Sarah Danelle Photography » Brisbane Newborn, Maternity & Family Photographer

Preparing for your Maternity Session with Sarah Danelle Photography

Maternity portrait sessions are one of my favourites.I love photographing these sessions as part of a baby and bump collection, as we get to spend a bit of time getting to know each other before the newborn session.

Pregnant women have a unique beauty about them and I love being able to capture this wonder of motherhood for them to remember forever. Not only are they an occasion to photograph your beautiful bump, but it can also be a chance for your and your partner to take a bit of time out and enjoy each other’s company, before your family grows by one (or two) more.

I’ve put together this guide for you, ahead of your maternity session so that you can feel totally prepared. Please let me know if you have any questions.

When should I schedule my maternity session?

I recommend that we plan your maternity session for between 32 and 36 weeks. We want to make sure your bump is prominent enough but before you start to lose energy later in the pregnancy, and of course in case baby decides to make an early arrival! Of course you know your body best, so if you would like to do an early session, or later in your pregnancy, I can accommodate this too.

Where does my maternity session take place?

All of my maternity sessions are done outdoors on location in Brisbane.  They are a mid week session only, typically scheduled for late in the afternoon when the sunlight is best – an hour before sunset.   They can also be done early morning depending on location.   I will work with you to find a location that suits what you are after.   If you have a place that you frequent or that has meaning to you, it would be great to incorporate this in your session. Don’t stress if you are not sure, I have a variety of locations I can suggest that I have photographed before and we can find one that will work best. I allow around 1 hour for your maternity session.

I am also able to create more intimate studio like images in your home if you would prefer, wearing a little less such as lingerie and robes.   Please discuss if you are interested in this.

What should I wear for my maternity photos?

When choosing an outfit, try to find something that will allow me to capture your beautiful curves. I also have a an exclusive maternity wardrobe available for your session including material drapes and dresses which you are welcome to use. I recommend 2-3 outfit changes for your session to give you a variety of looks.

Follow the link to view the Studio Wardrobe available : STUDIO WARDROBE

Please avoid anything bright in colour (such as bright pink or green) or with strong patterns, for both yourself and your partner. Plain coloured tops with jeans or shorts look great on partners.  If you are wearing light colours, I suggest your partner or hubby wear a light coloured shirt also – think pastels like cream, beige, light grey or light blue.  For a darker look, then navy or dark grey look great.  Try to avoid black if you can.

For children and siblings – also plain colours are best and avoid heavy patterns or logos.   They can wear co-ordinated dresses – cream, navy or blush.   Or matching shirts/tshirts and shorts/pants.

If you have something special in mind that you would like to be included in the photos, please bring it along and I will do my best to incorporate it.  I love accessories so feel free to dress up your outfit with nice jewellery, scarves etc.  If you are not sure, please ask prior to your session.

You are welcome to also view my gallery for what a maternity session with me will generally look like.

Can I include my husband or children in the session?
Of course you can. I really recommend having some photos that include your family.  Of course the focus of the session will be on your growing tummy, but it’s always important to capture that very amazing moment of your life with the most special people. We will include photos of you all together, as well as you and your bump on your own.

I do limit the session to your immediate family only however.

Should I get hair & makeup done?
If you have any special requests, such as retouching or removal of blemishes and stretch marks, please let me know at your session so I can make sure you love the way you look. I do recommend having makeup done for your session, if possible. But that’s not essential.   Whatever works best for you normally.   Please bear in mind, with your maternity session outdoors, we will be subject to the weather a little and it may be windy, particularly in exposed areas!  So keep this in mind if you are planning to have beautiful curls done – they may not stick around.   I recommend natural makeup that will photograph well outdoors.

How long does it take to receive my photos?
I know you will be so excited to see your images after the session, I select the best images (40+) from your session & these are edited and ready for delivery after approximately 3-4 weeks.  I will also send you through a handful of images as a preview in the days following your session.   If the session takes place close to your newborn session, I will bring the images along for you to the session.

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