ELLEN DYKSTRA PHOTOGRAPHY

Category - Photography

Hi, I’m Ellen, and I love babies. Photographing newborns and expectant moms makes my heart sing, and I’ve been lucky enough to do that for the past 10 years. My style is organic, pure and stylishly simple, focusing on your baby’s beauty and a parents’ love for their new little one. New babies are beautiful, from their wispy hair, back wrinkles, downy shoulders, and star-like little hands to their tiny toenails. I capture that beauty and freshness so that you can look back on it forever.

As a former RN and mother of four, I have lots of experience handling babies and have been asked more than once to use my ‘baby whispering’ skills again at 2 a.m.! I’m a Certified Professional Photographer and have photographed hundreds of newborns, so you can be confident your baby is in good hands. Newborn and maternity photo sessions take place in your home, so it can be a relaxed, comfortable experience. I live in Kalamazoo, MI and photograph moms-to-be and babies there and in surrounding West Michigan communities.

When I’m not snuggling babies, you’re likely to find me cuddling a puppy. My family raises and trains puppies to be service dogs, and it’s been such a rewarding experience that we’re raising our 16th puppy now. Those are my soft spots, but my tastes in food are strong- I like my coffee dark, my licorice black and my craft beer stout.

If you’re expecting a baby and have questions about maternity or newborn photography, contact me for more information. I’d love to personalize a session for you!

REVIEWS

Katie Wassink 2017-07-10 21:09:45
We had the pleasure of choosing Ellen to capture all 3 of our maternity and newborn moments. She's incredibly talented and has such an eye for capturing moments that transfer into an unforgettable portrait. Her esthetic is classy and timeless and we always receive just the reaction we are after from people we share them with, 'ooh' and 'aah's abound!


Becca S. 2017-05-07 18:43:14
Ellen did an amazing job on my daughter's newborn photos. It was so convenient that she came to our house and brings all the props with her. The way she works with babies is incredible, we were all amazed! She definitely has the touch with newborns! I am very pleased with the photos, they are very precious memories of our first daughter that we will cherish. We will definitely be using Ellen in the future!


Lisa M 2017-04-29 05:27:34
We had the pleasure of working with Ellen for maternity and newborn photos. She met us at a location that was near and dear to us outside of Kalamazoo and captured great images of us on family property. She allowed for me to wear a few of the beautiful gowns that she provided, take photos using some sentimental items we had brought as props, and a few poses that we had in mind during the session. Our maternity photo session was very fun! Our newborn session was planned for shortly after our due date, and then the baby was born a whole month early! Ellen was flexible in rescheduling the photo session. The session was done in the convenience of our living room. Ellen took excellent care of the baby throughout the photo session. She gently used beautiful wraps and headbands to accentuate the beauty of our baby girl. Our stunning images were sent to us in a prompt manner after each session. We have gotten many compliments on the images that now hang as memories on the walls of our home.


Reema S. 2017-04-13 16:14:58
If you're looking for newborn pictures, then please contact Ellen! We had our session set for the middle of April, and when our little girl decided to surprise us in February, Ellen rearranged her schedule so we could get pictures done that week! She came to our house, brought everything she needed, and allowed us a few hours to nurse our coffee while she took care of the session. She even allowed us to include our puppy and so now we have great pictures of both our girls together! Ellen will be our family photographer for years to come - We're so glad we met her :)


Samantha Roslund 2017-04-10 13:58:03
Ellen was absolutely incredible with my twin girls. She showed up on time, brought with her an amazing collection of costumes, props, and studio gear, and was such a calming, warm presence. My girls were a little older, so newborn pictures should have been tricky, but Ellen is the baby whisperer! Everyone who sees the photos gushes over how amazing they are. I would hire her again in a second and plan to use her in the future. Absolutely fabulous work!


Nicole A 2017-04-09 09:36:12
Ellen was fantastic with our newborn twins! We loved having her right in our home so there was no need to pack them up and take them to a studio. She was amazing at posing and calming them and got so many shots that we will cherish forever!


Laurel B. 2017-04-03 17:44:28
I had an opportunity to meet Ellen after she photographed our first grandchild. She goes beyond being a photographer with her artistry. I'm so happy our daughter & son in law chose Ellen! The photos are beautiful. We can't wait until we have the finished product in our home. She captured the sweetness of new baby & parents. Thanks, Ellen!


Bridget 2017-04-03 16:27:21
We were thrilled with the work Ellen did in capturing photos of our week old son! She was incredibly professional! We had a bit of a fussy baby and she was so calm and patient! It was reassuring to me as a mom to have someone like Ellen photographing our son! She even came to our home which was so amazing and convenient! I highly recommend Ellen and her work!!!


