5 Tips For Preparing For Photoshoots

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This week I’ll be sharing with you five tips on how to prepare for a general photoshoot. These tips come from seeing some clients get a little flustered when things don’t always go to plan which causes their sessions to sometimes become stressful and we want our photoshoots to be fun. So here are 5 tips for preparing for photoshoots. 

Beauty Appointments- If possible try to book your hair and make-up appointments way earlier in the day than your actual photoshoot. I’ve unfortunately seen too many people run into this situation where their hair stylist or make-up artist is running behind which puts the client behind for their photoshoot. For example, if you make your hair appointment at 1 pm but the photo shoot is at 3 pm and the hairstylist is running an hour behind you might become late for your photoshoot. Instead, try to make that hair appointment at 11 am so that even if they were to run a little behind you still have time for your session. 

Packing Ahead- Try to pick your outfit(s) for the shoot ahead of time, preferably a week before. This can help you to have everything ready the week of the shoot. Also during the time between when you organized the clothes and the shoot, you may realize you forgot something and then you’ll be able to add it in before the shoot takes place. 

Packing Extra- If you have multiple outfits try to pack one to two more extra outfits in case you should have a wardrobe malfunction or spill something on one of the outfits that you planned to wear originally. This is especially true if you have kids that are getting their pictures taken because let’s face it, kids can be messy sometimes. 

Arriving Early- Please make sure to arrive at your photoshoot early. When you arrive early you may be able to get into the make-up room to change into your clothes or touch up your make-up ahead of time which could get you more shooting time. When you leave early for the photo shoot it can help you with any traffic you may encounter but didn’t anticipate as well. 

Speaking With Your Photographer- My final tip is to speak with your photographer about your vision for the photoshoot. This way the photographer can give you more tips and tricks to make your vision come to life, especially if you have a more complicated shoot or don’t know how exactly to make your vision come to life by yourself. 

I hope this list helps you out for your next photoshoot. I’ll talk with you all again next week. 

5 Halloween Photoshoot Ideas

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Halloween is right around the corner and in case you want to get a Halloween-themed photoshoot soon or you have one coming up, I want to give you 5 Halloween Photoshoot Ideas.

Kids In Their Costumes- If you have kids then you’ll probably want to get some pictures of them in their costumes, especially if it’s one of their first Halloweens. Picture this, you tell your photographer that you want a Halloween-themed photoshoot for your kid(s). You inform them of your child or children’s costume. They create a backdrop or scene setup that brings your kid(s) costume to life. For example, maybe your daughter wants to be a princess. So your photographer uses a backdrop with a castle for them to pose in front of. Or maybe your three boys want to go as Freddy, Michael Myers, and Jason, so your photographer created a backdrop in a creepy dark forest. The possibilities are endless.

Cosplay-Themed Shoots- If you’re into Anime then this will be the Halloween-themed shoot for you. Imagine dressing up as your favorite anime character with a backdrop of their hometown behind you. This especially works well if you have a partner or a group of people to portray several characters from one anime. Maybe you and your friends dress up s the crew from One Piece. Or if you have a lot of sisters you dress up as the ladies from Sailor Moon. 

Halloween Movie-Themed Shoots- If you’re big into Horror Movies like I am, then this might be your best bet. You dress up as a character from your favorite Halloween movie and reenact a scene. This is especially fun for couples or groups to do once again. Imagine reenacting a scene from Halloween with your best friend dressed as Michael or a scene from Chucky by yourself with a good guy doll. And if you have kids, maybe you dress up as Pennywise and pose your kids to be running from you. 

Family Halloween Portraits- If you and your family have been wanting a family portrait done and your favorite holiday happens to be Halloween then you may want to do this nontraditional option. A family portrait in costumes. Maybe you all dress up as the Adams Family or The Incredibles. This could be a very fun option for both adults and kids. 

Pets In Their Costumes- If you want some portraits taken of your pet in costume this is a great idea as well. You can also jump in the picture with them if you bring a costume of your own as well. Maybe you and your dog dress up as Scooby Doo and Shaggy or maybe you just show off your dog’s latest ghost costume in this photoshoot. There are a lot of fun options to do here. 

I hope this list gave you some spooky good ideas! I’ll see you all next week for another blog.

