I am a portrait photographer in Spring Hill FL that specializes in
photography for maternity, newborn, 1st birthday, and families

serving the Greater Tampa Bay and Nature Coast areas
primarily Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, and Hillsborough Counties

"Capturing moments from today... creating memories for a lifetime!"

Phone: 716-471-8239
E-mail: natashalynnphotography@yahoo.com 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/natashalynnphotography613/

  Finding a newborn photographer is easy, but finding the right newborn photographer will take some time and research.
I have been photographing newborns since 2015. The comfort and safety of your newborn baby is always my first priority. 
I have learned how to handle and pose newborns from some of the world’s top leading newborn photographers.
I prefer to photograph newborns around 3-12 days old but I am willing to do them up to about 3 weeks
(preemies are a different circumstance and I will work with you based on the needs of your newborn). 
Newborn sessions can be done at my home studio or in the comfort of your
home but are always best in the morning to get the best natural light. 
I specially coordinate wraps, outfits, and props in a color or style
preference of your choice to give you a variety of beautiful images.
I also incorporate the delicate details such as fingers, toes, nose, and eyelashes. 
Book a Watch Me Grow Bundle to document your little one’s entire 1st year at a discounted rate!
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​​More Information For Planning Your Session

When booking a newborn session, we will discuss session details and I will mark you on my calendar based on your due date and then I ask that you call, email, or Facebook me as soon as you deliver so we can arrange a specific date and time for the session. I prefer to do newborn sessions in the first half of the day as that provides me with the best natural light.

When planning your session you have to decide whether you want to do your session in studio or in the comfort of your home.

In studio sessions take place at my home studio in Spring Hill FL and have more of a portrait feel. I use natural light from a large window as well as studio lighting to capture these images. Baby will be photographed on a newborn beanbag with cloth backdrops or in buckets, bowls, and other props. Family pictures can be done against a cream, white, black, white wood or brown wood backdrop. 

A session in the comfort of your home means that I pack up what I need and travel to you as not all parents feel comfortable bringing their precious newborn out and about right away. For these sessions, it is important that you have a well-lit area near a
large picture window or a sliding glass door where I can set up. I may also bring 1 studio light to help give me some additional light for the session. To keep baby comfortable, we will need to keep him or her warm. I will bring a space heater but it helps a lot if you can turn the AC down and turn off and fans that will create a breeze directly on your little one. The session fee is slightly higher for a session in your home to cover the additional time and gas.
When choosing a session in your home, you also have to think about whether you want the family images to be posed or lifestyle.

I can setup a backdrop in your home for posed family images. Lifestyle images is where I photograph your family just being a family. We can use the nursery, your living room, or the master bedroom to capture images of your family as you are in everyday life. If you choose to do lifestyle images, I just ask that you open curtains and blinds to help give me the best light possible.

If you choose an in-home session, don’t stress over clutter and mess, I am a mom too, so I understand how chaotic things can get. For lifestlye images, I just ask that you tidy up the area we will be using so that it looks nice in photos.

Newborns are best if done around 3-12 days old as this is when they are sleepy and easily posed allowing me to capture those sweet newborn poses. After the first 2 weeks, they become more alert and begin to stretch out and therefore I may not be able to get the best poses for your session. 

Don’t fret over baby acne and dry skin as these minor flaws can be retouched during the editing process. For boys, I suggest not doing the session within 3 days of a circumcision as they may be sore and irritable.

Most of the poses work best if baby is very sleepy. I ask that you try to keep baby awake for 1-2 hours before the session to help ensure they won't be wide awake for their session. I know how exhausting that can be for you but I promise it will be worth it when you see the photos from your session.

Babies sleep best if they are fed and burped right before the session. If you can plan feedings to where baby eats right before their session that would be great. But if not, no worries. Don't try to feed baby if they are not ready as it will just cause an upset tummy and they will most likely spit up. We will take breaks throughout the session to sooth and feed as needed. When we do stop to feed baby, please don't feel rushed. If we cut the feeding short then we will most likely need to stop again anyways.

Newborn sessions are all about patience. Please don't stress out if baby does not want to sleep right away. We don’t want baby to sense any anxiety or frustration. I am very comfortable holding, calming, and posing newborns so I typically do all the feeding (unless you're breastfeeding) changing and soothing as needed throughout the session. I may ask for your assistance at some point throughout the session but for the most part I just let the parents relax.

Pacifiers are so important to help your newborn relax during their session. I know there are a lot of parents that are reluctant to use them and I will always respect the wishes of the parents. However, I highly suggest that you break your no pacifier rule for just a few hours, as it will make our session go a lot smoother. 

Because newborns are so tiny, they are typically swimming in store bought outfits and the extra fabric doesn’t photograph very well but I have a supply of adorable newborn outfits that work perfectly. Large flower headbands can be overwhelming on a newborns tiny head but I have a supply of petite tiebacks that are just the perfect size. I have a collection of bowls, baskets, buckets, blankets, outfits, hats, and headbands that I use for these sessions. We will discuss any specific colors or themes ahead of time to help me decide which items to pull out for your session. If you have a cute theme or idea you’d like to incorporate, please let me know and I will try to find a way to incorporate it. If you have any family heirlooms or props that you would like me to use, please let me know so I can incorporate them into the session.  

I do a variety of images for these sessions. For some outfits and poses, I will leave the diaper on. I will swaddle them up in wraps or dress them in adorable outfits. There are some poses where baby will be completely naked. I will pose them carefully so we do not see any of their girl parts or boy parts in the pictures. During this time, baby may decide to pee or poop on myself or on my stuff. Please don’t panic or feel embarrassed. It happens at most sessions and I expect it. I wash the wraps, outfits, and cloth backdrops in between each session with baby laundry detergent. 

A lot of new moms are hesitant to get in photos right way because they aren’t feeling their best right after having a baby. If you have enough time, I strongly encourage all moms to go get your hair done, your nails done, whatever makes you feel better. Your baby is only a newborn once so I encourage you to be in the photos. For your outfits, keep it simple, solid colors work best. I always suggest staying away from very busy patterns as they can be distracting. You don’t have to get super fancy, cotton tank tops or cotton tshirts tend to be most popular. Some of the photos may focus on mom and/or dads hands so you may want to make sure your nails are clean and groomed prior to the session.

For smaller siblings, you may want to talk to them in the days leading up to the session to help them prepare. Let them know that they are going to have their picture taken with the baby and discuss how to be gentle. Depending on their age, you can even practice having them hold the baby on their lap or just lying next to baby on the floor without bumping or rolling on baby.​​