Last week we introduced you to our new Associate Tessa. For those of you who have already signed up for our upcoming workshop, you’ll be glad to know that you’ll be meeting her in two weeks time as she leads the wellness portion of our workshop over sangrias on Day One. Tessa’s been through a lot in the last year and we know that many of you out there have had a tough year too. Your struggles are not lost on us.  For this reason, we’d like to honour one of you with a complimentary seat in our upcoming workshop here in Burlington July 25th-27th. Simply follow the steps below before this Thursday at midnight (July 17th) and this Friday, we will choose one qualified entrant to win a place in our three day workshop. All you need to do is: 1) like our Facebook Page 2) join our workshop mailing list 3) pin one of our Blog Tutorials 4) share this post on our Facebook Page 5) email us your story using the WEBSITE CONTACT FORM and let us know about your struggles and why you would like to attend our upcoming July Workshop We’d love to see you there!

outdoor newborn posing workshop

Brazil April 2014 Sao Paulo Workshop

I have confidence in myself and my technique when posing newbies, which I did not have prior to the workshop. A wonderful business investment, and well worth every penny.”

  • heather - July 14, 2014 - 7:57 pm

    Wow! What a great giveaway. I’ve always wanted to go to a newborn workshop.

  • Angela - July 14, 2014 - 9:23 pm

    Looks like a fun event! have a great time.

  • Megan - July 14, 2014 - 11:05 pm

    Wonderful! Wish I lived closer so that I could attend :)

  • Rena Christine - July 15, 2014 - 9:33 am

    What a lovely idea!!

  • Robin - July 16, 2014 - 8:27 pm

    Sounds amazing!

  • Angela Kay - July 19, 2014 - 1:40 pm

    What a fun event! Love the portrait too – such a beautiful family…

  • Alexis - July 29, 2014 - 8:54 am

    SO cool you’re having a contest!! Good luck to everyone!

  • Daniela Margotto - August 14, 2014 - 9:03 pm

    Stephanie´s workshop is the best ever!
    Steph, miss you!
    Loved to host you, was such a pleasure to have you here!

newborn pants tutorial

Fashioning Newborn Pants Tutorial

They say necessity is the mother of invention and that’s just how this newborn pants idea came to be. A few weeks back, our associate photographer Tessa was scheduled to photograph a sweet baby boy. Now boys in particular can be a little tricky to pose given the need to hide a few additional “pieces” and Tessa’s supply of boy pants was running a little sparse. Why is it that boy props are so hard to come by anyhow? So Tessa sat thinking “what’s a girl to do?” when inspiration hit. You see, when you’re a mother to three, your brain is just wired a little differently than others. You’re forced to learn to MacGyver in a pinch; fashioning bathing suits out of T-Shirts and hair clips, underwear from a shower cap or flip flops from duct tape (true story). One thing a mom of three has in abundance is a butt tonne of too small clothing. Tights in particular, if you’ve been blessed with girls. And so, this two minute newborn pants project took to life in the closet of Tessa’s youngest child. When she brought this little trick to me in the studio I just couldn’t help but to share it with you all!

The instructions are so simple, all you need is a few pictorals to send you on your way. You will literally have a new pair of newborn pants in less time than it takes to read this post!

newborn pants tutorial

Newborn Pants from 0-6 month Tights

newborn pants tutorial

0-6 month Newborn Pants

Et Voila!

New tights for your prop collection. Incidentally, I bought these tights for 97 cents on sale at the GAP. SCORE! You could also consider buying white tights and custom dying them to match your favourite blanket. Plus, since tights have an infinite amount of stretch, these tights will happily fit many sizes of babe.

It’s funny how such a simple idea can really blow your mind. Why didn’t I think of that?!

For more AHA moments, consider joining us at our upcoming Newborn Posing Workshop on July 25th-27th.

Happy Pants Making!

  • Jeni - July 11, 2014 - 9:22 pm


  • Lanye Bush - July 12, 2014 - 9:37 am

    Such a great tutorial! I’m not a newborn photographer, but I’m going to send this post to my friends who shoot newborns!

    Thanks for sharing such great knowledge!

  • A Dimple in Time Photography - July 14, 2014 - 12:27 pm

    Genius! It’s amazing how some of the most simple “life hacks” are right under our noses. Upcycled newborn prop pants out of tights is the perfect example! Glad you found your quick fix :) Thanks for the tips!

