South Bend, IN Newborn Photographer | Niles, MI Newborn Photographer

Fresh48, In hospital sessions capture the brand newness of your baby that will be gone in a few short days.  These are magical sessions that focus on baby's features and those initial bonding moments.  A time you'll be so glad you documented a few years from now.  

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Niles, MI | South Bend, IN | Southwest Michigan Newborn Photographer | Studio Session

Suprise!!!  It's a girl!!

 Welcome, {Zoe Grace}

Ahhhh.....only sweet babies can make a spit bubble something to be in awe over.   This beautiful baby girl already has such a unique story.  Up until the moment she was welcomed into the world....her parent's were expecting a baby boy.  Well, mom said she had a feeling for most of her pregnancy she could be having a little girl.  In fact,  just a few weeks before Zoe was born while she(mom) was on a weekend Christian Retreat with some other ladies, the name Zoe was mentioned and it's meaning; "life".  At that moment, she thought to herself "if this baby is a girl, that is what her name will be"  Well, here she is<3    What a beautiful prophetic moment, right?!?!  

Ahhhh.....only sweet babies can make a spit bubble something to be in awe over.   This beautiful baby girl already has such a unique story.  Up until the moment she was welcomed into the world....her parent's were expecting a baby boy.  Well, mom said she had a feeling for most of her pregnancy she could be having a little girl.  In fact,  just a few weeks before Zoe was born while she(mom) was on a weekend Christian Retreat with some other ladies, the name Zoe was mentioned and it's meaning; "life".  At that moment, she thought to herself "if this baby is a girl, that is what her name will be"  Well, here she is<3    What a beautiful prophetic moment, right?!?!  

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Lip envy, anyone?  Seriously this little lady has the most perfect little lips!!

Lip envy, anyone?  Seriously this little lady has the most perfect little lips!!

Hello, Bright Eyes!!  Parents (and me) absolutely love captures with baby's eyes open and so alert <3  Zoe's mom brought this sweet little headband, and I must say the simplicity of it and classic feel combined with just a pop of color was perfect.  In fact, I've been adoring these headbands made by Melissa H at PemberlyHandmadeCo-check out her Etsy Shop!!

Hello, Bright Eyes!!  Parents (and me) absolutely love captures with baby's eyes open and so alert <3  Zoe's mom brought this sweet little headband, and I must say the simplicity of it and classic feel combined with just a pop of color was perfect.  In fact, I've been adoring these headbands made by Melissa H at PemberlyHandmadeCo-check out her Etsy Shop!!

I'm currently booking for summer & fall newborn sessions. {Studio, In-Home, Hospital}  I'd love to chat with you about your personalized session, as it is always an honor to document this milestone for your family.  Let's chat!! Request more information for your baby's session. 

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Baby Milestone Photographer

Baby Milestone Portraits | Niles, MI Baby Photographer | South Bend, IN Baby Photos 

Photos of your little one shouldn't end with the newborn session. 

Ashley Ann Photography also specializes in Milestone portrait sessions to capture your baby during the first year in each of his/her unique, growing stages.....doing big things!!    These moments will come and go with the blink of an eye, capture them with timeless baby portraits. 

Baby boy, 4 month old Photos, Simply Baby Photo

My "Smile, Baby" Session features baby around 3-4 months of age. Whenever he/she is able to hold her head up well for a period and interacts with eye contact and SMILES.  This is such a fun time because their little personality is starting to emerge!!

My "Sit-Up, Baby" Session captures baby around 7-9 months or whenever he/she is able to sit up without support.  I love this stage,  because they just can't quite crawl away from me yet but want to interact with and explore everything around them.

And Finally, the "You're One, Baby" session captures your Big 1-Year old.  By this time baby is usually close to walking or standing by himself.  And although, I believe portraits of your little one should never be flooded and over shadowed with props.....we incorporate something a little more fun for this session.  Whether it be an outside session with a Magical Hot Air Balloon or an indoor session with a Personal Smash Cake (allergy free versions are available) This is a big milestone so we do it right!!

If you schedule your baby's Newborn Portraits with Ashley Ann Photography, the Milestone Collection is available to add on for a very special price, with a special album at the end showcasing baby's entire First Year.  To take advantage of the special price you must commit to booking by your newborns session.  

What should my baby wear?   I do my best to offer timeless and classic portraits, therefore, simple is always a great choice.  Whether it be a romper from Feltman Brothers, a simple white onesie, an adorable bib or sophisticated headband, or just baby in a diaper showing off those sweet rolls and baby-soft skin---something that keeps the focus on your baby and won't make you cringe when looking back at baby books in 20 years.  Carters, Old Navy, Target, or Osh Gosh (think overalls) can also offer classic outfits.  Avoid Neon colors or Logos, Please.  Stylized sessions are also available, and I can recommend some of my other favorite vendors that create outfits specifically with your baby's photo sessions in mind.  

