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Canada’s Most Popular Baby Names 2017 | Top 20

One of the most important decisions you have to make during pregnancy is to find a perfect name for your newborn baby. My husband and I are expecting our first baby in December and we spent hours talking about names and discussing all the options. Although we live in Canada, we were searching for a name that fit both English and Portuguese (since we are from Brazil and our whole family live there) and that didn’t give us many options. We had a list with baby names in our fridge and every day we look at it and day by day we were scratching one or two names from the list. After we found out baby’s gender (it’s a boy!) our job got a little bit easier and we finally decide to name our baby LUCAS!

Here are the top 20 Canada’s most popular baby names in 2017:

Baby Boy

  1. Noah
  2. Liam
  3. Jackson
  4. Lucas
  5. Logan
  6. Benjamin
  7. Jacob
  8. William
  9. Oliver
  10. James
  11. Lincoln
  12. Jack
  13. Ethan
  14. Carter
  15. Aiden
  16. Grayson
  17. Mason
  18. Owen
  19. Leo
  20. Nathan

Baby Girl

  1. Olivia
  2. Emma
  3. Charlotte
  4. Sophia
  5. Aria
  6. Ava
  7. Chloe
  8. Zoey
  9. Abigail
  10. Amelia
  11. Emily
  12. Isabella
  13. Mila
  14. Maya
  15. Lily
  16. Riley
  17. Madison
  18. Mia
  19. Nora
  20. Ella

Working with newborn babies, I see different names every day, from all different parts of the globe with different and special meaning.

This lovely family named her little girl Isabella, meaning “devoted to God”. Isabella was 7 days old at her newborn session in Vancouver BC. She was so sweet for me during her newborn photos and I was even able to capture a cute smile. Her big brother couldn’t be more proud and he did an fantastic job posing for me during the family shots. At the end of the session baby Isabella was wide awake and I got amazing expressions and different poses. Those natural sweet moments are wonderful to capture and they create cute memories of baby’s first big milestone. Enjoy some of my favourite images from Isabella’s gallery.


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Newborn and Baby Local Photographer Metro Vancouver | Marcus

Baby Marcus came to my photo studio in Richmond when he was 6 days old and I love capturing all his little features. We used shades of blue, grey and cream for the setups and I love how it turned out. He slept for the whole session and I got amazing photographs that his family will cherish for years to come. Baby Marcus also came back for his 7-month-old milestone session and his first birthday shots and you can see how much he has grown up at the end of this post.

If you like my style and what you see on my portfolio, you will love your photos! Contact me and book your newborn session today!


For newborn sessions, I always get a mix of prop shots and sleeping poses on blankets to capture different angles and features of your little one. The tiny fingers, the tiny toes, the sweet little smiles they give us are just to die for. They grow up incredibly fast and believe me, it’s nothing you want to forget. That’s why it’s so important to get these sessions in while they’re still little because they won’t be for long.

Another amazing thing about starting photography sessions when they’re newborns is that we can continue them for all of their milestones or birthdays, and being able to look back and see just how much they’ve changed and grown since they were newborns is such a blessing for a parent to be able to do. Look how baby Marcus and big sister Emma grown up in just a few months.


Cake Smash sessions are the best way to celebrate baby’s first year! I had so much fun creating this Twinkle Twinkle Little Star theme for baby Marcus’ birthday.


Asking referrals for a local newborn photographer is something I see mothers groups post about very often and I am honoured when past clients and admiring local mothers mention Amanda Dams Photography. Being a local newborn photographer in Vancouver BC has many perks including the opportunity to photography babies of every ethnicity. It’s so beautiful that photography allows us to freeze moments and memories that these families share with each other so they can look back on it. In these newborn sessions, I love to swaddle the babes and pose them all wrapped up and cozy. I have so many garments, wraps, blankets, headbands, and other accessories to use during these sessions. I love to explore my creativity and create custom and unique setups for each family and baby.

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Pink & Gold Cake Smash Session Baby Girl Richmond BC | Charlotte

Pink & Gold has been a very popular and the most requested theme for cake smash sessions for baby girls lately. Baby Charlotte is ONE and she celebrated it in a very fun way! Now she will have all these precious memories to cherish when she growns up and her parents can always look back and remeber how cute and adorable she was at that time. Enjoy some of my favourite images from Charlotte’s cake smash session!



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Fresh 48 Session St Paul’s Hospital Vancouver BC | Sofia

Fresh 48 session is special because there are very few (if any) things more raw, important and emotional in life than having a baby. For a lot of moms and parents the first couple of hours and days after delivery can be a blur because of all the changes, actual labor and post delivery. I want you to remember how beautiful the two of you looked as brand new parents. I want you to remember how it felt to look at your brand new baby and to detail how fresh and new they looked just coming into the world. There’s nothing like it.

When and Where Will it Take Place?
The session will take place at the place of delivery (hospital, home, or birthing center). They are scheduled within the first 48 hours after delivery during daylight hours.

Do I need permission from the hospital?
Please ask and ensure photographers are allowed. In almost all cases they are treated as just a visitor so it’s generally okay.

Should I book a Fresh 48 and Newborn session?
These two sessions are perfect compliments to each other. One is no substitute to the other. Please browse the lifestyle newborn, posed newborn and fresh 48 portfolios to see why.

Do you do actual time of birth photos or just after?
Just after! Birth photography is amazing, but currently my schedule does not allow for me to accept birth sessions.

How long will you be there?
Approximately 1 hour.

When should I contact you to come?
I require you contact me (or someone does) after you go into labor so we can ensure availability for the suggested time-frame.

What if labor takes longer than expected?
No problem! Just let me know when your little bug arrives and we can schedule from there – regardless of labor length.

What is documentary style?
Basically, it’s visual storytelling. There is little to no posing involved and the intention is to capture subjects naturally. It means that I’m not likely to interrupt a beautiful moment to move one hair out of your face or tell you to tilt your head a different way, and that’s okay. Don’t worry, I will still help guide the session but you will hear me saying “pretend I’m not here”.

What if my baby needs to be in the NICU?
In this event we will stay in touch and it is handled on a case-by-case basis. We may need to work with hospital staff to find out what we are and aren’t able to do. In the event that I am unable to photograph the Fresh 48 as planned due to these circumstances your deposit will be applied to a future session.

Will my photos/identity be private?
My standard contract includes a model release which allows me to use your images for my portfolio, website and advertising. If you would like to opt-out please let me know ahead of time and we can alter the contract.

What if deliver early?
Contractually I am on-call and available to you for 2 weeks prior and 2 weeks after your estimated due date. If you deliver earlier than that time-frame I will make every effort to still be available to you.



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Vancouver BC Newborn Mini Session | Henry

A new baby brings you a lot of joy and excitment, as well as a lot of expesives. Stroller, car seat, crib, change table, you name it! Being in a budget doesn’t mean you need to miss capturing that precious milestone of you newborn baby, and they are so little for so short time. Thinking of that, I offer Newborn Mini Sessions for those who want just a few images of their little one and lifetime memories.

Newborn Mini Sessions last 1-2 hours and include photos of baby only. We will usually do 3 different setups with different poses and accessories, all depeding how sleepy or alert baby is during the session. Due to the short time of the session, we don’t do elaborated setups since some of them can take 20-30 minutes just to get one shot.

If you would like to include yourself and your partner into the photos, as well as baby’s siblings, the full session is the perfect option for you.

To learn more about Newborn Session Packages, please visit our Investment Page.


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