Maryland Maternity and Newborn Photographer

I first met Adelana when she was almost 40 weeks pregnant. She wanted some maternity photos before she had her baby girl.

As is typical with later winter/early spring weather in Maryland, you can’t always do outdoor photoshoots when you originally planned. The first date we picked for her photo shoot was no different. It rained. Having to reschedule, and getting closer to her due date, we were lucky to get a good day in at Glenview Mansion, before Adelana delivered.  

We had an amazing maternity photo shoot, where Adelana was the star, in her final days before becoming a mom. The red dress she wore was so elegant and hugged her baby belly beautifully.  The mansion was such a luxurious setting, as well.

On March 10, Eniola was born. She weighed 7 lbs 2 ounces. As is the norm with newborn photography, we schedule a photo shoot in the first two weeks after the baby’s birth.  

Adelana wanted her daughter photographed with pink and mint colors. This was perfect for the March 23 photo shoot; the first week of Spring. Eniola looked adorable bundled up in a mint green wrap with a tiny flower headband. It was truly a joyous day.

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When Michelle called me to schedule a photo shoot with her newborn daughter, Cali-Rae, I was very excited to meet this little princess. With two older sons, ages three and 18 months, you a imagine the energy Michelle exuded having a baby girl.

Cali- Rae was born on Tuesday, April 9. As with all newborn photography, the ideal time for a shoot is within the first two weeks, so we scheduled her shoot for that Friday, April 13th. 

At 4 days old, babies sleep, a lot, so posing them during shoots is typically very easy and you get the best keepsake photos.

Michelle said that should would love to have Cali-Rae photographed with purple colors, perhaps royal and lavender, and of course pink.  

I chose these beautiful flowered headbands to put on Calie-Rae so as not to take away from her beautiful skin tone, nor the pinks and purples that Michelle wanted included, but rather to compliment the entire scene.  

Being a photographer in Maryland and the Washington D.C. the flowers also remind me of the cherry blossoms that are oh so popular this time of year in our area of the country. Being peak season, they were the perfect touch to a photo shoot for this newborn bundle of joy.

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When Kia contacted me back in September 2018 for her maternity and newborn photo session I was beyond elated. Then, she told me she was expecting twin boys and that even got me more excited. We went over outfit choices via email and I sent her a few samples. Then she chose a gorgeous yellow outfit with a train which I had to just order specifically for her session. In November, we met at the Fells Point In Baltimore and Kia had the opportunity to try on the dress for the first time. She came out of the restroom and it looked like the dressed was carved and made exactly on her body. It was so beautiful that I got super excited to shoot.


As soon as we began the shoot, I noticed it was going to be windy. that helped us a bit as it made us have a nice, flowy gown to photograph. However, I couldn’t keep he rout for so long so as soon as we were done outside, we took the rest of the shoot into the iconic Sagamore Pnedry Hotel. The red stairs at this hotel has been a favorite of every tourist in Maryland lately so I just had to take a few of Kia on it. Please enjoy some amazing pictures of her from her shoot with me, below.


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Purple is the New Pink

Many new parents love to have their newborn babies photographed to capture those first few weeks of life. After all, they are precious, and you will never get them back. So much thought goes into having just the right outfits, colors, and settings. One thing to keep in mind is that you don’t have to go with the stereotypical pink for girls and blue for boys. This newer generation of parents are daring to be bold. Using colors like: black, gold, and purple, newborn photography is becoming more colorful and expressive than ever before.

Meeting the New Arrival

Baby Abiola came in for her first photo session at 9 days old, as most of my newborn clients are less than two weeks of age. This is the ideal age to capture a newborn, as they sleep and are mostly easily posed.

She was a precious, newborn girl, who looked like a baby doll. Mom wanted hers and baby’s dad’s sorority and fraternity colors represented in their newborn’s pictures.

Mom really loved the color purple, while her sorority house colors were royal blue and gold. Dad’s house colors were black and gold. While blues, blacks, and golds are not traditionally feminine colors, I was very excited to get this shoot underway and even special ordered a black dress just for Abiola’s shoot.

The results were wonderful. Even using a black dress, Abiola’s innocence and beauty shined through. The keepsakes that her parents received of their newborn daughter will be forever treasured.

Using colors that are not traditional is the newest fad and it’s more fun too. When you break away from just a pink or blue, the world of new shades and hues opens. Sapphire, azure, cobalt and fuchsia, burgundy, and magenta, can be wonderful colors to use in baby girl photo shoots and still be very feminine and attractive.

When choosing colors for your newborn baby’s first photos, don’t be afraid to shy away from the traditional baby pinks and baby boys. Going for bolder shades of pinks, purples, blues, and reds can make for brilliant color choices and even more beautiful keepsake pictures.


