Harper – 6 Days Old {Baby Girl Newborn Photos}

Oh, Baby Harper was just a dream to photograph.  So sleepy and sweet!

Newborn Baby Girl Asleep in a Crate -  Akron, Ohio Newborn Photo Session by Adrienne Zwart Photography

And those dimples! I could have photographed her all day!
Newborn Photos of Baby Harper by Adrienne Zwart Photography

Her mom brought along the handmade baby afghan. (Just in case you might be thinking that I am crazy talented enough to crochet a custom blanket for each client.  I wish!)  I have lots of blankets, headbands, hats and props, but clients are always welcome to bring along a sentimental item to include in one of their photos.

Are you expecting and live in the Akron/Canton area?  Click the Contact tab above to book your newborn photo session.  I can’t wait to meet you!

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Free Birth Announcement Templates for Photoshop

Free Baby Girl Birth Announcement Template from Adrienne Zwart PhotographyI love creating customized birth announcements for my clients!  Many of my clients come to their newborn session knowing that announcements are one of the products they  want to purchase.  So I like to offer them several options from clean and simple designs to current trends in stationery.  I have several design vendors from whom I purchase templates, but sometimes I want to create something from scratch.

Here’s a simple design I made for a recent newborn baby girl client.  And since I liked how it turned out, I decided to make a boy option as well and save it in my collection of birth announcement templates for Photoshop.  I’m sharing this template today along with a list of other free birth announcement templates over at I Heart Faces.

Free Birth Announcement Templates for Photoshop

These are fairly simple to use.  You just click on the layer where you want to add your photo.  It should clip to the framed area by default, but if it doesn’t, simply hit Ctrl+Alt+G to fit the image into the mask.

To use the blue background, simply turn on the blue background layer by clicking the empty box for the eye icon in the layers palette (See diagram below). You can turn off the pink layer if you want to, but it will be hidden by the blue one anyway, so I don’t usually bother.

How to turn on a layer in photoshop

The lines of text are on separate layers so that you can change the color and style to fit your needs.  (I thought white text looked better on the blue background.)  I just used a font I already had, but you can find lots of fonts that fit your style at daFont.com.

Free Baby Boy Birth Announcement Template from Adrienne Zwart Photography


When you have all your photos and text in place, flatten your image and save as a jpeg file to send to your print lab.

Once you have gotten comfortable with layer masks, you are going to want to make some templates for yourself.  My favorite source for background papers is Tactile Studios.  The two papers above are from the Blush and Felicity paper packs.  She has amazing sales often, so sign up for her newsletter to take advantage of those and stock up.

Download your free newborn birth announcement templates here.

I hope you will find these templates a useful addition to your newborn photography business products.


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Jonathan – Norton High School Class of 2015

Norton High School Senior Guy with old records and record player - Photo by Adrienne Zwart Photography

Meet Jonathan, one of Norton High School’s outstanding members of the Class of 2015.  I had the privilege of doing Jonathan’s senior pictures recently.  A pitcher for his high school baseball team, he chose the ball field as his first location.  When it started raining (as it often does in April), we headed back to my home studio in Uniontown for the remainder of his senior pictures.  He brought along his vintage record player and collection of albums to incorporate into his photo session.  The Frank Sinatra album is particularly special to him.

Jonathan, congratulations on your senior year.  I wish you much success in the future!


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Heart and Soul {I Heart Faces Photo Challenge Entry}

Heart & Soul Photo Challenge Entry by Adrienne Zwart Photography

“…and weep with them that weep.”  Rom. 12:15

Is there any greater privilege than to offer comfort to a friend?  When words are inadequate and a hug says everything.

To enfold someone in an embrace that whispers, “Let me help you carry that sorrow for just a while. It’s too heavy.”

I felt so honored to witness this moment between friends.

To view more Heart & Soul entries, click the button below.I Heart Faces Photo Challenges and Tips



Morgan Aislyn - February 6, 2015 - 7:48 pm

Powerful image and words, Adrienne.

Becky - February 7, 2015 - 1:56 am

Beautiful! I love a picture that tells a story.

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Best Face of 2014 {Green, OH Outdoor Senior Pictures}

Green, OH Outdoor Senior Pictures Session with Adrienne Zwart Photography

I was so blessed to photograph many beautiful faces in 2014, but doing my own daughter’s senior portraits was so exciting! (and maybe just a little nerve-wracking, too. I mean, her expectations were super high, and I really wanted to deliver!)  So out of all the faces to choose from, hers is my absolute favorite.

I am entering this photo into I Heart Faces’ Best Face of 2014 photo challenge.  You’ll want to click the button below to view all the gorgeous entries.I Heart Faces Photo Challenges and Tips



skeller - January 10, 2015 - 12:17 am

Oh Adrienne!!! She’s so lovely, and your picture captures her beauty perfectly. Well done!!

Adrienne - February 1, 2015 - 5:58 pm

Thank you, Susan!

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