Whether it’s your first or fourth, pregnancy is a fleeting time in your life. Your body is transformed in beautiful ways to reflect the new life growing within. You are becoming a mother. Some may think they don’t want to capture this moment in time, but this is a period in your life you will treasure forever. You’ll always remember hearing your baby’s first heartbeat, the first kick, or their tiny little hiccups. But will you remember the beautiful baby bump or how gorgeous you looked? Maternity photographs are personal and document the change in your body.
Maternity photographs quickly become treasured family heirlooms. I work with each client individually to create an unforgettable experience documenting a very special time in their lives. I believe baby bellies are beautiful and something to celebrate, commemorate and share with your little ones as they grow older.
You may choose to have your maternity session as just the two of us – a private, intimate affair; or we can include dad, siblings and close family members. This is your day, your session. You get to decide how you’d like it be! Whether it’s in my studio, in your home, or somewhere in between, the location of your photoshoot sets the mood and tone for the images. Some women are more comfortable taking photos in a home setting, while others prefer a beautiful park or field of flowers. And there is others still who prefer to strip down. I am willing to travel to locations around the area, or to your home, depending on what you decide. I also have a trove of my favourite local photo spots. If you don’t know what you want, just ask – I am always happy to make recommendations!
I like to book in my maternity sessions at about 7-8 months into the pregnancy for full round bellies, but hopefully not the discomfort of late pregnancy! Expect our time together to last half an hour for a mini session or an hour for the full session.
You are welcome to bring any baby items your may want photographed like booties, blankets or outfits. And of course, practically don’t forget water, a snack for you and the kids, extra makeup for touch-ups and an optional change of clothes.
How to dress a pregnant belly
From my experience, this will get the best results from your maternity session; try for solids – typically I love muted tones but feel free to pick whatever you are drawn to. Choose clothing that is slightly clingy and stretchy to show off your belly – I love maxi dresses that cling to your bump. Consider wraps, textured scarves and hats to add another layer of interest. They can create a whimsicle, artistic look. I also have a small collection of sheer fabrics and lace tops and dresses that look wonderful on pregnant bodies. My tips for those of you interested in more intimate portraits? I’ll ask you to bring along some nice lingerie, and a kimono or loose cardigan. If we are at the beach bathers.
What I don’t recommend is multicoloured fabrics, with over the top patterns. This can distract from your bump and face and can also date very quickly. You should also avoid baggy clothing that hangs too loosely – we’ll lose the shape of your beautiful belly and add extra kilos that do not exist. Watches and big chunky jewellery (except wedding/engagement rings or heirloom pieces) are generally distracting from the overall picture. And don’t forget those hair elastics around the wrist! And lastly, if you are planning to get semi naked, please avoid wearing tight underwear that will leave red marks on your skin.
A quick reminder is also to dress and style daddy and other children if they are coming along to be photographed in your session in similar tones to you. Follow my general what to wear guidelines to dress your family cohesively.