Brisbane Portrait Photographer | Maternity & Newborn FAQ’s

Today I thought I would share a few of the most frequently asked questions about maternity & newborn sessions. So let’s get right into it!

Maternity Sessions

Should I choose studio or location?

It really comes down to your personal preference. The studio is perfect if you want to create gorgeous black and whites or keep a clean aesthetic in your photos. Our studio is also incredibly private if you want to show a little more skin. Plus the studio is available during the day and is not weather determine.

Alternatively outdoor maternity sessions might be more your thing. They are weather dependant but can totally be rescheduled if it is pouring rain. The best time is early morning or late afternoon.

What do I wear?

Depending on which location you choose, we have a few different suggestions on what works really well in terms of clothing. Check out this blog post here.

Do I need to bring anything?

No you don’t have to bring anything, however if you have some special items or props that you wish to include, feel free to bring them along.

If we choose an outdoor maternity session and the weather is bad, what do we do?

There are two options if the weather is bad when your maternity session is scheduled – we can either reschedule to another day or we could meet at the studio. It really depends on how much time we have before you are due and how you are feeling.

When is the best time to book in for a maternity session?

Anytime after 32 weeks is good. Generally between 34-36 weeks is good but I have photographed right up to 40 weeks! It really comes down to how you are feeling.

What if I start feeling like bub is coming and we haven’t done photos yet or we miss the maternity session?

If you feel like bub is going to arrive early, then get in touch we might be able to bring forward your photo session. But if we do miss the session, then I will transfer the session fee to print credit you can use at your newborn session.

What’s the best way to display my maternity photos?

This really comes down to personal choice. Most of my clients organise their favourite photo for the wall and then if they love a series, they include them in a maternity and newborn combination album.

Newborn Sessions

When is the best time to book in for a newborn session?

The best time to book a newborn session is within the first two weeks if you want the really sleepy photos. If you are not too concerned about the sleep photos then anywhere up to 6 weeks is considered newborn. The older bub is however will most likely mean that bub will be more awake and alert for the session.

What do parents wear?

For the parents I always suggest neutral colours with smart casual. Try to stay away from bold patterns, checks, stripes or conflicting colours as this will draw attention away from your faces and your connecction to bub. Also try not to have any big brand names or logos on your shirts either.

What does bub wear?

There are two options for bub – you are more then welcome to dress them in anything cute that you may have. Just make sure that it fits snuggly and doesn’t drown out how tiny they are. The second option is that you can bring them just as they are, and we will use a nappy cover and wraps and photograph them this way.

What do I need to bring to my session?

Only if you have some special items or props you would like to include such as blankets, toys, bonnets, headbands or bow ties.. I am happy to include any items that mean something to you.

What happens if bub is fussy on the day?

That’s a-ok. If you have a really crappy morning and bub is just not happy, then get in touch and we can reschedule for a day or two. Otherwise during the session if they are a little fussy, we will just work in with them. We will feed when we need. Change when required and settle as we go. We always suggest a feed just before we start so bub is happy and content.

How much time do you allow for a newborn session?

Up to three hours in the studio. Generally we never need this but it is always lovely to know that we have the time if we need. The average session is usually between 60-90mins.

What’s the best way to display my newborn photos?

Again this just comes down to personal taste. We love doing prints, something for the wall or display a combination of photos in a beautiful album. And of course digital photos are always popular.

So there you have it, a few of our most common questions about maternity and newborn sessions. If we have missed any, please get in touch we are happy to answer any more


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