Tips to prepare for your maternity photography session

CENTRAL COAST MATERNITY PHOTOGRAPHER

A maternity photography session is a little bit special. It is chance to acknowledge the amazing changes a woman’s body has gone through in growing a new little life. Whether this is your 1st baby, or your 4th, the weeks leading up to bub’s arrival are filled with anticipation. Here’s a few tips to help you prepare for your maternity photography session…

 

1. location is everything

You want to feel relaxed and confident during your maternity session. So it’s important to carefully consider where you would like the session to occur. If you are a little shy about exposing your bump, doing the session in your home is a great option to keep things personal and private. In home sessions means we don’t have to worry about the weather and your session can be held any time during daylight hours. In home sessions also means you can include the baby’s nursery, your pets and everyday routines.

If you feel confident getting that gorgeous bump out (and you totally should!) let’s go hit the beach or a nice national park for your session. Outdoor sessions allow us to get the beautiful natural light during sunrise or sunset, with lots of different backgrounds.

Make sure that wherever you choose to go, you choose somewhere that is meaningful to you and your family. If you want the best of both worlds, book a longer session and we can have time at your home as well as another location.

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2. the outfit is important

Feeling confident in front of the camera is easier if you feel comfortable with what you are wearing. Choose an outfit that makes you feel beautiful and which you can move around in easily. Your location will have an impact on your outfit. A cute kimono with your bump out will look natural at home in your bedroom. Soft, flowing dresses are always a winner, whether indoors or out.

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3. bump out (or not)

Some mums to be don’t like exposing their bump. That’s totally fine. Stretch marks and previous c-scars can make the best of us feel uncomfortable. Personally I love seeing the bump exposed and being able to capture priceless images of pregnancy. I feel it is so empowering to celebrate the female body in all it’s forms. If you’re keen to get those gorgeous bump out images, it’s important to consider your bra and undies. If you’re having your session at the beach, a bikini will do the trick. Other wise opt for neutral coloured bras and undies - white, black, or cream coloured - keeps the look simple and elegant.

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4. Include your loved ones

Your partner and older children definitely should be part of your session, and I’m a big believer in including fur babies too.

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5. Timing is everything

The best time during your pregnancy to hold a maternity photography session is weeks 32-36. This gives you a little bit of breathing room in case bub makes an early arrival. If you’re expecting twins, the session should be held between 26-32 weeks as these little ones have a habit of arriving early. By holding your session during this time, you will have that classic baby bump silhouette and avoid the tired and worn out feeling that comes at the end of your pregnancy (or cankles!).

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So that’s my top tips on preparing for a maternity photography session. If you’d like to book in or have any questions click the button below.

Short n sweet...with the Cross family

Central Coast Family Photography

It was a blustery winter’s day when I went to the Cross family home for their family photography session. We had planned on being outdoors so their preschooler could be running around, the dog could roam free and we would have lots of options for different backdrops. As it turned out the weather was foul. It was freezing, the wind was howling and the rain kept coming and going. Taryn was a little worried about holding the session in her home - they had renovated part of the house (but not all of it) and weren’t sure if there would be enough variety for photos. I reassured her, even if all they did was snuggle on the couch, we would be able to capture a beautiful gallery of images. Of course with a preschooler in the home, there’s not much chance they’ll sit still for an hour. Taryn made the decision to hold the session in her home - best decision ever!!

Their home was so warm and cosy when I walked in, they were gathered in the living room by the warm fireplace. Her preschooler, Olivia, was happily playing with her favourite toys, so my arrival didn’t disrupt from her game. Baby Lucy was happy on the rug with dad. Everyone was relaxed and warm, doing their own thing.

As was expected, it wasn’t long before Olivia wanted to show me around her home. I got to meet her favourite soft toys, see her Elsa bed, check out the pink bathroom (very 80’s and so cool!) and look at the special corner her mum had arranged so the girls could sit quietly together and read. The girls had a snuggle in the cot together and then a rumble on mum and dad’s bed. Who said there wasn’t much to do during an in-home family photography session?!

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What to wear to a family photography session

I think the number one question my clients ask me is “What should I wear?!”. This is totally normal.

Personally I’m fine with whatever you choose to wear.

Trackies and a bonds singlet? I can roll with it.

Kids in a superhero costume? Sounds like fun!

