Your pregnancy photoshoot might well be the first time you’ve had your photographs taken professionally, at least in a photography studio. We understand it can be a daunting prospect so hope this post helps demystify the process a little.
1. Relaxed, friendly & comfortable.
As a husband and wife team (married for 14 but together for 25 years, long service medal in the post), we can talk the hind leg off a donkey. You may, understandably, be a little nervous on arrival but our relaxed chat will soon put you at ease and provide a few laughs along the way. You can expect to spend around an hour with us for your shoot with many clients choosing to bring a close friend along to share the experience. Enjoy the benefits of off-street parking, a private changing area with full length mirror, a constant supply of hot/cold drinks and all important access to the bathroom (baby bumps can be unforgiving on the bladder).
2. Hair, make-up, dresses & posing.
We firmly believe that ‘you’ should look like ‘you’ in your final photographs so choose not to offer a full make-over service. That’s not to say you shouldn’t treat yourself to a manicure/pedicure and book in for a trim with your trusted salon before your shoot!
If you’re not on first name terms with Kate Moss, and feel unsure of where to look or how to pose, please don’t worry, it’s our job to direct and gently guide you so we capture the very best images possible. Our workflow consists of 4 core poses: Standing looking gorgeous, kneeling looking gorgeous, sitting looking gorgeous and looking gorgeous wrapped in some lovely sheer fabric. We’ll run through these core poses in 2 dress options, both a black and a white version, to see which works best with your skin tone.
We supply all the handmade dresses/fabrics but do ask that you bring along a favourite set of both black and white underwear (preferably strapless bras) as these will be visible in your final photos. Jewellery, especially when it has sentimental meaning such as an engagement ring, can also look amazing and generally it’s delicate pieces that work well.
“I really wanted to have maternity photographs done to capture my bump during my first pregnancy. I honestly couldn’t have picked a better company. They are a superb team and the banter between them makes things a lot less serious and a lot more fun.” Nikki, review left on Google.
3. Nudity, privacy & discretion.
There’s no obligation or expectation to bare all, however, you’ll need to be comfortable being seen in your underwear due to the intimate nature of the images. If you’re feeling brave and want your beautiful curves captured in their full glory, please be assured we’re quite used to photographing nudity. We guarantee complete discretion so would always seek your permission if we’d love to use any of your images on our website. We totally respect that many clients prefer to keep them private.
We take an ethical and sympathetic approach to retouching. Once your images are uploaded to our system, there’s a few tweaks to achieve our signature style but beyond that, we leave them well alone unless negotiated otherwise. Most clients like a pure record of their pregnancy, they love their stretch marks and what they represent. However, if you have unwanted holiday tattoos, scars, grazes or bruises that you don’t want reminding of each time you view your images, then we offer subtle retouching within reasonable limits. We may decline any editing requests that are unrealistic, we’re not going to drop you 3 dress sizes or give you a Kim Kardashian booty!
5. Our artistic style.
Our photography is instantly recognisable as being pure, stripped back and fuss free. At the risk of sounding a tad diva, we can only achieve consistently striking results by remaining faithful to our philosophy. We respectfully request that you don’t ask us to recreate images that you may have seen elsewhere and may contradict our own artistic style.
Our pregnancy photography is very much about you and capturing the natural beauty of your pregnant form.