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"Amazing Photography with a Human Connection"
Ashlie is the owner and primary photographer for Ashlie Behm Photography. Ashlie Behm Photography specializes in maternity, newborn, baby, motherhood and family photography .
I’ve been honing my photography skills for well over a decade and
have been specialized in Maternity, Newborn, and Family photography for
the last few years. I absolutely love that I get to document some of
life’s most amazing and beautiful moments for families in love.
specialize in capturing beautiful, authentic, and timeless portraits for
growing families. From capturing that special waiting period before baby
arrives, to documenting all of their tiny details once they make their grand
entrance, to adventurous family portrait sessions. I’m here to help you
remember it all for years to come. My photography style is clean, fresh, &
a full-service portrait studio. Every session is completed with an in-person
viewing and design session to help you preserve your images in a physical form.
Whether it’s an album for your coffee table or some fine art prints for your
wall, together we’ll make sure your memories come to life in your
home. I am very passionate about helping you get your
photos off of your computer screen and bringing them to life in your
My husband and I have been together for eight years and married for almost three. We love adventuring together; exploring Oregon on backpacking trips and/or day hikes. Two years ago we adopted two beautiful Siberian cats who have absolutely stolen our hearts.
Things Ashlie LOVES!
1. Hiking and exploring the great outdoors! When I’m not behind the camera this is where you’ll often find me!
2. I LOVE plants. Tending to my garden in the spring and summer and chatting with my houseplants on the daily are just a few things that bring me so much joy!
3. I absolutely love tea and chai tea lattes are my favorite thing to order at coffee shops!
The last time we were able to travel was my first time visiting Europe. My brother-in-law lives in Poland with his wife and two children. Visiting them there and exploring Krakow was such an amazing experience!
you prepare to meet your little one, be sure to schedule a newborn photography
session. You’ll want to have all of their tiny little details documented once
they arrive. Your newborn will grow and change each and every day and you’ll
want to be able to look back and see how small they once were. Today I’m
sharing 5 tips to prepare your newborn for a photo session.
length of your session will really depend on your baby. I never rush newborn
sessions, as I want everyone to be relaxed and feel comfortable. We can also
take as many breaks as needed. Most newborn sessions last anywhere from 2-4
hours (and possibly longer for twins).
typically photograph baby first and then do portraits with the parents,
including solos of each parent with baby. Siblings are definitely welcome to
join in the fun as well — I love photographing the whole family with their
in mind that we never want to force images – so we will work with kids so
everyone feels comfortable and at ease throughout the session. When older
siblings are involved we begin with them, so they can be done first. It is very
helpful to have an aunt, uncle, grandparent, or close family friend along to
help with siblings after they are finished with their portion of the session —
this way parents are free to stay and take more photos with the new baby
without needing to tend to big brothers and sisters.
I hope these tips help you feel comfortable and prepared for your newborn photo session. If you are unsure about something, just ask! I’m always here to help.
recommend contacting me at least three months prior to your due date to reserve
your spot on my calendar. Once you complete the booking process I block out
dates on my calendar around your due date. I only take on a limited number of
newborn sessions each month, so the sooner you reach out the better.
your due date is blocked out, reach out to me within the first 24 hours of your
baby’s arrival (texting works perfectly!) so that we can confirm your session as
quickly as possible.
best time to get your baby into the studio for their newborn session is within
the first five to ten days of life. They are the sleepiest during these days
which allows for a low-stress session.
your baby is born early and needs to spend time in the hospital, we will plan
on getting you into the studio for your session within the first seven days
after you get home.
All sessions begin at 10am for the best natural light.
2. Awake Before
best to keep your baby awake for about 2-3 hours before your session. This will
help them feel extra tired during the session. You can to give them a bath,
tickle their toes, let them kick with only a diaper on, or try some tummy time.
You can continue to keep baby alert by having you or your partner ride next to
them in the car on your way over to the studio.
Even if you think your baby is a great sleeper during the day, it’s important to not skip this step. The goal is to have your baby ready to sleep through their newborn session.
3. Full Belly
full baby is a happy baby! We want baby nice and full right before we are about
to start. The best thing to do is to arrive at the studio 30 minutes early so
you can feed them before we begin.
want to continue to feed baby as much as they want. This will keep them sleepy
and calm. A newborn session is a bit of a free-for-all in terms of feeding, but
I promise it won’t wreck any regular feeding plans!
If you’re nursing, you can nurse baby as needed throughout our session. If your baby is taking a bottle I can feed your newborn, keeping them in photo session mode. Allowing me to bottle feed is usually quicker, but we’re not in a hurry! The most important thing is for your baby to stay happy and full.
4. What to wear
should we wear for our session?’ This is by far the question I get asked the
most. The key is neutral colors and simple solids.
should arrive in a short-sleeve white onesie. While they will be swaddled for
much of the session, I will also do some white onesie photos.
and any older siblings should wear solid neutral colors and avoid patterns. We
want all of the attention and focus on your beautiful faces! Heavy patterns are
a distraction. My studio is all white, so wearing really soft tones like beige,
cream, white, and light grey work really well and keep your family the focus of
the image. I suggest picking 1-2 colors and then coordinating different tones
of that color together. And I always recommend bringing a change of clothes for
newborns and toddlers in case any major blowouts happen!
also have the option of borrowing a dress from my studio client wardrobe. I
have maternity style dresses that come in various sizes. You can view them
here. I’ve hand picked each dress and they photograph beautifully! If
you’d like to borrow a dress, I suggest you come into the studio before your
baby is born to try on and reserve your favorite one.
See the photos below for some inspiration!
get it. Prepping for anything with a newborn can be stressful, not to mention
getting everyone photo ready after another sleepless night!
can easily pick up on our energy, so if you are nervous or anxious the baby
will sense that and not settle easily. My goal is that as soon as you walk in
my door, you’re able to relax knowing that I’ve got you. You can feed your baby
and then pass them off to me — a professionally trained newborn photographer,
with safety as the first priority.
know your newborn better than I do, so please don’t hesitate to bring up any
concerns or suggestions. Just remember patience is key. Crying, inability to
sleep soundly, bathroom breaks, and the need for more feedings are all normal
during a newborn photography session.
the session you are welcome to watch me photograph your newborn or relax on the
couch with your phone, a book or magazine, or the most popular option – take a
look forward to documenting all of your baby’s tiny details so that you will
always remember how little they once were!
images below are from a recent newborn photo session taken in the studio.
Ready to schedule your
newborn photography session with Ashlie Behm Photography? Click here to fill out my contact form and let’s start chatting
about capturing all of your baby’s tiny features.