Atlanta Maternity Photographer | Fall in the park with Lindy & Jeff

Lindy saw some of our photographs from a friend’s maternity session and loved them. She also loved that we are located intown since she lives in the Inman Park neighborhood, which is close to our studio in Grant Park. After speaking about the options available, she booked a maternity session at the park location and scheduled her maternity fitting at the studio.

Lindy requested to add on hair and makeup services when she heard that our HMUA would keep it natural and classic and not make her look crazy. If you’ve had a bad experience in the past with having your hair and makeup done, there’s no need to fear! I’ve personally vetted each member of my team and they are absolutely incredible. We’ll discuss your specific needs, and your vision! Based on that information, we’ll pair you with the perfect artist for you from the team.

When Lindy came to the studio, she brought along one of her own dresses that she knew she wanted to wear. It was fall, and I absolutely loved her choice of a plaid shirtdress! I immediately pulled one of our studio scarves and showed her how it would look with her dress. She also had a cream cardigan sweater that looked wonderful with it as well. The studio wardrobe is a resource available to clients should they wish to use it. Many clients opt to wear their own clothing, and we love that just as much! We’ll provide you with a really helpful and simple style guide, and we’ll provide you with as much hands on support as you need in pulling everything together! We discussed options for her husband to wear with her dress, and then moved on to trying on studio pieces. Lindy wanted to have a few open belly photos, so she chose an ivory split front strapless gown. The best thing about our split front gowns is that they can be worn both open and closed! So if baring your belly isn’t your thing, no worries at all! It’s all about your preference and comfort level.

The day of their session, I arrived at the studio a few minutes early. Lindy was having her hair and makeup done there, and I wanted to introduce myself to her husband, Jeff and chat a bit. Jeff was such a friendly guy, and we looked through a couple of the options they had brought for him. After making final choices, we were ready to head to the location and set off for it!

Lindy had warned me she was a little nervous in front of the camera. I reassured her that was normal and that I’d take care of everything for her. Unless you’re a professional model, I don’t expect you to be 110% confident in front of the camera! I’ll make sure you’re in the best positions and shoot from the most flattering angles for you. I’ll even step in and adjust your dress or hair if I see something that needs fixing! Your job is to have fun and enjoy the experience. After all, you’re only pregnant with this baby once. After we’d been shooting for a few minutes, Lindy relaxed, and started smiling and enjoying herself. I loved watching the natural interaction between her and Jeff and the loving looks they exchanged during.

Here are a few of my favorites!

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 Judah

Susanna contacted the studio to inquire about booking a newborn session. She was sent to us from a long term client of ours who is also a photographer! Susanna stated that she trusted their judgement and knew that if they would entrust us with their family portraits, she had come to the right place. We love when our clients send us their friends! There truly is no higher compliment.

Susanna asked to add on hair and makeup services, and let us know that she and her two year old daughter would be using the studio wardrobe. When toddlers are involved with newborn sessions, we have them arriver later with daddy or a grandparent/caregiver. They will be so much happier at home, and there won’t be any waiting around when they arrive. Plus, mamas enjoy the little break with some peace and quiet!

When Susanna and Judah arrived, we looked through the studio wardrobe options and she quickly selected a simple dress with some pretty embroidery that she loved. I pulled a few options for her daughter, Lila, and set them aside for when she arrived. Susanna made herself comfortable in the hair and makeup chair while I took Judah back to the newborn shooting room. Adding on hair and makeup services does not extend the length of your session. I photograph your newborn’s solo portraits while you’re being pampered! Either way, you’ll be sitting while I complete this portion of the session. Might as well spend that waiting time treating yourself, right?!

Judah was a sleepy little thing with lots of brown hair. We finished up with his solo portraits at the perfect time: Susanna was nearly finished and Lila and daddy had arrived. Judah was waking up and hungry, so Susanna nursed him while we chose Lila’s dress from the options I had pulled. Susanna had told me she wasn’t sure how Lila would do for the session and that she was crossing her fingers that she would “cooperate”. Expecting a two year old to sit perfectly still is pretty unrealistic. The best thing you can do is just hang back. Telling your older child to “say cheese” or getting irritated with them puts pressure on them and usually backfires. When we approach the session as fun and play some games, it’s WAY more enjoyable for them. They’re a valuable member of you family, and I want my little clients to have fun too! Miss Lila was the CUTEST little thing, and she was so awesome. We chatted and discussed her baby brother, and captured some of the most heart melting sibling and family images. Lila made her departure soon afterwards and we finished up with the parent portion of our session. No need to keep your toddler any longer than we need to!

