Atlanta Maternity Photographer | Ashley & Marc

Ashley is an advance planner, and she contacted us early in her second trimester to schedule a maternity session at the field location. She also booked a newborn session as well, and opted to add on hair and makeup services to both. Most of our clients do reserve their sessions sometime in the second trimester and this helps in having more date options to choose from - especially if you need a weekend date outdoors! I only photograph outdoor sessions in the hour before sunset, hence the limited availability on the weekends. Many clients schedule their outdoor sessions in the summer months for weekdays since the sun sets closer to 9 PM and traffic isn’t an issue when we’re getting started.

Ashley came to the studio after the Thanksgiving holidays for her maternity fitting, and we discussed her style preferences. She was worried that it would be pretty cold for their December session, and I reminded her that there was just no way to predict that in the south! (keep reading to find out what the temperature ended up being on their session date!) After she tried on multiple pieces from our studio wardrobe, she chose a gorgeous off the shoulder dress and a floral gown with fun long sleeves. Before she left, we discussed what her husband Marc should wear based on what she had chosen. I followed up later that day by sending her our style guide so that she could refer to it while going through Marc’s closet! The style guide is super simple and most importantly - easy to follow. If you have any questions or want more input, I’m available via email. Many of my clients bring an armful of options with them to their session if they’re not sure, and I make a quick decision to pull it all together. You decide the level of support you need from me, and you’ll get it!

The week of the session, it rained, and rained, and rained some more. I don’t watch the weather too carefully because who needs the anxiety? I always warn clients not to stalk the weather until we are a couple of days out, but I know it’s hard to not check the forecast. Fortunately for us, the rain stopped and the temperatures warmed up… to a nice and mild 72 degrees on the day of their December session! It was sunny and felt like a gorgeous spring day. Mild winter days are another reason why I love living in Atlanta so much - I photograph outdoor sessions year round because it’s rarely cold enough to necessitate moving inside.

Ashley had told me at her fitting that she and her husband weren’t pros in front of the camera. Guess what? Hardly anyone is! I’ve had a few clients from the film industry that work as professional actresses, and even they sometimes feel a bit nervous in front of a camera. It’s totally normal! Don’t worry - I’ll take care of you. My direction is very straightforward, and we’ll have a lot of fun during your session. Just come ready to have some fun and connect with your partner, and I’ll handle the rest.

During the session I asked how adventurous they were, and they looked at each other and said “We’re up for anything!” So we tromped through tall grass and briars to get to the perfect spot, and the resulting images were absolutely stunning. I love when clients are willing to go outside of the box a little bit for creative purposes, because it’s always worth it.

Enjoy a handful of my favorite images from this beautiful session at the field. Ashley’s look was created by our lead HMUA, Margaret, and both dresses are from the studio wardrobe which is available to all clients (you don’t have to be pregnant!) to borrow from if they so choose.

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 family photography in Atlanta, Georgia and surrounding areas.

Atlanta Baby Photographer | Troi is ONE!

‘Toya contacted me to schedule a First Birthday session for her daughter, Troi. I had first worked with her for Troi’s newborn session, and was so excited to see them again! Troi was a tiny preemie born at 26 weeks, but proved to be a mighty fighter who is a happy and healthy one year old today. You can read more details and see images on her newborn blog post by clicking here.

‘Toya brought a simple buttercream frosted cake with colorful pastel sprinkles. If you choose to include a cake (nope, it’s not required!) we have a list of great options for you in the Atlanta area if you want to outsource that part. Our baker is such a talented person and can accommodate many food allergies as well as create vegan cakes for those who may desire or need that as an option. She’ll drop the cake off at the studio in advance of your session so it’s one less thing you have to worry about the day of. Using her services is not required as your local grocery store can also make a gorgeous cake for your baby! Regardless of where the cake comes from, we will walk you though best practices for icing type, cake flavor, texture, and colors, if you choose to incorporate a cake into your baby’s session! The main goal is to keep the focus on your baby so the cake isn’t competing with them for attention when viewing the image.

