Maternity sessions are best scheduled between 30-35 weeks to ensure that we don’t schedule too close to your due date, but that you are far enough along to have an amazingly full belly to show off! Maternity Sessions usually last 1-1½ hours. You are welcome to include spouses/partners/children within your Session, or have it simply revolve around just you for once. These sessions take place on location at one of my favorite outdoor locations or a place special to you.
Pregnancy is a beautiful thing! Capturing those moments before your baby arrives is absolutely a must. You will cherish your maternity photos your entire life, and your child will grow up seeing your love for him or her before you even met. With your body’s shape changing to accommodate your growing little one, you probably aren’t sure what looks best in front of a camera.
I recommend booking your session at least 3-6 months in advance of your due date! As soon as baby comes, it’s non-stop late nights and hard work for Mom and Dad. Coordinating a photo session seems like the last thing on your list of priorities. This is why I recommend booking your session in advance to make sure everything is lined up ahead of time and you don’t have to worry! Once your little bundle of joy arrives, please contact me to let me know the good news. I will work closely with you or a family member to find a day and time that works for everyone. Newborns are best photographed under 2 weeks of age; the ideal timing before 10 days.
The day of our session, try not to stress too much. With a new baby - everything is new! It takes time to get into a rhythm with your little one, and predicting when naptime will happen is generally difficult. However, if you can manage to have baby fed and changed before the shoot, this will increase chances of happy baby! If you have any outfits or props you’d like included in the photos, please lay them out ahead of time in a place easily accessible. On the day of your session, it’s possible that baby won’t be feeling well. I may be able to reschedule within a short timeframe if my schedule allows. Please contact me immediately if there’s an issue!
I’ve put together some tips based on my experience with photographing babies. Use this little guide as a quick reference on how to make your session a huge success from start to finish!
At just a few days old, a regular feeding, sleeping, and potty schedule is out of the question. I understand this, and as a result require a minimum of 2-3 hours blocked out for newborn sessions. Although we have our bag of tricks to make the process efficient and fun for everyone, it really all comes down to how baby's feeling. Of course, parents are welcomed and encouraged to participate in the session. Shots with Mom, Dad, and Baby are beautiful reminders of the emotion and excitement of this special time in life. For all sessions starting at 3 months and older, we typically spend about 1 hour photographing. During this time, we focus on 4-5 set options to capture baby’s current milestone such as smiling, sitting up, ect.
Newborns are best photographed under 2 weeks and ideally before 10 days.
Have baby fed and changed before the session to increase chances of happy baby!
If you have any outfits or props you’d like included in the photos, please lay them out ahead of time
Another decision would be if you would like to incorporate a cake smash into the session. Professionally made cakes photograph best! You can provide the cake or order from our amazing preferred bakery in town, Miss Amy's Bakery! I have a wide variety of cake stands. From experience, shy away from red or dark blue colored frosting and chocolate cake (looks like dirt on their face).
The one year milestone is fun and the babies really express their personalities! Babies at one year have lots of energy! The developmental age really varies at this milestone, as some babies aren’t walking yet and other are full throttle ahead! Parents should definitely come dressed for comfort, as there tends to be a lot of exercise from the adults, as we just keep putting the babies back in position until we get the perfect shot. Typically with a one year milestone session, we get through 3-4 setups/outfits. Cake smash will happen at the end of the session.