You’ve found your way here while you were looking for a photographer in Indianapolis, and I think that’s fate!

Indianapolis photographer’s portfolio of maternity, newborn, and fresh 48 work.
 

“Family isn’t just an important thing.

It’s everything.”

Studio portrait of an Indianapolis family with their new baby

I’m a full service photographer in Indianapolis.

WHAT I OFFER:

  • Newborn sessions, maternity sessions, fresh 48 photography, baby milestone sessions, cake smash sessions, and family sessions.

What is a full service photographer? It’s pretty dang awesome!

I will do more for you than just take photos. I will celebrate your life with you. I’ll spoil you with lots of amazing little perks. I’ll be there when you view your photos for the first time, so we can experience together the magical moments I’ve captured.

I’ll give you access to stunning print products, albums, and wall art so you can get the most out of your photos. Leaving digital images on your computer, practically forgotten, is not allowed here! You deserve to experience your photos every day of your life!

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HERE’S HOW IT WORKS.

STEP 1: reserve your session

This fee includes: holding the date for you, and time photographing (NO IMAGES INCLUDED). Family is welcome to be in the pictures at every session.

STEP 2: purchase images

You can purchase digital images (range from $200 - $600), albums, and artwork at your image reveal, held at my studio a few days after your session.

There are no order minimums, BUT I do love to spoil my clients. Some amazing bonuses will be waiting for you if you hit $600, $1200, or $1800 at your ordering appointment. I’ll also take care of everything for you. All you have to do is enjoy your photos.


I’d love to fill you in on all the details!

Let’s chat!


10 Reasons Why I Do FRESH 48 Photography…

 
 
Fresh 48 photography, documenting a baby’s time in Community North Hospital in the first day after birth.

I know a lot of moms are intimidated at the thought of having a photographer in the hospital right after giving birth — cuz childbirth is one WILD ride. But I absolutely promise it’s 100% something you won’t regret.

Here are my 10 reasons why I love FRESH 48 photography.

  1. You only get to meet your baby once.

  2. I hear parents at newborn sessions talking about how they didn't get a picture of this or that at the hospital; you can never go back.

  3. I love the little name signs on the bassinets

  4. In between the exhaustion and the craziness, there's something so beautiful and primal.

  5. There's no guarantees in life; so photograph everything

  6. Babies look like little grownups by the time they come in for newborn pictures a week or two after they're born, this is the only TRUE newborn time there is.

  7. It sets my inner photojournalist free for a little while.

  8. I can tell the story as I see it.

  9. Love is a mysterious, glorious thing.

  10. Through photos, we understand life better.


My little slice of heaven.

When I walked into the building the first time, I knew it was where I was supposed to be. My studio is housed inside the historic MAROTT BUILDING in downtown Indianapolis. At almost 100 years old, it vibrates with energies from the past.

Once a hotel, it’s been converted into an apartment complex that is the bee’s knees. They kept the original commercial space on lower level floor, typical in hotels of the past. During your visit you could go to the barber, the pharmacy, and more.

It’s the perfect place for me and my nostalgic heart.

By the way, this isn’t a normal, boring photography studio. I’ve taken special care to create a home away from home! New moms and dads often curl up and take a nap during the shoot. It’s warm, cozy, quiet, and someone else is looking after the baby. It’s a much needed retreat to get out of the house and feel like humans again — not spit-up covered zombies. ;)

STUDIO AMENITIES:

  • cozy lounge area, complete with a TV

  • snacks (tons and tons of snacks!)

  • cold and hot drinks

  • keurig and kcups

  • a fridge and microwave for your convenience

  • play area for kids with books, toys, and a chalkboard

  • extra baby supplies (diapers, wipes, pacifiers, etc.)

  • a huge prop collection

  • swaddles, blankets, hats, rompers, headbands for baby

  • bed setup for casual posing (or naps!)

maternity dress collection for use during client’s maternity session

GOWNS AVAILABLE FOR YOUR MATERNITY SESSION

There’s no extra cost to use gowns from my collection. There’s lots of styles and sizes to choose from. You’ll be able to do a fitting before the maternity session so you can come in, look through the dresses, and try on the ones you like.


What’s the best type of smash cake for baby’s first birthday photos?

