You’re pregnant! Pregnancy is such an incredibly joyful and exciting time in your life...the changes that take place in your body are truly wondrous. Maternity photography captures the expectation of the growing life within so that this time can be cherished always.
It is advisable to schedule your session for maternity portraits to take place in your third trimester, between 30-32 weeks gestation to show the fullness and beauty of a woman's body as she is nearing the end of her pregnancy. Your baby bump is beautiful! We consider the images captured in those final weeks of pregnancy to be your baby's first portraits!
Our portrait sessions are done conveniently in your home, our studio or at a location that is special to you. When possible We prefer to use natural light, both for its beauty and because it provides a more relaxed environment.
During the warmer months you may wish to do a mixture of indoor and outdoor photos. We are happy to make arrangements for this as we love variety and change within a session.
For maternity photography, anything goes! Clients prefer to be photographed fully clothed, to tastefully nude, and everything in between. Some customers wear open button-down shirts, a pair of jeans and a tank top, a robe, or a special dress. Some clients even have used several different types and lengths of fabric, which can be used to wrap around a client, goddess-style. The options are really endless.
We do not put any limit on poses or outfit changes. For maternity sessions we suggest having three or four options ready, if not more.
Although it's the sculptural form of the pregnant woman that inspires the manner of our maternity photographs, ultimately, it's the miracle of pregnancy, birth and motherhood that is the true inspiration. We believe that pregnant women are beautiful, strong and courageous, and that pregnancy and birth are empowering moments in a woman's life.
Being photographed when pregnant celebrates and preserves the most defining time of transformation into being a mother. For me, being able to share and capture this precious moment is what creates the Memories & Legacy!
Prepare for your session
Pregnancy is a unique time when your body is changing daily as your baby develops. Now is the time to show off those curves! Don’t shy away from form-fitting shirts and dresses that really emphasize and define each part of your amazing shape. Any outfit that creates a great line and makes you feel beautiful will look fantastic, whether casual or dressy.
A top or dress with a wrap, gather, or belt just below the bust draws the eye to all the right places. Bold colors can help capture your joyful mood (bold, not neon!) but solid black, white, and gray always look classic. A slim-fitting tank top under a cardigan or a button-down shirt allows for multiple modern looks.
Remember, if your pants have a maternity panel, check that the top waistband doesn’t create a line underneath your top. You can opt for pants that sit below your belly or even unzipped jeans. For a dramatic “natural” look, bring low-rise pants or a skirt and your favorite wrap or throw.
Other things that flatter a pregnant shape (personalize these suggestions for your own shape and preferences): make sure to wear a great supportive bra (you may want to bring a strapless one as well), wear sleeves no shorter than an inch above your elbow, choose natural fabrics that are form-fitting but not clinging or skin-tight, and avoid wearing anything that will leave marks on your skin right before the shoot. If the father will be in the pictures, use the coordinating rules from the families session guide.
One last note! Remember that you are the focus of the maternity session and will be photographed up close. You’ll be happy with the results if you take the time to do your hair, makeup, and nails like you are going to an important event (because you are!).
Maternity Portrait Package:
Newborn Portrait Package:
For newborn babies up to one month of age –
Memories Baby Portrait Package:
If you missed out on newborn pictures of your baby, not to worry… you can still capture his or her first year of life! This would be the package for you!
Legacy Baby Package:
From “Bump to Baby”: This complete package will document your baby’s first year of life!
To reserve your portrait session a non-refundable retainer of 50% is required. This retainer will be applied to the session fee. The balance is due on your portrait day. Retainer deposits may be made by check, cash, PayPal or Credit Card.