Newborn and family photographer Ashley Blair helps others secure some of life's most beautiful memories to be able to be revisited.
"I want parents to remember all the heartfelt details. Life moves fast especially once you have kids. As parents, we don't always have time to shop for a wardrobe or plan the details of a photoshoot. This is why I have created a portrait experience designed for busy moms and dads," declares this Newtown-based photographer. "Whether it be the glow of pregnancy, the pureness of a newborn, or the silliness of a toddler, my ultimate goal as a photographer is to make clients' portrait experiences enjoyable and stress-free, from start to finish."
Ashley has firsthand experience regarding how fleeting these types of moments are. She's a mother to four kids with nearly 10 years of experience as a newborn photographer, and prior experience as a registered nurse. In other words, working with babies comes very naturally to her.
"Actually, many clients call me the baby whisperer! I bring a compassionate approach to my photography, particularly when photographing newborns and babies," she assures.
She says the first few weeks of welcoming a baby into the world are filled with so many emotions--pure bliss, exhaustion, self-doubt and amazement. "My job is to capture the love and pureness that the newborn stage entails," she adds. "I know how busy life is as a parent. I've created an experience to serve each family that goes beyond just taking their pictures. That experience includes a warm and inviting studio, personalized styling with the use of my client wardrobe, and after your session, I will even come to install custom artwork in your home. Newborn sessions even come with complimentary in-house hair and makeup. I really help with it all.”
Depending on weather, Ashley conducts both studio and outdoor sessions.
For those who don't know what to wear for pictures, Ashley assembled a curated client wardrobe from which to choose. Clients have access to full outfits or wardrobe pieces for mothers, babies and children. Ashley assists with selections via an appointment to pull together "the desired look" for each session.
Lately, she says she's been doing a lot of baby bump photos. "Maternity sessions can be personalized specifically to style preferences, whether it be an elegant look with a tulle gown, a casual style with jeans and an open shirt, a more intimate style, or even multiple looks, I help style sessions for pregnant moms just the way they envisioned it."
About two weeks after a photo session, Ashley says she sets up a time to reveal the gallery of images, either virtually or at her studio in Newtown. She then helps select the perfect products for each family, whether that be beautiful wall galleries, statement pieces for above mantels, or a customized photo album regarding cover fabrics, colors and embossing.
When's the best time to book a photo session? Ashley says it's best to reserve a session at the beginning of the second trimester for maternity and newborn portraits, because she can only take a limited number of newborns per month. Family sessions book usually about two to three months in advance.
"I love working with new babies, parents, as well as families, to freeze these most cherished moments. Pictures are one of the few items that grow in value over time. This is one of the reasons I really believe in helping families create beautiful artwork with their memories,” Ashley concludes.
Ashley Blair is a newborn, maternity and baby photographer providing families with timeless portraits and a luxury full-service experience. Her studio is located in Newtown.