5 Tips For Beautiful Photos With Your Dog

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If you’re anything like me, your dog is a part of your family and that means you sometimes will want to take pictures with them or of just them alone. However, dogs can be tricky to get good photos of. They can be squeamish, clingy, or just not interested in looking forward at the camera. That’s why today’s blog will give you 5 Tips For Beautiful Photos With Your Dog.

Call Their Name and/or Bribe Them- When taking a photo of your pet they can sometimes look off in a direction that isn’t where your camera is located. Be sure to call their name or have someone hold a treat next to the camera. This can sometimes get your dog’s attention and get them to look toward the camera for a great picture. If you’re trying to take a selfie with your pet, or you have a camera set up with a timer, you may want to have someone else sit behind the camera or you’re phone holding a treat so that once again it looks like your pet is looking at the camera.

Try Some Candid Shots- Sometimes pets just aren’t in the mood for pictures. This is when you may want to get some candid shots of them. Try to take close-up pictures of their paws, some pics of them chewing their bone or playing with their newest toy. These types of pictures can be very cute as well. 

Take Them For A Walk- You may be wondering what taking your dog for a walk has to do with getting a good picture of them. Well, if you take your doggo on a walk you’ll be able to use up all their energy walking them so that when you get home they’ll want to lay down or sit and rest. This is the perfect time to snap a few pictures of them while they aren’t all rowdy. You may even get some cute pictures of them taking a nap. 

Be Patient- Patience is going to be your best friend. Sometimes you have to wait for your pet to settle down or to sit the right way so that you can get the money shot. If you’re not patient then you’ll just frustrate yourself. 

Book A Photographer That’s Good With Pets- Your last option is my favorite and also helpful if you want professional photos taken of you and your pet or just of your pet alone. There are many photographers who are good at getting dogs to settle down and take pictures. Some may even have treats or toys for your dog to help them look at the camera.

Done In The Dark Web Series

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Recently I released a trailer for my new web series: Done In The Dark. This week I released the second trailer for the web series. We will be releasing the series starting on Friday of this week. In case you missed the first trailer you can watch it here. To see the second trailer you can click here.

The series follows a group of college friends who are dealing with different relationship issues. One of the main characters is cheating on his girlfriend, with his best friend’s girlfriend and quite a few people know about it and aren’t sure if they should tell or stay out of it. Along the way, other romances begin to blossom but will the friend group and romances be torn apart by this devastating secret?

Be sure to find out by watching this series starting Friday, October 7th at 7 pm on Youtube. The first two episodes will air and then one episode will drop each Friday at 7 pm weekly.

Cincy Street Meet Photos

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Each year in Cincinnati there’s an event for photographers, models, stylists, make-up artists, and more called The Cincy Street Meet. Last year was my first Cincy Street Meet and it was amazing. I got a lot of awesome photos and videos and got to meet a lot of great people. I went again this year and it was another great year of networking and snapping photos. I wanted to share with you all some of my favorite Cincy Street Meet photos and outfits!

4 Awesome Wedding Venues in Cincinnati

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Cincinnati has a lot of amazing wedding venues. If you’re new to the area or never looked at wedding venues then this post is for you. For today’s post, I’ll be highlighting 4 awesome wedding venues that I’ve shot at.

Ault Park- This is a beautiful and huge park where a lot of Cincinnatians host their wedding during the Spring, Summer, and Fall. I recommend hosting your wedding here in the Spring if it’s warm enough so you can see all the beautiful flowers blooming and maybe even the cherry blossom trees! In the gallery below you’ll find some pictures I took at the park. 

Abby’s Farm- This is a beautiful venue that gives you both a farm feel and a river view. There’s an indoor venue where you can host the reception or your wedding, a huge outdoor area where you could also have your wedding and reception, and a gazebo which is fantastic for photos. Find pictures of the farm in the gallery below.

Gorman Heritage Farm- If you love nature or farms then this may be the venue for you. This farm has a sunflower field in the summer that is truly a spectacular sight. This venue can be good for engagement photos as well. It’s a stunning sight that will truly wow your guest. You can find pictures of the farm and the sunflowers below. 

