A Wedding In The Rain

February 14, 2020
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A wedding in the rain can be stunning but make sure you are prepared! Outdoor weddings are beautiful, especially if you have a scenic natural background, but they can also be challenging to plan, especially if the weather in your venue location is unpredictable. Whether it’s sweltering heat in the summer months or an unexpected thunderstorm, it’s important to be well prepared for every possibility if you plan to say “I do” in the great outdoors. Here are some tips to stay prepared for your wedding in case of rain. 

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“Beautiful couple to photograph ☺️. You were amazing in that awful weather! You’d never know from those pictures that we were cold and wet. You were unshakeable and took awesome photos! I’d recommend you to everyone! 😘You’re the best!!! ” Michele Hammaker Kelly (mother of the bride)

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Keep everybody comfortable.


When you’re planning an outdoor wedding ceremony, it’s important to be thoughtful of your guests. After all, they’re here for you! For example, if the weather is going to be hot and sunny, think about providing sunglasses and sunscreen for everyone. If you’re planning on a winter wedding, consider having blankets on every seat. Have coffee or hot cocoa on hand after the ceremony.  Most venues will have cute clear umbrellas on hand in case of a wedding in the rain. 

Create a Plan B you love.


Having a backup indoor plan for your outdoor wedding is a smart choice, but make sure it’s a plan that makes you happy. Of course, your dream ceremony will take place outdoors, but if you don’t have things you love about your backup plan, you’re headed for huge disappointment if the weather turns bad. Make sure to thoughtfully incorporate fun details into your Plan B so that your wedding day will be a blast no matter whether it’s inside or outside. 

Put extra thought into makeup, hair, and wardrobe.
If you’re planning on having your ceremony outside, you’ll need to choose a hairstyle that’s wind-proof and won’t be easily destroyed by the weather. Talk to your stylist about what would work best with your hair and the expected weather. The same goes for your makeup—if your wedding may be humid, you’ll want to make sure your makeup won’t run and ruin your photos. A professional makeup artist can help you plan the perfect look that will hold up no matter the weather. 

When you’re shopping for the perfect gown, think about the terrain at your venue and the temperature. If your wedding will be in a warmer month, consider purchasing a reception dress that you can change into after the ceremony. You don’t want to be overheating when everyone else is on the dance floor. You’ll also want to put some thought into your shoes, as sharp heels can sink into grass or soft ground. Make sure your shoes are comfortable and easy to walk in. 

Make sure your guests stay updated.
Use your wedding website to keep everyone up to speed on any changes due to weather. Your website is also a great place to let guests know what to expect from your ceremony. For instance, you can offer tips on what to wear. Such as “The reception will be held outside on the grass, so avoid heels.”   Your guests will be grateful for any information ahead of time that will make them feel more prepared. There will be less grumbling about the weather or the outdoor venue. 

Talk to your vendors.
Not only should you let all your vendors know about both your outdoor ceremony and your backup plan, but you should also ask them for advice. Chances are they’ve all worked at outdoor weddings before.  They can offer some tips for decorating, keeping bugs away, and any other concerns you may have. The more advice you can get, the better prepared you’ll be! 

Be flexible.
Your wedding may not go exactly as you planned, and that’s okay! Just roll with it and make the most of the unexpected. For example, have some umbrellas on hand for some romantic rainy portraits in case of inclement weather. Instead of fretting about what could go wrong, enjoy what goes right.  Remember that the most important thing is you’re finally married to your best friend!

I would love to talk to you more about your wedding photography needs click here to contact me today!

How to Take Better Photos of Your Kids

February 11, 2020
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Parenting young children can be exhausting, but you still want to remember every moment, and photos are a great way to do that. This is my son Ethan.  He’s 3 years old. Any parent knows how difficult it can be to capture pictures of kids who are always in motion—and sometimes throwing a fit. Check out these tips from me (the professional) for taking better photos of your children.

Take advantage of natural light.

When taking photos in your home, look for places with plenty of window light. This natural light will help eliminate harsh shadows and give your photos a fresh, even appearance. Plus, what better way to capture images of your children than in the home you share?

