Introducing Your Cambridge Children’s Photographer…


I am a Mother of three.

I love my children, my husband, my wiener dogs and my Canon.

I find the smell of wet sand nostalgic, I don’t drink enough water and I occasionally enjoy a good big mac.

I love life – and I love seeing life through my lens.


Nicola Toon is an award winning photographer based in Cambridge Ontario.  Nicola services the Kitchener / Waterloo area and beyond with her lifestyle photography, family photography and newborn portraiture.  

Nicola has gained international attention for her lifestyle and family imagery.  Her work has been featured in Professional Photographer magazine, The Fort Magazine and Chic Magazine

For as long as I can remember I have felt more complete with a camera in my hand.  Even at a young age I remember always trying to get “the shot”.  The one that would be worthy of my little desktop frame.  Today my little desktop frame has been replaced with a more grandeur version of it’s former self.  My home is adorned with art.  My art.  Our art.  The art that my family has created in our memories.  My little frame has graduated to wall displays, canvases and photo books.  Each the perfect package for the moments in time that they preserve.

As your photographer it is my job to capture YOUR new moments that you are creating with your family.  To take those moments and turn them into art.  Your art.  To get all of those incredible memories off of your computer and into their rightful spot – into your grown up version of your own little desktop frame – to be presented to the world and loved and enjoyed as they should be.

Contact me at to book your own photo session and create your own family heirlooms.

I look forward to hearing from you.



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Laurie - My cell is 2892597309 and I am interested in getting pictures takes of my materiny I am currently 26 weeks pregnant. Please contact me. Thanks!!


The future of Farming – Cambridge Photographer

SO – last week I had some little subjects in my studio of a different sort.   I grew up with Natalie – mom to these three feisty farm kids and also animal mama to pigs, chickens, cows, horses, rabbits and more!

I’d like to be clear that the animals were handled safely and appropriately at ALL times during this session.  In fact – the children from this session live on a small organic farm in Burlington and the animals belong to them so they are very familiar with how to handle them with LOVE  and RESPECT.

Those two little words are actually what makes Auburn Acres farm so unique.

As a huge animal lover myself, I truly love the philosophy behind this small Burlington Farm.  The thought that the animals are raised with lots of love and tenderness and that no part of an animal that has spared their life for us is ever wasted.

When this family was in the studio, it was apparent how much love and respect they have for these animals.  Stories of keeping the piglet runts indoors and bottle feeding them to ensure their survival.  Allowing lambs to sleep in bed and getting up every two hours to bottle feed.   These animals are loved and live a good life.

I would recommend reading Natalie’s blog, “Dinner and poop”,  which goes into detail about why she chose to become a small farmer.

I was in tears to be sure.

Thank you Natalie for coming in.  I would never have photographed animals without someone as caring as yourself by my side:)




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Newborn Photography session in Cambridge – Cambridge Newborn Photographer

I first met this beautiful family when they came into my photography studio in Cambridge for my annual Christmas Card Photo sessions.

When they welcomed their second child they called me back to do a newborn photography session in their home.

It’s been a busy winter of photographing newborns for me.  I find most times I am doing my in home newborn portraits in Toronto, so it was nice to stay close to home for this one.

Thank you for having me into your home.  You guys were so much fun!



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Five Minutes in the Naughty Chair – Photographer in Cambridge

The 5 minute project is an idea that I fell in love with when I first heard about it earlier this year.   The blog is a creative cooperative between a group of unbelievable talent.  They simply document their lives in five minutes or less and the results are beautiful.

As a photographer one of the things that I enjoy doing the most is taking the ordinary and making it extraordinary.   The challenge of making our every day moments beautiful gives me a thrill.   After all, it’s those ‘mundane’ moments that I know I will one day pine for and want to recall.  I previously did 5 minutes with Ivy and thought I needed to share the love amongst my other children.

We have a spirited little 5 year old in our house and over the years that feisty personality has landed him in the naughty chair on many an occasion.  As he grows and his toddler tantrums wain he has been visiting that chair in the corner less and less.  Last night, however he won himself a trip.