Sugar Event Loft- This is an indoor venue that I have shot a couple of weddings at and it is always decorated beautifully. The lighting is well and once you leave the indoor venue you can go outside to the Liberty Center to take some outside pictures with your bridal party. 

I hope this has inspired you to take a look at a couple of Cincinnati Wedding venues. Let me know your favorite venue in the comments section.

5 Reasons You Need a Mommy and Me Photoshoot

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Imagine this. You’re dressed up in a corresponding outfit with your child taking pictures in a studio or out at the park. What could be a more fun and bonding experience for you and your child? Today, I’ll be giving you 5 reasons you need a mommy and me photoshoot.

Bonding Time- the first reason that a mommy and me photoshoot is a good idea is that this will be a great opportunity for you and your child to bond with each other. Picture this, you could wear matching or corresponding outfits, take some photos and then even go out to eat afterward. It’ll be a great way to spend time with each other especially if your child’s getting older and ready to leave the nest soon. This could also be something fun to do with the little ones as well. 

Memories- I am a big believer in taking photos with your family so that you can have memories for when everyone gets older. Especially for your kids who will have kids of their own one day and want to share pictures of their childhood with their new families. Doing a photoshoot like this one will allow you to create those memories with your child. 

Mother’s Day Gift- The next reason you should do a mommy and me photoshoot is that it could make the perfect mother’s day gift. If you’re the father and want to plan something nice for your wife or the mother of your child, it would be a great gift to have the mother get all dressed up, take them out for brunch, and then to this photoshoot. They would have a great day and get to have some pictures of them with their child as a gift. Another option is if you’re the mother in this situation and want to get your mother (the grandmother of your child) a gift you could plan this photoshoot and get the pictures delivered to them as a Mother’s Day gift. 

Redo Photoshoot-This next reason that you should do a mommy and me photoshoot will probably pull at your heartstrings. in the picture for this post the mother wanted to redo a picture pose she did with her son when he was a baby of them laying down and holding hands. the reason I told you this is to give you another idea of what could happen for your mommy and me photoshoot. You would be able to recreate certain pictures you took when your child was younger or if they are already young or you don’t have any pictures of you together you’ll be able to make one and years later recreate it. 

Birthday Gift- the last reason you should do a mommy and me photoshoot is that just like using the photo shoot as a Mother’s Day present or surprise you could do the same for the mother’s birthday. This would be a great idea for a mother who maybe hasn’t gotten a lot of time to spend with her kids in a little while. You could start the day with the mother getting her hair, make-up, and nails done. Then you would drop off her and the child or children at the photoshoot locations. After taking pictures with the kid(s) the family could go out to dinner together as a family. What could be a better way to spend your birthday with your family? And you would get pictures from the occasion as well to keep for years to come. 

I hope this article has inspired you to do a Mommy and Me Photoshoot session. Tell me the last time you did a photoshoot like this in the comment section. I’ll see you all next week. 

7 Photos All Parents Need of Their Kids

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I’ve always believed that parents should get professional pictures taken of their kids to keep in a photo album so that when they grow up they could have memories to look back on and share with their future family. That’s why I’ve made this list of 7 photos all parents need of their kids. 

Newborn- These photos will be great to look back on once your kids are all grown up. It’ll remind you of the days when they were small enough to carry in your arms. Newborn photos are important not just for the parent’s nostalgia but also so that the kids can see what they looked like as a child and share them with their friends or spouse in the future. These photos can be taken within the first two weeks of the child’s birth or if you need a little more epitome to adjust to parenthood, they can be taken a few months after you welcome them to the world. 

First Birthday- It’s a huge milestone when a baby makes it to the age of one. So huge that it should be celebrated and remembered! What better way to celebrate and remember your kid’s first birthday than with a photoshoot? This will once again be good for you and your child to look back on through the years. I recommend a cake smash as part of your photo shoot for babies at this age. 

Kindergarten Graduation- This is another important milestone for your child. Their first graduation! Grab a small cap and gown for your child and prepare to get them some pictures of this moment. This will also be a good throwback picture for them in the future. 

Sweet Sixteen- While Birthday pictures at any age are highly encouraged, sweet sixteen pictures are one of the most popular. Go ahead and celebrate them with a photoshoot that they can share with their friends and family or even use on their birthday invitations for a birthday party. This type of photoshoot can be very fun for the teen because they can pick the type of theme they want and express their style. 