Go explore.

Candid photos are a great way to capture your kids’ personalities, and getting outside to explore lets your children get out some energy and allows you to take images of them being their genuine selves.

Ask for help from a friend.

When you’re behind the camera, it can be hard to also get your child’s attention. Consider enlisting a friend or family member to help get your kid to look at you by making fun noises or pulling a goofy face.

Have a camera on hand.

You never know when the moment and the light will be perfect for snapping a few photos. It could be just a simple day at the park or a visit to Grandma and Grandpa, but you’ll value every memory you manage to capture in the future.

Pay attention to everyday moments.

You don’t have to plan a grand photo shoot to create memories of your children. You’ll want to remember the everyday moments too, like bath time or reading a bedtime story. Be sure to capture candid photos of your kids just living life, whether it’s playing or even just eating breakfast.

When it comes to taking photos of your kids, the important thing is capturing their personalities, so you can have images to cherish for years to come. Hopefully, these tips can help you make the most of your photos!

Contact me today to set up and plan your next family or child portrait session!

Family Maternity Photography

February 6, 2020
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Family Maternity Photography Sessions take place around your home.  Family Maternity Photo Sessions with your littles can be very fun, intimate & comfortable.  Family Maternity Photography aims to capture a day in the life, rather than have it all about your baby bump!

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“Love these so much!! You rock!”  Jillian Mylet

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Belly shots are some of my favorites for a lot of reasons. They have definitely gotten a bad rap over the years and we’ve all seen the ‘what not to do’ images on those funny websites, but really they can be so beautiful. Being pregnant is a time of anticipation, change and excitement…all of which should be documented!

Getting to Know You

Family Maternity Photography Sessions are a wonderful way to get to know new parents before you work with their precious newborn. Family maternity sessions with other children (especially toddlers) are a whole other ball game… but these sessions can be fun and exciting too!

When

When should maternity sessions take place? We want to ‘see the bump’ so this might depend on whether or not it’s a first pregnancy. I typically recommend the middle of the last trimester and hopefully around 35 weeks. Once you reach that point, things start to get uncomfortable – getting up and down is tough work and it’s hard to feel ‘pretty’. If you’ve been pregnant in the past, try to think back and remember. If you do the session too early in the pregnancy you might not be able to tell there is a bump.  I am usually in constant communication with my new moms all during your last trimester.  I like to check in with you frequently to see how you are feeling & give emotional support since I’ve been in your shoes myself!

If you’re expecting a baby or already a parent and looking for a newborn, maternity, or family photographer, I would love to work with you to create images that you will love for a lifetime.  Schedule a consultation to hear about my philosophy and see how I work in the studio & outdoors so you can determine if I’m the right fit for you. I can’t wait to meet you!

Contact me today to come in and plan your Maternity Photography Session!

Lifestyle Maternity Photography

January 23, 2020
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Lifestyle Maternity Photography Sessions take place in and, or, around your home.  Lifestyle Maternity Photo Sessions can be very intimate & comfortable.  Lifestyle Maternity Photography aims to capture a day in the life, rather than have it all about your baby bump!

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Belly shots are some of my favorites for a lot of reasons. They have definitely gotten a bad rap over the years and we’ve all seen the ‘what not to do’ images on those funny websites, but really they can be so beautiful. Being pregnant is a time of anticipation, change and excitement…all of which should be documented!

Getting to Know You

Maternity Photography Sessions are a wonderful way to get to know new parents before you work with their precious newborn. Family maternity sessions with other children (especially toddlers) are a whole other ball game… but these sessions can be fun and exciting too!

When

When should maternity sessions take place? We want to ‘see the bump’ so this might depend on whether or not it’s a first pregnancy. I typically recommend the middle of the last trimester and hopefully around 35 weeks. Once you reach that point, things start to get uncomfortable – getting up and down is tough work and it’s hard to feel ‘pretty’. If you’ve been pregnant in the past, try to think back and remember. If you do the session too early in the pregnancy you might not be able to tell there is a bump.  I am usually in constant communication with my new moms all during your last trimester.  I like to check in with you frequently to see how you are feeling & give emotional support since I’ve been in your shoes myself!

