Four facts about maternity photoshoots...
1. They are one of my personal favourite photoshoots to do and they create beautiful images,
2. They can be a little tiring for the pregnant mumma,
3. I help you with where to stand in order to show off your bump, and
4. You will enjoy it and maybe even your partner will too (I always tell the boys/partner to feel free to bring an esky with their beverage of choice - keeps everyone happy!)
What I want for you from your maternity shoot
1. I want you to feel beautiful
2. I want you to feel comfortable
3. I want you to have some amazing documentation of an amazing time in your (and your partners) life
I make no secret about the fact that a maternity session can be tiring for the mumma. They are kind of like a yoga class. Lots of stretching and standing still. If you have had a difficult pregnancy and are easily tired they can be hard on your blossoming body. Do yourself a favour and take it easy on the day of your shoot - both before and after. Eat well and drink lots of water (before, during and after). My lovely husband packs some nice cool bottles of water with ice for the maternity sessions as it gets kinda hot here in Broome!
I have some information below about the maternity sessions that might help with any questions you have about how they work and what to do etc. I will put together a video of a session one day so you can see a maternity session in action. To make further enquiries email me at email@example.com
Before your maternity session
If you are active,working out,practicing yoga ,or anything else that requires body movement, the pregnancy session should be fine. However, if you have not been active you could find it an exhausting experience. Once the body starts moving and the back is arched, the baby will often move and wiggle. It is best to clear your schedule for the day of your session. Take the time to eat and drink well and simply enjoy yourself so you’ll be totally relaxed and rested. Make the day all about you. Since this is such a special time, you might like to get pampered and have your hair and makeup done. It can make a world of difference. I do suggest when doing your own to go heavier on the mascara and lipstick and wear foundation or powder.
When is the ‘best time’ for pregnancy photos?
Well there is no one right answer, as everybody is so different.“Usually" the time between 28-34 weeks is a good time. Two basic rules of thumb are: You want your belly to be nice and round, and you want to be in a place where you are feeling good without too much swelling. The farther along you progress in your pregnancy, the more uncomfortable you will be and the chances of swelling increase.It is also important to remember that the body will react differently with each child. More often then not, you will show quicker in the the second or third pregnancy as your body quickly remembers what’s going on.
What to wear/bring
I have a selection of maternity gowns that I have purchased specifically for my maternity photography sessions. They are a beautiful selection of flowing gowns, skirts, bandeaux’s and shorts designed for the pregnany belly. Please feel free to bring your own outfits and I always ask you come wearing a pair of nude coloured knickers and a nude strapless bra. We can discuss clothing options in the pre- consultation stage. I do not charge extra for children or spouses and definately encourage their involvement in the maternity session. For partners clothing, I suggest solid and simple. Tees, polos or dress shirts are all fine - just keep them solid. I suggest a light and a dark shirt to adjust to what Mama is wearing. Men and boys should have similar clothing. It is suggested to dress according to one’s own personal style Shoes are optional. Accessories always welcome. Other things you might like to bring to the photoshoot Ultrasound photos! Baby booties! Balloons! Nursery items! Personal momento
What to expect during the session
On location shoots are 60-90 minutes long and commence about an hour before sunset which change depending on the time of year. I have a selection of locations for your maternity session which we can discuss at time of booking - ultimately the choice is yours as to the location but I know the area and am happy to guide you. Maternity sessions will be different to any other photo shoot you will ever have. We want to photograph your beautiful growing belly and the changes in your body. Most women feel self conscious in front of the camera at the best of time and during pregnancy is no exception. In this photo shoot I will guide you with how and where to stand. It is a session where there is a bit of posing done in order to flatter your belly. I will move and direct you and we have lots of fun in these sessions. We will discuss how you are feeling prior to the shoot starting. Drink lots of water during the session and there is plenty of time during the session to rest and have a breather.
I want you to feel and look beautiful during your session. The female form is a beautiful thing and is spectacular when pregnant. We will discuss in your initial consultation what you feel comfortable with regarding nudity - some pregnant women choose this time to do a few tasteful nudes/topless photographs. Know that these are intimate and kept very private.
For pricing of a maternity session please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Also have a look at the locations I have shot at and you can get an idea of what appeals to you for a location.