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 Franco – Photographer in Cambridge

Last week was definitely exciting times around the Hulahoop Photography studio in Cambridge.    The village of Hespeler was transformed into 1958 Texas, the setting for the 11/22/63 mini series, based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name and starring academy award nominee, James Franco.

The village was taken over by film crews, fans and of course James Franco himself!!!!

Day one of filming was rainy and drab, but that didn’t stop the star gazers for coming out and trying to catch a glimpse of Franco and Mr. King themselves and glance they did.  Both Franco and Stephen King were in the village that morning trying to stay dry between takes.   I was at the studio with only my old iPhone 4s on hand, but couldn’t get caught up in all of the Franco fever myself!

On day two of filming I figured I would go big or go home.  I brought out the big girl camera and my arsenal of lenses and was determined to get a good shot.

I was officially moonlighting as a paparazzo.  Camped out in one of my favourite local restaurants, Monty’s on Queen.  We got to watch all of the action with a front row seat AND with a few plates of their delicious frites – not too shabby.   Finally after over an hour of rehearsal with the Franco stand in, the main man himself came onto the set.      His scene had him walk right past those big front windows of Monty’s where yours truly was lying in wait.

So here it is… morning as a paparazzo right here in my own little Village, which has now been used for *three* different film sets and is being affectionately referred to as “Hespeler wood”

Fans came out in droves during the sunny weather to see the stars.  Unfortunately we couldn’t get anywhere near the filming as police had the roads blocked off and were holding crowds back.  We were trying to figure out our best vantage point.  I considered the fire escape on the side of Ernies and at one point was standing on a ladder from the studio…..

We had a great view of the crew, but the action was all happening on the street…

Very luckily for us we found out that Beal’s grocery over there on the left (aka Monty’s) was open to the public for lunch!  (Thank you, Adam!)  Bingo!  Front row seats!

Now seated comfortably in Montys with some cold drinks and some frites we were in the lap of luxury and sitting on Franco gold.  We found out that his scene would have him walking directly past those windows!

These children from the background company were adorable.  I couldn’t get over this little guy’s outfit!!

And FINALLY after a few too many frites – the main man himself is brought onto set!  I wish I had a shot of the salon across the street.  All of the stylists were piled into the windows with cell phones getting their own photographs:)

It took them almost two hours and countless takes  to film what was going to be less than 40 seconds of footage of Franco’s character walking down the street.

And here is is….my shining moment. Caught  on the front page of the Cambridge Times in full on paparazzi mode.  Just me and James together on the front of the paper.  No big deal;)


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In Studio Newborn Session – Newborn Photographer in Cambridge

I love to photograph families with their newborn babies.   Most of my newborn portrait sessions are done in my clients homes, however sometimes clients are worried that there is not enough natural light in their home, or they simply would prefer to have the newborn session elsewhere.

And that’s okay because at Hulahoop we give you options!   Newborn photography sessions can also be held at our storefront photography studio in Cambridge!

Curious to see what a studio newborn session with Hulahoop looks like?

Last week I hosted this wonderful family from Oakville who visited the Cambridge studio for their newborn portrait session!



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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!


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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 :(