Atlanta Newborn Photography | Baby Weston

Erika and Matthew drove from their home in Marietta to the studio. We schedule newborn sessions for after the majority of traffic has passed for our clients who don't live intown. For those who do live intown, it's a quick trip as we're located less than a half mile off the Zoo Atlanta exit on I-20. We have a lot of clients who drive from far away - we've had newborn clients from Macon, Braselton, Hampton, and Carrollton. All you have to do is get here and we'll handle the rest! 

When the family arrived, I pulled out a few options for Erika to look through. She didn't want to have to deal with finding something to wear and loved that we had a whole wardrobe available to her to choose from. Their new baby boy, Weston was absolutely ADORABLE and had the cutest little smirks and grins throughout his session. I started the session by photographing Weston alone for his newborn portraits. He woke up a couple of times during his session when he wanted to nurse, and I took advantage of his being awake and calm and took some photos. Not every newborn will open their eyes during a session, and sometimes they are not calm when awake. I can't always guarantee an image of your newborn with their eyes open making direct contact with the camera, but I definitely do my best when presented with the opportunity!  

After I finished up with Weston, we moved on to the parent and family portion. It was so sweet seeing Erika and Matthew with their son. I love watching new parents interact with their babies. The expressions of awe and wonder and ineffable joy are beautiful to observe and document. While I do help my clients get into the best positions for photographs, the emotion you see is all genuine and unforced. How can you not look at your beautiful baby and each other and smile? These are the moments I'm looking for as you interact with each other, and the reason why I love photographing newborns and their families so much. I want you to physically see how much you loved your sweet little baby right from the start... and I want you to be able to show your child so they can see it too. For me, that's the entire point of photography. It's the only true way we can freeze time and revisit the days that we will someday miss. 

Enjoy a few of my favorites from Weston's newborn session! 

If you're expecting a baby or already a parent and looking for a newborn, maternity, or family photographer, I would love to work with you to create images that you will love for a lifetime. Watch this video to hear about my philosophy and see how I work in the studio so you can determine if I'm the right fit for you. I can't wait to meet you!

Lily Sophia Photography specializes in newborn, baby, maternity, and birth photography in Atlanta, Georgia and surrounding areas.

Atlanta Maternity Photographer | A Mommy and Me studio session

Alex called the studio phone to ask if we had any availability for a last minute studio maternity session. She wanted to include her toddler as well.  Alex mentioned that she didn't love her first maternity session experience when she was pregnant with her first child and asked a lot of questions. We answered them all, sent her the information she needed, and then she dropped off the face of the earth. Bet you weren't expecting to hear that, were you? 

Sometimes our last minute maternity requests get so busy with preparations for the new baby, wrapping up work before maternity leave, and life in general that they completely forget about officially reserving their session.

We contacted Alex a couple of weeks later to follow up and she immediately chose a time and date. We had her come in for a studio styling appointment to try on pieces from the wardrobe and look through the little girl options for her two year old daughter.  Alex was worried that we wouldn't have things that would fit her since she is petite. We reassured her that we've had clients of all shapes and sizes in the studio! Our shortest female client was 4'10" and our tallest was 6'2".  She tried on several pieces and commented that she didn't know how she would narrow it down because they were all so pretty. She eventually did choose her dress, and then we moved on to choosing a dress for her daughter. 

The day of their session, they arrived at the studio. Alex was a little bit flustered because she didn't have a hair bow for her daughter. I pulled out a few options (yep, we keep some in the studio for little girls!) that matched her dress and we were all set. Mommy and me sessions are so much fun! Lots of mamas worry that their little one won't cooperate, but I like to make it fun for everyone. We play age appropriate games, make funny faces, dance, and sing songs. If your child is shy and needs space, they will receive it. We work around the needs of each unique client in the studio so a positive experience can be had by all. A low pressure and relaxed approach is best when working with little ones. If we're stressed out and worried about how things are going to go, toddlers can sense this. I know it's hard not to stress about how your session will go when you've invested so much time and want it to go perfectly! Ultimately, all I need is 1/800th of a second to capture each image.... and I'm a very patient person. It's a pretty major prerequisite for this particular career. 