I took the opportunity to do a little 5 minute project of my own.  As hard as it can be to ride out these tantrums I know that one day I will want to remember just how beautiful the chaos was.

Five minutes in the naughty chair……..



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You’re in Good Hands – Newborn photographer in Toronto

I’d like to once and for all put to rest the notion that in order to have  a newborn session in your home that you have to have a giant house with floor to ceiling windows, that has been professionally decorated and looks like it could be featured in “Style at Home” magazine.

This simply is. not. the truth.

The truth is this…if you have a home that has some decent natural light and a bed (yes – just a bed) then we can do a newborn session in your home.

My latest newborn session in Toronto was a perfect example of a client that was worried about her home.  That it wouldn’t be good enough, pretty enough or bright enough for us to do an in home newborn photo session.

After a phone conversation with my client, I assured her not to worry.  That we would be able to provide her with beautiful portraits of her new baby in their Toronto home.   I want to let my clients know that when they hire me, they are in good hands.  I will work with you and your situation to achieve those beautiful family portraits that you desire.

We did the session in their war time home in Toronto – after she saw her images, this is what my client had to say….

“Nicola, you are a magician – these photos are amazing!!  Living in an old home in Toronto, I had great concerns about the
small rooms and lack of good light coming into the house. I reached out to
Nicola with my worries and she assured me she could work with any space.
The shoot itself was fun and went so well, my partner and I felt we were in
great hands. We were so amazed with the photo’s we couldn’t believe it was
us, in our home! We are so happy with every picture we will definitely be
booking another session with her again.”

And so I give to you an at home newborn session done in a home with limited space and limited (though very pretty) light……


Thank you once again to my amazing intern Jenny from Simply Rustic Photography for the behind the scenes images.  I’m going to miss her when she’s gone:(


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Behind the scenes with Hulahoop Photography-Newborn Photographer in Burlington

Hi guys!

This is Jenny, Nicola’s new (and awesome) intern over here at Hulahoop Photography. You will probably recognize me from a few posts on the Facebook page hanging out in her photography studio in Cambridge.   I am so happy to be doing my coop placement with Nicola before I pack up my business Simply Rustic Photography and move to Whitecourt Alberta.  Nicola has graciously taken me under her wing, showing me the ropes in the world of portrait photography. All I can say is that everyday when I come into the studio, it’s always fun and every day brings something new. Usually we are hard at work editing, blogging, and shooting but we always get through the day giggling and listening to music.

Nicola has such passion for creating beautiful images and delivering her clients the best quality work. We all get to see all of her amazing work but I wanted to take a peak behind the scenes and show you what really goes on. We recently had a newborn session with a beautiful family with two under two. Lets check out baby Everett, behind the scenes for his newborn session in Burlington.

Having a brand new baby in the house can be stressful, as I know from just having my little girl a few months ago. As soon as we walked through the doors in this beautiful Burlington home, Nicola took charge and made greatness happen. It was amazing to see and learn how to navigate through this newborn session with two babies under two. I honestly think she has a 6th sense and knows when amazing, beautiful moments are going to happen.

Today this lovely momma came into the Cambridge photography studio view her session images. It’s definitely a beautiful, emotional moment in the studio during a viewing. I just loved what this mom said after viewing the images. “Wow, I wasn’t expecting that from all of the chaos. Absolutely wonderful!”

It just goes to show, that even though your children may have been a bit fussy, Nicola beautifully captures these precious moments that you can cherish for a lifetime.

I’m not going to get all emotional over here, but all I have to say is that I am incredibly fortunate to have worked with Nicola and I’m probably going to cry when I have to move to Alberta in 2 months. Lets get serious, I’ll cry. I’m definitely going to miss all of our goofy times in the studio, and learning from such a wonderful artist! Thank you so much for all of your awesomeness and mentoring, Nicola!

-Jenny xo

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Melissa A - What a beautiful post! Nicola is an amazing artist and I can see that you guys have had a great experience working together. All the best Jenny!