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Best Time to Book a Cake Smash Photography Session | Vancouver BC Baby Photography

When should I schedule my baby’s Cake Smash session?

At least 4 weeks before your baby’s first birthday. This gives us time to discuss theme/colours and your goals for your cake smash session. The whole process, from shooting to receiving the images takes up to 4 weeks, so if you are planning on using those images for your baby’s birthday party, please keep this turnaround in mind. If you are looking for a Saturday spot, I recommend booking at least 6 weeks in advance since this is the most require day for cake smash and baby sessions.

What should my child wear?

I provide a birthday outfit and for full sessions, I recommend to bring at least 2 outfits for family and individual baby portraits.

What does the Cake Smash Package include?

All cake smash sessions include a birthday setup with balloons, birthday outfit, banner and decoration. Full sessions also include some non-birthday setups, parents and siblings shots. Client is responsible to bring the cake.


What if my child doesn’t eat the cake?

This does happen. Some children love the cake smash and dig right in. Others are hesitant. I recommend making a cupcake or small cake and introducing the cake smash idea before (a few days/weeks before) our session date. This way, your child will be familiar with the process and will know that they can smash the cake. Also, bring or have on hand little snacks so we can stuff them into the cake. Your child will want to grab them out of the cake and eat it.

Will I (mom or dad) get messy?

You definitely will! You will have to show your child that he/she can eat the cake so you might have to take a bite yourself. Also, your child may stand up and walk or crawl around, so you will have to keep putting your child back into the designated space. You will get frosting on your clothes so it’s a good idea to bring an extra outfit.



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Best Newborn & Baby Photographer in Richmond BC

As an artist, the best reward is to have my work featured and my artwork noticed. My main goal is always to create the best newborn photos for my clients, but I also enjoy to create art and unique images. My favourite part is not only the session itself but what comes before it too. I love to spend some time at my photography studio just bringing props together, choosing the best colour combinations, textures and backdrops. My studio is my happy place and newborn baby photography is my pride and joy.

With so many great photographers out there, every time a client chooses me and my art, it feels amazing and this is what makes me keep doing what I love. It’s incredible to think that I’m creating fine art portraits that will be cherished for years to come, and in 50 or 100 years from now people will be looking at my images and this is the best gift I can leave for these families in this world.

Newborn photography is something relatively new and we don’t really have newborn photos of our grandparents or even of ourselves. It would be wonderful if I had images, like the ones I create, of myself as a newborn baby! Thankfully today we have the technology and great professionals that are able to create memories of each special moment of our life and believe me, a newborn or a baby professional photo session is the best gift you can give to your child. Don’t miss those sweet moments, because for newborn photography, you only have a small window to capture and as you know, time flies.

Last year I was featured as the Top 3 Best Baby and Family photographer in Richmond BC handpicked by Three Best Rated team. I don’t only create beautiful newborn photos but my goal is to provide an outstanding experience, from our first contact to the delivery of your baby photos.


I was also featured as the Top 100 Newborn Photography Blogs & Websites by Newborn Photographers, being the second on the ranking. This ranking is not only for Vancouver Newborn Photographers, but worlwide.


I’m a proud member of NAPCP. The National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP) is a member-based association representing and promoting the community of professional child photographers.


If you are looking for the best newborn photography session experience in Vancouver, I can’t wait to hear from you.

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Vancouver Baby & Newborn Photographer | Prints Matter

Why print your images?

If you cherish your memories, then you are definitely taking a lot of photos. But when it comes to storing images like professional images from a newborn or baby session for example, things can be a bit tougher. You can either print your images, or you can keep them on your computer and see them from time to time. But why is printing a better option here?


A safer solution
Digital files can be lost at times. If you misclick a single time, you can lose your photos in an instant. Not only that, but the problem gets even worse if you don’t have any backup. And yes, most people don’t, which means that they can easily lose their memories in an instant. But even if you don’t click by mistake, you can end up just losing your data due to a hardware malfunction. While having a backup helps, even then you can lose data and that it can be a problem.


Best way to show photos to friends and family
If you want to share these great images with your friends, the last thing you want is to have low-resolution content. Printing your images means you get to have a lot of portability and you don’t have to carry any device around. What will happen if the device doesn’t have any energy left? You want to avoid these problems, and printing is a great solution.


Kids like to see themselves in pictures
Multiple studies show that kids with pictures around the house have a much better self-esteem. And since self-esteem can boost a child’s growth and confidence levels, it’s easy to see why printing your images make a lot of sense. We offer fine art canvas and prints and we will help you to create the perfect wall art display for your home.


Albums keep all images in a single place
The best thing about albums is that you get to have all the benefits in a single package. It’s a distinct opportunity to keep your memories in a single place. And yes, sometimes you just want to revisit your baby’s photos from a professional photography session even if your child is older. It’s a fun trip down the memory lane, one that’s complete thanks to the album. Our premium heirloom album is the best way to have all your images printed and to show to family and friends.


Current screens can’t fully display images at their true resolution
Even the current entry level cameras have a 20-megapixel sensor. What you don’t know is that most full HD screens are around 2 megapixels in resolution. Even 4K just covers 8 megapixels. So yes, you don’t get to see the full details of your newborn or baby photography session, and that’s a true shape.


Printing adds up to the experience
While seeing your images on a screen is interesting, the reality is that printing your newborn photos just adds to the experience. After all, photographers always printed their photos back in the day. This thing gives a sense of exclusivity to the pictures, and it just makes them stand out. You are already investing a lot on those memories, so get the best of it. Plus, printing photos from your newborn baby photography session in general is more versatile. You get to have your memories with you even if any device fails.

Amanda Dams Vancouver Newborn Photography offers the finest quality, heirloom print products. Each of your images is edited to perfection, sharpened and sized to print by a premium professional lab. Whether you prefer the traditional look of a finely wrapped gallery canvas, the sleek beauty of a modern fine art print or the exquisite heirloom photo album; your images will have a lasting impact on all who view them. Just like her customers, Amanda Dams Vancouver Newborn Photography expect to see her work printed on the best materials available.

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Richmond BC Newborn Baby Photography | Avani

Babies and dogs are my two passions. When mama asked me if she could bring her furry friend I didn’t hesitate (and I had no ideia how BIG he was.. haha!). Sweet baby Avani was perfect during her first photo session. Rocky (dog) happens to have almost the same birthday as his new little sister so mama and I were already planning a cake smash for these two, can you imagine how cute?! Enjoy my favourite images of Avani and her lovely family!

With love,

amanda dams ♥ vancouver newborn baby photographer



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Happy Holidays | Year of 2017

As the holiday season is upon us, I find myself reflecting on the past year and those who have helped to shape my photography business. It’s been a wonderful year! I hope that 2017 has been just as memorable for you and your loved ones. I would like to express my sincerest appreciation for the trust all my clients have placed in me and I feel very honoured to have documented so many milestones and special moments for those families.

Here are some of the babies I photographed this year:


With love,

amanda dams ♥ vancouver newborn baby photographer

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