Reasons to Gift a Gift Certificate

Here at Edwards Photography Studios, we specialize in maternity, newborn, the first year, and first birthday + smash cake sessions! Time flies while little ones are young. We love to capture these moments and preserve them forever!

Do you know someone who is expecting or has a little one? Check out this list of reasons to give the gift of memories!

  1. Gender Reveal – It’s not always expected to bring a gift to a gender reveal, but just think how perfect it would be to surprise an expecting couple with a gift certificate for maternity photos!
  2. Baby Shower – Expecting parents are great at making sure to add all the important things to gift registries. Surprise them with something extra special that maybe they didn’t think of. With a gift certificate for a photo session, they can celebrate with a maternity or newborn session!
  3. Group Gift – Are you going in with a few people on one spectacular gift for a new momma? Keep in mind that photos last forever, a gift certificate for a photo session is a great gift from a group of friends.
  4. Christmas Gift – Surprise someone you love with an amazing Christmas Gift… the gift of MEMORIES!
  5. First Birthday Gift – Little ones grow up so fast, the first year goes by in just a blink! A gift certificate for a first birthday + smash cake session is sure to be a hit.
  6. Overcoming Infertility – Do you have a loved one who has been struggling with infertility and recently found out they are expecting. Celebrate with a gift certificate towards a session so they can capture every moment to come!

You just can’t go wrong with gifting a gift certificate for a photo session. It will be cherished for years to come. If you are local to the Nashville, TN area we would love to connect. You can find out more about our gift certificates and photo sessions by emailing info@epsbaby.com.

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Christmas is such a wonderful time of the year. It’s extra important that you instill the values you would like for your children from a young age. Yes, it’s wonderful to get gifts, but teaching them about giving right from the start will stick with them as they grow. A simple way to do this is by having them make something special for their grandparents. Feel free to still gift other things as well, these handmade gifts can be an extra little something just from your kiddos to their grandparents. Need a little help coming up with what to make? We put together a little list of adorable yet simple crafts they can make.

Paint something: Okay this sounds vague, I know. I am referring to taking your kiddo to one of those neat little places that seem to be popping up all over. You go in and pick your piece, they have everything from mugs and plates to little statues. Then your kiddo can paint it however they desire. Once it’s all painted the place fires it and it turns into a one of a kind piece! Oh, and
guess what is extra amazing about this option… It’s all done somewhere besides your house, so no cleanup!!

Blank Canvas: This is so fun and turns out really cute! Go to a craft store and get some blank canvas and paints. They can choose to do it fingerpaint style or use a brush.

Ornaments: There are endless options with making ornaments for grandparents. Pinterest is a huge help with this one. Just simply type “DIY children’s ornaments” in the search engine and scroll through the endless possibilities that pop up! Want to take an even easier route? Any craft store around has prepackaged ornament makings kits that include everything you need!

Picture Frames: You can use any kind of frame for this. Just remove the glass, let your kiddos go to town painting the frame, then put the glass and a photo of them in it and… done!

All grandparents are sure to cherish a specially made with love gift from their grandkids. Each of these projects are pretty simple and kids of all ages can do them with a little guidance. Also, if you are looking for some fun Christmas crafts to do as well this season check out our “5 Kid Friendly Christmas Crafts” blog.

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Christmas season is in full swing! We put together a list of 10 kid friendly Christmas activities to make it extra magical. They can all easily be done with just your kiddos or make a little party out of it and invite some of their friends!

5 Kid Friendly Christmas Crafts

#1: Reindeer Food– Santa’s reindeer get very hungry during their travels on Christmas Eve. Let your kids make reindeer food for them, and an extra bag they can enjoy themselves. All you need is a variety of about 7-10 snacks. Pour them into separate bowls, set them on the table, give each kid a few baggies, and let them fill them up with a variety of treats. Tip: Go ahead and premake some labels that say reindeer food on them and place them on the bags!

Photo credit: Lady Behind the Curtain

#2: Pinecone Trees – If you live where pinecones are on the ground, go ahead and gather some, if not then you can go to any crafting store and buy a bag of them. You will also need little pots the pine cone fits in, paint, stickers, glue, glitter, pompoms, and anything else you would like to use to decorate with. Let the kids decorate the pot, then you will need to hot glue the pinecone into the pot, then let the kids decorate the tree (pinecone).

