The miracle of life

You're having a baby! This is such an incredibly important time in your life and I am truly honored to be capturing these fleeting moments for you. Throughout this guide, I will be giving you tips and tricks for a successful maternity session. If I have not answered all the questions that might be in your mind, please do not hesitate to contact me to ask. I don't want you to feel nervous or unsure throughout this process.

Styling and What to Wear

 Choose an outfit that best fits your style and personality. Don’t wear something that makes you feel self conscious, uncomfortable, or restricted in any way. This is especially important if you're doing a lot of walking during the shoot or have any discomfort due to being pregnant. If possible, avoid high heels and other shoes with narrow toes or heels that may cause blisters or discomfort. It's also important to remember that this isn't just about looking good - it's about feeling good too! So don't worry if you lack experience modeling: just show up at the shoot with confidence and let yourself shine through.

*Side note: Stay away from neon or bright colours, ball caps, clothing with logos or anything with wording. They look dated and tend to take away from everyone's gorgeous features.

Coordinate. As you think about your colour palette, imagine your family being one complete piece of artwork. Each person/outfit will bring together a feeling of formality and coordination. Instead of everyone wearing the same shade of blue - think about what accent colours might look nice with said blue. Perhaps blue plaid shorts for your son with a t-shirt, suspenders and a hat. Pull some of the colours of his plaid shorts to find a great skirt or dress for your little girl. Dad can wear some jeans and a shirt that coordinates with the plaid shorts and skirt on your daughter, and finish it off with an awesome jacket. Mom will round the entire family out with some great boots, leggings and dress that (again) coordinates with the family colour story. Neutrals or earth tones are a personal favourite, they are timeless and classic, they will never date an image. 


Preparing your kids for our session as much as possible often takes the timidness out of the evening. Let them know what we will be doing the moment we book our session if they are unfamiliar with having their pictures taken during a professional family session. Let them know we are going to have fun, play games, tell jokes. Talk to them about me as if I am a friend so that they see you are comfortable with me, this usually helps them feel comfortable as well. Don't worry about telling them to smile during our session, some kids who have been coached to smile for the photographer get so nervous that they are fighting to laugh, relaxing and being their true selves.

But I promise you that letting me get them to smile genuinely will make you the happiest when you see your final result. If I need your help to let them loosen up, I’ll let you know! Try getting them to practice kissing your tummy, hugging your tummy or just touching it. I will ask them to do this a lot during our session so if they are familiar with it and think its super fun, it will capture those incredible shots you see of loving siblings.

Pregnant photo props are a great way to make your pregnancy memorable, touching and/or funny. Whether it's a baby's stuff - clothes, hats, socks, booties or soft toys of any size - or colorful smoke, even light fabrics - these items will help you create the perfect setting for your photo shoot.

I am so excited for you and your family to have these images to look back on. Whether this is your first child or second or third, it is your legacy. Pregnancy is a chapter of a new beginning in any stage in your life and documenting it is something you will never regret doing. Maternity sessions are one of my favorite sessions to photograph because there is a natural excitement and love in everyone's faces which shines through in every image. You get to see the love firsthand of you and the bond you have created with your baby because sometimes you just can't see that yourself. I can't wait to give you the gift you can't give yourself. I so look forward to our session.