San Antonio Newborn Portraits | Lyla | Adopted Baby

I love my job.  And adore photographing every sweet child that enters my San Antonio area studio.  But sometimes I get the pleasure of working with an extra special baby, and Lyla is one of them.

Her parents are dear friends of mine and have always dreamed of a family.  Lyla’s adoption has made their dreams come true and it is a match made in heaven.

Lyla Grace was over 9 pounds of pure perfection and was SUCH a good sleeper for me!  We captured her newness with delicate details, lace, feminine pink, and sweet accessories like this first headband by Bitty Beads. (another Texas small business!)  We got some Christmas shots in a beautiful gold prop by My New Love.  And for Daddy we got a few images in natural tones that included camo and grandpa’s cowboy hat.  But my favorites by far are the images of Lyla and her forever family.  I get chills thinking about how much love will be showered upon this baby girl every day of her life, forever and ever, Amen.  :)


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Chelsea Lietz Photography specializes in newborn, baby, child and maternity photography in San Antonio, Texas and surrounding areas including but not limited to Stone Oak and New Braunfels. Please “like” me on Facebook.  San Antonio Newborn Portraits.  Adoption Photos of baby and family.


Britneye Ladner - Beautiful session. I also love her story. Thanks for sharing her with us!

Tiffany Korbell - Thank you for capturing such beautiful memories of our little darling! We will treasure these for a lifetime. We love you & think you are so gifted friend.

Lyndsay Walbran - These photos are absolutely incredible! I am absolutely certain that Lyla Grace will never take a bad photo in her lifetime, but these photos are exceptionally phenomenal! I love how you captured the love and warmth of this beautiful family.

Jenny Nagelmueller - Such an absolute miracle and blessing to our family, and so radianty captured here! Thank you for the beautiful photos and for the lasting memories with my beautiful little Lyla G!

Cheryl Korbell - These are some of the most outstanding newborn pictures I have seen! You do such good work. Thank you for capturing Lyla so beautifully.

Gail Nagelmueller - The photos you took of Lyla Grace are breathtaking. Your work is amazing. Thank you Chelsea, for giving us these memories of this beautiful baby. She’s truly a gift from God.

Heather - Such a beautiful little girl that you captured perfectly! She’s such a blessing to this wonderful family!

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San Antonio Birth Photographer | Natural VBAC With Midwife

Last week I had the distinct pleasure of photographing a natural VBAC birth in San Antonio at the Birth Center Stone Oak. I knew I loved the H family the moment I met them, and witnessing this miracle sealed the deal.  Mama was strong, determined, and inspiring.  Dad was a steadfast support with just the right words and just the right touch at each moment of a long, hard night.  Because birth is hard.  But oh, so beautiful.  I daresay “brutiful.”

Mama was attended by the midwives at The Birth Center Stone Oak, and they were calm, supportive, and completely in control.  They knew exactly what Mama needed to achieve the birth of her dreams. Their love for the H family was evident, as well. Mama labored in the birth tub, on a stool, and finally delivered a 9lb+ baby girl on the large suite bed in the wee hours of morning.

Here are a few brutiful moments that Mama has approved for me to share.  The slideshow at the end of the post tells the whole story, but the truly intimate moments, like baby’s first breath, have been saved just for Mom and Dad. Congratulations on a successful vaginal birth after cesarean! Thank you for letting me be a part of your miracle; I cried tears of joy right along with you.

Welcome to the world, Everleigh Kay.

3:17am on 10/28/14

9lb 3oz and 21.5in





Chelsea Lietz Photography specializes in newborn, baby, child and maternity photography in San Antonio, Texas and surrounding areas including but not limited to Stone Oak and New Braunfels. San Antonio birth photographer.  Please “like” me on Facebook.


Kylene - Chelsea, you captured this beautifully!

Debbie Kane - I cried buckets watching this! What beauty you have captured, Chelsea! I love this.

Natalia - Chelsea, these are just beautiful!

Jessica Myers - This is so beautiful!

Heather - amazing!!!!!

Jenifer Levinson - You captured this SOOO beautifully. Its just priceless…

anna - Beautiful!

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San Antonio Child Photographer | First Birthday Portraits & Cake Smash


Reagan first came to the San Antonio studio for newborn portraits and in a blink was already returning for her first birthday photo session with cake smash and bubble bath!  She was lovely in a princess crown on my vintage love seat and just adored the pearl necklace props.  Reagan’s mama gave me some special things to include on her first birthday chalk board so that they will always remember what she was like at this adorable age.

We recreated some of Reagan’s newborn portraits to show her growth… I love the sport shots since Mom says balls are her favorite toy.

Reagan’s first birthday cake smash was a cupcake theme and we shot them outdoors in my vintage high chair.  She had a slow start but was soon digging right in!  And the little genius can hold up one finger for being one!  With all that cake and icing everywhere, we simply had to give her a bubble bath to clean up. How adorable is she in the shower cap by Feather River Boutique?

Thanks for celebrating your first year with me Miss Reagan, it was an honor to your photographer.


