Pregnancy is a beautiful time, where your body is doing the most amazing things. But it's also a time where many women feel unhappy with their bodies. A maternity shoot can be a wonderful way to be reconnect with your body.
Maternity shoots are best done between 29-36 weeks when there is a big bump but you are not too uncomfortable yet. Of course, everyone is different so please feel free to let me know if you would like to be photographed earlier or later in your pregnancy.
I love shooting maternity shoots in my studio where light is controlled and there is privacy and space to be but if you would like a shoot elsewhere in Cape Town, I am very open to travelling to your preferred location.
How far in advance should I book my session?
I recommend that you book your shoot for about 2 months prior to needing the finished product in-hand. For weekday availability, you should email me to schedule at least a month in advance. Saturdays sessions and very limited and tend to book up very quickly. Don?t wait to email me - It's never too early to get on my schedule. I sometimes also have cancellations or unexpected gaps in my schedule so feel free to send me a request even if it?s last minute. Your photo reveal appointment will be approximately 2 weeks after your photo session, and your finished product (depending on what you order) will arrive between 3-4 weeks after that.
For your maternity shoot, bring lingerie, tight-fitting dresses, kimonos or flowy maxi dresses, cardigans or crop tops that expose the belly. Tasteful nudes to show off the belly are also popular with many of my clients.
Try not to wear tight underwear and clothing on the day of the session to prevent marks on your skin. It's a great idea to get a manicure and pedicure a day or two in advance.
I offer in-person photo reveal and ordering appointments two to three weeks after your photo session.
I do this for a few reasons - firstly for your convenience. I have a system for helping clients decide between images, showing similar images side by side for easy selection, and assisting people with getting great variety for albums and the perfect wall art pieces. Because I will show a lot of beautiful images, it can be overwhelming to choose on your own and I don't want my customer service to stop at the photo shoot. The in-person photo reveal is my favourite part of the whole process !
Many of my clients travel in from out of South Africa for their photography sessions, and is seldom practical for them to return for their photo reveal appointment a few weeks later. For these clients, remote viewing sessions via Skype are available or if time allows I can have images ready for viewing 48 hours after a shoot.
I offer high quality fine art prints, framed wall collections, framed canvasses and fine art albums to display your photos. I understand the need for digital images and an equivalent-sized digital image is included with every print purchased so you can make your own reprints.
Have a look here through some of the products that I offer.
There is no need to worry about stretch marks or pregnancy breakouts - all images that you purchase will be fully retouched.
Prices start at R1500. Have a look here for more info.
Would someone you know love the gift of a maternity session? I offer gift cards towards a shoot and printed images.