DGN Photography in Columbus, Ohio – newborn, maternity, baby, child, family, wedding photographer, senior pictures

If you happened upon my blog via a search engine and are looking for a photographer in the Columbus, Ohio area, you might want to go check out my main site which is at http://www.dgnphoto.net, where I have galleries & pricing information. And as always if you have any questions or would like to book a photography session, you can give me a call at 614-323-3147.

What kind of photography do I do? I am a bit of a jack-of-all-trades, but I would say I am primarily a portrait photographer and the majority of my clientele are people wanting family portraits, senior pictures, maternity & newborn photos, and children & baby portraiture. And then secondly I’m a wedding photographer, and I accept a limited number of weddings per year. Occasionally I wear a pet photographer hat, and I also do corporate & acting headshots. My studio is in uptown Westerville (hours available by appointment only), in the Columbus Ohio area, but I split my time there and out on location shoots (parks and urban areas are my favorite!)

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Dianna Narotski
Owner/Photographer, Dianna G Narotski Photography
Columbus, Ohio (Central Ohio area)
614-323-3147
dianna(at)dgnphoto(dot)net

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Outdoor 2 year pictures | Columbus OH photographer

Miss D has been coming to me for her pictures since she was born (we did newborn photographs, 5 month baby pictures, 9 month, 1 year/birthday photos, and now 2 year!), and she has got to be one of the easiest 2 year olds to photograph that I have encountered.  Most 2 year old children are very opinionated and use their new word “NO” that they learned, but Miss D just goes with the flow and is very easy-going.

For this session, we did most of the child photography outdoors at one of my favorite parks: Inniswoods (which is part of the Columbus Metro Parks in Ohio).  Then on another day, we concluded our session at my portrait studio in Central Ohio.

When photographing children (and even babies), one thing I ask parents to keep in mind is that if the session is fun for the kids, it will go much more smoothly and we will get the most natural and happy expressions in the photographs.  Miss D’s parents always bring really adorable little outfits for me to photograph her in  (this time included a dress from Lottie Da, a flower from bows2cute.com, a headband from Cutie Heads (purchased at Helen Winnmore Crafts).

Here are a few of my favorite photographs from Miss D’s 2 year photography session:

Miss D at the park in her little white dress and bow (the green bench was brought from the photographer's studio)

Miss D at the park in her little white dress and bow (the green bench was brought from the photographer's studio)

Miss D wearing her Lottie Da dress (that matches her strawberry-blonde hair), on the bridge at Inniswoods Park

Miss D wearing her Lottie Da dress (that matches her strawberry-blonde hair), on the bridge at Inniswoods Park

Miss D wearing her adorable little headband, climbing into her rocking chair (that her parents brought)

Miss D wearing her adorable little headband, climbing into her rocking chair (that her parents brought)

Here is one of my favorite photos of Miss D with her lollipop. (It has something like 1000 calories so I don't recommend eating the whole thing!)

Here is one of my favorite photos of Miss D with her lollipop. (It has something like 1000 calories so I don't recommend eating the whole thing!)

Here is the beautiful Miss D at my studio.  She was so proud of herself that she could get up on the pedastal all by herself!

Here is the beautiful Miss D at my studio. She was so proud of herself that she could get up on the pedastal all by herself!

And here is a close up, just to show I did take some.  I love the adorable expression on her face, and you can really see how blue and sparkly her eyes are! (I also couldn't get over how adorable that dress is, she wears it well!)

And here is a close up, just to show I did take some. I love the adorable expression on her face, and you can really see how blue and sparkly her eyes are! (I also couldn't get over how adorable that dress is, she wears it well!)