  • Megan - July 14, 2014 - 5:30 pm

    This is AWESOME… thanks so much for sharing!! I’m off to the mall to scour the Gap sale ;) Great idea for re-purposed newborn pants!

  • Kimberly - July 14, 2014 - 7:36 pm

    Great tip! I have a newborn session coming up so I will have to keep my eye out for some tights. :)

  • Kirsten Arial - July 15, 2014 - 2:34 am

    Wow…..I love this! So informative and ingenious!

    Thanks for the tip!

  • Denise (CM) - July 15, 2014 - 4:17 pm

    What a great tutorial, thank you!!

  • Amanda - July 16, 2014 - 6:47 am

    Ahhhhhhh!! I am going to do this right now for the newborn session I have today!

  • Shannon Hager - July 16, 2014 - 1:35 pm

    What a great idea! Thank you!

  • Heidi - July 16, 2014 - 8:00 pm

    Brilliant!!!! Thank you for sharing!

  • Robin - July 16, 2014 - 8:26 pm

    Oh that’s awesome, thanks for sharing and beautiful work!

  • Heather - July 16, 2014 - 8:33 pm

    Wow! Genius!

  • Carrie Burnham - July 16, 2014 - 10:01 pm

    What a neat idea! Thanks for sharing.

  • Amy Kolodziej - July 18, 2014 - 9:04 pm

    Absolutely genius! Love the sweet baby too :)

  • My Site - July 29, 2014 - 2:36 am

    Awesome! This is one of the best time parents should read. Hehe. Thank you for sharing this, very helpful, you’re a genius!

We are so pleased to announce another addition to our team here at Stephanie Robin Photography.

Associate Stephanie Robin Photography

Associate Photographer Tessa Vanderlinden

I couldn’t be more pleased to welcome our new Associate Photographer, Health Specialist, Workshop Coordinator and Social Media Maven Tessa to our team. Tessa is an accomplished photographer, determined soul, wife and mother of three. She also happens to have a history with us here at Stephanie Robin as a client. We’ve had the pleasure of working with Tessa and her family on a number of occasions but my most fond would have been as my first official client 6 years ago.

Tessa worked with me in photographing and creating her son’s birth announcements back in 2008 and her little one holds the distinction as my 3rd newborn I had ever worked with. He was a sweet thing and did incredibly well given my lack of experience at the time. These were the days before newborn workshops. My prior experience consisted of working with my own newborn son and my cousin’s new arrival.


5×7 Birth Announcement

I saw Tessa and her boys again a few years later as I was expecting my third. Tessa told me then of her burgeoning new business and I watched over the next years as she developed her style and abilities.


2010 Vanderlinden Family Portraits

It was a year after this session that Tessa found herself expecting again and though she suffered appendicitis early on in her pregnancy, she delivered a happy, healthy sweet baby girl. I had the pleasure of meeting her at her 6 month session a while back and she remains on record as one of the most smiley babes I have had the pleasure of working with.

6 month photograph

Baby R – 6 month portrait

six month mom and me photograph

Mom & Me 6 month portrait

Tessa faced adversity again last year fighting and recovering from Toxic Shock Syndrome. Knowing Tessa, her three children and her husband, I have a hard time thinking about what might have been. This challenge changed everything for Tessa and has made her a stronger, healthier version of her former self. It’s given her drive and a new appreciation for life and, in part, led to her decision to join our team here at Stephanie Robin. We are stronger with her.

Tessa has been hard at work with us coordinating and promoting our upcoming July 25th Newborn Posing Workshop in Burlington ON. She has also been working one on one with me behind the scenes perfecting her work utilizing Stephanie Robin Posing Techniques and will be accepting newborn and baby clients as of September of 2014. If you are interested in scheduling a session or inquiring about Tessa’s services, please feel free to send through an inquiry to


Welcome to the team Tessa!





  • Denise Ackerman (CM) - July 11, 2014 - 8:52 am

    Beautiful photos! Love your work!

  • Deirdre - July 11, 2014 - 8:56 am

    What a great addition, welcome!

  • […] just how this newborn pants idea came to be. A few weeks back, our associate photographer Tessa was scheduled to photograph a sweet baby boy. Now boys in particular can be a little tricky to pose […]

  • Shauna - July 11, 2014 - 2:13 pm

    Congrats on your new position – so exciting!

