Maternity sessions are best photographed between 32 and 36 weeks. They typically last about an hour, however we like to utilize the first or last 2 hours of daylight for how soft and beautiful the light is. This 2 hour window also allows time for outfit changes and breakdowns to ensure we get the husband and children involved (if there are any). On average, you will see approximately 40 images in a private, in person viewing and ordering appointment no later than 2 weeks after your session (usually much sooner).
You can choose the location, or we can send you some suggestions based on the scenery you are looking for (studio, beach, park, downtown, etc.). A travel fee may apply depending on the location. We may not be prop photographers, but we encourage you to do something fun and unique, so start thinking of things you love to do and we can incorporate that into your session!
We have a collection of gorgeous Maternity dresses as seen in our photography samples. Different colors and designs are available to suit your need or match your family. We encourage our moms to utilize these gowns for their sessions as they photograph so beautifully.
If you would rather use conventional clothing that is OK too. Then you will need to plan your outfit. For your maternity session, you first need to decide if you want to show your belly in any of the photos. You can't really wear a long dress and expect to pull it up during the session, so keep that in mind. Avoid anything too loose around your belly, you'll want to make sure to show your size and shape as that's the point of the photos, right? Something tight fitting, like a tight top and long flowing skirt or even jeans. Avoid large distracting logos if they have nothing to do with the baby or being pregnant..lol.
If you are having trouble finding something, keep in mind that not only do bandeau bras work perfectly when you want to show your belly (paired with pretty much anything on the bottom), but we also have some wraps that we could use for your top (just let us know if want those ahead of time so we can plan accordingly). If you are incorporating family into your photos, I always say to pick your outfit first, and build off of that. Not everybody has to be in the same color, but keep it in the same color family (all neutrals, all pastels, bold, etc.). Outfit changes are always encouraged!