I get it though. You’ve chosen to have this moment in time captured by a professional photographer, you want your family to look their best. If you’re worrying over how to bring together your wardrobe here’s a few tips I give my clients when choosing their wardrobe…

 


1. Start with You

Let’s be honest. It was probably you who organised this photography session. It will be you who is charge of wrangling small people into cute outfits. It will be you who puts these images onto your walls so you can look back in years to come and smile at how lovely your younger family was on this day. So let’s start by choosing your outfit first. Pick something that you love. An outfit that makes you feel beautiful and confident. That you can move freely in to chase your munchkins and wrap them in huge hugs to give them as much love as you can. Choose something just for you, then build everyone elses outfits around that.

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2. Coordinate colours (but no matchy, matchy!)

Keep your colour palette simple across the outfits. Maybe everyone is in a shade of blue - sky blue, dark blue, navy blue, pastel. Maybe everyone has a coloured item of clothing that ties into together - a pop of mustard or brown tones. Imagine what you will look like together in one frame. Will there be any major clashes? If you’re having trouble imaging what it might look like, try putting your outfit choices laid out on the bed together. Tying in your outfits so that there is a little colour coordination will make for a more visually appealing photograph. But if your family all turn up to the session wearing matching white button down shirts and jean... No. Just no. I will make you skip down the beach holding hands and sit in awkward poses because that’s what you get for turning up to a photo session looking like something out a nineties commerical. You don’t need to be matchy, matchy. Just a little colour coordinated.

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3. look at the colours in your home

These gorgeous photos will be framed and hung on your walls. So have a look around at home. Are you into bright colours? Neutrals? Let your home decor guide your wardrobe choice so that your photographic artwork matches seamlessly with your home.

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4. ACCESSORIES ARE YOUR FRIEND

Accessories add points of interest to your outfit and are fun to have in photos. There is something so intimate about a little one sitting on mummy’s lap and playing with her necklace. Bracelets on your arm are always a talking point for little girls.

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5. use patterns wisely

I love seeing prints and patterns in families wardrobe choices, but if there’s more than two prints or patterns it can end up getting a bit distracting in the final image. Choose patterns wisely and use them sparingly.

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6. Say no to logos

T-shirts with logos are super distracting in photos. Dad’s wearing surf wear brands with big logos splashed across them or little boys with their favourite Lego or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle t-shirts really aren’t want you want to have in your precious photo session. Keep it plain and simple – save the printed tees for another day.

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7. Leave the fluro in the 80’s

The fluro phase is slowly passing by again, although I know my daughter still has a few favourite pieces in her wardrobe. Just to be on the safe side, fluro dresses are best saved for disco nights.

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8. avoid all black or all white

If you are wearing an all white shirt it easy to blow out the highlights, losing detail in your shirt. All black can have a similar effect. What does that even mean, I hear you ask? Basically when you and your partner wear all black or all white you end up looking like a double blob, there is no detail, no end of you and beginning of him. In saying this, black or white singlets under jackets or cardigans look great (because less is more). Add a layer and break it up is all I’m asking.

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9. Layers and textures are flattering

Scarves, wraps, cardigans and belts help to flatter your figure and adds interest to the image.

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10. think classic

These photos will be hanging on your walls and treasured for years to come. Choosing simple, classic clothes will help to give your images a timeless feel.

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11. Dress appropriately for the location

Be sure to be true to you and the environment of your photography session. There’s no need to dress up for cocktail hour if you’re having a photography session at the beach. Wear something that makes you feel beautiful, relaxed and comfortable. Jeans and a tee is totally ok.

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12. Plan ahead

If your daughter desperately wants to wear her best party dress for the session, awesome. That’s one less decision you need to make. BUT - make sure you have it washed and put away hiding in a secret spot a few days in advance. There’s nothing worse than waking up on the morning of the session to find your outfit choices in the dirty clothes pile.

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13. Rules are made to be broken

Take everything you read with a grain of salt - it really doesn’t matter if your outfits match, or if someone is wearing fluro, patterns or logos. We’ll still have fun together and make stunning images. So take what you will from this what wear guide. It’s more important that you and your family feel happy in yourselves.

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So that’s my top tips on what to wear to a family photography session. If you want more details about what happens during a session head over to my frequently asked questions page.

Mother's Day 2019 - Part Two

Central Coast Family Photographer

Continuing on from my previous post with some more of the beautiful mums I have photographed over the last 12 months.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Sam and baby Sienna

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Sam and Sienna spent a cool autumn morning snuggled up indoors for their newborn photography session. To see more of their session click here.


