with her camera are second to none. We cannot wait for our next session!

We have had the chance to have 4 separate shoots with Sara. Our kids looks forward to seeing her and we ALWAYS end up with incredible photos. Sara is so much fun to be with that she makes you forget that there is a camera there.

We are so pleased with the great family photos that Sara took for us. Patience and creativity were Sara's best assets during our photo shoot with our 4-year-old twins and baby daughter. Sara's professionalism and ability to work with small children is amazing; she quickly made an initially uncooperative child feel comfortable enough to capture some great shots. I would not hesitate to recommend Sara for your next family photos.

We have had newborn photos done with Sara for both our children. They are stunning! She manages to capture the most flattering photos of our family even when we are looking exhausted or have an uncooperative toddler. Our 21 month old instantly took to her inviting personality, and Sara's studio is welcoming and well equipped for family photography. You will not regret this investment!

With my body still in the throes of trauma recovery we packed our sweet week old baby boy into the car for his newborn photo shoot. You'd think we were headed to Mexico for a week, with all of the "necessities". Was this the right thing to be doing? It all felt too overwhelming, too soon. Within seconds our minds were eased as Sara handled our precious Finn with the same tender touch only a mother could possess. Nothing but gratitude and joy came from our session and we have been given a lasting gift that fills our hearts with beautiful memories every time we look at those photographs.

A picture might be worth a 1000 words, but Sara McConnell Photography is priceless. The memories, both in the form of the photos we've received and the painless ease of her photo shoots, are what set Sara apart from all others. She exceeds our expectations every time, managing to coax even the most reluctant baby (or husband) into heart-melting smiles and genuine family moments. "Thank you" hardly seems adequate.

My husband and I had the pleasure of having Sara take newborn photos of my 8 day old daughter. At first I was hesitate to have photos done since the thought of leaving the house with a newborn sounded overwhelming (i.e. the photo session would be the first time venturing outside the house and the photo session was scheduled to last for three hours) however, Sara made the experience so pleasant for everyone. Her studio is designed to allow for one to comfortably care for a newborn and Sara has the magic touch to take stunning and creative photos of newborns, all the while being so gentle with your baby.

Sara took family photos for us this past June. I was worried because my youngest son was completely uncooperative and up to that point I had no family photos with him in them. I didn't have to worry! She did her magic and I got beautiful pictures! So many so that I found it impossible to choose! She's amazing and I recommend her every time I have a chance. A true professional! Thank you Sara!

We chose Sara McConnell to take our very first family Christmas photos and we were so impressed with her ability to capture the budding personality of our three month old daughter! During our session Sara displayed the efficiency and patience necessary to successfully photograph a young infant. We will cherish these perfect photos forever. Thanks Sara :)

I first met Sara when my son was 7 weeks old, he cried throughout the session as he had colic.  3.5 years later and countless shoots, I have an amazing collection of pictures of my now two boys and husband and I that truly reflect each stage of life.  Lots if tears, more smiles, and countless memories.  Thank you Sara for the amazing 10 minute shoot... It's perfect for our crazy lives!

Sara is the most dynamic, friendly, organized and patient photographer we have ever worked with! During every session we have planned with her, Sara has been able to coax winning smiles out of our two boys and capture the most beautiful, timeless photos of our family. We couldn't be more pleased with Sara's services and never hesitate to recommend her to our family and friends!

It is always a pleasure to work with Sara. Immediately upon arriving at our cake smash session, she made everyone feel at ease. Smiles came naturally and beautiful moments were captured. There are a lot of people who can photograph a moment. It takes a truly special photographer to help create that special moment. Thank you Sara.

Sara McConnell is miracle worker behind a lens! In a fifteen minute mini session she can bond with your child, make them laugh and capture that precious moment forever! We love all of the pictures from our two sessions with Sara, but especially the one of our son doing the itsy bitsy spider with his hands while sitting in the leaves ... It will always remind us of his first favourite song and the millions of times we sang it together!!!

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