Lynchburg Baby Photographer | Eli's Milestone Session

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Eli's milestone session

in the studio

I am so in love with this session!

This beautiful mama came to the studio early to have her makeup done by one of our exclusive makeup artists while her precious and happy baby boy sat contentedly in his carseat and observed all the happenings around him. Before she settled into the makeup chair, we went through a few different clothing options from the studio wardrobe and we narrowed down our options to the items you see below. Emily chose to style her own hair and all of the pieces of our preparation came together so beautifully!

Eli and Emily are both wearing clothing from the studio wardrobe, though Emily's last outfit (the jeans and sweater) is her own. Eli is even wearing a studio supplied diaper! It's true, I have a stash of blank-white diapers on hand in all sizes to help prevent those yellow/blue lines from showing up in your portraits. :)

Of course, you can't dress up emotion or love, so it's the genuine smiles, giggles and their glowing mother-son bond that really make these images some of my favorites!

 

Babies grow so fast, now is the best time to capture them as they are! If you're looking for a baby or family photographer, I would love to work with you to create images you will cherish for a lifetime. Contact me and if you'd like, we can set up a no-obligation studio consultation to answer any questions you may have.


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Liz Cook is a motherhood, baby and wedding photographer in Central Virginia. She loves to photograph emotional and storytelling portraits, the details of parenthood, and fun and easygoing couples in love.

Salem Maternity Photographer | Heather and Family

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Heather & Family

maternity session at the field

When Heather first reached out to me for information about a maternity + newborn session collection, she had a lot of questions, but her biggest concerns were about what to wear. Heather has a more casual style but was interested in dressing up for this occasion. It didn't take her long to share her concerns about not being "very fashionable." And to be honest, she sounded a lot like myself! :) So we scheduled an in-person wardrobe consultation for her right away. She came into the studio and tried on a few dresses and also brought in a few pieces of her own favorite clothing. We worked together to create a plan for her maternity session wardrobe for her and her family that we were both excited about! 

On the day of her session, Heather came to the studio first to have her hair and makeup done by one of our exclusive HMUA artists. Her son had fallen asleep during their 1hr+ drive from Salem, VA, so her husband waited with him while he finished his nap and Heather enjoyed an extra treat of being pampered without distraction! Of course she was so happy to embrace her sweet little man as soon as he woke up and was ready for those sweet after-nap snuggles. :) We quickly hopped over to the field setting, which is just about two miles from the studio, and began the photography portion of their experience!

Below are my favorite images from our time together at the field. I love how everything came together to showcase Heather's beautiful family celebrating a fleeting season in their lives while also staying true to her family's personality and style!

 

If you're pregnant and looking for a maternity and newborn photographer, I would love to work with you to create images you will cherish for a lifetime! It is best to schedule your sessions early, I recommend as soon as you have made it to your second trimester. Contact me and I would love to share with you about the price specials we have for session collections such as maternity + newborn. We can also set up a no-obligation consultation here in the studio to answer any questions you may have! By the way - Congratulations! :)


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Liz Cook is a maternity, birth and newborn photographer with a studio located in Bedford, Virginia. She loves to photograph emotional and storytelling portraits, the details of parenthood, and fun and easygoing couples in love.

Lynchburg Pregnancy Pictures | Ashley

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Ashley's Maternity

at the studio

I'll confess, it has taken me a while to get this beautiful session on the blog because I wasn't quite sure how I would express my respect and admiration for this beautiful lady. Ashley is a local photographer, but before she had made the jump into full time photography, she spent a season as a stay-at-home-mom with her beautiful daughter Emerson. During this time, I was trying my best to find a healthy balance between work and parenting (wait - I'm still trying to find that! ha)! I would see Ashley out at the park or at local mom-centered events (with my toddler Sunday in tow) and I noticed how Ashley was parenting Emmie. I quickly identified that we parented our daughters very similarly and I wondered if she would be interested in making extra income while at home with her little girl. So, I took a bold step and inquired with Ashley about possibly helping me with childcare for Sunday and she said yes! 

