Atlanta Newborn Photographer
Every now and then, as an Atlanta newborn photographer, I have the pleasure of photographing an old friends baby. I grew up next door to Elliott’s mom, Cayce. I actually photographed his big sister, Olive, on this very same bed. You can see those pictures by clicking here. When Cayce had Elliott, she joined the 2 under 2 club! It’s not a club that EVERYONE tries to be in…she’s such an over achiever! My own family was in this club, and then we went on to join the 3 kids 3 and under club. When we had our 4th (and final) child, my oldest had just turned 6. It was INSANITY having that many young kids so close together, but it has been so much fun as well.
For both Olive and Elliott, I happened to be visiting Nashville shortly after they were born, so I was able to do their pictures while I was in town. I LOVE when I get to photograph the children of good friends. Their sweet mama is like an extension of my own family. We do Thanksgivings together often, and have for years, so it was a complete treat for me to get to photograph her sweet babies.
Lifestyle Photography Session
Since I was away from my home studio in Atlanta, GA for these sessions, I went with a more lifestyle feel. We used a bed, and a small bucket, and I worked with natural light since when I travel with my kids, I don’t have room for my studio lighting. It worked out great, and I really enjoyed having a little variety. Lifestyle isn’t all THAT different from posed, and is just a little more laid back. Elliott wasn’t a fan of sleeping very much, and really enjoyed his pacifier, so we even let his special paci be in a few of the pictures:)
When booking a newborn session, I usually try to schedule them within the first 2 weeks of life. Elliott’s situation was a little different since I don’t live near them, and he, like his sister, came a little earlier than planned. He was right at a month old for his session. Still TOTALLY do-able, just a little harder to get them to sleep. I really enjoyed getting to capture Elliott’s mom and grandmother in the pictures as well. I love being able to capture generations of family members together.
Which Session is Right for you…Lifestyle or Posed?
While the majority of the sessions I do for newborns are posed newborn sessions, I do still enjoy lifestyle sessions. How do you decide which one is right for you? A lifestyle session usually takes place at the clients home. I will use natural light, and we will photograph you and your family interacting. A few of the pictures may be posed, but for the most part, the pictures will be of your family around your house. Maybe some in the nursery, some with mom and dad snuggling baby, siblings, dogs..whatever you normally do in your home, is what we would photograph.
For a posed newborn session, it would take place in my studio. I have a variety of props that I use for posed sessions, and the larger ones I can’t travel with. As an Atlanta newborn photographer, I have lots of outfits, headbands, fabrics, and other props. For a lifestyle session, I would bring a few things, but all of my studio won’t pack up into my car. Both sessions are amazing, and would capture your little one beautifully. It is just up to you which one is the best fit for your family.
How to Prepare for your Atlanta Newborn Photographer Session
Honestly, there isn’t a lot that I ask my clients to do in order to prepare for their newborn sessions. I do send out a parent prep letter the day before, with a few tips for a successful session. Here’s a little bit of what a session with me will look like. If you have older siblings, I like to do the sibling/family/parent shots first. I find that easier, and that way once big kids and dad are done, they can leave if they want to. Another thing I do that helps with the sessions is I keep my studio very warm. Around 85 degrees. I have a couple of noise machines that I use as well, and once I get going with the actual newborn part of the session, I tend to get in a good groove. We do stop for feeding breaks if we need to. There is no point in trying to get a hungry baby to sleep on an empty belly.
If you’ve gotten this far, maybe you’d like to know a little about me, as a person, and how I got into photography. First and foremost, I am a wife, and a mother. I have 4 children. My oldest, Zaden, is 9 years old. My second son, Kellam, is 8. They are 16 months apart, and while it wasn’t easy, we did survive it! My daughter, Landrie, is 6 years old, and is full of sass and loves her baby dolls…all 27 of them! And finally, our youngest, Avett, is 3 years old. Avett was in the NICU for 7 weeks at birth, and because of him, I have a special heart for NICU babies.
I first fell in love with photography when Zaden was around 8 months old. I was missing so many great shots with him with my slow responding point and shoot camera, so I got my first DSLR for my birthday, and started learning how to use it. Years later, I still loved photography, and felt like it was time to start a business. I love capturing families and preserving memories for my clients. I also love how flexible photography is to the schedule of my family. As an Atlanta newborn photographer, it is important to me that I still have plenty of time to spend with my own family. The ability to make my own schedule and work as much or as little as I want to, has been so great for our family.