First off, major congrats are in order! What an exciting time to be celebrating. As you are awaiting the arrival of baby and getting all the things ready, know that I am here to help every step along the way! 

Over the years I have been capturing family photos and helping them celebrate this season of life. As your family photographer I will walk you through the details, help you enjoy this exciting season and document the sweet moments that will last for years to come. 


New born Portraits starts at $399

Maternity and Newborn Portraits starts at $499

Mini sessions only offered for maternity portraits

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Planning your

outfit tips and inspiration, choosing a location, how to prepare for newborn portraits and so much more!

This is a time to celebrate your family and capture those sweet, little details of baby. Below you will find a few of my tips to help everyone go into the shoot feeling prepared and happy. 

Newborn Portraits

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Preparing Baby

Preparing your home

a note to momma

Backup 
outfits

Feed your baby and change their diaper before the shoot. This will allow us to start the portraits right away and ensure baby is comfortable and ready for the shoot. 

Most likely they will need another feed or diaper change, due to the size of their little tummies. Know that is completely understandable and is okay to pause the session for this. Know that newborn portraits are a slower pace than previous session you may have had done and that I build in extra time if needed. 

First of all, I like to start off saying that your whole does not need to cleaned and "Pinterest ready." I like to tell my couples to have the nursery put together and one other area in their home. This can be the couch in the living room or your bedroom. I do recommend choosing an area in your home that offers good natural light (lots of windows). I know you are transitioning to having baby home, so don't worry about the piles of dishes in the sink or baby paraphernalia that has taken over your home.

I always recommend having an extra outfit or two set aside. You probably know by now that babies can be messy and having an outfit on hand is always helpful. I say this is a good idea for all family members, just so you are prepared and I can always help narrow down outfit choices. If you have other little ones, having some books or toys set aside for them to play with when they aren't needed for photos is helpful. 

I know this is a season where you might not feel like yourself and adjusting to life with a newborn, but know that is okay! I want to encourage you and remind you how beautiful and powerful you are and to be gracious to yourself. A fresh outfit that you love goes a long way. I have found that long dresses that are nursing friendly are the most flattering. If you are feeling up for it, a pair of comfy jeans with a cute, button up/ linen top photographs well too. A few of my favorite shops for affordable outfits are: Bates Sister Boutique, Petal and Pup, and Morning Lavender.

Lastly, this is a time for you to lean on friends and family for help. If you can, take the time for yourself on the day of the shoot. I believe if you can take a nap or get ready in peace, it will help you go into the shoot feeling relaxed and you'll love the photos more. 

view full newborn galleries here

Maternity Portraits

This is all about celebrating you and capturing this sweet season you are in. Whether you are a family of five or welcoming your first into the world, this time is worthy of being documented!

Maternity portraits is more of an intimate shoot to share with your spouse. The kids are welcomed if you would like, but I take this time to focus on you as a couple. When preparing for the shoot, know that I will direct you with posing and create a comfortable space where you will shine. My goal with maternity shoots is to capture the details of you two as a couple and capturing intimate moments between you two. I know that the few weeks before the arrival of baby can be exciting, anxious, and stressful; so my hope is to create a time where you guys can have fun and celebrate this moment. 


This is all about celebrating you and capturing this sweet season you are in. Whether you are a family of five or welcoming your first into the world, this time is worthy of being documented!

Maternity portraits is more of an intimate shoot to share with your spouse. The kids are welcomed if you would like, but I take this time to focus on you as a couple. My goal with maternity shoots is to capture the details of you two as a couple and capturing intimate moments between you two. I know that the few weeks before the arrival of baby can be exciting, anxious, and stressful; so my hope is to create a time where you guys can have fun and celebrate this moment. 


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view full maternity galleries here

Locations

My favorite places to shoot

When it comes to selecting a location, I recommend keeping which season we are in and if there is a place that holds a special meaning for you. For newborn portraits, I recommend doing these in the comfort of your home or in a studio space. For maternity portraits, we can do them anywhere. Below you can see a few of my favorite spots to shoot at for maternity portraits. 

Classic

Urban

adventure

Beach

Cleveland Art Museum + Wade Oval

Stan Hywet Gardens

Gervasi Vineyard

Rockefeller Greenhouse and Park


Downtown Cleveland

Downtown Akron/ Cuyahoga Falls

Lock 29

Chagrin Falls


Edgewater Park

Huntington Beach






Pine Hollow, CVNP

Munroe Falls Metro Park

Brecksville Reservation

Hiking at Hocking Hills

Picnic at a local park











these are just a few of my favorites. I always love exploring new places.

