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!!

Five minutes with Ivy – Lifestyle photographer in Cambridge

I just kicked off my new year in the best way possible.  By attending the 2015 NAPCP retreat in Whistler.

While I was there I got to meet some amazing photographers from around the world and learn a little bit about their lives, both personal and professional.

One of the things that tweaked my interest the most was an idea born by the extremely talented Dana Pugh.  She is the brainchild behind The Five Minute Project.

This beautiful blog is a cooperative between photographers and the focus is quite simply, to document life around you in five minutes.  To try and capture and tell the story of what you see in five minutes or less.

I would highly recommend visiting this amazing blog.  It’s remarkable how these fine photographers see the world in five minutes.  I simply love this concept!

This year I have resolved to try and do more personal projects because I know that one day I will regret not having these sweet moments of my own children.

While I was away in Whistler the whole family came down with the flu.  Unfortunately now it is sweet Ivy’s turn.  As she was winding down for a nap today I thought I would try to do a little five minute session.

Here is what I came up with….

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Coco & Vanilla Bean – Newborn Photographer in Toronto

It’s so nice to see some of my favourite families grow.   This particular family has to be one of my favourite for sure.  I’ve known Mom since she was about 9 or 10 years old:)  One of my very first lifestyle newborn clients, and long time friend,  recently welcomed their newest addition – Baby Coco.   She is so teeny tiny – just over 5 pounds and birth and still so little almost a month later.  I had the pleasure of doing a newborn photography session in their Toronto home.  Big brother spent the morning calling me “Vanilla” and then I affectionately became known as “Vanilla Bean”, which melted my heart for sure.

I totally love the fun and spontaneity that a toddler brings to these newborn portrait sessions.  It’s so nice to be able to capture real life in photographs.

Congratulations to Shelly, Ryan and Hank on their little Coco.



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Stephanie - this is perfect Nic. Great job!

Katie Anstett - Shelly these pictures are amazing!!!
You all look so wonderful…I can’t wait to meet baby Coco and give her a little snuggle.

Excellent photo shoot!!!

Winter White – Family Photographer in Cambridge

I do so enjoy photographing families throughout all seasons of the year.  It’s amazing how much the look and feel of a session changes with the landscape of the season.

I loved the ways the soft, muted tones of this families clothing complimented the hazy grey of this *almost* winter portrait session.

Mother Nature was kind enough to give us a sweet sprinkling of snow immediately prior to our family portrait session in Cambridge in late November.

I do so enjoy doing family portraits in the winter and I have something pretty special in the works for this coming winter season.

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Wrapping up – Family photographer in Cambridge

Tomorrow marks my last official day of work for 2015.  It has been such an incredible year for Hulahoop and I enjoyed photographing so many families from as close as Hespeler to as far away as Malta and everywhere in between.

This year brought with it some big changes for Hulahoop, including the move into a retail studio space in downtown Hespeler.  I have thoroughly enjoyed this new venture and especially the work life balance that it has allowed me.  Being an entrepreneur with young children has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to try and accomplish in my life.  Even as I write this blog post I have two little voices speaking to me looking for snacks.

After a whirl wind Fall season I will be taking the remainder of the year off to enjoy with my little family who has been feeling rather neglected the past couple of months. I will be back in full swing in January and can’t wait to see what 2015 holds in store.

I thought it fitting to include my last family outdoor session in this blog post.

It’s hard to believe that this session was done in early December and we were all freezing.  My little clients were real troopers and raced through their family portrait session with flying colours!  We hit up my favourite field for this session and the light and texture was so lovely.  Mom also totally nailed it with the outfit choices.  Loved the layers and colour pallet that they went with.

Thank you to this sweet family for taking my  year out with a bang!


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November Morning – Family Photographer in Burlington

It was a very sunny November morning when I met up with this Burlington family for their Fall family portraits.

Their three children were so wonderful to work with and I had a great time with them touring the grounds of Palletta mansion.  I do enjoy the very varied look that you can obtain from sessions at that particular location.

I loved that Mom already had some ideas for what she wanted to do with her photographs, it made our in studio ordering session run so smoothly and we ensured that she walked away from her session with exactly the products that she wanted.

I can’t wait for her to be able to display these portraits in their brand new home.

During our pre session consultation my client explained that she wanted a family portrait that was more environmental so that it could be enlarged for her wall.   Ta-Da!  This gorgeous image is going to be displayed as a 24X38 framed canvas and I think it’s going to make a spectacular statement piece in their home.


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Sarah - Such a pleasure to view your work always, and this is such a fantastic set of photos Nicola. Congrats on a fantastic 2014, and well done opening your studio! Enjoy your family over Christmas :)