In early 2014 Leah Islinger Photography decided to exclusively photograph expectant moms (daddies & siblings too!) and their newborns. These sessions are all about capturing the true miracle of new life. There is nothing more special and life-defining than when two people create an entirely new family of their very own. Photographing this priceless stage in your life.....it's just a wonderful feeling to know those moments and milestones will be preserved for generations to come.
I also currently schedule seniors, families, and pets as my schedule allows :)
| Location Is The Key |
Most clients ask if I have a studio and I do not. I am an on-location photographer & for my newborns, I come to you! I have found that this is less stressful for a new mama and baby. There is no need to pack up a diaper bag & car seat and drive anywhere. You can sit and watch from your couch with your own snacks and everything you need for baby is already at your fingertips!
Your baby won’t be exposed to any new germs - all of my fabrics and props are cleaned between sessions and I sanitize my hands regularly before handling baby. This is especially nice for those winter babies! Everything I need I bring with me and I do not need a lot of space to set up, usually a regular living room is sufficient.
Maternity sessions can take place indoors in your home as well or we can head outdoors with nature as our backdrop. We can even mix it up and do some of each! Family sessions are always scheduled for outdoors - weather it's Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter I am up for any type of scenery!
| What To Wear, What To Wear |
Simple clothing is best when it comes to a portrait. Children always look stunning in bright colors but simple, neutral colors also have their own flare. It all depends on the 'look' you want for your portraits. Don't hesitate to include anything you feel screams "This is my family! This is who we are!"
Complimentary colored clothing looks best in family photographs but complete matching outfits is definitely not required. Additional outfit changes offer variety and creativity to the photo session.
My style of newborn photography is a mix of wrapped and naked babies. Bare tushies, simple diaper covers, cute little specially made newborn outfits, stretchy wraps, and strategic prop positioning all offer a precious memory of those teeny tiny little bodies.
| What To Expect |
Sessions will typically last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour depending on the type of session, expect 3-4 hours for newborns. I like to use a laid back approach, especially when dealing with children. Snacks, breaks & sillies are to be expected! There will be no 'rush-rush' to get the session done in an allotted time as I typically only book one session per day.
In a family photograph, I want to show love, to capture the laughter and life. When you look back on your photographs years down the road I want you to be able to remember the emotions of that day just by looking at your expressions and body language. Be you, be real and be fun!
Whether I am photographing a new mother-to-be, a precious newborn, or your family as they grow, I make it my goal to be there in the moment with you, to share in your joy and laughter while I am capturing a bit of your life. I am thankful for everyone that wants to share their special moments with me and in return, I want to give you my undivided attention to each and every detail of your session.