February 5, 2024

Preparing for Your Newborn Portrait Session | Jacksonville, FL

Got a newborn session coming up?? Check out my step-by-step list on how to prepare!

August 15, 2023

Jacksonville, Florida Natural Light Studio Newborn Session | Keira

What is my absolute favorite part of having a photography studio??


When I first began my professional photography journey in Jacksonville, I had no idea just how lucky I was….and the reason is: not all light is created equal. Not only are the windows in my studio about 8 feet tall, but they are also north facing, which means that we get the prettiest light when we are creating your most precious memories.

This image of baby Keira and her mama is one of my favorite poses, and the reason that I love it so much is because it incorporates those beautiful windows, and bathes mama and baby in the most radiant natural light. The windows also provide the perfect backdrop for creating dramatic black and white silhouettes.

July 18, 2023

Blair | Jacksonville, Florida Lifestyle Studio Newborn Photography Session

“Babies may smile soon after birth. However, a newborn’s smile is usually a reflexive response to an internal physical feeling, such as gas or hunger. This is in contrast to an adult’s smile, which communicates pleasure. Experts cannot say for sure whether a newborn baby’s smile conveys any meaning about their emotions.”
-The Sleep Foundation(https://www.sleepfoundation.org/baby-sleep/why-do-babies-smile-in-their-sleep#:~:text)
Sound familiar? If you have children, you’ve probably heard this information somewhere along the way: newborns don’t genuinely smile, and those adorable little smirks are actually just muscle reflexes or gas pains. 
BUT, I’ve been photographing newborns for over five years now and there always seems to be a trend during my sessions…newborn babies often smile when they’re being held by their parents or siblings. I don’t always notice it at the time, but later, when I’m sitting at my computer editing and I look closer, there it is: a sweet sleepy grin.
So, I personally like to think that babies hear those familiar voices, they’re comforted by their family’s loving arms, and the result is that heartwarming little smile.When baby Blair smiled up at her mommy and daddy during her newborn session, my heart literally melted and I was again reminded about how grateful I am to be able to capture memories like this for so many families! Babies grow and change quickly, so being able to freeze precious little moments like this is absolutely priceless and I know Blair’s family will cherish this beautiful image for many years to come.
Mom’s hair/makeup was professionally done by the lovely Sarah McCowan(https://www.instagram.com/sarahmccowan__pro.hair.makeup/?hl), and her dress(https://www.shoplovestitch.com/collections/maxi-dresses/products/izzy-maxi-dress?variant) was chosen from the ABP studio wardrobe.
Contact me(https://allieblaylockphotography.com/contact) now to schedule your photography session, and follow along with me on Instagram(about:blank)!

July 28, 2022

What is a “rainbow baby?”

“rainbow baby:”
a healthy baby born after losing a baby due to miscarriage, infant loss, stillbirth, or neonatal death; the term comes from the idea of a rainbow appearing in the sky after a storm, or after a dark, turbulent time

I truly believe that all babies are special; my college background is in biology (I originally wanted to be a veterinarian when I was younger), so I know that from a scientific viewpoint, as well as that of a mother, they are nothing short of little miracles. But, rainbow babies will always hold a special place in my heart.

June 29, 2022

Choosing a Newborn Photographer Jacksonville, Florida

How do I choose a newborn photographer??

Choosing a photographer can be overwhelming…there are many, many of different types and styles of photography, and pricing can really vary a lot from one photographer to the next . Here are 2 tips that will make things easier when it’s time to choose a newborn photographer:

June 8, 2022

Jacksonville Florida Baby-Led Lifestyle Newborn Photography Session

What is “baby-led” newborn photography?

Simply put, baby-led photography means: your baby is the boss!

When I photograph a newborn, I want the session to be a comfortable, relaxed experience for everyone involved, so I will NEVER try to force your baby into a pose that he or she is not comfortable with. I go into each session with a game plan and a vision of what I would like to capture, but at the end of the day I will always follow YOUR baby’s lead. Each baby is unique, and not every little one likes being swaddled, or laying on their tummy, or being on their back; some feel safer all curled up and bundled, and some babies just want to stretch out. My ultimate goal is to document your baby in a simple, pure, and natural style.