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Hey there, momma-to-be!

I am so excited to have you here. Can you believe the adventure you are about to begin?! Whether you're celebrating your first little one or baby #4, I am thrilled for you and would be honored to capture your growing family.

You may be wondering, why lifestyle newborn photography? These sessions specifically have captured my heart. After all, there is so much change in those first days of life, and it's my hope to capture all the baby snuggles, rocking chair moments, and sweet memories in the very place where your little one's life will unfold. 

Because a few months from now, when that same little one is crawling around and oh-so-curious about the world around them, lifestyle newborn sessions allow you to look back and remember those first days as they were. You'll see the room where you paced the floor, rocking your baby in your arms, trying just about anything to get them to sleep. The chair where you read story after story. The floor where they first belly-scooted across, and then crawled, and then took their first step.

Your home is where everything begins, and you deserve to have the gift of this moment preserved.


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After you get in touch, I will send a detailed guide your way with all you need to know about the newborn process. Once you book, you'll receive all the necessary information to prep before your little one is here, including what colors and outfits work best and how to prepare for the session!

Before your little one Arrives

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Hooray! Once booked, your due date is on my calendar. However, we'll wait to officially schedule your session once your little one arrives! Make sure to text or email me soon after the birth so we can book a weekday morning session within the next 10 days! 

your baby is here!

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The day is finally here, and I'm coming over to your house! :) After all, it's my passion to document the "every day" of your family in the space where your little one's life story begins: the very crib, chair, and floor that will hold so many memories over the years. As a momma, I know it's the little things that are really, truly the big things.

Your in-home newborn session

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Our session will be super relaxed and laid-back; all you need to do is snuggle up close and soak in that brand new little person you just made! While most sessions last up to an hour, I don't require a specific limit. Nursing breaks, fussy moments, or spit-up outfit swaps are all a part of the game, and I promise we'll capture sweet moments no matter what! 

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It's what you've been waiting for: your images! I'll deliver your full online gallery of high-resolution images for printing, downloading, and sharing with all the family within 2 weeks. And don't worry, I still remember how eager I was to see our newborn photos, so I'll be sure to share plenty of sneak peeks along the way! :)

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Joy-filled occasions celebrating the promise of forever.

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Joy-filled occasions for happily ever afters.

Baby Barrett

Baby Graham

Baby Ava

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Baby Scarlett

Baby Claire

Mike & Jessica

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Frequently capturing sweet smiles, tiny hands, playful giggles, "swing me one more time, Daddy!", & the pitter-patter of little feet.

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from Sami Renee families

"The day of our newborn lifestyle session was the first time we officially met Sami. She was so great to work with leading up to this day, coordinating schedules, checking in to see how I was feeling as my due date approached, etc. But when we met Sami in our home, it felt like we had known each other far longer! She was kind, professional, approachable, and we felt incredibly comfortable (a huge factor especially for lifestyle sessions). Her attention to detail and quick turnaround time was amazing!! We were also blown away by the extra steps she took after our session to continue to make it feel so personalized."

- The Spillane Family
Avon, Indiana

"I always thought having a simply beautiful photograph of our life was somehow out of my reach...but the images from Ava's newborn session are so beautiful, and there are SO many! I can't stop looking at them and will never be able to pick a favorite!"

- The Vickers Family
Cleveland, Ohio

"Those first two weeks are tough with a new baby, but I'm so glad I did a newborn session with Sami! Not only are the photos beautiful and something I'll treasure forever, but Sami was such a joy to have over! She knows those days are busy so she worked quick, but made magic. I remember thinking to myself, this might be the first time since we brought Scarlett home that I've really had a chance to be here, in the present moment, holding my daughter and just appreciating everything we've been blessed with. It's a lot of work to get a shower, pick out an outfit (for you and baby — and husband!), put on makeup, clean up the nursery and put a smile on when you're holding back tears about breastfeeding — but doing the newborn session is SO, SO worth it.

- The Wilson Family
Fishers, Indiana

Newborn Sessions take place in your own home for a relaxing, comfortable experience. Your investment includes 1-2 hours of lifestyle documentary photography and an online gallery of high-resolution edited digital images with printing and sharing rights.

Lifestyle Newborn Session Investment

Packages with digital images begin at $500

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Interested in a different kind of session? Click here to learn about family, senior, or maternity offerings!

Frequently Asked 
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When is the best time to schedule my maternity and/or newborn photos?







I recommend scheduling maternity sessions anywhere from 32 to 36 weeks. That way, you're far enough along to show off that gorgeous bump, but not too far along that you're uncomfortable -- especially in the summer heat! I love to schedule outdoor maternity sessions during golden hour (near sunrise or sunset) for a romantic glow. Newborn photos take place 1-2 weeks after delivery, and I will reach out to you after your little one arrives to pick an exact time!







 Where will our maternity and/or newborn session take place?






Maternity sessions can take place at any location meaningful to you. In the past, I've done maternity sessions at parks, downtown, on lakes, and more! I am also all for cozy maternity sessions in your home! Neutral colors, cuddling in bed, gorgeous lighting -- I can picture it now! Newborn sessions always take place at your home, most often in your little's nursery or mom & dad's room.