Contact me today to come in and plan your Maternity Photography Session!

Judge Carrie Hyams

January 4, 2020
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Judge Carrie Hyams was sworn in as the new judge for the Court of Common Pleas on Friday December 27th 2019 at the Cumberland County Court House in Carlisle, PA.  Judge Carrie Hyams & her husband John Hyams contacted me last week to come and photograph her being sworn in.

First Contact

Upon arriving at the court house & first contact with John & Carrie I have to admit I was a little nervous.  I photograph weddings and events on a regular basis, but never anything this official!  I was excited for the opportunity & to meet them & their families in person. John proclaimed over the phone during our first conversation that this is a once in a lifetime experience for Carrie.  They wanted it documented by a professional photographer.  Lucky for them, I couldn’t wait for the day!

After meeting them in the lobby we quickly made our way up to the 4th floor where the event was to take place.  Shortly after I arrived loads of people came pouring into the court room until it was so full that it was standing room only.  There were others being sworn in that day also so between their families & friends it made for a full house!

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The Album In Mind

I photographed some of the other elected officials & their interactions with the guests so that I could create an album of memories for Judge Carrie Hyams & her family.  One of the things I love about being a photographer is helping families not only capture memories, but preserve them. Preservation means printing.

I understand that sometimes it can be overwhelming to pick out what will work best for your home, gifts for relatives, or an album, so I am there to help you figure out what will work best for you. My favorite part of working with you is getting to see your reaction in person when you see your images for the first time & creating a beautiful custom album for you to view.

Viewing & Ordering Appointment

The Viewing & Ordering session takes place at the studio.  I’ll have samples of all of the different kinds of print products I offer. I offer mounted wall art, canvas galleries, albums, display boxes, etc.   We’ll sit down, and I’ll show you all the final images from your portrait session in a slideshow. This gives you a good overview of the session.  At this point, don’t worry too much about specifics — just sit back and relax and enjoy!

After the slideshow, we’ll talk about your initial thoughts — what would you like to do with these images?  If you have a clear idea of what you are interested in we can go through the images one by one with that in mind. We go through once to pick your wall art, another time to pick your gift prints for Grandma, etc. If you’re not sure yet, that’s fine too!  We’ll go through and put the images into one of three “buckets” — Yes, No, Maybe.  Once we have the initial sort done, we can then see how many images we’re looking at.  We will talk about what might make the most sense to do with them.  Once you’ve picked your products and images, I’ll go over what we’ve discussed.  I’ll put together your order form. When all of this is done you pay for your images.  I take check, cash, or credit card to finalize the order.

Contact me today to book your Event Photography or Professional Portrait session!

Professional Newborn Photography

January 2, 2020
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Professional Newborn Baby Boy Photography Session in Mechanicsburg PA

 

Professional Newborn Baby Boy Photography Session in Mechanicsburg PAProfessional Newborn Photography is typically done within 7-14 days after birth of the baby.  Professional Newborn Photography Sessions last 3-6 hours depending on the baby, I like to work on their schedule. I prefer the baby to be no older than 14 days, to capture those sleepy poses. However, if that is not possible we can absolutely do it a little later. These photos sessions are done at my home studio.  I have lots of props, hats, etc… If you’d like to do something else we can decide at the time of your consultation. We will also discuss the feel you want for your babies first photos and customize them to fit your home.

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In Person Consultation

The In Person Consultation is an important part of your custom portrait experience.  Since each session is very custom I prefer to meet and discuss things in person.  I can get a feel for what you had in mind for your professional portraits and how you would like me to portray you. I’d love to have you and you over for coffee. I find that’s the very best way to talk through what you are looking for.  During your in person consultation you’ll get a sense of what I offer, and what to expect.