Contact me today to schedule Premium Newborn or Milestone Portraits for your Baby. 

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Newborn Photographer | South Bend, IN | Fresh48 Hospital Session

"A baby fills a place in your heart, that you never knew was empty"    

Absolutely, hands down, without a doubt......capturing baby & family within hours after baby being brought into this world is my favorite time to be behind the lens.   I LOVE newborns, but I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them when they are brand new and FRESH.  To be a fly on the wall and witness mom, dad, and their closest family adore and swoon over baby's perfect wrinkly nose, pink skin, and hair can only be described as special.   These newborn photography sessions aka "FRESH48" take place in the hospital or birthing center sometime during the first day or two after birth.  I emphasize capturing baby's sweet, brand new details that will be gone in just a matter of days, and the bond that is forming between parents and baby.

This session was no exception!  Actually, I shed a tear of joy after learning that Blake made her debut.  I captured maternity photos for this family, and followed the last few months through details provided by mom on Facebook.....it choked me up knowing how thrilled Blake's mom and dad were to meet her!!   

Smiling at her momma!!  I snapped this while waiting for the doctor to finish up talking to mom. I hadn't even began to manipulate my camera settings because I had just arrived, and the overhead light was still one (I use window light mostly) But when she started smiling so big, almost giggling, at her momma I had to seize the moment and hurry to get a shot!! Because who cares about setting your camera when there's a smiling newborn! It's one of mom's "forever favorite" photos---as it should be!!

Daddy taking it all in---his beautiful, baby girl!!!

Daddy taking it all in---his beautiful, baby girl!!!

Another reason I enjoy hospital sessions..........As a Registered Nurse for several years, I am extremely comfortable in the hospital rooms.  This helps a lot when I need to maneuver the furniture/beds to get a shot....it's second nature;)  Safety, hand-washing, being up to date on my immunizations, and keeping germs away from your new bundle of joy are also second nature because I'm a Nurse.  

It was such a joy capturing these fleeting moments for mom and dad.  Be sure to check back soon for a little peak into Blake's studio session, they brought her to my home for some more photos around 7 days old. 

Contact me to schedule your newborn photography session today, it is never too early to book to ensure my availability. I offer bundles/discounts for booking a hospital session along with a studio/posed session. 

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Buchanan, MI Maternity Photographer

This couple is anxiously awaiting the birth of their baby girl!!  Jordan was hand selected to model her bump for Ashley Ann Photography.  What a great time we had with this momma and daddy to be! 

 

The very last shot of our session, we were heading back to our cars, I saw this opportunity, stopped and said "wait, just one more" ....always trust your photographer when they do that!! 

Jordan had some fun ideas to incorporate into her session....they are expecting their little pumpkin and "rainbow baby" any moment now!!

Jordan had some fun ideas to incorporate into her session....they are expecting their little pumpkin and "rainbow baby" any moment now!!

Undoubtedly, these two are going to be wonderful parents. I'm so grateful we could capture these moments for them.....and I am more than excited to meet their daughter and help them document her first days!

Niles, MI Senior Portrait Session, Class of 2017

Usually, I only blog my newborn and maternity sessions.....but this stunning senior shoot deserves some blog space!

I LOVE to get creative and push the limits!!!  What a great way to capture Niles during your senior year, right??!!?

Does this girl resemble a potato?!?      Backstory- I work with Abby's mom, and after meeting Abby the first time I told her mom how pretty her daughter was.  Her mom said, Abby jokes and says she "looks like a peeled potato" WHATEVER!!  

So for her shoot, we laughed hysterically when I pulled a potato out of my camera bag....ya know, I had to get a shot for a comparison.          I wish I looked like a potato.......

I enjoyed capturing these Senior Photos for her sooooo much!!  This girl is beautiful inside and out, and has a bright future ahead of her.   

Niles, MI / South Bend Maternity Photographer

Styled Maternity Session

  I had the pleasure of capturing this fun-loving couple and her beautiful bump!!  They are expecting their newborn baby girl early December- a precious, rainbow baby!!    I was thrilled with the opportunity to get a little creative with planning the shoot and help them celebrate this. 

Celebrating their rainbow baby!!  This perfect spot where farm field meets vineyard in Berrien Springs, MI allowed for this creative capture. 

I have fallen in love with Maternity Sessions!!  I have made it my mission to make mom feel Stunning, Gorgeous, Beautiful, and all things in between!!  I strive to offer a pampering experience that is FUN and relaxed, and as a result produces beautiful images.  

Captured at my location in Niles, MI. 

Every child should have a photo capturing the love between her parents and anticipation of her arrival- just like this.   I hope this is a treasured photo for years to come!!

For information about scheduling your styled maternity shoot with Ashley and her team, click here.