Timeless, maternity, baby and cake smash photography, covering Andover, Basingstoke, Newbury, Salisbury, Tidworth, Stockbridge, Southampton and surrounding areas of Hampshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire

How to prepare for a maternity photoshoot

Congratulations on your pregnancy and thank you for choosing me to capture this incredibly special time in your lives. I'm really looking forward to creating some beautiful images and treasured memories for you. Imagine how thrilled your child will be to see these special photos too!

What to expect at a maternity photoshoot

At a maternity photoshoot, I aim to provide you with a set of beautiful, flattering photographs, documenting this amazing stage of your life. 

I will use a variety of outfits and set ups to provide a good range of images for you to choose from.

A Mini Maternity shoot includes 2 set ups  - one light and one dark, including 2 different outfits. This shoot will last around 3o minutes.

A Full Maternity shoot includes more variety in set ups and outfits and will last 1-2 hours. This option is for those wanting a more creative maternity photo gallery, or perhaps boudoir maternity images.

Can I bring my family to my maternity photoshoot?

Yes! You are more than welcome to bring family members and even your pet dog. Family members should wear cool and comfortable clothing, as the studio will be nice and warm. Neutral colours and tones always photograph well. Please avoid logos and patterns on clothing, as these will date.

Simple, plain items of clothing will give your photos are more timeless feel. Try to dress family members in similar colours or tones, for example, all in white t-shirts, or all in navy tops.

If you are bringing family members to a Mini Maternity shoot, bear in mind that this will leave a bit less time for me to photograph you on your own. If you want more, you might like to upgrade to a Full Maternity shoot.

What should I wear and what should I bring to my photoshoot?

I provide a variety of flattering maternity dresses and fabrics to make you look awesome. It is entirely up to you what to wear and there is no pressure to show off a bare bump. Some dresses are sheer, some have a split down the front to reveal your bump and some provide full coverage.

You are welcome to pose with a bare bump if you'd like to, or even completely naked. I will of course maintain your decency at all times. Your images can remain completely private or you can choose to share them - it's your body! 

I don’t provide hair and make-up, so you can either arrange to have that done professionally before you come, do that yourself, or come as you are!

You’re welcome to bring your own outfits too if you like.

Please wear skin coloured underwear with no VPL, if you can. You’re welcome to bring a change of underwear if you like, for example if you want to be photographed in a particular set of lingerie, for a maternity boudoir photoshoot.

Bring a drink and snack with you, especially if you have children coming along too.

Where will the photoshoot take place?

Your session will take place in my garden photography studio, a beautiful cabin in the garden of our family home, near Andover.

With a full maternity shoot, there is the option for either a studio or an outdoor maternity shoot. Ask for further information.

What if I'm nervous about having my photo taken?

That's OK. I will help to position every part of your body and I use studio lighting to ensure your photos are beautifully flattering. I am a very relaxed, down to earth person and the whole experience will be calm and enjoyable. Read my reviews!

What if I don't like my photos?

I am an experienced and qualified photographer, so you can be assured that I will be taking photos to the best of my ability. I have a Licentiateship qualification with the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers here in the UK, details online here.

If you have any reservations about any particular part of your body, let me know before or during the photoshoot and I will be sure to avoid including anything that you know you will not want to see in your final images, or will use my Photoshop skills to remove elements in the photo, such as a tattoo that you are having removed.

When will I see and choose my photos?

If you have booked a Mini Maternity shoot with your Newborn shoot, 1-2 weeks after the shoot at my photography studio near Andover, I will share a private online gallery of 5 images for you to choose from. You can purchase these for £20 per photo, for immediate digital download.

If you have booked a Full Maternity shoot, 1-2 weeks after the photoshoot I will share a private online gallery for 20 images for you to choose from and purchase, for immediate digital download, selecting one of my photo packages, as shown on my pricing page. I can also provide bespoke wall art for you to show off your amazing body in your home, mini albums to showcase more intimate images and much more.

What if I have questions about my photoshoot? 

If you have any questions about your maternity photoshoot, please get in touch. You can contact me via phone, text, email or via my contact page.

We can even arrange a free Zoom consultation, so you can see my studio and maternity outfits before you visit.

I look forward to meeting you very soon!

Helen x

Your Forever Family Photographer

I help busy parents like you to create timeless, natural, printed photographs of your family for your beautiful home, taking away the hassle of choosing and ordering quality prints, artwork for your wall or quality albums, all the while ensuring the whole family has a memorable experience.

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