Filed under: children’s photographer in Columbus Ohio, 2 year old portraits in Columbus Ohio. Westerville portrait studio, child portrait artist

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Another sweet, sweet newborn! | Columbus Ohio newborn photographer

I had an amazing time photographing this sweet newborn baby girl at my studio the other day.  She was one of the rare babies that sleep the entire time, so we got so much variety and so many pictures that we were worn out before she was. :-)   I also had some new newborn props that I was aching to use, so it was a lot of fun for me to be creative.  And the clients were so easy, I love it when people say “We like everything… do whatever you want!”

newborn baby girl

The new family

newborn baby girl

newborn baby girl sleeping up on hands

newborn baby girl sleeping wearing a headband

Filed under: newborn photographer in Columbus Ohio, Columbus Ohio baby photographer

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Miss Vivi | Columbus Ohio Children Photographer

These photos are close to my heart!  I had an idea of some photos that I wanted to create for my youngest daughter, because I have canvas art of her siblings on our walls but none of her.  So I got this idea of doing a fantasy theme… the problem is usually finding the time to do it, so this has been an ongoing “idea” for a few months.

So I ordered this dress from Ebay, and had some help to decorate it a bit with some flowers, and had a 15 minute photo session while my son had his gymnastics class to try it out.  I have some other ideas so these will probably not be the only photos in this dress. :-)

Miss V, in the queen anne's lace

Miss V, in the queen anne's lace

Miss V showing a bit of her shy side

Miss V showing a bit of her shy side

Miss V in the land of flowers

Miss V in the land of flowers

Beautiful Miss Vivi in the garden

Beautiful Miss Vivi in the garden

Photographing your own children is vastly different from other people's children.  Miss Vivi has a bit of an attitude, which she is sharing here. ;-)

Photographing your own children is vastly different from other people's children. Miss Vivi has a bit of an attitude, which she is sharing here. ;-)

Stay tuned, I think in the fall or whenever we have some more time, we will go have another fairy tale photography session. :-)

Filed under: children’s photography, fairy tale photography

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Fun maternity pictures | Columbus Ohio photographer

These are returning clients, 3 years later!  I did their maternity & newborn pictures for their older daughter who is now 3 and a completely adorable little ham.  I really enjoy doing maternity pictures for people with a child already, it’s a lot of fun to incorporate the sibling into the photos.

family maternity pictures

This is probably one of my favorite maternity pictures... how cute!

This is probably one of my favorite maternity pictures... how cute!

A take on the ol' hands in a heart on the belly... big sis fills up their heart too!

A take on the ol' hands in a heart on the belly... big sis fills up their heart too!

Big sis had a fun time finger painting with Mommy and the baby belly

Big sis had a fun time finger painting with Mommy and the baby belly

Filed under: maternity pictures in Columbus, OH. Belly pictures, and maternity portraits with a family. Photographer located in Columbus Ohio.

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Tips for a successful newborn photography session

As a newborn photographer, I give my clients tips when they schedule their photography session with me, and thought I would share some of them with the rest of the internet. :-)

First, I find it helpful when clients have an idea of what they would like.  There are a lot of directions that we can go with their newborn photography session, and while some people “like everything!” other people take a look at my galleries and other photographers’ galleries on the web to get an idea of what they would like me to aim for (but not copy), and what ones they would rank as the most important.

However, secondly, parents should relax and understand that not all babies are able/willing to do the same things as other babies.  But, with a creative photographer, you will still end up with wonderful photos that you will treasure for years.

So those are the first two things to keep in mind, but as a veteran newborn photographer, here are some things you can do to make sure that this short time in your baby’s life gets captured in a way that you wanted.

1. Book your photography session BEFORE you have the baby.  I really can’t stress that enough.  Babies come when they want to, and to get the sleepy, curly newborn shots, it’s best to aim for them to be younger than 2 weeks old.  Sometimes people call me when the baby is 1 or 2 weeks old already, and then we can’t fit the session in until the baby is 3 or 4 weeks old.  Month old babies are really adorable, but they don’t sleep as well as they do when they are brand-new.