Your Portrait Session

Portrait sessions take place at my residential studio in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. I work with controlled studio lighting and a wonderful selection of custom props and set designs. Wether working in the studio or on location I try to keep a calm and relaxed environment for my clients where you will comfortable with me while I work to  create a look that is timeless and sophisticated. Newborn sessions can be captured  in my Camp Hill, PA home studio only. At the end of your session, we will book a second date for you to come back to my residential studio for the viewing and ordering session. The viewing and ordering session will be an exciting and personal experience.

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This is the best part! The Viewing & Ordering Appointment is the time when you get to see all the hard work of the pre-session consultation and our session planning pay off. After your session, I will carefully select the best images for the viewing session. I will compare images and narrow down to the best based on facial expressions, posing, lighting and sharpness.  The viewing session will be an exciting, sometimes emotional and personal experience. Your images are projected onto a large flat screen tv and I will help you select your favorite images and make final decisions on what will look best with your home decor and with your portrait goals. You will be able to touch and feel the products we offer and see what your images will look like projected onto the walls of your own home using our wall gallery software. I will go over product details and pricing and help you create a beautiful display of your images. I’ll show you actual size and pair images together for a wall portrait, gallery wrap, or heirloom album.

Please contact me at 717-829-7001 to set up a consultation.

10 Creative & Beautiful Maternity Photo Shoot Ideas

November 15, 2019
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If you think all maternity photos are the same, think again. Just like any other photo session, your maternity shoot should be about capturing your personality and celebrating your unique and wonderful pregnancy journey. Check out these 10 ideas for making your maternity photo shoot your own. 

Go graceful with a flowing dress
If you’re looking for stunning imagery, consider wearing a flowing maternity dress with a long train. These dresses come in almost any color and look beautiful in outdoor maternity shoots when they’re caught by the wind. This simple yet beautiful shoot idea is a great way for the mom-to-be to feel beautiful in her last trimester. 

Show off your silhouette
Maternity photos are all about the beauty of pregnancy, and a cool way to capture your baby bump is with photos of your silhouette. These high-contrast photos can be taken outside in front of a sunset, in a studio, or even in your home in front of a window. No matter where you choose to take your photos, the silhouette shot is a lovely way to capture the miracle of pregnancy. 

Choose an unexpected location
Sometimes the best locations are the ones you wouldn’t normally think of for photos. Instead of going for a park or field, consider the natural wonders of your area, whether that’s a mountain backdrop, a gorgeous hiking trail, or a secluded spot on the beach. Talk to your photographer about their favorite less common spots for photos and be open to trying something new. 

Mix it up
When you think of maternity photos, you may think of an expectant mother holding her belly and smiling, but your session is what you make it. Don’t be afraid to try different poses, whether serious or silly. Let your personality show! After all, these photos are all about you and your pregnancy journey, which is different for every woman. Find poses, shots, and locations that are meaningful to you or help tell your unique story. 

Take advantage of golden light
Timing is everything when it comes to natural light photos, and one of the best times to take maternity photos is during “golden hour”—just before sunset. As the sun goes down, everything is suffused with a beautiful golden glow, which is the perfect setting for your maternity photos. If you want to get these stunning images, be sure to talk to your photographer about the best time of day to schedule your shoot so you don’t miss the light. 

Get in close
While it’s wonderful to have full-body photos, sometimes closeup images can be the sweetest ones! Whether taking photos with a partner or on your own, ask your photographer to capture some closeup images of your hands and belly. You never know what unique shot might end up being your favorite! 

Consider staying at home
Not interested in going out and walking through a field for your maternity photos? Consider an in-home shoot where you can be more comfortable and more yourself. This also gives your photographer an opportunity to snap more natural, candid photos of you and your family as you prepare for your baby’s arrival. You can even take some photos of the nursery to capture the anticipation of waiting for your little one. 

Don’t say no to the studio
Natural light photos are incredibly popular right now, and a lot of people think that studio photos are outdated or cheesy. But studio photos are so much more than a cheap backdrop at the local mall. Photographers have complete control of lighting and backgrounds in their studio, allowing them to capture images that perfectly reflect your personality and beauty. If you have your heart set on an in-home or outdoor session, go for it, but don’t be afraid to give a studio session a try. 