  • Megan - July 11, 2014 - 8:47 pm

    Awesome! Congrats on the new addition!!

  • April O'Hare - July 12, 2014 - 3:47 pm

    Wow, that is fantastic news for both of you. I hope that you both grow well together:)

  • heather - July 13, 2014 - 6:35 pm

    Fantastic news. Congratulations Tessa!

  • Angela - July 14, 2014 - 9:19 pm

    Congrats! and great photo of you. Love your work too!

  • Shanna - July 14, 2014 - 10:26 pm

    Awesome! Congrats on the new addition!

  • Kerri - July 15, 2014 - 7:43 am


  • Rena Christine - July 15, 2014 - 9:18 am

    lovely work! :)

  • Jete Devisser - July 15, 2014 - 9:29 pm

    Congratulations on taking on an associate photographer! Especially one that sounds as amazing as Tessa. Best of luck to both of you!

  • Shannon Stroubakis - July 18, 2014 - 10:39 am

    Congratulations to you and Tessa! Tessa is an AMAZING photographer and I’m so happy for her. She’s incredibly talented!

  • Amber Aileen - July 18, 2014 - 10:45 am

    Congratulations Tessa! What an incredible opportunity for both of you!

  • Steph Robin - July 18, 2014 - 7:06 pm

    Aww… Thank you, Shannon!!!

  • Alexis - July 22, 2014 - 9:42 am

    Wonderful! Congratulations on your expansion!!!

  • Liz Campbell - July 23, 2014 - 2:17 pm

    Such an exciting announcement! Good luck, Tessa!!

I often get asked whether or not I will be running in person workshops and to be completely honest, it’s something I have been edging away from over the last year. Not because I have not had wonderful experiences in past and not for lack of interest or a passion to teach. Instead, I’ve been on sabbaticle of sorts… working with a busy schedule, three wonderful little humans to raise at home and a thriving business that is ever growing and changing, especially in these past two years.

Time has passed, many requests have emerged (new and repeat) and with time to reconsider and a schedule no less busy but a little better managed with the addition of staff here at the Stephanie Robin Photography studios, I felt it was simply just time.

And so, I will be hosting the first ever Newborn Posing Workshop in the new (and pretty gorgeous) studio space. The studio is my fourth baby, after my three wonderful bitties at home, and fulfills me like no other space has. I am thrilled and excited to be sharing it, even as it continues to develop, with new and emerging photographers at this upcoming workshop already nearly half sold out.

The workshop will run July 12th and 13th and will feature work with newborns, babies aged 3 months to 1 year in age and some gorgeous maternity work as well. Students will be provided with a full PDF course and online posing guide to aid in their studies and to ensure they live in the moment at the workshop itself.

If this workshop is of interest to you, please do contact the studio at either or 905.483.7773. The workshop is already half sold out with pre-sales to past and present workshop inquiries so please don’t delay.

I look forward to meeting you all and helping you along in your journey as newborn and baby portraitists.

As with all baby products, there’s an abundance of information out there on what to choose for baby’s skincare. You may feel overwhelmed by the choices and certainly those choices are your own to make; however I believe the best choices are informed ones and, in that vein, I thought it pertinent to update the blog regarding our studio choices for baby’s skincare needs. At the Stephanie Robin Photography Studio, we cater to babies one and under which means you can find pretty much anything from diapers to wipes to a proper baby bath on hand. We’ve even set up a nursery area where you are free to nurse baby privately or change them at a our beautiful dressing table. What you won’t find in studio are chemically laden ointments, creams or powders.

Don’t get me wrong. I have used medicated ointments and creams when necessary, however for new babe’s fresh skin we prefer to offer you natural, hygenic, non-irritating products. In the wake of the recent Johnson and Johson recall for baby powder manufactured in 2007 (expiring in 2010) in which residues of carcinogenic substances were found in 15 batches, it seems a safer choice to simply opt for natural products instead. We are happy to let you know that we at Stephanie Robin offer the best of the Burt’s Bees Baby Collection to those visiting and want you to rest assured that we have your baby’s best interests in mind!I encourage you to visit their site, where you can purchase your product and ship directly to your home address.

Natural, luxurious and completely safe. Who doesn’t love that?

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