Best Christmas Shoot Ideas

The Magic of Christmas Photo Sessions

Christmas is a wonderful time of year where families connect, unlike any other season. It’s also a great time of year to have family photos taken which can be used when sending out Christmas cards, having canvas prints made as gifts, adding them to photo collages of the cumulative year, and other fun ideas.

Holiday photo shoots can incorporate a variety of different candid and posed scenarios. Depending on the setting, photographer, and number of people being photographed, Christmas photo shoots can and should be beautiful keepsakes.

What to Wear

Some families like to purchase matching or coordinated outfits for their holiday photo shoots. Wearing red and green colors are more traditional and give that sought-after Christmas spirit some strive to achieve. Others prefer a more timeless color scheme, with black and white outfits, while posed before red and silver or gold settings. There is no right or wrong way to dress for a Christmas photo shoot. Afterall, these are for your Christmas pictures. Consider what you want your shots to look like and talk with your photographer about the different background settings available.

Outdoor Photo Shoots

Outdoor photo shoots can beautiful. With snow covered fields or mountainous views, using a natural setting can be wonderful for holiday shoots, especially if you live in a place that gets a lot of snow. The downside is it can be quite cold. Be sure to consider what the temperature might be when you schedule your shoot and try to pick outfits that won’t leave everyone shivering and miserable in the pictures.

Scarves, mittens, and winter boots can be great props, in addition to keeping your family from freezing. You may not want to sport large winter coats, but layers of turtlenecks and sweaters can be beautiful without making your family look fluffy in size.

Be sure to have an alternate plan should the weather be too cold or rainy. A photographer will most likely not want to expose their expensive cameras to these types of elements. Having a backup plan is a good idea so that you can get your photos take in time to be printed.

Feel Free to be Silly

Christmas photo shoots don’t have to be a bunch of stiff people with fake smiles standing around. You should have fun during your shoot. Talk to your photographer about having some silly face pictures taken. You will be sure to enjoy these, over time, probably more than the traditional photos that you also had take that year.

Christmas photo shoots should be fun and magical. Be sure to talk to your photographer about the types of photos you would like to have done, the colors you want incorporated, the setting or settings you want to utilize, and the vibe you want captured during your shoot. A combination of traditional and silly photos should most definitely be taken, along with candid and traditional poses. And don’t forget, you are supposed to be capturing a family that loves each other. Be sure to bring your patience and smiles with you.

Now please enjoy a few pictures from our 2018 Christmas photo sessions

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Friends That Baby Bump Together

When a woman is pregnant, there is so much worry and anxiety about, well, basically everything. Will the baby be healthy? What if he or she is not? Am I eating the right foods? What if I can’t breastfeed?

The list goes on and on. There are 500 page plus books that talk about every aspect of what to expect, but when the time comes, everything seems to be unique. While your partner should be a great support for you, they don’t really know what you are going physically through. The cramping, morning sickness, back aches, stretch marks, weird cravings. So, what if you had a best girl friend who happened to be pregnant at the same time? That would be fantastic! You could shop together, compare aches and pains, commiserate together.

But this should also be a joyous time too. Why not do a maternity photo shoot together? There’s nothing cooler than friends that baby bump together and having photos of your time pregnant will be keepsakes you will forever cherish.

Hiring a Photographer for a Dual Maternity Shoot

When you book your photographer, you want to be sure to discuss all the different types of photos that you want taken. Obviously, you will want photos together, but you will also want individual shots, as well. Talk to your maternity photographer about what you have in mind for pictures, poses, and locations, but also be open to suggestions from your photographer. It is their job to make sure that you have the best experience possible with the most memorable outcome.

Photo Poses

There is no doubt that having a baby bump-to-bump shot will be taken. But what other poses should you be considering? If you have your shoot in a park, you might want to have pictures taken on swings. If you choose a wooded location, then you might want to do a split, forward/distance shot, where one of you is in the forefront and the other the background, and then switch it around. However, in the case of these gorgeous mamas, we had the shoot right in their backyard… cool, right?!

Photo Props

Don’t shy away from using props in your pics. Using a picture frame to “capture” your baby bumps is a cute idea. Chalkboard signs and ribbons are adorable too. If you decide to go with different dressing themes, you can virtually have a fashion show favoring your pregnant belly’s. The options are limitless, so be sure to talk to your photographer ahead of time about ideas that you really want captured.

Post-Maternity Pictures

Another idea to consider is having your babies photographed together after they are born. These can be precious shots where the babies are snuggled together or propped up in clever poses. Chances are since you have been best friends with the mom, your children will grow up to be forever friends, as well. Capturing these first moments of togetherness can be wonderful. Perhaps you can even have annual photos of your children taken to document their friendship growing and maturing through the years.

Maternity photo shoots do not have to be limited to a single mom and her belly. If you have a friend who is also pregnant, having baby bump photos taken can be the start of a fantastic annual tradition.