Take it to the streets
Your outdoor maternity session doesn’t have to stick to fields and lakes. Instead, consider going a little more urban by strolling the streets of your local downtown. Murals, cafes, shops, and even graffiti can make for incredible backdrops to your images, and you still get all the color and brightness of natural light with a fresh, more modern look. 

Do what you love most
Are you an avid reader? Do you love to garden? Maybe you play piano or work with rescue animals. Whatever you love, consider incorporating it into your maternity photos. Whether it’s wearing a jersey for your favorite team or bringing your dog along to your session, express the things that matter most to you—and the things you can’t wait to share with your child. 

7 Reasons Why You Should Take Maternity Photos

November 15, 2019
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You’re counting down the days until your little one arrives! Depending on how you feel at this stage of your pregnancy, you may be unsure about whether you want to invest time and money into professional maternity photos. Maybe you’re self-conscious about the way your body looks or maybe you’re just not sure about the cost of a photo session. While it’s most important to make a decision that’s right for you and your personal needs, there are many reasons why maternity photos are definitely worth the investment and are a choice you won’t regret. 

Celebrate your pregnancy journey
Pregnancy may not be a phase of your life you enjoy, especially in the last few months. As your body grows larger, you may not want any photos of yourself taken and wouldn’t want to share images with friends and family. It can be a challenge watching your body change so much, and it can also be easy to forget just how miraculous and incredible pregnancy really is. A maternity photo session allows you to focus on the new life your body is working so hard to create, instead of the way you look, and can remind you of the excitement and joy that comes with bringing your child into the world. 

Capture the joy and anticipation
No matter how you feel physically, pregnancy is a time of looking hopefully and delightfully toward the future. In the months and years to come, as you focus on raising your new child, you may forget what it felt like to be eagerly awaiting their arrival. Maternity photos can serve as a reminder of those feelings in the years to come. After all, most women only experience pregnancy a few times in their lives, and chances are you won’t regret having a memento of that special time. 

Mark this moment in your family’s growth
I’m a firm believer that you can never have too many photos of your family. So much of life passes by in a blur, and we often forget more than we remember. Whether this is your first child or your fourth, your pregnancy is a great time to get some family photos with not just you and your partner, but your other children as well. If you take time to do photo sessions on a regular basis, you can chart the growth of your family over the years—something your future self and your children will definitely be thankful for. 

Reveal the sex or name of your child
A professional maternity session can be a fun way to announce either the sex or the name of your child—or even both! There are so many fun and creative ways to announce your little one’s name or sex to the world with photos, and your photographer would be more than happy to help you make that announcement. Scroll through Pinterest for ideas or think about the interests or hobbies you and your partner share as inspiration for telling the world your news. 

Have an excuse to get all dressed up
Let’s face it: during pregnancy, most of us don’t feel our most beautiful. You may spend a lot of time wearing whatever is most comfortable and a lot less time on your hair and makeup. But maternity photos are the perfect excuse to go all out on your beauty routine, whether that means doing your hair yourself or stopping into a salon to get the perfect hairdo. Pregnancy is a time in many women’s lives when they really need to feel beautiful because they so often don’t. A maternity session allows you to revel in your beauty and strength and to remind yourself of how absolutely stunning you are. 

Take time to bond with your partner
One of the coolest things about maternity sessions is the interactions between couples as they celebrate the new life they’ve created. Your maternity shoot gives you and your partner a chance to reflect on the life you’ve built together and how much has changed in your relationship since the beginning. Plus, maternity images are a great way to mark a major shift in the life of your family and in who you both are as you transition to parenthood. 

Get images worth displaying
A lot of people have their wedding photos hanging on the walls of their home, but imagine having images on your walls from every stage in your family’s growth—from marriage to your first child all the way down to when you become grandparents. Maternity photos capture a moment in time that’s just as important as your wedding day. You’re welcoming a new child into your lives and your home—that’s huge! It’s definitely a moment that deserves professional photography, just like your wedding day.