I was SO excited to see Troi again! At first she was a little bit shy but that quickly dissipated with a game of peek a boo. First Birthday sessions double as a family session too! After we finished with Troi’s solo images, we moved into the family and parent portion of our session. By this time, most one year olds are ready to call it a day. Their attention spans aren’t very long! It’s for this reason that we save the cake for last!

‘Toya had bought a fun little outfit for the cake smash portion, so after an outfit change we moved into that. If your baby is fussy and getting tired, 9 times out of 10 their cake is the perfect distraction and pick me up. As you can see from the images, Troi was a fan of her cake and enjoyed the first taste of sugar she’d ever been permitted.

(While we typically use our antique high chair for cake smashes in the studio to make it less work for mom and dad, sometimes babies don’t like to sit, and that’s totally fine! We adapt to each baby’s unique personality and preferences and tailor the experience to their needs.)

Enjoy some of the images from this cutie’s session!


If you're getting ready to celebrate your baby’s First Birthday (congrats on almost a WHOLE year of parenting!!!), 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 family photography in Atlanta, Georgia and surrounding areas.

Atlanta Newborn Photographer | Baby Sophia

Melissa contacted the studio to schedule a newborn session for when her daughter Sophia arrived. After she inquired, she took some time to look over information and then went to browse the website again. She clicked on this video, cried, and then emailed to let us know she wanted to secure her spot. She was excited to hear that we had a studio wardrobe available as well as add on hair and makeup services! While Melissa was pretty sure she would wear clothing from her own closet, but was grateful to know that there was a backup option available to her.

On the morning of their session, Melissa arrived at the studio with baby Sophia. We looked through the studio wardrobe together and she showed me what she had brought from home for herself and for her husband and son. I loved what she had brought with her, and after hearing that she was hoping for a casual feel, told her I thought what she had brought would be perfect. She commented that the style guide we send to all clients was super helpful in knowing what to bring. Our HMUA Brielle was all set up for her when she arrived and spoke with her about what she wanted in terms of her look. Melissa loves makeup, and enjoys wearing a more dramatic eye, but also wanted to keep it more toned down than she would normally wear. Brielle nailed it, as always. If you’re someone who doesn’t wear makeup often (like me), have no fear. You will discuss your preferences with your HMUA and they will work with you to create a beautiful look that you feel gorgeous and comfortable in - you will look like yourself!

While Melissa was being pampered, I took baby Sophia to the newborn shooting room for her solo portraits. She was a sweet little itty bitty six pounder, and so snuggly! Melissa requested that we use some tiebacks for her during he solo portion, which is something else that I always ask my girl moms. Some moms prefer a mix, while others prefer none.

As I finished up, Melissa’s husband Tom arrived with Tommy. Tommy was the most ADORABLE big brother ever! He was so sweet and loving towards his baby sister, and so eager to participate! With older siblings I always assess their comfort level and how they’re acclimating to baby. There is no set game plan when it comes to the sibling portion of the session because it’s impossible to predict how a younger child will react or be feeling on that day. We have lots of little tricks that we use for young toddlers who aren’t wild about their baby sibling, but none were needed with this guy as he is almost 4 and was a great listener. After we finished with the sibling images, we moved into family and parents. This is when you snuggle together as a new family and I photograph what unfolds. Sometimes families aren’t quite sure what to do because of the camera, but I just give a few prompts of things that families do all the time, and once you’re engaged in that it all comes together.

You’ll notice that Sophia is wearing a darling little buttoned gown! We have a few alternatives to blanket wraps in the studio and I’ll discuss the pros and cons of each option. Every family will want a different feel for their images in terms of overall look, others will want to add in a sentimental touch by bringing their own blanket for the session. There is no right or wrong way! I loved her sweet little gown and it made moving her from parent to parent quite seamless as there was no readjusting of a blanket needed. If you want to bring something from home, we’ll discuss best practices to make sure what you bring photographs beautifully in terms of color and texture. We can also recommend specific places to shop at as well!

Enjoy a few of my favorite images from this precious little girl’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 family photography in Atlanta, Georgia and surrounding areas.

