What to expect (from a maternity shoot) when you’re expecting

I’ve had a flood of requests for maternity shoots lately, so this seemed like the perfect time to give everyone a look into what to expect. The first question I usually get is, “When should I book?”  Generally speaking, maternity sessions are held between 33-36 weeks. We want to schedule late enough that you have a fantastic baby bump, but not so long that you’re exhausted just thinking about getting off the couch (because believe me, you’ll get there ). Every woman is different, so we’ll play this by ear. Next up is wardrobe! Different strokes for different folks as they

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Your Newborn Session: What to Expect

After you book with Ellie B Photography you’ll receive a guide to help prepare for the day, as well as a questionnaire to help me choose the perfect colors and props for your shoot. Most newborn sessions are held within the first two weeks after birth, so I may be one of your first ventures out of the house with your new baby! When you arrive to my in-home studio, I’ll greet you and welcome you downstairs to my studio space. There is a comfortable waiting area with seating and television, and toys for your littles to occupy themselves with.


When should we schedule our family photos?

Great question! The short answer: it depends. The longer, but more helpful answer: it depends, so here are some things to consider. The littles:  With very few exceptions, outdoor sessions start about an hour before sunset. For many families with littles, keeping them up for an 8pm shoot just isn’t happening, so spring and fall sessions may work well for them. If your fam has older kiddos, or young ones that would rather walk on hot coals than go to bed before 9pm (I’m SO sorry, btw) then summer sessions may be your ticket. Wardrobe: Not gonna lie, I love



For me, photographs are so much more than a moment captured on camera—they’re memories. That’s why with every session, I strive to produce beautiful, timeless memories of your family that you can hang on your wall, place on your mantle, or tuck away in your wallet so you can relive them whenever you want.

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