Useful tips for Maternity sessions.
- Moisturise that tummy!
- Gather your props to bring along – ultrasound printout, alphabet blocks that spell your baby’s name, baby shoes, stuffed animals, flowers, whatever you’ve seen in other maternity photos that you like.
- Wear whatever you feel comfortable and pretty in – long, flowy skirts, especially solids are nice, and strapless bras that coordinate with them. Pretty lingerie. Tube dresses are great for showing off your shape. Bring a pair of regular jeans or denim shorts,(even if they don't fit anymore) not the belly panel ones. A button-up shirt also makes it easy to transition into showing your belly.
- If you’re doing semi-nude/implied nude photos, bras and underwear will create noticable lines on your skin, so wear loose-fitting clothing to the shoot. You can add undergarments as necessary for photos later in the shoot.
- Bring your significant other! They’ll make a great prop for your photos, and greatly expand on the number of different photos you can make during your shoot. They should bring outfits that coordinate with what you’ll be wearing, or a dark long-sleeved shirt or sweater and dark pants. The focus should always be on you, your expressions, your emotions, your personality, your joy and your connection.
Useful tips for Baby sessions
- Use a wash cloth to clean away flaky skin and eye boogers. If you use a baby moisturiser then bring it with you.
- Book your session around your baby’s feeding and nap times, work with the natural rhythm of your baby. The perfect time to shoot is when baby is due for a nap. If your baby normally falls asleep after a feeding, wait to feed the baby until you’re at the shoot. We allow plenty of time for this sort of thing to set up the best situation for great photos.
- Newborns and babies have beautiful skin and nothing shows off that innocence better than nakedness. Cloth nappies are classy and stylish, but if you don’t use them, bring bloomers or decorative nappy covers, solids preferred.
- Nothing is the best wardrobe for a newborn, no outfit fits a newborn well, and they often look swallowed in clothes. Accessories are good, though. Little hats, dainty headbands, boys in crocheted hats, etc. Bring sentimental items like the quilt that Grandma made for the baby, maybe a baby blanket from your own childhood, they’re great for the youngster to lay on. We also have lots of props in the studio so don't worry if you don't have items available.
- If your baby takes a pacifier, bring it with you, if they’re bottle fed, bring an extra bottle to help put the baby to sleep.