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.

Prousty's 60th Birthday Bash

Central Coast Photographer

Prousty has always been a man that does things his own way. In a time when most families were having less children, he was having more - six to be precise. When everyone else was slaving away at their jobs, Prousty was was taking his Missus and the six kids on year long camping holidays around Australia. So 15 months ago when he received a diagnosis of terminal brain cancer with 90% of suffers succumbing to the disease within 3 to 12 months of diagnosis, Prousty was like “Nup!”.

In true Prousty fashion, he said a big F*** You to Darryl (that’s what he named his tumor) and stubbornly refused to give in to this insidious disease. Through surgeries and treatment, Prousty has continued his bush poetry, hosting gigs around the country. He’s there for every cross country and athletics carnival for the grandkids, with his signature whistle letting the little ones know that Grampy is there watching.

And last week he achieved a feat that seemed impossible 15 months ago - Prousty turned the big 60 and earned himself his senior citizens card. His birthday bash was a big affair at his son Luke’s cafe/restaurant The Tame Fox. Prousty had friends there from high school, work and of course touch footy. Friends and family travelled from all over Australia to celebrate with Prousty. Because Prousty lives big and loves fiercely. And he sets a mighty fine example of how good a marriage and family can be.

Happy birthday Prousty.

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Short n sweet...with the Cross family

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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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An afternoon at Long Jetty with Sticks

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This is one of the sessions that was a little bit special. Amy had got in contact as she wanted to do an extended family photography session with four generations of her family together for the afternoon. A chance to bring everyone together to capture time with her nan, Sticks. Only a few short years ago Sticks was an outgoing octogenarian, a committed swimmer and avid walker. Sticks’ health had declined in recent years, much to Sticks’ disgust.

Sticks wasn’t as stable on her feet as she used to be, so walking on sand at the beach wasn’t going to be an option for our photo session. We decided Long Jetty would work as it’s level ground and a short walk from the car for Sticks, with plenty of open space for the grand kids to play.

These guys had come prepared for a picnic with cheese, wine and nibblies. The had games, footies and scooters, so plenty of things to keep everyone happy. The whole afternoon was super relaxed, we did a few posed group photos, then let the kids run wild, exploring the foreshore and the jetty. Sticks is a determined woman and no way was she going to miss out on the action, so she made the journey out to the end of the wharf as well to watch the gorgeous sunset. I hope when I get to her age, I have the same stamina and zest for life, enjoying time with the great grand kids.

It was so good to spend with this awesome tribe.

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short n sweet... with Nelli, Asti and Jelli

Central Coast Family Photographer

This is the third year I have photographed this gorgeous family - from the time Asti was just a bub taking his first steps and Jelli was a big ol’ bump in her mummies tummy - through to now, with these two sweet siblings running wild through the forest and down to the beach. It’s pretty special that we get the chance to do these sessions - these guys now live five hours away, but they always make time each year to catch up for a family photography session with me when they are visiting the Central Coast.

Sunset photography sessions are fraught with danger when you’ve got toddlers and preschoolers, it’s universally accept that this is the meltdown hour, and both the kids had fallen asleep on the car ride over. Lucky for me, they got into the spirit of adventure quickly enough and the promise of ducks to see and dogs to pat was enough to lift them out of their afternoon grumpiness. The chance to watch the birds, throw a few rocks in the water and then get wet themselves made for a great afternoon out. Mum Nelli is an old hand at these sessions, she’d packed towels and snacks so that when they had had enough of the water and were cold and hungry, she was ready to refuel their tired little bodies.

The sunset was sublime, making for more beautifully memories to add to their yearly family album.

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Mother's Day 2019

Central Coast Family Photographer


To celebrate Mother’s Day 2019, I’ve put together a collection of some my favourite mummy photos from the last 12 months. This is part 1 - there will be another blog post to follow (I can’t narrow it down - I love all these images!!).

Here’s to all the beautiful women in our lives.

Happy Mother’s Day!

 

Melissa and baby Lexi

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The Francis family were given a gift voucher for their photography session and rather than do it when Lexi was a newborn, they chose to wait until she was 10 months old and so freaking cute!! To see more of their session click here.


Tara and baby Charlie Rose

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This beautiful mum was taking everything in her stride during our photography session together - broken sleep and a fussy newborn didn’t worry Tara at all. To see more of their session click here.


Ashley and baby Sonny

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This is a beautiful quiet moment between Ashley and Sonny. I can guarantee you that just out of camera is big brother Finn who was waxing lyrical about all things philosophical. He was an absolute crack up! To see more of their session click here.


Jo, Matt and Jack

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Jo was absolutely glowing for her maternity photography session. She was more than happy to go bushwalking with her little family to get some gorgeous images. TO see more of her session click here.


Kate, adam and khan

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Kate and Adam were living overseas when Khan was born, so a newborn photography gift voucher was the perfect present for them when they came back to Australia for a visit. To see more of their session click here.


Zena and Family

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Zena was watching her adult children prepare to leave home and so decided to book in a photography session before she had an empty nest. This gorgeous family had a great afternoon hanging at home and at the beach. To see more of their session click here.


If you want to buy a photography gift certificate for Mother’s Day click on the button below.

 

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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Mother's Day Gift Vouchers Available

Central Coast Photographer

Looking for the perfect present for the mum in your life?

Whether it’s your mum, nan, mother-in-law, aunty or someone special to you, a Mother’s Day gift voucher is the gift that keeps on giving.

For mum’s that have it all and are hard to buy for, a photography gift certificate is the perfect present. A photography session is an opportunity to spend time with your loved ones, to capture timeless images you can hang on your walls and add to your family album.

Photography sessions with me are very relaxed, no awkward posing, no saying “cheese”. Just me and your crew hanging out together, doing the things that you love best. Morning snuggles. Games afternoons. Walks in the bush. Beach time. What ever is meaningful to you and your family.

You can purchase a gift certificate directly through my website HERE.

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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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