Tampa Florida Premier Maternity Birth and Newborn Photographer

Ashley Whitehead is the premier newborn, birth and maternity photographer based in Tampa, Florida. She has been recognized locally and regionally for her unique, natural and fun photos of pregnant women as well as newborn babies. She specializes in maternity, newborns, births and family photography for over 6 years. Ashley offers local portrait sessions at her home studio in natural lighting as well as on location photography. Ashley Whitehead, professional photographer, captures those special moments as your family grows. Tampa Bay families have trusted her to capture priceless memories and create custom portraits for your home. She has a style that encompasses a mixture of posed and lifestyle images. She wants her clients to have fun during their session and come away with beautiful, unique portraits.

Want to book a session? Contact Ashley Yvonne at 813.277.6275 or info@ashleyyvonnephotography.com

8817 Chesterton Place Tampa, Florida 33635

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Newborn Photographer in Tampa

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Frequently Asked Questions for Photographers

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Q: When will we get to see our images from our session?

A: Usually it takes 2-3 weeks for processing. Why so long? Because I make sure to perfect each image in editing. Each photo is hand edited and not run on auto, like you would get from a local print shop.

Q: Can you post a few pictures on Facebook as a sneak peek?

A: YES! I get just as giddy as you do to share!

Q: Where is a good place to get my images printed? 

A: I provide prints, canvases and albums through professional labs, which require you to be a professional photographer. My biggest recommendation is to never print with Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, Walmart, Target, Shutterfly, etc. If you must print and don’t want to go through my lab, please use Mpix.com.

Q: What if I need to reschedule due to bad weather?

A: Sometimes the weather doesn’t want to cooperate. That’s nature for you! We can reschedule to another date that works for both of us, no problem. Since Florida’s weather is ever changing, I will make the call closer to our scheduled time the day of your photo shoot.

BIRTH QUESTIONS? Click to see answers about Tampa Births

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Tampa Westchase Home Birth Story Photos

As Tampa, Florida Home Water Birth Photographer, I like to ask my birth Mama’s to give us their Birth Story. Whether they choose to have a Natural Home Birth in the water, in the hospital, etc is completely up to them. Every story is unique and genuine and I love the words to go along with our photos and video.

Here’s the Birth Story of Ms. Leah W., of her beautiful baby Girl Isla’s entrance into this world. She arrived March 20, 2016 at 12:50 pm. She was 9 pounds and 22 inches long.

Isla was a surprise from the start. Her older brothers are 8 and 7, my husband Scott and I figured we were done but she had other plans. A third pregnancy and you think she’ll arrive early and fast. No, not Isla. She arrived on her due date and was my longest labor at over 20 hours!! Contractions finally fell into a pattern and became strong enough to give me pause as I was getting dinner ready for my boys. They continued throughout the evening and into the night. We tried distraction with Netflix until they became strong enough to need quiet, calm, and focus. Confusion set in, contractions were close and strong, yet I could still talk in between. We decided it was best to try to sleep, I got very little. I was back at it at 3am, rocking and swaying on the birth ball. Charlie, my midwife, arrived around 5:30am and Ashley, the photographer, soon after.

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Charlie gave me the go ahead for the tub and I was so relieved to slip into the hot water. I could bear down a little if I felt the urge. I got nervous, as I have done with each of my boys, and I thought the end was close. I was going to have my third water birth! But Isla, once again, had other plans. She got herself into an awkward position and I still had a bit of stubborn dilating to do. So it was in and out of the tub, up and down and backwards and forwards on the toilet, on and off the bed.

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A drip of antibiotics and an IV while laying on my side, my most dreaded and excruciating position, that is until I met the lunge. Lunges with one leg high on a step ladder and pulsing to the side, trying to get baby to turn, trying to free the space. Charlie threatened me with walking the neighborhood, I don’t think she meant it as a threat, but if she did, it worked. I could barely walk to the bathroom let alone to my front door and out into the bright Sunday morning air. I was weak and exhausted, I threw up, I pooped in front of people! I remember wondering how it got so late in the morning, how and why was it taking so long, it wasn’t supposed to go this way!

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My strength and determination were draining by the minute and I was thinking that maybe a hospital transport, even though it would mean a C-section, might be worth it. Something that my sane mind would never, ever consider. I crawled up on the bed and rocked and swayed on my knees with my chest and head leaning on the birth ball. I knew there was nothing left to do but let go and I gave in the best I could. The pain was unbearable. It takes everything you have to resist fighting that pain. To let go and open when all you want to do is clench and run. I focused in and let go with each wave. I thought I might die. I got off the ball again for another round of dreaded lunges, grateful for all the Bodypump squats and lunges that had prepared my tired legs, when we saw the blood. Dark red relief. That blood was relief, crazy as that sounds. I knew it, Scott knew it, and my midwives knew it. I hobbled off the bed and stood there knowing that the urge to push I felt then was finally the real thing. She was going to come right then and there and a few pushes later, she did. I felt her small head as she made her way earthside. My midwives caught her and passed her up to me and I snuggled and kissed her beautiful, swollen face.

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Her entrance was nothing like the calm water birth I had planned for and dreamt of but she was here, safe in my arms, and that was all that mattered. Isla has been a bundle of surprises since that 4th of July when those two pink lines changed our lives yet again, but she has been our greatest surprise and has made our lives complete.

