specializing in maternity, newborn, milestones, 1st birthday, and family sessions
serving the Greater Tampa Bay and Nature Coast area
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.

Newborn babies are photographed at my in-home studio in Spring Hill, FL or in the comfort of your home.
I prefer to photograph newborns around 3-14 days old but I am willing to do them up to 1 month old
(preemies can be done later and I will work with you based on the needs of your newborn). 
I prefer to do newborn sessions in the morning to get the best natural lighting coming in through the windows. I keep things pretty simple using my supply of outfits, wraps, buckets, etc to capture beautiful images of your newborn. I will capture a variety of full body and close up images to include the tiny details such as their toes, eyes, and lips.
  
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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.

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 are coming to my studio, the first thing I typically do is have my clients strip baby down to the diaper and then feed them. If I am coming to your home, you can start feeding them about 15 minutes prior to my arrival. We will also take breaks throughout the session to sooth and feed as needed. 

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.

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 any family heirlooms or props that you would like me to use, please let me know so I can incorporate them into the session. If you have a cute theme or idea you’d like to incorporate, please message me about it and I will try to find a way to incorporate it. 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 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.​​

These sessions can be done at my in home studio or in the comfort of your home. 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. Please open all blinds and curtains prior to the session. I prefer to set up wherever the best natural light is. Sometimes this ends up being near a large picture window or near a sliding glass door. 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 about 20 minutes before I arrive.

When choosing a studio session, it will be portrait style. 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, grey, black, or wood white or brown wood) backdrop. I also have a cream colored rug I can use at this time. 

When choosing an in home session, baby is typically photographed on a newborn beanbag with cloth backdrops or in buckets, bowls, and other props but we can also do a few lifestyle images in the nursery upon request. For the family images, you get to choose between portraits in which I will bring a backdrop and stand with me to setup in your home, or we can do lifestyle family pictures which are most popular on the master bed, a couch, or in the baby nursery. If you choose to do lifestlye images, I just ask that you open curtains and blinds to help give me the best light possible and tidy up that area so we can use it for photos.
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