This is where it all begins! You are creating a new life and either starting a new family or adding to it. This time is not only about your growing bump, but also about the intimate relationship you have with your partner and your children (if you have some already).
I don’t have many photos of my mum with her big belly. But do I have one when she was decorating the Christmas tree with the help of my older brother. You get the sense that they weren’t simply waiting for Father Christmas come, but for something bigger and better to arrive and just I love it!
So why not make some memories for your children to enjoy and start your own story today!
When to book
The best time to photograph your bump is anywhere between the 34th and 37th week. Your belly should be showing beautifully and hopefully you shouldn’t be too tired yet. You can wait longer if you wish but babies are unpredictable and you might feel exhausted at the end of the session. Your husband or partner, children, and pets are all very welcome and highly recommended to join you in the session, it will help to make it much more memorable and personal. I always encourage my clients to go outdoors to a park or a special location. This helps to make the shoot very unique to you and will avoid looking like a typical studio session.
What to wear
For clothing the key is to keep it simple. Choose natural tones and solid colours for dresses and tops. Try to avoid bright colours, heavy patterns or prints. I can provide a range of props such as scarves and fabrics that can create a more artistic look when you come to the studio.
For dads joining the session, I recommend denim jeans with a simple collared shirt or a plain white t-shirt, which is always a winner. For an intimate session a bare-chested look works well, especially if it is followed up with a precious newborn baby and daddy portrait.
I have created a special Bump and Baby Package that allows you to capture the ‘before and after’. This is the best option if you are planning to have both a maternity and a newborn session. The package offers you a lifestyle maternity session around the 34th-37th week and a newborn studio session soon after your baby arrives.
Have a look the the Gallery to see more images of my work.