Locations

My favorite places to shoot

When it comes to selecting a location, I recommend keeping which season we are in and if there is a place that holds a special meaning for you. For newborn portraits, I recommend doing these in the comfort of your home or in a studio space. For maternity portraits, we can do them anywhere. Below you can see a few of my favorite spots to shoot at for maternity portraits. 

Classic

Urban

adventure

Beach

Cleveland Art Museum + Wade Oval

Stan Hywet Gardens

Gervasi Vineyard

Rockefeller Greenhouse and Park


Downtown Cleveland

Downtown Akron/ Cuyahoga Falls

Lock 29

Chagrin Falls


Edgewater Park

Huntington Beach






Pine Hollow, CVNP

Munroe Falls Metro Park

Brecksville Reservation

Hiking at Hocking Hills

Picnic at a local park











these are just a few of my favorites. I always love exploring new places.

Seasons

Once you have determined the time of year you are getting photos done, the next step is determining the color theme of your outfits.

This will vary from family to family, but there are certain colors that photograph best. Below you can find a list of my favorite color combinations for all four seasons. Use this as a guide and it is always helpful to start with the outfit for mom and building off from there. Just remember these are your family portraits and your outfits should reflect your styles and personalities!


color palettes for each season

When it comes to summer think light and airy. You can do this by pairing a floral print with pastel colors or combining deeper tones (like rich blues or jewel tones) with lighter colors. 

SAY NO TO: bright whites (unless layered with denim jacket or cardigan), graphic tees, and neon or saturated colors (replace with richer or muted tones), strapless/ sleeveless tops (unless you love your arms), shorter length dresses (harder to run around with your kids for photos, you may be constantly trying to pull it down)

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color palette

When it comes to fall think cozy and classy. When planning your fall outfits think about the location of your portraits and what colors will compliment the setting. I personally love when families mix warm hues and jewel tones together. It not only pairs well with the fall foliage but photographs beautifully.

SAY NO TO: bright whites (unless layered with denim jacket or cardigan), small patterns (tiny plaid, thin stripes, and complicated patterns), holiday colors

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When it comes to winter think bright and cozy. Most people naturally gravitate towards darker colors for winter, but I lean towards the muted and lighter tones. One way you can do this is by pairing a dark wash jean with a jewel tone blouse with a dressier winter coat. You can also add lighter colors through accessories or patterned top/ dresses. 

SAY NO TO: bright whites (unless layered with winter coat or sweater), neon/ saturated colors (replace muted or jewel tones), holiday colors (this gives you photos more versatility and can be up all year round), very chunky knits (they can make you larger than you are).

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Winter

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color palette

Managing Fury Ones

Can we bring our Pet to the shoot?

The answer is YES! I love when my couples choose to incorporate their furry friends into their portraits. This may only mean that we will need to keep this in mind when selecting a location for the session. 

When including your pet into the session, there are a few things to keep in mind and plan for. First thing is thinking of someone to help out during the shoot. I like to begin the session with these photos, so your pet isn't waiting anxiously and we can continue with the shoot smoothly. Having a friend nearby to take your pet for the remaining time is super helpful.

Lastly, if you do plan to bring your fury one to the session, I highly recommend taking them on a walk beforehand, so they are not a ball of energy during the shoot. Even bringing a small treat for them could help them cooperate for photos or be a good reward afterwards.

Managing Fury Ones

Can we bring our Pet to the shoot?

The answer is YES! I love when families choose to incorporate their furry friends into their portraits. This may only mean that we will need to keep this in mind when selecting a location for the session. 

When including your pet into the session, there are a few things to keep in mind and plan for. First thing is thinking of someone to help out during the shoot. I like to begin the session with these photos, so your pet isn't waiting anxiously and we can continue with the shoot smoothly. Having a friend nearby to take your pet for the remaining time is super helpful.

Lastly, if you do plan to bring your fury one to the session, I highly recommend taking them on a walk beforehand, so they are not a ball of energy during the shoot. Even bringing a small treat for them could help them cooperate for photos or be a good reward afterwards.

Frequently Asked Questions

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WHEN DO YOU RECOMMEND NEWBORN PORTRAITS?

What happens when it rains?

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN IT RAINS?

do you provide prints and albums?

CAN I SEND YOU MY PINTEREST BOARD WITH ALL MY PHOTO IDEAS?

WILL YOU HELP WITH POSING?

WHEN DO YOU RECOMMEND MATERNITY PORTRAITS?

When it comes to newborn portraits, I always tell my couples within the first 2-6 weeks is best. I have found if we wait much later than this, we will miss out on those sweet "newborn" details. If you are wanting to book a studio space for these, I ask that you let me know before baby arrives, so we can set up a date once baby is here.

