MARYLAND WEDDING + BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHER

EST. 2012

BALTIMORE MARYLAND 

WEDDING + PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER

INTERNATIONAL DESTINATION

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

office hours

MONDAYS 9:30A - 12P

TUESDAY + THURSDAY 10AM-2PM

lisa robin

STUDIO

12 Galloway Avenue

Suite 3D

Cockeysville MD 21030

COUPLES. MATERNITY. NEWBORN. FAMILY

Real Life

moments that matter are worth capturing

timeless . precious . forever

About Me, My Family, + Philosophy
some of my favorite photos of my kids and my family are completely unposed. but realisiticly you have to still plan out some shots if you want to create those natural heirlooms that are passed down generations to remember your life, as it was. my real passion in photography is to capture moments as they are happening so that I can try to recreate emotions and feelings into a single photo. in order to do that you can't do any 'fancy' posing, or coercing people into models somehow during a 1 hour session. what has to happen is real moments in front of the camera and to do so we have to have some fun!
most of my couples and families choose me to capture their moments because they know I truly care about them and want them to have as natural images as possible that capture those raw emotions of life. life isn't always, "smile at the camera", in fact the best photos you see in magazines or throughout history are NEVER those images. true family artifacts and works of art need to be just that, art. they need to be felt and not just seen and provoke the person looking at them to REALLY look at them, not just see the people in them.
my WHY
so, yeah. without sounding too cheesy, you can check my work below and see that its a little different than other people who do portraits and newborn sessions. I want all the little newborn babies to have their parents and siblings included in those newborn sessions. I want my spouses INCLUDED in maternity sessions, I want families to act like families and be silly with each other. And I want couples to be in love and look to each other during their sessions.
If any of this resonates with you, contact me via the CONTACT link on my site to setup your session or just ask questions if you have any!

my favorite locations:

JERUSALEM MILL VILLAGE tall grass fields, old mill, historic
CROMWELL VALLEY PARK* spacious grounds with fields and woods
CYLBURN ARBORETUM* historic mansion with lush gardens and trees
UNION MILLS IN WESTMINSTER fields and gardens with old barn
LOCH RAVEN RESERVOIR waterfront with pine trees and woodsy feel
PRETTYBOY RESERVOIR waterfront with pine trees and mountainous feel
NORTH POINT STATE PARK beach vibe with sand and tree cover
SHERWOOD GARDENS lush gardens, perfect for spring
ROCK STATE PARK mountainous woodsy feel with hills
THE LIRODENDRION MANSION estate property with wisteria 
HEMLOCK GORGE woodsy trails, stream river, requires 10 minute hike
DOWNTOWN FELLS POINT urban feel, waterfront with cobblestones
FEDERAL HILL urban feel, alleyways, overlooking the city
RAWLINGS CONSERVATORY* indoor greenhouse with lush foliage and jungle
OREGON RIDGE PARK outdoor park with woodsy feel, trees
*some locations require a fee and/or a permit

on location sessions

engagement session at Rawlings conservatory in Baltimore
The Best
Time of Day
Golden hour is the BEST time of day to do your photos.
Which is 1 hour after sunrise or 2 hours before sunset!
If you can't do one of those, just PLEASE don't schedule a time for during the middle of the day. Noon is the worst typically in the summer because it creates harsh light and bags under your eyes.

what to wear?!

these are some of my favorite neutrals for sessions

I prefer neutral colors, so that you can keep the background in check, but if you want hella vibrant colors, go with it for sure! Meaning, don't just pick what everyone else is wearing or what you "think" you should wear. Try to let me know before hand what you are wearing and I can help you choose!

Think about the weather, if its hot out, don't wear a sweater obviously. Try to stay within your season when choosing your outfit styles!

Keep your outfits simple or go all out, whatever you do just be you!

when I take my own personal photos I keep everything neutral and natural looking because I want to remember what I was like not just how I WANTED to look.

