The most ideal time to do a maternity shoot is when Mum is between 30 and 36 weeks pregnant. This provides enough time for the beautiful baby belly to be lovely and big, but also (hopefully) before she is feeling uncomfortable.
My maternity photography sessions are fun and relaxed and will therefore include your partner and any siblings/fur-siblings in the maternity shoot too. If it is your first baby, my sessions tend to be more romantic. I have been a wedding photographer for nearly 4 years so understand how to capture emotion.
When should I book?
What should I wear?
Where should I have my session?
Anytime after 30 weeks or as soon as your belly is beautiful and round is a good time. This will vary with every woman and each pregnancy. I think it's nice to be comfortable to move around and feel well (generally 30-36 weeks). Please don't leave it too late just in case your baby decides to make an early entrance.
It's important to remember to be comfortable. You will be far more relaxed and have so much more fun if you are dressed comfortably and in a way that reflects you.
Choose outfits with movement, like flowy dresses and skirts. Or something form fitting and stretchy to show off the bump!
Try colours and patterns that compliment each other. For example, light blues with creams and greys, navy and grey etc.
When deciding on a location, think about what you like to do and what you want your final images to look like when they are hanging on your wall. I equally love shooting in home sessions as well as outdoor sessions.
I have a number of amazing outdoor locations I can suggest or you can choose your favourite spot. The options are endless, but some examples are, forests, the beach, waterfalls and creeks, the country side, tall grassy fields etc.
In home sessions are raw, emotional and intimate, and I love them just as much as outdoor sessions. There is something really special about capturing life at home, especially all of the tiny details of your precious newborn or the amazing changes with your body.