How to Prepare for Your Maternity Session

November 15, 2019
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Congratulations on your pregnancy! As you prepare for your little one to enter the world and join your family, your to-do list is probably a mile long. Having a professional maternity session may seem like just another item to add to your list, but a maternity shoot can be a perfect time to remind you of the power and beauty of your body during your pregnancy journey. 

You deserve to have this incredible moment in your life captured, to celebrate with your partner and family the joy of a new baby entering your life. 

If you’ve never had a maternity session before, you may not know how to prepare or what to expect. That’s why we’ve put together this handy guide to everything you need to know in order to make the most of your session and get images you will love. 

Schedule your session early
The earlier you book your session, the better. Your best bet is to book your maternity session somewhere between 12 and 16 weeks, around when you find out the sex of your baby. Especially if you have a specific photographer you want to work with, it’s important to book as early as possible to make sure they will be available.  

Plan to book a shoot for your third trimester
The best time to take your photos is in your third trimester, between 28 and 32 weeks. At this point, your bump will be showing well and look great in photos, and you will still be able to move around and pose comfortably. While you can do your maternity session later in your pregnancy, there’s a good chance you will have more trouble posing and standing for long periods of time. 

Talk to your photographer about your desires
Every photographer is different and every mom-to-be is different as well. If there are specific images you want—or don’t want—be sure to let your photographer know. Talk to your photographer about what images are important to you and whether you’re interested in doing partial or implied nudes. It’s important to let your photographer know what you’re comfortable with before your session so they can better plan out what shots and poses to do. 

Pamper yourself
Your hands will appear in almost all of your images, so you want them looking good! Your maternity session is the perfect excuse to pamper yourself a little with a professional manicure. 

Have your hair done professionally
Continue the pampering with a visit to your hair stylist. If you’re not sure how to have your hair done, think about what you want your photos to look like. If you’re going for a more casual look, a loose and simple hairstyle may be the perfect option. But if you want your images to look a little more formal, don’t be afraid to go dramatic with an elegant look. 

Consider hiring a makeup artist
While some photographers may include makeup and hair as part of your session, others may allow you to make your own choices about how you want to look. If you really want to look your best, a professional makeup artist is the way to go. A pro will know how to do your makeup so it shows best in photos. If you decide to do your makeup yourself, you want to go a little bolder with your makeup than you normally would to make sure your eyes and lips are well-defined in your images. 

Get plenty of rest the night before
I know, it can be hard to get any decent sleep during pregnancy, but if you’re able to, go to bed early and try to get a full night’s sleep. That way, you’ll be refreshed and relaxed at your session the next day. 

Stay hydrated—and don’t skip breakfast
It’s critical to drink plenty of water both before and during your session. Hydrated skin will look fresh, and staying hydrated will help keep your energy up throughout the shoot. And even if you have a case of nerves about stepping in front of the camera, be sure to eat breakfast before your session. 

Decide who to bring with you
Your family members are absolutely welcome at your maternity session, especially if you want to include your spouse or other children. Just keep in mind that extra people can be a distraction and can even make you feel less comfortable in front of the camera, so avoid bringing friends and extended family members along. 

Bring along sentimental items
Anything special you want to include in your photos is a great addition. Whether that’s a family heirloom, your ultrasound, or even your own baby blanket or favorite childhood toy, these mementos can add special meaning and a personal touch to your images. 

Choose what to wear
Whether you want to keep it casual with slacks and a blouse or wear a flowing maternity dress, or even both, take time before your session to choose your outfits and make sure they fit and look the way you want them to look. You should also pick out clothing for any other family members who will be part of the session and make sure to choose outfits that coordinate and don’t clash with your own.  

Go with stretchy fabrics
Of course, you want to look good in your photos, but comfort is just as important. Be sure to pack plenty of clothes made with stretchy fabrics, like yoga pants, maxi dresses, and sweaters. This is also a great excuse to go shopping if you need a few new pieces to add to your wardrobe. 

Keep your colors simple
You and your baby bump will be the primary focus of your images, so you don’t want to wear any bright colors or loud patterns that will distract. Instead, stick with neutral colors and jewel tones that will look great with any background and any skin tone. 