Photo credit: Easy Peasy and Fun

#3: Christmas Sugar Cookies – This one can easily be done in two ways. You can include the kids in the whole experience, making the dough, using cookie cutters to shape it, then decorate them. Or feel free to knock out the first half and bake the cookies on your own, then put all the frosting, sprinkles, and goodies on the table and simply let them do the decorating!

Photo credit: Glorious Treats

#4: Christmas Wreaths– Here’s an adorable yet simple one that even toddlers can do. Take a paper plate and cut the center out, you are going to use the outside ring. Tip: cut the plates prior to the activity. For the actual activity, you will need the wreaths (the outside rings you made), glue, glitter, pompoms, stickers, green paint or colors, and string. Let the kids paint or color the wreaths green, then decorate them. When they are all done, you will tie some string to the top so it can be hung!

Photo credit: Southern Living

#5: Christmas Cards–This activity is perfect to send to grandparents! You will need red and green construction paper, colors, glitter, glue, stickers, and anything else you would like to decorate with! Then you can help your kiddo trace their hand and name into the card. After that let them decorate it! Tip: you can use their hand as a Christmas tree! Once it’s decorated send it off to the grandparents (or anyone else that would love a card from your little one).

Photo credit: Salvage Sister and Mister

We hope you have a blast creating one or all of these wonderful Christmas activities with your kids!

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When to Schedule: Go ahead and schedule your newborn session while you’re still pregnant. This will ensure you a spot on my calendar! We recommend making the appointment during your second trimester. Tip: Make sure we make it on your “baby is here” contact list so we can secure a date within 14 days after your little one is here.

Baby is Here: Contact us RIGHT away when your baby is here! Newborn sessions are best done within the first 14 days after birth. Tip: To get the most out of your session it’s best to make it happen within the first 14 days. They are still nice and sleepy and love to be balled up during this time.

Welcome to the Studio: We do most newborn sessions right in our studio! (We also offer home sessions or a mixture of both!) It is fully stocked with newborn photo cuteness from little props, wraps, and more! Tip: Keep in mind we stick to a neutral/natural color palette so that your baby’s natural beauty is the main focus!

What to expect: When you come into the studio it will be nice and toasty to keep your little one warm and sleepy. They are used to being warm and bundled so we want to keep them happy. Especially because we will be taking all their warm clothes off because well… we can’t resist those adorable naked baby shots!

Preparing for Your Session

• Be sure to dress them in loose-fitting clothing. Something that zips or buttons is best to avoid undressing over their head.  This will be less disruptive to your baby’s sleep.
• Do what you can before your session to make sure your little one is super sleepy before their session. I usually suggest a nice little bath, and then a feeding right before you head out to the studio.  Newborn sessions work best when they are in a deep sleep!
•  Milk drunk little ones are much easier to photograph than when they are hungry. Don’t worry you can always feed again during your session!

During Your Session

• Just relax! We specialize in newborn photography and know how precious these little ones are.  We promise to handle your babies with the utmost care as if they were our own.
• Prepare to be patient! Your baby is going to fuss and need things during the session and that is okay. We take our time and don’t rush.

We hope this was helpful for you in preparing for your newborn session. However, if you have more questions please contact us at info@epsbaby.com. You can also check out more about our studio and style here! We can’t wait to capture your little one’s special moments!

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It’s that time of year, can you believe it? November is almost over and that means many houses with little ones will be having a special visitor show up very soon. That’s right, Elf on The Shelf! This little guy sure has made a BIG name for himself over the past few years.

He really is a great tradition to welcome, he brings fun and excitement, along with the occasional mischief to the Christmas season. Each and every night he travels back to the North Pole to report to Santa about how each kid in the house has behaved during the day. Then when he returns back to the house he sets himself up in a fun, creative, sometimes silly way.

Okay, okay, the secret is out (for adults)! The Elf needs a little help from you (Mom or Dad) to get back from the North Pole and into position! This can become a daunting task considering the Elf comes to town on December 1st(for some houses even sooner) and stays until Christmas! That is a lot of nights that he needs to be placed just right to bring excitement in the morning when the kids are looking to see what he’s doing… and heaven forbid your Elf is ever doing the same thing twice!! No worries we have you covered this year with a helpful little sheet of ideas.

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The BIG O-N-E!! How on earth did the whole first year of your little one’s life fly by that quick? Am I right?! It feels like one minute you’re hearing that very first cry, then you blink and BAM it’s time for their first birthday! We put together all the top reasons why you are going to want to make sure you get professional first birthday photos!

