Maternity Photo Session Part.1
January 9th, 2019
Maternity Photo Session Part. 1
Maternity / Lifestyle
Expecting a new baby is an exciting moment in every woman’s life. It’s a time for Love and passion about new unborn baby even before they have met. The feeling of growing new life although, often followed by pains and aches, makes every new mother glow and shine. And what a better time and way to capture the joy and excitement than maternity portrait session.
I love working with expecting mothers and their husbands or partners to craft beautiful and artistic maternity portraits. Each mother deserves to have these moments captured and recorded in framed prints.
Here are some tips from me for maternity photo session. If you have any questions please write them down and I will answer them.
What is the Best Time to take my Maternity Photos?
I recommend to schedule your session between 28 and 36 weeks of your pregnancy. During that time, woman’s belly has a lovely round shape. For expecting mamas with twins (or more), come in earlier around 26 – 32 weeks as twins tend to arrive much earlier than singletons.
Your needs are unique!
I suggest we talk about any ideas about poses, look, location or props you might have in mind before the photo session. Sure as a photographer I have a lot of experience and suggestions for you, but every client is unique as well as your needs and expectations. Discussing them will help me prepare better for your session. If you have collected any maternity portrait examples, bring them to the consultation session. There are so many examples online. Even printed magazines or friend’s albums could be a source of inspiration.
Having Company is Fun
Bring your husband or older children to your session. If you plan to have them both, plan to have your children photographed first and arrange for someone to take them home after that. Having others be part of your session allows me to create more family like images and it is a great time for your children to show the love for your unborn baby. You would need the privacy and quiet time for more images with your husband or alone. For more intimate maternity portraits you need to feel relaxed.
Professional Makeup and Hair
I highly recommend professional makeup and hair. You will feel beautiful and confident at your session. However if it’s not in the budget, your going-out-on-a-date makeup and hair is fine too. Neutral looking fake lashes can really flatter your eyes. I work with so many talented makeup artist and hair stylist, and I can always recommend one of them to you, or have them in studio as we are already practicing.
Trust your photographer to direct you in posing so you can look your best. What makes maternity photos different from other portraits is that the images focus on you, your personality, feelings and the bond you have with your much-awaited baby. Many maternity poses such as hands on the belly and eyes looking down express emotions and connection to your belly. Other maternity poses empathize the beautiful curves of your body.
What to wear
Wear whatever you feel comfortable and pretty in. I provide this list to my clients:
- Neutral strapless bra and seamless underwear
- Black bra and panty set (for those black background belly shots)
- White/ivory bra and panty set (for those white background belly shots)
- Lingerie sets
- Tube top or belly band
- Regular jeans (not maternity ones) and camisole top
- Buttoned shirt or blouse
- Long, flowy or form-fitting dress (e.g. tube dress or a summer maxi dress)
- Button ups sweater or cardigans
- Men’s button ups top (for significant other/husband)
- Coordinating outfits (for significant other/husband and/or children)
- Any favorite scarves, accessories, jewelries, etc.
- Any sentimental items (e.g. baby ultrasound image)
In Maternity Photo Session Part 2. I will write about locations for Maternity photo Session, what props to bring with you, etc.
If you have any questions or comments you can write them here.
Wedding/engagement in the Mountains. Yes or no?
November 23rd, 2018
Wedding, engagement photo session in the Mountains. Yes or no?
Weddings / Engagement
If you already love the mountains and you love to go there, then you don’t need to read this but if you still need few more reasons and explanations, to decide where to have your wedding or engagement photos done, then this is for you. 🙂
This year we were really fortunate to have quite a few wedding, engagement and bridal sessions in the Mountains. And each time we LOVED it! Why we love to photograph in the mountains or nature itself is very simple.
Yes it is true that for some of them you have to hike a little, but believe me it is totally worth it! And sometimes it is only 5-10 minutes walk. Living close to Canmore and Banff has its advantages. There are so many beautiful locations to go to, and take gorgeous photos. But there are few things you have to think about before having your photos done there.
The sun sets a little earlier.
While your weather app might call for a 7pm sunset on your wedding date, being surrounded by tall peaks means the sun could actually disappear an hour earlier, even if the sky stays pink for a little while. Keep this in mind when you’re scheduling photos to ensure you have the perfect lighting for your pictures. Every good and experienced mountain photographer will tell you this. And in case you are planning to elope to the mountains or have your engagement photos done there, don’t look surprised if you photographer asks you if you are willing to meet him at 5am during the summer months. Early hours and sunsets are the best light to take photos.
Sunscreen and sunglasses are a must.
The sun gets more intense at higher elevations, even if it’s cloudy outside. Make sure to wear sunscreen underneath your makeup, and have some available for your guests. And definitely have your sunglasses close to you. Ok very early in the morning you won’t need those, but after the sunrise, and if you wedding or photo session is in the winter days, sunglasses are a must. Trust me!
Hydration is key.
If you’re inviting guests to join you at a higher elevation than where they live, make sure everyone drinks more water than they usually would. It’s much dryer a few thousand feet above sea level, and staying hydrated is a great way to combat any altitude sickness. Consider putting reusable water bottles in welcome bags, and setting up stations serving flavored water at both your ceremony and reception. And remember, alcohol can affect you more quickly at altitude than at sea level, so encourage your guests to drink water and pace themselves as they celebrate. In my backpack I always have an extra water bottle and a kind bar, just in case we meet a bear. Just kidding! Kind bar is for me. 🙂
Cell service is unreliable at best.
While you’ll be easily connected if you’re closer to town, heading up into the mountains often means you won’t have any reception. But sometimes that is a good thing. It helps you relax and focus on just the two of you and enjoy in those moments.
To see more galleries from our photo sessions in the mountains click here:
If you have any questions or comments you can write them here.
Let me take you to Bali.
Indonesian island known for its forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs. The island is home to religious sites such as cliffside Uluwatu Temple. To the south, the beachside city of Kuta has lively bars, while Seminyak, Sanur and Nusa Dua are popular resort towns. The island is also known for its yoga and meditation retreats.
And many couples choose this Island for their destination wedding location. If you are one of them, let me just say: “I still have your date available!” 🙂
Halloween in Downtown Edmonton
What a better way to spend your Sunday afternoon than cruising/walking around downtown with this creative couple and having so much fun! They did their own makeup, hair and outfits. So the credit goes to them only 🙂 I can’t wait for our next project!