Make sure you have the right undergarments
Give some thought to your underwear and bras as well. For example, if you’re wearing a white dress, you don’t want to wear dark panties that will show through the fabric. And if you plan on doing partially nude images, make sure to bring along lacy undergarments that will look good in your photos. 

Prepare on the day of your session
Before your session, make sure to have a light snack and drink plenty of water. Pack a bag of extra snacks and any other items you think you may need throughout your maternity shoot. 

Put on some non-greasy lotion
A couple hours before your session, take time to apply some non-greasy lotion to reduce any dry spots on your skin. Be sure to avoid using any artificial tanners or spray tans as they may give your skin an unnatural orange look. 

Don’t wear any clothing with elastic
While you should definitely dress in comfy clothes to go to your session location, be sure to take off any clothes with elastic bands at least an hour before your shoot. Elastic leaves marks on your skin, and you want your skin to look naturally smooth. Also, be sure to remove any hair ties or other tight bands from your wrists. 

Make plans for your other children
If you want to include your older children in your maternity session, it’s a good idea to make plans for someone to pick them up when they’re finished. That way, they don’t have to sit through all the individual shots of you, and you don’t have to worry about keeping them calm or entertained. 

Don’t stress
It’s easier said than done, but do your best to relax and not worry about your session. Your photographer will walk you through every pose and position. All you have to do is be your natural, beautiful self!

When to Take Maternity Photos

November 15, 2019
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Beautiful Maternity Photography of Elise & Bobby in Mechanicsburg Pa by Tisha Landrum

Congratulations on your pregnancy! You’re planning and preparing to welcome your little one into the world and sharing the joy of your news with family and friends. 

Having maternity photos taken may seem like just another thing to add to your growing to-do list, but a portrait session can serve as a reminder of how beautiful and amazing your pregnant body is. Maternity photos can help you document and remember your pregnancy journey not just in the months before giving birth, but for years to come. 

Not sure when to schedule your maternity session? That’s why I put together a few tips to help you know when is the best time to photograph your baby bump. 

Schedule your session in your third trimester
The best time to take maternity photos is during your seventh or eighth month of pregnancy or around 30 weeks. Once you’ve entered your third trimester, your belly begins to develop more of a nice round shape that’s perfect for showing off in photos. In addition, at this point in your pregnancy, your baby will not yet have begun to move downward, which means your belly will be higher and create that perfect maternity silhouette. 

Schedule your session too early, and your bump may not be as pronounced as you’d like. And if you have photos taken after your eighth month, chances are you’ll be too uncomfortable to pose and smile. For that reason, avoid taking your maternity photos near the end of your pregnancy, after 35 weeks. 

Plan an earlier shoot if you’re expecting multiples
If you’re expecting twins—or even triplets—schedule your maternity session for your second trimester. Your baby bump will appear bigger in the second trimester if you’re carrying more than one child. A good estimate is to take your maternity photos around 24 weeks while you can still move around fairly easily. 

Keep an eye on that baby bump
While the seventh or eighth month is generally a good time to take your maternity photos, remember that every woman and every pregnancy is different. Pay attention to the changes in your body and the shape of your growing baby bump to know when is the best time for you to step in front of the camera. 

If this is your first pregnancy and you’re not sure what signs to be on the lookout for, take regular photos of your bump to see how it looks. Many women like to track the progress of their pregnancy with regular baby bump photos, and these images are a simple way to keep track of your changing body and better plan out when to do your maternity session. 

Err on the side of caution
If you’re uncertain about when exactly to schedule your maternity shoot and you want to make sure you book your desired photographer, go for an earlier session rather than a later one. The more advanced your pregnancy, the more exhausted and uncomfortable you’ll be. It will be harder for you to move around, change positions, and switch outfits for a photo session. So, if you feel like your baby bump is looking great at six months instead of seven or eight, go ahead and do those maternity photos! Better to take your images early than too late 

Just like with most things in life, maternity photos are all about timing. Choosing the right time to schedule your maternity session will help ensure that you’re looking and feeling your best, allowing you to have images marking this huge, wonderful change in the life of your family.

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