When To Book

ENGAGEMENT
Engagements should be scheduled at least 4 weeks in advance. 
Sunday mornings for sunrise or weeknights for sunset are the preferred times for bookings!
Due to wedding season I am unavailable for weekend bookings in May, September, or October.
BABY
FRESH 48 Sessions happen within 48 hours of the baby being born! Let me know about 3 months before your due date so we can plan ahead. These are typically done in hospital.
Newborn sessions are always done within 2-4 weeks of the baby being born. I book all of these sessions on Tuesdays or Thursdays between 10A-2P. Newborn sessions are all scheduled for 2 hours in length because of the unpredictable nature of babies!
I always ask that parents be in the photos, because its not just documenting your baby its your life too and while I love the "posed" look of some newborn photos, I strive to create more of a candid, naturalistic look with my newborn photography.
MATERNITY
Please contact me about 4-6 weeks in advance of when you will be 34 weeks pregnant. That is the ideal time for your maternity session! 
I offer outfits upon request and if you choose to do your session at my personal residence in Northern Baltimore County we can also fit in a milk bath session as well. These sessions are typically 30 minutes in length depending on outfit changes, your spouse participating or location choice.
FAMILY
Family sessions can be either 30 minutes (half) or 1 hour (full) and include up to 9 family members.
 
Please give me at least 4 weeks in advance to schedule your booking! 

cost 

pricing

INVESTMENT

view pricing for your engagement, family, maternity, or newborn session below. if you are choosing on location or lifestyle at your home, it must be within 30 miles of 21030.
engagement, family, + maternity
Half Session
30 Minutes
1 Outfit
30 Edited Images
Online Gallery with Digital Download of All Edited Images
$195
Full Session
1 Hour
2 Outfit Changes
On Location, Lifestyle or In Studio
50 Edited Images
Online Gallery with Digital Download of All Edited Images
*Your location choice within 30 miles of 21030
$325
These are some sample photos taken at my property in Freeland!
Click here for a sample gallery of Prettyboy Reservoir
 
