We Have Big News! We’re the First APNPI Accredited Photographer in Oakville

We’re so excited to announce that we’re APNPI certified as a Posed Newborn Photographer! APNPI is an International Professional Newborn Photographer’s Association created by newborn photographers, specifically for newborn photographers. 

They are dedicated to making our industry better and safer.  And to be included in this group of highly skilled professionals makes us so proud of the work we provide to our community.

Over the past few years, we’ve dedicated our time and passion to becoming certified, because our craft of producing beautiful images and keeping your newborn safe are our top priorities for our customers.  

Holding this accreditation demonstrates that the member is a specialist in their chosen field and is a stepping stone away towards earning recognized designations such as Craftsman of Photography and Master Photographer.  

To achieve these designations, an APNPI member must accomplish the following:

  • Successfully complete the APNPI Safety course – which we have
  • Successfully hold the Qualified Newborn Photographer Certification – which we also have
  • Submit 12 images meeting a strict outline of requirements in a chosen category to an APNPI approved Judging Panel of which all 12 images must be deemed “accepted” – which we also have


As of now, newborn photography is not regulated – this means any person with a camera can offer this service without the appropriate training. But in reality, newborn photography is highly delicate, and requires a level of skill and responsibility that only a trained professional can offer. Newborn physiology, their reflexes and their immune systems, newborn posing, and image compositing are all important areas we focus on to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for you and your newborn.

Baby girl sleeping in a wreath of flowers


We’re so proud to be the only Oakville APNPI certified newborn photographer. As of today, we have worked with more than 1600 newborns and their parents on creating lasting memories. Our experience, dedication and professionalism shine through every photo. And we continue to update our skills through training and certification programs to bring you and your family the best experience during your newborn photoshoot.

Being APNPI certified captures more than just the needed safety requirements, it signifies that we have invested our time and money to perfecting our craft. Our team has a solid understanding of lighting, camera settings, posing angles, editing, props, and colour palettes – just to name a few. We strive to produce a consistent product with each and every photo we take.   Therefore creating images you only dream of.

And in addition to that, we have countless outfits, backdrop themes, and props for us to incorporate into your newborn session – satisfying everyone’s taste.  Plus we are always getting in new items all the time to add to our collection.

We can’t emphasis enough how thrilled we are to share this news and we can’t wait to help you create lasting memories of your baby to share with your friends and family.

Click here to inquire about booking a session with us.

© 2024 McLelland Photography |  Oakville and Mississauga Newborn and Baby Photography

Twelve Financial Inc. Operating as McLelland Photography

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Tel: (289) 681-5822

Tricia McLelland is an award winning professional portrait photographer specializing in newborns from the Toronto, Oakville, Burlington, Milton, Brampton, Hamilton, Mississauga and surrounding areas including the GTA.  Her studio in SE Oakville also offers maternity, older baby, children, toddler, & family sessions too.

Email: tricia@mclellandphotography.ca