Ashley was one of the first people who took care of Sunday outside of our home. She would send me snapshots of her day with our girls while I would plug away at work. I'll never forget them learning to talk together, hearing stories of them learning conflict-resolution skills, and the week they were BOTH potty training! Ha! Our little girls are only 5 days apart, so they had a lot of developmental milestones right around the same time. We made a lot of fun memories together, one of which pops up in my Facebook newsfeed regularly of that time we took the girls to breakfast at Market at Main in downtown, Lynchburg. (Thanks to Lynchburg Family for featuring our girls' picture!)

Throughout that season I was able to get to know Ashley even better and I grew to respect her on a deeper level. She is truly as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. As she has grown her photography business over the years I've had the privilege of spending work days with Ashley, joining her at networking events and in small group atmospheres. But more than that, I've continually been on the receiving end of Ashley's kind words, endless support and encouragement, and even little gifts of appreciation. I simply adore this lady!

When she shared with me that she was expecting again I knew I just had to find a way to get her in front of my camera! I was so excited the day she came into the studio for her maternity session. Here are a few of my favorite pictures of our time together. We may have spent most of our time together talking, but, that's just what we do! Ha!

 

Isn't she just beautiful? Her little man has made his arrival and I'll admit I am struggling with some big time baby fever as I see her embrace every single bit of those early weeks this time around! Motherhood is such a wild ride and it is an honor to get to experience it alongside friends like Ashley. Thank you, friend, for taking the time to come into the studio and let me photograph such a precious season of your life!! 

 

If you're pregnant and looking for a maternity and newborn photographer, I would love to work with you to create images you will cherish for a lifetime. Contact me and if you'd like, we can set up a no-obligation consultation here in the studio to answer any questions you may have.


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Liz Cook is a familybirth and wedding photographer in Central Virginia. She loves to photograph emotional and discreet birth stories, the details of parenthood, and fun and easygoing couples in love.

Bedford Newborn Photographer | Calvin's Studio Session

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Calvin's Newborn Session

at the studio

When Linda reached out to me to book a newborn session with me, I was so excited! I knew she had been waiting for this season of life and I was so excited to finally have the opportunity to work with her! After she secured her session with her retainer fee and contract, she contacted me and asked to add on hair and makeup services as well since she thought she might feel overwhelmed and tired as a brand new mama. (Good thinking, Linda!) Clients can add on hair and makeup services as late as right after their baby has been born, so I was happy to accommodate Linda's request! I sent over the newborn session preparation guide so she'd have all the information she needed to prepare for her session before her baby arrived. My preparation guide has helpful suggestions for all members of the family. Most clients grab a few things from their own wardrobe and bring them along, and either I or our HMU stylist help select the final choices at the studio. I have a portable steamer on hand to help with any wrinkles also, so there is no need to stress out about ironing everything perfectly before you leave your home.

Linda and her husband Andrew drove their newborn baby, Calvin, over two hours to the studio the morning of their session. They arrived early and Linda was able to change and then feed baby Calvin before our hair and makeup artist arrived. I am always happy to invite clients into the studio up to twenty minutes before their session so there is time to feed and change their baby if necessary. As soon as Calvin was finished eating, he quickly fell into a deep sleep and I was able to grab a variety of portraits of him alone. While this was happening, Linda took her time looking through the studio wardrobe and she settled on two different dresses with the help of our stylist who had arrived. The scene that unfolded next just made me so happy! Mom began her pampering experience by settling into the hair and makeup chair, baby was sleeping well and being supervised, and dad was able to relax just enough to nod off and get in a quick nap on the couch! 

Once Linda was dressed and ready, I finished with Calvin's portraits alone so we could begin pictures of the two of them together. We let Andrew continue to sleep while I photographed mama and son portraits. Once those were complete, we gently woke him up to change his clothes and join us for the rest of the session. Calvin just continued to sleep so peacefully and we were able to finish the session up quicker than we expected! 

