For more detailed information check out the MAMA blog posts below. I’ll help answer questions about when to plan your sessions, what to wear, locations, and more.
• CAN I INVITE THE WHOLE FAMILY TO MY MAMA SESSION?
I really recommend keeping this one private. Just you and the babes. Often when other people are around its distracting for children and can really change the vibe. MAMA sessions are all about intimacy and closeness so it's a little different than a typical family session. It's also really important for mamas to get pampered with 100% undivided attention to look and feel your best.
• WHERE SHOULD WE SHOOT?
For MAMAS I love shooting indoors. In your home If you have natural window light is a great option so you are comfortable! Don't worry if its not perfectly clean or magazine worthy - I love creating moody soft images in cozy spots and I know we can make it work.
Hotels are also a great option. They're simple, clean, and already photo ready! You can make a little staycation night out of it. I highly recommend this option for maternity sessions.*** You deserve it!
• WHEN DO YOU SHOOT?
I keep time in my schedule to make MAMAS a priority so its fairly flexible. Since I prefer to shoot inside either at a hotel or in your home with natural light, daytime is best. Typically shoots are booked around littles nap times during the weekdays Monday-Friday.
• WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
A big part of the MAMA is the styling! We will collaborate on this. I'll send Inso you can send me ideas, and I'll even help pull from your closet. If you're still lost you can borrow something from my client closet too.
Think flow, romantic, sheer, show some skin, throw on a kimono or your Calvin Kleins, lets get styling.
See blog post (MAMA : prepping for your session)
• WHAT IF IM PREGNANT, POSTPARTUM, OR JUST FEELING TERRIBLE!
We can work through it! Let's discuss some ideas and options. I wouldn't want you to look back on this time and wish that you had photos to look back on. We can figure something out.
• HOW DO I LEAVE MY HUSBAND OUT OF MY MAMA SESSION?
You just do it! I can guarantee he's in tons of photos around the house that you took. Think about scheduling a family mini or just setting up a tripod and snapping a few. If you can't swing both, but your heart is set on the mama I completely recommend making the time for yourself.
Another great idea is to ask for it as a gift! For your next birthday or holiday.
• WHAT IF I DON'T LOOK HOT? AM I TOO OLD? TOO FAT?
The whole point of the MAMA is to find your groove. Trust me, we will make it work! It's my job to make you look good and its your job to just book it! With all the years I spent modeling I have tons of tricks up my sleeve for looking thinner, doing hair, makeup, styling, and help. I've got you. I promise.
• HOW DOES PRICING WORK? DO YOU OFFER A MILESTONE PACKAGE?
I understand how pricey it is to be a mom, and so I've created a variety of collection options to fit within your budget. I like to chat details to find out more about what you are looking for and we can create a package for you. All of my collections include styling, inspiration, hand retouched images, and print rights.
• WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO DO MATERNITY PHOTOS?
I recommend waiting until you are showing enough that strangers can tell you are pregnant (probably after 25 weeks), but within a time frame that you still feel good. I personally preferred to have mine taken before I got too close to the end of pregnancy to avoid bloating and feeling excessively large. I've also had moms wait too long and have the baby before the shoot (keep in mind you could go early). Long story short, 28-35ish weeks is a safe period depending upon how you feel. If you want to wait until your bump has attained full size and all its glory that is totally fine too. It's all a personal preference and depends on your comfort.
• HOW DO I BOOK IT?
To book your session we will first chat ideas and dates. Then I'll just need a 50% deposit to reserve your date. The easiest way is to Venmo me or mail a check.
Click the "Book it" link at the bottom of the page for more information and to setup your session.
• WHAT IF I NEED TO RESCHEDULE?
After your date has been reserved there will be a $75 reschedule fee unless I am able to re-book your date with another family. Please keep in mind that I have to hire childcare and block off that entire day for your session so I lose the whole day. Since I shoot natural light I only book sessions during the prettiest hour of light so I typically only schedule 1 or 2 sessions in one day. Sometimes I have to turn families away due to availability, which is why I really can't reschedule without lots of notice.
• WHAT IS A PREGNANCY SHOOT LIKE?
When I photograph a maternity session its really important that the mom to be feels beautiful! I want maternity images to be romantic and engaging. I don’t think anyone feels great about their body while pregnant, but its my job to create a safe environment for moms to feel comfortable enough to show their bump. I never thought I would miss pregnancy but I do. I try to capture the fleeting moments to preserve for each mom.
• WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE ANYTHING TO WEAR OR IM TOO BUSY WITH OTHER LITTLES?
No problem! My signature collection includes styling and access to my client closet. I have my own personal collection of gorgeous, flattering garments to borrow for your session.