Everlasting Memories!! First birthdays are kind of a big deal. Get your little cutie all dressed up and have those memories captured. You will have these moments captured to look at for years to come.

Smash Cake!! Would you like a huge smile for your little one’s first birthday photo? A smash cake session is a sure way to get all the smiles! During the session, they will get to enjoy their birthday cake all to themselves. We can guarantee there will be frosting on their faces along with a big smile! And don’t worry about the mess, after they are done enjoying their cake we will get them into a bubble bath for clean-up and some more great photos.

Leave it to the Professional!! As a professional photographer, I have done countless first birthdays. I know all the tricks in the book to get your little one to be their cute selves while I click and catch all the moments!

Great Gifts!! Photos make the perfect gift for grandparents or anyone else you know that would just adore a photo of your little one!

Perfect for Invitations!! Are you planning a first birthday celebration for your little one? Their first birthday photos will make the cutest invitations! Already have the invitations covered? Use their photos for unforgettable thank you cards!

Your little one will only have one first birthday. Don’t miss your chance to have a session all about them and their big day! You will love looking at these photos forever!

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So, you had professional maternity and newborn photos taken, why stop there! Kids change so
quickly the first year, one moment they cannot hold their own head up and the next they are
crawling around the house and you are just trying to keep up. Their first year is a great time to
have professional photos taken, here are a few great reasons why!

Preserve the Memories!! As a parent, you will learn quickly that time passes way to fast when
your little ones are growing. It’s like they are a newer and bigger person each day. Make sure to
get professional photos while they are little, so you can always have them to look at especially
when they are all grown up.

They Make Amazing Gifts!! It’s always fun and easy to share photos on social media of your
kiddos growing up, just imagine what an awesome gift a framed photo of them for grandparent
would be!

Document their Personality!! During their photo session let them be their selves. Trust me, you
will love seeing their personality captured!


Kids Do Better for Others!! Let’s just face it, sometimes our kiddos just cooperate better for
others. By leaving the photo taking to a photographer you don’t have to beg and plead with
your kiddo to look at the camera and try to catch the shot too.

There is no better time than now to schedule a photos session for your little one! You will love
looking at them for all the years to come!

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Overwhelming Joy. Happiness. Love. These are some of the greatest feelings that come flooding
over us the moment our little one enters the world. It’s as if you could sit in the same spot
forever just looking down at their tiny nose and their squishy cheeks. Trust us, you do not want
to miss out on capturing these moments because in just one blink that little bundle of baby is
running around and growing up. We have put together a list of top reasons to assure you that
newborn sessions are a MUST!
Everlasting Memories!! Newborns are only little for such a short time. Once these moments
are gone you will not have them back. Photos trigger memories and it will never get old when
you look at them and vividly remember the emotions and feelings you had while they were so
new! Your kiddos will also love looking at them when they get older!

A Great Bonding Moment for the whole family!! Whether this is your first or fourth baby, the
whole family can be involved. It’s a great time for everyone to be together and celebrate the
new baby.

You Can Be Creative!! Do you have a favorite character that you just love, or maybe one of you
is a fireman or teacher? These are all fun and creative ideas that you can incorporate into a
newborn session. There are super cute newborn outfits that you can find all over the internet
to represent what’s special to your family.

Perfect for Announcements!! Would you like to announce your newest addition to family and
friends? Having professional photos taken makes this easy! Just simply send a photo to
everyone!
No matter the reason, don’t let this moment pass you by. You will love looking at the photos for
years to come.

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Whoot, whoot, you’re pregnant! Congratulations! There are so many amazing moments of being pregnant, like the moment you find out, the first little flutters you feel, when you get that baby bump and so many more. We put together a few reasons why you will want to schedule a maternity photo session, you won’t regret it!

Embrace Your Beauty!! Pregnancy is a beautiful thing, and oh my goodness, you are beautiful! Now ignore that little voice that may be reminding you your body has changed a bit, because girl, it has. It is literally growing a human, your little human, and you’re glowing! So, schedule that maternity shoot and capture your baby bump beauty!

Photo Credit: Edwards Photography Studios

Everlasting Memories!! You are only pregnant for around 9 months and once your baby is born, your chance is gone. Yes, you may have another baby in the future, but every pregnancy is special and holds different memories. Photos trigger memories and it will never get old when you look at them and vividly remember the emotions and feelings you had during pregnancy! Your kiddos will also love looking at them when they get older!

