Mallerie called the studio when her son was already a week old to ask about whether we had availability for a newborn session. She had lots of questions, and Caroline (our full time studio manager) spent some time on the phone with her walking her through the whole process. We had only one day open for a session, and it happened to work for their schedule! Caroline is lots of fun to talk to, and her main priority is client care and communication. After speaking with her husband, Mallerie emailed and asked to officially book the date. Caroline sent over our newborn prep packet and style guide, as she does for all newborn clients. No question is a dumb question, and we’re here to serve you however we can to make your experience seamless and enjoyable!
The morning of Samuel’s session, I met the family at the studio. Samuel was sound asleep, so I got started with his solo portraits right away. He took a couple of nursing breaks in between, but stayed asleep the rest of the time. I loved photographing his little stretches and yawns. As I was finishing up, he woke up and was quite hungry and needed a diaper change, so we all sat and chatted while Mallerie nursed. I always enjoy getting to know my clients, and Mallerie and Joshua were no exception. They had relocated to Atlanta from Minnesota, and had quite an interesting story of how they ended up here! Mallerie is a sign language interpreter, which I find very cool. Even though I personally have a hearing loss and wear two hearing aids, I don’t sign - but I think it’s such a beautiful language!
Samuel fell asleep again, and we moved into the family portion of the session - which included their beloved pet, Roe. Joshua’s dad brought Roe in for her portion of the session. Dogs are permitted in the studio on a case by case basis. Basically: if your dog is well trained, calm, and can handle an unfamiliar environment, they are welcome! Certain “aggressive” breed dogs are not permitted in the studio due to insurance reasons. If you really want to include your pet but don’t think the studio will work for them, an in home session might be a better fit for your family! We’ll discuss all of that with you when you inquire.
The family portion of the session is so much fun. I’ll place you and your partner where I want you for the best light, and I’ll adjust you if necessary. Lots of my clients worry about not knowing what to do, but there’s no need. I have you covered every step of the way and I will gently guide you throughout our time together. It’s my job to handle that, not yours! We’ll see how your baby is doing and I’ll determine the flow from that. I rotate out from each parent to parents together, and if baby (or you!) needs a break, we take one. You don’t need to worry about taking a break or that your baby is taking “too long” (no such thing!) to eat. Your baby’s safety and comfort are my top priorities, and the relaxed studio atmosphere is perfectly conducive to that.
Enjoy a few of my favorites from sweet Samuel’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.