About Your Maternity Session
I am a professional photographer and have been passionate about photographing pregnant women and families for 15 years. I am part photographer, part artist, part friend, and part therapist. The first thing that happens when I meet you is we offer you a cup of tea and then sit down and have a conversation. I am a good listener; I take notes. My goal is to capture your special moments and make you feel beautiful, as well as to mirror back the love in your family. This work is deeply personal to me. I have dedicated my entire career to give maternity photography a platform for society to gaze at this beautiful shape. This culminated in my first book coming out a few years ago, Portraits Of Pregnancy: The Birth Of A Mother, and a retrospective show in Italy in 2011.
Your session will be fun, collaborative (if you want), and creative. I encourage you to think about what you want this session to be about. What has your pregnancy meant to you? What moments do you treasure with your partner, child or children? I understand. I am a mother too. I see how fleeting these moments are. I know how difficult it can be to get pregnant, or have a baby. Call me if you just have a few questions. I am happy to talk with you to see if we can collaborate together.
But don’t wait too long. I recommend scheduling your session six to ten weeks before your due date, though one client actually came in on her due date and went into labor that night.
Preparing for your maternity or family session
Here are some tips:
– Schedule your photo session on a day when you will be relaxed, try not to make too many appointments before or after.
– Two hours before, remove anything with elastic to prevent strap marks from appearing on your skin.
– Eat a light snack before the shoot. Please make sure your children have eaten as well. Bring snacks.
– Make-up should look and feel natural. I have professional makeup artists who work with me in all my studios. Please inquire. Or if you’re on a budget, schedule a makeover at the closest Bobbi Brown counter. They emphasize the natural fresh look which I think looks best.
– Too much jewelry can be distracting. Bring only the special, treasured pieces.
– Feel free to bring anything that you want to include in the photograph to make it special. Scarves, veils, headdresses, flowers, pets, other children, clothing items are all examples of what previous clients have brought to our session.
– Solid colored clothes are always best for photographing larger groups of people. Remember to bring both dark and light maternity skirts, pants, cardigans, and long and short sleeved shirts, blouses and sweaters. We provide freshly laundered fabrics for your use.
For a the list of preparations download the complete PDF.
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About Your Family Session
Your family is special and our goal is to capture your uniqueness, the different relationships and the fun that you have together.
Family, newborn, baby and grandparent photo sessions depend on your goals for the shoot. We like to include the entire family, then each parent with the children or child, and then shoot the children together and then individually. This can take between 45 minutes and 2 hours.
When To Schedule Your Session
Newborns: Schedule within two-four weeks of their birth.
Babies: Schedule between 4-6 months or just before or before they start to crawl (my son never crawled so I photographed him at 10 months old).
Toddlers: Anytime is great, I love two-year-olds!
Grandparents: I want to encourage you to bring them to any of your sessions. I love them!
How to Prepare for your Family Session
Here are some tips:
– Schedule your photo session on a day that you or your children will be relaxed and well rested. Keep in mind nap and snack times,
– Have everyone eat a light snack before the shoot,
– We prefer darker solid colors so that the faces really come through, for both parents and children, and remember that writing and branding can be very distracting. Dresses are great for girls. Bring light colored shirts too to have options!
– You are special and unique and we want these photos to represent you and your family, so feel free to bring any special items you want to include in the photo,
– Make-up should look and feel natural,- M should consider not wearing a bra two hours beforehand to prevent marks from the bra straps if photographs are to be taken with the bare shoulders showing with the baby,
– Bring the babies and children’s favorite toys to help entertain them,
– If the shoot is in your home, we need a larger room with nice available light (no skylights) and only the family and nanny’s should be present to prevent distractions.