Here are just a few of my favorites from this beautiful mother and daughter duo before they welcome a new baby girl into their family! 

If you're expecting a baby or already a parent and looking for a newborn, maternity, or family photographer, I would love to work with you to create images that you will love for a lifetime. Watch this video to hear about my philosophy and see how I work in the studio so you can determine if I'm the right fit for you. I can't wait to meet you!

Lily Sophia Photography specializes in newborn, baby, maternity, and birth photography in Atlanta, Georgia and surrounding areas.

Atlanta Baby Photographer | Samuel is 100 days old!

I first worked with Muyun and Zihao for their studio maternity session, which can be viewed by clicking here. Muyun emailed me after the birth of their son, Samuel, to reserve a 100 Days Old session. I LOVE this special milestone and think it's so special how their culture marks and celebrates babies at this specific point of infancy.

When they arrived, they informed me that they wanted to dress the whole family in clothing from the studio wardrobe. While I don't have a wide variety of options for baby boys, I do keep a few on hand. Samuel is quite a chunky little guy and was already in 6-12 month clothing. After Muyun chose her dress from the wardrobe, she chose a knitted one piece for him to wear that complemented her dress .

Samuel was such a happy and smiley little boy! He was also very strong and had great head and trunk control for pushing up. Every baby is different and some aren't quite doing that at 3 months old. I modify all of my sessions around babies and where they are developmentally for this reason. We can still get beautiful images of your baby in your arms or on your lap if they aren't sitting unassisted (or just don't feel like it!). Milestone sessions are such a special way to document your baby as they grow, and I absolutely love them. We see a lot of babies come in for 100 days/3-5 months, and then 6-8 months followed by First Birthday celebrations. Every milestone marker is unique and it's so neat to watch the progression of babies over their first year of life in photographs. Several of our clients have opted to create an album of that first year and it's such a wonderful and treasured keepsake. 

Enjoy just a few of my favorite images from Samuel's 100 Day session! 

If you're expecting a baby or already a parent and looking for a newborn, maternity, or family photographer, I would love to work with you to create images that you will love for a lifetime. Watch this video to hear about my philosophy and see how I work in the studio so you can determine if I'm the right fit for you. I can't wait to meet you!

Lily Sophia Photography specializes in newborn, baby, maternity, and birth photography in Atlanta, Georgia and surrounding areas.

Atlanta Newborn Photography | Baby Liam

Jennifer contacted the studio to learn more about newborn sessions and thought it was amazing that she didn't have to worry about what to wear and could borrow from the wardrobe. It can be overwhelming when you're pregnant to wonder what you have that will fit after delivery, and even more stressful thinking about going clothes shopping immediately postpartum. The good news is that with us, you don't have to! We have a large selection of beautiful and flattering pieces that will fit sizes 0-12/14. Many of our clients show up in comfy yoga pants and a tank top, and we take care of the rest. If you'd prefer to wear your own clothes, that's no problem at all! We send all of our clients a newborn prep packet that helps them choose the best options from their own closets for the entire family. 

When Liam was born, Jennifer contacted us to let us know and requested to add on hair and makeup services. You do not need to decide when you reserve your newborn session if you want to add this on. When you contact us to let us know your baby has been born, you can let us know at that time and we'll give you dates that a HMUA is available. It's such a wonderful way to treat yourself, and our HMUA team works magic on those undereye circles from sleep deprivation!

Margaret and I were waiting in the studio for the new family and welcomed them in when they arrived. Liam's grandma was visiting from Alabama, and she was such a lovely woman. She'd also dressed perfectly with help from our newborn prep packet! A lot of folks ask if grandparents are "allowed" to participate in the session. OF COURSE. I cannot imagine forbidding such important members of your family from participating in this once in a lifetime session. Grandparents are so precious and if you want them to be a part of the session, we welcome and encourage their involvement. Jennifer settled into the hair and makeup chair and I took Liam back to the newborn shooting room. His dad enjoyed watching the solo newborn portraits through our observation window. We keep the newborn shooting room at a toasty 85 degrees to keep our babies comfortable and sleeping. Liam woke up a few times during his session, and was very alert and calm. I love when babies decide to open their eyes since we can often photograph their cute little expressions. Not every baby wakes up during their session, but when they do we definitely take advantage of it! 

