Irina Fortey
Filmmaker + Photographer

the creative process


The Creative Process


In the first moments after your baby enters the world, it will instantly feel like time has stopped.  But, right after that moment, it will speed up.  Before you know it, Baby will be making giant leaps into independence.  Each of your baby’s firsts will be gone forever! 


Working closely with a small group of families each year, I am able to create a customized experience to allow you to enjoy a creative process as we watch your little grow through a year of photos. You have the flexibility to have me in a single session or a full year package. I work closely with you to create images of all the feelings you are experiencing watching your little one grow. Here is a short overview of the steps. 


Click the button above to contact me and let me know you are interested in booking me for a newborn,baby, family or first year package. Once I have confirmed my availability for your desired time frame, you will receive a contract and invoice. You are considered booked once your contract is signed and a non-refundable retainer is paid.

Once you are booked I will send you a questionnaire designed to help me get to know your family and when your expected little one is arriving. I will ask you to tell me about your style, the things you love about one another, and the things you love to do together. 

Lifestyle sessions are meant to be very personalized, deeply meaningful, and candid. I am going to soak in everything you tell me in your questionnaires and pull out suggestions for a custom designed session that will echo all you wish to remember about the welcoming of your new family member. If you have ideas for your session, please share them with me. If you're at a loss, don't worry! Every family has an incredible story to tell, and I am great at envisioning ways to bring that story to life visually. 

Once we have a plan, we will determine the best time of day for your session. We'll schedule your session date, discuss wardrobe, and go over any other details. * Newborn sessions take place in your home. The session will be scheduled in the morning between 10 or 11 am, approximately one week after your due date. Should you go past your due date or otherwise need to reschedule, your session date can be pushed back.

We will meet and create a beautiful editorial of your baby's arrival.  I will rarely ask you to look at me. In fact, I really want you to forget that I am there and focus on making memories with the people you love. You will not fret over messes, wrinkles, or uncooperative baby or siblings. You will laugh, and hug, and play together. I will capture it all.

When I get home, I will prepare your film for submission to be professionally processed and any digital media will be downloaded and worked on. Once your collection is ready (usually within 3 weeks!) you will be contacted with all the details to review your images (grab a tissue box!) and how to place your order. You are given 7 days to get your order submitted, so I can immediately begin working on your products and get them to you as quickly as possible.


$199 +HST - creative fee*

up to 2 hours in the comfort of your home, travel up to 60km is included

a custom designed plan to visually tell the story of the bond and connection as a family

3 rolls of film (mixed with your choice of black and white or colour) + digital capture

online gallery to select and order your legacy albums and prints (*products are extra)

A Year of Family Photography Package, please inquire.
4 separate sessions over a year documenting your family and life events.