Prom- Every high school student who wants to go to prom should have prom pictures whether they’re taken by a professional or on your cell phone. This is a moment your child will probably want to remember and it might be one of the few times you’ll get to see them all dressed up. If you do go with a professional photographer, which I obviously recommend, be sure to have them capture your child and their friend group or date at a nice park. Some photographers offer this as part of their senior pictures package deal so be sure to ask if that’s an option for your child. 

Senior Photos- Senior pictures are another big part of your child’s senior year besides prom. They should definitely get senior pictures done to celebrate their achievement of graduating high school, to use as invitations for their high school graduation cards, and or just for memories of what their high school days were like. 

College Graduation- Just like when you’re child graduated high school, if they’ve decided to further their education at college, you should definitely have senior pictures of them taken celebrating their success at completing college. These photos once again can be used as pictures for graduation invitations, and to help them remember their college days. 

That’s my list of 7 photos all parents need of their kids. Can you think of any I’ve left out? Comment below and let me know. I’ll see everyone next week!

6 Birthday Photoshoot Themes For Guys

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Name a better way to celebrate your birthday besides a photoshoot. I’ll wait. You can’t can you? Last week, I gave you all 6 birthday photoshoot themes for the ladies. So, this week, it’s only right that I give you 6 photoshoot themes for guys. 

The King/Prince- This theme would be for the guys who want to look like a prince or king. Picture this, you’re dressed up in your finest clothes, maybe even a fancy robe and a crown. You’re sitting on a throne, inside the photo studio, posing for pictures, and you might even have a bottle of champagne in one hand if you’re of age. This theme can be perfect to show off any cool outfits that you have but haven’t found the right occasion to wear it out. 

All Business- This next theme is for the guy who likes to dress up in business professional or business casual attire. This would be good for both indoor and outdoor shoots. With an outdoor shoot, you probably want to take some pictures downtown. City shots in suits always go nice together. If you’re indoors you will probably want nice char to sit in and pose with. There could be a chance in the studio to do some cool lighting effects with your favorite color as well. 

TV/Movie- Just like I said with the girls, this is a fun theme, especially for a movie or TV fan. With this theme, you will dress up like your favorite character from any television show or movie. This could also be a great time to cosplay if you’re a fellow anime lover. This theme allows you to be creative and show off some of your personality. A good example of this is would be to dress up like Will Smith from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air if that was your favorite show or you could dress up like Asta from Black Clover if you wanted to dress up as a fictional character that you love. 

Sports- This is a theme for sports fans. If you play a sport or have a favorite sports team then this is the photoshoot theme for you. Imagine wearing your favorite football jersey, and holding the Heisman pose while throwing a football out on a green football field or in an indoor studio. What could be better? Maybe a pose of you dunking like Jordan in a jersey and shorts with a basketball in your hand? The poses and opportunities are endless. The good thing about this theme is that you could do multiple sports, wear a jersey for a team that you are currently playing on or wear a jersey for one of your favorite professional teams. 

The Fashion Mogul- If you’re usually the best looking or best dressed in your friend group then this is probably the theme for you. In this theme, you would dress up in your coolest outfits and show them off either in the studio with different set decorations and lighting tricks or outdoors out in the town or a park. The point of this look is to show off your outfit and your fashion sense. You might even want some number balloons to show off how old you’re turning in the background. 

Decades- Our final theme was also on the list for the ladies and is another great option. If you like dressing up in clothing from different decades then this one is for you. For this theme you would dress up in clothing from the decade you were born. You would also need a set design that looked like it was from that decade as well. For example, if you were born in the ’90s you’ll probably want some baggy jeans and a loose colorful shirt. You might even want to invest in some number balloons that show what year you were born.

Thanks for reading my list of 6 birthday photoshoot themes and I hope it’s helped you come up with an idea for your next birthday photoshoot. If you’d like to book one with me be sure to go to the contact page and reach out! See you all next week. 

6 Birthday Photoshoot Themes for Ladies

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It’s almost your birthday and you want to do a birthday shoot to commemorate the special occasion but what should the theme be? I get asked a lot about ideas for birthday photoshoots that aren’t basic which is why I put together this list of 6 birthday photoshoot themes for ladies. Onto the first theme!