A Great Bonding Moment with Your Partner!!  Talk about a moment to connect. It doesn’t matter if this is your first baby or fourth baby, life is busy. Take the time to do a maternity photo session to bond with your partner and simply be in the moment. This is also a warm and fuzzy moment for the dad-to-be, considering you get all the moments that come with being pregnant like feeling the baby move for the first time.

It’s Fun for Siblings Too!! If you have other kiddos this is a great way to include them in the pregnancy hype! Plus, maternity photos of an older sibling kissing mommas baby belly is priceless.

Photo Credit: Edwards Photography Studios

No matter the reason, don’t let this moment pass you by. You will love looking at the photos for years to come.

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Excitement. Joy. Happiness. These are some of the wonderful feelings that come over you when you see those two pink lines! There is so much that comes with finding out you will soon be holding a little bundle of cuteness in your arms! One of those things is deciding how you’re going to announce your news to family and friends! We put together some sentimental, some funny, and some creative ways to announce your pregnant!

Our personal announcement of our twins was a video, you can watch it here! Oh, the excitement was unreal… but I remembered how painful seeing pregnancy announcements could be, so I wanted people to know our struggle, and give hope to those still suffering.

You can always go with the holiday that is closest when you are announcing.

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Wanna go with a trendy announcement? Netflix is totally a hot thing right now. This announcement also has a little bit of humor!

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Of course, there is always the good old parent panic announcement! This is always a good creative one full of humor or should we call it a reality check… just kidding!

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Cuteness overload! Are you looking for the sweetest announcement ever? This one is full of all the feels.

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We didn’t forget about those families that already have fur babies or human kiddos! Let them do the announcing!

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There is absolutely no right or wrong way to announce the wonderful news that you are expecting! So, go on and get as creative or sentimental as you’d like!

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It’s that time of year again… time to book Santa mini sessions. Are you tired of the same old red Santa suits, and super long lines? So. Are. We. A couple of years ago Edwards Photography Studios and Ashlee V Photography put a twist on Santa and mini sessions. Together we designed a different kind of Santa Experience! View Post »

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As a new mom, one of the quickest lessons you will learn is, mom guilt is real! Unfortunately, there is just no way around it. People and moms alike all have their own personal opinions and ways of doing things. One of your first big encounters with mom guilt will most likely be choosing which method you will use to feed your baby; will it be breast or bottle? Although the ultimate outcome is a fed baby, it’s truly your decision on which option is best for you and your baby.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that a mother should exclusively breastfeed up to six months. At six months once a baby has been introduced to other foods it’s still recommended to breastfeed up to 1-2 years. Breastfeeding is recommended because it is the most natural balance of nutrition your child can get.

If formula feeding is in your cards that is okay too. Do your research so you can make the best-informed decision on which formula to feed your baby. There are many circumstances where a mother needs to or chooses to formula feed and that is absolutely okay.

Benefits of Breastfeeding

  • Breastfeeding encourages a natural bond between mother and baby.
  • Breast milk naturally provides your baby with all of the nutrients he/she will need to grow and develop.
  • Breast milk contains antibodies that help to build up your baby’s immune system.
  • Some common allergies can be prevented by breastfeeding.
  • Breastfeeding can minimize the chances of obesity and diabetes.
  • As a mom, you may find it easier to lose the pregnancy weight.
  • As a mom breastfeeding can lower your risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancers, diabetes, and other diseases.
  • Breastfeeding allows you to feed your baby almost anywhere and at anytime.
  • Breastfeeding is free.

Struggles that Might Come with Breastfeeding

  • Your nipples can become very sore and tender, some may even crack and bleed.
  • Your breasts may become engorged causing you to become very uncomfortable.
  • You may get plugged milk ducts which can become painful.
  • In some cases, you may not produce enough milk for your baby’s needs.
  • You cannot leave your baby for long periods of time because you will need to feed them. (Pumping is an option for this.)

Benefits of Bottle Feeding

  • Some moms are unable to breastfeed, and bottle feeding provides your baby with all the necessary nutrients needed.
  • Anyone can feed your baby anywhere at any time.
  • People can help at any time because they will have the capability of feeding your baby.
  • Babies digest formula slower so they will have fewer feedings.
  • Since formula digests differently it is easier to get on a feeding schedule.

