WHY DO A MATERNITY SESSION?
I love photographing maternity sessions! There is so much beauty and wonder in bringing a new baby into this world. The transformation that our bodies makes to help create this amazing being is astounding. And personally, I love my maternity photos. I love looking back at them, and thinking wow, was that really me. As hard as parents try, our brains can only retain so many memories before they start to fade, and that is where a professional photography comes in. Now you might feel like like you will never be yourself again, but years from now, you might forget what it was like to carry that baby. The feeling of those little kicks that were like personal conversations that no one could see, or the sense of peace and anticipation. One day, we’ll be nostalgic for the experience of carrying a baby into the world. And having these photographs to look back upon are a great reminder of the beauty and joy we felt.
WHEN SHOULD I SCHEDULE MY MATERNITY SESSION?
The ideal time for scheduling a maternity session is between 28 – 34 weeks (or 26-32 for multiples), when the belly is nice and round. This will vary with each woman. However, you want to come when you feel good, and comfortable, and you’re not feeling too puffy. Other women who are growing a bit more rapidly, may choose to come around 28-32 weeks. The idea is to come when you are nice and comfortable and have a nice round belly. It is best to schedule at least 2-3 weeks in advance.
HOW TO CHOOSE A LOCATION FOR SF BAY AREA MATERNITY PHOTOGRAPHS?
I photograph outdoors portraits or environmental home/nursery portraits, with lots of natural light. This is a bright, vibrant and natural looking portrait. My focus is to photograph you in a natural, candid, and beautiful way. I love outdoor sessions and we have plenty of amazing locations here in Marin & San Francisco Bay Area for Maternity Portraits. During our Pre-Session Phone Chat, we will talk about location ideas, whether you want greenery, the beach, rustic woods or the intimacy of your nursery. I’ll then send you a custom Location Scouting Board with ideas of locations that fit the mood, look and driving distance you want.
HOW DO I PLAN FOR A MATERNITY SESSION?
Since this is such a special time, we always recommend getting your hair done at a local blow dry bar, or a free make-up session at one of the local make-up counters. We also have the contact info for a make-up artist that we can send to your home.
Another good idea is to include your children if you already have them into the session. We typically start with family photographs first, and then we cut loose any family members, and make sure to spend most of the time focusing on just you, and the beauty of your belly.
CAN WE DO A MATERNITY SESSION FOR A MINI SESSION?
Absolutely, if you’re not tied to idea of picking your own location or date, I offer Mini Sessions about 3-4 times a year (typically early Spring, late Spring, early Fall, and late Fall). A Mini Session is a shortened version of a portrait session that takes place at a studio selected location on a specific set date. Mini sessions are typically half the rate of the full session ($175), and include about half of the digital files. We also offer a Maternity Mini Session add-onto option for any booked Newborn Session, at a discounted rate of $100. Contact us for more details and dates available.
I HAVE QUESTIONS OR WOULD LIKE TO BOOK, WHAT IS THE NEXT STEP?
Send me an e-mail by clicking on the following link to our Contact Page form. From there we will set-up a Pre-Session Phone Chat, where I can answer any questions you might have, so that we can discuss the details for the session. We’ll talk about your goals for the shoot, my approach, style preferences so that I can make suggestions on how to style your session, where and when to shoot, etc. And if you’d like to book at that time, then we can go ahead and schedule the booking.
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