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Maternity Photoshoot

I love maternity shoots! I had so many photos done of myself and my family when I was pregnant, it's just amazing to capture this big beautiful belly (and to prove to your future child that he/she isn't adopted).

The photoshoot includes lots of photos of you alone with your belly, but you can also bring along your partner and/or kids to join in for family photos.

When is the best time to do a Maternity Shoot?

The official advice is between 26-34 weeks, but you can choose to do it at any time. I was pregnant during our first lockdown in New Zealand and was 39.5 weeks pregnant when lockdown ended, so I quickly booked a maternity shoot that ended up taking place 4 days before my baby was born.

It's best not to leave it that late, though. You might just go into labour beforehand.

Outdoor Photoshoots

 

Living in beautiful Te Anau, it makes total sense to get your maternity photos done outside. Your family session can be done on the beach (Lake Te Anau or Lake Manapouri ) or you can choose a beautiful forest area like Ivon Wilson Park or the Waterpark. If you have a different location in mind, let me know.

A beach photoshoot will have to be done during 'golden hour', just after sunrise or just before sunset. Golden hour changes all the time, but I can let you know what time that will be if you message me. A forest photoshoot can be done at any time of day.

Studio Photoshoots

 

Luckily, we can also do the photoshoot in my home studio. We can fit up to five people in the studio, and you can choose between a white, black or dark wood backdrop.

How long will the shoot be?

 

The photoshoot is about 45 minutes long for a regular photoshoot and 1.5 hours for an Extended Family Photoshoot.

We also have a 15 minute 'warm up' beforehand, where I just spend some time getting to know you, and then a 30 minute 'grace period'  after the shoot, so we can really take our time and not feel rushed at any point!

Family Portrait Add-On

 

If you have done another photoshoot with me in the last six months, you also have the option of booking 30-minute Add-On instead of a regular photo shoot.

I offer this because if I've worked with you recently, I don't need as much time to get to know everyone and we can go straight into the photoshoot.

If you have worked with me before, but not in the last six months - or you'd just prefer a full-length photoshoot - you will get a 10% repeat client discount instead.

What if I need to reschedule or cancel?

 

If it rains on the day of your outdoor shoot, I will get in touch to either reschedule or possibly move the shoot to my studio if it's time-sensitive. If anyone is unwell or you need to move the shoot date for any other reason, just let me know as soon as you can. There are no deposits or cancellation fees, and we can always find another suitable date.

What to do next:

 

You can check out my current prices ,  read the How to Know If I'm the Right Photographer for Your Maternity Photoshoot blog post or contact me to ask questions.

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Liz was great with my daughter to keep her entertained and make us feel relaxed during the photo shoot.
 
- Minako