Jody Mack Photography » Charleston and Mount Pleasant's Lifestyle Newborn & Family Photographer

Welcome to the world, Hazel Grey! Mom and Dad were so excited to meet their brand new daughter and welcome her home. They didn’t know if they were having a boy or girl, so the anticipation of her arrival was that much more exciting! To say they are smitten is with their newborn daughter is an understatement. “Big brother” Murphy was also very smitten – and also a very big ham in front of the camera!

The newborn phase is so fleeting and I am honored and humbled to capture it for generations to come.  When I asked her mom what she hopes Hazel Grey will say years from now when she looks at her images, here is what she said (right before I ugly-cried):
“I hope that Hazel Grey just loves having the memories of when she was only 10 days old!  I love that you were able to capture a few shots of Hazel Grey with the portrait of my grandmother Hazel – who meant the world to me and who is her namesake. I know that it means a lot to my family. We lost her way too soon and I wish so badly that she could still be here to meet her great granddaughter!”

More from this sweet new mom’s perspective on their newborn session can be found below.

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Was there anything you were nervous or worried about before your newborn session?
I was just nervous because I did not know what to expect. I am such a planner and I wanted to do everything I could to make sure the session went very smoothly but knew with a newborn that some of it was out of my control! I was worried that Hazel Grey might not be in a great mood that day and too fussy for the session to go smoothly!  I’m glad I chose you. You were so amazing with Hazel Grey. I could not have asked for a more pleasant day.
Do you have any advice for other families preparing for an in-home newborn session?
I would always recommend doing your research and choosing a photographer who has experience with newborns. I have heard some horror stories of other families choosing a photographer, but not one with experience with newborns. I think that makes all the difference in the world. You definitely put my mind to ease after talking to you several times about the session. All of the information you gave me prior to the session was very helpful.

What was your favorite part of the experience?
Just taking photos as a family with our new baby girl and our first born furry child (jk), Murphy! It was just a fun, pleasant day. I had so much anxiety about it during the days leading up to the session but you definitely put me to ease from the moment you came in our house. I was so impressed at how good you were with her!

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One of my goals as I first arrive at a client’s home is to observe the available light and find locations for lifestyle photographs (the candid moments you and your family share in your own space) as well as the more classic portraits. This family’s Mount Pleasant home was stunning and the perfect location to document their newest addition. Mom and Dad are so in love and are absolutely smitten with their brand-new baby girl!

She is such a beautiful newborn and did wonderfully throughout the whole session (I wish I could help more of my clients when they need to get their newborns to sleep, like at 3am… alas…)

Scroll below the images to see mom’s perspective on her custom in-home newborn session. As for Mom and Dad, congratulations and enjoy that newborn sweetness (even at 3am)… It goes by all too fast!

 

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Was there anything you were nervous or worried about before your newborn session?
I had many worries leading up to the photo shoot. I primarily worried whether or not {E} would participate and let you capture the moments we were hoping for. I also had concerns as to whether we would be able to compose ourselves and be prepared for our appointment as this was one of the first scheduled items on our agenda since bringing our daughter home. Fortunately, you have experienced this and made us all feel calm and confident.

Do you have any advice for other families preparing for an in-home newborn session?
Your flexibility allowed me to feed her on demand which resulted in a calm and happy baby. Keeping that in mind and also applying your advice on how to prepare for the session resulted in a less stressful environment and allowed us to prepare as much as possible prior to the session.

What do you hope your child/family will say years down the road when looking at these images?
I’m not sure I can answer this without tears:). We hope our daughter can see and feel the genuine and instant love that we have for her during the short week she has been in our lives. We hoped and prayed for her and to see the beauty and innocence of our newborn captured by you is priceless. We know she will grow so fast and it’s such a blessing to be able to have these images to cherish forever.

What was your favorite part of the experience?
My favorite part of this experience was watching {E}’s facial expressions as you gently and calmly worked with her in such a peaceful setting.

After the session and viewing her images, this is the sweet email I got from her:

“Jody! I cannot begin to tell you how special these pictures are and how much we absolutely love them. You captured our family beautifully and more importantly documented our sweet bundle of joy in her first days. These will always be cherished as she grows quickly right before our eyes. I cannot wait to work with you again! Thank you thank you thank you! I’ve never seen more beautiful photos!!!”

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I can’t say enough about how amazing this family is. The mom and dad are such fun-loving, caring and devoted parents and their children are ANGELS (and so adorable, it’s criminal!) Their newborn baby (who was over 10lbs at birth) boy slept like a dream!

I interviewed mom to get her perspective on the in-home newborn session experience. Scroll below the images to see her take on preparing for the session and some advice for other families.PINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGE

Was there anything you were nervous or worried about before your newborn session?
 
I have never hired a photographer to take photos around my own home. When I first decided to book Jody, I was definitely nervous about the lighting in our house. While we love how cozy our home is, it is dark in many rooms for a photography session, so I was a bit hesitant to have her come in and do the session here. I just wasn’t sure how it would work out. Well, I should not have wasted a moment worrying! She walked around the house when she first arrived and did an amazing job using the light we had where she could find it. And I sure love having the memories these photos capture of us being together in our own home, where we live, play, and love each other every day.
 
