It's not often I get the chance to photograph a mama-to-be, but when I do I always leave the session so happy and excited. My friend Dana of Dana Bement Portraits is expecting a baby girl in t-21 days! She's in the home stretch! Lucky for me, Dana lives close by and we get to meet almost daily for a morning walk or just to visit and chat. It feels like every time I see her the anticipation to meet her daughter grows 10 fold. Getting to look at baby clothes, listen to possible baby names, and see her nursery come together gets me giddy. This little girl is so loved already. Dana had always dreamed of having her maternity pictures taken in the lupines and this timely little one fell right into her dream plan! We were able to sneak in a session at practically the peak of lupine season last month. We photographed on campus at the gardens and then quickly rushed over to Braeside where my favorite ever lupine patch is found. I shot there last year (here) and once again the spot didn't disappoint. The great locations combined with this gorgeous lady put hearts in my eyes. Throw in a flowing purple maternity dress and a flower crown and I'm done! The resulting photos are some of my favorites ever. Thank you Dana for giving me the chance to take them. I can't wait to meet this girl!
This past Fall I had the amazing opportunity to meet up with Christina and Nick for maternity photos! I knew Christina from - get this - ELEMENTARY school! We were in different grades but connected later in college through the UMaine dance program. We had a few great times together and when her and Nick were ready to start a family I was honored that she reached out to me for maternity photos! I love the chance to photograph an expecting family! The energy of two people growing their family is so fun to be around. We met up in Portland at Deering Oaks Park where we found plenty of foliage. Thanks for meeting up with me you two! Congratulations on your new addition!
I love the chance to do a maternity session! When the mama-to-be brings her family along it makes it all that much more special. Throw in the season of Christmas and some holiday cheer and I'm one happy photographer.Read More
Mary and Zachary's love started at the University of Maine. What better way to celebrate it then to return there for their engagement pictures! Our session also turned into a bit of a maternity session since we decided to highlight both of the amazing life events happening for them. I kept thinking, what an exciting time for them! I was thrilled to get to photograph them back at their college stomping grounds, which just happens to be a favorite spot of mine right down the street from my home. We first met at the University of Maine Ornamental gardens where there was an amazing crabapple tree in bloom. After, we went to the campus mall where the architecture is always fun to shoot with. Thanks for having me Mary and Zachary! Here are some of my favorites from our time together.
Maternity sessions are quickly becoming one of my favorite kinds of sessions. The excitement of a baby on the way is so fun to pick up in images. In preparation for the sessions to come in the warmer season I put some tips together on what to wear for your maternity portraits.
General Tips: Avoid writing or large logos on clothing (this can be distracting), dress for the season, bring at least two outfits, layers are good in case it gets cold, pick two locations in short distance from each other, and schedule the session to begin 2 hours before sunset to get the best light.
- The Maxi. My favorite maternity session staple is a maxi dress. They show off a baby bump wonderfully, are always flattering to an expecting mother's figure, and are comfortable.
-Makeup. If you normally wear make up and want it to appear so in your pictures then I suggest wearing a bit extra so it's easier for the camera to pick up. Almost like when actors wear extra make up so it's visible for the audience, a little extra make up will help highlight the features you want and that will come through in your images.
-Accessorize. Subtle jewlery can bring a look together and also incorporate the baby as Megan's "C" (for Chase) Alex and Ani charms.
-PROPS! Props are fun and a nice way to represent the baby before it actually gets here. Some of my favorite props to use at maternity sessions are shoes, ultrasounds, a onesie, a charm or banner with the baby's name on it, a stuffed animal, a baby book, and a rattle.
-Compliment, don't match your partner. I prefer the look of two people coordinating outfits instead of outright matching each other. You don't go through life in matching white tops so mixing it up a bit while not clashing with each other, is a more accurate portrayal of the two of you.
-Schedule your session in the 7th month. The 7th of pregnancy is an ideal time to photograph. The expectant mother is showing, but it's far enough from the due date to hopefully avoid missing the chance to take the images due to an early labor.
-Pick locations, outfits, and all elements based on you and your partner's personalities. As always, the most important thing is to be yourselves. That's when you're most comfortable and happy and that's what's most important for successful pictures.