Christene Schaaf, Photographer

About C.S. Photography, Inc.

C.S. Photography features the unique Home.Life.Art family sessions and Bébe Firsts sessions. What is Life Art? Well...Life Art is YOU! It is the relationship that is captured between family. A moment... a portrait created by me and turned into beautiful Life Art décor that makes you smile every time you walk by it and inspires your home to greet you.

My blog is filled with the inner workings of my photography passion. I will be featuring sneak peeks, tutorial tidbits, Life Art Décor suggestions, product offerings, client gallery designs and inspiration.

If you would like more information or want to schedule a Home.Life.Art or Bébe First session, please visit or email

Archive: ‘Bellies’

Belly and Baby | Virginia Beach Maternity and Newborn Photographer

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

This momma and her family is absolutely gorgeous. Big brother was the friendliest and happiest toddler I think I’ve ever worked with. Don’t be fooled by baby brother’s chubby cheeks though. This little preemie decided to surprise us and make an early entrance. :)

Belly and a Board | Virginia Beach Maternity Photography

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

This was one of those comical sessions…momma with twins, swarming jellyfish and a surf board that wouldn’t float for us. :) I miss them already. Navy wives get used to goodbyes all too often.

{Waiting} | Virginia Beach Maternity Photography

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

This family is waiting on baby and waiting for Daddy who sadly won’t be making it back from deployment in time for the birth of their new addition. Thank you to the “B” Family for your sacrifice!

Winter Light | Virginia Beach Maternity Photographer

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

My first shoot of 2012 was a maternity session with this gorgeous momma-to-be and her hilarious hubby. I think I’d like to hire him on as an assistant. A performer for me just to get people to laugh. After a quick indoor shoot we headed outside and I’m sure they thought I had lost it with my enthusiasm for the warm winter light that gleamed off the grasses. In fact I just couldn’t let them go. I think we headed to the car about 3 times when I’d see something else and wave them back.

PSD ~ Beautiful Bellies | Virginia Beach Maternity Photographer

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

We had so much fun with these beautiful momma’s at PSD!

This raised walkway made the perfect softbox for us.

I wanted to show the movement to her skirt, so I dropped the shutter down to 1/25 sec at f/4.5

The last day of PSD sharing will be up on the blog tomorrow with some beautiful newborns!

Be a Bébe Firsts Ambassador! | Virginia Beach Children’s Photographer

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

C.S. Photography, Inc. is looking for 3 Bébe Firsts Ambassadors! New for 2011 is my Bébe Firsts baby plans.
Sessions are done at the newborn (under 10 days), 4 months, 8 months, and 1 year stages. Before delivery, we will meet at your home for an initial consultation. Although a variety of products are available at all stages, each session has a corresponding product recommendation that you will be introduced to at your consultation. Our goal at the end of the Bébe Firsts year is to have complimentary portraits and products that decorate your home or nursery without consuming the décor in only first year images, leaving options available for growth and family additions.

So, what is a Bébe Firsts Ambassador?
Your newborn will be my first baby planners! We will meet at each session stage to document you baby’s growth and spirit and work towards decorating your home and/or nursery in 1st year images. I am only taking 3 Ambassadors!

What do I get out of it?
Your Bébe Firsts creative fee is completely waived! This means there will be no creative fee for your newborn, 4 month, 8 month, and 1 year portrait sessions.
There is a purchase requirement of Life Art products (see below), however these will be available to you at 50% off!

What is required of me?
All Bébe Firsts Ambassadors will be required to fill out a model release form allowing me to use images from our session in my portfolio and for business use. Final products will also be photographed in your home for business use in a catalog form, etc.
Bébe Firsts Ambassadors will also be required to purchase Life Art Décor products recommended at each stage, however these products will be offered at 50% off only for Bébe Firsts Ambassadors.

If you are currently in your 3rd trimester and are interested in being a Bébe Firsts Ambassador for 2011, please contact me at 757.675.7985 or to set up an initial phone consultation to answer any questions you may have. After our phone consultation, I will require you to talk it over with your spouse/partner to make sure you are comfortable with the Life Art investment and that it is a priority in your decorating goals. Once you are accepted into the Bébe Firsts Ambassador program we will set up an in home consultation to go over portrait and design goals and also to look at the products that will be suitable for your home and/or nursery. Ambassadors must be living in the Virginia Beach, Norfolk, or Chesapeake area for the duration of the 1st year program.

Maternity Sneak Peak: Rain Baby | Virginia Beach Maternity Photographer

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

I had an idea in my head for this shoot and I’m sure it would have happened had I not brought my “afraid to let go of my pant leg” toddler with me who I think scared little A into not wanting her picture taken. So, lesson learned and we are going to try again this weekend. Lukily for me these are very good friends of ours and I can bug Sarah anytime I want to work on my photography skills :) I did manage to get a few, so here’s a sneak peak for her!


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