Picture Perfect Newborn Snapshots with Gerber Belle Photography

Thanks to Gerber Belle Photography for partnering with Columbus Moms Blog for this post and capturing these precious photos.

My second son, Baby Gray, didn’t have a picture-perfect entry into our world.  It was sloppy and messy, and we’re still trying to play catch up from his early arrival and brief stay in the NICU.  Life with two littles is chaotic and moves oh-so-quickly, so much in fact that I feel I barely have time to soak it all in, much less immortalize the little moments with my camera phone.  Luckily, Miranda Gerberding of Gerber Belle Photography swooped in and helped this exhausted mama capture my baby in timeless, classic, and beautiful photographs, right inside our own home. 

Miranda truly loves working with her clients, and she clearly has a gift with tiny babies (and nervous mamas!).  Her process is extremely hands-on and customized for each family.   Here are a few things about our experience with Miranda and Gerber Belle Photography that are truly special:

Initial Planning Phone Call:

After we set a date for our in-home photos (you also have the option to go to her home-based studio), we set up a phone call to plan and discuss.  During our brief conversation, Miranda got a feel for my style (minimal and natural, with soothing colors), my goals for the pictures (announcement and framed display), and who would be participating in the picture (Baby Gray, our two-year-old, my husband, and me). 

Tips and Tricks:

About a day before our photo shoot Miranda e-mailed over a detailed document with tips and tricks to get the most out of our newborn pictures.  She included ideas on what to wear, what temperature to set the house, and even plans for when to feed the baby to ensure he was nice and tired for those oh so adorable sleepy-baby poses. 

Confidence and Professionalism:

Miranda and I hit it off right away, although I have the sneaking suspicion that she might hit it off with all her mom clients.  She’s warm and genuine, truly took an interest in my family and our story, and was confident enough to step into my extremely non-picture-perfect home, and turn our playroom into a newborn photo studio.  She never rushed, but she did keep working the entire 2 hours she was here, all while holding a comfortable conversation with me about life as moms in Columbus, soothing Baby Gray for pictures, and attempting to pose our wild toddler with his baby brother. 

Personalized Follow Up:

About a week after our photo shoot Miranda was back in our home with a beautiful slide show of our baby set to music.  She had edited the photos down to the absolute best, so we weren’t stuck scrolling through 50 of the same picture.  We decided to purchase digital prints, but she also offers printed photos of all sizes, gift books, announcements and more. 

Beautiful Pictures:

And of course, the reason we’re all here, Miranda takes stunning pictures.  She captured the best of my baby, from his adorable yawns, to his big eyes, she didn’t miss a moment.  She even managed to catch my toddler during the split second (literally) when he was actually laying down next to Baby Gray.  All very telling about what kind of an artist she is.  But the most telling?  She managed to make this mama, this sleep deprived, un-showered with not a smudge of makeup on, overwhelmed mama, look absolutely glowing next to my baby. 

Miranda was able to help us capture the beauty of our life as it is right now in its most simple form, without all the clutter and the mess of the day to day.  Her beautiful, simple, and serene photos will hang in my home forever. 


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Elisabeth, a native of southwest Ohio, has recently moved back to her home state after 3.5 years in Dallas, TX, y’all. After having their son in early 2015, Elisabeth and her husband knew it was time to make the bittersweet decision to leave Dallas and head back home. Although neither Elisabeth nor her husband are originally from Columbus, it immediately felt comfortable and welcoming, home at last. Elisabeth is mama to a darling, wacky, and scrumptious one-year-old boy, Baby Bean, and married for over four years to the man who stole her heart with a smile junior year in college. Before embarking on her life-long dream of being a stay at home mom, Elisabeth attended law school in Cleveland and then promptly decided to become a real estate agent in Dallas. Elisabeth loves making lists of all kinds, squeezing into skinny jeans whenever possible, and truly believes nothing tastes better than that first cup of morning coffee (with lots of cream). Her favorite things include Cadbury Eggs, Christmas decorations, hotel room service, and watching Baby Bean grow and change each and every day, even if that means toddlerdom is upon her! Elisabeth is passionate about parenting, and loves to learn about the many different types of parents, child-rearing, and how individual families approach various, every day challenges. She hopes her stories can help others see a new perspective, understand that no matter what, they aren’t alone, bring forth a little bit of inspiration, and ultimately help other parents through this nutty job we’ve bestowed upon ourselves.