Maternity session - WHY?
This is a very special time - you are growing a life inside of you! You might feel uncomfortable at times in your changing body but there is a purpose to all of that. I am going to capture your true beauty and you will look back at these images and be proud of what you have achieved.
Do it for yourself..but also for your unborn child. Start creating your family story now..
The best time to schedule your pregnancy session is around 28-34 weeks, when you still feel good and comfortable and have a nice round belly. This will vary with each woman – some women who carry small, or gain little weight may choose to wait until they are 36-38 weeks. Other women who are growing a bit faster, may choose to come around 28-32 weeks.
What to wear
The most important thing is that you wear something you are comfortable in! Long, flowy dresses, jeans and tank tops, skirts and fitted tops .. they all look great in maternity sessions! I would recommend waering something fitted to show off your bump. And also to avoid busy patterns as this can distract from your belly.
For men I suggest solid and simple clothing. We want them to be very comfortable as well. Little boys should be similar to Dad and both are welcome to bring light and dark shirts. Light patterns or textures are ok.
From three months of age, your newborn has transformed into a plump and dimpled baby and the loving and cheeky personality starts to emerge. At this age, babies are also awake for longer periods and they are more aware of their surroundings and more responsive to family members. This is a magical opportunity for me to capture your baby’s development.
Baby portrait sessions are usually done between 3 months and 1 year. Each phase of babyhood offers different opportunities for a beautiful photo session. At four months old, babies can hold their head up, and by around six to nine months, your baby will be able to sit up for a photo. The baby photography session usually goes for about an hour. This time frame allows the baby to set the pace, so you and your baby both stay relaxed and have fun together, with plenty of time to take a break whenever the baby wants a feed or needs to be settled.
I do not provide the cake, you will have to bring your own.
The Cake Smash photo shoot consists of 3 different stages:
1. Photos of the Birthday Boy/ Girl on his/her own and with family having fun
2. Cake Smash!
3. Bath time with ducks and bubbles (I will have the room nice and warm)
Come prepared for the mess :)
Be ready to be covered in cake and icing during the session (picture your little miss or mister running/crawling straight toward you with icing coated hands), so a change of clothes for everyone, not just the birthday boy or girl, is a good idea.
They might not dig right in
All parents hope that their little one will dive in and make a mess of the cake. But that doesn’t always happen and that’s okay. Not every child wants to jump right in and make a mess no matter what tricks we try. It’s important to know that even if they don’t turn their cake into a gooey pile of crumbs, I am still able to catch fun images of them poking at it or daintily picking of bits of icing or decorations. Sometimes we may need to strategically place a little icing to help things along, or other times mom or dad may have to get involved in the pictures themselves. It’s also a good idea to bring along a favourite toy and some snacks and a drink in case your little one needs some encouraging
Cake and icing choices matter
When picking out the cake or making your own one to bring to a smash session, I suggest choosing a bright or pastel coloured cake over white, chocolate or red velvet. Also, creamier icing and less dense cakes are better for smashing. Fondant and really stiff icing can make it harder for them to get messy. If your cake is going to be refrigerated before the session, I suggest letting it sit out about a half hour before leaving for the cake smash session so the icing is less stiff.
Make sure to watch out for allergens!
A child photo session can take place in my home studio or outdoors. For children
older than 1 year, taking the photo session outdoors can make it a lot more fun and
relaxing for them. Let your little one explore plants, rocks and more in a safe
outdoor location. Being at a park or other outdoor location provides perfect light
for photography and can keep your child happily occupied while we get some
beautiful photos of him/ her.
Don't forget to bring your child's favourite teddy bear, books, blanket..anything that will comfort them, make them feel safe or simply help them be themselves!
Children go at their own pace - and that's fine. We will make sure everyone is happy and relaxed and I will always have time to take break if a child needs a snack or a baby needs a nappy change.
What to expect
Sessions can be photographed on location (in your home, outdoors etc) or at my home studio. Depending on the number of children an their mood, each session can last from 60 minutes to 90 minutes. A session with me is relaxed, casual and fun. The pace of the session is dictated by the children - there is always time for a break, a snack or a clothing change.
What to wear
Wear something that feels comfortable and feels like "you". I'd recommend not to match everyone's outfits but to keep them similar in style and tone and layer up - layers create visual interest and keep you warm and cozy.
Avoid logos, busy patterns and anything that will take attention away from your face.
Don't forget to wear comfortable shoes for outdoor sessions - we'll be on our feet and walking quite a bit during our session!