I wanted to give some info on the best times to book certain types of sessions. I’m booking far into the summer and then Fall will be here before we know it. I know…seems like I’m jumping ahead but just so we can all plan and make sure everyone gets on the calendar…
Maternity Sessions – I like to do these sessions when mama is between 30-36 weeks…preferably somewhere in the middle there. We still want you to feel comfortable and not feel like you’re totally swollen 😉 Believe me, I know how it feels. You don’t feel like yourself but it’s so important to document this time. If anything, your kids will want to see what you looked like when they were in your belly! Please book these as soon as you can so we can make sure you get on the calendar before you don’t feel that cute anymore 😉
Newborn Sessions – Newborn sessions should be booked with me while you’re pregnant. I’ll set aside some time around your due date and once your sweet baby arrives, we’ll email or text to figure out the best date for everyone. Newborn sessions are done within the first 10 days so your little one is still sleepy and curled up for those posed baby shots. Trust me, those babies are much more awake after those first couple of weeks.
Milestone Sessions – These book up a few months in advance and since they’re done in studio, we sometimes need a little more of a heads up in order to get on the schedule. Email me asap to book 3 month sessions. These should be scheduled right after your newborn session. Sitting Up sessions can be a little tricky- while we want to get on the calendar early, we also want to make sure your baby is fully capable of sitting up. 1 year sessions aren’t too hard to plan for- just email me when you want to have those done!
And if you’re one that really likes to plan ahead – ask me about my Baby’s 1st Year Collection. This way you know for sure you’re set for Maternity, Newborn, Sitting up and 1 Year/Family pictures!
Family Sessions – Family sessions can be booked any time of the year. Fall is a VERY busy time but not the only time that’s beautiful for a session! I announce Fall Mini session dates towards the end of August and Mini Sessions are done End of Sept through October. To make sure you don’t miss the announcement, make sure to sign up for my newsletter!
Hey friends! I am SO very excited to finally share my new website with everyone! I’ve been working on this behind the scenes for a year now and am so happy with the finished product. Thank you so much to our good friend Joey for making this space feel like the perfect representation of me and my love for this incredible job.
A little back story on why I’ve decided to go back to Leslie Walker Photography…
I am sorry to say that Dusty has gotten the boot 😉 If you’ve been following for a few years, you know that I started this business back in 2008 when we were living in Charleston. Then we moved to Nashville and when weddings started to ramp up, Dusty began shooting with me. We decided to change to Leslie & Dusty Photography and we spent a few years photographing beautiful weddings. We had the best time. We met so many amazing couples, made sure their memories were documented beautifully, danced during their receptions and tasted all the best wedding cakes. It was a very fun time for us! And then we started to grow our family and when Charlie was born life was just a little more complicated. It started to feel like our weekends weren’t ours anymore and we wanted to make sure we spent as much time with our kids as possible. Especially in these early years. So when we moved to Atlanta we decided to take a break from weddings and let me focus on newborns and families. Before we moved I said to Dusty ‘I think I want to focus more on babies and families’ And sometimes all it takes is speaking something outloud to get the ball rolling.
I have been so amazed at how quickly this business has grown since we moved to Atlanta. I’m right where I’m supposed to be and it’s an incredible feeling. Motherhood changed me in so many ways. And I’m so thankful because it also sparked a passion in me to capture beautiful pictures for other families. I get it now…I’m a busy mom of two wild little boys and these days are long. I’m making lunches, cleaning crayon off the walls and running a business. It’s a crazy life but I am so incredibly happy. I remember those first days of bringing home a newborn. Those days are hard but truly some of my best memories. And I understand the desire to have beautiful pictures to document this time in your lives. Even the messy, tantrum filled moments. I’m told all the time that I have incredible patience with babies and children. At least with other people’s kids I do 😉 And this job definitely requires patience and the ability to sing and dance like a fool in order to get little people to smile. I love this job and I am so honored that people allow me into their lives in this way.
This is going to be a fun adventure! Bring me all your babies 🙂 Thanks for allowing me to do what I love!
I am now booking into the summer for Newborns, Babies and Families. Make sure you follow me on Facebook and Instagram for more updates! And you might want to check my instagram a little later today for a really exciting giveaway! 😉
Hey everyone! It’s been a loooong time since I’ve posted. Yikes! We had quite a year last year– I know so many people feel the same way but we were honestly excited to say goodbye to 2017. Just seems like last year was a hard year for a lot of people. I was super busy with photography and SO very thankful about that… but on the personal side of our lives we were dealing with one hard thing after another. Sometimes adulting is just HARD isn’t it? We dealt with loss, hard changes in family relationships, house troubles and my mom was diagnosed with lung cancer right when I was gearing up for Fall Mini sessions. It was A LOT. And still is but I’m starting to dig out of the fog and am truly so excited for this new year. A fresh start is always nice. And while all of those things don’t just go away and get better, we learn to work through them and focus on what matters the most. To me, those things are my family, my friends and this business. It fills me with absolute happiness that I get to document these seasons of life for people.
Leslie Walker Photography is coming back!
Last year about this same time I started working on the process of re-branding this business and a new website. It’s been time to move back to Leslie Walker Photography for a while now (no offense to my amazing husband). When we moved here 2.5 years ago we made the decision to take a step back from photographing weddings….Dusty started working full time for an awesome company and I was really feeling to pull to just focus on newborns and families. We’ve really enjoyed this decision. Dusty has enough on his plate and even though he enjoyed shooting with me, he just needs a break on the weekends! And the main desire to step away from weddings came from our 2 boys…once we had them it just didn’t seem to make sense for us to both be gone all weekend shooting weddings. We loved every second of it but our time with our kids is something we’ll never get back.
The re-brand process has been another thorn in my side the past year — we were working with a company on my new site and unfortunately it just didn’t work out. I took a few months off from worrying about it so I could focus on my mom and now I’m gearing up again to get this new website launched. So please stay tuned! I’m so excited about this next step.
In the craziness of the year, I had to put the blog on the back of my to-do list just so I could focus on clients and delivering their beautiful images. With that said– I have SO much to share. I feel like I’ve been holding out on everyone– there are tons of pictures just waiting to be posted!
Now booking Maternity, Newborns, Babies & Families
Please email me if you would like to get on the calendar – I’m booking into April and May right now. Newborn sessions need to be booked when you’re pregnant! I offer a Maternity + Newborn session bundle and a Baby’s 1st Year Membership (includes Maternity, Newborn, Sitting up Milestone Session & 1 year session). Please contact me for more details!