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

This session was nothing short of magical. These two are SO in love with each other and their baby on the way – and it shows!  Find out how this beautiful pregnant mother prepared for her beach maternity session  (complete with hair and makeup), where she got this beautiful blue dress (it’s a BOY) and how I got the seagulls to fly at the exact right moment. 😉 Read on…PINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGE


Just kidding about the seagulls, there were people feeding them down along the beach (#photoshopoutthetourists). It was serendipity that they flew when mom pulled out her inner maternity model and started walking down the beach like a boss. 


Here was mom’s take on her session experience:

Were you worried about any parts of the session beforehand?
The only thing we were a little worried about was feeling awkward in front of the camera. But Jody put us at ease and we had a lot of fun wandering around on the beach for the session.

What was your favorite part of your session?
Catching the fading sunlight on the beach and taking in the sights and the moment.

Did the location have any special meaning?
We wanted to capture some of our time in South Carolina since we would be moving out of the area shortly thereafter. Folly Beach and the Lighthouse Inlet Heritage Preserve is such a beautiful spot and the images from our session will make us smile when we think back on our life here and this special time.

Tell me a little about how you styled your session (clothing, hair, makeup)
Mom’s dress by Rachel Pally
Mom’s hair and makeup by Gibson Hair + Makeup
Dad’s outfit by J.Crew

Do you have any advice for other couples preparing for a beach maternity session?Enjoy it. Get a little sandy and a little wet. 🙂 You’ll have a fun time and you’ll be in good hands with Jody!

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It has been such a joy capturing these two since their newborn session! They are 18 months-old already and full of personality! We had a few shy moments in the beginning but these girls had a blast at the beach!

Here is mom’s perspective and some advice for those planning a milestone mini session:

Did the location have any special meaning?

We love the beach! It is one of our favorite parts of living in Charleston. The babies spent their first Christmas at the beach on Isle of Palms when they were two months old. We spend July at the beach on Cape Cod. The twins are truly beach babies and we wanted the photos to capture how much they love it!

Tell me about your outfits, how you went about styling your family for the session.

I start with outfits that I am excited for the girls to wear and plan around them. Navy blue/blue are my go-to colors – for photo sessions and for everyday life. I loved that we were able to do an outfit change for the twins – it offered a formal and informal look at the girls’ personalities. The sailor dresses (Sarah Louise) are special because they were a gift from my mother before the babies were born. The South Carolina bubbles are from Southern Belle’s, Mount Pleasant.

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

Yes! I waited 18 months to try a photo session at the beach. I wanted to be sure that both girls loved the sand, the ocean, and the wind before we tried it. I shared my concerns about the wind with Jody and she found the perfect spot with dunes that protected us from the wind for most of the photo session. By the time we made it to the ocean, we knew we had some great shots, so we were able to kick off our shoes and have fun!

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

Jody is magic. With twins, it is particularly challenging to get everyone on the same page. First, one is shy and then the other one is grumpy.  Jody manages to capture the elusive moments when everyone is happy. She always makes our family look our absolute best and captures our joy in every shot.

What do you hope your daughters will say years down the road when looking at these images?

I always worry that I am not taking enough photos or videos of the girls. Scheduling these sessions with Jody is so important to me because it gives me permission to enjoy the moment – both at the photo session, but also everyday. I can always count on Jody to capture the girls’ unique personalities in a special place. When our daughters look at these images years down the road, I hope they will see all our love and joy – and how much fun we had together!

What was your favorite part of the experience?

We loved being on the beach at twilight. We had a beautiful night and the weather was perfect!

PINIMAGEA reassuring hug from mom. This gives me all the feels!
PINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEThis expression: PURE JOY!PINIMAGEThese curls! I can’t even.PINIMAGE“Are you coming, or what?”
PINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEI love when moments like these unfold themselves with no direction at all.  What a beautiful family! PINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGETaking out her bow; meanwhile sister can’t wait to catch up!

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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.




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!


PINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEEven big brother pup got in on the session (my personal favorite is where he put his paw on Dad as if to say, “I’m still here!”)PINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEI told mom to ignore me and enjoy her baby for minute. You can always re-create poses, but you cannot re-create moments.PINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGEPINIMAGE

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!


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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