So you’re expecting – congratulations! Whether it’s your first baby or your 5th, I’m glad you’re considering having professional photographs taken, and here’s why.
But perhaps you’re stuck on deciding between the two main styles of maternity photography: traditional studio posed photography, vs the more documentary-style lifestyle maternity photography
Let me help!
Yes, I’m biased, but let me give you 3 signs lifestyle maternity photography is right for you:
If you feel moved by photos depicting authentic moments & emotions, you’ve just described the genre known as “lifestyle photography.”
That’s the style I specialize in, and you’ll see it in the photographs below (a big thanks to Kat & Nick for letting me use their photographs for this post).
You can read more about what sets lifestyle photography apart here.
Lifestyle photography is all about documenting authentic moments and feelings between loved ones – many times at the expense of the perfectly posed image.
Believe it or not, one of the first things this couple told me when they arrived for their session was how awkward and stiff they both feel in front of the camera, and how nervous they were about the session for that reason.
But looking at their beautiful photographs, you would never have guessed.
Lifestyle photography is a perfect fit for those who feel uncomfortable in front of a camera, because a skilled lifestyle photographer [*clears throat*] takes control of the session, allowing the couple to relax and start enjoying themselves under the photographer’s guiding and directing. There’s no looking at the camera and no wondering where to put your hands.
It’s really like magic.
1) WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO SCHEDULE A MATERNITY SESSION?
Generally, between 28 and 34 weeks.
There are exceptions, and you can read about them here.
2) WHAT SHOULD I WEAR FOR MY MATERNITY SESSION?
Clients who book with me receive a complete “Session Preparation and Styling Guide,” full of guidance, color palette examples, visual inspiration, and direct links to purchase clothing at all price points. I also have a Pinterest Board with additional guidance.
Clients also receive unlimited styling assistance, meaning I’ll provide all at the help they need to look beautiful and feel confident at their session. So Zoom, call, text away…
3) SHOULD I BOOK MY NEWBORN SESSION AT THE SAME TIME I BOOK MY MATERNITY SESSION?
I offer custom pricing for those who do.
And you’ll have the added benefit of knowing your photographer a bit more by the time you invite them into your home for your in-home lifestyle newborn session.
5) CAN WE INCLUDE A FEW THINGS IN THE SESSION THAT HOLD A LOT OF MEANING FOR US?
Yes, please! It will give your images that much more meaning and significance. And please bring your dog!