Enjoy some of my favorites from this sweet family’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 Newborn Photographer | Baby Liya

I first worked with this absolutely wonderful family for their maternity session at the field location. Visit this post to hear their backstory and see their gorgeous images!

Each member of this family has such a wonderful personality - Busola is free spirited and fun, and Jude is grounded and the kindest and most encouraging person you’ll ever meet. Ayo is a mix of both his parents and just likes to have a good time! When Busola let me know that baby Liya had arrived, I was so excited for all of them AND for Liya! She’s truly been born into such a wonderful family. I would adopt them as my own family if I could - that’s seriously how great they are.

When Busola arrived at the studio with Liya she let me know she loved all the girly and pink things and to please incorporate them as I saw fit. We mainly photograph on neutrals to keep the focus on your baby, but we do keep an assortment of pale and blush pinks on hand too! Whether tiebacks are used on baby girls is entirely up to mom. I will often photograph a mix of with and without, but some moms request that one be used for all of their baby’s images.

Liya slept for a bit but did wake up during her session. When she was awake, I was struck by her serious and calm gaze. If ever a baby was an old soul, I think Liya fits the description! Busola nursed her back to sleep and we finished up our newborn solo portraits pretty quickly - just in time for the arrival of Jude and Ayo (and grandma!). Lots of families will bring a visiting grandparent along to help with older siblings when they are not being photographed during the family and parent portion, and sometimes even step in for a few images too!

I started with sibling photos immediately, and Ayo was so great with his little sister! We’ll talk about how your toddler is doing with the new addition and the safest way to proceed based on that input from you. Sometimes sibling images aren’t the two of them alone, but being held by a parent. However they are ultimately set up, they will show their relationship just as they were at that stage. The safety of your newborn is my primary consideration when it comes to sibling images, so we’ll make decisions about how to best photograph them with that at the forefront.

We moved on to family images, and I played the jump like a crazy person game with Ayo to get him laughing. It was quite effective as you’ll see below. I always try to get one or two images with everyone looking and smiling - more often than not, I am able to with no issues. Every toddler is a wild card though, so there are no guarantees. The rest of the family portion was all natural interaction - snuggling up nice and tight and making each other laugh. It showcases your family’s true dynamic and results in the most beautifully authentic images. When you look at them you’ll smile and you’ll think, “This is us.”

When Ayo was finished, he headed home with Grandma and we wrapped up the rest of the session with Liya and her parents. I’m so happy that Liya will have these to look back on when she’s older so she can see how incredibly loved she was from the very beginning!

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 | A park session with Jamie & Ryan

Jamie contacted the studio to schedule a maternity session. Initially she wanted the gardens location, but after browsing the blog and looking at our Instagram feed she changed her mind and said that the park location was the best fit for their personality as a couple. I loved that she thought about that when making her decision, because every couple is so different in tastes and in their dynamic. If you’re unsure of where the best location for your session is, call and chat with us - we’ll walk you through it and ask you some questions to give you feedback on our recommendation for you.

We scheduled a time for Jamie to come to the studio for her maternity fitting, and she also asked to add on hair and makeup services. Jamie drove all the way from Dawsonville, and brought her husband Ryan along with her. Partners are welcomed and encouraged to come along as well, but they’re certainly not required to. I love the opportunity to meet both of you before you’re in front of my camera and get to know you a bit. I pulled several dress options for Jamie, and when she went to try them on, sat down across from Ryan to chat. I loved the shoes he had worn to the fitting and told him that I’d love if he wore them to the session also! We talked about his style and what type of clothing he liked to wear. Some guys are super casual and all about comfort, while others like to be sharp and wear a suit. Every guy is different. My goal is for BOTH of you to be comfortable in what you’re wearing and also love how you look. That’s such a key component to a successful session, and a big reason for why we provide a studio wardrobe and help with styling should you choose to wear your own clothing. We are here to serve you and ensure you have the best possible portrait experience. With all the unknowns that come with pregnancy and having a baby, I want this to be a fun and stress free experience for you!

