Metro Detroit Maternity & Newborn Photographer

About My Studio & Me
Hi, I'm Sarah!
And I have the best job in the world :)

My interest in photography began when my own boys were young (now ages 5 & 6!) and capturing those precious moments was so important. Naturally I gravitated to family and child photography and honestly never even gave a thought to photographing newborns. 

Of course that changed as newborn session inquiries started coming in. I knew this was not an area of photography I could just teach myself so I started the first of many newborn-specific training courses with Kelly Brown of Little Pieces Photography. I've found Kelly to be a fantastic educator because of her strong passion for newborn safety. I've also received training with The Milky Way Newborn Retreat.

The more I studied and practiced, the more I fell in love with the newborn specialty. (Not to mention, all of the adorable props!) Maternity photography was an obvious addition to newborn photography, and I found myself down the same path of adoration after building my maternity portfolio.
Posed newborn sessions take place at my in-home studio located in Auburn Hills, Michigan. I'm an easy on and off I-75 in a quiet, tree-filled neighborhood. Clients are welcome right through the front door; I also have a stairs-free entrance off of the back. 
My studio is lit entirely with natural sunlight. I use my reflector, diffuser, and even a black cover to harness that beautiful resource and help execute my artistic vision and style.

My newborn style is simple and subtle. My editing style is clean and polished. I love neutrals and muted colors. You'll see lots of dainty tiebacks, bonnets, and sleepy hats. I'm always up for an afternoon of antiquing, in search of new and unique vintage props and layers.

I love to wrap my babes, and prefer them wrapped up and snuggly for family photos and prop shots. Usually, this keeps them as content as can be and allows us to be very efficient with the session timeframe. I love to provide my clients with as much variety in their proof gallery as possible, and this is a great approach to do just that.

At the end of the day, it's most important to me that our newborn is the star of the show. I prefer not to use gigantic bows or bulky crochet outfits because I feel they can be distracting to the natural beauty and wonder of a newborn baby and all of their delicate and perfect details. I highly recommend reviewing my portfolio to ensure we are a good fit.

It is so important to me that my newborn sessions are more than just a morning or afternoon of pictures. It is my hope that my clients come away with it being a joyful and memorable experience, another positive event to enjoy in the first few weeks of their newborn's life. 
I welcome my clients to make themselves at home. Take your shoes off and relax. Take a nap on the couch. Decompress and vent to me about all the challenges of your new life with babe. Ooo and ahh with me at all the cute positions we put your baby in- their sweet little fingers and toes, their delicate baby fuzz, the way they pucker their tiny lips, the unicorn of a baby smile captured in-camera.

Getting to know my clients and forming a connection is one of my favorite parts about this job. I pray for each and every client I have and consider them friends when they walk out the door.

My Gear

Canon 6D
35mm Sigma Art
85mm Sigma Art
​50mm Canon with Macro

I can't imagine a session without my newborn cart! The wheels make it easy for me to pull and access while keeping your newborn safe and secure. 

I'd love to hear from you!

Please e-mail or message me for the quickest response


Special thanks to my fabulous client, Arlene, for sharing the "behind-the-scenes" shots taken during her niece's studio newborn session!

Another tremedous thanks to Livia Plaskey of Livia Plaskey Photography ( for the lovely headshot!!

Lastly, thank you to my incredible husband, Joe, for all the work he has put into this business and for always supporting and encouraging me to pursue my passion and dreams <3 
“Sarah has shot newborn pictures and 1 year photos for my babies. I am so pleased and love how they all have came out. She truly is amazing. She made us feel so comfortable and welcome. She handled my babies with such grace and love. The photos she has took are all over my house. They are my favorite pictures I have of our family. Thank you again for everything.” Julia Aker

“8:28 Photography (Sarah) did an amazing job for our maternity AND newborn pictures! I love the fact that she had maternity gowns already available for me to use. That saved me money, not having to go buy a dress just for a one-time, hour long shoot. They are all very figure flattering, stretchy and soft. If you don't feel so figure ready that day, she has MAD EDITING skills, and will spruce you right up. She was very patient with us with our newborn, who refused to stay sleeping for her pictures. She managed to still get beautiful pictures of our daughter, which we will forever cherish. She was also very gentle, which we appreciated. Thank you Sarah for everything, we will refer you to anyone who asks!” Lena Santacaterina

"Sarah is absolutely amazing! She did both of my nieces’ newborn photos, which i was present at. She is extremely gentle with the babies and so patient. Her studio is very clean and organized and has a ton of outfits & props to choose from if you don’t want to buy your own. Her editing
skills are amazing as well. Can’t say enough things about her!" Arlene Antosiek

“Sarah seriously is one of the sweetest people I've ever met! She is not only great with us but our baby as well! I don't think I could recommend a better person to work with and her work is absolutely amazing!” Ashlei Jacobs

