maternity Session

So, you booked your session. Now what? Take a look below for an overview of how to prepare. We will also finalize everything via email 5-7 days prior to your shoot (location-if outdoors, wardrobe, and any other questions you may have).

Location: Together, we will decide on the best location for your photos. We can shoot in your home as long as there is adequate natural light. Many clients prefer their home because of the intimate and personal feel it provides. I have many locations that I love to shoot at regularly but I am always open to new locations as well. You should choose a location that fits your style and personality.

Time: If we are shooting in your home, I prefer morning, because that is when the light is usually at its best indoors. If we are shooting outdoors we will shoot either in the early morning (sunrise) or in the late afternoon/evening (slightly before sunset). The light is typically too harsh mid day. If your children are up for it, shooting one to two hours before sunset provides gorgeous light and atmosphere. The images in my portfolio look the way they do largely because of my use of light and the time of day your session takes place. Many families tell me that they simply have their kiddos take a late nap or have some down time prior to their evening session. 

Length of Session: Maternity sessions typically last about 1-2 hours (sometimes a little longer depending on whether or not there are siblings). We'll move around with efficiency in order to get a diverse and full gallery in that time. 

Parents: You are probably thrilled and exhausted, and experiencing the highest highs and perhaps some of the lowest lows. Being pregnant is physically demanding and wonderful all at the same time. My job is not to make this time in your life look perfect, because let's face it, it's not. My job is to show you just how beautiful it is. I want you to be relaxed and at ease when I am photographing your growing family. You don't need to be anything but yourselves.

Siblings (if there are any): Being a mama to two kiddos under 3, the biggest suggestion I can offer is to prep your child(ren) beforehand. Specifically, let them know what the day will look like, talk to them about the camera and what it does, and ask if there is anything they'd like to do during the session (e.g. build a sandcastle, have a tea party, etc). Getting them involved, and allowing them to be a part of the planning can go a long way!

Remember that children are not usually fond of being told to pose or smile. It is best if we just give the kiddos time to relax and try to capture their natural self. Don't worry if your child is running about and active, most of the images you see of young kids on my site were captured while they were busy playing and exploring. To get the family shots, I usually direct the adults to simply "be" with the child/hold the child, and we go from there. To get the most out of your session, make sure that your little one has rested and has had adequate snacks and water. We can take breaks for snacks and play, however I will probably still shoot during the breaks. Offer non messy snacks so their little faces stay clean during the session. 

If we are shooting in-home, you'll also want to be sure to de-clutter any rooms we might be shooting in. Please don't go on a cleaning spree on my account, but simply tidy up items you wouldn't want in the photos (coffee cups, boxes, dirty diapers).

What To Wear: Wardrobe should be comfortable and reflect who you are. I recommend neutral colours and coordinating outfits (not matching). Click Here to read a guide I wrote to help you select what your family should wear for your session. I am happy to consult you directly on wardrobe if you are interested.

Atmosphere: Music can be a game-changer and can help get everyone out of their shell. If you don't already have one, I suggest creating a playlist that best represents your couple/family. These may be songs that are relaxing and calming, or songs that you all love to dance to. Our shoot will go through an ebb-and-flow of emotions (calm, intimate, joyful), so your playlist should do the same.

Props: I do not use props during my sessions, however if you have something in mind please let me know. 

Please arrive on time or be ready to start on time: Remember, your session is scheduled according to light. It is important that we start on time. If our session is taking place outdoors, please plan for traffic or parking constraints.