Kristin S 2017-01-08 23:15:14
I highly recommend Ellen for newborn photos! She does an amazing job creating the scene and keeping newborns happy and calm. Her photos captured everything we wanted after our little guy was born. She was also patient when our little one was squirmy and needed a while to eat.


Alana Barone 2017-01-05 20:47:25
Ellen is the baby whisperer! My little guy arrived a week late and she was more than accommodating. During our session Ellen calmed and comforted my son, getting some AMAZING photos. My friends and family were stunned with the final product. All I had to do was relax and watch as Ellen did her magic. We stopped to nurse and my son was content the entire time. Thank you for these pictures we will treasure for a lifetime!


Kayla M 2016-12-21 17:21:28
Ellen was amazing!! We decided we wanted to get newborn pictures when our little guy was already 1 week old and Ellen was so nice to fit us in with such short notice! She had so many tricks to calm down our fussy baby and she was patient while I breastfed him in the middle of the session. We love our pictures and plan to use Ellen for future babies!


Lori-Ann 2016-11-28 23:38:34
I would absolutely recommend Ellen for maternity and newborn photographs. For my maternity shoot I had my 2 year old with me and Ellen was patient and great with him so we could get photos of the two of us together. When she did our newborn shoot she was so prepared with equipment(a heater, a bean bag to position baby, different blankets, and hats) for Declan. She was able to soothe Declan back to sleep if he woke up slightly fussy during the shoot. I absolutely loved the way the photos turned out.


Cara B 2016-11-28 21:40:32
Maybe it’s her experience as a photographer, or as a mom (or both!), but Ellen was able to put my husband and I, as well as our newborn, at ease during our photography session. In fact, after our family photos, I was able to sit back on the couch, drink a cup of coffee, and just relax as she worked her magic with our baby. As someone who doesn’t normally get professional photos taken, I appreciated Ellen’s ability to quietly do her job without a lot of fanfare. We were so impressed we asked her to photograph our second child as a newborn. Highly recommended.


Kelly 2016-11-17 03:39:00
I had a wonderful experience with Ellen! She took my maternity photos as well as our newborn photos. She truly is a professional and knows exactly what she is doing to achieve the best results. She made us feel very comfortable during both shoots. She is amazing with babies and very skilled at wrapping them up just right, doing all the outfit changes, and positioning them perfectly. The compliments have not stopped coming in from everyone who has seen the photos Ellen took for us. We cannot say enough good things about our pictures! I would highly recommend Ellen to anyone!


Amanda I. 2016-10-18 22:26:39
Ellen is a Baby Whisperer!! After sweet Ezra was born, he struggled with feeding issues due to being tongue tied and came down with thrush. He was understandably uncomfortable and fussy. When Ellen arrived at our home, Ezra was bright eyed and squawking. Being a new mom and moderately hormonal, I was concerned that the shoot would be a struggle. I was wrong! Ellen put Ezra and his parents at ease. She soothed, swaddled and shot amazing pics of our little one. We are ecstatic with the results and recommend her to anyone desiring professional, unique pics of their infant.


Tineel Moye 2016-10-17 20:17:55
I would recommend to family and friends! Beautiful pictures Ellen, thank you!


Jessica Kuriata 2016-10-05 00:38:10
Not only did Ellen demonstrate flexibility by rescheduling when my daughter was born 2 weeks early, but she also demonstrated her experience by keeping our baby comfortable. She was swift in all of her bundling and changing and I was able to rest during the entire session. She honors your preferences and offers a lot of creativity. No negatives to the experience whatsoever. I would highly recommend Ellen Dykstra photography!


Faye 2016-09-29 14:09:46
My baby girl showed up three weeks early and I hadn't even booked a session with Ellen yet. I knew she was excellent since she did newborn photo shoots for my two other children, however we moved out of the area and I wasn't sure if she'd make the drive. I called her about a week after my daughter was born and not only did she find a day to make herself available but she also made a 2.5 hour drive! Ellen is very accommodating but more importantly she is a very gifted photographer. We are very satisfied with our photos and her care with handling our baby, all three times was impressive! She's amazing to watch, very professional and focused. If we are blessed with another child, we will definitely be calling Ellen!


Leah 2016-09-22 01:30:56
Ellen was very flexible with changing the date and time of the photo session when our daughter ended up arriving a couple days early. It was wonderful that Ellen came to our home. She arrived on time, was very organized, had plenty of lovely outfits and accessories, and dealt beautifully with the baby. My husband came home from work to be part of the session, and Ellen kindly adapted to our schedule/needs to shoot photos with dad so that he could return to work. The photos are amazing and we are very happy with our investment. Thank you, Ellen!


