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Charlotte, NC – Newborn Lifestyle Portrait Session – Welcome Talia


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Talia Ann was born just a few weeks ago to her sweet parents Melissa and Stefan.  She was sleeping when I arrived. Melissa greeted me at the door and their gorgeous labradoodle, Sam, sniffed my gear and checked me out before showing me to the baby’s room. I LOVE photographing newborns, and I LOVE photographing dogs.  When a family calls me and asks, “We’d like to have our dog in some of the pictures, would that be ok?” I am pretty sure they can hear me squeal with delight on the other side. I didn’t know Melissa and Stefan had a dog, so when I rang the door bell and heard the barking I became even more excited than I already was. There is something so special about babies and dogs and having them BOTH in a session is my FAVORITE!!!  I can usually ask adult humans to “relax” or “turn a bit to their left,” but photographing dogs and children is a whole other story.  I have to adjust to them, and I am OK with that.  Sam is still very much a puppy: curious, playful, and always ready to play.  Despite his boisterousness he was incredibly gentle with Talia and highly protective of her as well.  I enjoyed photographing this family because everyone was so relaxed and their love for one another is so genuine.  I felt privileged to capture the tender moments they shared, especially during such a special time in their lives.

Melissa and Stefan, thank you for inviting me into your home.  May the love and joy you share continue to grow.  Welcome to the World, Talia!


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Jumping into a pile of leaves. Vibrant yellows, oranges and reds.  Pumpkin pie.  Perfect crisp weather. Busting out the scarves.  Those are just a few reasons I LOVE fall. It is also my favorite time to photograph families.  There is so much to capture … so much fun to be had, and nature lends a big hand in creating a beautiful backdrop.

On Sunday, I got to spend part of the afternoon photographing the absolutely gorgeous Madison and her awesome parents, Nicole and Jimmy.  If I could only use one word to describe Madison I’d say:  Joy.  From her contagious giggle to her playful nature, she was a true joy to work with.  Jimmy and Nicole’s love for each other and their little girl was easy to capture because it was so natural.  I felt lucky to be around so much love and authentic kindness.  It was a perfect afternoon.  Slightly overcast, but dry … with tons and tons of leaves.

My mission as a family photographer is to make photographs my clients will not only love, but also to make the process of creating those photographs fun, engaging and a memorable experience on its own.  I hope I accomplished my mission on Sunday.

Happy Thanksgiving Jenkins gang.  And thank you so much for the opportunity to spend time with such an incredible family.


Modern Newborn Portrait Session by Elizabeth A. Ortiz, Charlotte Photographer

Meet Sloane Valdes Weiner.  She is beautiful, cool and loves to snuggle and smile.  Sloane is one lucky little girl.  She has two moms and a big sister with a great imagination.  I love photographing a family that forgets I am even there and enjoys the process.  The Valdes-Weiner family did exactly that.  Sure, they obliged as I asked them to move Sloane’s head up or down, but mostly they were relaxed and totally into expressing their family love.  I think Mica (Sloane’s big sister) was my absolute favorite part of the shoot.  Not only was she a wonderful assistant, she did it dressed up like a cowgirl.  Kudos to moms for letting Mica be exactly who she is, and creating an awesome memory.  Congratulations Sandy and Michelle! I hope to photograph you all again soon.


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Newborn Baby Photographer Charlotte, Bodhi’s First Family Portrait Session

I’ve photographed a fair amount of babies but I have never met a newborn that was as alert, active and curious as Bodhi. This little baby was a joy to photograph because he had so many expressions.  I was also impressed by his older sister, Lucy, the Weimaraner/Chocolate Lab mix.  She was incredibly gentle with the family’s new addition and was always ready to stand in whenever I needed a model.

Christy and Napoleon, I loved capturing your beautiful family with my lens.  Congratulations and I hope you get a nap in soon …


Two-Month-Old Baby Portrait Session South Charlotte – Welcome to the world Vincent III


Vincent III was born on 11-5-12.  Two months later I had the pleasure of photographing this precious baby boy and his incredibly loving parents, LaToya and Vincent Jr.  Baby Vincent was the most laid back infant I have ever photographed—putting up with all the wardrobe changes and  silly positions.  He did not fuss until the very end.  Even then, it only lasted about one minute—just long enough for me to snap the last shot.  Thank you LaToya and Vincent for a wonderful afternoon and congratulations on the beautiful addition to your family.