Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.
Those first few weeks of your baby’s life pass by in a blur, and you will never have those precious moments again. A newborn portrait session is the perfect way to capture the sweet innocence, delicate features, and angelic expressions that fill your heart with joy. A newborn marks a fresh chapter in the life of a family. Preserving this special time with artistic newborn photography is truly an act of love.
Our custom portrait sessions are a unique and luxurious experience to preserve your family’s most precious moments. We strive to create a relaxed and memorable newborn photography session, while capturing a variety of natural newborn portraits to truly capture the beauty of this special time. With an eye for perfect moments and unique perspectives, we create newborn portraits that are beautiful, intimate, and emotional. We help with styling and posing, and apply our expertise in artful lighting and retouching to bring out the best in your newborn portraits. We love getting to know each of our clients, and creating one-of-a-kind art that you will treasure forever.
It’s never too early to book! Newborn portraits are ideally captured within the first 4-14 days of life, when your baby will be sleeping deeply and curling up naturally for those precious newborn poses. The exact timing depends on a number of factors that we will take into consideration once your baby has been born. We understand that these first few weeks are unpredictable, and although we can no longer capture some of the flexible poses from those early days, we still welcome babies at a few weeks old for in-studio or in-home lifestyle newborn sessions. We only book a limited number of newborn photography per month to ensure availability around your due date. We offer sessions on weekday mornings, when babies are at their sleepiest. Husbands are always welcome to join us. If you require a weekend date for a Signature Portrait Session, please let us know at the time of booking.
How long will My session Last?
Newborn Photography Sessions generally last around two hours. There is plenty of time for nursing, soothing, and lots of cuddles. We strive to create a relaxed and peaceful environment, and our priority is always your comfort and the safety of your newborn. These sessions are delicate, and we patiently take the time to perfect each pose. Our gentle and detailed approach allows us to capture those precious moments that become the most beautiful, meaningful portraits.
All other studio sessions typically last 45-60 minutes with the option to extend more portrait photography time as needed.
The Studio or On Location
We offer our natural style of newborn portraiture in the comfort of your home. We will bring along portable lighting equipment, blankets and accessories to set up a studio in your bedroom for the “classic” posed newborn portraits that are so perfect for birth announcements and wall art. We’ll also capture a variety of lifestyle baby and family portraits that incorporate the nursery or other meaningful settings within the home. As an alternative to in home sessions, we also offer our Saraland Studio for clients who have limited space, and would prefer a controlled environment for newborn portraits. Our Saraland studio is perfect for the newborn photography you’ve been dreaming of. It is temperature controlled and we have endless props, blankets and custom outfits to help create tiny masterpieces of your tiny masterpiece. Both the studio and on-location in your home are perfect. You decide.
What to Wear?
Clothing is a key element for beautiful, timeless portraits. Babies are cutest in their bare bottoms. We have our own selection of blankets, wraps, bonnets and dainty headbands, but we recommend shopping on Etsy.com if you have a particular accessory in mind. You can search for “newborn photography props,” and you’ll find LOTS of adorable options. As for parents, we love skin-on-skin for intimate newborn portraits. A lace camisole or a strapless dress for Mommy. A bare chest or fitted button-down shirt for Daddy. We recommend simple, classic apparel that reflects your style. Neutrals and creams with touches of pastels for a soft, gentle feel. Your Welcome Packet will provide lots of inspiration, but in the meantime, you can view some of our favorite outfits here on our Blog.
Art takes time! But rest assured, it’s worth the wait. For every minute we spend together with you, we spend hundreds more behind the scenes to make your portraits and overall experience exceptional. Following your Newborn Photography Session, we carefully compare the hundreds of images from your session to select the best ones from each concept — based on facial expressions, posing, lighting, sharpness, background, and overall appeal. These final images are each individually processed and enhanced into a true work of art. You will be invited back to the studio to see your gallery of beautifully edited newborn and family photography within 2-4 weeks of your session to make your order selections. You’re of course welcome to invite family and friends to help you make your order selections.
Displaying your Portraits
We believe in tangible artwork for your home, as well as digital files for archiving. We offer a curated collection of the highest quality products, from keepsake albums to various custom wall art displays to complement any home decor. Adding a family member is a momentous occasion. Welcoming your newborn into the world will be one of the most miraculous events in your life. The heirloom quality of our products ensures that your newborn portraits will be enjoyed for generations!
Please visit the Investment section for details and pricing of our Signature Portrait Session. Included in your investment is our time and talent during the session, portrait image sorting, archival of our high-resolution edited digital images, your in person ordering session. When you’re ready to book your newborn photography session, please contact Daphne at Daphne@ellenburgphotography.com. We look forward to capturing these incredibly special memories for you and your family!