The best time to book your Maternity session is around 34-38 weeks pregnant.
Maternity sessions run about 1 hour long, and you are welcome to bring your partner and babies' siblings to the session.
Maternity sessions are either held in my residential studio in Boronia Heights or on location in Brisbane, Gold Coast or Logan.
All the gowns that you see in my images belong to the studio and you are welcome to use any that you like, or to wear something of your own that you love. I suggest beautiful pastel colours as they are the most flattering to most people, but sometimes a bold splash of colour looks absolutely amazing!!
Hair and makeup can either be done by yourself prior to the session, or for an additional fee, I can have a professional Hair and Make-up artist at the studio ready for you an hour before your session.
A constant concern a lot of mums-to-be tell me is that they feel frumpy, bloated or "fat". Please do not let this discourage you from capturing this special time!! I can show you how to stand and make you look and feel amazing!! So many mums regret not capturing this time and having the images to show their children when they get older!!
When to book your Newborn Session Newborn Photography sessions are best booked in within the first 14 days of baby's precious little life.
After this time babies are more awake, are harder to settle and can even develop colic and baby acne.
If you contact me in the first trimester of your pregnancy, we can lock off a tentative booking for you and then lock off a firm date when more information becomes available, or you have baby.
When you arrive home from hospital with your brand new baby you can contact us to arrange a suitable time and day for your session.
Where your session is held We offer studio sessions in my Boronia Heights Studio, or for Mums that aren't up to leaving home so early in babies life, or for any reason cannot leave home, we now offer in home Newborn Lifestyle Sessions.
Sessions take place ideally in the morning around 9:30am as I have found that this is the time that baby is usually most settled and happiest and the light indoors is usually the creamiest.
I supply all props, blankets, wraps etc. but you are more than welcome to bring along something sentimental that you would like included in your session, after all, these images are for you to treasure for all time and live proudly on your walls!
As we have baby undressed during our sessions, the room is usually kept nice and warm to keep baby happy, so we do recommend wearing light clothing and bringing plenty of water and refreshments for the shoot.
If you have older siblings and you are coming to the studio, we recommend bringing another parent or grandparent that can take older siblings after they have their images taken either to a nearby park or somewhere that is more fun for them. We offer free wi-fi for older siblings to watch their portable devices.
How long will your session take Newborn sessions can take 2-4 hours, allowing plenty of time for feeding and comforting. All other sessions are around 1-1.5 hours and if they are outdoor sessions, they will be in the last hour before sunset to ensure the best possible light for your shoot. Studio sessions will run around the same time, but can be any time under the studio lights.
What to wear
I often get asked "What do we wear?!" and there is no simple answer. The truth is, you want to wear something that is authentic to you and who you are, while remaining timeless. Trends come and go, and in 5-10 years you still want to look on these images with love and fond memories (and not cringe at that shirt - what was I thinking??). I also don't recommend people wear something that they wouldn't normally wear, such as a dress if that really isn't your style. If you feel uncomfortable or awkward, it will show in your images. Once you book in with me, I send you out a booklet with some really helpful information and will answer any questions you might have :)
When do I get to see and select the images I want? At the end of your session, you will be shown the images taken that day. You will then get to see all the images and choose only the ones that you love!! All the products are available in the studio while the session is being photographed for you to have a look at and hold, feel and see the quality and as most of the products all share the same price points, you can choose from your heart what you love the most!!