Amanda H. 2016-09-18 23:03:00
Ellen shot newborn photos of our first baby boy when he was just 10 days old and we love every single one of them! She was amazing with him - rocking him to sleep, cuddling to make him comfortable and even changing a diaper! It is so nice to have a photographer come into your home for newborn pictures because leaving the house is not so easy with a one and a half week old! She had everything we needed from a cozy bed for our baby to "pose" on and every little outfit for the shoot. We didn't have to do a thing except be there! She captured everything in detail of our baby's cute little qualities that we love like his long eyelashes and funny faces. I would recommend Ellen to everyone and look forward to working with her for more babies to come! :)


Nelles 2016-09-09 17:15:43
Jordan 2016-08-25 15:28:28
I used Ellen for my newborn photos after finding her online and she provided us with amazing shots of our firstborn. She's great at capturing sweet moments with tiny ones and really knew how to work with our baby. I would absolutely recommend her for newborn photography in the Southwest Michigan area.


Tara 2016-08-14 04:14:59
This was our third time using Ellen and once again the photos left me speechless. Ellen is amazing with newborns and also with children. The images she captured are priceless! I would recommend Ellen over and over!


Rebecca 2016-08-12 13:22:46
Ellen did an amazing job on the newborn/family photos she took when our 3rd child was born. We are over an hour away yet she was happy to travel to the St. Joe area for the session. Correspondence was a breeze and she was flexible with scheduling and patient with our 3 children. When I saw the final results I knew I had chosen the right photographer. I am looking forward to having her shoot my family as they grow and highly recommend anyone in the St. Joe area to contact her for photos!


Jenna 2016-06-30 14:18:13
Ellen was amazing! My husband and I hired Ellen for our maternity and newborn shoots. We were so happy with the pictures! Ellen is professional, on time, flexible, gentle, friendly and came with fun, creative ideas for the shoots. It was so nice to have Ellen come to our house, especially for the newborn shoot; she worked around feedings, diaper changes, and a crying infant. I would highly recommend Ellen for maternity/newborn/family photos. She will not disappoint, the results are amazing! I'm so happy Ellen was able to capture such sweet memories of our newest little one.


Katy F 2016-06-28 20:09:37
Ellen did my maternity and newborn's pictures - both were phenomenal! Ellen is truly a "baby whisperer"...she was so wonderful with my son, and the pictures are SO amazing! She was flexible with her schedule and responsive with questions I had prior, and I love that she came to my house for the photo shoots. I couldn't ask for anything more! I definitely recommend Ellen - you won't be disappointed!


Kaiti H 2016-06-28 15:32:23
We couldn't be happier with the amazing job Ellen did with our sweet Grace. Being a new mom it is so nice having her come right to our home and provide all of the adorable outfits for the pictures. Ellen is so organized with her setup and is so gentle and caring. I love that we received our pictures so quickly and are able to enjoy these precious moments captured in time.


Melissa C 2016-05-11 20:58:27
Ellen is amazing!! She came completely prepared for everything that could happen with a two month old!! She was able to capture the precious moments between feedings and our little one's nap time. Her ideas for the photos were both creative and heartwarming. I highly recommend Ellen to anyone who wants a stress free photo shoot with a passionate professional that delivers a personal touch.


Holly 2016-05-03 16:40:32
After searching online for a photographer to take pictures of our newborn son, we came across Ellen's website. She happened to be running a special that included a maternity photo session when booking a newborn session and that (along with the beautiful pictures we saw on her site) prompted us to take advantage of a great deal. It was very convenient to have Ellen come to our house and supply all of the props needed to take gorgeous photos. The maternity pictures turned out better than I could have hoped for, and she was incredibly patient with a fussy newborn. It was a great experience and the memories she captured of such a special time will be shared for generations.


Lisa B. 2016-04-24 18:10:56
We worked with Ellen for a newborn photo session. Ellen was very prompt in replying to my inquiry and emails about the session, and was flexible with scheduling the date of our newborn session--even when baby decided to take his sweet time with arrival and came later than anticipated, Ellen was able to work with me to reschedule the session. One of the things that I loved was that Ellen traveled to our house for the session. Anyone with a newborn knows just how crazy it can be to pack up your newborn and all their gear as well as get yourself ready during those first couple weeks. Having her travel to our house for the session was just what we needed. The session took a couple hours and included photos with my husband and our two little guys (toddler and newborn). I was very impressed with how easily Ellen established a good rapport with my toddler, who is not really a fan of photos or strangers. She was able to get him to smile on cue and took some really great pictures of him. The majority of the newborn session focused on our newest family member--I literally sat back and watched as Ellen worked her magic to create some really adorable pictures of our little guy, who snoozed the entire time. She was very patient and gentle with our guy. At the end of the session, our toddler told Ellen to "come back again!" We received the photos from our session within two weeks of working with Ellen--and are very happy with the results. We would definitely recommend her to other new moms and families looking for a fabulous photographer to capture these early moments with their newborns!


