Here is a little guide to help you prepare for your Maternity session as well as your Newborn session. All sessions with Photoalli are focused on the subject not a lot of extras, however you are always welcome to bring clothes or items that are meaningful to you or if you just feel like you rock the outfit bring it!
Maternity Sessions are typically scheduled toward the 30+ week mark of pregnancy. Your session can be on location, in your home or in studio. Your significant other and children are welcome to be in the photos, but there will be times that focus is just on mom. I have a client closet of dresses that I provide along with any outfits you choose to wear.
Newborn Sessions are marked on the calendar for your due date. Once baby arrives we need to be in contact to set up your session date. In studio posed sessions are recommended within the first couple weeks of babys arrival, in home lifestyle sessions are able to be scheduled up to 2 months of age.
In the studio, I keep the tempurature nice and toasty so baby is comfortable even during naked time. So mom and dad may want to bring an cooler shirt to wear after their photos.
What should baby wear, dress baby in jammies to keep from having lines and creases on skin. I have many wraps, headbands, and hats for baby to wear during photos but feel free to bring outfits. Just keep in mind most clothes are bunchy on baby and may not photograph well.
What should I wear, you will be in a few photos with baby so dress in a nice solid shirt, your legs most likely wont show so you can be comfortable from the waist down. I have a dark brown background and white background that I use for family photos. If mom would like breastfeeding images, I do a have some dresses for that or you can bring your own outfit.
What to expect during the session, expect the unexpected, at least I do. There will be potty and poop accidents but please don't fret. It happens all the time and I am used to it. I do plenty of laundry. Plan to feed baby at least once during your session. Feedings and changings are part of the reason newborn sessions take longer. Feel free to bring a bottle and pacifier to help soothe baby. I will be holding and calming baby most of the time, so you feel free to relax. I take these sessions much slower, another reason these sessions take longer. I try to keep the environment clean, calm and relaxed.
As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. I am a mom as well so I know how hard this new time can be in your life. If I haven't lived it myself I have had a client, a family member or a friend live it. I love to hear the story of labor and delivery and how your first days with baby are going. I find it all so fascinating. Also, if you have any questions about breastfeeding or being a new mom I would love to help as well or point you in the right direction.