When I came out with Liam after we finished up his portraits, Margaret was applying the final touches to Jennifer. Jennifer "warned" me that she and her husband weren't that comfortable in front of the camera and often felt awkward, so they'd need a lot of direction. If I had a dollar for every time I heard this from clients....  Here's the good news! You're already an expert at what you need to do for your part in the session. Holding your baby, admiring your baby, loving your baby. You've been doing that since the moment you held them for the first time. Expert level status! I'll take care of the rest when it comes to the most flattering angles, and I walk you through the entire session. After about 5-10 minutes, you'll be comfortable and you'll actually have fun. If your baby needs to take a nursing break, or you need to sit down for a moment or have a snack, that's no problem. We're not in a rush, and stressing out isn't allowed in the studio. We want your experience to be calm, relaxed, and FUN. 

I'm happy to say that Jennifer commented as we finished up, "Wow, that was really fun! I wasn't sure what to expect, but we had such a great time today." That's always the goal for our clients. 

A few weeks later, I found myself back in the studio going through their newborn session proofs to create their album. They chose a 16x20 wall portrait of their favorite image to display in their home, and also selected some smaller prints to give as gifts to the grandparents. All collections come with a certain number of high resolution digital files with a personal print release too, so they left that day with their USB and proof box. 

Enjoy some of my favorites from Liam's newborn session! 

If you're expecting a baby or already a parent and looking for a newborn, maternity, or family photographer, I would love to work with you to create images that you will love for a lifetime. Watch this video to hear about my philosophy and see how I work in the studio so you can determine if I'm the right fit for you. I can't wait to meet you!

Lily Sophia Photography specializes in newborn, baby, maternity, and birth photography in Atlanta, Georgia and surrounding areas.

Atlanta Maternity Photographer | Camille & Daniel at the park

Camille called the studio phone to inquire about booking a maternity session at the park. She explained that her husband's job required him to travel a lot and that she had very limited availability to schedule a session. Fortunately, the date that we had available worked for them! 

Camille came in for a styling appointment, which is available to all booked clients. We will meet for about twenty minutes whether you want to borrow from the studio wardrobe or have me look over your clothing options and help you pull everything together. If you're not borrowing from the wardrobe for your maternity session, you're more than welcome to coordinate things via email or right before your session, but I much prefer to meet my clients and get to know them in advance. You'll be more comfortable too if this is the first time you're working with me! :) 

Camille decided on two off the shoulder dresses, and we talked about what her husband should wear. She later emailed me to ask where one of the dresses was from because she loved it so much that she wanted to buy one for her upcoming baby shower. 

The day before her session, the weather forecast looked absolutely horrible. I asked her if she'd like to change her session due to the heavy thunderstorms that were forecasted. Her response was that they didn't have any other availability, and they would take the risk, and we would get what we could get. When I arrived at the studio, Camille was sitting in the hair and makeup chair being worked on by Megan and a huge, ugly storm was brewing outside. Camille and her husband, Daniel didn't seem to be too concerned. They explained that when they had their engagement session, it also stormed and they ran out in between storms. Daniel also informed me that the radar indicated that the storm would move through pretty quickly, so we all crossed our fingers and waited. BOY, did it storm. The rain was insane... but just as Daniel had predicted, it blew through and we hurried outdoors to the park location, and had a truly magical session. The rain had a side benefit that none of us had thought about...it cooled the temperature off by quite a bit. Atlanta in the month of July is no joke, so it was definitely appreciated by us all! 

Here are a few of my favorites from their maternity session. Doesn't Daniel have some of the best hair ever? We joked that he was channeling Clark Kent. I loved working with this sweet couple, and they went on to have the most adorable little baby boy last fall! 

If you're expecting a baby or already a parent and looking for a newborn, maternity, or family photographer, I would love to work with you to create images that you will love for a lifetime. Watch this video to hear about my philosophy and see how I work in the studio so you can determine if I'm the right fit for you. I can't wait to meet you!

