This is when it all starts to feel a little more "real". You curl your hair, pull on the outfit you've had picked out for weeks, convince your partner that the shirt you picked really does look hot on him, find the other shoe for your toddler, switch to another outfit because it just doesn't feel right, and head out the door, wondering what you forgot. Sitting in the passenger seat, you hastily apply mascara to the other eye. Ping! Your phone goes off. Your photographer is texting you, "Just relax. Be 5 minutes late for all I care. You could come naked and it would still be alright. We're going to have a ball." And so you start to relax. You breath in deeply. And then it hits you. You're headed to your maternity session. This is actually happening. You're so close to meeting your little one. Your hand naturally gravitates towards your belly, and you promise to yourself to savor this day, to let go of stress and be present. Because that's what it's about... this photography session... it goes beyond simply having your picture taken. It's about processing, realizing, and enjoying. It's about preserving that feeling for all of time.
Though my focus revolves around the birth event, I do offer a limited number of maternity sessions, with priority given to my birth clients. Maternity sessions aren't just photo ops with a baby bump. These sessions are typically very lifestyle, taken around town, in a natural area, at a location special to you, or in the client's home. We'll discuss your maternity session in detail before that special day.
*** When hiring me for your maternity session, it's important to remember that I am, first and foremost, a birth photographer. I will likely be on call for one or more mommas during your session. There is always a slim chance that we may need to reschedule the session, either before or during the session. Your flexibility and understanding is very much appreciated, and is a requirement for me to accept you as a client. ***
Many moms feel great about shooting around 32-34 weeks into pregnancy. Note that after our session I generally take 30 days to deliver the edited images to you.
Location for maternity sessions is highly variable. This is one of the details you and I will discuss and fine tune, depending on your comfort, the weather, etc.
Your photoshoot will feel very private, as your family and I will be the only ones present.
Family members and canine babies are encouraged to join in. This is your session, and there are few limitations to what we can do.
When it comes to wardrobe, it's important that you feel confident and beautiful! Here are a couple of tips regarding wardrobe for your session:
- Bring some shoes/boots you don't mind hiking around in a bit.
- Bring 2-4 outfits if you'd like to get a lot of variety from your session.
- Soft, neutral colors and earth tones are always winners.
- Transparent and billowing fabrics add dimension. Sweaters can add really beautiful texture.
- Avoid bright colors and stark whites.
- The objective is to capture that beautiful baby bump, so avoid very bulky sweaters and select items that flatter, not hide, your figure.
- Plan to bring one plain, tight-fitting cotton/spandex shirt.
- For more outfit ideas, check out my Pinterest board.
- Dads look best in simple, casual outfits, like these.
- Don't stress out too much about your outfit, and don't get too hung up on Pinterest Perfection. Because it's all a little ridiculous!
I always bring a couple of gorgeous maternity gowns, fabrics, and floral crowns as an option. If you'd like to try a maternity gown, please wear skin-colored underwear (thong preferred) and a skin-colored strapless bra.
If you're planning to have your hair and makeup done professionally for your session, please arrive at the salon with day-old hair and a clean face. The cost of hair and makeup is not built into your session fee, and will be handled independently between you and the stylist. If we're shooting at a studio location, please arrive on-time, as our time at the studio is strictly limited.
You may want to consider pampering yourself (and your partner, if they will be participating in the session) with manicures. It's easy to forget such a small detail, but bad nails can easily ruin your images. Alternatively, just remove all the polish, make sure they are evenly trimmed, and moisturize!
Maternity sessions are $525 and include 20-25 retouched digital images in both color and black and white, as well as a print release. Half of your payment is due at the time of booking, and the other half you can pay at or before your session via cash, check, or credit card.