“Sarah is absolutely amazing. She made our Maternity session so much fun, for both me AND my husband! I was very impressed at the amount of gowns she had for me to choose from; that took so much stress off of me to have to order one! I am in love with our images and know it’s going to be hard choosing them! I am so thankful we went with 8:28 Photography ❤️ Thank you for making me feel so beautiful, Sarah!!” Lyndsee Lawrence

“Sarah did an absolutely incredible job with our maternity shoot!! She captured so many beautiful moments for us and kept my step son smiling through it all!! I highly recommend 8:28 photography! Our pictures are gorgeous and our overall experience was excellent!” Mindi Colwell

“I am beyond thrilled with the amazing pictures Sarah took of my family!! She was referred to me by a friend and she exceeded all of my expectations. She was also fantastic working with my daughter and getting her to smile and laugh. Thank you for the incredible moments you captured, that we will cherish always!” Jackie Osborne

“Sarah had created a calm, soothing environment for my little Lucy belles newborn photos. Between the womb sound machine and the extra cozy warm studio, my baby thrived for photos. Sarah is equipped with the knowledge and safety to pose and capture those first fleeting moments of babies life. The pictures all came back flawless and it was difficult to choose our favorites !!! I highly recommend her for any and all newborn photos! Additionally, she went above and beyond and sent us a thank you card with a little toy camera for our Lucy girl. Just such a loving small gesture that is greatly appreciated!!!!” Leslie Wilson

“Sarah was very professional and personal as a photographer. Her assistant and herself made my family feel very comfortable while she did my daughters newborn photos. My busy 2.5 year old son never sits still. Sarah was able to get him to take several photos with his sister, even giving her a kiss! huge victory!! I was blown away at the amount of props she had to offer, a huge plus was that she picked out several ideas before we arrived and asked my opinion on them. Something most photographers do not do. My daughters middle name is Rose and Sarah had real roses in one of the pictures! she went above and beyond my expectations and will continue to use her for years to come. Happy customer right here!” Megan Bonds

“Sarah is fantastic! She was great with my 5 year old and my newborn. The photos turned out amazing and we couldn't be happier. We absolutely loved her!” Aleea Tormanen

“We had such a great experience at our newborn session. My 2 year old fell instantly in love with Sarah! Her patience with my newborn little girl was incredible soothing and bouncing her in between what felt like every picture. I was nervous that we wouldn't get incredible pictures because of her fussiness but I have been blown away by the results!” Amy Kay

“Just had my WILD 2 year old get her pics done and Sarah was AMAZING. She worked so hard to pose my challenging 2 year and my daughter just wanted to keep hugging her bc she liked her sooo much! Thank you again you are so great!” Kelly Brickner

“Sarah is absolutely amazing just like her pictures she captures! She is friendly, professional, and a joy to be around! I'm so glad my sister found her and we chose her for our daughters pictures.” Stacey LaPine

“Sarah is amazing! She did both our maternity and newborn photos and I couldn’t be happier. She truly is a “baby whisperer” as others mentioned, and worked wonders during our newborn shoot. She is so down to earth and professional. Highly recommend and will definitely use her in the future as well!” Monica Bell

“I honestly don’t think I’ll ever find a photographer I love more! Sarah is so sweet and always makes sure to take her time to get the perfect pictures! Even with a sometimes grumpy baby!” Jessica Harris

“I read someone else's review about Sarah being a "baby whisperer" and I will definitely second that! She's amazing with newborns and kids- overall so professional and works straight from the heart! Thank you Sarah for sharing your passion with the world! Keep up the great work!” Zee Shami

“Sarah was excellent! Very patient and creative in getting our son to smile. She def has a life long customer!” Lisa Morski

“Very professional and outgoing. I trust her vision completely. Beautiful studio. My youngest son just loved her and he usually won't talk to strangers. I can't wait to see the pictures of my baby girl and anxiously look forward to our next shoot” Victoria SmelsnerTop of Form

"Sarah was an absolute pleasure to work with. We did an at-home newborn photo session. It was fascinating to watch her work with our newborn--she's literally the baby whisperer. The pictures were beautiful and super high quality. I highly recommend her!” Rachel Abouzaid Deaibus

“Extraordinary talented and does an incredible job working with newborns. As new parents we were a little nervous taking our baby to photographer so soon, but Sarah was wonderful and treated our son as if he was her own. My husband and I joke that she is like the "baby whisperer." Very very professional and easy to work with. We couldn't have been more pleased with the photos and the entire experience. We will absolutely recommend her to anyone” Kristin McGrail

“Loved Sarah! She makes you feel completely comfortable, makes it so fun to take pictures! Can't wait to see the end result, and take newborn pictures!!” Bethany Yerk