Kieran and Sienna

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Snuggles were the order of the day for newborn baby Sienna. She was happy with mum, dad or her older siblings, anyone who wanted to give her love was alright by Sienna. To see more of her newborn photos click here.


Sal, Lachie and Eddie

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Super mum Sal was game for anything her boys wanted to do during their family photos. Sal was even climbing trees in this gorgeous dress. Nothing was too hard for her. To see more of their fun session click here.


Rach’s maternity session

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There was lots going on with Rach’s three older kids during her maternity session - everyone wanted to be snuggled close to mum. I think Nellie showing me her baby bump might be my favourite one of all. To see more of this beautiful family click here.


Dionne, Lee, Leni and Xavi

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A brand new block for their brand new house - documenting the journey of this family was gorgeous as they enjoyed the beginning of many new adventures. To see more of their family photography session click here.


Rach and teagan

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This was a beautiful, quiet session with just mumma and bubba home together. To see more of their newborn session click here.


Lauren and keelan

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Lauren and Keelan were kept company throughout our session by their two gorgeous hounds. To see more of their newborn photography session click here.


Aimee and newborn baby george

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Little George and his amazing hair had my heart - there’s nothing quite like the soft downy hair of a newborn. To see more of their session click here.


Lauren and remi

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Newborn baby Remi was so quiet and placid, it was beautiful to capture some quiet time between mum and bub. Pretty sure her big sister Ava was jumping on the bed behind while I took this shot. To see more of their newborn photography session click here.


Cat and Marissa

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Little Marissa was so exuberant and outgoing. She was keen to show me the nursery for the baby that was on the way. to show me her room, to show me the backyard. But when she had a fall and hurt herself, all she wanted was to be close by her mummy’s side. To see more of their session click here.


Liz and Leni

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Leni was all dressed up in her special dress for her mummy’s maternity photos, but when I arrived she decided it was time to wear her Little Red Riding Hood dress instead. Lucky for me mum Liz and dad Dean are super laid back and let Leni take the lead. She rocked that dress all day. To see more of their session click here.


Alexandra and Jack

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Jack was your typical little dynamo - keen to get out and run amok. Mum Alex set aside a time for some gorgeous indoor maternity photos before heading to the lake for paddle boarding. To see more of this session click here.


Liz, Dean and Newborn Baby Henry

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Hanging out with this cruisy family is always fun. Newborn baby Henry was happy cuddling up with his mumma. To see more of their session click here.


Rachel and theo

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Cuddles with mum are always the best and I am so in love with Theo’s hair. To see more of their session click here.


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Nanny Carol was given a photography session as a Christmas present and made sure her grandson Khan was there to be part of the fun. To see more of their session click here.


Leanne and Amelia

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This family had a gorgeous afternoon on their amazing new property. To see more of their session click here.


So that’s my wrap up of a year of photographing some amazing mum’s.

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Short n sweet... with the Stewart family

Central Coast Family Photographer

This family have only recently moved into their new home, so it was really special to be able to capture beautiful family photos on their amazing property. The older girls were lovely, although a little shy when I first arrived. It often happens with the tweens, the camera can seem a little intimidating. Thankfully, as soon we we went for a walk and got talking they were able to relax. Little Evie was an absolute crack up - six years old and full of sass, nothing worried little Evie, least of all a silly old camera. She was happy to tear around, dancing and just enjoying being loved by her parents.

I enjoy seeing how each of the kids interact with their parents. Evie the youngest with full of enthusiasm and hugged her mum and dad with unbounded joy whenever she passed near. Amelia and Sara were more reserved, but each quietly leaned in to snuggle with their parents when a quiet moment allowed for it. Together the girls had that camaraderie that only a sister can know - shared love, laughter and easy, friendly banter.

Hanging out with this lovely family was a great way to spend an autumn afternoon.

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Short n sweet... with nanny and poppy Ransley

Central Coast Family Photographer

Nanny Carol was given a great present for Christmas - a gift voucher for a photography session with yours truly! These active grandparents spend a lot of time with their adorable grandson Khan, so it was only natural that they wanted to include him in the session too.

Unfortunately when I turned up for their session, little Khan was sick. The poor little guy was struggling with his asthma and just doing it tough. All he wanted was to snuggle in poppy’s arms. And that was perfectly ok, because we got some beautiful photos of the boys together.