Atlanta Family Photographer | Something Different

I’ve had the honor of working with Holly & Eddie since they were expecting their oldest child four and a half years ago. I’ve photographed so many sessions of their family I may have actually lost count. In 2019, we are offering complimentary video to the First Year Collection members! Enjoy watching one of the sweetest little families you ever did see. I dare you not to smile at little Miss Willow’s spunk and Oliver’s sweet charm.

Want to capture your family just as you are now before time completely slips away and you’re packing their bags for college? Contact us and we’ll chat about your session goals, your vision, and our approach to see if we’re the perfect match for your family photography!

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 family photography in Atlanta, Georgia and surrounding areas.

Atlanta Family Photographer | The M Family

I first worked with Shannon for her maternity session with her second baby a couple of years ago and was so excited to get to meet her baby when we scheduled their family session! Of course, he wasn’t a baby anymore at two years old… but I love seeing clients again no matter how much time has passed. I absolutely LOVE photographing families and frequently do.

Shannon and her husband live in the Peachtree City area and have two adorable and energetic little boys. I sent over the style guide and wardrobe inspiration board to her so she could look through it. We provide as much or as little assistance with styling your family as you need. Some of my clients could open their own fashion boutiques and need zero help from me (these guys would qualify), while others want the assurance of knowing what they’re choosing to wear will work well for their session. Shannon chose a monochromatic look with fun details like her motorcycle jacket and boots that paired well with her husband’s beanie and plaid shirt. Hats are more than welcome during sessions - I strongly suggest avoiding hats with brims as they’ll shadow faces and hide expressions. If you have a hat with a brim you absolutely love, bring it and we’ll incorporate it into a few images!

The evening of their spring session in March was overcast and cool. Overcast days are just as beautiful for photos too! The two major benefits to overcast days are (1) gorgeous even light (2) no limitations on which direction you’re facing since you won’t be blinded by the sun.

It’s awesome living in Atlanta because for the most part, shooting year round outdoors is no problem. It’s pretty rare we have days that are so cold you can’t be outdoors for a shoot - and those days are mostly in December-January. But, it’s the south after all…. just last week it was 71 degrees while I was shooting here and it reached 75 on another day in December. You just never know.

Family sessions are full of fun and play. I ask parents to check their expectations at the car, and to be willing to play games and follow my prompts for activities. I know firsthand how easy to become frustrated when you feel like your family session isn’t going well. I know how much planning, time, and effort goes into the entire thing. I’m a mom of three kids myself, so I really do get it. When my clients trust me and go with the flow, they are always pleasantly surprised by the resulting gallery if they felt like the entire session was chaos. If your children are a bit wild and running around, that’s perfectly ok! Usually this also means they’re full of joy and personality, and we’re going to get images where their sheer happiness is clearly evident. I also like to remind parents during sessions that all I need is 1/1000th of a second to get those sweet and quiet moments. Which might literally only last half a second before they’re running around again. Sometimes it may not seem like those moments are happening, but I promise they are!

The mountain location is a favorite for families because kids have a lot of fun exploring, and the scenery is different than the norm. There are lots of different areas to photograph in, and we keep moving constantly to keep the interest of your children. It’s about a mile hike from our meeting place to the top, and my little boy hiked it successfully by himself with no assistance from me when he was twenty months old. So, it’s definitely on the easier side for families and pregnant women, but there is definitely some physical effort involved. In the summer and fall months it can be extremely hot since the mountain is all rock surface with nowhere for the heat to go. I share these facts with you so you can make an informed decision on whether it’s the best location for you!

I love photographing at the mountain location since it’s such an unique place. When’s the last time you climbed a mountain and watched the sun set or surveyed land for as far you can see in all directions? Been a while? Come do it with me in the near future, and you’ll have some gorgeous photos to show for it too! ;)

Enjoy a few of my favorite images from this fun family’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 family photography in Atlanta, Georgia and surrounding areas.

Atlanta Maternity Photographer | Katelin & Adam

This session wins the award for last minute scheduling!

Katelin contacted us to schedule a maternity session and asked for the studio as her location. Caroline, our studio manager let her know that we had an opening that same afternoon. I was in the studio that morning photographing other clients. When I checked my messages during a break between clients, I saw that Caroline had added a new appointment for a maternity session to the end of my afternoon. I had some time before my next client, so found out from Caroline that Katelin and Adam would be driving all the way from Buford for their session and that she had a dress of her own that she planned to wear.

