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!!


We’re shooting THERE?!?!? – Family photographer in Cambridge

I sometimes wonder what clients think when we are arriving at the location for their family portrait session in Cambridge.

They are dressed in their finest, hair all a gussied and children all shined up and then we head to our location.

It’s normally a ditch or a patch of weedy grass – sometimes it’s nothing at all.  Just a field – nothing more, nothing less.

I have lots of conversations with clients about the perfect setting for their family photographs, and while yes, sometimes the setting is very important and can set the right tone for your portraits.  Often times the spots I photograph my families in are so darn underwhelming.

The truth is – if it’s got good light and texture that’s all that really matters.  After all – the focus of your family portraits is YOU and given the choice I’m going to pick somewhere that has as few distractions as possible from you.

The following session was shot entirely in a ditch by a park and we used about 200 square feet of space and it lasted 30 minutes.

SO – don’t worry too much about location.  And when we head to a ditch smile and know that we’ve got this!

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Facing my Fears – Photographer in Cambridge

  Hi, my name is Nicola and I’m afraid of shooting in the afternoon.  I’m afraid of blue sky.    There I said it.

Phew – lets all breathe a collective sigh of relief!

I love, love, love photographing in the evening.  I love, love, love delicious, buttery back light

but, but, BUT – I love me some big puffy clouds and blue sky.    I’m just never really sure what to do with it.  I simply don’t photograph in the afternoon or in a way that embraces those beautiful blue skies.

I went out last week with my photography BFF, Kristin and my available model, Miss Ivy

I went out and faced those fears.  I took that bull by the horns and we went on a mission to find some blue skies and afternoon locations.

We were lucky to have those big, beautiful clouds that I love and I was pretty pleased with the results.

I’m going to make more of an effort to include Big Blue in my photographs So PLEASE – if you see a big blue sky in my images, please give them some love cause you know I was probably shakin’ in my boots when taking them.


P.S. – thank you to the little bird that encouraged me to push myself to do what I’m afraid of….



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Kelly - great article! Haha! Nice to know it’s not only me!

Mothers day portraits – photographer in Cambridge

This past weekend I kicked off my Mother’s day portrait sessions in Cambridge.

It so happens that each year my Mother’s day photography sessions seem to be the leap back into the season of outdoor portraiture and I couldn’t think of a better way to warm to the idea of photographing outdoors once again.

The love and bond between a mother and child is so raw and beautiful – one of my favourite things to photograph.

I have actually had a last minute opening for a Mother’s day session on Saturday May 9th at 7:00pm.    This is the only spot I have left so if you’d like some portraits like this of your own, feel free to contact me to book the spot.

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Sarah - Love this sweet session and the reflection in the Dad’s sunglasses :)

Jane Code - Hi Nicola,

Believe it or not, I’m your aunt-in-law. I was married to Paul Strub years ago. We have 3 kids Emily, Nick and Jessica.

I came across your photography online and saw that Simon was your husband – my connection.

I really admire your work as a professional photographer. I’ve got a trusty old Canon G10 and I love it. Sold to me on kijiji by a recently retired worker at that store. I love the camera and take excellent pics but they could be better I’m sure. Perhaps one day I could attend one of your intro courses so that I will be able to use my camera efficiently. Say high to Keith and Bonnie for me :)

Simon has so much of his mother and father in him – I can’t believe it!


Jane Code

Andrea - hi! Is your 7:00 session still available on May 9 and if so, how much is it and what’s included? Thanks!

hulahoop - Oh wow! Small world! So very kind of you to send along a little note! I’d love to have you in a future class. Keep on shootin’ and smilin’ xoxoxo

hulahoop - Hi Andrea – I’m so sorry, but that spot was spoken for a while ago. Too bad, I would have loved to have had you :(

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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