If you're reading this, you are pregnant so congratulations! Hopefully you have already decided that you want to get photos of your bump. I think this is one of the best times to celebrate your body, and probably the only time in your life that you will want to accentuate your belly. It's a great photo to show your kids later.
I was pregnant during the first big Covid lockdown, and wasn't able to book in a shoot. But luckily I had all my equipment in the house. Here is one of my favourite maternity photos that I took myself:
Well, my husband pressed the button, but I did setup the backdrop and lighting myself ;)
So how do you know which photographer to go with? There are so many factors... budget, location, style of photography, or you might just want to go with a photographer you have worked with before because you already trust them. I have laid out a few important considerations and insights into how I work that might help you decide:
Style of Photography
First order of business is to check out photographers' portfolios to see if their style matches what you want for your photos. You can check out my maternity portfolio here . I do a lot of outdoor shoots for maternity sessions, and I also have my studio space that can create some amazing photos.
Type of Posing
When it comes to posing, you have two clear styles: posed and lifestyle. Posed is being told where to sit and where to look (mostly at the camera), whereas lifestyle is more natural, documentary-style and involves a lot of interaction between everyone. You will be able to see which posing style a photographer has from their portfolio. I try to do the best of both in my photoshoots. When it's an outdoor shoot with young kids, I always put a big emphasis on lifestyle because getting little kids to sit still and listen to you is only going to work for 5 minutes tops. On the other hand, if we're shooting in the studio or we have a big group of people, the only way to go is posed.
this is an example of lifestyle posing
Digital vs. Printed Photos
We live in a digital age, but that doesn't mean that printed products aren't important. If you are interested in creating beautiful wall art and fine prints from your photoshoot, then there are some amazing photographers around that provide these. There are special printing companies that only work with professional photographers, so you are not able to order these high-quality items yourself.
I personally do not offer this service, I am a complete lover of all things digital and like to include all digital photos in my session price. Because of this, I give out full printing rights so you can go out and have your photos printed yourself. Please note that often photographers will retain the printing rights, so make sure to get in touch with your photographer before you try to get photos printed yourself.
Budget can be an important factor. When deciding between photographers, make sure you consider how the pricing structure works. Does the session fee include any digital or printed photos, how much do you think you will spend on extra photos. You might want to start saving up for this, or even better, asking for gift vouchers to your chosen photographer at your baby shower.
I pride myself on clear pricing with all digital photos included. If you find that I am the right photographer for you, you can be assured that there will be no extra cost, only the printing that you might want to do afterwards.
Luckily there are some photographers based in Te Anau, but I also know of some people going with photographers based in Invercargill, Queenstown and Wanaka. It is extra travel time and cost, but if you have a certain vision in mind and you fall in love with a photographer, you should just go for it!
My favourite locations are by the lake and in Ivon Wilson Park, but I am also open to other locations as long as they are within 25km of Te Anau. I am also quite happy photographing in people's homes or outside on their property.
an in-home lifestyle maternity session
So that's a few considerations on who to choose for your maternity session. If you think we might be a good fit, please get in touch to choose a date for your photoshoot, but if you think another photographer might be right for you then I hope you have a lovely photoshoot.
Who knows, I might see you in the future for a different type of session. I also do newborn portraits, milestone & cake smash portraits, family portraits and occasional special mini sessions. Follow me on Instagram or Facebook to keep up with news and specials.
All the best,