The Queen/Princess- This is a fun and cute theme that I see a lot of ladies going for today. With this theme you would want to dress in some of your fanciest attire, we’re talking a nice dress, some heels (or sneakers if you’re like me and can’t walk in heels so you wear sneakers with dresses lol), maybe some fancy gloves, and a crown or tiara. If it is shot indoors you’ll want your photographer to have a throne for you to sit in and maybe a balloon arc if you’re very fancy. If you’re outdoors you may want to take these pictures somewhere in a garden or if you live in Cincinnati the Loveland castle. The point of this theme would be to showcase you as the queen or princess that you are.

Number Balloons- Our second theme has also become very popular in recent years but I’ve put a little twist on it so that it isn’t basic. You’ll need to get number balloons to match the age that you’ll be turning. you’ll want to dress up in your favorite outfit, it can be dressy or more casual, the choice is yours. Some people like to have extra balloons in the background too so that the scene looks more festive. For this theme, you can have the balloons in the back while popping a bottle of champagne if you’re of age. Another option is to have confetti falling while you pose with the number balloons. If you’re looking for something to showcase your personality you can use a hobby you do to add personality to your pictures. For example, if you play volleyball you might want a picture of you spiking the ball with the balloons in the background, or if you roller-skate you might want a picture of you rolling around with the balloons in your hand. There are a lot of different possibilities. 

Champagne and Cake- Once again this idea is for those who are of age. In this theme, you will be mimicking a cake smash photoshoot like toddlers do but with a fun twist…you get to have a bottle or glass of wine or champagne with you to enjoy. This type of session is usually done in a photography studio so you have a backdrop behind you and maybe some balloons or other decorations. You might want to go with a color theme to match the color of the cake. Some ladies like to dress up for this shoot while others dress more childlike in a tutu to mimic their younger years.

Movie / Television Theme- This is a fun theme, especially for a movie or TV buff. If you have a favorite television show, movie, or character from a movie or television show then this might be the perfect theme for you. For example, maybe you like the show Grownish and int to dress like the min character Zoey or maybe you love Elle Woods from Legally Blonde. Both of these are characters you could dress up as for your photoshoot. If you’re into Anime this would be a perfect time to cosplay as your favorite character. 

The Goddess- For this shoot, you would dress up in one of your most glamorous outfits and have a prop headpiece to go along with it. It would be a good shoot for both outdoors and indoors. The point is to have you dressed up like a goddess and looking like a million bucks. For this shoot, you may want to be outside in a park or garden-like mother nature or you might want to be in a studio with some cloud props. Just look to old greek mythology pictures for inspiration!

Decades- This last theme is for those who love dressing up in different styles from different decades. For this theme, you would dress up in clothing from the year you were born. You would also have a set design that would look like it was from that time period as well. For example, if you’re born in the 80s, you’ll probably wear some bright and colorful clothing like neon leggings, or a blouse with padded shoulders, big hair, and maybe even some props like a boom box. You also might want some balloons to show the year you were born in the background. 

I hope this list of 6 birthday photoshoot themes for ladies, has given you an idea for your next birthday photoshoot. If you’d like to book one with me be sure to go to the contact page and reach out! See you all next week. 

5 Ways to Prepare Non Newborn Babies for a Photoshoot

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Non newborn babies can be tricky to take pictures of, since they don’t sleep as much and start to crawl around. But that’s why you have me to give you some tips. In this week’s blog, I’ll be giving you 5 ways to prepare non newborn babies for a photoshoot.

  1. Nap Time. First thing’s first, make sure you schedule the photoshoot for right after the baby’s nap time. Or at least try to have your baby take a nap before the photoshoot. This ensures a happy baby that will probably smile during picture time. Sleepy babies are usually more fussy and don’t want to sit still for a photoshoot, especially one that’s gonna last a whole hour.

2. Eat! Eat! Eat! Make sure that the baby has had a meal relatively recently so that they are not hungry during the shoot. This will keep them from being fussy while taking pictures. You may even ant to bring a snack just in case the baby is still hungry during the shoot. If you’re gonna be in the photos, make sure you eat as well. It can be easy to forget about yourself when taking care of others! Speaking about packing some snacks for the shoot, that brings us to number three on the list.