Heather G. 2016-04-13 22:03:38
Ellen is wonderful! I began looking for a photographer a few months before the arrival of our twins. Newborn pictures were important to us and finding a photographer was at the top of my list. As soon as I saw Ellen's website I knew she would capture the photos we were looking for. We wanted to have the pictures taken as soon as we adjusted at home. Not knowing when the twins would arrive, I felt at ease with Ellen's willingness to be flexible! Ellen is professional, kind and a very talented photographer! She always has ideas and suggestions that make a unique photo session. Having her come to our home has been so wonderful and convenient. I could not have imagined taking our newborn twins out for a photo session in February. Our boys are around a year old and we just had our third photo session with Ellen. She amazes me with the variety of backgrounds and props she brings to our home....wraps, baskets, bow ties, hats....so many cute details I never would have thought of. We have been very pleased with Ellen's work. What is so impressive is the time she takes to capture the best shots. You will never feel rushed ! We highly recommend Ellen! She is excellent and we have wonderful pictures to last a lifetime!


Heather G. 2016-04-13 22:03:38
Ellen is wonderful! I began looking for a photographer a few months before the arrival of our twins. Newborn pictures were important to us and finding a photographer was at the top of my list. As soon as I saw Ellen's website I knew she would capture the photos we were looking for. We wanted to have the pictures taken as soon as we adjusted at home. Not knowing when the twins would arrive, I felt at ease with Ellen's willingness to be flexible! Ellen is professional, kind and a very talented photographer! She always has ideas and suggestions that make a unique photo session. Having her come to our home has been so wonderful and convenient. I could not have imagined taking our newborn twins out for a photo session in February. Our boys are around a year old and we just had our third photo session with Ellen. She amazes me with the variety of backgrounds and props she brings to our home....wraps, baskets, bow ties, hats....so many cute details I never would have thought of. We have been very pleased with Ellen's work. What is so impressive is the time she takes to capture the best shots. You will never feel rushed ! We highly recommend Ellen! She is excellent and we have wonderful pictures to last a lifetime!


Heather G. 2016-04-13 22:03:38
Ellen is wonderful! I began looking for a photographer a few months before the arrival of our twins. Newborn pictures were important to us and finding a photographer was at the top of my list. As soon as I saw Ellen's website I knew she would capture the photos we were looking for. We wanted to have the pictures taken as soon as we adjusted at home. Not knowing when the twins would arrive, I felt at ease with Ellen's willingness to be flexible! Ellen is professional, kind and a very talented photographer! She always has ideas and suggestions that make a unique photo session. Having her come to our home has been so wonderful and convenient. I could not have imagined taking our newborn twins out for a photo session in February. Our boys are around a year old and we just had our third photo session with Ellen. She amazes me with the variety of backgrounds and props she brings to our home....wraps, baskets, bow ties, hats....so many cute details I never would have thought of. We have been very pleased with Ellen's work. What is so impressive is the time she takes to capture the best shots. You will never feel rushed ! We highly recommend Ellen! She is excellent and we have wonderful pictures to last a lifetime!


Erin 2016-04-08 14:40:33
We are so happy that we had Ellen do our maternity and newborn sessions. At a little over 7 months pregnant Ellen captured beautiful silhouettes and wonderful moments of quiet reflection between my husband and I. It was an afternoon of loving appreciation for the little being we had yet to meet. We could not have been happier with the photos. As for the newborn session with our beautiful daughter Naomi....Ellen was amazing!!! Her calm nature and patience was a constant throughout the session which allowed me to breastfeed when Naomi fussed without feeling any pressure regarding the time it took. She captured so many different sweet expressions on our daughter's face it made it difficult to choose which photos to buy. We were so thrilled to share our photos with family who were stunned with how lovely and serene Naomi looked. Thank you for capturing these precious images of our daughter at only 13 days old. We will forever cherish them.

Lauren M. 2016-04-04 17:56:30
Ellen did both of my boys' newborn sessions. She is wonderful! We love our photos. She is very professional and responsive. She will give you the look you want. She is also very patient and understanding with your child. Takes her time and makes you feel comfortable with the poses and how she holds them. We had two great experiences. I would highly recommend her!


Kimberly G 2016-04-01 23:49:29
We had Ellen take family maternity photos as well as newborn photos. Both sessions went great and the photos turned out beautifully. It was really nice to have her come to our house for the newborn photos so we didn't have to travel with our week old baby. Everyone who has seen them has been in love!