PHOTOGRAPHY

newborn + baby

MINIMALIST
I love babies. I actually have three, almost five of my own (two sets of twins and a little ginger man)
Birth + Fresh 48 Sessions are done at the hospital while newborn sessions are either done lifestyle at your home or in my studio located in Hunt Valley Maryland. I please ask that parents keep everything natural and your outfits as neutral as possible to focus more on the baby and your family than the objects in the photo.
If you're looking for minimalist, candid, emotional captures then check out more of my work below and pricing is all below too!
Typical newborn sessions up to 2 hours are $300 and include all of your high resolution edited images delivered digitally from the session.
Yep, you don't have to buy any afterward, they're all yours. 
But if you'd like to purchase prints, canvases, or albums I also offer those you can purchase separately!
baby
All my packages include all of your edited images, the number presented is just the typical amount you are expected to receive and a minimum. You will not have to purchase any additional images following your session. They are ALL included :)
The amount of images is based on the temperament of the baby and parental involvement; meaning if parents are also included in the images there will obviously be more photos delivered. I don't pick and choose the images you receive, whatever images turn out, I send to you and they are yours to keep. You will not have to purchase any additional images after the session. If you'd like to buy an album or canvas, those are obviously additional costs but you are welcome to print wherever you'd like with the personal use print release included with your session. Then I like things very simple and believe there is an art to it.
If you'd like more of the posed look I can absolutely refer you to an amazing posed newborn photographer!
FRESH 48
NEWBORN
SIX MONTHS to ONE YEAR
THE FIRST YEAR
bump to baby
Up to 1 Hour
On Location at the Hospital or
Lifestyle at Your Home
25-40 Edited Images
Online Gallery with Digital Download of All Edited Images
Personal Use Release to your Edited Images
Intro 2020 Pricing
$250
Up to 2 Hours of Time
Lifestyle or In Studio
Includes photos with siblings + parents
In studio includes use of studio outfits, diaper covers, clothes or blankets
35 to 50 Edited Images
Online Gallery with Digital Download of All Edited Images
Personal Use Release to your Edited Images
Intro 2020 Pricing
$300
30 Minutes of Session Time
2 Outfit Changes
Optional Cake Smash Included
In Studio
15-30 Edited Images
Online Gallery with Digital Download of All Edited Images
Personal Use Release to your Edited Images
Intro 2020 Pricing
$175
01. Half Maternity Session
02. Newborn Session
03. Six Month Session
04. One Year Cake Smash
05. The Heirloom Book
SALE $899+tax
savings of $145
ADD-ONS
ALBUMS + CANVAS
11X14 Canvas  $149
The Mini Book $119
Small 5X5 Twenty Page Linen Book with up to 25 Edited Images + Free Shipping
*I recommend that you add photos from your maternity session and newborn session in this book or just newborn. Custom engraving is available for an additional $15
The Heirloom Book $199
Large 8X8 Thirty Page Linen Cover Baby Album with up to Fifty Edited Images + Free Shipping
*I recommend that families use these albums to tell the story from pregnancy to one year. Meaning, you should add your maternity, fresh 48 photos, newborn, 6 month and 1 year photos to this book to really have an amazing heirloom telling your child's first year story.
newborn photography
WHAT TO EXPECT
*this is my typical posing for newborns, natural and minimalist. I don't put them in crazy positions and prefer to get close up shots of their tiny details and I love it when they have their eyes open!*
read my *all about* Lifestyle Newborn blog post here!
01. What's your style?
Lifestyle, minimal posing, clean backdrops, baby/family focused. I really believe in capturing the entire family for newborn photos, not just the baby. So I ask that both of my parents come to the session ready for portraits as well. Please wear a white or neutral colored shirt (gray or beige) for the session so we can keep the focus on your faces and baby. I do a combination of LIGHT posing and lifestyle approach. We will start the session with the family and then end with a few posed photos of baby on a clean white backdrop, these are not the 'typical' newborn photos you see online. Baby is always clothed, wearing a white onesie with minimal movement of them so they can be as natural as possible. I ask that families bring a white onesie for the baby for photos but I have a few neutral wraps for swaddling as well as diaper covers for posing as well you can use.
02. What can I expect if I do a studio session?
My studio is on the third floor (stairs) only in Cockeysville Maryland at 12 Galloway Avenue Suite 3D Cockeysville MD 21030. You'll arrive and be welcomed with coffee and snacks if you'd like as the session can take up to 2 hours due to baby temerpant and feedings! Before arriving I ask that you feed the baby prior to coming in so they are all full and content but you will most likely be feeding them throughout the session to keep them happy! If siblings are present we will do photos with siblings first (because attention spans are real for kids) and then with the entire family followed by with the parents. I have a few neutral walls I use as backdrops with natural lighting. I try to use as much natural lighting as possible so you won't see a "typical" photography studio vibe when you walk in (its like a living room). Then after those I'll have you both settle the baby and then I'll take baby, you can grab a coffee and some snacks and relax for a bit and I'll pose your baby in natural looking poses on a flat white backdrop (its a large pillow with white sheets over it). If you have a specific outfit you want them to wear please let me know! But to keep to my style it should be neutral in color and minimal with "extras".
03. What can I expect if I do an at home session? 
Same as above but I don't bring my backdrop with me, I keep everything very lifestyle and true to what you have in your home. We'll do photos of the nursery decor, baby in the crib, in your living space as well as a few on your bed in your bedroom. Those are the three main places I try to work with. I ask families to have clutter picked up and keep all the window fixtures open to allow for plenty of natural lighting. I have lighting I can bring but prefer natural lighting. These sessions take up to 2 hours as well but typically are about 1 hour in length.
04. Do I have to buy photos after the session?
Not from me. I operate on a "shoot and share" philosophy rather than IPS (in person sales). I prefer to deliver all the usable images from the sessions to my clients rather than having them choose which ones they'd like. All images are edited and retouched however extensive retouching ( heavy blemishes, any background clutter, or liquifying) are available for an additional fee per photo based on time to retouch those specific photos. I offer albums and canvases you can purchase separately but you can also print anywhere else with your personal use print release. If you'd like to order prints you can do those through the online gallery you will receive!
05. How do I receive the photos?
Digital download in an online gallery. This is also great because you can share this gallery with your family and friends and they are also able to download all or any single photo from the session for free! It's all included! If they'd like to purchase prints they can do so right on the gallery site from my favorite printing company!
06. How do I pay?
You will pay a non-refundable retainer of $50 to hold your session date and time. From there you will pay the remaining balance on the day of your session in the form of cash, check or credit card.