Jessica Souza Photography is a custom portrait studio located in Venice, FL specializing in newborn and baby. JSP services Sarasota, North Port, Port Charolette, Venice, Tampa, Bradenton, Punta Gorda, Fort Myers, and surrounding areas.





STEP ONE: Call 941-882-0572 or email the studio for our availability and full pricing guide.

STEP TWO: Submit your session fee to book your pre-session, session, and reveal appointment dates.

STEP THREE: Review your welcome information and help us get to know you!

STEP FOUR: Get your questions ready for your pre-session consultation, where we’ll go over all of the details of your session.

STEP FIVE: Arrive on your session date ready for a fun, relaxing portrait experience!


CHiNeLLE, Birth Story Artist

Chinelle Rojas is the Portrait Artist behind Sugar & Coco and JSP Birth Story Artist for the Hillsborough County area. 

Chinelle discovered her passion, the place where her heart feels the most at ease, flourishes when she gets the opportunity to express herself through her art. Whether it be through design, handlettering, painting, or photography, the desire to constantly create is always present. 

Her most favorite medium, since 2010, has been photography. She enjoys every aspect of the process; from the initial conversation with a potential client, to planning every detail of the session, to the actual shooting and editing. She admits that the most gratifying part for her is sharing her work with those that she as the opportunity to photograph.

JESSICA, OWNER & LEAD Portrait Artist

Jessica Souza began this company as a military spouse at her family's first duty station. Over the years she has had to uproot and start her business over in a number of states, before finally settling in beautiful SWFL.

Jessica has had the opportunity to photograph hundreds of newborns across the country and runs an online photography group, where she serves as a mentor for other industry professionals who wish to learn more about the art of photography.

Jessica believes in the power of giving back to her local community. Not only does she volunteer her time and talent for a variety of local workshops and seminars, she is also a participating photographer for the Tiny Sparrow Foundation – a non-profit foundation that provides professional photography, free of charge, to families of children with life threatening illnesses.


what types of sessions do you provide?

We primarily photograph maternity through one year, with a focus on newborn and baby photography.

do you photograph families?

We photograph a limited number of family sessions twice a year – in the Spring and Fall.

How long does the process take?

For most shoots, we recommend calling the studio at least 4-6 weeks in advance of your desired session date. We are occasionally able to take last-minute sessions if our schedule allows it. Please give us a call when you’re in your second trimester to reserve your Maternity and/or Newborn Session. We like to be sure we are able to set aside time for our time sensitive sessions. 

After you book, we’ll either email you your welcome email or send out your welcome package (depending on the session type you booked).  Then, we’ll schedule your pre-session consult for about a 2 weeks before your session. Session times vary in length depending on the type of session. Your Reveal Appointment (where you view your photos) is scheduled about 2 weeks after your session takes place. After you order, product fulfillment time depends on the type of product ordered. You can expect to have your product ready for pickup in 4-6 weeks.

When is the best time for my session to be held?

Maternity portrait sessions are scheduled between 32-36 weeks. In this window, you have a true pregnant belly (it doesn't look like you just ate a big burrito) and aren't too uncomfortable.

Newborn portrait sessions are scheduled between 1-10 days of life to ensure we are able to capture those sweet sleepy, curly newborn portraits we're known for.

Baby portrait sessions are best scheduled between 6-9 months. They're sitting up, smiling, and are able to really show off their playful personality.

Holiday portrait sessions should be scheduled before October 31st in order to receive your products in time for the holiday season. Our annual Santa Minis are held in early November. Join the JSP newsletter to be the first to know details!

Why should I pick Jessica Souza Photography?

We deliver beautiful custom portraiture and an unbeatable customer service experience. It's that simple! 

What should I wear/how should I prepare?

When you schedule your session with JSP, we will schedule a pre-session consultation held in the studio or over the phone. We use this time to go over your vision for your portraits, discuss wardrobe, what to bring, and how to prepare for your session. 

What products do you offer?

We offer an array of custom designed products. From beautiful albums and Organic Bloom frames to acrylic blocks and canvas. We are sure to find the perfect product to suit your needs. 

What makes make JSP unique?

Our full service professional portrait studio strives to give a completely custom experience to each of our clients. From set design, to the product design, clients can feel confident that they're investing in the absolute best portrait experience. 

when can i expect to see our photos?

After our session, we will post a sneak peek on Facebook and/or blog. Your gallery will be presented to you within 2 weeks of your session date at your Reveal Appointment.

We understand you are excited to see your photos and trust me – We are just as excited to show them to you as you are excited to see them. But, please be patient and give us this time we ask for to complete your photographs.

why does it take “x” amount of time to see my photos?

Like you, we have families and designate certain hours of the day to work and certain hours to be with family, just as a “normal” job would allow someone to do. Although your photographs are digital, we still put each photo through a structured workflow in our “digital darkroom”. We take our time and go over every photo individually to see if it meets our high standards (sharpness, detail, color, light, composition, etc).

can i print digital files off at walmart or walgreens?

No, reprint rights to images on your CD are non-valid to CVS, Walgreens, Sams Club, Walmart, Target, & Costco.  We highly recommend for image prints. We are not responsible for the quality of prints received from any outside lab. For optimal results, we suggest ordering through JSP.

1-hour photo labs do not specialize in providing quality portraits – they are just a convenient place to purchase prints. If you’ve spent your hard earned money on custom photography for your family, we are sure you want quality prints to reflect your investment. *We will always recommend that fine art products such as canvas gallery wraps and albums be purchased through us and the professional photo lab we use.

do you offer gift certificates?

Yes! You can order gift cards from our store at