When Katelin and Adam arrived that afternoon, I spent a little bit of time getting to know them. Typically this would happen during our maternity fittings which are scheduled for a couple of weeks beforehand but that doesn’t always happen. We have a lot of out of state clients who fly in for a session making that impossible, and sometimes life gets in the way. Since Katelin already had a dress that she loved, she opted to wear one dress for her session. The dress was very wrinkled from being in a bag, so I pulled out out the steamer and took care of getting it perfect while we chatted and got to know each other a little bit. While chatting, I found out that Katelin had a less than stellar experience with another photographer which resulted in her not going forward with her session. She looked for other options, and as soon as she found our website instantly felt that we would be perfect fit for her.

Katelin also mentioned that I’d have to tell them what to do since they didn’t know what they should do. If this is you also, don’t worry - I expect this! It’s my job to get you comfortable and into a place where you relax. I’ll make sure there’s no lipstick on your teeth, that your hair doesn’t look crazy, and that you’re not accidentally creating a double chin. Your only responsibility is to have fun and enjoy yourselves while you’re here!

I always start off slowly to get mamas comfortable in front of the camera, and then add in dads. So many clients comment about how they adore the love and connection they see between couples on my website and then follow up with “But my husband would never do that.” Guess what? The vast majority of my clients said the exact same thing, and they still ended up with those kinds of images! The secret is to save those for the end, when you’re relaxed and comfortable, and to follow my lead. Nothing is forced or contrived. It’s a simple positioning of two people in love close to each other with gentle guided prompts for your own unique and natural interaction. Voila. Then the magic happens.

Can I just say how much fun this session was? I really enjoyed getting to know them both, and loved their sense of humor and personalities. Enjoy some of my favorites from this awesome couple’s maternity 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 family photography in Atlanta, Georgia and surrounding areas.

Atlanta Newborn Photographer | Baby Hank

Melanie contacted the studio to schedule a last minute newborn session after her son Hank had arrived, and was excited to hear that we had a studio wardrobe available as well as add on hair and makeup services! As brand new moms, sometimes the non-maternity clothes we have in our closets don’t fit right away, and who wants to go shopping immediately postpartum?! Our moms who have waited until the last minute also appreciate not having to rush around in a panic to find something that will work for them since we often have last minute requests come in within a couple of days if we have the availability and their baby is ready to be photographed.

On the morning of their session, Melanie and her husband Adam arrived at the studio with baby Hank. Melanie looked through the studio wardrobe and settled on a gorgeous off the shoulder dress that complemented her fair skin coloring perfectly. Brielle was all set up for her when she arrived, so she settled into the chair while I took baby Hank to the newborn shooting room for his solo portraits. We flew through his portion of the session and were finished before Melanie was! This rarely happens, as we usually finish right around the same time or a little bit after hair and makeup has been completed. In this case, Hank was ready to eat so he settled in for a nursing break while Brielle finished the final touches on Melanie’s hair.

After Hank was finished, we began the family and parent portion of the session. I always love watching new parents with their brand new baby! It can sometimes feel a little foreign holding a newborn when you’re a first time parent, and most of my clients are a little bit nervous. No need to be - my first priority is your baby’s safety and everyone’s comfort! We will adapt as necessary I guide you through each part, and make sure to help tuck stray hairs or adjust clothing as needed so you can focus on holding your newborn. The family portion is generally the easiest part of our time together - it consists of you admiring the amazing little human that you welcomed into your family. Since you’ve basically been doing that since you first laid eyes on them, you’re already a pro. I make sure you don’t give yourself a double chin while doing it. ;)

Enjoy a few of my favorite images from this sweet little guy’s newborn session! Melanie and Adam loved their session so much that they chose to add an album and a framed 16x20 print alongside their digital files. Melanie wasn’t able to come into the studio to design her album, so we handled everything via email and phone. I absolutely love when my clients come in and bring their baby so that I can get some snuggles in, and visit with mama, but I totally understand how hard it can sometimes be to get out of the house with a new baby!

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!