This precious time when your body is creating a new life absolutely deserves to be captured in amazing and memorable photographs, after all, you aren't going to be pregnant forever right? Please let us guide you in the creation of these memories that will last you forever.
When to schedule your Maternity session:
Maternity sessions are best between 30-35 weeks of pregnancy, this way your bump is at a good size to show in photos, but not too big to make it uncomfortable for you to move around. The session can be done sooner or later in the pregnancy, that is all completely up to you and how you feel.
We have a few different locations we use from which we will decide depending on the time and date the session is scheduled. Please note that some locations have closing times and closed on certain days of the week. In case you have a certain location in mind besides what we offer, there is a travel fee depending on how far the location is from our studio. Maternity sessions are held outdoors. In the case that you are interested in both in studio and outdoor photos, you can add more time to your session for an additional fee.
Before the Session:
Wardrobe is key in creating these lasting memories and we have an ample selection of gowns and garments that you have full access to, per our full service experience. It is custom to have you select your gowns at our pre-consult to ensure the style and fit are what you have in mind. Our selection is pretty extensive, but in the case you would like to bring your own clothing, we typically recommend form fitting gowns that accent your bump and really show it off. Maxi dresses are very popular as well as jeans and tight blouses, but make sure and follow your own style, you are going to want to print and hang these photos in your home and you want them to fit you and your personality! We do suggest you bring sandals/flip-flops with you to walk from spot to spot, these locations are not built to walk around in heels and we don't want to risk you falling and hurting yourself.
Professional Hair and make-up are suggested and if you need help locating a hair and make up provider, we have excellent suggestions. Just let us know and we can make the arrangements to have them meet us at the studio. Of course if this is the case, we need to allow ample time for them to get you ready.
What to expect during your maternity session:
We will meet at the park or location we agree on at least 10 minutes early so that we can discuss any ideas or outfits you may have with you. This day is all about you, sure you might have hubby and other children with you, but this session is about you. Most poses will be started with you alone and then I will add other family members to the shots, however, they will not be on all of the photos. The session goes by pretty quickly, I typically already have my routine planned out and try to stick to it to make sure and take advantage of our time, but if you need to take a break, please say so and we will stop for a bit and give you time.
The arrival of your new Baby is such a special time for you and your family. The addition of a new, sweet baby that changes life completely! I want to help you savor those memories of your sweet, little one and create images of this special moment in your life to cherish forever.
When to Schedule your Newborn Session:
Newborn Photos are best when taken in the first two weeks after your baby’s birth. During this time, your baby has a deeper sleep and is very flexible for all those cute poses and his or her complexion is clear. You should call during your second or third trimester of pregnancy to reserve your your session. When you call to schedule your appointment, your due date will be added to my calendar and a date reserved for a time within those two weeks of your baby's life. Notify me as soon as possible when your baby is born to set a firm date. In some cases, sessions can be completed at more days old, but these just depend on the baby and how they react to the session. This is why to ensure we get those newborn shots, that you schedule as soon as possible.
Newborn sessions are done at my studio which keeps the babies and families cozy as I have all the equipment, props and anything needed at hand reach. We provide refreshments for parents while the session is taken place and have ample sitting from where you can watch.
Before the Session:
Wear comfortable clothes, if you’re goin to partake in your baby’s session, please bring your outfits in neutral tones and you may change into them when we come to that time in the session. The studio is kept quite warm during the baby’s session to ensure baby’s comfort, so we want you to be comfortable as well. I have been working with babies for a very long time and know that they will cry, pee and poop, get hungry, etc. so I am very familiar with the stress, fatigue, and emotions those first days may bring. Take the time of the session to unwind and check on all those social media messages that I am sure have piled up, bring a book or magazine or just take a nap. We are good with any of that!
What to Expect at Your Baby’s Session:
I recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes early. When you arrive I will have everything already set up, so if you have any props or things you want me to use specifically, please be sure and let me know that ahead of time through our session questionnaire, no props/blankets will be changed once you are at the studio already, this would take time away from the session and we want to avoid that. Newborn sessions can include any combination of the following: newborn only, siblings and baby, parents and baby, family and baby (This includes mom, dad and siblings.) Other family members can be included at an additional cost. Remember that the baby calls the shots! Babies are little individuals with their own likes, dislikes and personality. If baby wants to eat, we’ll take a break. If baby needs to be changed or just needs a little break, we'll give it to him, I will do my best to work with you and your baby to have a successful session.
Have any further questions for me? Shot them my way. I want to be sure you are as informed as you need to feel at ease with your session.