You are having- or recently had- a baby, and you’re looking for a photographer. With so many choices available, how do you know you’re making the right decision? Below you’ll find why Lisa Hoang of Simply Baby Photography is the right photographer for your family.
- Your Session, Your Way
- Extensive Experience
- Every Age, Every Stage
- Babies- and their Families!
- Unique props and style
- Studio or on Location
- More than Images- Keepsakes
- I Love Babies
- Giving Back
- Your Baby’s Photographer- and Your Child’s
Your session, your way
Perhaps the most important thing to know about Simply Baby Photography is that you make the rules, not me. I provide guidelines and suggestions based on my experience, but custom portraiture means you commission me to create the portraits you want, not the ones I think you should have. We’ll collaborate and discuss ideas for your session- I have recommendations for every age, and will work with you to capture your child’s personality and create portraits you’ll cherish.
I receive many requests to do portraits of babies 6-12 weeks old. While babies of this age are no longer “newborns”, their personalities are emerging, they’re usually delightfully chubby, and will often give great eye contact, especially around 10-12 weeks of age. In an hour long session, I am typically able to capture a few sleeping images as well. One of my favorite poses at this age is mom (or dad) and baby together, interacting.
Other favorite milestones are pushing up on arms (around 4 months), sitting unsupported (7 months), and 1st birthday (11 months for baby luau displays, etc.). I’m glad to speak with you about the portraits you wish to receive from your session, and to help you plan the best time to schedule.
You can be assured your baby is in safe, capable hands. I have photographed hundreds of babies over the years: both tiny preemies and newborns tipping the scales at over ten pounds to active one year olds, and every age in between. Photographing infants requires technical skills in lighting and posing, and the ability to keep a baby feeling content and secure.
Specializing in baby and children’s portraiture since 2005, my background includes over 12 years of professional portrait and commercial work. My portfolio includes work for some of Hawaii’s largest corporations and nonprofits as well as small businesses in Hawaii and on the mainland.
As a designer, I have the expertise to create and design unique products for you and your family, including birth announcements and albums. You won’t find my designs in use anyplace else. I understand the printing process and with a critical eye, I will ensure your portraits and products will be of the highest professional quality.
Photography is my full-time career, and I book a limited number of sessions to assure you will receive exemplary service and attention.
As my husband can attest to, I have a textile addiction so my blanket collection is rather outrageous given our warm climate. I have furs, knits, and wovens of all colors and textures and cycle them so your portraits won’t look identical anyone else’s. You can be assured your session will be unique, so when you send out birth announcements everyone is sure to ooh and ahh.
My style is modern with a vintage flair, and your portraits will be of the highest technical standards: properly composed, lit and exposed, and lightly processed to remain true to life. I present your images both in color and black and white (occasionally images may be shown either only in color or only b&w) as well as a small number of artistic edits if an image warrants. Minor blemish removal is included at no extra charge, but requested additional work may incur a small fee. I will not over-process your baby’s skin; even baby acne can be carefully removed to retain the soft texture of newborn skin. And while I embrace color, I won’t overpower your baby with bright, bold or distracting colors or patterns. I prefer newborns especially to be photographed in a soft, gentle and organic way using textures and a touch of color, though I’m happy to add a bit of whimsy with accessories.
If requested prior to your session, I am also able to accommodate grandparents with immediate family in one multi-generational portrait along with a grandparent and grandchild portrait.
I enjoy photographing multiples, and there are no additional fees for photographing twins, triplets, or quads. I will take as much time as needed with multiples to capture all the portraits you desire.
Siblings are also welcome to participate in maternity sessions, again at no extra charge.
An in home session is the perfect choice for exhausted new parents, and these sessions are particularly meaningful for families as I enjoy incorporating personal items in the session. Often, the sessions take on a more photojournalistic feel as I capture the moments in between formal posing. Finding the right light and backdrops in a client’s home is a challenge and allows me to stretch my skills and creativity.
Older babies sometimes do better in a familiar environment, and any age is a great age to document the nursery you so carefully and lovingly planned and designed.
All newborn sessions include birth announcements to show off your new addition to family and friends. Announcements are designed just for your child- choose a layout and color scheme, or start from scratch! I’ve designed many one-of-a-kind announcements to coordinate around nursery themes or motifs, which means hand drawing sea creatures or designing a paisley pattern. Holiday cards, 1st birthday invitations, and thank you cards are also available.
Coffee table books are another hot item and make great grandparent gifts (additional copies or a set of 2 smaller size books are available at a discount). They can be designed around a single newborn or baby session, for maternity/newborn sessions or first year plans. Each book is created without the use of commercial templates and designed to coordinate with your birth announcements, nursery decor, or favorite theme. These books are printed at a professional photo lab using 6 color inks on heavyweight paper- Shutterfly can’t compare.
Heirloom albums are also available in your choice of over 10 silk covers. These albums can be flushmount or matted. (Please inquire for our album guide.)
I love babies
This may sound silly and obvious, but it’s true- I love babies. I love cuddling them, watching their eyelids flutter as they dream, soothing them when they fuss, delighting in their tiny fingers and toes. I joke I’d have a dozen if I could- but I’d want them to stay small and sweet. Kids are great too, but babies are special- they are perfect and can do no wrong. I’ve been peed on, spit up on, and pooped on (once on my head, even!) countless times and I just laugh it off- it’s part of the job. Working with babies is the best part of my job, and I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to meet your little one and share in the joy and wonder of a new life.
Your baby’s photographer- and your child’s
Simply Baby focuses on babies age newborn to one, but through sister company Windwardskies Photography, I welcome my returning clients and have been photographing several families for years as their children grow. My fall holiday minis are especially popular for families, and are designed to capture the perfect holiday card photo and gifts. Annual child sessions are a great way to document your child as they grow and change.
I’m passionate not only about photographing babies but being involved in the community. I’ve been active in La Leche League and our local babywearing group, Na Kamalei, for several years supporting and helping new parents care for their babies in positive, gentle ways. I believe in creating safe and peaceful birthing environments for families regardless of how they welcome their babies into the world.
I volunteer my services to Pictures of Hope to honor premature infants and their families, and donate sessions to deserving families. The most powerful, difficult session I have ever done was for a very special family as they said goodbye to their much loved and long awaited newborn daughter. Words cannot express the of gravity and enormity of such a task, and I was humbled to be asked.
I have also participated in various community events and organizations throughout the years, including serving as a volunteer judge for the Meadow Gold Healthy Baby Contest and organizing the Hawaii Breastfeeding Challenge.
For families celebrating adoption and parents who serve our country, I include a special thank you gift.