She thought about not being in the photos at all...

As Michelle was getting ready for our newborn session, she said, “I know I want photos of my baby, but I don’t know if I want to be in the photos. My body feels different to me, it’s hard to feel beautiful.” I told her to trust me, I promised her it would be worth it.

As we started our session, I perfectly positioned her so the sunlight radiated behind her, casting a magical glow on her and her baby. I prompted her to give her little one a few kisses and she smiled so big, not even realizing I was documenting the moment. I showed her the back of my camera to see the photo and she could not stop smiling. “Wow, I actually look and feel so pretty!” 

My goal is to make you feel as comfortable and beautiful as possible. There is nothing more sacred than beginning this motherhood journey. You are becoming an incredible and powerful new version of yourself and I’m here to help you celebrate it all.

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The Process

Complimentary Consultation  


Schedule Your Sessions


Celebrate! - once you've signed the contract, your sessions are officially secured and you join the STP Family!

You've Got Mail


I'll send over my exclusive STP Motherhood Guide to help and inspire you. During this process, I will be available to answer any questions too.

Prep & Planning


I'll help you with location choices, share best tips to prepare, and even offer outfit styling complete with options you can wear from my Client Closet.

Photo Session Day!


It's finally here! Your photo session day! Whether it's your Maternity, Newborn, Six Month, or One Year photo shoot, it's time to relax and enjoy the moments. I'll take care of the rest.

In Your Hands


After receiving a few previews the day after, you'll receive your full gallery within four weeks. Then we start designing a beautiful Heirloom Album for you to enjoy now and for generations to come.

Congratulations! After reviewing my website, blog, and social media - schedule a time to chat on the phone or over a video call.

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My Love & Care

Planning the photo sessions for this sacred moment in your life can feel overwhelming but you're not alone on this journey. I'm here with you every step of the way. Once your sessions are booked, I'll send over my exclusive STP Motherhood Prep Guide to help you feel prepared for your sessions. Through this process I'll walk you through each important step in planning to give you the most beautiful sessions possible.

Love & Expert Care In Every Session

My all white studio in Capitol Hill is dreamy and full of gorgeous natural light pouring in.

This option is perfect if you: 
• Don't want to take a chance on the weather
• Want more control over your surroundings
• Don't want to worry about cleaning your home
• Want beautiful, light-filled photos
• Want a private space to feed and change your baby

Studio Sessions are Available

Unsure of what to wear for your session or don't have time to shop for a new outfit? I offer my complimentary Client Closet for all my sessions. I keep the client stocked with the latest dresses and children's clothing options. With ranging sizes and styles, you'll find something you feel beautiful in. Try on before your session or I can bring options the day of the session. 

Client Closet

If you're like me, you know you'll want to keep capturing those precious memories as your little one continues to grow. But with your busy life, if you don't book it right away, you'll forget about it! That's why I've designed a custom First Year Collection for you! By selecting that collection, you're automatically set up for Maternity, Newborn, Six Month, and One Year photos with your little one!

Beyond the Newborn Session

5 Things You Might Not Know About Me

I attended college for photography and graduated at 18 years old! Yes! I knew what I wanted to do at a very early age, after falling in love with telling stories through photos. So I graduated high school early, packed up my belongings, and drove across the country to attend photography school on the East Coast. Each new experience led me to learning more about my craft and about the people around me.

I started my photography business at only 20 years old! After graduating, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my degree. I photographed a few friends' weddings and family sessions and found my passion for being the one to document all that joy! Now, over a decade later I have photographed hundreds of family sessions,  cultivated beautiful new friendships, and have made incredible memories that will last a lifetime.

I married my best friend on the bluffs in Santa Barbara, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. We chose an intimate wedding with only our parents, siblings, and our closest friends as witnesses. We went out for breakfast together that morning, toasted champagne on the beach at sunset, and enjoyed a beautiful night of dinner and conversation underneath twinkle lights and stars.

My husband and I welcomed our daughter to the world in 2022 after struggling for years with infertility. Our journey to becoming parents led me to share more about our story and help others in the process. It ignited my passion and my drive to not only photograph weddings and couples, but families and motherhood as well. These moments with our children are precious beyond measure and go by so fast. I want to preserve all of it through photos.

We welcomed our second daughter at the end of 2023!

My ideal day looks like enjoying the best meal, breakfast: with something savory to eat and strong black coffee to drink. Then losing myself in the library and adding far too many books to my already tall stack of to-be-read pile (while picking up some sort of sweet treat along the way.) Ending the day cuddled on our oversized couch with my family rewatching a Nancy Meyers movie and talking more about how much I love the beautiful set design and homes than the actually movie.

"Shaunae was amazing to work with. She is thorough, professional, and extremely kind. She was extremely easy to communicate with and our photos turned out amazing. Not to mention she had the photos back to us within the next few days. Everybody deserves beautiful photos! I can’t wait for Shaunae to photograph our family again! "

- Kohlbeck Family

“We were so thrilled with our family photos from Shaunae! Heart exploding! She truly captured our three little ones, their sass, and their adorable personalities. We are very grateful for Shaunae's talents and these beautiful photos."

- McMillan Family

“Shaunae makes the whole process so seamless and comfortable - you forget you’re being photographed! A photo session flies by and she captures the most precious images that we absolutely cherish.”

- Lodel Family

Investing in Motherhood Photography

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I provide a full service experience perfectly tailored to the needs of my families to give them the very best. Your personalized family photography coverage comes with all my love, care, and expertise to make this process intentional and enjoyable.

Curious on how much to invest in maternity and newborn photography? Read this post on the variables that go into newborn photography and why investing in a high-end photography experience is the best choice you can make for your family.