When should I schedule for Maternity Session?

Every pregnancy is different, but Maternity pictures are best done between 32-36 weeks pregnant.  With first babies, we recommend waiting until 34-36 weeks, but after your first, anywhere between 27-36 weeks should be fine.

depending on how you are carrying, The best time to shoot is when you are nice and round, (remember, these are the kinds of photos you want to look round in!), but not so late in the pregnancy that you are totally uncomfortable moving and posing for different shots. You also obviously don’t want to schedule too late, in case of an early arrival, you’ll be more likely to be photographing a newborn than a maternity session!

Where will we do the Maternity Session at?
Taking that natural beauty of a woman who’s ready to bring new life into the world and placing her in the majesty of the great outdoors is simply breathtaking.

We’re a real big fan of outdoor, natural light photos. Perhaps you have heard of photographers referring to the “golden hour” for photographs.  This is usually about an hour or so before sunset, and is our  favorite time to capture photos.  We’ll offer several locations that we shoot at, and we are  always willing to hear your ideas as well!  We can also come to your house for your session.

 

What should I wear for Maternity Session?

The most important thing is that you wear what you are comfortable in!  Long, flowly dresses, jeans and tank tops, and stretch pants and tee shirts all look great in maternity sessions!  Try to avoid really busy shirts (ie. plaids, stripes or busy patterns), as this can distract from your belly.

Dress for comfort but also for style. These are pictures you will want to show off for many years to come so put some thought into your outfit, makeup and accessories.

Accessories can enhance and personalize your style and add fun splashes of color. A beautiful necklace, cheerful scarf, headpiece, hat, or even chunky jewelry are some to consider. Keep in mind the style you are trying to convey. Consider what accessories will work with your outfit and fit the mood you are trying to convey.

Hands are in important, too! Get a manicure or a light polish for a more finished look in a close up of your hands around your belly.

For men: We recommend solid colors and a simple style. Try to coordinate your outfits. Jeans and a white shirt are always a nice option.
For children: We recommend solid or lightly patterned clothing, also try to coordinate their outfits with yours.

Don’t forget about the shoes! Specially men, match the shoes to the outfit, and don’t bring black shoes when you’re wearing all light tones or else they will stick out like a sore thumb. Barefoot is also a good option, that we recommend.

 

What to take with me in Maternity Session?

You may want to include a few baby things like a cute pair of shoes or baby booties, animals or objects based on your nursery theme, stuffed animals from your own childhood, anything with the baby’s name on it, sonogram pictures, and whatever else that means a lot to you and your growing family.

 


When is the best time to book my newborn session?

It’s best to book your session at the end of your second trimester or the beginning of your third trimester.  Since we never really know when your little one will arrive we will put you on our calendar to hold a spot based on your due date.  We will initially schedule your session for your due date.  Once your baby is born, let us know as soon as possible,  and we’ll move your appointment accordingly.

If your baby came early or if your baby is already born, don’t panic! We always do our best to squeeze newborns into our schedule and older babies take beautiful portraits too.

 

Where will my newborn session be?

All of newborn sessions will take place in the comfort of your own home for convenience and comfort. We will bring everything that is required for a successful newborn session. Once we arrive, we will look around your home to find the location with the largest windows or doors that let in a lot of natural light. sometimes, we may move furniture to make room for ourselves, however We have worked in apartments with limited space and we always make it work, also don’t worry, we’ll put it all back once we’re done!

Having the baby session in your home will allow you and your family to relax in the comfort of your own surroundings during the session.

 

How should i prepare for my newborn’s session?

In order to ensure that the newborn session runs as smoothly and successful as possible, please follow these steps carefully.

 

1. Number one and most important… Relax and have fun!

Please do not worry about the state of your house! You just had a baby. We do not care if dishes are piled up in the sink and clothes baskets runneth over. Clutter is definitely expected!

Please don’t feel rushed or stressed because the baby is not cooperating. There is plenty of time to feed your baby, get them to sleep and allow us to get pictures. We will take the time to feed and soothe her, so we can ensure she is safely sleeping for all her poses.