Claudia 2016-03-09 07:32:44
Ellen is amazing. We recently moved to the area and I was late to get myself organized to find a professional photographer for my maternity and newborn pictures. I was almost 9 months pregnant by the time I found Ellen. I was not able to get a personal recommendation for a photographer so I had to just wing it and do a google search. After finding Ellen and looking at the examples of her work, I knew her style is what I wanted. I put a lot of faith in her since I didn't have a frame of reference and man did she deliver. She was able to get me in for my maternity shoot last minute and came to our house to do some shots outside and indoors. Even though I have a fussy toddler, she was able to get some great shots of her and calm her enough to do so. She is super flexible with schedule, is very easy going and knows exactly how to pose her subjects. She came again to do our newborn shoot and again was amazingly flexible -- my toddler was super sick when we had them scheduled so we could not include her with her new sister, so Ellen came back in a week to finish up the shoot and get some sibling shots with again, a very fussy unhappy toddler. Ellen is quick shooter too, knows exactly how to get the best shots. We are all floored by the photos. From the lighting to her props, Ellen knows exactly what she is doing and I would give her 10 stars if I could. I am so thrilled with her work. Also, her turnaround time for the photos is quick -- I previously had to wait many many weeks for other photographers and she was able to get me photos in two weeks for maternity and less than a week for newborn shots. Her pricing is reasonable and she provides the rights to re-print photos. I would use Ellen for all the important moments in our lives if she did all types of photography. Simply put, if you need an excellent maternity and newborn/baby photographer, look no further.


Heidi R. 2016-03-05 16:57:28
We are so happy to have found Ellen! She helped us with photos for a Gender Reveal party, Maternity, and Newborn. She has a wonderful quiet calm about her which made the Newborn session very relaxing. Ellen is extremely patient (with babies AND dogs!) We look forward to having our family photographed with Ellen for many years to come.


Claudia Polhemus 2016-03-04 02:12:04
Ellen is amazing. We recently moved to the area and I was late to get myself organized to find a professional photographer for my maternity and newborn pictures. I was almost 9 months pregnant by the time I found Ellen. I was not able to get a personal recommendation for a photographer so I had to just wing it and do a google search. After finding Ellen and looking at the examples of her work, I knew her style is what I wanted. I put a lot of faith in her since I didn't have a frame of reference and man did she deliver. She was able to get me in for my maternity shoot last minute and came to our house to do some shots outside and indoors. Even though I have a fussy toddler, she was able to get some great shots of her and calm her enough to do so. She is super flexible with schedule, is very easy going and knows exactly how to pose her subjects. She came again to do our newborn shoot and was amazingly understanding when my toddler was super sick when we had them scheduled so we could not include her with her new sister, so Ellen came back in a week to finish up the shoot and get some sibling shots with again, a very fussy unhappy toddler. Ellen is quick shooter too, knows exactly how to get the best shots. We are all floored by the photos. From the lighting to her props, Ellen knows exactly what she is doing and I would give her 10 stars if I could. I am so thrilled with her work. Also, her turnaround time for the photos is quick -- I previously had to wait many many weeks for other photographers and she was able to get me photos in two weeks for maternity and less than a week for newborn shots. Her pricing is reasonable and she provides the rights to re-print photos. Simply put, if you need an excellent maternity and newborn/baby photographer, look no further. If she did all types of work, I would use Ellen for all the important moments in our lives.


Raven Pillow 2016-02-27 01:44:03
Ellen did my Maternity photos and my son's newborn photos. As a first time mom, I had a ton of ideas for how I wanted everything to look. She managed to incorporate many of these ideas, and both set of pictures turned out beautiful. I drove all the way from Ann Arbor for both sessions, and I wouldn't mind doing so again. She is very accommodating, and open to what you want as a customer. A huge plus for me was being able to have indoor and outdoor pictures taken. If your looking for Newborn or Maternity photos you can't go wrong with Ellen!


Tiphanie 2016-02-19 02:12:51
Ellen did an amazing job photographing my daughter at one month old. She was able to capture moments that will become keepsakes forever in my heart. I honestly feel like the work she does and moments she captures are priceless. Ellen goes above and beyond because the flash drive she mailed me with my digital photos are on is a keepsake in itself. I can't say enough good things about Ellen. She truly has a gift for photography! I can't wait to get our next set of photos taken with Ellen! I would highly recommend having Ellen take photos of your little one. I will treasure the photos of my daughter for years to come.


Amy H 2016-02-18 03:25:24
Ellen has photographed both of our Daughters now and we couldn't be happier with our photos. She is excellent with babies and toddlers. For our second child I was convinced that she was unable to get a good family pic because our toddler was not cooperating but somehow she was able get a beautiful pic of all four of us! She also travelled an hour to our new home since we moved last year which was so convenient. I highly recommend Ellen for newborn pics!


Kristine 2016-02-17 14:39:46
Ellen has done multiple sessions for our family and we have always been impressed with her professionalism, warmth, and the high quality of her work! She was very sweet with both of our babies and we ended up with beautiful photos that we will cherish forever! I would highly recommend Ellen to anyone looking for a newborn/family photographer in the Kalamazoo area!


