I love to photograph maternity sessions in the magical hour before sunset for gorgeous soft light. Most of my maternity sessions are held outdoors, I love the seasonal and landscape element that adds to capturing this moment, and if younger siblings are involved then it gives them space to have fun and explore, capturing natural interactions for the family. When booking we choose a date between 33-35 weeks and monitor the weather forecast, if we have to re-schedule on the day due to bad weather we just keep booking in the next available day until we get fine weather.
I have a few locations that I use regularly including an overgrown orchard in Waimauku, a rolling hill paddock with long grass in Hobsonville, and the wild west coast beaches of Muriwai and Bethells. If you have any ideas or locations you would like to use just let me know, I am always up for finding a new spot and absolutely love any location that is wild and overgrown with a rustic feel.
I have a range of maternity gowns available and will bring a selection with me to the session for you to choose from. Please bring nude or white coloured underwear as some of the gowns are sheer and dark undergarments can be seen through them, a strapless bra if you have one can be helpful but we can always tuck straps down if needed. During a session we will do 2-3 dress changes.
Dress your family members being involved in the session in neutrals if possible, avoiding bright colours, heavy stripes, patterns, logos, pictures or words on clothing. There is no need to have partners in formal wear or family in matching colours, just tones and styles that compliment each other and take the season into account. Moody hues for Autumn and winter and lighter fresh pastels for summer and spring.
Clean, neutral coloured nails avoiding any bright or neon coloured nail polish is best. Hair is best pinned or clipped back to prevent it covering the face in side profile images and make up (if worn) can be slightly heavier than normal as this photographs well. Some clients choose to get this done professionally with a hair and make up artist or at a retail cosmetic counter.
Having people other than immediate family members present can be distracting and add time constraints which can impact on achieving a full gallery for you, however if younger siblings are involved having a grandparent or friend to help with little ones is perfectly fine.
Prepare to have an early dinner so everyone is happy and well fed. If children are part of the session having easy snacks and drink bottles on hand for afterwards and non-messy treats like marshmallows can be a great idea, especially if children are young and need encouragement.
Most importantly, relax on the day of your session! I hope you are excited and looking forward to this milestone, I can’t wait to start the planning to capture this unique moment for you and your family.