3. Packing the diaper bag. You’ll want to pack a few items to make sure you have a successful photoshoot. This includes a couple of your babies favorite toys, some snacks, their sip cups, diapers, baby wipes, and a change of clothes. The diapers and baby wipes are pretty self explanatory. The snacks can be used to bribe the baby if needed but also to give them something if they’re feeling hungry. Same with their sippy cups in case they’re thirsty. Their favorite toys can be used to get their attention while they photographer takes pictures. it can also be used as a prop in their photoshoot. The change of clothes are good in case you want your child in multiple outfits or in case baby has an accident and stains their clothes.

4. Grab a Helper. If you plan to be in the pictures with your little one, you may want to call your spouse, parent, or a friend to help with this shoot. They can help hold up a toy to grab the babies attention while you and your baby pose for the photographer. This is especially helpful if you plan to take the picture with your baby and other kids you may have. Then they can try to grab all of the kids attention with the photographer for even better pictures.

5. Don’t Stress Yourself Out. Babies might not be happy and playful the entire session. They may get fussy or not want to get still but that’s because they’re still young! There’s no need to stress yourself out about it. As a photographer we’re trained to be able to capture as many photos as possible when they baby is cooperative. It’s rare that we’ll do a shoot with your little one and come out with little to no images at all. However if it is agreed upon by both the photographer and the parents that the baby was a little too fussy the day of the shoot, you can always reschedule and try again another day.

I hope this article has given you some good tips on preparing a non newborn baby for a photoshoot. Remember to have fun and enjoy this time with your child. Creating these types of moments are important. Share some tricks you have to make your baby laugh during pictures in the comment section!

4 Reasons You Should Have A Double Maternity Shoot

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Double maternity Shoots. They’re super fun to do and I had the pleasure of doing one for two sisters this past month. Both were pregnant and expecting baby boys. They wanted to do a maternity photoshoot together and with their spouses as well. It came out beautifully and made me want to do more photoshoots like this one. So, I’m here to give you 4 reasons you should have a double maternity shoot!

  1. You can get Both Pictures By Yourself and With Your Double Maternity Partner! How many times have you taken professional pictures with your sibling or best friend during adulthood? Probably not many because life happens. Or if you have it might be a family or group portrait instead of just the two of you. If you both happen to be pregnant at the same time, this could be not only a great opportunity to get pictures taken together but also a great time to share an experience of your pregnancy journey with each other. It’s not quite often that you see both siblings or two best friends pregnant at the same time, especially if you’re twins! Now I know what you might be thinking. “I still want to be able to take pictures by myself. I don’t only want pictures with just another person.” Well, no need to worry about that. Another benefit is that even though you’ll be taking some pictures together, you can still take pictures separately and have your moment to shine. 

2. You Won’t Feel Awkward. If you normally feel a little awkward taking pictures by yourself then a double maternity shoot could benefit you. This would allow you to take pictures with your sibling or best friend, who can help you to relax a bit more or even come up with some pose ideas. This is especially true if your sibling or best friend may be more outgoing. They’ll be able to get you out of your comfort zone and into the photoshoot mood. Even if both of you are shy, you’ll both feel more comfortable trying poses together instead of apart.

3. You Might Could Save Money! This, of course, depends on the photographer but usually, it’ll be cheaper for the both of you to do a double maternity shoot together than to schedule two separate photoshoots apart. With me for example, I was able to shoot both of the mothers-to-be within an hour. So they were only charged for an hour instead of them both being charged for an hour separately. Keep in mind that every photographer is different and they may have different ways or prices for doing a double maternity shoot. 

4. You and Your Future Kids Will Get To Spend Time together. Perhaps one of the best benefits is that you and your sister or best friend will get to spend some quality time together. This could be a great time to catch up and bond with each other especially if you two haven’t seen each other lately. Another benefit to this is that by having a double maternity shoot together, the two babies to be will get to be together in pictures for the first time, even if they are still in your bellies! This will hopefully set them up to be very close friends once they are born into the world. 

Thanks for reading my blog and I hope I have convinced you to try a double maternity shoot with a sibling or best friend. Be sure to share this with someone you would do a double maternity shoot with! I’ll see you all next week.