Lily Sophia Photography specializes in newborn, baby, maternity, and birth photography in Atlanta, Georgia and surrounding areas.

Atlanta Newborn Photographer | Baby Griffin

I first worked with Jess for her maternity session in the field, which can be viewed by clicking here. She had tried on a dress in our wardrobe while in for her maternity fitting that she loved, so she knew she wanted to wear it for her newborn session. Jess had also worked with Margaret for hair and makeup add on services for her maternity session, and enthusiastically requested to work with her again for newborn. Once you've worked with one of our HMUA team members for your session, you won't want to do it on your own for future ones! Not only are they lots of fun to hang out with, but the experience is also wonderful, and they are experts at applying camera ready makeup. All of them welcome your ideas and inspiration and will work closely with you to create the best look for your features and your comfort level. They can and have done it all: a wide range of skin tones on women of every ethnicity, women with vitiligo, glamorous looks, "no makeup" makeup, and the list goes on and on. 

When Jessica arrived at the studio with sweet baby Griffin and her husband, we couldn't get over how roly poly and plump he was! Rolls on rolls, and over 9 pounds with the cutest little nose and head of hair. Despite his chunkiness, he was a deep sleeper so curled right up when I worked with him during his solo newborn portion of the session. As I was finishing up with Griffin, Margaret was putting the finishing touches on Jessica's makeup. We moved right into the parent and family portion, which is so easy! All you have to do is worry about holding and loving your baby. I'll take care of the rest and gently guide you through the entire thing. The family portion usually takes about 30 minutes to an hour depending on your baby. Some babies decide partway through that it's time for a snack break. This is never an issue, as your baby's comfort is our top priority. If they need to eat or be snuggled, that's exactly what will happen! 

Here are a few of my favorites from Griffin's session! 

If you're expecting a baby or already a parent and looking for a newborn, maternity, or family photographer, I would love to work with you to create images that you will love for a lifetime. Watch this video to hear about my philosophy and see how I work in the studio so you can determine if I'm the right fit for you. I can't wait to meet you!

Lily Sophia Photography specializes in newborn, baby, maternity, and birth photography in Atlanta, Georgia and surrounding areas.

Atlanta Newborn Photographer | Baby Alexander

I first worked with Ann and her beautiful family for their field maternity session, which can be viewed by clicking here. When I heard from her that baby Alexander had arrived, I was so excited for their family! She asked if she could bring along grandparents and other family members, and I told her she was welcome to. Family members are always welcome to come along for your newborn session if they're in town and come by the studio when it's their turn to participate. Having a noisy and crowded studio is not conducive to the calm and relaxing environment needed for your baby's best session, so that's why we don't have anyone who is not being photographed present. 

Ann arrived with Alexander and we went through the studio wardrobe together to choose something for her to wear. She loved a blush lace dress, and cozied up on the studio couch for some rest while I took Alexander into the newborn shooting room. He was wide awake, but calm, and very alert. I'm always looking for babies to wake in a calm state so that I can capture their faces with their eyes open. Sometimes this doesn't happen during newborn sessions though if a baby just prefers to sleep or won't look towards the camera, and that's totally fine! After wrapping Alexander up and using a few tricks in my newborn photographer toolbox, I settled him into a deep sleep. We finished up the newborn portion fairly quickly once he was asleep and the rest of the family arrived.

The grandmothers both wore their traditional Vietnamese dress, which I loved. Grandpa was a retired Vietnamese Air Force vet, and put on his uniform at their request for a couple of images. Once we finished with the larger extended family images, the grandparents departed and we finished with parent, sibling, and immediate family photos. Big brother Andrew was SO sweet with his baby brother!  

I so enjoyed working with this tight knit and loving family, and I can't wait to see them in the fall for Alexander's First Birthday session! 

If you're expecting a baby or already a parent and looking for a newborn, maternity, or family photographer, I would love to work with you to create images that you will love for a lifetime. Watch this video to hear about my philosophy and see how I work in the studio so you can determine if I'm the right fit for you. I can't wait to meet you!

Lily Sophia Photography specializes in newborn, baby, maternity, and birth photography in Atlanta, Georgia and surrounding areas.