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Maternity
Pregnancy is such a special and memorable time. These are your first moments of motherhood, and they are priceless. A maternity portrait session is the perfect way to capture your gorgeous glow and intense emotions as timeless art. At no other point in your life will a photographer ask you to stick out your belly. Enjoy it! Maternity photography is best captured around 32-36 weeks, when your belly is full and round, but can be scheduled all the way up until your due date. Styling is a key element for beautiful maternity photography. We recommend outfits that flatter your shape and accentuate your curves. An empire waist gown, long flowing skirt with a bandeaux bra, or your pre-pregnancy jeans (usually left unfastened), button down shirt allows us to leave your belly exposed. Click here for some maternity style inspiration.

Newborn

Newborn portraits are ideally captured within the first 4-10 days of life, when your baby will be sleeping deeply and curling up naturally for those precious newborn poses. We understand that these first few weeks are unpredictable, and although we may not be able to capture some of the flexible poses from those early days newborn portraits can still be captured up to about 4 weeks of age. Newborn photography sessions generally last 30-60 minutes. There is plenty of time for feeding, soothing, and lots of cuddles. We love photographing newborns in their diapers so that we can see all their adorable little wrinkles. We recommend parents wear black or white long sleeve shirt as you may be featured in some portraits holding your newborn. We strive to create a relaxed and peaceful environment, and our priority is always your comfort and the safety of your newborn. Our gentle and detailed approach allows us to capture those precious moments that become the most beautiful, meaningful portraits.

Children
We strive to make our child portrait sessions relaxed and enjoyable, while capturing a variety of posed and candid portraits. Children are encouraged to move around, play, and have fun! With an eye for perfect moments and unique perspectives, we create childrens portraits that are beautiful, genuine, and emotional. Children tend to have a limited attention span, with that in mind, we work very quickly to ensure they stay engaged. Childrens sessions typically take about 30 minutes. We recommend having your child photographed at 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, and 12 months. After their 1 year birthday, we recommend having portraits done every 6 months until they are school age. At that time we recommend photographs once a year. Click here for kids style inspiration.

Seniors
Our Senior Portrait Sessions are a unique and personalized experience. Although we do photograph seniors year round, we recommend having your senior portraits taken the summer before your senior year. All of our senior sessions include a complimentary style meeting where we will help with your clothing options and give suggestions on clothing, accessories, and locations that will showcase who you are. We are passionate about giving every senior we photograph the opportunity to shine, and we want your session to be much more than just a few quick snapshots. Thats why we deliver a fully-customized, once-in-a-lifetime experience for our senior shoots.

Our primary goal is to help you look and feel completely amazing. We don't stop at just making you look great, however: we also want your senior session to be laid back, relaxed, and FUN! Were all about getting to know you and capturing that uniqueness that makes you awesome, and we look for real smiles, real emotions, real laughter, real life. Everything that goes into showing the Best Possible You. Your senior year of high school is an exciting time, and we are here to capture who you are today, and make sure you have a blast in the process. Just relax, have fun, and BE YOURSELF, and well take care of the rest. Click here for some senior style inspiration.

Family
As parents ourselves, we know the importance of preserving your families most precious moments. We strive to make our photo shoots relaxed, spontaneous, and fun! Families are encouraged to move around, play, and be silly! With an eye for perfect moments and unique perspectives, we create child and family portraits that are beautiful, genuine, and emotional. Family portraits typically last about 30 minutes. The best time to have your family portraits taken is now. Life is such a precious gift, don't wait - book your family session today. For family portrait style inspiration, click here.

Engagement
When should engagement portraits be taken? We recommend choosing your favorite season for your engagement portraits, Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring, they are all beautiful, so choose your favorite look. What should you wear? We recommend a casual outfit and a more dressy outfit (depending on your personalities of course). Click here for some engagement style inspiration. The decisions of clothing, season and concept truly affect the results of a shoot, good choices add so much more to the pictures. As a photographer/artist I am inspired by so many things during an engagement shoot. By the connection that the couple has, their love and dynamic with each other, their energy, their expression, and the fun they are having in front of the camera.

It's good to have an engagement session not just to get beautiful pictures as a couple, but also to develop a relationship and connection between the couple and the photographer. On the day of the wedding, there is usually limited time for the portraits. In the engagement session, the photographer and the couple can take the time to get to know each other before the wedding day. Also, the couple can get a feeling of how the photographer works. This way, on the wedding day, the couple will feel comfortable in front of the camera and the photographer wont feel like a stranger to them.

Wedding
At Elite Portrait Design, we shoot all of our weddings from the heart. Glen, my husband, is the second photographer, we love to shoot weddings together, as a couple. Glen adds a goofy lightness to the day, while I cry at every wedding ceremony. Yes, that's right, EVERY wedding!