Jamie loved two of our dresses and Ryan heartily approved as well. Once she had made her choices, we talked about what Ryan should wear color/pattern wise. We always send our clients a style guide as well to help them choose, and are available by email or phone should any questions arise. Many guys opt to bring a few options that they like with them the day of their session for me to look over and I’ll glance them over and point to the best one.

On the evening of their session I met them in my studio where Jamie was nearly finished with her hair and makeup services. She looked absolutely stunning, and she kept saying how gorgeous she felt. Her last professional makeup experience has been for her wedding was unfortunately less than stellar. She exclaimed that it was ten million times better this go round and that she was so incredibly happy with it. Our HMUA team truly is amazing, and they are some of the kindest and most caring women you’ll ever meet too. My studio has a standard of excellence and everyone that I choose to recommend on a professional basis must meet that. You’re in the best of hands if you choose to work with a member of our team, I promise!

Jamie got dressed in her first dress and we headed down to the the park location. The light was beautiful that evening, and I loved how it shone through the sheer material of her dress and accentuated her beautiful pregnant belly. Both dresses draped her shape perfectly, and Ryan looked great in what he had chosen to wear as well. He did wear the shoes that I loved!

Because we had spent time getting to know one another at our fitting a couple of weeks prior, Jamie and Ryan were immediately comfortable with being in front of my camera. No worries if you’re not - it’s my job to get you there, and I will! These two are so in love with such a great respect and tenderness for one another, and it really shows in their images.

Some of my absolute favorite maternity photographs I’ve ever taken in my career thus far are in this gallery - can you guess which ones they are?

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 | Aliza is six months!

I first worked with Farah & Irfan when they were expecting their baby girl for their maternity session at the park location. You can view their gorgeous session images by clicking here. Farah called the studio to schedule her daughter’s six month milestone session, and told us how excited she was to work with us again and for us to meet her little girl, Aliza. I can’t tell you how much I love meeting babies after maternity sessions and watching them grow throughout the years. I’m so happy to have so many clients who choose to return over and over again for sessions as their family and children grow.

Farah also requested to add on hair and makeup services because she loved it so much for her maternity session. Lots of our clients are converts to our team after working with them and tell us they’ll never have professional photographs taken again without hair and makeup services! It’s well worth the investment in how confident and beautiful you feel, and it’s such a nice treat to yourself too! Lots of our clients plan a date or girl’s night out afterwards to get the most mileage out of it!

When the family arrived at the studio, Farah chose a pretty champagne pink dress to wear. We looked through our studio wardrobe for baby girls and she loved a simple white romper with lace accents that we had. I pulled a few tiebacks from our wall for her to choose from and she selected a sweet triple rosette one that matched perfectly and was perfect for Aliza’s head size. We don’t do bows the size of Texas here. The last thing I want is for someone’s to have trouble trying to see your baby behind a bow the size of their head.

Aliza was such a friendly and happy baby and thought I was so funny. She giggled a lot and searched the room for me if I went out of her line of sight. Not all babies can sit unassisted at six months of age, and Aliza was one of them. We’ll prop your baby up with some help from you if this is the case! There are also plenty of other images we can capture of tummy time, back time, etc. - the list is endless. I’ll make sure you have a great variety of images to choose from in your proof gallery.

This was the first six month session that I had involving a half birthday cake! Six months is a very important cultural milestone for Aliza’s family, and they wanted to mark it. Farah said - and I QUOTE - “It’s not like she’ll eat it!”

Famous. Last. Words.

