You’re going to get images that will stand the test of time and be passed on to your children. These images are the start of a new visual history, and you will cherish the photos and share them for generations to come. They will become part of your family’s legacy.
WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY SESSION?
If you are booking your session in advance, I recommend booking your maternity session for the 30 -35 week mark. Your belly will be full and round, but not so big that you are uncomfortable moving around. Don’t hesitate to contact me ASAP if you have missed this window, so I can fit you into my schedule before bubba arrives!
Book your session on a day that you, your partner and your children (if they are going to be in the shoot) will be relaxed and well rested. Weekday sessions are available.
WHERE WILL YOUR SESSION TAKE PLACE?
I provide two types of maternity sessions. Outdoor sessions or studio sessions. Let me know your preference when you book. Only session participants should be present at the session to prevent distractions.
WHAT TYPE OF IMAGES WILL BE CAPTURED AT YOUR SESSION?
An important component of the session is your relationship with your growing family. Images with mum, dad, siblings (human or furbabies!) form a standard part of your gallery. I’ll also capture beautiful individual portraits of you to celebrate your beautiful form.
If we are in the studio, your session can also include fine art nude portraits. I’ll provide you with the opportunity to do during the studio session if this is something that appeals to you.
The studio is also located next to parkland, so if you’d like both indoor and outdoor portraits, let me know so I can plan to capture both for you.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR SESSION
On the day of your session, plan to relax and take it easy. Plan to get your hair and makeup done, have a manicure and pedicure, take a long, hot bath, or just take a nap before your appointment. You want to be well-rested, relaxed and comfortable for your shoot.
If you would like to include images with the bubba’s siblings (human or furbaby), bring them along at the beginning of the shoot, then make arrangements for someone to come occupy the children/ren away from where we will be taking your photos. That way, you will have the remainder of your session uninterrupted to do individual and couple images. A child minder can come with you to the session, stay while the children are being photographed with you, and then take them away so we can finish shooting more intimate images without disturbance. This goes for if we conduct the session in the studio as well.
If you see any particular gowns on my website you like, please let me know. If there is a particular image of mine that resonates with you and you’d like to replicate, let me know when you enquire, as different images are taken at different locations.
WHAT TO WEAR
I provide a selection of gowns that will be appropriate for your colouring and size. If we are outside, I I provide a very handy pop up tent for privacy so you can change gowns and clothes.
If you would like images in my range of gowns, wear a strapless white bra and undies, as some gowns are quite sheer. If we are shooting on location, it is in public, so please let me know if you are not comfortable at all.
For partners and children, I recommend that clothing choices do not feature any licensed items (ie Disney, Peppa Pig ect) visible logos or writing, as this will distract from the subject’s faces. Solid colours, textures and/or patterns in earth tones, pastels or bright colours are good for colour prints. Make sure everyone is wearing similar tones. A three-colour combination theme (e.g. a mix of blues, creams and reds or other complementing colours) also work well.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THE WEATHER IS BAD?
If we are on location, the session will be dependent on whether or not it’s raining. Rest assured that the day of your session I’m monitoring the weather very closely! I will be in contact on the day (the night before if a morning session) if the weather is threatening rain. Wind is great, it introduces a wonderful movement to your images. If we do reschedule, we will go for the next most suitable day weather and schedule wise if you want an outdoor session, or come into the studio if it’s available.
WHEN WILL I GET TO SEE THE IMAGES FROM MY SESSION?
Within 4 weeks of your session, we will schedule an ordering session in the studio.
This is where you will get to see the amazing images I’ve captured for you for the first time. These will have been narrowed down to show you the best of the best from your session (You’ll view a minimum of 50 images)
I will help you shortlist your favourite images, discuss your requirements and use visualisation software to show you how your images will look best on your walls.
You’ll choose a variety of heirloom quality products including albums, folio boxes and wall pieces. I’ll expertly guide you through the best products for your lifestyle.
This is not a hard process! Time and time again, clients have told me how easy I’ve made this process for them. The only hard part will be choosing your favourite images.
I realise that it can be difficult visualising the size of your products in relation to where you’d like to display them in your home. I use software that makes this a breeze, simply take a photo of an A4 size piece of paper against the wall you’d like to use, and send a photo to me. The software will do the rest for us!