Whether baby is a picky eater or is obsessed with food, a whole smash cake to themselves is going to be something they’ve NEVER experienced before. It’s important to not assume that cake being sweet equals being irresistible. I’ve had many babies in the studio who hated the icing, or the cake itself, or the whole thing. I’ve even had babies who would gag if the cake simply touched their lips, bless them. So how can you make sure that you have the best chance for hit smash? After doing lots and lots of first birthday sessions over the years, here’s what I’ve found is the best type of smash cake.

LIGHT CRUMB COAT OF ICING

Not only is a light crumb coat of icing fashionable and perfect for a farmhouse, shabby-chic look, it also keeps baby from getting overwhelmed too early. Thick icing tends to lead to a big sugar crash in just a few bites. Not ideal for a cake smash shoot!

NO COLORED ICING, STICK TO WHITE

Dye can taste really bitter, especially to babies who are still exploring the world of adult food. You might not ever notice it in cake, your little 1 year old is much more sensitive to tastes right now. My advice is to just not risk colored icing. Stick to white to be sure the flavor is as as simple as possible.

USE BANANA BREAD OR APPLESAUCE CAKE

This is going to be less sweet, and much more familiar to baby.

BRING A SPOON

I know that sounds kinda funny, but I’ve had lots of little ones who hated being messy. A cute spoon is a great way around this. I recommend having one on hand at the session, just in case.

EMBRACE WHATEVER HAPPENS

Remember, this isn’t really about the cake. This is about celebrating your baby turning 1 year old, and all the delightful aspects of their personality. If baby ends up hating the cake no mater how careful you are, just let go an enjoy it. This is who your baby really is. And I think think that’s beautiful — plus those crying over cake pictures can be pretty funny!


Explore my art.

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Oh, you said you need an Indianapolis newborn photographer?

I'm your girl.

I'm almost as excited as you are to meet your new baby!

My philosophy for newborn photography is -- you just had a baby, so let's keep it simple!!

All you have to know: bring baby + boobs / bottle.

I'll take care of everything else. See, it's not gonna be as hard as you thought to get those sweet newborn portraits taken! I've got a collection of rustic props and accessories for your baby to use during the session. I even have diapers, wipes, butt cream, Johnson's baby lotion, and brand new passies stocked in the studio in case you forget to to bring or restock the diaper bag.


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Looking for Indianapolis NEWBORN photographers?

You found a great one! Ashlee loves photographing babies authentically and making everything easy for new parents. Check out some of her recent work on the blog.



 
 
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Glad you asked! I also photograph . . .

baby milestones,

cake smashes for first birthday pictures,

maternity sessions,

in home lifestyle sessions,

AND I've got some awesome saving packages if you want to photograph a LOT of stuff between bump to 12 months old.

 
 

 

GALLERIES:

newborn photography of baby in a prop bucket with flowers in Indianapolis
family photography in a gorgeous field
maternity photography session
6 month old baby photography session
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SERVICES | for those who love pictures

FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY | Nostalgic vibes, easy sessions,  beautiful locations. Digital images included! Outdoor sessions are available seasonally. Studio sessions are available year round. Ashlee's studio is located in downtown Indianapolis, and is stocked with props an amenities. LEARN MORE

NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY, STUDIO & IN-HOME | Ashlee photographs your newborn in those first fleeting days of life. Never again will you experience your child in the same way. Ashlee's downtown Indy studio is conveniently located near the highway 65 exit, so it's easy and quick to get to from Fishers, Carmel, Noblesville, Brownsburg, Avon, Plainfield, Greenwood, and beyond. The studio is packed with props for your baby. IN-HOME sessions are also available, where Ashlee comes to you for a lifestyle session. LEARN MORE

MATERNITY PHOTOGRAPHY | Sessions for every baby and every bump. Being pregnant has it's pros and cons. Ashlee wants to celebrate the pros with you and help you feel beautiful, even while your body is changing. Outdoor locations are available during the warmer months, and the studio is always available for a chic, timeless look in a minimal style. You can bundle your maternity session with your newborn session to save. LEARN MORE

CAKE SMASH AND MILESTONE PHOTOGRAPHY | Where does that first year go? Babies grow way too fast! Ashlee has milestone sessions as well as cake smash sessions available, so you can have a time capsule of the first year forever. Package discounts are available for multiple sessions booked at the same time. LEARN MORE