Embracing the journey of pregnancy and postpartum is a beautiful experience, and while some aspects may be beyond our control, having a sense of understanding and empowerment can make all the difference. Knowing we can navigate these precious moments with grace and resilience as mothers and parents brings us joy and confidence. Together, we embrace the unpredictable and cherish the profound beauty of this transformative phase of life. Below are some of the most common questions asked about Insley Photography.
Yes! Yes! and Yes! Maternity portrait recommendations are between 28-36 weeks. For families, it's time for a family portrait, get in touch, and we will work out a timeframe for them. Baby portraits can be taken at any time. Some moms prefer a baby plan where we can photograph the baby throughout the first year, and some want to capture specific milestones, such as sitting up and walking. Whatever your preference, get in touch early so we can plan. Can you tell I'm a planner?
Yes, she photographs all of her portraits in a Fort Mill, SC studio space just 10 minutes from Charlotte, NC, close to I-77. The weather here is too hot in the summer and cold in the winter for newborns outdoors. The studio offers a perfect temperature-controlled setting with everything provided that you could need or want.
Alicia stays current on her Whooping cough, flu, and Covid vaccines. Your family's safety is her top priority.
Dads often ask, "How long is this going to take?" the truth is it's up to the baby and your family. Newborn shoots typically last about 2.5 hours; family portraits are usually accomplished in 20 minutes depending on the number of people. The most significant variable is patience. Alicia won't rush your baby or toddler; it won't do any good and only causes stress. If the your baby comes on a growth spurt day, we will take lots of milk breaks. If your baby needs extra cuddles, we will stop for that too. Babies are instinctive at this age, and she has learned to follow their lead and create beautiful images of them.
Book your maternity shoot by the second trimester of pregnancy. Why so early because the photoshoot needs to take place early in the third trimester whenever possible.
Do you need help finding that dream outfit for your photoshoot? Loving what you wear is such an important factor in feeling your best. Before your session, we have a consultation where you can select your favorite look from the client closet (for expecting & new moms). Do you want a one-on-one with a stylist? Alicia can help with that too.
Newborn portraits within the first 5-15 days after birth are typically best.
Alicia recommends scheduling in your second trimester as this assures you space on my calendar. Still, for babies who arrive earlier or later than expected due dates, she aims to shoot newborns within the first two weeks after birth. Your due date will serve as a placeholder on her calendar. Think of it as a date in pencil that we will finalize when the baby arrives. Babies grow and change very rapidly during the first few weeks, and we want to capture them when they are fresh and new before that stage is over.
Last-minute bookings may be accommodated if space allows. Newborn photoshoots are scheduled Monday-Friday mornings.
Trust me. she gets it. As a mom of two, she remembers feeling swollen, carrying extra weight, and feeling like parts of her body weren't where they were last week. Pregnancy and delivery are a whole journey; your body doesn't feel normal right away. Two things to know: You just created life, and we need to honor that new person and be a part of the moment. Second, this is what she does! She even offers a little touch-up magic behind the scenes to ensure you love the portraits of you and your new baby.
Absolutely immediate family is welcome and encouraged in my studio. I have a special talent for creating magic images of siblings with newborns ???? But more importantly I believe every child wants to see a photograph of themself with their parents as a baby. Something about that time fascinates children. Looking at this photograph gives them a sense of grounding in the family as a unit while growing up.
Yes! I have a full service studio where all the props, wraps, blankets, hats and lovies are sanitized and ready for your newborn. Everything we use during your session will be cleaned before your arrival and after your baby's photoshoot. Again the safety of your baby is my top priority.
This is the fun part of the planning and I will be there to help you every step of the way. The first thing to do is get in touch to let me know you are expecting and interested in my services. From there I will guide you through the process, we will make a plan together for your portraits, have a great session after baby arrives and I'll help with all the details.
Please don't wait to let me know of your baby's arrival. Portraits like you see in my gallery are best created within the first two weeks of a baby's birth. Multiples and unexpected preterm babies are the exception but we still want to get them in very soon after leaving the hospital. Babies grow and change very rapidly during the first few weeks and we want to capture them when they are fresh and new before that stage is over.
Your portraits will be ready for the big reveal within two weeks of your photo session. Printed products take 2-8 weeks to arrive after your ordering appointment.
At Insley Photography, this is one of Alicia's favorite parts of her Full-Service luxury photography experience. No need to worry, as she's got you covered. She will shoe you digitally just how your artwork will look in your home. This helps you select the place that will suit your artwork best so it looks and feels fantastic in your home.
We stand apart with our commitment to crafting not just photographs, but timeless pieces of art that capture the essence of your unique motherhood journey. What truly sets us apart is our dedication to providing a personalized experience from start to finish. We don't just capture moments; we curate stories.
105 Clebourne St
Fort Mill, SC, 29715
Our studio is off Main Street in Fort Mill, SC, for your maternity and newborn portrait sessions. Downtown Fort Mill has shops and restaurants, including the Flower Bar, Good Life Organic Kitchen, Olive's Mud Puddle, FM (Fortes Mill) Eatery, and The Improper Pig @ Fort Mill, all walkable from the studio. Many of our newborn clients love to grab lunch during the session at one of the local restaurants. Our maternity clients love to go out after their session with their beautiful makeup and hair done.
When you arrive, you may park in an on-street parking space on Main Street or public parking lot.