D. Kraenzlein 2016-02-02 15:36:31
Ellen did a great job with my baby girl. It didn't occur to me to get newborn photos until she wasn't a newborn anymore. Ellen did photos of my baby at six weeks old and they turned out so sweet. Ellen was patient and knew how to help her stay calm and sleepy, getting some great shots!


Will and Erin 2016-02-02 01:03:29
Ellen was fantastic!!!! Ethan is our first and we knew we wanted to get pictures done... We just didn't know where to start. Our little guy was a Thanksgiving baby and we didn't want to take him out in the cold. It was amazing that Ellen came out to our house. She was the first non-relative to handle him and we were nervous. She was AMAZING with him. She handled him with a great deal of care and was able to soothe him and make him comfortable throughout the shoot. The pictures were amazing! The poses and props Ellen uses are excellent. She was excellent at working to get the shot right without upsetting Ethan. We knew we wanted to capture the first weeks of our guys life and these are second to none. She was affordable and had a large mount of package options. We are so thankful for getting our memories captured. We already are planning on having her take future pictures for our family.


Erin C 2016-02-02 00:46:51
I failed to set up a photography session for our newborn in advance and was heartbroken thinking we were going to miss the opportunity to get pictures of our little one at that age. I contacted Ellen and she was a dream to work with. She was so understanding and flexible to get us in quickly. She takes amazing photos and was so good with our son Ethan. I thought for sure he would cry the whole time and it would be a nightmare. She was so gentle with him and encouraged me to take time to nurse between set ups to keep him calm. Best of all she brings everything to your home! The photos turned out amazing! The session was such a good experience and I would recommend her to anyone!


Jessica 2016-01-19 04:10:19
I wasn't sure if we were going to get newborn pictures taken at first, he was so little and fragile, (in my opinion) I didn't think I would trust anyone to handle him at that stage. Then I came across Ellen and her pictures were beautiful. I wanted to capture those first memories like I saw in her pictures. And let me tell you, I can't rave enough about the photos that Ellen captured of our son Jacob. It was amazing how good she was with him and the poses she was able to make him comfortable in. Everyone that sees them think they are amazing. Her delivery afterwards was so fast and convenient, which is a huge bonus being a new mom!


Suzanne Nichol 2016-01-16 04:28:03
Ellen did such an amazing job with both my maternity pictures and my twins newborn pictures! She was such a pleasure to work with and I'm so glad we chose her for our pictures. I was nervous about having maternity pictures done and not feeling comfortable in posing, but Ellen made me feel so at ease and I enjoyed the session so much. It was a lot of fun and I'm so happy I decided to capture the beauty of my pregnancy through her photography. She was so gentle and patient with baby girls while doing theirs. It was truly beautiful watching their session and seeing how sweet and creative it was. The pictures came out absolutely perfect and I had such a hard time choosing my favorites. They were all good! She came to my home and setup and she was so professional and organized. We are looking forward to having Ellen take our family photos in the near future. We also had our birth announcement cards done with her and received so many compliments on how great they came out! I highly recommend Ellen for your photography needs. She is really wonderful at what she does and I know you would be very satisfied.


Rachel Welton 2016-01-13 03:29:51
We have our family pictures done 2-4 times a year so I was a little cautious about paying a professional photographer for our photos. I have have to say it was truly the best experience. We had maternity, newborn and family photos done with Ellen. She was absolutely the most patient, experienced person to capture our family moments. We've had others take our newborn photos but it wasn't done with the kind of care and time Ellen took to get the most precious shots of our newest little bundle. She is gentle and precise and yet was understanding when we had to breastfeed every 45 mins. She had lots of different options for photos and images and provided more images than the contract stared. We would absolutely recommend Ellen to anyone.


CAITLIN SULLIVAN 2015-11-25 13:58:52
Ellen Dykstra in a few words....flexible, open-minded, professional, caring :) Ellen photographed my husband and me for maternity photos and then later...she photographed our little one when one week old. I was 37 weeks when we did the maternity photo shoot. I was huge, puffy, tired, and achy. BUT, Ellen managed to make me look gorgeous in the photos. She knew just the right kind of poses to make me look pretty and to elegantly show off my huge belly. I also asked her to do the photo shoot at an outdoor location unfamiliar to Ellen, and she had no problem trying the location. She scoped out the place ahead of time to find the perfect spots for taking awesome autumn photos! My little one was born late....quite late...and Ellen was very flexible about delaying the planned photo shoot time to a later date that was actually after the little one was born (first planned date, the baby was still in the womb). I am so happy that she was so flexible...and ecstatic with how the photo shoot went! My baby was only one week old, and Ellen was SO patient with my little girl, and she took so many wonderful photos of the baby. It was a long photo session, because Ellen was being so patient and perfecting the photos and props to show off all the loveliness of my baby. I had several props that I wanted Ellen to use...and once again, Ellen being to open-minded....used every single one of my props as well as many nicely handmade props of her own. My husband and I were very happy with Ellen!!


