Milestone Guide Ashley Newman Photography

Hey there!

Thank you for selecting Ashley Newman Photography. Who told them they were allowed to grow up? I don't know about you, but my mama heart bursts for every milestone and achievement. That first year of life is simply incredible. There is so much joy in every small moment: those first smiles, tiny perfect fingernails, chubby hands reaching for yours, learning to sit up and crawl, and seeing the first glimpses of the person your child will become.

Many clients wonder what they should expect during the portrait process, from beginning to end. This guide will help you through each step of the process so you will know what to expect and will feel relaxed and comfortable on the day of the session.

xoxo, Ashley

The Experience



I always like to talk with every client before pictures. It can be a phone call/skype or over text and email. At this meeting I will learn about your baby, and we can go over all your ideas. This planning phase is so fun and important. I will also send out a questionnaire to help me get to know your child even better. I can’t wait to find out the heart beat of your family and tell your story!

General Tips

My style is very relaxed- it's directed but not posed. I promise I won't leave you hanging and your kiddos will have fun! Keep your kids moving and help them enjoy the process by talking to them.

Stay patient and positive. Children tend to go at their own pace – and that’s fine. On the day of your session, we will work with your child to make sure everyone has an enjoyable, relaxed experience. If that means we need to take a break for a snack, or your baby needs a new diaper and a change of clothes, you should feel comfortable to take the time you need. We know that a great photo session takes flexibility and patience. Accept the unpredictable: Embrace the chaos of the moment and this season of life. Honest connections and candid connections create real and specific memories.

Choosing a location

When deciding on a location for your photo session, it’s important not to make a choice based only on what is visually pleasing. Consider the places that mean the most to your child. What location says something about them, who they are, and what they love? Choosing a spot that evokes memories or emotions will help you to be relaxed during the photo session, and it will add an extra layer of depth to your portraits. Tuscaloosa has a lot of beuatiful locations to offer, so I know we can come up with a spot that you will love.

Props and treasured items

Featuring an object in your photos can add interest and character to your photos. In choosing props, it’s important to consider what objects have personal meaning for you and your family. Whether it’s something with historical meaning for you, an item that represents a hobby or passion, or something that communicates an idea that is important to you, your props should help convey what is unique about your child. A good prop might be a family quilt, an item of jewelry or even a favorite toy. Whatever you choose, it should be something that evokes emotion or makes a statement about your child.

Session Check List

  • any prop you want incorporated (can include a smash cake)
  • bug spray
  • sunscreen
  • baby wipes
  • favorite snacks/drink, toy, or game
  • brush/comb
  • extra change of clothes
  • baby wipes/extra towel

**Try to avoid a red smash cake- it tends to photograph funky and make your baby look quiet vicious ;)


When choosing clothing for portraits, I suggest sticking with neutral tones (Gone are the days of everyone wearing white shirts and blue jeans!) Please, be wary of stripes, busy patterns, plaid, words and logos. These things can be a distraction from your child and I like to keep the focus on them. Simple clothing choices, such as solid colors and layered looks are best for creating timeless portraits.

Wear clothing that fits properly. A proper fit should allow your child to move and feel comfortable. Another thought: always dress with full length in mind, including shoes and socks in your wardrobe consideration. Shoe styles should be simple and non distracting.

Hats and accessories such as scarves and funky belts can add a fun element. If children are being photographed together, choose clothes that are similar in style to give a more coordinated look.

When in doubt, remember, I am here to help! We can design a visual board on Pinterest, I'm available via text or the phone to look at and discuss your ideas. Please do not hesitate to ask my opinion about your outfit choices.


Clothing: Tiny Bean Baby | https://poshpeanut.comhttp://www.lilypadsboutique.com | http://www.babytalkstore.com | Mary Mack

Cakes: https://edgarsbakery.com (if you are getting a smash cake, avoid chocolate and red icing)

What toExpect


Outdoor photo sessions can be very rewarding, but they also depend on good weather. Excessive heat or cold can be hazardous to subject and photographer alike, and rain can drive everyone indoors. If bad weather threatens to mar a scheduled photo session, I will keep in contact with you as the day of the session approaches so we can decide whether to reschedule to another convenient time.

the day of

On the day of the photo session, we will meet at the selected location, and the creative fun will begin. It’s important for you and your family to be yourselves so your photographs can communicate who you really are. A fun and relaxing photo session results in great portraits you can treasure.

2-3 weeks after

After the photographs have been taken and each image has been professionally retouched, you will experience the moment you have been eagerly awaiting. Sneak peek images may be posted to Facebook and/or the blog for your family and friends to view. Next, we will set up a viewing at your home or local coffee shop, to show you the full gallery. I will review each shot with you, answer all of your questions, and offer my professional advice as you choose from the prints, albums and other products available. The end result will be heirlooms that you will cherish forever.

4-6 weeks after printing

Your printed products and artwork are ready to be picked up!

And so the adventure begins...

I can't wait to spend time with your family! Each family I get the honor of working with is etched on my heart forever. Please know this process is very important to me and I value the true heartbeat of your family.

Have a question or need some help? Let's talk! I'm here and ready to help make your session come to life!

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