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Welcome

Hey there! I’m Christie, I specialize in offering Maternity, Birth, Newborn, Child and Family photography to families of all kinds in Warren OH, Youngstown OH, Akron OH, Sharon PA, Meadville PA and surrounding areas in Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania.

You’re likely here because you want to document your family or you are growing your family for the first time or more; and want nothing more than to capture every single moment to hold onto for a lifetime. You want photos that will leave an impact and support a legacy for your family for many generations.

It is my mission to do all of that [and more!] with clean, timeless and emotional storytelling, while feeling like you’ve brought a dear friend into the intimate joys of welcoming your newest child or documenting your family.

From mom’s strength and dad’s emotion during birth, to all of the wrinkles and rolls on a brand new baby to the every day life of a family; I strive to give real moments that continue to bring joy and love as the years pass and children grow.

I didn't “just know” that this is what I was destined to do, but today, I am a firm believer that photographs are the key to our sweetest moments in life and it is my goal to serve you by providing intimate, outstanding and affordable services.

Plus, I get to snuggle cute babies!

To check out some of my work behind the camera visit my photo galleries,  and visit here to read more about my family and I. I feel so blessed to have you here, I hope you enjoy my little corner of the internet!

 
 
 
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Services

 
 
 
 


Maternity Sessions

Best done between 28-32 weeks, it’s not every day you're encouraged to have a photography session centric of your belly. With all of the changes happening with your body, that may sound less than ideal to you. You've created and are growing a human being; that's CRAZY! Every single pregnancy is unique and special, even for the same woman, multiple pregnancies. You're never going to be in this moment again. As a first time mom, you'll find out all to soon how fleeting this stage of your life is going to be and as an experienced momma you already know; so let's start now. Let's document your body, your journey and your growing family.

 
 

Studio Newborn Sessions

Studio Newborn Sessions are my specialty! They are a more modern session; your sleepy baby is posed and photographed with props and backdrops, at my home studio. The sessions are styled, to your taste, from a wide selection of outfits, backdrops and props. You can also add travel to this session, so that it can take place in the convenience of your home. And don’t worry, I send super simple, but extra special instructions to help get baby into a sleepy state.

 
 


Sitter Sessions

Sitter sessions are intended to help document your baby's first year of milestones. That means the sessions do not necessarily have to take place at the 6 month mark. These sessions are booked between newborn and first birthday sessions, once baby is sitting.

[See the milestone collection for a grouping of first year 0, 3, 6, 9, 12 month sessions].

 
 

Family Sessions

Family sessions are intended for immediate family- pets included!

Is there ever an age where our kids are willing to be photographed- 3? 9? 14? No. The challenge of gaining a child's trust and comfort is my FAVORITE thing about your family's time with me. These sessions are held on location and there is not a time limit. Not to say I'll photograph you all day, BUT I have two toddlers of my own, so I know that sometimes is takes a while [like... a WHILE] for our little ones to open up and begin to feel comfortable in front of a camera. [Extended family sessions different then this session. Feel free to reach out for more info on those types of sessions.]

 
 

First Year Collection

It's not that we don't want to have our children photographed every month for the rest of their lives. But that first year time seems even more fleeting. One day, they're the smallest little baby laying on your chest and the next, their toddling around on two feet. It's that quick! Whether it's your 1st time momming or your 5th go around with those first stages, parenthood is a constant battle to keep them small but help them learn how to grow.

I've created The First Year Collection to help you encapsulate all those moments that are gone too quick. From your pregnancy, all the way to their first birthday, I want every mama to have these memories of their babies while being able to enjoy all the moments in between.

 
 

Birth Stories + Fresh 48 Sessions

Choose between a Birth Story [coming soon] or Fresh 48 Session to document your newest baby joining your family earth side.

During a Birth Story, I’ll be with you from active labor to one hour post labor, documenting one of the most defining moments in your life.

A Fresh 48 Session [Freshie] are one hour hospital sessions that capture the special moments, following birth, that are apart of welcoming your little human into the world.

 
 

Lifestyle Newborn or Family Sessions

A Lifestyle Session is session that is held in the client’s home. These sessions are centric of your family, but use unique spaces of your home as the setting for your photos. The purpose of these sessions is to represent the season of life you are currently living. You can plan special activities for these sessions, such as baking, fort building, playtime activities, but living spaces should not be altered to "accommodate" me.