Khan was such a little champion - he soldiered on, kicking his footy, playing in his amazing car (with some nifty remote control driving by poppy) and following his dog Dottie around.

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Short n sweet... with the Cutcliffe family

I think one of the things I love most about my photography business is being able to document a families journey through the years. This gorgeous family had a maternity session before their youngest was born. I then got to be there for Miss Tegan’s newborn photos. And now they have done another family session together. I love seeing the little changes - Theo is talking so much more, he’s much more confident. And the big changes - Tegan has grown sooo much!!

But what I love most of all is the things that don’t change - this family are so calm, peaceful and affectionate, there’s a lot of love in this small house.

And I may have mentioned once or twice how obsessed I am with Theo’s hair….

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Short n sweet... with newborn baby Henry

Central Coast Newborn Photographer

Someone forgot to tell Henry Wilbow how a newborn baby is supposed to behave. This precious little soul is not your average, sleepy newborn. He is bright eyed and super alert watching everyone around him with knowing eyes. He is super strong, lifting his head to scan the room for his big sister and throwing himself around in his daddy’s arms to see what is going on. It’ll be no time at all before this little man is up and after chasing Leni.

Beautiful Henry is so very loved. His big sister Leni dotes on him. She spent lots of time kissing his hands, playing with his toes and checking out his belly button - because they sure a funny looking on a newborn!

I feel so privileged to be able to photograph the Wilbow’s journey with Henry - from gorgeous baby bump in his mummy’s tummy to much loved baby brother.

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A little bit longer... with Alexandra, Jeremy and Jack

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Alex and Jeremy were a little nervous when they booked in for their maternity photography session. They claimed they weren’t really photo session types and were awkward in photos. Fortunately for me they had been referred to be me by one of their good friends - so they already knew my approach was pretty relaxed. I told them what I tell all nervous families - if you feel awkward just reach out to whoever is close to you and interact with them… cuddle with your child, hold your partner’s hand, engage in conversation and just deflect your attention away from the camera and towards one of your loved ones.

And these guys nailed it. Their gallery of images was so full of love because in each and every image they were giving their full attention to each other.

Their six year old son Jack was such a typical little boy - so full of joy and energy and great ideas. Jack wasn’t keen on posing, which is how I like it, but he LOVED chatting away while snuggling up with his family. Because Jack was relaxed and happy cuddled up with his parents, I was able to capture tons of gorgeous images of this beautiful family.

As they had booked in for a longer maternity session we were able to go to different locations to get a variety of beautiful images. We had a cruisy afternoon on their deck as they lazed around in the day bed, enjoying the sea breeze on a hot summer’s afternoon. Alex is super resourceful and had managed to get this day bed made to her specifications - at a fraction of the retail cost.

Their bedroom had beautiful light so we were able to get some gorgeous baby bump photos in there. Once the heat of the day had passed we headed down to the lake where this super mum jumped on her SUP for a paddle around the lake. Jack was able to run amok in the shallows and swim in the warm water.

I am so looking forward to spending more time with this super cool family when their new baby arrives soon.

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Short n sweet… with the Wilbow family

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This gorgeous family were still getting ready when I arrived for their maternity photography session. Dear little Leni had on her prettiest pink dress and her mummy Liz was brushing her hair. It was lovely to capture a few photos of the two of them sitting quietly together and having some mummy-daughter time. I had to laugh though, it wasn’t long until Leni decided that her little red riding dress was much better. Lucky Dean and Liz are so cruisy - they let Leni do her thing, which meant Leni was happy and confident throughout the session.

Liz has been on bed rest since 23 weeks and making it to 31 weeks is her personal best for a pregnancy, as their daughter Leni arrived at 30 weeks. Her belly is looking awesome already – I find it amazing that a woman’s body has the ability to grow and change to fit a baby. I can’t wait see how Liz’s belly grows and changes over the next few weeks.

I love when families choose to wait to find out the sex of their newborn baby. Surprises are my favourite. Big sister Leni has her heart set on a little sister – she even has names picked out and ready to go. Mum and dad have been gently preparing her for the fact that she may indeed end up with a little brother. She’s not all that fussed – I’m pretty sure she thinks they’re wrong anyway!!

Their maternity photography session was so relaxed - we just hung out at their home. Leni had time to do some drawing, practice writing her name, jump on the trampoline and ride her scooter with their dog Jet.

So looking forward to catching up with these guys for their newborn photography session once their baby arrives!

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