Overall, it was a relaxing and calm session that produced some of my favorite recent portraits! Below are a few of my top choices from their gallery of 90+ pictures they received just a few weeks later. 

Are you expecting and ready to book your newborn session? I am currently booking sessions as far out as early fall 2018. Newborn sessions are best scheduled before your baby has arrived. If you have waited until the last minute, please contact me - if I am able to fit you in, I will! I don't want you to miss out on the opportunity to have this short and sweet season of life documented. 

All newborn sessions include the use of the studio wardrobe, a complimentary styling consultation to discuss the look and feel you desire for your session, as well as my exclusive client preparation guide. On site hair and make-up services are also available with our stylist so that you feel relaxed, confident and beautiful at your session. I make the process of preparing for your session simple and seamless, so you can focus on your first priority, taking care of your newborn baby. Contact me today to reserve your session.

Liz Cook is a baby, family and wedding photographer in Central Virginia. She loves to photograph emotional and discreet birth stories, the details of parenthood, and fun and easygoing couples in love.

Lynchburg Family Photographer | Spring Mini Sessions

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Spring Mini Sessions

at the field

Spring Mini Session booking is NOW OPEN! 

A mini session is a condensed photo shoot, perfect for when you are hoping for a few specific captures. These mini sessions are designed to provide you with a quick glimpse into your life during this season. These sessions are ideal for families with very young children and/or those on a budget who still want the Liz Cook Photography experience. 

I am so excited to share that the 2018 Spring Family Mini Sessions will be held at the field setting! Sessions will last about 20 minutes long and will be held near sunset this year. There are only three session slots each day to ensure you have the best possible available light for your portraits!

Your Session Includes:

  • exclusive client preparation guide
  • private styling appointment with Liz at the studio
  • optional hair and make-up add-on
  • 20 minutes of shooting time with Liz at the field location
  • 10+ final high-resolution images
  • online gallery for downloading and purchasing images
  • all high-resolution digital images available to download + print release

How It Works:

  • Schedule your session for one of the date and times available below.
  • Receive your Exclusive Client Preparation Guide and link to schedule your private styling appointment with Liz in an email
  • Arrive for your session, spend time with your family enjoying one another, laughing, playing and snuggling. 
  • Approximately two weeks after your session, you will receive an online gallery of 10+ final images to download as high-resolution digital downloads.
  • Enjoy sharing and treasuring your final portraits for years to come!

Book Your Session Now!


I tend to receive a lot of similar questions regarding mini sessions, so here are a few answers to the most commonly asked ones: 

do we get the digital images from our session? 

Yes! You will receive a link to download all of your images in their highest possible quality. In addition, you will receive a Limited Print Release to use when you print your pictures. A Limited Print Release allows you to download all of the pictures and print them at your preferred print location. However, Liz Cook Photography will retain the full Copyrights which means you are not permitted to alter/edit the images, sell them, or submit them to any publications or contests without prior written approval from Liz Cook Photography. 

where do you suggest we print our pictures?

I highly recommend the best printer in town, Lynchburg Photoworks!

do i have to book a different time slot for each of my children?

Noooo. Please don't. :) However, if you have more than three children coming, I highly recommend adding an additional child option (for a total of 4) OR if you have more than 4 children, book two back-to-back time slots to ensure plenty of shooting time for each child. 

what should we wear for these pictures?

Upon booking your session, you will receive an Exclusive Session Preparation Guide to help you with this process. In addition, every booked session also includes the option to schedule an in-person styling consultation with me at the studio before your session date. I recommend choosing comfortable, neutral clothing (as seen in the example images above) to guarantee timeless portraits. 

Do you have a question? We have answers! If you're on the fence, shoot an email to liz@liz-cook.com with any questions and I'll get back to you as soon as possible! 

This special offer is for 2018 Spring Mini Sessions only.
No cash value. No product substitutions will be allowed. No refunds.

Liz Cook is a baby, family and wedding photographer in Central Virginia. She loves to photograph emotional and discreet birth stories, the details of parenthood, and fun and easygoing couples in love.