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

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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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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Meet gorgeous baby Stella,  who was two weeks new for her in-home newborn session. She slept the entire time and curled so sweetly into her poses. Because, I have no words for how beautiful and amazing these people are, I will let her mother’s words speak for this session:

“Being a new mom I was worried about how our newborn would act during the photoshoot and if my 2 weeks of parent experience would be enough to calm/soothe our hypothetical crying newborn. BUT you were great! You can definitely tell that you’re a mom yourself and that you have years of experience with your photoshoots and you handled our little girl with such tender care that she never even cried- thank you. It calmed my nerves and allowed me to enjoy the experience much more.

My favorite part was the family photo shoot we did with the three of us. It was the first time the 3 of us had tried to arrange ourselves together as our new family. You would think that would be easy but being it was the first time we were unsure of the best natural way for a family of 3 to come together in a photo. You did a great job talking my husband, & myself into the best position so that we were centered around our new baby.

We included a few meaningful items from our family. A handmade heirloom bonnet, a silver cup and silver baby spoon & fork. These are all items that have been in the family and were given to Stella before she was born. I hope it the future she’ll look back at those photos and get excited to hand them down to her baby one day.

My advice is to relax, Jody knows exactly what she is doing. I personally also liked the way our photos turned out with us wearing softer colors, so take the time to think about what shirts you are going to wear. Also feel confident to be creative- Jody was open to any suggestions that we had, even if they were last minute suggestions.

In the future I hope our family looks back at these photos and can see the joy on our faces. I hope that we raise our little girl in a family of faith and that she will look back and know that the love we have showed her comes from the love that the Lord has given us.”

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Meet this sweet and sleepy baby boy, he had a few alert moments during his in-home lifestyle newborn session, but for the most part, he slept dreamily in his parents’ arms. I adore his well-planned nursery, from the color scheme to the aviation decor (it’s not just an adorable theme, but a meaningful part of this family’s history). Below is mom’s take on her newborn session experience and a bit more about the elements they wanted to have photographed.

Was there anything you were nervous or worried about before your Lifestyle Newborn session?

The unknown with having a newborn. We had our fingers crossed that he would cooperate and luckily he did.

What was your favorite part of the experience?

Getting to spend time as our new family of three. The fact that she was able to capture our two labs in a few photos was priceless.

Were there any meaningful items that you wanted to include?
We tried to incorporate items in the nursery that represented different family members. The airplane fan pulls are a B-52 and C-130, both planes that his grandfather flew. His bookshelf has many items important to our family-a baseball glove that was his dad’s T-ball glove from when he was little; a baseball cap was his Poppy’s when he was younger; and Mickey Mouse, which his Gigi had when she was little. He was named after the aircraft carrier that his great-grandfather served on so we have pictures of the ship hanging on the wall in the nursery.

Do you have any advice for other families preparing for a Lifestyle Newborn Session?

Take some time to really think about any photos you would want to be captured. It helps take some of the pressure off during the actual day.
What do you hope your child/family will say years down the road when looking at these images?

I hope that he will see how much we loved him from the very beginning.

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The best part of being a lifestyle photographer is that I get to meet so many great people. This family wanted to document this special time in their family history as they anticipated the arrival of their baby boy in a few weeks.  They were just a beautiful family and such sweet and down-to-earth people! Big sister is just a stunning beauty (just like mom) and I know her baby brother will be just as adorable. There is so much love in this family!

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