 

2. Have your house warm

We recommend that you keep your home the thermostat set around 80-85. For the adults it will be hot and uncomfortable, but the baby will be toasty, warm and happy, and that’s really all that matters!

Turn on the heat 30 minutes before our session to ensure that it’s warm enough in time of naked the baby. We’ll bring along a space heater to help keep baby in a steady warmth.

 

3. Give baby soothing bath before session

a warm bath is a good idea the morning of session so baby will be relaxed and skin will be soft, additionally reduces shine on baby’s skin, which is not good for photos.its a good idea to wash baby’s hair, as it will help to reduce cradle dry scalp. It is not recommended that you brush baby’s hair in a flat or unnatural way at the session, let it be just the way it is. its always cuter that way!

 

4. If nursing, make sure you are eating, and watch what you are eating

If you aren’t eating, your body will have a harder time producing milk, so we want to do everything we can to ensure baby has a full tummy during the session. Also, keep an eye on what  you’re eating. Anything you eat goes to the baby too when nursing.

Consequently, try to avoid eating anything spicy (ie. pizza, hot sauce, etc) or anything that will cause gas and might upset baby’s tummy for 24 hours preceding your scheduled session. A gassy baby will not pose well during the session due to their little tummy being upset.

*Some other foods that may cause gas are dairy products- milk, cheese, yogurt, pudding, cream, or any food that has milk, milk products, casein, whey, or sodium casein it, as well as foods with caffeine, soy, fish, peanuts, chocolate, wheat, beef, nuts, eggs, corn, or citrus fruits.

*If baby happens to be gassy the day of your session, Oval or Gripe Water can be used to help ease baby’s discomfort.

 

5. Keep baby awake as long as possible before session

During the morning prior to our session, try and keep baby awake and stimulated as much as possible. Interact with and keep baby awake for 1-2 hours before your session to ensure he/she is good and sleepy for the session. This is very important. Without this, we spend too much time getting them to sleep and not as much time photographing them.

 

6.  Dress something easy to remove (not an over-the-head onesie, please)

At least 30 minutes before the session, Please undress baby down to just a diaper.  Loosen the diaper and wrap baby in a blanket for warmth and comfort.

This gives any lines or little imprint marks time to disappear on baby’s skin and to also avoid disturbing baby when getting undressed. Please avoid onesies or anything that has to be pulled off over baby’s head.

 

7. Feed baby and keep tummy full

Once I arrive, I will ask that you feed baby at that time, so I have time to get ready.

A well fed baby is a happy baby! Let them eat until they don’t want another drop. If you are formula feeding, don’t worry about measuring this time. You won’t spoil baby and they will be so full and happy, they’ll be out in no time.

After the baby is full, make sure they are burped really well. Gas can take a sleepy, happy baby to an uncomfortable and irritable one in seconds.

 

8. Might asked mom to leave the room

A mother’s smell is so recognizable (and sometimes distracting) to a baby, that it may be necessary for the mom to leave the room for portions of the session. This is not meant to hurt your feelings, but only to allow us to get the baby thinking sweet sleepy dreams, instead of hungry milky dreams.

 

9. Props or any items you want used in the session

We have a collection of bowls, baskets, blankets, knit hats and headbands that we’ll be bringing to your session. You are also, of course, welcome to use any of your own props. Looks for items with texture and color to help make your images unique.

If you have any family heirlooms, toys, monogrammed blankets, hats,  props, etc. that you would like me to use in your session, please gather them before we arrive. We may not get the chance to use ALL of the items, but we’ll look through them with you to determine what will work best. Also, We love to use your own furniture and home accents in your session. It makes it much more personal. So, while I will bring a few items of my own, be prepared for me to poke around your house to find great things, too!

We strongly recommend that you discuss any ideas, props or poses you have in mind at least a week prior to your session. We start planning out your session weeks in advance, so dropping a huge idea on us mid-session that requires an unavailable prop can cause stress on everyone. So talk to us early on and let us know what you have in mind!

 

10. Volume control

Please do whatever you can to keep the noise level to a minimum during our session. If you have other children that might create noise, try to find a sitter or family member to take them away from the home for a few hours. If you have a noisy pet, you may want to do the same.