As soon as the cake was placed in front of Miss Aliza, she tore into it like it was her last meal and she most certainly did take a bite. I think our reaction was a mix of horror and amusement! Six month old babies shouldn’t be eating cake, right? But at the same time, one bite isn’t that big of a deal. Plus, it made for some of the cutest pictures! I swear her little face has a “I know I wasn’t supposed to do that” expression. If you scroll down to the end of the gallery, you’ll see what I’m talking about. Enjoy some of my favorites from Aliza’s six month 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 | Introducing Fine Art Maternity Portraiture

For quite some time, we’ve been asked if we offer fine art maternity portraiture which involves bare belly images on a black background. Some clients choose to wear pretty lingerie, others choose to wear bottoms only, and others opt for fully nude. Some participate alone, and others opt to include their partner for an intimate session with some couples images mixed in. Partners are generally shirtless or in a form fitting t-shirt/tank. It’s completely your preference and what you’re most comfortable with! Images from these sessions are not shared on the website or portfolio without the client’s express permission and approval - so you don’t need to worry about that! These images look best in moody black and whites, but our clients receive their final images in both black and white AND color.

Our lovely client below was excited to document her pregnancy with her second baby at 39 weeks and 5 days pregnant! She loves her pregnant body and was more than happy to share her images here for you to view and decide if this style is for you.

Guess what the BEST thing about this style is? If you’re restricted schedule wise by work, you can come to the studio later in the evening. We shoot this type of session with a black background and studio light, and can schedule your appointment for 8 PM if necessary. Contact the studio to inquire about availability and details!

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 | Leo is ONE!

I first met Leo’s parents when I worked with them for their maternity session at the park location. We had such a fun time together that they asked to work with me again for their newborn session. I saw Leo at our 2017 Santa event, and then again for a milestone Mommy & Me (with grandmas!) session. At Leo’s milestone session Melissa asked to get on the schedule for Leo’s First Birthday session because she had completely forgotten! This is totally normal to forget - that first year of parenthood is a blur. Lots of our newborn parents go ahead and schedule milestone sessions when they’re here at the studio so that it’s on the calendar and doesn’t go by without them remembering. We can also set up a reminder for you much like your dentist’s office does!

We sent Melissa our style guide and session tips ahead of time, and she opted for a casual look for Leo. He looks absolutely adorable in his jeans and baseball tee! When the family walked in, I noticed they didn’t have a birthday cake. I was a bit puzzled since Melissa had stated they would be including a cake in their session. When I asked if they had changed their mind about including a cake, Melissa gasped… yep, they’d forgotten it!

Guess what? They weren’t the first (and they won’t be the last) to do this! It’s a lot to get out the door sometimes with a one year old and sometimes the cake gets left behind. We recommend a specific baker who lives close by and will drop your cake off at the studio in advance of your session so it’s one less thing you have to worry about. If your child has allergies, she is able to accommodate vegan and dairy free! In Leo’s case, we sent daddy less than a mile away to the nearest Kroger to pick up a cake from the bakery. They generally always have something amongst their options that will fit the bill right off the shelf.

While Alex was on the smash cake procuring errand, we went ahead and got started with the session. Leo was a happy and friendly little guy and needed no warm up period. I typically start with family images when babies are shy, so it worked well that Leo wasn’t since his daddy was out for a bit. Alex was back within fifteen minutes and had picked out a perfect little cake! With that problem solved, we moved into the family and parent portion of the session. It’s always so much fun to watch my clients through that first year. As their baby grows, they also grow into their roles as mom and dad and become so confident by the end. I always say that a baby’s first birthday should include an awards ceremony for mom and dad. The first year is so amazing and full of joy, but it is HARD sometimes, you guys! You did it! It’s cause for celebration on all accounts!

We always end with the cake during First Birthday sessions if parents choose to include one. Not every First Birthday session has a cake! It is entirely your preference- but I do feel the need to tell you that it’s SO much fun if you’re on the fence about it. Ending with the cake ensures that you are all picture perfect for the portrait part at the beginning, and perks your baby up too. Most one year olds can only handle about 30ish minutes of a session, give or take. When they start acting tired or over it, putting a cake in front of them immediately distracts them and probably gives them a little bit of an energy rush! Watching Leo explore his cake and then decide on the most efficient way to eat it was HILARIOUS. Scroll through some of my favorite images from his session to see just what he decided to do!

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.