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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
- 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!
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!
- 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.
According to the USA Swimming Foundation: 64% of Black kids do not If you’ve never had a maternity shoot before or it’s your first pregnancy in general then this next post is for you! I’ll be discussing 5 ways to prepare for a maternity shoot. We’ll go over everything from booking your session to what to bring on the day of the shoot.
Book During The 3rd Trimester- First things first, you need to find a photographer that does maternity shoots and book with them during your third trimester. Typically pregnant people like to book between 28 to 35 weeks. This is when your belly is the most noticeable but you’re (hopefully) not too uncomfortable. If you have an idea in mind that you want to shoot you’ll want to speak to your potential photographer to make sure they can make that idea into a reality for your photoshoot.
Find the Perfect Theme- After booking your photographer, if you don’t already have a theme in mind, you’ll want to speak with your photographer to come up with a theme. Pinterest and google images can offer you some good ideas. Your photographer might be able to show you past maternity shoots that they did to help you decide what you want. If you need any ideas I have another blog article that discusses some potential ideas for you to use here:
Book A Hair/Make-up Appointment– A lot of Pregnant people like to get their hair, make-up, and nails done. If that’s something you’re interested in you’ll want to book those appointments before your session. You want to make sure that you give enough time to your stylist and yourself to get to your photoshoot on time. A good rule of thumb is to get your nails done 1-2 days before the shoot, and hair and make-up done earlier in the day before the shoot. Usually about 3 hours or so. If you’re not interested in all the glitz and glam, just be sure to give yourself enough time to do your hair, make-up, and or nails.
Choose or Order an Outfit- Once you figure out a theme, you’ll want to make sure you pick out an outfit that matches. For example, if you’re doing a milk bath maternity shoot, you might want to consider a light dress or a bra and panty set that can get wet. Or if you’re doing a theme that involves flowers you may want to get a flower crown for your hair and a dress or another outfit that has flowers attached to it. The opportunities are endless. When it comes to getting an outfit, you can either find one in your closet, order online, or go shopping so that you know what to wear before the shoot.
Pack Your Props The Night Before- Finally, we are onto our last tip. If you already have any baby toys, clothes, decorations, or even a sonogram, this can be used during your photoshoot. Many parents to be like to include these items in their shoots as props. You’ll want to pick those items to bring with you the night before so you don’t forget. You might also want to pack other non prop items that come in handy such as lip gloss, lotion, a brush, etc.
Remember to eat and drink before your shoot to take the best photos possible. You don’t want to be hangry during the shoot or dehydrated. Good luck on your journey to parenthood! I hope this article was helpful for you. If you have any other tips, recommendations, or theme ideas, be sure to leave a comment at the bottom and share. I’ll see you next week!
Whether you feel like a million bucks while you’re pregnant or you feel like you’re just ready to get this pregnancy over with, you should still get maternity pictures done. There’s so many benefits but for the purpose of this blog I’m going to give you 8 reasons why you need a maternity shoot.
1. Documentation & Memories. Maternity shoots are great ways to document your child’s journey from before they were born, up until the time that they’re an adult. You can use the photos you take for a photo album that you look back on with your kid when they’re older. The photos will also be great memories for you to look back on whenever you’re feeling nostalgic or to just document your transition into parenthood, if it’s your first child.
2. Couples Bonding Time. If you plan on doing a maternity shoot with your partner, this can be a great bonding experience for the two of you. You’ll be able to spend time together and get some updated pictures with each other before your new bundle of joy comes along. You can even make a date of it and go out to eat somewhere fancy after the photoshoot since you’ll already be dressed up.
3. Sibling Bonding Time. If this isn’t your first kiddo then this can be a time for them to bond with the new addition to your family. They’ll get to have some pictures of them holding up signs saying they’re going to be an older sibling, touch the baby in your belly and if you have more then one kid already they’ll be able to take some pictures together and bond with each other before the new addition to the family.
4. Pictures to Display in the House. Another good reason to have a maternity shoot is that you’ll get some updated pictures that you can hang up around your house. You can hang some of the pictures in the new baby nursery, in the living room or even at your office at work.
5. An Excuse to Get Dressed Up. Some pregnant people feel beautiful during pregnancy while other’s don’t. No matter which of the two you are, this can be a great excuse for you to get glammed up. If you’re already feeling beautiful it’ll be a fun time for you to show off the pregnancy glow. If you haven’t been feeling as beautiful lately, it’ll be good for you to dress upland let a photographer capture your beauty, it can definitely help you feel better and see how beautiful you truly are.
6. Surprise Celebration. Another reason for a maternity shoot is that you can reveal your big news to everyone through pictures. Instead of telling everyone you’re expecting one by one you can send out pictures or make social media post using your maternity pictures for the announcement. This is a great option if you’ve been keeping your pregnancy a secret/surprise for awhile.
7. Updated Family Portraits. Maternity photoshoots can be a good way to update your family portraits as well, especially if you already have kids. This is a great time to capture your family as they are, while showing that they are about to expand. Once again this can be a great idea if you haven’t ever taken any family portraits or if it’s been awhile since the last time that you did take them.
8. Capture the Moment You Learned the Gender. If you don’t know the gender of your baby yet then why not do a gender reveal maternity shoot. It can be a great way to capture the moment you learned if you were having a boy or a girl. The photos could then be used as baby shower invitations.
I hope this article helped you decide to do a maternity shoot. Good luck on your journey to parenthood and I’ll see you all next week.
Maternity shoots are one of my favorite things to photograph. It captures the beauty of pregnancy and a parent with their child before it’s born. Since it can be hard to pick a theme, I’ve made a list of 10 maternity shoot ideas for you to choose from.