2. Choose a photographer that has experience working with newborns, and one that comes recommended by others and is responsive to your inquiries.  I hear quite often from people “My friend who is just starting her business did my baby’s newborn pictures for free/cheap, but they weren’t very good, and now it’s too late…”  I’ve also heard “I booked a newborn session with this other photographer, and my baby is already 9 days old and I can’t get ahold of them! They don’t return my calls! I’m freaking out that my session might not happen at all.”

3. As part of #1, don’t expect to get heirloom-quality portraits from the hospital photographer.  A lot of hospitals have contracts with a photography company that claims to do artistic newborn photos in your hospital room.  But the pay as a hospital newborn photographer isn’t better than minimum wage, and they don’t take much time with you, so you can imagine that skilled photographers don’t work that job.

4. When scheduling your newborn session (after you’ve pre-booked with your photographer), think about your baby’s sleep/wake times.  I’ve generally found that morning sessions run much more smoothly than afternoon & evening sessions, because after the baby spends all night awake, they are really tired in the morning!

5. Things to bring: make sure to bring formula if you are formula-feeding, and if you are nursing, it’s helpful to bring pumped milk so the baby can get his tummy filled up and avoid a nursing marathon.  Bring diapers & wipes, and possibly an extra change of clothes for you if the baby won’t be wearing a diaper in the photos.  If you are going to be in the pictures, bring powder for your face to help avoid shininess.  I also love it when parents bring things to the session that are meaningful to them, to incorporate into the pictures.

6. Keep in mind your baby’s safety.  Good photographers know what to do and what not to do with babies, but I’ve seen some really crazy things on the internet that make me fear for the baby’s safety.  If it doesn’t seem like a good idea, don’t do it!  You CAN tell your photographer “No!”  Babies don’t belong on railroad tracks, in real trees, or in real mailboxes.  Even if the baby is just sleeping on a beanbag, there should ALWAYS be a baby spotter right there next to the baby, just in case.  You can never be too careful.

7. For max sleepiness, bring the baby in the carseat with just a diaper on (and blankets over top).  Feed the baby right before you leave your house, and the baby should be happy, content, and sleeping soundly when you arrive at the studio.  Then you’ll be able to get all the sleepy pictures out of the way quickly right when you get there rather than spending the first hour putting the baby back to sleep.  And when the baby wakes up, you can then move on to some awake photos.

I may add some more tips as I think of them (you may have noticed that I’m a photographer, not a writer, so I don’t expect to win any awards for my writing abilities) ;-)   I love photographing newborns (ok, I will admit that I love photographing babies in general, not just newborns!) and I really like hearing that people had a wonderful experience giving their baby their first portrait session.  I still proudly display my own children’s newborn pictures; they will never be that tiny again!

If you are in the Columbus, Ohio metro area and looking for a newborn photographer, feel free to check out my main web site with my galleries and pricing information at http://www.dgnphoto.net.  I can also be reached by phone at 614-323-3147 if you would like to book or have any questions I can answer.

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Adorable adorable 7 month old! | Columbus Ohio photographer

The other day, I had a fun photography session in my studio with this great 7 month old baby.  He was on the go go go!  When we put him in the brown basket with the cream blanket in it, he liked it so much in there that he cried when we took him out of it!  What a little ham!  Enjoy!

baby with his lamb

baby portrait columbus ohio

baby portrait columbus ohio

baby portrait white on white

baby portrait white on white

Filed under: baby photographer Columbus Ohio, portrait studio Columbus Ohio

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Newborn twins! (And a big brother) | Columbus Ohio photographer

It’s not often that I get to photograph newborn multiples, and this set of twins was my first set of boys!  They were about 4 weeks old, and I did not expect them to still be sleepy (most babies are wide awake by a month old, which is why I try to aim for about 2 weeks old).  One was very sleepy, and the other was a bit more wakey-wakey, but we had a great session!