If there is a 60% or more chance of rain and under 30 degrees on the day of your session, I will notify you that your session has been rescheduled. At your time of booking, I will have you schedule a backup date so you don't have to wait for a later time to book. 

This should only affect maternity shoots since newborn portraits are done in your home or at a studio space. If there is a 60% or more chance of rain on the day of your maternity session, I will notify you that your sessions has been rescheduled. At your time of booking, I will have you schedule a backup date so you don't have to wait for a later time to book. 

Yes I do!! I believe there is nothing like the moment when you first see your photos in person!! I love offering my clients this experience and showing them how important it is to fill your home with prints and share them with family and friends. Once you receive your full gallery, you will have direct access to my print shop where you can order prints on your own time. We can also set up a time to place a print and album order if you prefer. Most of my clients order directly from their gallery links.

Of course you can share! I love seeing the vision my clients have and I use this information to help scout out the best location that fits the vibe you are wanting. I will preface this saying that I only use these photos to help gain a better understanding of the vision you have and not as a strict photo list. I have years of experience shooting families and strive to capture each family uniquely and capture portraits that tell their story. 

For maternity portraits, you have a good range of getting portraits done. I say anytime between 28-36 weeks is good. I don't like to go much further than 36 weeks, since that is close to the arrival of baby. Most likely maternity portraits are 20 to 30 minute sessions. In regards to what to bring to your maternity portraits, I say a few ultra sound photos and baby details (pair of shoes, stuffed animal or onesie) are always great to implement into the portraits.

No need to worry! I will direct and pose you throughout your whole session. My style of shooting is based off a lot of movement and creating candid moments. Newborn portraits are a slower pace than my family and maternity sessions. Newborn sessions are about all the baby snuggles and focusing on the sweet details of baby and the nursery (if done in your home.) My approach to newborn sessions are lifestyle and not "too posed." For example, If you want to give baby their first bath at home, I would love to document that. 

maternity + Newborn

Frequently Asked Questions

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when do you recommend newborn portraits?

What happens when it rains?

will you help with posing?

when do you recommend maternity portraits?

do you provide prints and albums?

When it comes to newborn portraits, I always tell my couples within the first 2-6 weeks is best. I have found if we wait much later than this, we will miss out on those sweet "newborn" details. If you are wanting to book a studio space for these, I ask that you let me know before baby arrives, so we can set up a date once baby is here.

This should only affect maternity shoots since newborn portraits are done in your home or at a studio space. If there is a 60% or more chance of rain on the day of your maternity session, I will  notify you that your sessions has been rescheduled. At your time of booking, I will have you schedule a backup date so you don't have to wait for a later time to book. 

No need to worry! I will direct and pose you throughout your whole session. My style of shooting is based off a lot of movement and creating candid moments. Newborn portraits are a slower pace than my family and maternity sessions. Newborn sessions are about all the baby snuggles and focusing on the sweet details of baby and the nursery (if done in your home.) My approach to newborn sessions are lifestyle and not "too posed." For example, If you want to give baby their first bath at home, I would love to document that. 

For maternity portraits, you have a good range of getting portraits done. I say anytime between 28-36 weeks is good. I don't like to go much further than 36 weeks, since that is close to the arrival of baby. Most likely maternity portraits are 20 to 30 minute sessions. In regards to what to bring to your maternity portraits, I say a few ultra sound photos and baby details (pair of shoes, stuffed animal or onesie) are always great to implement into the portraits.

Yes I do!! I believe there is nothing like the moment when you first see your photos in person!! I love offering my clients this experience and showing them how important it is to fill your home with prints and share them with family and friends. Once you receive your full gallery, you will have direct access to my print shop where you can order prints on your own time. We can also set up a time to place a print and album order if you prefer. Most of my clients order directly from their gallery links.

maternity + newborn

"Ana was an amazing photographer to work with! She was very sweet and knowledgeable about poses and camera angles..."

Morgan and ben

Ana was an amazing photographer to work with! She was very sweet and knowledgeable about poses and camera angles to make my husband and I look and feel our best, which is hard with maternity photos! She also welcomed our dogs into the session and capture some great photos of them as well. We are in love with the photos and couldn't wait to share with my family and friends!

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christina and caleb

Ana is the photographer you need! Not only are her photos amazing, but she make you feel wonderful and comfortable. Ana did our family session when my daughter was a newborn. She eased my mind about the details of an in home session and reassured me to not worry about tidying up our home. She captured our joy for our new addition to the family perfectly. The photos are amazing and give us something to look back on and treasure forever!

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"The photos are amazing and give us something to look back on and treasure forever!"