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5 Tips to Help You Prepare for Your Maternity Portrait Session

Expecting a new baby is an exciting moment in every woman’s life. The feeling of growing new life makes every new mother glow and shine and what a better time and way to capture the this moment in time than a maternity portrait session.

All photography sessions are about working with expecting mothers and her husband or partner to craft beautiful portraits they will cherish. Which is why I have these moments captured and recorded in framed prints to remind her of this special time in her life.

It can be a challenge to find the right maternity portrait photographer who has the experience and skills to create these portraits. Which is why I’ve put together a list of tips to help mothers prepare for their session.

1. Timing is Everything

I recommend to schedule your session between the 31st and 36th weeks of your pregnancy. During that time, a woman’s belly has a beautiful round shape. After the 36th week most women start to feel too bloated and uncomfortable during the session.

2. Consider The Style of Portrait You Want From The Shoot

It’s important to discuss the style of shoot you desire with your Photographer and a good photographer will work with your to achieve your vision. It’s a good idea to discuss with your photographer any ideas about poses, look, location or props you might have in mind. Creating a Pinterest Board helps both you and your photographer with ideas for your shoot. Here is an example of one I have for inspiration.

3. Your Body Will Be Photographed

During pregnancy woman’s body goes through transformation and it is perfectly natural for stretch marks and birthmarks to appear. An experienced maternity photographer knows how to help you pose  to make them less or not all visible. Be sure to discuss this if you have anything about your body which you are not fully comfortable with. If you have any tattoos which you don’t want to show up in your final artistic images, you can use your clothing or posing to hide this. The other option is to ask for retouching in post-processing to remove these completely from your final images.

4. Coordinate Your Outfits 

Stretching garments and clothing can leave marks on your skin.  Which is why I advise to change out of any tight clothes and elastic bands from your body at least 2 hours before your session to allow any marks to disappear. Dressing in robe or lose dress will keep your skin smooth. Wearing slippers or slip on shoes would make it easy for you to take them off. Not having skin marks is especially important if you plan to have nude or semi-nude images taken. The beauty of your belly and body would be spoiled by any marks left by the clothing or undergarments and these could be easily avoided by simply planning ahead.

If the other members of your family are participating it is very important to have outfits that are well coordinated. Try to avoid all whites, jeans and white tops or uniformed coloured outfits for everyone. The best thing is to color coordinate and complement. I always advise clients to bring at least three different outfit options to the shoot. 

5. Relax and Enjoy

Relaxing will help you feel confident and comfortable in front of the camera. Try not to schedule anything to close of too hectic before the session. Pamper yourself with manicure and pedicure, have your hair and makeup done in a salon. Taking a short nap is another way to feel relaxed and well rested. Meeting with your photographer before the shoot also helps to feel more comfortable, which is why I offer a free consultation for my clients to discuss their needs and expectations.

During the session, let the photographer take care of the details. Enjoying the moment  will make you look good and feel great. You have hired a skilled photographer. Let them worry about all the little details for you and enjoy the experience.

Photoshoot with Michaela

It was a pleasure to work with Michaela for a photoshoot at her home. Michaela works with a number of brands and it’s important to display the product in a way to suit the brand’s image and to ensure the images reflect Michaela’s bright and bubbly personality. 

Check out Micky on her Instagram Page

How to prepare for Your Portrait Session with a Professional Portrait Photographer

For a photographer, each person’s personality and unique qualities should shine through in their photographs. When a subject feels comfortable and free to interact with their photographer is how the best photographs are captured. 

Portrait Photography is a team effort. There are a few things you can do as a client that will ensure your photographs as good as they possibly can be. When I take a booking from clients, I like to go through this simple check list with them that ensures they arrive looking great, feeling fresh and are ready to shoot!

1. Get a Good Night’s Sleep

They call it beauty sleep for a reason. No amount of retouching can eliminate the exhaustion present in your eyes after a bad nights sleep. It’s important to be well rested so your natural energy and allow you to have fun during your shoot.

2. Choose Clothing That Represents Your Who You Are

An artist may wear something flowing and comfortable to reflect your creative personality. If you are an entrepreneur or business manager you may want to wear something that portrays your professionalism and trustworthiness.  

If fitness is your thing make sure your clothes show off the physic you have worked so hard for. If you’re an Actor you should consider the roles you want to audition for and how would you be dressed in your preferred role.

It’s a good idea to wear solid colours and avoid patterned clothes like narrowly striped shirts or herringbone patterns as they can cause odd optical effects at certain print sizes. Logos have a tendency to date quickly so I often recommend to be cautious with them.

I always advise to bring at least three changes of clothes to allow for different options. Remember what looks good in the mirror may not reflect well in a photograph. And if you are shooting in cooler weather you have warm clothes handy to stay comfortable between shots.

3. Makeup or No Makeup? How Much is Too Much? 

If you love your makeup and would never leave the house without it, by all means, wear your make up to the portrait shoot. Photography tends to enhance colour and contrast so heavy make up is best avoided and spray tans need time to fade a little.  

If make up isn’t your forte don’t panic. Wear very light makeup or none at all. You could also request hiring a professional makeup artist for the shoot.

If you want to get your hair cut for the shoot, it’s best to do it a week before the shoot date. Small blemishes, cuts or spots are easily removed in photoshop, so if a pimple appears on the morning of the shoot don’t panic!

4. Eat a Good Meal, Avoid Alcohol

Sitting in front of a camera for an hour or two can be very tiring work. Make sure you have energy by eating a good healthy meal in preparation for your photo shoot and avoid any heavy foods which could make you feel bloated. 

Alcohol can cause the skin to blush red and give bloodshot eyes. I always recommend avoiding alcohol for at least a day in advance of the shoot to ensure you feel bright and look your best.

5. Practice Posing

This may sound silly but trust me, it works. Preparing for your portrait by pulling faces in front of a mirror can assist you understand how you will look in front of the camera. Test Smiling, smiling wider and smiling with your eyes. Learn to understand what this feels like so when you have a camera pointed in your direction will assist you to feel more comfortable on the day and allow you to relax and enjoy the experience.

Hyde Away Cafe Grand Opening

I had the pleasure of attending Hyde Away Cafe’s Grand opening a great community event for the new local cafe. Great to see everyone out and enjoying themselves. And great music by Paul Bandarian. When shooting events it’s important to capture the unique atmosphere of the location and the enjoyment of the patrons. 

Located in the leafy suburb of Yeronga, the Hyde Away Cafe serve seasonally evolving, locally sourced and aesthetically delightful nourishment to the local community.Whether you prefer indulging in the light and breezy coastal feel interior, or enjoying the outdoors and sunshine with our street dining, there’s a place for you to you enjoy their fare and hospitality.

Beach Shoot With Michaela

It was a pleasure to work with Michaela in a photoshoot at Burleigh Heads. Michaela works with a number of brands and it’s important to display the product in a way to suit the brand’s image and to ensure the image reflects Michaela’s own personality. 

Check out Micky on her Instagram Page

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