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I’ll never forget…

The awe of seeing Isla for the first time. I may not be able to recall every detail of labor but I can clearly remember the feeling of holding Isla in my arms for the first time. Seeing and holding that baby who spent so much time growing inside of you, it is truly an amazing moment.Warner-Birth-2016-by-Ashley-Yvonne-Photography--188-copy

Birth is natural and your body knows what it needs to do, even if you find yourself fighting against it. This birth went nothing like I thought it would. I didn’t prepare for an alternative to that calm water birth I envisioned. Maybe if I had been more prepared and less fearful things may have gone differently, then again maybe not. I’ll never know but it taught me to take things in stride when they don’t go as planned. I can’t be in control of everything, the only thing I can control is my reaction to it.Warner-Birth-2016-by-Ashley-Yvonne-Photography--202-copy

I remember being worried about my boys being there during labor and birth. I had prepared them for a new baby and breastfeeding, but we hadn’t really talked about birth, assuming they would be sleeping or out of the house. When things went longer than expected they kept themselves occupied and had their moments of curiosity. My oldest, Sullivan, was much more interested in it all than Oliver and boy did he get an eye and ear full. The great thing is that they didn’t bat an eye. I hope I have normalized birth, and now breastfeeding, for them. I think it is a powerful lesson and one I am glad I could provide them.

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St Petersburg Florida Home Birth Story

As St Petersburg, Florida Home Birth Photographer, I like to ask my birth Mama’s to give us their Birth Story. Whether they choose to have a Natural Home Birth in the water, in the hospital, etc is completely up to them. Every story is unique and genuine and I love the words to go along with our photos and video.

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Here’s the Birth Story of Ms. Caroline B, of her beautiful baby Boy Enzo’s entrance into this world. He arrived February 5, 2016 at 9:44 pm. He was 8 pounds 12 ounces and 21 1/2 inches long.

I woke up with that “this is the day” feeling. I had contractions or surges as we call them in the hypnobirthing world, all day but nothing that stopped my daily routine. I went to lunch with my husband, stopped at the grocery store and then around 5 pm I was certain I was in labor. Since we chose to have a homebirth, I wasn’t in a hurry to get anywhere and spent most of the evening with my family laboring in our hot tub. young woman birthing baby boy in water
I text our midwife around 7 saying that things seemed to be picking up, she arrived at 7:45 and our beautiful baby boy entered the world shortly after. baby boy minutes old
He was welcomed by his entire family and our younger daughter jumped right into the birth pool following his birth and said with the most innocent, sweetest voice “mama you did magic”. 
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This was by far my favorite birth simply because my two daughters were so involved. I had worried a little that they would be distracting or possibly scared but it was the complete opposite. 
They were so excited and so loving during the labor process. 
I loved how tender and sweet they, as well as my husband were during labor.
I loved being able to show them that birth is a normal part of life and nothing to be feared. I hope it is a memory they will cherish as the years pass. I know for me it will be something I never forget.
I loved how intimate the evening was. Our entire family has fallen head over heels in love with our new baby boy and life before he arrived is hard to even remember now. He fits right in 🙂
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Top 5 Tips for New Moms and Dads

Everyone will have different tips and recommendations. There isn’t ONE right way to do things, so try out everything and find what works for you and your family. These are things I’ve learned from my parents that see me, things I’ve learned from Tampa Mommy Groups that I’m an avid member of, or things I’ve gathered from Doctors and Caregivers in Tampa.

1. Take Naps when baby is sleeping.

We know you have laundry to do, you want to take a shower, you’d like to clean your kitchen. But how are you going to feel when you are moving on three hours of sleep? Just sleep when you can so you feel like a functioning human being.

By the way, babies LOVE to be shushed. Try it! If your little one seems fussy and just won’t go down for a nap. Swaddle and shush. Try out this awesome Baby Shusher app and tell us what you think about it.

2. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

That friend that keeps asking to come over and see your little one? Sure! Come on over. While you’re at it, I’m going to clean the kitchen. BETTER YET, why don’t you clean my kitchen or bring a meal over so I may rest and enjoy my newborn baby. The point is, just ask. A good friend will know what you need and be willing to help when asked.

3. Don’t forget to take care of yourself. Read a book, take a bath. Do something to treat yourself.

Where’s the time you say? Remember that friend that wants to come over? Take advantage. Again, they know you need ME time. I’m sure they’d love to cuddle with your newborn baby.Liam-Morningstar-Newborn-by-Ashley-Yvonne-Photography-64

4. Go with the flow!

You were always on time, 15 minutes ahead of time in fact, perfectly polished, manicured and groomed. It’s going to take some time to get a new routine down. Things are going to take longer. Getting ready, eating, driving, etc. Expect everything you once did to now take twice as long. At least till you get your new routine down. So just go with the flow for now.

5. When changing a diaper, put the clean one under the dirty one before you take it off.

If you haven’t had a child yet and you’re wondering why, you’ll only need to do this incorrectly one time during a dirty diaper disaster to know why. So just take our word for it. 🙂 Or make sure whatever is underneath this dirty diaper, can be thrown into the wash.

BONUS Tip 6. Hire a professional for Newborn Photos

You don’t know how many people hire someone based on price and one or two photos they’ve seen. Just to find out that the one photo they saw did not represent their work. And the lesser price they paid represented their inexperience. Most photographers offer payment plans if you didn’t plan on spending extra money. Do yourself and your newborn baby a favor and hire the experienced photographer and don’t just “like” your photos, LOVE and CHERISH them.

If you have some great tips for New Parents, please feel free to chime in below.

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