the marsh family by Hannah Byrne


The Marsh's are such a sweet family! It was s little chilly this Saturday, but the sun was shining and they had the best attitude about getting these shots! I'm always so thankful to be able to do sessions with families I know and love - we had a blast adventuring around the Penn State Arboretum.   Interested in booking a shoot? Drop me a line!



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What in the World is a Delivery Session? by Hannah Byrne

I got an email from a local mom a few months ago.  Pregnant with girl #2, she and her husband couldn't wait for the arrival of their daughter.  She contacted me about doing delivery & newborn photos for her.  My initial response was, "What?! Can I even do that? What would it even mean?!"


But once she explained what she wanted, I immediately knew I wanted to do this type of photography (but was more nervous than I had ever been for a shoot!).  Unable to really "schedule" this, I was constantly on call waiting for "go time."


On a Friday morning at 5:30am, I got the phone call.

Let me be clear for a moment; I have NEVER been in the same room as a woman who is giving birth.  I'm sure I have seen videos in health class, but don't really remember much. So when I got to the hospital, I was a little antsy and I was a little excited.

It was the doctor, nurses, momma, husband... And me.

This is where I think most people are a little weirded out by the whole thing... But it's a lot less weird than it seems.  I have a journalistic eye and like to blend into the walls of wherever I am - and this is a great time for me to do that.  I get my shots and blend in, get some more, blend in again.  The goal is not for this to be a photo shoot.  There is no flash, no lights, no excessive production behind this type of session.

And the results are amazing.

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Those precious moments in the hospital room, before friends and family come bearing gifts, are able to be captured and cherished for a lifetime.  You will look back and remember the beautiful, raw, emotional moments with wonder.

For me, this session makes me even more excited about being a momma! It makes me excited to serve women and families through my photography.  And more than anything, it makes me stand in amazement at our God who knitted each of us in our mother's womb and gives us such incredible moments of joy.

Have a question? Want to book a session? Head on over to the "chat" tab and shoot me and email! I'd love to hear from you!


What Should I Wear? by Hannah Byrne

This is probably the most common question asked about a photography session! Especially when mom has three little ones running around and has to make some sense out of their outfits! I wanted to address this question because I think it can be one of the hardest and most stressful aspects of photography for families and couples, but it should be fun and creative! So strap in, I'm here to give you a few tips and tricks on dressing for your shoot!


What's your favorite outfit right now?

I think we all have an outfit or two that we just can't get enough of!  And even though all of these outfits aren't appropriate for a photo shoot, many of them can be tailored to the occasion and dressed up a bit.  I think this is always a great go-to if you're really stuck.  This outfit is definitely going to bring out your personality and you'll look back in a few years and have so many memories in those clothes!

Please don't make your family wear the same color.

This is always a tragic moment.  Arriving at a photo session to a family wearing the exact same thing.  I always wonder what kind of wrestling match had to go down before this moment to get the kids (and even the husband) into those outfits.  Trust me, it's not worth your fight! I'm not saying to let your three year old pick out their own outfit, but try your best to avoid those tears!  The attitude your family is in is hard to hide in photos.  So let the personality of your family shine through - mismatched is always more interesting that white t-shirts and jeans.

Let your personality shine through.

This is kind of a repeat from the past two, but seriously! Let your personality shine through.  If you are more casual, let your photographer know that and they can tailor the session to your style.  Bring some props from your home (pillows, blankets, mugs, etc.) and get creative!  This is an opportunity for you to capture your family where they are at this moment - In a few years, it should bring back memories and be a beautiful reminder of how your family has changed.

Where is your photo shoot?

This is a huge factor when deciding what to wear! If your getting photos done at a nice location (hotel, restaurant, etc.) you are going to want to dress to that standard.  Many times family photos are done outside or in the home, and in this case you still want to dress nice - but not formal!  There is always a unique feel that comes along with juxtaposing your location with your fashion style, but this brings an edgier feeling that many people aren't looking to get.  Just be aware of your location & plan accordingly...

Is it freezing? Warm? HOT? Chilly?

Bring layers! This is especially important during the fall and spring - weather can change in a moment and you want to be ready for that! This also gives you the option of switching up your outfit without fully changing, which can be a total hassle & your photographer might charge extra.  From coats to vests, blankets and gloves - bring it along, keep it in your car & feel comforted that you are ready for anything!

Be comfortable in whatever you decide to wear

If you aren't comfortable, it's going to show! Wear something that makes you feel beautiful! And who says beautiful can't be comfortable.  Reminder of the first tip, what's your favorite outfit? Make sure you feel like "you" in it!

For more tips & tricks "like" Hannah Leigh Photography on Facebook! (Link below...) & let me know if you have any questions - I'd love to answer them!