• Welcome to my little corner of the internet! Grab a cup of coffee, sit back and feel free to scroll through little peeks from recent sessions. My name is Shelly and I specialize in newborn and maternity photography. I am very passionate about creating simple, classic and artistic images of beautiful newborn babies. I am located in the Durham Region and have had the pleasure of working with families from all over and around the city of Toronto, Ontario.

{Fine Art Maternity Photography}

Did you know the art of studying the human form has been around for centuries?  Artists have always been intrigued with creating beautiful art out of the simplicity of the human form, the shapes, the lines, the way the light hits it.  All forms of media have been used;  oils, watercolour, sculptures etc…

So it is no surprise that today we continue this study with photography.  I am  an artist.  I love studying the light and creating images from little more that just the subject and some gorgeous light.  Maternity photography is one of my favourite genres, and I absolutely love creating simple, classic, timeless images of the nude pregnant form…Gasp!  Nude?  Yes 🙂  So many women these days are feeling so empowered by their pregnancies and growing their child within them.  They are proud of their bodies and they want to capture and remember this fleeting time in their lives.  Many women will only experience this once or twice in their lifetime.

For me as an artist it is empowering to see the light and how it it’s their newly shaped form…any human form is beautiful and worthy of creating art from, but the pregnant form is extra special!  The lines and shapes of the belly capture the light so beautifully.

I am asked over and over again about my process with fine art nude maternity portraits.  Things like how do you get clients to pose nude or semi nude, how do you make it not awkward during the shoot, what do the clients think, how do you shoot it….and the big question, how do you post process your final images?  (this last one is a large part of the art I create – the shot in camera is my solid base or ‘sketch’ if you will and the magic is enhance in editing) Although I do teach this in my 1:1 workshops…for the first time ever I am sharing my process in an online workshop!   I have been invited to participate in the 2017 Milky Way Online Maternity Retreat…such a huge honour.  This workshop includes amazing photographers such as Lisa DiGeso from Milk and Honey Photography, Kelly Brown for Little Pieces Photography, Ana Brandt from Ana Brandt Photography, Angie McCabe from Myrtle and Moss Photography  and the list goes on and on…to see the full line up check it out here:

2017 Milky Way Online Maternity Retreat

This retreat goes live May 16th 2017 and you will have access to ask the teachers questions for several days.  The videos are available for a full year PLUS you can download them and keep them forever!  No need to rearrange your schedule to go to an in person workshop and seriously you cannot beat the price…$297 USD for ALL the teacher videos.  ALL OF THEM.  If that isn’t a great enough deal already there is an early bird price until May 15th of $247 USD.

Ok, so that’s my little sales pitch on it.  Most mentors charge in the hundreds or even thousands, so under $300…and you get to keep the videos of 20+teachers. Even if you don’t want to learn the art of fine nude pregnancy portraits there is lots and lots of other great info to be learned!

Here is a little peek at some of my images that were captured during this video. I take you through a little tour of my tiny studio, show you that you do not need a lot of space or equipment to create beautiful portraits.  You will have a fly on the wall peek during an actual shooting of fine art nude portraits as well as a full edit demonstration in Lightroom and Photoshop of one of the images captured. I tell when and why I use textures, how I created them, how I take my image from straight out of the camera to final processing.

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Fine Art Maternity Photography – Toronto and Durham Region

I love being able to create simple yet incredibly beautiful images celebrating a mother’s body during pregnancy!   I am always thrilled when moms like this beautiful one come in to the studio with open minds and trust me to capture some incredible moments in time for them.  Pregnancy is beautiful.  Pregnancy is ART all by itself…no need for any fancy bells and whistles!  Just some delicious light and a glowing mama is all you need 🙂

Contact me today at shelly@shellyfergusonphotography.com to book your own maternity photography session!


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Toronto and Durham Region Newborn and Maternity Photographer

Serving all areas in and around the GTA including but not limited to Markham, Thornhill, Vaughn, Richmond Hill, Whitby, Oshawa, Pickering,Bowmanville, Courtice

Studio located in Oshawa, Ontario 


Toronto and Durham Region Newborn Photography

Fine Art Newborn Images are my favourite!   The simplicity and beauty of a newborn baby is all that is need to create beautiful pieces for art to hang on your wall to enjoy for years to come.

Be sure to stop by my Facebook page to keep up to date with all my current work.  You can also find some of my most all time favourite images here on Flickr.

If you are an Instagram user you can also find me there!


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Newborn Photographer – Toronto and Durham Region Ontario

Does it get any sweeter than this? Newborns are only little for such a brief window of time and I love that I am able to capture images of this incredibly beautiful start to these new families lives!

Have you ever wondered about newborn photography? When is it done? When should you book? Typically newborn sessions are done within the first two weeks of birth. This is because babies are still very sleepy and happy to be all curled up for their photos. As they get a little older they already start to change so much and become more alert and less posable. Can we still get images of an older baby? Of course! It just because a different style of session with different expectations. But if you want the sleepy, curled up, brand new stage please be sure to book your session on the calendar while you are still pregnant! Personally, I only book a limited number of due dates per week to allow for the unpredictability of baby’s actual arrival. Once you are on my calendar all you have to do is let me know as soon as your little one is born and I will take care of capturing the images of your brand new baby!

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