So you’re thinking of have a maternity photography session? Firstly congratulations on this special time. It’s beautiful to capture either your growing bump or the end stage. There are lots of choices when it comes to maternity photography packages. Many people still want digital maternity photos but the trend these days is to opt in for a product that has been professionally produced by their maternity photographer. Generally my clients either don’t have time or never get around to printing their images. Or if they do print their maternity photos they are not from professional photography labs. I have written the importance of printing at a professional photography lab here. The easiest and most popular option is to purchase a product such as a canvas or album so that you have a complete professional maternity photography package that is high quality. Some maternity photographers have packages already set and/or a-la-carte options to choose from. The average spend of maternity photography is between $800-$2000 on products like an album to show a maternity timeline of mum’s to be over the course of their pregnancy or to show a variety of maternity images taken on one day in one maternity photography session. In summary, physical products are always best to purchase because it cuts down your workload and you know you are going to get top quality maternity photography products when purchased through your maternity photographer. Remember that memories fade….but photographs last a lifetime!
A maternity photography session is designed to be relaxed and comfortable. Maternity photos provide gorgeous memories for generations to come, documenting and reminding you how beautiful you looked while your baby was growing. If your photographer is anything like me then they will have a range of maternity drapes, signs and ribbons to show off your belly in your maternity photos. However you may feel a little more comfortable in your own clothes.
I was sitting at my desk thinking about what to write for my next blog post. It hit me that perhaps you might like to know a bit about me so I’ve created a bit of a personal project. I’m going to show you my own personal pregnancy timeline. I did this every 4 weeks starting at 16 weeks with the help of my husband and son. I firstly chose a max dress because this type of clothing is firstly super comfortable when you are pregnant and secondly it knew it was going to stretch with my belly as it grew. It’s great to wear the same clothes in all of your pregnancy timeline sessions as it really enhances your gorgeous pregnant belly. My husband was behind the camera and took these photos for me. I left it on a tripod so he literally just had to press the shutter to take the photo.
Pregnancy is an absolute miracle of life. It is important to capture this time with maternity photos so that you will always have this special time captured. A pregnancy timeline is a great way to capture your growing belly and of course your beauty. You do tend to forget how small or big you were at different stages. With a pregnancy timeline, it means you can see the difference within 4 week periods. The best time to start this timeline is either at 12 or 16 weeks. Then again every 4 weeks until the baby is born.
Congratulations on your beautiful news. You want to get baby photos of your gorgeous bubba as soon as they arrive. So how long before bubs comes, should you book your session? It will depend entirely on your photographer however you should book as early as possible especially for weekends as they are generally the busiest.
Outdoor locations are perfect to create a change in your photo’s backgrounds. Using an outdoor location means you can have a huge variety in background just by moving one metre. To change backgrounds in the studio takes a lot more time and effort. The best part about using an outdoor location is having a wider range of different looking photos based on different backgrounds. Outdoor locations can be used for family photography, maternity photography, newborn photography or wedding photography……any type of photography (provided the weather is fine!)
Happy Mother’s Day! Mother’s are selfless….. They give up everything for their children because their children come first. But I know we wouldn’t have it any other way. Our children are our life and we want what’s best for them…..to give them every opportunity to succeed.
The first year of life is by far the quickest in both physical and emotional development. This means the photos throughout this first year need to be regular to capture the changes. Once this time has passed you won’t be able to get it back.
Congratulations! Your newborn baby has arrived. You want to capture this precious time because you know they will grow quickly. Here is a guide to what time is best to capture photos in the first year of life of your newborn.
Melissa Russell is a Doula (pregnancy support) and Childbirth Educator and is a trained as a breastfeeding counsellor with the Australian Breastfeeding Association.