Caitlin Sullivan 2015-11-25 09:34:40
Maternity and Newborn Photos


Leslie Trayers 2015-11-25 05:49:41
We could not have been more pleased with our experience working with Ellen. She was extremely accommodating as we had to move out session date 3 separate times! We were extremely impressed as she rolled all of her gear into our home with her professional set up and well thought out process. She was patient with our 2 week old twins and spent ample time working to get the shots that were needed. The quality of her photos turned out beautiful. We have now plastered our home with them! We have received nothing but compliments and people asking who did our photos. I would highly recommend Ellen to anyone. In fact, my sister already plans to contact her when her new little one arrives in the spring!


Katie Danneffel 2015-11-05 16:06:40
I was so happy to find Ellen to do our twin's newborn photo session. She was so quick to respond to my request and because the boys were a bit older, due to one of the boys being in the NICU she quickly fit us in. Ellen was so very patient with the twins, with them being about 8 weeks old it wasn't as easy to maneuver and yet you would never know with the way the photos turned out. We had so much fun and I can't wait to see what she does with them at their 6 month session!! Thank you again!


Erica S 2015-11-05 01:15:50
Ellen was absolutely awesome to work with! She did newborn and 6 month photos for our son, Jack. We just love how both turned out. She was extremely flexible with times and came later in the day for us when our son was still napping at our scheduled appointment. Ellen did not act rushed at all and was super patient to get the perfect photos. She brought adorable props for both photo sessions. She was great with our son and made sure he was happy throughout the whole photo shoot. The photos she took were perfect!


Leslie 2015-11-04 20:47:51
Ellen was amazing to work with and a complete pleasure. She had such a great touch with my baby. We sat back and watched her work her magic. The photos turned out amazing and will be a forever keepsake. I would highly recommend Ellen. She is a joy to work with and produces incredible photos.


Victoria Hamblin 2015-11-04 20:19:28
Ellen did an amazing job with my boys. She is so patient and kind not to mention the photos she took were beyond perfect! I admire her work and will be calling her again for future photos.
Jackie E 2015-11-03 16:41:30
We had a wonderful experience with Ellen Dykstra as our photographer for our newborn son. First, she was incredibly accommodating in her scheduling considering how late I was in contacting her about a newborn shoot, and was flexible in changing when our delivery was earlier than expected and then again when health issues delayed the shoot. It was so convenient that she could come to our home and she brought an incredible assortment of equipment and props to take a variety of lovely pictures; she is a baby whisperer and captured beautiful photos with infinite patience for our very active boy!. She was also accommodating in using props we suggested (e.g., handmade blanket, toys), and in including us parents in shots if we liked. We absolutely love the pictures, which were beautiful and captured an amazing moment in our baby's development. We definitely recommend Ellen and are glad we were referred to her!


Christina 2015-10-25 00:07:58
There are many good things to say about Ellen Dykstra Photography! I'd only planned to have maternity photos done with my husband but was so impressed by the quality and professionalism that we had her take newborn/family photos a few weeks after our baby was born. The sessions were not rushed. Ellen was very patient, open to suggestion, and brought several options for maternity wear as well as hats and wraps for the baby. As suggested, we turned the heat up in our home and had multiple blankets on hand for those photos where baby didn't have a diaper on. She came to our home approximately an hour away for both sessions which was very convenient, especially for the nude maternity photos. The price is worth it and we look forward to utilizing her services again!


Audrey 2015-10-06 23:29:05
Ellen has done such great photographs for our family! We missed our originally scheduled newborn shoot since our son was late, and our back up date was the day after we came home from the hospital. Ellen understood that we were a bit exhausted and not one of us in the mood for having our pictures taken, so she graciously rescheduled for another day out, making us all very happy! She truly makes her shoots fun for everyone involved, has a magical touch with newborns, and adds personal touches to each session. Her skills and passion show through in her work. We are so pleased with our pictures and have looked at them every day since receiving them!


Edwin Santiago 2015-10-06 15:47:15
Ellen did a excellent job for our maternity and newborn pictures. My wife and I were very pleased for her patience with our lovely baby boy(5 days old), her professionalism, her passion for the pictures setup, and the convenience of having the pictures taken at our home. We highly recommend Ellen! She's awesome!


