I met Harper’s mommy for the first time at her maternity session.  I could tell right away that I liked her, she has such a kind, calm spirit.  And her husband was so sweet with her; you could just see the love and excitement between them as they waited for their baby girl to arrive.  Not every client books both a maternity and a newborn session with me, but I enjoy it so much when they do.  I love getting to meet them and chat at their maternity session, so that by the time we get to their newborn session, I feel like I know their personalities and it’s like seeing friends come visit!

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Phoenix Newborn Photographer_0520Phoenix Newborn Photographer_0521Phoenix Newborn Photographer_0522Harper was a great model; she slept like a trooper for her session and let me pose her so easily.  Her older brothers had a LOT of energy, so it took a lot of convincing, a lot of patience, and perhaps some bribery and every other trick in my bag to get a family shot and a brother shot with them.  I think mom wasn’t quite sure when she left the session if we got any keepers from them, so I was really happy to show her that we did.  The thing to remember when photographing toddlers and high-energy kids, is you just need ONE good shot.  And that shutter is FAST. haha!!  It might seem like they were screaming or crying the whole time, but if they flash just one quick smile at the camera when I tickle their feet, I’m ready with my finger on the shutter to get that 1/200 of a second moment!  Tricks of the trade.  🙂 Phoenix Newborn Photographer_0523Phoenix Newborn Photographer_0524

The night before Harper’s session, I had this inspiration for a fresh flower shot as I was falling asleep.  I texted myself “BUY FLOWERS” so I wouldn’t forget, and in the morning, I was running a bit tight on time, but really wanted those flowers.  So I jumped in the car and literally ran into the grocery store, grabbing handfuls of flowers from the floral department.  The clerk probably thought I was a little crazy, but who knows why, because running through the store with flowers in your hand, like you have a floral emergency, is totally normal behavior right?  Anyway.  By the time I got back, my clients arrived within 5 minutes, so I didn’t have time to set up my wreath.  So I waited until mom was feeding Harper later in the session to cut the flowers and make the wreath.  It might have been the most quickly designed prop I’ve ever made, but I’m really happy with the results.  Something about fresh flowers and beautiful bright colors, just makes me happy.  And I love clients who trust my vision, because I’m sure she was probably a little curious to see me scurrying around with scissors and flowers. 🙂   My favorite clients are the ones who say: “here are my favorite colors, here are the things I don’t like, now go do whatever you want.”  It’s like a license to just be artistic and let my creative juices flow. LOVE it!!!

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I hope you enjoyed Harper’s photos.  If you want to book a newborn session with me, please book your due date early (2nd or 3rd trimester are best), as my schedule tends to fill up quickly.  I’m scheduling June due dates and beyond right now.  Send me an email at jen.alikatphoto@gmail.com or call/text me at 602-531-8046 and I will get you on my calendar.


What a beautiful session. Baby Harper is gorgeous, as is the rest of her family. I’m sure they’re going to love these images. You did a great job with the sibling shots and the dash to the flower shop was a great idea. The image turned out beautiful.

Beautiful family images, Jen. They look so tickled with their little girl. The wreath you created is beautiful, especially with sweet little Harper in it. You have captured a beautiful set of pictures that will bring them back how precious and tiny she was.

Your flower emergency paid off! That is the most stunning newborn picture! The family shots also turned out beautifully.

Jen, these newborn images are just perfect! She looks like a real princess and you have added such variety for her parents! I love all your colours! I couldn’t agree with you more, clients that just let you do your thing get the best photos because you can use your creative vision. Love your work!

What a beautiful family!! You captured them perfectly!! That is the cutest baby ever and she has the most gorgeous lips!! Love your work, Jen!