Do you have any advice for other families preparing for an in-home newborn session?
 
My biggest advice for families preparing for an in-home newborn session is to think about the places around your home where you love to gather or play together and make sure you tell Jody to capture moments in those places of y’all doing things you love. Those are the moments we will want to remember when our kids are grown. I just love the photos Jody captured of our kids playing and laughing while they were doing things they do every day. Those memories are priceless and {surprisingly} even more special than a family photo of everyone smiling at the camera.
 
What do you hope your child/family will say years down the road when looking at these images?
 
As I scrolled through the photos that Jody posted for us on our gallery, I was so grateful to have images that truly captured the feelings we share in our home- something I can’t always put into words in a baby book or letter. I now have photos to remind each of our kids of the love, laughter, and fun we share in our cozy home in Charleston. I hope and pray that when our kids see these photos that they know undoubtedly that they grew up in a home full of love.
 
What was your favorite part of the experience?
 
My favorite part of this experience was how comfortable our other kids were during the photo shoot. We have hired newborn photographers in the past and gone to their studio, but never had a session in our home. Even though it is a bit stressful to make sure your house is clean for the session, it was such a better experience in our home and so worth it! The kids were quick to come around to Jody in our own home and were able to play with toys or keep busy while she was photographing the baby. The results of sibling shots and family photos were much better with everyone happy and at ease! And it is even better that the photos Jody captured are moments in our own home. I want to remember every detail of what we do together and where things are in our home years from now, which makes the in-home session priceless!

 

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This couple was an absolute joy to work with! The love between them and their baby boy on the way was almost palpable. Mom and dad were not only gorgeous, but they were such rockstars through the entire maternity session (as they almost got carried off by the mosquitos in the wake of Hurricane Matthew). Mom wanted to try out an open belly dress for part of her beach maternity session, so I went ahead and got this beautiful cream lace one from Pink Blush. By sunset, the nearly full moon was rising, and even though they had plans to go to dinner afterwards, I asked if she would mind getting in the water for one more photograph. She was happy to oblige and I am SO glad we did! I had a blast getting to know them and can’t wait to meet and photograph their baby boy for his newborn session in a few weeks!

Scroll all the way down to see the interview I had with this beautiful mom-to-be!

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Were you worried about any parts of the session beforehand?

Not really! Your communication beforehand about what to wear and what to expect let me feel relaxed and prepared for the session.

What was your favorite part of your session?

The weather!! We got so lucky to have such a gorgeous evening and a full moon. The golden hour is really such a magical time, and it definitely infected our mood. I also loved how invigorating the ocean felt and how much I felt like a mermaid in the water ❤️
Did the location have any special meaning?

Just being at the beach in Charleston, and being in/near the water put such a local feel to the pictures. No way of knowing if we will live here for our whole lives, so it was sweet to commemorate momentous time of our lives with such a local feel.
Tell me about the outfits you wore to the session.

I wore a mauve dress from Pink Blush, and loved the soft and flowy fabric of the material. It was also SUPER comfy and made me feel relaxed and not fidgety. The earrings were Kate Spade gold studs ordered from Rent the Runway, another fun splurge to make the outfit feel special.

The white belly baring lace dress, also from Pink Blush, was surprisingly more fun to wear than I expected. The dress really helped me to embrace the beauty that is a pregnant belly, and allowed me to feel grateful towards to my body as it reminded me of the magic that is creating a life!

Do you have any advice for other couples preparing for a maternity or newborn session?

Have fun, and be yourself! Throw in a few personal items to make the shoot more meaningful. I loved using our bicycles all in tandem as cycling is a huge part of my husband’s life and something fun we do together!

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  • Marta C - Hi,

    My husband and I will be staying in Isle of Palms the week of Feb 19-24 and we are thinking of having our maternity session done during that time in SC. What are your rates and availability?

    Thank you,

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Some two year olds can be difficult to work with (I know, because my youngest is 2, going on 16…), but these twins (and their parents) were rockstars for their custom mini session on the beach! See mom’s interview below followed by my favorites from their session. Get ready for some cuteness!

Were you worried about any parts of the session beforehand?

I was only worried about my grumpy husband ;). No really, sometimes it can be challenging to wrangle both {E} and {G} so I was only worried about that- it’s often like herding cats! Or getting them in the same picture at once and then both smiling, now that’s a small miracle!

What was your favorite part of your custom mini session?

Oh the sunset was magnificent! What a beautiful part of the beach. I think the sandy dune spot was also beautiful.

Did the location have any special meaning?

Not necessarily, but I had always wanted to do a beach session.

Tell me about the outfits you wore to the session.

I tried to coordinate the colors to compliment each other nicely. There are so many options but I was happy with what we had chosen and I think it was appropriate for the beach.

Do you have any advice for other families preparing for a custom mini session?

Jody, you make it easy and made us feel so comfortable.

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