What about props?






That's completely up to you! I've had couples bring along baby shoes or blocks spelling out their little one's name to maternity sessions in the past. I love photographing natural moments and focusing on your interactions and relationship with your little one during newborn sessions, but we can definitely include specific swaddling blankets, stuffed animals, or other meaningful items if you'd like. 






Will our package include the digital files for printing and downloading?






YES! You will receive all of the edited, high-resolution photos within three to four weeks from your session date via a stunning online gallery. From there, you will be able to download, share, and print whichever images you choose! I love to share a sneak peek or two along the way, too. :) 






What is a Fresh 48 Session?






Fresh 48 sessions take place within the first 48 hours of your little one's life at your birthing center. Fresh 48 sessions are a perfect alternative to birth photography, as they still capture all of the emotion and love a new baby brings, while still providing the privacy and personal moments you may wish. 






What kind of photos could I expect from a Fresh 48 session?






For me, it's all about the little moments. I rarely pose shots for Fresh 48 sessions, preferring to capture images of the hospital & your room as well as images of you and your new family as they occur naturally! You and baby, baby and dad, all three of you nuzzled on the bed, baby and siblings or grandparents, plus all the tiny details too: little hands & feet, hospital hats & swaddles, and more. I tend to lean more towards the B&W side with Fresh 48 sessions as it carries the most emotion.






 Is a Fresh 48 session the same as a Newborn Session?






Not at all! Fresh 48 sessions take place at the hospital and are almost entirely shot in B&W with the goal of capturing authentic moments and emotions. Newborn Sessions are longer and take place at your home, where I love capturing all of the beautiful nursery details you've worked so hard on, too!






My children are older...do you offer family sessions for them, too?






Yes! While my focus is on weddings and newborns, I love offering a select number of family sessions for all ages throughout the year. 






What kind of photos could I expect from a Family Session?






I use a lifestyle approach to all my portrait sessions, as I prefer to document interactions and relationships over formally posed portraits. I highly recommend checking out past family sessions to see if my style is up your alley! :) My favorites are always images of family members laughing or looking at each other; however, I do always try to capture at least a few portraits with everyone looking at the camera!






Do you offer lifestyle sessions for families?






YES!! I would LOVE to photograph your family in your element: whether that's baking cookies at home, playing at a park, visiting your favorite farmer's market or christmas tree farm...the opportunities are limitless! Shoot me a message and we'll start talking details!






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Where will our session(s) take place?

Maternity sessions can take place at any location meaningful to you. In the past, I've done maternity sessions at parks, downtown, on lakes, and more! I am also all for cozy maternity sessions in your home! Neutral colors, cuddling in bed, gorgeous lighting -- I can picture it now! Newborn sessions always take place at your home, most often in your little's nursery or mom & dad's room.

will our package include images for printing and downloading?

YES! You will receive all of the edited, high-resolution photos within three to four weeks from your session date via a stunning online gallery. From there, you will be able to download, share, and print whichever images you choose! I love to share a sneak peek or two along the way, too. :) 

The sooner the better! You definitely want to inquire with your due date as soon as you find a photographer you love in order to make sure you're on their calendar! Most of my moms book somewhere in the beginning of their second trimester -- especially if we are doing a maternity session, too. 

I love your work and want to book! When should I reach out?

When is the best time to schedule my maternity and/or newborn photos?

I recommend scheduling maternity sessions anywhere from 32 to 36 weeks. That way, you're far enough along to show off that gorgeous bump, but not too far along that you're uncomfortable -- especially in the summer heat! I love to schedule outdoor maternity sessions during golden hour (near sunrise or sunset) for a romantic glow. Newborn photos take place 1-2 weeks after delivery, and I will reach out to you after your little one arrives to pick an exact time!

maternity & newborn sessions

what about props?

My goal is to tell the story of your baby's birth in its most authentic form, so that when you look back on the images you can remember all of the little moments that pass by so quickly! Because of this, I do not provide any props, and outside of a special swaddle or memento, I'd recommend you save them for the newborn session, too.

how long will the session last?

Fresh 48 sessions take place within the first 48 hours of your little one's life at your birthing center. They're a great alternative to birth photography, as they capture all of the emotion and love a new baby brings, while still providing the privacy and personal moments you may wish. 

what is a fresh 48 session?

what kind of photos could i expect from a fresh 48 session?

For me, it's all about the details and little moments. I rarely pose shots for Fresh 48 sessions, preferring to instead capture images of the hospital and room details as well as images of you and your new family as they occur naturally! You and baby, baby and dad, all three of you nuzzled on the bed, baby and siblings, plus all the tiny details too: little hands & feet, hospital hats & swaddles, and more. Most of my Fresh 48 images are black and white, as I believe the simplicity creates the purest natural edit.

Are Fresh 48 sessions the same as a newborn session?

Not at all! Fresh 48 sessions take place at the hospital and are almost entirely shot in B&W with the goal of capturing authentic moments and emotions. Newborn Sessions are longer and take place at your home, where I love capturing all of the beautiful nursery details you've worked so hard on, too!

30 minutes to an hour. This allows me to capture details without taking up too much of your time!

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