Ellen  Wagner Photo


A relaxed, candid family photography experience for sentimental people who believe in beautifully preserved memories. 

Based in Auburn, AL.
Available for travel in the Southeast. 

Telling your story thoughtfully, honestly, and beautifully is my mission.

I give you a photography experience with your family that turns your ordinary moments into magical artwork that you'll hang on your walls for years to come. 

You deserve a photographer that authentically captures your most precious moments, making magic out of your ordinary.... and I'm your gal. 

--  Ellen

And that is exactly why I want to meet you where you are at.

I want to observe your family's ordinary moments - the chaos, the mess, the loud screeches, and contagious giggles - gather them up like trinkets in a pre-schooler's pocket (IYKYK), and present these unforgettable moments to you as nostalgic, emotional imagery that feels like you. 

Your family will never be the same as it is at this exact moment. 

Release all expectations of creating perfect family portraits.

We are going for something much more valuable here. 

Just think...

I'm the photographer for you if...

you love emotional and connected images inspired by film

you have a session 'shot list' the length of a cvs receipt

Your days feel chaotic and you need someone to help you slow down

you want a 'quick' session

You want prints, albums, or custom artwork featuring your beautiful family

I'm probably not the best for you if..

you do not even want to consider printing your photos

How would I describe my sessions?

Moment catching. Unexpectedly enjoyable. A little therapeutic. Conversational. Cherished and intentional time with your loved ones. Anything but your ordinary family photography session. 

I use your family as my inspiration to create artwork celebrating your life's moments - big and small.

My approach is designed for documenting motherhood and families, but is well suited for couples, extended families, and friends that feel like family. 

Anything but ordinary.

Thoughtful planning, styling guidance for the whole family, and complimentary access to my client wardrobe with a curated selection of dresses for women. 

Creative Direction

Document your family more often by joining the session collective - up to four full-service sessions over eighteen months. 

Handmade family albums and custom framed fine art prints from my trusted printers. 

Didn't you hear? We aren't leaving photos in the cloud anymore. 

Heirloom Products

Session Collective

my approach:


perfectly imperfect

Lasting images of those you love. 

Your gallery feels like reading a chapter in a story, with each image encompassing the emotion and joy of this season of life. 

Maternity and Baby

feminine & Joyful

Motherly warmth you can feel. 

As your family grows, I'm here to celebrate with everlasting images of all the big moments...and the little ones too. 


nuturing & Nostalgic

Thoughtful images encompassing a mother's love.

I want every mama I work with to feel beautiful, supported, and seen. Relax and allow me to guide you through some intentional time with your little ones (even if they aren't so little anymore).

Time and time again, my clients share how refreshing and enjoyable their time with me has been. I like to think of myself as the photographer for people that think they don't like portrait sessions...but that's just because they haven't worked with me yet. 

Investment Details

Signature Portrait Session

Signature Full-Service Session

The $300 retainer and a signed session agreement is due to reserve your place on my calendar.

Dates are held for 3 days, then released to next inquiring client. 

The balance of your investment is due 7 days before your session. 

All pricing subject to required Alabama sales tax. 

Printed products (albums, prints, wall art, etc) are purchased separately.

Extended family and travel requests will incur an additional fee.  

investment begins at $900

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More about my process...

More about my process...

I help you define the vision for your session, so your photos are more than 'Instagram-able"; they're meaningful images to treasure forever. 

I'll provide personalized planning and preparation, my session guide, assist in wardrobe styling, and spend time learning about your loved ones. Understanding your unique family is just as important as knowing how to work my camera.

Session time is not just a time for me to photograph your family. I encourage you to focus on being in the moment. Allow the daily stress to melt away and get lost in the little moments with your family.

I finish your experience by designing custom artwork for your walls and creating an heirloom album that beautifully tells your family's story. 





An intentional photography experience created by a mother, for mothers.

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I can't wait to celebrate your family. 

Use the button below to submit an inquiry. I'll be in touch soon with full booking details, session availability, and to answer your questions. 

-  Ellen

Do you only photograph mothers? 

I love working with mothers, but I serve anyone interested in a unique and personalized photography experience. 

Frequently Asked Questions

When should I book a session? 

If you have a specific date you'd like your session, the sooner the better.

I limit the number of clients I work with each month to ensure I am able to be fully present and creative at their session. 

Typically, my clients book their session about three months ahead of time. 

When should I have maternity photos taken? 

The most common time to have maternity photos is between 28 and 36 weeks. That said, I've photographed mama's as late as 39 weeks. I believe it is never too late, and if you reach out, I'll do my best to fit you in! 

When should I have newborn photos taken? 

Do you offer discounts if I book both a maternity and newborn session with you?

I encourage my newborn clients to reserve a date when baby is two to three weeks old. I take a limited number of newborn clients each month - PLEASE reach out early!


I adore working with repeat clients, especially at a time as special as welcoming a new life into their family.

I have a membership offering, designed for families needing multiple sessions over the course of 18 months. 

Please submit an inquiry for full pricing and membership details. 

When will my photos be ready? 

I'll email you a first look of a few digital images a few days after your session, then your full gallery will be ready two to three weeks after your session date. 

How many photos will I receive? 

I don't like to focus on a specific number of images from a session, and put more weight on thoroughly documenting your family in a way that tells your story. In general, I aim for fifty *amazing* images from your session, but often deliver more in your final gallery, particularly if there are multiple family units participating. 

Can I just do a mini session? I just need a few photos. 

I will occasionally plan a portrait event at a pre-determined location and date to accommodate families wanting a smaller number of photos.

Investment for portrait event spots begin at $400. 

I'll be sure to announce booking information on my social media and to my email list as soon as those dates are set and open for booking!  

Can I gift a session to someone? 

Yes, but I strongly recommend doing this only if the person has expressed interest in my work.

Gifted sessions are paid in full and you'll be sent a printed certificate in a glass photo display box to present to the recipient. Recipients will be required to sign a session agreement to reserve their session date.

Gift certificates do not expire and are not redeemable for cash. 

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Meaningful imagery for sentimental families.