viv’s photo story – maternity/hospital/newborn


and thank you for being on this wonderful blog journey with me. i’m sharing this post because I haven’t shared many photos from my maternity, hospital or newborn photo sessions. at first i thought i wanted to keep these private. i wanted these photos to paint our empty wall space and to share with our family and friends that entered #sweethomebrecksville.  however, after viewing these photos and appreciating this amazing journey, i just had to share. SOOOOOO, here is an introduction to the woman behind the lens, a few details about the sessions, a few of my favsies and why you should not only document your journey but consider giving amanda a buzz. the proof is in the final product.

a mini q&a with the beautiful woman behind the lens: enjoy!

Tell us a little about you? Who is Amanda Ellis?

I like to think I’m kind of a modern hippy. Haha. I really do want world peace and for people to care about each other and the planet we live on. I believe in equality and human rights and empowering women! I’m also a huge animal lover. Elephants are my favorite!!

How did you get started in photography?

My dad gave me my first 35mm film camera when I was around 13 or 14 and it absolutely sparked something in me. I did mostly still life’s and landscapes before realizing my true passion was to photograph people and portraits.

What type of photography do you specialize in?

I specialize in Maternity and Newborn portraiture. I cannot get enough of either! When I’m photographing an expectant mother or her new baby, I am in my own little world and it feels like home.

Describe your photography style in 10 words or less.

Timeless. Warmth. Emotion. Texture. Shadows. Connection.

What is your favorite thing about being an Entrepreneur?

I’ve never been much of a follower, so being an entrepreneur has allowed me to just be myself and do my own thing regardless of what others are doing around me. There’s so much freedom in that. Also, meeting all different kinds of people (when I worked my 9-5 job, I sat behind a desk and only interacted with about 3 people the whole time) and learning about their stories.

Where do you see your business in 5 years?

I just leased a studio space in Cuyahoga Falls, OH which has always been a huge dream of mine. Turning that space into a place that people feel completely at ease and comfortable at would be amazing. This is silly, but if William and Kate have a 4th baby in the next 5 years… I can’t even tell you how badly I want to photograph their baby. I have a slight obsession with the royal family 😂

What is your favorite day of the week and why?

Saturday!!! It means getting to spend time with my favorite person: my husband Brian and our 3 crazy fur babies!

Which would you pick?
Cardio or Yoga: No contest: Hot Yoga!
Cat eye or No liner: Cat eye! Love my winged liner!
Organized or Organized Mess: definitely organized. I start getting twitchy if there’s too much clutter in my house.
Cats or Dogs or Both: Both for me! I will always have at least 1 dog and 1 cat. The more the merrier!
Smile or RBF : One of my nicknames growing up was “smiley” so I am a smiles person! I smile at strangers when I’m out and about because it’s contagious and if I can brighten someone’s day just by a simple gesture like smiling, that is so worth it!


a few deets: studio and outdoor sessions available (including milk baths and fine art nude maternity). access to the clients closet with gowns, complimentary hair and make up. talk about no worries for you mama.

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a few deets: amanda takes care of the details and arranging the room to be just right. notify her when to show – photos/video at the hospital within the first 48 hours of your baby’s arrival. bring outfits for you and baby – neutral is best.

fresh 48 video:

fresh 48 photos:

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a few deets: able to bring sentimental pieces and scheduled before the baby is two weeks old. amanda provides props, bonnets, and an 80-85 degree studio to keep the babes sleepy/comfortable.

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newborn – behind the scenes: 

Contact Amanda Ellis –






thank you for being on this journey with me. i have to thank ashley keenan for introducing amanda and i. i’m so grateful for having these memories documented and i loved every minute working with amanda. we’ve already discussed booking viv’s 6 month photos. if you have any questions – please leave a comment, and take a moment to like/follow my page.

stay rad,


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