Elle Mendenhall, of Ella Bella Photography in Austin, Texas, specializes in creative portraiture of newborns and babies using only natural light. She is one of Austin's premier portrait artists, sought after for her creative style and modern approach to photographing newborns and babies.

Contact Details

  Person Ella Bella Photography
  City San Antonio, TX
  Phone Number (512) 750-8051

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Ella Bella Photography

My name is Elle and I am a natural light newborn & child photographer in Austin, TX. I am also a mommy to 2 toddler boys, born 17 months apart. As a mom, I know how important it is to have beautiful photographs that document each stage of development because children grow up too quickly. Besides being a mother, my true passion in life is photography and I feel so blessed to be able to do what I love everyday.

Products & Services



Ella Bella Photography now offers mini-maternity sessions for $75 when booked with a full newborn session! The mini-maternity sessions are 1 hour long at the location of your choice! Let's have fun! We can meet near downtown Austin for an urban maternity session with colorful walls, cupcakes, and even an awesome candy store. Or if you want a more laid back maternity session, we can meet at your home or your favorite park! Be sure to book your maternity session during your 1st or 2nd trimester so that I can make room on my calendar for you. The best time for maternity portraits are when your pregnancy is between 32-36 weeks along. (If you are pregnant with multiples, you will need to subtract 4 weeks from that timeframe!)



The ideal time to book a newborn session is in your 2nd trimester. I only book a limited number of photo sessions each month and my schedule fills up quickly, even months in advance. If you are nearing your due date or just had a baby, please still contact me for current session openings. I love newborns and will do my best to fit you in!

I prefer to photograph newborns during their first week of life after coming home from the hospital, or when your baby is between 4-9 days old. I always say the sooner the better when scheduling newborn sessions because newborn babies quickly outgrow the tiny, sleepy, curled up characteristics that are the hallmark of my newborn photography.

If your baby has to spend time in the NICU, you can still book a newborn session in advance and we will wait to schedule the actual session date once we know when your baby will be coming home.

Your newborn session will take place in the comfort of your own home. I will look for the room in your home that has the best indirect natural light and set up my portable studio there. I bring all my newborn hats, baskets, blankets and props to every session! If you desire, I can also take some family and sibling portraits with your newborn. In the spring, summer and early fall, we can go outside and find some shaded areas in your yard for some outdoor portraits as well. Newborn sessions typically last about 2. 5 hours.



Let's have fun! My style is a mix between lifestyle and portrait photography. I love interacting with children, singing songs, acting silly and capturing your little one's sweet smiles and natural curiosity. I also aim to get a few posed portraits of your family and/or children several times during the session so you will have a nice variety of finished proofs to choose from in your private gallery.

Your portrait session can take place anywhere you want! I can meet you in the comfort of your own home and yard, your favorite park or a more urban setting like downtown Austin! We will have time for one change of clothing, possibly two if time permits. Traditional whites are always timeless in portraits but I really LOVE to photograph colorful clothing! Feel free to be creative with your wardrobe on the day of your session! If you have children under the age of 5, please bring along plenty of water and non-staining snacks like cheerios and animal crackers. We will have time for snack breaks and outfit changes!

Customer Testimonials

Elle is truly excellent at what she does! For the last six years I have wanted professional newborn and family photos, but we waited until our family was complete (after the birth of our third child) to have them done. Elle MORE than delivered! She captured all of the newborn & family poses I wanted so well. The pictures were all so good I ended up purchasing all of them! Highly recommend!!

Our photos of our family and sweet boys first birthday turned out amazing! Elle was a breeze to work with and always responded quickly and answered any and all questions I had. Her turnaround time was incredible and she went above an beyond to capture these sweet memories!

Beyond satisfied! Elle did our newborn photos and we couldn’t be happier. She supplies all the little swaddles, blankets, props, headbands and bows. Elle even encorporated a few items we brought from home. She really knows how to get the best from your newborn and is a true professional as well as a really kind person.

Elle is amazing!!! She took absolutely beautiful pictures of our newborn baby girl & our boys with her that I will treasure forever! She is so patient and takes her time which I truly appreciate!! I’m so in love with our pictures and highly recommend Elle to capture your precious memories!! She’s the best!!