Maternity sessions are best done between 32-38 weeks. The best time for your session is when your belly is nice and round, and before you get too tired as this often happens during those last weeks of pregnancy.
Maternity sessions can be held in my home studio in Wilston, or at a location of your choice. It all depends what your wishes are for your session and we can discuss this together.
Your maternity session starts with a professional hair and make-up with one of my professional hair and make-up artists. This ensures you look and feel your best during the photoshoot.
What to wear
Bring a dress that you love wearing, that is comfortable yet, highlights your beautiful bump.
I also have fabrics and lace dresses, in neutral off white tones, if you wish to go for a more artistic, organic, raw style.
The ideal time to capture the first days of your baby’s life is between 5 and 12 days. I recommend contacting me as soon as you can in your pregnancy with your due date and we will schedule a time to meet. We can then alter dates depending on when bub arrives in the world.
The choice is yours when it comes to where you would like your photo session to take place and will be determined by what makes you more comfortable.
In the studio
Take the pressure out of hosting at home and come visit me in my studio. I am located a short distance from Brisbane City in Wilston. The studio is very child friendly meaning you can be at ease with bringing the whole family.
The studio displays gorgeous amounts of natural light and is temperature controlled between 23-30 degrees so that your baby feels warm and happy which produces deliciously dreamy images. Seasonal fruit is complimentary and microwave facilities are available. Relax in the comfty couch while the older children play in the kids’ corner which includes lots of toys, playdough and colouring in.
Please bring along your own drink bottle.
Out and about or in your home
Getting out and about with a newborn might not be on your list of things to do so I can come to you. I will bring all my props and anything else that is needed to get just as spectacular a result as if we were in the studio.
Perhaps you have a favourite space that is meaningful to you and your family (maybe just for the fact that it’s a beautiful setting). Let’s chat about what we can do about shooting in that location. Please note that there is a $150 location fee that includes a 20km radius from the studio.
What to wear
Wear colours that are you. Don’t mix and match patterns, and avoid bold logos which are too distracting. Short sleeves for Dads work best. You can go for formal outfits, or casual outfits, but again, consistency is key to a beautiful result.
Style and props
It’s about you and your baby. Each session is custom designed to suit your tastes including props that are sourced world-wide and regularly updated. This will all be covered in our pre-session consultation.
On the day
Your baby is the boss! Every baby is unique in the way they feed, sleep and how settled or unsettled they are on any given day. That’s ok – I ensure we have plenty of time to make sure your baby’s needs are met.
Not everyone considers this part of a photoshoot but it’s very important you do. A professional newborn photographer should have training in the safety around how to handle your baby and ensure poses are set up safely. I was one of the first newborn photographers in the world to test StandInBaby TM – the world’s first fully articulated training aid.
If you have had a c-section I will ensure all poses are done in consideration of your comfort.
After the photoshoot
Approximately 2 weeks after your photo session we will meet again where we will view your images together with a customised video presentation. A variety of packages and payment options are available to suit your budget and preference making it affordable to everyone. Click here for package options.
You can decide to upgrade to a baby plan. This gives you 3 additional sessions in studio when baby is 3 months, and then sitting (around 6-8 months) and one year. I do not offer cake smashes for the one year shoot, but we can plan something fun with a watermelon wedge in the park, or some beautiful family portraits in the studio.