 

11. Poop happens!

Your baby is going to be naked for the majority of the session. Please don’t panic if your baby decides to pee or poop on our blankets (or us).This is natural and we expect it. Please don’t feel embarrassed or worry when this happens, because they all do it!

We wash all of our baby props and blankets between each session with non-scented baby detergent, this is why we only schedule one newborn session per day.

It would definitely be helpful if you had a stack of old towels, extra wipes and blankets available for when things get messy though.

 

12. Be patient!

If the baby gets fussy or alert, don’t worry. A baby can sense your anxiety and we want to keep the environment as mellow as possible. We will try and get the baby comfortable again, but if that just doesn’t seem possible, we’ll take a break or we’ll work with what s/he’s giving us. Sometimes the best pictures are ones when baby isn’t necessarily doing what we want.

 

13. What to wear?!

We understand, you just had a baby and aren’t feeling your best. But we think this is the perfect time to pamper yourself! Go have your hair, makeup and nail done or better yet, have someone do it for you. Be relax and enjoy your power of creation.

As far as clothing? Keep it simple. Dark pants and long sleeve black shirts works the best, Throw in a little color if you’d like, but skip the busy patterns

Mom’s and Dad’s hands will be shown in many of the close up photographs. Please make sure your nails look nice, and dad’s nail look Trim and tidy.

 


When is the best time to do the cake smash?

This session is best completed when your child is between 10-11 months of age giving you some fantastic photos for a 1st birthday invitation, However, there are no hard and fast rules, it can be done on the day of the first birthday to add to the fun of the celebration day, either before or before it, even it can be for the second birthday.

What cake to choose, if you are bringing yours?

Don’t use chocolate cake or red frosting. Mixed with drool both can begin to look like unpleasant bodily functions.
Prepare the cake… don’t bring the cake straight from the fridge and set it in front of baby, the icing and cold cake may make it too hard for baby to grab and they may lose interest. A room-temperature cake smashes best.

 


What to wear to your family photo session?

Make sure your clothing and props are location appropriate.

  • A windy day at the beach? Be careful with billowy skirts.
  • A hot summer day at the park? Formal wear probably will be uncomfortable.
  • A chilly fall day in the forest? Avoid the sleeveless dress and high heels.

– Wear something that you feel confident and comfortable in.

– Coordinate colors for all family member, it doesn’t have to be the same but it can be in the same shade or style.

– Clothing in similar tones look nice, but that does not mean everyone needs to be wearing shades of brown. Browns go well with turquoise and oranges and gold and greens….. coordinate the colors, styles and shades.

– Better to wear solid colors clothing.

– Stay away from logos on clothing : they can be very distracting to the eye and take away from the subjects.

– Try to keep the patterns to a minimum.

– choose muted tones that are a bit subdued.

– Try to avoid “hot right now” trends. We all have those pictures that we look back on and wonder, “What was I thinking wearing that?” Simple and classic style will keep your work of art looking fresh and contemporary for years to come.

– Keep jewelry simple and minimalistic.

– Avoid sneakers.

– Wear something that reflects who you are.

– Proper Undergarments: It all starts with foundations ladies. Proper support for your “assets” will make you feel more confident in your photos! Try on your selected outfit before the shoot and check your beautiful self out in the mirror to ensure that straps and panty lines aren’t visible.

– Grooming: Make sure that all fingernails and toenails are clean and well-manicured . Chipped hot pink fingernail polish can be a huge detractor from an otherwise lovely image.

– Haircuts : Try to get your haircuts and coloring done at least a week before your photo shoot. The day of your shoot will be so much nicer if you don’t have hair disasters to deal with!

– Make sure your shoes are location-appropriate and clean. If your shoot is on the beach, you may want to opt for flats or even bare feet rather than stilettos.
Above all, your photo shoot is about you and your family. You should be relaxed, happy and comfortable in whatever you choose to wear. Family photographs are not about being formal and perfect; they are about capturing the memories and experiences that make your family special. So relax, have fun and be yourself. You will look amazing!

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