Baby and Young Child Photography

New Born Photography

Welcoming Baby to the world

Your baby is finally here and they are already changing every day. Growing up happens very quickly within the first few weeks of their lives. We want to record this newborn phase as soon as possible to capture all of the little details of their beautiful faces within the first days of their life!

When do I contact you?

Be sure to book your session while you are still pregnant! We will meet up or have a phone conference to plan all of the exciting details of your newborn session, customizing it to you and your baby. It is best to contact me while you are still in the hospital, so we can schedule your baby’s session within a week. Your new baby will only fit in your hands for a few short weeks. Newborns can fit into tiny props and curl into amazing positions. 4-10 days old is the time you will get the most stunning photos.

What can I expect?

For newborns, the best package to select would be the 1-hour session or the 1.5-hour session, giving time to go through a variety of poses and setups. It also allows for a relaxed atmosphere, giving time to feed and change the baby, as necessary. This is followed by hours of editing, ensuring a professional, finishing touch. (Digital images are ready in 2- 3 weeks.) Prints, albums, and canvases are of the highest quality, and available only to professional photographers. The final outcome: beloved pieces of art, featuring your precious baby! Sometimes parents have something special that they’d like to have in a photo with their baby. Feel free to use whatever sentimental items that you wish!

Where do we go to take photos?

Luckily for newborns, I bring the studio to you! Having children of my own I understand how difficult it can be just to get out the door with everything needed at hand. We also want to keep baby healthy, taking newborns out can be nervous for parents, so I will bring my portable studio to your home for your convenience!

What to do:

~Limit spicy, gassy, and caffeinated foods 24-48 hours prior to the session, if nursing.

~Try to keep the baby awake 1 or 2 hours before the session. A bath or naked time are great ideas! We want the baby sleepy for his or her session. a sleepy baby is a happy baby.

~Try to have the baby fed and burped well right before the session.

~Thoroughly clean off any poop, ointment, or powder before the session.

~Wear cool clothes and possibly have a change of clothes ready.

~Expect to feed baby more often during the session, to keep baby full and sleepy.

~Anticipate beautiful photos of your precious baby!!!



This is always such a fun thing to do for your child. The joy on their face when they rip into that sweet goodness is just pure joy! I want to capture this moment for you to celebrate this milestone in their lives.

Preparing for a Cake Smash!

What to Expect

A Mess, a big ole mess, luckily that's the whole point :). Cake Smash sessions last about 60 minutes. The first 30 minutes is comprised of milestone pictures, in which we capture the personality of your little one in a variety of different scenes. We typically have time to get through 2-3 outfit , depending on the cooperation of our subject. The last 30 minutes is the cake smash. We begin by taking pictures of your little one in their cake smash outfit before introducing the cake. Once we bring in the cake, the photo session takes approximately 15 minutes. We let your baby set the pace, as some littles ones dig right in and destroy the cake, and others need a little bit of encouragement and sometimes even help to get into their cake. Be ready to get your hands dirty and help your little one get past all that frosting to the cake underneath!

Choosing or Making a Cake

Select a small cake or large cupcake, approximately 6 inches around. Due to concern for allergens, L.Ballenger Photography is not able to provide the cake. I am happy to recommend some local bakers if you will not be making the cake yourself. Whether you are making the cake, or having it made, please consider the following items:

  • Please make sure that the cake is placed onto a cake round (something that can be used to transfer the cake easily from one surface to another) A piece of cardboard cut into a circle and covered in aluminum foil works just as well if you are making the cake yourself.
  • Think light colors for the cake itself - red cake smeared on baby’s face tends to look like your little one just ate someone - not the best look!
  • Remove the cake from the refrigerator 2-3 hours before the session to allow the frosting to come to room temperature.

What to Wear

Choose the theme or color of your little one’s cake smash first, and then you can choose the outfit. 

The Mess

We hope that your little one makes a huge mess! That’s the whole point of this session and most of the fun of the day. We will finish the session with a warm shower, so please bring a clean outfit for the ride home. 

Preparing Baby:

Firstly, Feed Baby well, it might sound strange to feed your baby before letting her rip into an entire cake, however the first 30 minutes is designated to 'non-cake smash photos' we want a full and satisfied baby for these photos, babies taking being hangry very seriously. ANd make sure he or she get a great nap before hand to keep baby happy during the photoshoot.

Things to Bring

  • Cake 
  • Cake Smash Outfit
  • 2-3 additional outfits for Baby
  • Change of clothes for parents, just in case
  • Diapers
  • Sippy cup to help wash down the cake
  • Snacks (think cheerios, or puffs) in case they don’t like the cake. We sometimes have to hide them the cake to make it look like your little one is actually eating the cake. Ssshhh.. If you don't tell, we won’t :)

Milestone portraits

Discovering themselves

Toddlers and young children are now developing some independence, a sense of self, personality, and preference. These are the first years of them turning into the person that they are meant to be. These little explorers are figuring out the world around them and who they want to be. These are the years that we never want to forget!

PREPARING FOR Milestone portraits!

What to Expect

We typically have time to get through 2-3 outfits for a 1-hour session. smaller children need to be introduced to the photographer properly to make a new friend, as well as develop a sense of trust and comfort before pulling them away from mom and dad for photos.

What to Wear

Choose the theme or color of your little one’s outfits. Please avoid heavy graphic teeshirts and brightly colored footwear.

Preparing Your Tot:

Firstly, Give your tot a good meal, and a nap f they are still napping. Be sure to pack some snacks as well as a drink for them in case they get fussy

Things to Bring

  • 2-3 additional outfits for your child
  • Diapers
  • Sippy cup
  • Snacks (think cheerios, puffs) - foods that are not messy. We sometimes have to hide them.