Stephanie Bryan Photography - Lifestyle Photographer

a bit about me

I'm Stephanie and from my very first camera, I've always had a passion for photography. As a little girl, I daydreamed of having my own big darkroom where I could spend hours developing photos and holding my breath just waiting for that magical image to appear. Like many others, my obsession with photography began soon after my children were born. My sweet mom passed away when I was just 19 years old and a part of my childhood left with her. As I watched my children grow, change and develop, I knew I wanted to record and capture every single detail of their growth and personalities and made it my mission to learn as much as I could about photography.

I would love to share my passion for photography with you! I am a film photographer based out of Raleigh, North Carolina + I adore capturing those everyday and special moments for others. I have a strong passion for helping mothers and families not only record their time together, but to tell their story. As your photographer, I want you to see your life and blessings through the eyes of a camera. I want you to see how amazing your life truly is and to help you document those everyday, fleeting moments. Whether you are capturing your family together, welcoming a new, sweet bundle to the family or want to record those precious mother-child moments, I would be honored to help you preserve your memories. 

in-home lifestyle newborn session

In-home lifestyle sessions take place in the comfort of your own home. These sessions are perfect for capturing your family within those first baby days. They are honest, intimate and timeless. They capture YOU as you are, and are a wonderful snapshot of your beautiful life and adorable new baby. Sessions are scheduled 5-10 days after the arrival of your new baby and generally last 1 to 2 hours. These sessions are baby led and we do everything on your baby's schedule. If your baby needs to be fed, we take a break. If your baby needs to be swaddled and cuddled for a few, we cuddle. My newborn sessions are largely unposed and vary from session to session depending on your baby. I will always attempt to capture a few sleepy shots, but it all just depends on your baby and how easily we are able to get him/her in a deep sleep. Most in-home newborn sessions are scheduled between 10 and 11 am. 

your moments matter.

I have one BIG rule for all of my sessions! I am going to ask that you please just IGNORE my camera and the fact that I'm snapping your photo! I know photos can feel awkward and weird anyway, so just pretend that I'm not there and we should be great! We will definitely take some of those "everyone look at the camera" moments, but unless we're setting up for that, I want you to focus on YOUR sweet family and your adorable new bundle of joy! I want you to relax and cuddle your baby, give them kisses, hug your husband! I want the REAL you. Your REAL family moments. Those REAL smiles. 

If any of the above scares you, then I may not be the best person to record your memories. I truly believe in capturing those organic, natural moments of your family. The moments that I wish I had captured for my family. The moments that fade too quickly with time....the small fingers, the wrinkly toes, the mama snuggles and more. Just about anyone can ask you to look at a camera and "smile". My goal is to give you a glimpse of what your wonderful life looks like through the lens! 



The lifestyle newborn session is all-inclusive and is priced at $850. It includes your session, all film and development costs and a downloadable gallery of a minimum of 40 images, 4 weeks after your session takes place. I also offer a variety of prints, storytelling albums, prints and more because I think these memories need to be printed and shared. If you don't see the products or prints sizes you are looking for below, I am more than happy to create a collection just for YOU! Feel free to email or call with any questions or ideas. 



Newborn add-on sessions

Maternity and Fresh 48 sessions are available as an add-on when booking your in-home lifestyle session. Sessions may be added on to your in-home session for $300 and include 15+ high resolution digital images with printing release. Click the images below for more information about each type of session.

Why film?

When I say “I shoot with film”, I’m not referring to using a video camera to capture audio and moving visual. I’m talking about taking a roll of photographic film that you load into a camera and have developed by a lab.  Film is a timeless medium. It has this unique way of capturing light, color, and detail. The richness and depth that comes from a film image is equally balanced by the dreamy skin tones and overall softness. When you look at a film image, it almost looks like an artist painted it… capturing so much more of the moment, because I know it was carefully curated. When you shoot with film, magic happens. It's not fast, it's not always perfect, but it's captivating and real and honest. We live in an age of instant gratification where it takes little effort for instant results. Everything is digital and clean and edited to perfect. Film is a breath of fresh air and brings back the magic of photography.