 
 

Smash cake + Birthday Sessions

Smash sessions are in-studio birthday sessions, not limited to age and not limited to cake [they're even becoming popular for adults!]. I provide decor to match your requested theme or color scheme. Smash cakes are included but any kind of food can be substituted for cake. The option for these sessions to be held outdoors or on locations is season/weather permitting. 

 
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Unicorn Dream Sessions

Unicorn sessions started as a themed shoot for a late summer birthday and, since, the demand for recreating this mythical creature has continued to grow.

These sessions have been so enjoyable to watch dreams literally come true in front of our eyes, with girls [and moms] of all ages! They have grown in popularity over the last two years and we are so excited to add these to our roster of sessions to offer to our clients, on a bi-yearly basis.

Join the e-mail to list to be one of the first to know about these sessions; you'll have exclusive access to the release dates and first dibs on booking!

 
 
 
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Kind words

 
 
Christie has done our engagement photos, wedding pictures and now our newborn pictures. We absolutely love her!! Today was our newborn pictures and she treated our son as if he were her own!! I can’t wait to see our beautiful pictures!
— The Robbins Family
 

-We did the “milestones” package, and every three months, Christie works her magic with our little guy-

 

-She treated our son as if he were her own-

 
Christie had done our engagement photos, so we knew we wanted to include her in our journey when we found out we were expecting. We were sure we wanted newborn photos, but I was a little apprehensive about maternity photos... because, well I was eight months pregnant and really starting to feel it. Christie was so understanding and down to earth. She reassured me that these would be memories we would cherish for life, and she was right! Christie listened to our input and gave some of her own. She selected the perfect location and took such beautiful pictures of a special time in our lives. We did the “milestones” package, and every three months, Christie works her magic with our little guy. She is so good with him, and the photos are just amazing— not like anything you would get at the local mall studios. AND, she does it in the comfort of our home, which is so convenient with an infant! We can’t wait to include Christie in many more milestones to come!
— The Ambuske Family
 

 
I had zero fears before hiring Christie. I mean come on, she does a great job, I already knew that! My favorite session was Casen’s newborn. I can’t believe it took SO LONG, but she was so patient with his fussieness plus a break for a feeding, AND she brought pizza so that I could eat too! All of the pictures always turn out great. I don’t know how she does it.. just when I think ‘oh he didn’t smile AT ALL’ or, we all look terrible’ there’s always a ton of great pictures. She always has great ideas of her own when it comes to backdrops, scenery and poses but is also willing to try new ideas or crazy ones that I come up with. There’s always get a photo with all of us smiling; it must be magic because I can’t ever do that! I love that she does them every year. Casen is shy as it is, but I think it helps having a familiar face behind the camera and we get to shoot in so many fun places! So it’s not same cheesy backdrop year after year!
— The Bernhard Family
 

-She made my not so smiley daughter look like an angel-

 
 

 -just when I think 'oh he didn't smile AT ALL' or, we all look terrible' there's always a ton of great pictures-

 
Where to begin...Christie is absolutely amazing.
I had a specific look in mind when with my wedding photography. I was very picky, much to my mother’s dislike. Then a family member recommended Christie. She was very professional and very easy to work with.
My husband and I were engaged for four years, so I was not too interested in engagement photos, so instead she swapped and did my daughter’s one year photos! She made my not so smiley daughter look like an angel.
Then my wonderful day came. She was amazing and captured so many moments that I never wanted to forget! Every person I have encountered since my wedding has said my pictures were so beautiful, and every person who was in my bridal party said she was amazing, and I would have to agree!
I am 100% satisfied with her service, and honestly, I can not wait to have her take more pictures of my family!
— The Michelmann Family
 

 
 

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Tiny Clients

 
 
 

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CONTACT ME

 

Choosing your photographer can be pretty overwhelming. There are so many of us to choose from, and each brings a little something different to the table. Not to mention while surfing all of our websites, you're getting a boat load of information and very little angle on investment. I get it! But you are about to let your photographer into the most precious and intimate moments of your life; I don't take that lightly, nor do I take it as a "business" thing. Connecting with you on a more personal level is super important to me. Hopefully you've peeked around my site a little bit and have gotten to know a big chunk of who I am, so now I'd like to know you!

Fill out the form below to reach me via e-mail. Tell me some things about you, your family and why your interested in talking more with me. I'd love to think of you as friend rather than a client, complete with real life dates! So, don't be shy, spill your guts and let's connect!

 
 
 

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Let's be Insta-friends!

 

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On The Blog

 

 

 

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Location

 

Christie Leigh Photo

5633 Sodom Hutchings Road
Farmdale, OH, 44417
United States