A Walk In The Park- This can be a gorgeous option for a maternity shoot. There are so many different options you do depend on the type of park that you choose. For example, if your park has a sunflower field you can take pictures walking through it. If your park has a bridge you can walk across it while showing off your bump. And if your park has trees that are in bloom it can be fun to take pictures near blooming flowers or near trees.
Mommy and Me-This is an option for a mother who already has at least one kid. For this idea, you would take pictures with your son or daughter doing different poses. Some common poses include your son or daughter kissing your belly or holding up signs that say something witty like ‘bun in the oven’ or ‘big brother’. Some mothers like to have their kids match them in their clothing for this type of shoot.
The Happy Couple-The perfect option for a couple that wants some pictures together. In this idea, the couple will be doing poses together instead of just the pregnant person alone. The couple might want to go to the park together for the pictures, they might want to be in a studio together, there are many different options. Typically these poses consist of one person kissing the pregnant person’s belly, the couple holding hands and walking, or holding up a sonogram picture.
The Milk Bath-Many mothers love this next idea. It’s become pretty trendy over the last couple of years. In this idea, the mother will get into a bathtub in a studio. The bathtub is filled with milk and flowers. The mother may want to be nude, wearing only undergarments, or wearing a dress that they are okay with getting wet. They will then pose while the photographer snaps the images.
A Day At The Beach- For the lucky couple that lives near a beach, this next idea is for you. The beach can offer you some beautiful photos. The couple can walk down the beach, pose in the shallow end of the water, or even set up a pallet on the sand with an umbrella for a more staged photoshoot.
Classic Glamorous Studio- The next idea requires a studio or to be inside a fancy room. The couple or just the pregnant person would dress in their fanciest attire. The couple can pose together standing, dancing, or sitting together on a couch. If the pregnant person is alone at the shoot then it’ll be their time to shine. They’ll be able to pose in many different ways and have the camera all to themselves.
The Big Happy Family- This is for the family that would like some portraits together in addition to a maternity shoot. This type of shoot could be executed in a couple of different ways. You could have a family picnic at a park together while your photographer clicks away. Or you could walk on a beach or in a park together. The main focus is on your family and the new addition to the family.
Two is Better Than One- If you and your sibling or you and your best friend both happen to be pregnant at the same time, this is the perfect shoot for you. The two of you could pretend to be hanging your future kid’s clothes on hanging pins together or you could both just wear matching outfits in your pictures. There are many different options you can do.
Boudoir Beauty- Some new mothers like to do boudoir maternity shoots. In these types of shoots, the mother might only wear a special fabric as their clothing or undergarments. They’ll usually pose either on a couch, bed or on a seamless backdrop in a photographer’s studio. Sometimes with these sessions, the mothers like to have silhouettes of themselves taken as well.
The Nursery- This type of session is unique because it is done at the couple’s home in the nursery. This photoshoot lets you show off your new nursery and all of the baby nicknacks that you have.
I hope this list has been helpful and that you have a successful maternity shoot!
Planning a baby photoshoot is just as important as actually taking the pictures. It can also be just as tricky. You want a photo shoot that showcases the baby’s personality while also capturing their adorableness. In this blog, I’ll show you exactly how I do it.
Step 1: Conversing With Parents. Most of the time that a photographer takes pictures of a baby, they don’t know the baby. This is why it’s always good to talk to the parents to get an idea of what the baby likes and what the parents would like to see the baby doing in the photos. For example, the baby might really like a TV show or movie. By talking to the parents you can learn this and plan a theme around that television show or movie. The parents might also say the baby has trouble sitting up on its own, this will help you prepare to prop the baby up so it can look s though it’s sitting up on its own.
Step 2: Finding The Dress Code. A lot of times parents will have an outfit or two in mind that they want the photographer to take pictures of their babies in. The photographer should ask the following questions in regards to what the baby is going to wear on the day of the shoot: What color will the outfit be? Is it a dress? Skirt? Pants? Jumper? Or nothing at all. (Sometimes parents might want babies to be naked but swaddled in a blanket for a picture or they might want the baby to look like they’re taking a bath in a picture. This could require the baby to not be clothed.) Will there be any accessories such as bows, headbands, ties, etc? By finding out this information you can start to plan how the scene behind the baby will look in the photos. For example, in the photo above you’ll notice the baby matches the green decor. That’s because I asked the mother what color the baby would be wearing and she described a green and white dress. So I decided I wanted green and white to be the theme in the background. I also learned that the baby could sit up on her own so I didn’t have to bring a special baby pillow to make her sit up in the fake bathtub.
Step 3: Finding The Right Props. Now that you have talked to the parents to learn bout what the baby will wear and a little about the baby’s personality, it’s time to find the right props for the photoshoot. If the theme revolves around Christmas you might want to pick out green and red props to give it that Christmasy feel. If the theme is around the 4th of July you’ll probably want colors like red, white, and blue to give it that holiday feel. If the theme is around a TV show or movie, you might want to order a backdrop, plush props, or balloons that show off that movie or TV show. You’ll also probably want to make sure any additional props match the color of those TV or movie props. For example, I did a photo shoot for a baby that loved Cocomelon. I ordered some Cocomelon plush toys and some colorful balloons that matched the color of the plush toys to make the scene come together. For the picture above, Since I knew we were doing a green and white theme, I ordered some green and white flowers and vines to add so that the colors of the baby’s outfits would pop.
Step 4: Set Up The Scene. This is our final step before taking the actual pictures. You’ll want to set up the scene early so you can make any adjustments you need before the baby arrives at your studio. For example, if you set it up and it doesn’t look up to your standards, you’ll be able to run to your local store or find other props in your studio to fix the scene to your liking. I usually try to set up 30 minutes to an hour beforehand.
That is all my advice on planning a baby photoshoot. I hope this was helpful and be sure to check out my other baby photoshoot tips!