Chelsea Lietz Photography specializes in newborn, baby, child and maternity photography in San Antonio, Texas and surrounding areas including but not limited to Stone Oak and New Braunfels.  San Antonio Child Photographer. Please “like” me on Facebook.


Keysa - I love that big black chalk board looking sign? Did the parents order it? Where can I get one possibly?

Tara Miesner - This is adorable! That bathtub set up! <3

Natalia - Such a precious little girl! Love her outfits!

Jessica myers - What a sweet gallery of precious memories!! Love all these so much!!!

Heather - Love seeing her transition…beautiful baby and then beautiful toddler!

jenifer - All of these are so beautiful

anna - Adorable princess!

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San Antonio Photographer | Puppies!

As a newborn photographer, I obviously love babies.  I also love animals.  So I super-duper love baby animals!

I had so much fun photographing these 7 week old Papillon puppies.  If you are in the market, the male pup here is available from a fantastic local breeder named Forevr Papillons. (sic)

These two were pretty similar to photographing twin toddlers… they needed coddling, silly sounds, and funny faces.  :)  We styled them with some fall setups and they were already feeling the Christmas spirit.  Guaranteed to make you smile.

If you find yourself in need of pet photography or portraits with your pets, I’m your gal!

Chelsea Lietz Photography specializes in newborn, baby, child, family, and pet photography in the San Antonio and New Braunfels area. San Antonio Photographer.


Elizabeth Campa - Hi, I’m 30 wks pregnant with twins & am desperately looking for a photographer to take family/maternity pictures of my precious family as soon as possible. Can you please email or Facebook me to discuss pricing & availability?

Tara Miesner - O.M.G. Cuteness overload!!! Love it!

Amanda Webb - Those puppies are just adorable. Makes me want to take one home with me.

Sarah Swade - These are the cutest ever, love those puppies!!!

Heather - how fun!!!!!!

jenifer - Oh my gosh… those are adorable!!!!!!!

anna - So stinkin cute!

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San Antonio Baby Photographer | Baby’s First Year Portrait Plan | Nolan

As San Antonio’s premier baby photographer, I love watching children grow from sleepy newborns to chubby, smiley babies, then to spunky toddlers celebrating their first birthday!  I offer a Belly to Birthday Portrait Package that captures that first precious year and documents the growth that happens in the blink of an eye.

My package (details here), includes four portrait sessions: maternity, newborn, 6 month/sitting, and a one year session with cake smash.  If you prefer, you can replace your maternity session with a 9 month mini session.  These sessions ensure that you capture every adorable stage and don’t miss any of those fleeting moments.  Each session in my package includes 2 digital images so that you may show off your adorable baby and make prints wherever you wish.  Also included in the package is a custom Facebook timeline cover (examples here) of your favorite newborn images, and a custom smart phone app to show off your gallery.  After your child’s birthday session, I compile a custom designed 10×10 lay flat fine art album… it is BEAUTIFUL.  The memories preserved on these thick, museum quality pages with be cherished forever.

 I adore watching the “baby plan” babies grow.  And I often document this growth with what I call “recreation images.”  I like to choose a favorite photo from the newborn session and use the same prop, pose, and/or backdrop at each milestone session to show exactly how much the baby has grown.   You can see an example below from Nolan’s first year in my airplane prop.  Babies grow fast, I highly recommend signing up for the Belly to Birthday package so you don’t miss those milestones!

Nolan just graduated from my baby plan.  It was an honor to serve his family and watch him grow.  He is seriously adorable and I honestly think he should be a baby model!  This kid is CUTE.  First you see him with his birthday sign… this is a chalkboard that I customize for your child to share their stats, favorite foods, words, etc.

Below are some images of Nolan at his newborn, 3 month, and 6 month sessions.

Here is Nolan’s growth series!

And finally, here is Nolan at one year!

Nolan was not a fan of the cake smash.  You just never know which kids will love it or hate it!  But, it is still adorable…

He did, however, love the bubble bath in my cute shower tub that washed all that cake away!

Chelsea Lietz Photography specializes in newborn, baby, child and maternity photography in San Antonio, Texas and surrounding areas including but not limited to Stone Oak and New Braunfels. San Antonio baby photographer.


Jenna - Love this idea! And you got some great shots, I bet you make it very hard for parents to choose which ones to frame!

Sally Salerno - These are fantastic!!!

Jen Evangelist - So cute! Love the cake smash, even if he wasn’t a fan!

Heather - Happy happy boy!!!!!! Great session!

Renee - Love this!!

Kendra - These are adorable!!! Awesome sessions!!!!

Dawn - Love these! The recreation shots are adorbs!

Jill - Absolutely gorgeous

Jessica - so sweet! I love the pictures in the same prop over the year. And that cake smash? Hilarious.

Casey - How cute! I bet your clients love seeing this year-in-review sort of blog. It’s perfect!

Tiffani Jedlicka - So stinking cute! I’m in LOVE with the ladder shot!

Lindsey Harwath - I love watching babies grow! I really love that shower tub! Simple bath images are just so adorable :)

Amanda Webb - These are fantastic shots and I love your first year with the airplane

Heather - A huge fan of your work as always!!! Great job!

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