Session Details

The Studio

Our full-service, boutique studio is located just outside of Nashville, TN in Hendersonville. Office hours are Monday-Friday from 9-3, and studio hours are by appointment only. You will find the cute gray house with yellow shutters just off Main Street. This cozy house makes the perfect environment for your newborn and baby pictures. I photograph newborns up to one year old in the studio. I have a studio wardrobe full of outfits, headbands, and accessories. All of the props are handpicked to match my style of photography. Everything is provided for you to help take the stress out of your session. If the weather cooperates, there are also outdoor shooting areas.

Before Your Photography Session

Once you decide to book a session with Shannon Payne Photography, you will complete a client planning guide. I use this guide to help prepare for our session.  Whether it’s for a newborn or cake smash, I want to customize your experience. From determining colors and textures for your newborn to deciding the theme for your cake smash, I love working together to create unique sessions. You will receive a planning guide to help you prepare before and on the day of the session.

The Experience

I take great pride in providing the best and most personal service to each of my clients. When our time is over, I love feeling like I have made a new friend.   From our initial contact, you will receive detailed information about all of my sessions. We will be in contact before your session to plan clothing, props, and any special requests that you may have. I know parents and families are busy, and I try to make your experience as convenient as possible. After your session, you will receive an online proofing gallery to view your images. Each photo session includes a limited number of digital files. I know that sharing files online is important to many families. These files will be available in an online gallery as well as a mobile app. I also provide heirloom quality art that you can display in your home and keep in your family for years to come. As the mom of an 8 and 11-year-old, I know how quickly time passes. I want to help you document these fleeting moments.

Maternity Photography

Maternity photo sessions are a great way to treat yourself before the baby comes. Let’s face it, once a baby is born, he or she will be all of the focus! Pamper yourself by getting your hair, makeup, and nails done. You deserve to feel beautiful! I recommend booking your maternity session around weeks 28-34. We want to get your session scheduled when your belly is nice and round but before you start feeling uncomfortable. I use flattering poses to show off your beautiful body. Spouses and older siblings are welcome to join us to help you document this exciting time.

Newborn Photography

Newborn photography sessions are the most in-demand sessions at Shannon Payne Photography. I have spent years training under the best photographers in the industry. I have experience with newborn safety and have photographed hundreds of newborns in my 8 years in business. I provide a clean environment for the baby. All surfaces are sanitized between sessions. My clothing and anything newborns touch are all freshly laundered. I do not wear shoes in the newborn area to prevent tracking germs inside. I have all the recommended vaccinations for working near babies including Tdap, whooping cough, and annual flu vaccines. Baby’s safety and comfort is my number one priority.

When you arrive at the studio for the session, you are invited to sit down and relax. I will have custom props and setups selected based on your requests. This is one of the most anticipated experiences as a new parent. My goal is to provide a relaxing and comforting environment, not just for your baby, but for you too! Sessions last between 1-3 hours. Your proofing gallery full of beautiful images will be available within 2-3 weeks of your session. I take a limited number of newborns each month so that I can provide the best service to each of my families.

Milestone Sessions

Baby photography sessions are available to babies ages 4-12 months. I recommend photographing milestones rather than ages. I have gorgeous, custom outfits for babies in my studio wardrobe. We will plan your setups based on your style, the baby’s personality, and the season. Popular milestones include tummy time, sitting, pushing up, and standing. When we discuss your session, I will recommend ages that are best to capture these milestones. I also offer custom baby plans to capture each of these milestones during your baby’s first year. Milestone sessions culminate with a first birthday cake smash. These sessions are a fun way to celebrate surviving that first year!

Family Photography

As your family grows, I would love to continue our relationship. Family photography sessions take place outdoors before sunset. The hour before sunset provides a dreamy setting. I will guide your family into natural poses where you can let your personalities and relationship shine. Family sessions include a lot of snuggling, tickling, and playing. I suggest wearing something comfortable, because we may take a hike or lay down in a field. My biggest compliment after a session is hearing a dad or kid say, “That’s it?” Photo sessions should be fun, not stressful!

Senior Photography

Senior Photography Sessions are new to SPP. We introduced these in 2017. Your High School Senior Experience includes a HAMU artist and personal stylist. Senior sessions include a consultation at the studio. During this meeting, you will have the opportunity to tell me your vision for your session. We will plan clothing, and location, and discuss your final pieces of art. After your session, you will come back to the studio for a viewing appointment. At this appointment, you will be able to see and touch your portraits. Graduating high school is a huge milestone, and we want to make sure to honor your senior with beautiful, lasting keepsakes.


“We had our first session with Shannon today, she went above and beyond to make our little man smile and made our vision come to life!!!! My only regret is finding her for his 1 year pics and not finding her as soon as he was born!” ~Hannah