Struggles with bottle feeding

  • Formula is expensive.
  • All items for formula feeding are expensive bottles, nipples, etc.
  • You have to constantly wash and sterilize bottles.
  • Formula can easily be heated too hot
  • Your baby may not tolerate formula well.

If you are finding breastfeeding difficult don’t get discouraged, you don’t have to fully give it up if you are struggling. Supplementing is another option for feeding your baby. You can do this a couple different ways. You can offer your baby the breast and then offer them a bottle. You can also pump and combine your breast milk and formula.

While the experts suggest it is best to do everything you can to overcome any breastfeeding struggles and stick with it, for some people this is just not an option. Yes, there are plenty of benefits from breastfeeding, however, there are also great benefits to bottle feeding as well. The most important thing is that both mom and baby are happy, healthy, and fed! As long as you are making the best decision for both you and your baby, you are making the BEST decision. Ultimately what makes you a good mom is giving your baby the love, attention, affection, and care they need.

 

Sources:

https://medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000803.htm

Breastfeeding vs Bottle feeding

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Photo credit: Twine & Twig Studios

If you are pregnant or have had a baby, more than likely you have discussed pain relief options and maybe even used one. Generally, your OB will make sure to discuss different pain relief options with you well before you go into labor because there are many different types and once you’re in labor decision making can be very difficult. Epidurals are the most common form of pain relief used for childbirth, however, there are different types of epidurals so being educated beforehand is wise. View Post »

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Aside from those Sweet Newborns, there’s nothing I like more than a Cake Smash Session! Especially when the model is as Perfect as Little Elad! With 2 Older Siblings, you’d think this guy would be a little more shy and skeptical, but not the case at all with this one! Not only was he Packed with Tenacity and a Larger than Life Personality, but he posed for the camera like a Little Model who’d been doing this all his Life! I had a hard time even picking which Blog Photos to use because this Lil Man couldn’t take a Bad Picture if he Tried! So excited for this Adorable Boy to be turning One, and I can’t wait to see what the Future holds for this kid…..and especially his Future Photos too! What a Perfect Little Model!

 

 

 

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Talk about a Miracle! This Little Guy shows just how much Strength and Determination One Little Baby can have! Despite being born at only around 35 Weeks and weighing only a little over 4lbs,  not to mention having a Breathing Tube/Chest Tube and Spending close to 2 weeks in the NICU, Baby Wren came out the other side Strong, Thriving, and Absolutely Adorable!  Not only did this Lil Guy teach his Parents the Power of Love, Prayer, and Faith, but he also has the Cutest Little Smile you’ve ever seen! Having the Opportunity to photograph this Little Man reminds me of how lucky we all are for our Blessings, both Big and Small. Not to mention how Amazing and Strong this Little Guy is! Congratulations to Sara and Jonathan on the birth of this Beautiful Baby Boy! I am so glad he is home with his Amazing Family and can’t wait to see the Milestones to Come!

 

 Comfy Cozy Wraps by Custom Photo Props

Precious Hat by Little DayDream Props

 

 

 

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As Far as Newborn Baby Girls go, this Little Lady was one of the Sweetest I’ve seen! Not only did she have the most Precious Sleepy Face, her amazing coloring made her look Phenomenal in all those Pinks, Whites, and Neutrals I love to use for Shoots. What a Picture Perfect Lil Girl, and Congratulations to the Proud Mama and Papa on the New Addition to their Family!

 

Cozy Knit Bonnet by Vizion Photography

Precious Tieback by Girlologie Photo Props

Blankets and Wraps by Custom Photo Props and LIttle Ewe

 

 

 

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With those Round Cheeks, Playful Personality, and Absolutely Gorgeous Face, not only did this Little Lady’s Photo Session go Phenomenally, but she could not have been a Sweeter! Oh, and by the way did I mention those AMAZING Blue Eyes!! Unbelievable! Way to show ’em how it’s done Beautiful Baby Girl!

 

 

 

 

 

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This Little Lady was just as Beautiful as she was was Sweet. Those Perfectly Rounded Cheeks and that Gorgeous Face made her look Amazing in Every Hat and Headband Prop we had. In fact, she look so good in every Prop and Set Up, I ended up taking WAY more Pictures than I needed too just because I couldn’t get enough of this Perfect Little Girls Poses, Perfect Little Fingers, and Sweet Sleepy Face!

Gorgeous Headband by EcoStreet

Adorable Hat by Oh Love

Wrap by Little Ewe Props

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