“Sarah is wonderful! We did an in studio cake smash session and she was upbeat and happy the whole time. Our little guy didn't want to smile, but she kept on tryin'! Eventually at the end he did start to smile a little bit too! She got some amazing shots and did a fantastic job. We will be getting some more photos taken by her again soon.” Kaylyn Grimes

“Sarah was amazing with my son. He is normally really shy around new people but she had him smiling and laughing in no time! Also, her turn around time was very quick and the photos turned out wonderful. I cant wait to do another photoshoot with her!” Heather Ambrosia

“Sarah has been so great! We've had 2 sessions in the last couple of months and both times my 7 month old daughter wasn't in the best of moods. Sarah was so patient and relaxed. She got great shots of both the baby and family despite my daughter's determination to be cranky.  :) Thanks Sarah!” Angela Jirovec

“Sarah was professional and GREAT with kids. Would definitely recommend!” Angela Seabright

“Sarah has so much talent and is such a pleasure to work with! She captures emotion and essence in still images you will treasure for sure! I can't say enough (and I am a photography snob)” Jamie Pickett

“Loveee Sarah! Very professional, friendly and terrific with kids! Such a sweet soul!” Brielle Cichocki

“As others have said, amazing is the word to describe Sarah! She's so easy to work with, from booking the appointment to getting the pictures. She's so friendly and helpful plus affordable. My kids loved working with her. The pictures are so amazing, I just can't thank her enough! I'm looking forward to our next session!” Jessica Strye-Percy

“Sarah is amazing with children! My kids had fun at the photo shoot. Thanks for the beautiful mother and daughter photos.” Chantel Alam

“Sarah is great and very passionate about her work. Very patient with my busy toddler!! I can't wait to see the final product, I am sure they will be perfect per usual!!” Anne Lewis

“Sarah is amazing! She photographed my daughter's 1st birthday party and captured every detail beautifully. She also recently took her 18 month photos and some family photos for us that we love. Sarah is great with kids, she can get any kid to smile and captures their personalities wonderfully. I absolutely recommend her for all of your photography needs. She is affordable and gives you quality photos.” Kristin Morris

“Sarah was amazing! She came to our home to photograph our family which was especially appreciated as our son has autism and does not do well in the traditional setting where pictures are taken in a small cramped room of a portrait studio. Our family dog was also able to be photographed which makes this round of pictures extra special! Thank you 8:28 photography for successfully capturing our first family portrait in 3 years!” Amber Taylor

“Amazing talent, amazing personality, and amazing with my rambunctious kiddos!! Can't wait to see my pictures! This session means so much to me and for my family! We've overcome so much and it was so important to capture that in our pictures” Alyssa Majeske

“Sarah was awesome! Extremely patient with our little one  :) looking forward to doing many more sessions with her!” Ashley Czostkowski

“Sarah does a great job and isn't afraid of putting in a little extra work to get the right shot” Sean Brickner

“Sarah is so patient, friendly, and professional. My kids and I loved working with her” Amanda Barnes

“Sarah is an absolute gem. She was amazing with our kids and her work speaks for itself. We felt so blessed to have found her.” Scott Nemitz

“Sarah is great with kids, has a great personality and full of positive energy. Very patient with kids and loves her job!” Roshani Patel

“Sarah is the best! We had such a great time doing my son's senior pictures. She is just as enthusiastic about taking them as we are about having them taken! She comes up with the best ideas, and her work is excellent.“ Karen Klein

“Sarah did an excellent job with my daughters first birthday pictures. She easily incorporated my son and me into a few pictures too. She spent her time with us. I never felt rushed. She asked my opinion and added her creative touch. I will be going back to her son for family pictures!” Mary Hixson

“Sarah was amazing!! Me and my husband did our maternity photos yesterday and haven't seen them yet but we had a great time just doing them she was so energetic and passionate about what she was doing!! I have two more sessions booked with her and I honestly can't wait  <3 I would totally recommend her to others!” Gabby Hixson

“Sarah was a natural working with my daughter; being a child caregiver I could learn a thing or two from her. Photoshoots can be stressful if the children aren't behaving adequately but my face hurt from smiling all afternoon watching Sarah interact with my daughter. This will be a day I will never forget and look forward to booking more with Sarah!” Ashley Elwart

“Sarah was wonderful!!  :) She was very patient and kind with my son. She made me feel comfortable and at ease. She's an amazing photographer. I definitely plan on using her again in the near future!!!” Jennifer Szumanski

“Loved our session! Sarah was so great with our 5 year old and really made the the shoot fun and light-hearted. We can't wait to have future sessions with her!” Rachel Cosgrove

“Sarah was so enthusiastic and outgoing during our photo session. She made it fun for the kids by playing games and singing songs with them. She has a natural talent in taking photos as well as editing. We were very pleased with our photos and the time that was spent taking them. We will definitely be back! Thank you for the beautiful photos of my family.” Kelley Halbertstadt