Baby Expo Ticket Giveaway

I am excited to be one of the sponsors of the Akron Baby & Family Expo coming to the John S. Knight center on July 23 from 10 am – 4 pm.  If you are expecting or have a family with young kids, this event is for you!  This will be a fun, educational and a unique experience for parents, men, women, babies, toddlers, kids, teens and grandparents of all ages.

Here’s what the event creators are saying about the Expo:

“We have iHeart Radio’s “Street Team” broadcasting at the expo with prizes and many giveaways.  Costumed Star Wars characters, face paintings, First Glance 4D ultrasounds…yes she is doing ultrasounds at the expo!  SWAG Bags (Gift bags) to the first 200 attendees, giveaways, activities, fashion show, samples and lots of shopping with knowledgeable vendors and experts.

There will be small local businesses and larger brands like Babies R Us who is a main sponsor of one of our special areas of interest called the Mother’s Pampering Lounge.”

And part of the fun of sponsoring is being able to give some tickets away!

Win Tickets to the Akron Baby & Family Expo from Adrienne Zwart Photography

Baby Expo Ticket Giveaway Has Ended

Congratulations to our winners:  Elaine Trammell, Jillian Esque, Bud Watson and Yulia Hattery!  You each will be receiving two tickets for the Akron Baby & Family Expo on July 23!  Watch your e-mail for details on where to pick up your tickets.

You can learn more about the Akron Baby and Family Expo at

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Scarlett – 13 Days Old {Akron, OH Newborn Photo Session}

Akron, OH Newborn Photo Session by Adrienne Zwart Photography

I love it when moms and dads want to capture a family portrait at their newborn photo session in addition to the newborn portraits.  It doesn’t always work out if dad has to return to work right away, but I’m so thankful when it does.  Mike and Layla–you don’t even look sleep deprived!  Akron, OH Newborn Photo Session by Adrienne Zwart Photography

My heart melted when I saw this moment between Daddy and his little girl and I’m so glad we caught it in camera!
Akron, OH Newborn Photo Session by Adrienne Zwart PhotographyAkron, OH Newborn Photo Session by Adrienne Zwart PhotographyScarlett slept like a dream for her whole session!
Akron, OH Newborn Photo Session by Adrienne Zwart PhotographyIn fact, I think we may have been disturbing her slumber just a bit with our chatting about how cute she is!  Look at that furrowed brow!
Akron, OH Newborn Photo Session by Adrienne Zwart Photography

Do you ever get tired of seeing tiny fingers and toes?  I don’t think I ever will!

Akron, OH Newborn Photo Session by Adrienne Zwart Photography


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Outdoor Maternity Photo Session in Akron, Ohio

Expecting mom sitting on blanket in a field

Trish drove down to Akron from Cleveland for her maternity photo session last Tuesday.  We had the most beautiful evening light to work with and she was absolutely glowing!  She is 37 weeks along in these photos, so her baby will be here soon.  But that didn’t stop her from changing into this beautiful pink maxi dress behind half of a cement wall.  (Thanks for being such a great sport, Trish!)

It was fun to focus on just her for the evening!

Pregnant mom in pink maxi dress in a field

Book Your Maternity Photo Session

Are you expecting and live in the Akron or Canton area?  I schedule maternity sessions between 32-36 of your pregnancy.  Far enough along that your baby bump is clearly visible, but not so far that you are starting to feel really uncomfortable.  Maternity photos make a beautiful addition to the front of your baby album! To book your maternity photo session, click on the Contact tab above to get in touch.


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Baby Mason | Uniontown, OH Newborn Photography

Baby Mason in DaddyBaby Mason was 7 days new when his family came for their newborn portrait session.  His parents had opted to wait and learn their baby’s gender until the day of his birth, so planning this session was a fun challenge.  We had ideas ready for either a girl or a boy baby.

Mason’s middle name is in honor of his Grandpa and Great-Grandpa whose favorite hobby was fishing. His mom told me that if they were having a boy, she would love to incorporate fishing into the baby’s newborn session, somehow.  When I got the “It’s a boy!” message, I was excited to carry out this idea for her.

I sewed the little fishing hat and fish by hand with material I have been hoarding saving. We are fortunate to have lots of old trees out back, and there always seems to be plenty of sticks laying around out there.  Add a little jute twine and I had an instant fishing pole!  Isn’t he cute?!

Gone Fishing - Akron/Canton Ohio Newborn PhotographyI was thrilled that Mason’s big sister Claire wanted to have photos with her baby.  When they arrived for their session, I looked at Mason cuddled up in his carrier and said “Oh, he’s beautiful!” to his mom.  Claire piped up and corrected me.  “No, I’m beautiful.  He’s handsome!”  How right you are, little Miss Claire!

She was so sweet and gentle with her baby brother!Newborn and big sister - Akron/Canton Ohio Newborn Photography

We took advantage of feeding time to focus on Claire and her pretty dress.  It had the best skirt for twirling!

Big Sister Claire twirling - Akron/Canton Child PhotographerMason’s mom also brought along this special bear made from one of his Great Grandpa’s shirts.  I love how this photo turned out!  Even though his Great Grandpa has gone on to Heaven, Mason will know how special he was and always have this connection to him.Newborn with Bear made from GrandpaSleepy newborn - Akron/Canton Newborn PhotographyOh, Mason, you were such a sweet baby to photograph.  I pray that you will grow up happy and strong!

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Lucas and Sophia – One Month Old Twins

Sleeping Twins by Adrienne Zwart Photography - Uniontown, OHBorn at 38 weeks, these two little ones spent a few weeks in the NICU before they were ready for a photo session.  Which brings up something we don’t often talk about in newborn photography circles:  we can photograph babies older than 2 weeks.  Okay, maybe it’s not ideal because babies start to lose some of their flexibility and that means we might not be able to get them into those curly newborn poses.  And it is important that we mention that to our clients so they know what to expect.  But we can still  create absolutely beautiful photos of older babies, too.  Lucas and Sophia are just a month and 2 days in these photos.  See? Perfectly adroable!

I once photographed a baby at 2 months because we had to postpone her session due to family illness. And then we needed to work around summer vacation schedules.  She was more alert during her session, but her portraits were beautiful anyway.  And her mom was grateful that we didn’t try to push through a session when they weren’t feeling well just so we could get the session done in that magic 4-to-10-day window.

I said all that to say this:  When you are interviewing potential newborn photographers, we are all going to tell you that babies photograph best between 4 – 10 days old.   And that’s true for the most part.  But please don’t despair if your baby’s birth story includes a stop in the NICU and delays your session.   I have designed my schedule in such a way to have some flexibility because, let’s face it, babies rarely show up on their due date anyway.  We will make room to photograph your baby as soon as possible once he or she is home from the hospital!


Book a Newborn Session

Maybe you’ve already had your baby, and you worry that you’ve waited to long to book your newborn photo session.  Please call anyway!  We can often get you in sooner than you might think.  Click on the contact tab above to get started or call 330-806-4948.


[Wardrobe note]: Mom brought along the cute bow tie and matching headband set.  Aren’t they cute!  She purchased them from Leopard Lace Love on Etsy.



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