What to wear to get the look you love...
I suggest whites, earthy tones and neutrals. These colours compliment the beauty of sunset and go so well together. Mixing and matching if we are including your partner & older children, so that there is a similar colour pallet but we are still our individual selfs. Textured fabrics like linen, muslin, lace and knits photograph beautifully. Casual shirts or knitted jumpers are great for dads.
Don't be scared to dress nice, investing in your clothes is investing in your maternity photos. Knee length or longer items look beautiful on mum and make sitting and moving around so much more comfortable. If you're a little camera shy, longer dresses give you something to hold and play with, something to try with your hands. It's usually best to choose something for yourself first, something that makes you feel amazing and special, and work on anyone else from there. Knitted cardigans and warm blankets are perfect for those cooler months.
If your not a flowy dress kinda gal then bump hugging is beautiful too, keep in mind to plan your knickers according to your tight fitted outfit!
Not everyone likes to dress the same. And it's very important to me that the way YOU like to dress, and the kinds of things that represent your and the family are shown. Colours are very important to maintain the vibe you see in my work. However I am happy to workshop with you ways to get the tones and look you love while maintaining your authenticity.
If there are no older children, we will be able to have an outfit change or 2 during the session.
I also have a variety of clothes in the client wardrobe you are welcome to use, you will find a link for this at the bottom of the page. If you are looking to purchase something special & you are on instagram, check out my highlights for a selection of my favourite brands!
Something a little more intimate...
There is something just so magical about what a women's body can do. Creating a tiny human, and nurturing them within. Bare bumps celebrate the pure beauty and magic that is the starting journey of motherhood & these precious fleeting moments.
You don't have to look a certain way to be able to do this. I encourage any mother to document your amazing body however is right for you.
I can help you plan & decide what you'd like to do. Lace kimonos from my client wardrobe (you will find a link at the bottom of this page) linen robes or open shirts, allow us to see the beautiful bump but also help you feel a little less exposed. Button down or wrap dresses with the option to wear both ways (as a dress or kimono) are a great option if your'e a little unsure & would like to see how. you feel on the day, or I can help you posing tastefully completely nude. If there are no older children, we will have time for some outfit changes during the session.
Let's workshop together to find the perfect way to document your precious bump.
In-home sessions are also a beautiful option for a maternity shoot.
Before the session
It's a great idea to prepare everyone for the session, so that you can enjoy the experience as much as looking at images themselves.
A family Maternity session & a session without children will be slightly different. But one thing that's always the same is I do my best work when you allow me to take the lead.
Sometimes I'll be fairly quiet and be snapping away while you kiss and cuddle, children or each other.
Other times I will offer gentle directions to help everyone feel comfortable & get a variety of shots. With a session of just mum to be, and or your partner, I usually take the lead a little more with direction.
This will still result in beautiful candid shots, but it can be a little easier if I help you through it.
I have 2 young children myself and love making friends with your kids, especially the toddler who can be difficult to photograph.
I will chat and engage with your children when I'd like them looking at the camera & this will encourage natural, beautiful smiles. Avoiding saying over and over again "look at the camera" because this tends to frustrate the children and lead to unnatural or forced smiles.
Quite often partners may not be keen on photos. This is where we can remind them that they will mostly just be asked to play with any older children, or pop their hands on the bump that is the newest family member.
To get any older children excited about the photoshoot, you can practise getting them to kiss, cuddle and sing to your bump.
It can be a great idea to bring along something special your children like, to give them after the session to show your gratitude for their hard work participating.
On the day
With older children please keep in mind that sunset can be late at certain times of the year, and depending on the child this can be a little challenging. If possible a nap before hand and making sure they are well fed can help with moods, and I pretty much always follow the toddlers lead during the session.
I do have a variety of shots I love to get, whole family, mum and children, mum and each child individually and same for dad. This is where following the toddlers lead comes in handy.
As we have a variety of shots we are aiming for, if the toddler has had enough for now we just move onto the next shot & go back to the one we were trying for later, this avoids cross words and cranky faces.
This can also be a nice opportunity to play one on one with your children. If you have more than one child, and it's mummies turn with the oldest, dad can play with the youngest to keep them busy and excited for their turn.
Arriving at the location a few minutes early can help keep everyone calm, so we are avoiding rushing and feeling flustered. However if you are late to your session we will still get many beautiful images.
Making sure everyone is dressed for the weather is very important. Knitted jumpers or cardigans, even blankets and tights can help keep everyone warm in the cooler months and still look gorgeous in the final product.
I want you to have 1 hour of fun, love and being present with one another. Your job is to enjoy yourself, and I'll do the rest.
If your having a beach session make sure to pack some towels & nice clean warm clothes for everyone, if your having a session in the woods & gardens sometimes we can get mozzies so plan ahead!
If this is your first baby & there are not any older siblings just yet planning is a little simpler. Bring a blanket or cardigan if it's cold and you'd like to pop it on between shots, make sure you bring any outfits changes you'd like to have with you and it is best to have slide on shoes, to make the transition from bare feet back to shoes much easier. If you're not keen on bare feet then I highly recommend flat shoes to keep you comfortable.