The whole family (and awesome big brother)

Big brother with the twins

snuggling together

snug as a bug in a rug

like little birds in a nest

Filed under: newborn baby twins, newborn photographer in Columbus Ohio, family photography, portrait studio for babies

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1 year pictures | Columbus Ohio Photographer

Inniswoods Metro Gardens in Westerville, OH is one of the locations that I photograph in all the time.  What I really like about that park is the variety of scenery that they have, the beautiful flowers, (and the lack of a playground which is otherwise a distraction for kids!).

I met this family to do their little sweetheart’s 1 year photos there.  She has some of the prettiest eyes I’ve ever seen!  And her little top ponytail is so cute!

That was my great-grandmother's chair... I use it as a prop all the time. It's too cute!

That was my great-grandmother's chair... I use it as a prop all the time. It's too cute!

Her eyes are like blue jewels

Her eyes are like blue jewels

Such a precious sweetie pie

Such a precious sweetie pie

Inniswoods looks like a magical garden....

Inniswoods looks like a magical garden....

Pink!

High key white

baby-007

Filed under: 1 year photos in Columbus Ohio, baby’s first year in Columbus Ohio, Park photographs in Westerville OH

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6 month baby pictures | Columbus Ohio photographer

This adorable little guy is on my baby plan, and so his mom brought him in to the studio for his 6 month photography session.  Isn’t he precious??

He wasn't quite sitting up very well yet, but he did great leaning on my small pedastal

He wasn't quite sitting up very well yet, but he did great leaning on my small pedastal

We got him to sit tripod-style for just a second. Look at those adorable pudgy rolls!

We got him to sit tripod-style for just a second. Look at those adorable pudgy rolls!

He was loving the baby bathtub!

He was loving the baby bathtub!

Baby pudge

The bear is cleverly positioned to hide baby boy parts.  I love his little tongue sticking out! :-)

The bear is cleverly positioned to hide baby boy parts. I love his little tongue sticking out! :-)

Filed under: Baby plan, 6 month old baby portraits, portrait studio in Columbus, Ohio

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2 year pictures | Columbus Ohio photographer

I had a wonderful session with this little girl for her 2 year pictures at Inniswoods Metro Gardens, in Westerville Ohio.  She is such a cutie patootie!  She is also a very active little spitfire with a mind of her own (not that you can tell from the pictures).  I have some children’s furniture props at the studio, and a lot of times I’ll take some of it to the park because it keeps the little kids contained and interested in something new (for at least a minute).

I thought this one would look precious in black & white

I thought this one would look precious in black & white

That is my garden bench in front of the rose garden at Inniswoods.  I love her expression!!

That is my garden bench in front of the rose garden at Inniswoods. I love her expression!!

She thought the bouncy bridge was so much fun! This was a split second capture from her running across it.

She thought the bouncy bridge was so much fun! This was a split second capture from her running across it.

She was loving the little chair I brought to the park. So cute!!

She was loving the little chair I brought to the park. So cute!!

The water table was empty of water, so she thought she should climb on it.  That's dad keeping her from falling off!

The water table was empty of water, so she thought she should climb on it. That's dad keeping her from falling off!

I love taking active kids into the herb garden, they can usually be contained for a second right there. :-)

I love taking active kids into the herb garden, they can usually be contained for a second right there. :-)

I thought the depth of field was neat on the bridge

I thought the depth of field was neat on the bridge

Filed under: Columbus ohio child photographer, outdoor photography in Columbus Ohio, 2 year photos in Columbus OH.

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  • About DGN Photography in Columbus, Ohio – newborn, maternity, baby, child, family, wedding photographer, senior pictures

  • I am Dianna Narotski, a professional photographer serving the greater Columbus, Ohio area. I enjoy most types of portrait and event photography, and I specialize in maternity & newborn photography, babies, children, families, and high school seniors. I also do weddings! If you are looking for a Columbus, Ohio photographer, check out my main web site at http://www.dgnphoto.net or give me a call at 614-323-3147.