Rebekah Weist 2015-09-28 21:08:09
We just LOVE LOVE LOVE our photos by Ellen Dykstra. After asking our friends for recommendations we received a raving recommendation for Ellen so I called her last minute for a newborn photo shoot. She was amazing fitting us into her schedule on top of the convenience of her coming right to the house! Her level of experience shined through as I watched her work with our 2 week old son. She has a true passion for photography and it shows in her amazing photos. We look forward to working with her in the future!!


Michele Paustian 2015-09-17 04:15:38
My babies arrived 6 weeks early and I had no time to search for a newborn photographer, but luckily one of my other twin mom friends recommended Ellen and we couldn't be happier with the results! Ellen did such a fantastic job with our fussy baby boy and girl- she is truly a baby whisper and they were the happiest I have ever seen them while she was in our home photographing them. She did an absolutely amazing job, and everyone raves about the photos she took of them. I was planning on getting newborn pics just for our birth announcements, but they turned out so great I decided to buy all of the digital proofs because I couldn't decide on just a few to order. I give her my absolute highest recommendation... she's amazing!


Jed R 2015-09-14 23:00:43
I had Ellen take photos of my family and new born! She was super flexible! My daughter was crying and being fussy but Ellen was able to put her to sleep so we could get amazing pictures! She was able to capture precious pictures of my children. I highly recommend her!


shreya sinha 2015-08-19 13:09:05
Working with Ellen was a wonderful experience. From the moment we booked with her she was able to work around our schedule because we were not sure when our twins were going to be coming home from the NICU. She was so incredibly understanding with scheduling and meeting our needs. Prior to our twin girls photo shoot I thought it was going to be chaotic, however, Ellen is amazing with babies and our girls were able to tolerate a two hour session like pros:O). She took her time with the photos and never made us feel rushed. We are so incredibly happy with our pictures she was able to capture our girls beautifully. These pictures our something we will cherish forever and as a new mom I am so grateful for a truly flawless experience!! Would highly recommend her as a photographer!


Heidi Gesiakowski 2015-08-14 18:30:01
Ellen was great! She was so gentle with our newborn and knew exactly how to keep him calm. I want to her to come over for nap time! She was completely professional and aware of new parent worries and needs. The pictures turned out amazing. A step above other local photographers. I highly recommend her!


Leslie Salinas 2015-08-14 17:45:51
I loved working with Ellen! From our first conversation through the final product she was easy to talk to and her love for what she does was evident. I loved that she came to our house...as a first time parent with a newborn that alone made the experience wonderful! She was gentle and very patient with our little diva baby who took a bit to warm up to the camera. She took the time to get great shots, and it was like chatting with a friend throughout the session. The pictures she took are amazing and everyone who sees them comments on how wonderful they are. Ellen was amazing to work with and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for newborn photos.


Leah Dotinga 2015-08-04 15:04:15
Ellen did our newborn pictures and we couldn't have been happier. She is AMAZING with newborns! She took her time to make sure my son was comfortable in each and every position. She allowed breaks for nursing and she's 100% unfazed by newborn fluids going everywhere! She knows exactly how to position us all to make us took our best! She was so patient and made the experience very enjoyable and relaxing. Our pictures turned out so well and I love looking at them over and over again as he continues to grow and change! I will treasure these photos forever! I would highly recommend Ellen to anyone wanting newborn pictures.


Heather Lettow 2015-08-04 00:46:38
We chose Ellen for both our maternity and our newborn sessions. She was amazing to work with and was able to work around our weather conflicts and later our baby coming two weeks later. Ellen took amazing photos of both sessions, the props and materials she brought to our home were perfect and throughout both session she was able to capture exactly what we were hoping for. We now have gorgeous photos of our daughter displayed around our home and our family does also. The ordering system made it easy to share w our family and close friends so they would be able to order photos also. I would highly recommend Ellen as a photographer to people in the future (and have shared her name two expecting friends). She made the experience so wonderful and the memories we have of our little girl are truly stunning.


Samantha 2015-08-03 19:34:42
Ellen did an amazing job with my 6 month old. She was teething and not in the best of moods. Ellen worked with us and was very patient. I don't know how she pulled it off, but she was able to get some great shots with a very grumpy subject. I highly recommend her as she shows great patience and understanding with infants. The shots were high quality as well.


Brenda Bird 2015-07-29 17:04:10
Ellen did an amazing job photographing our newborn son! He was born 7 weeks early and she was able to adjust her schedule to photograph him at 6 weeks old. Even though he wasn’t a true newborn at that point, she was able to capture some adorable newborn poses. I have received many compliments on the photos. Ellen was very accommodating during the session and I love the fact that she comes to your home to take the photos. I highly recommend Ellen for your photography needs.


Emily Cartier 2015-07-17 19:43:59
We had a wonderful experience with Ellen, and our newborn session. From our initial conversation, to her coming to our home for the shoot... She has been very helpful and accommodating to our needs! Ellen is very professional, and you can tell that she really loves what she does!

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