I’m so excited to now be offering family and maternity shoots! I shot Chloe and Kieran’s amazing humanist flamingo themed wedding at The Citadel in 2018. We got on so well that I’ve stayed in touch with them since and photographed one of their friend’s weddings last year. It was there that they told me that they were expecting a baby and I was SO excited for them, they’re such amazing people that I knew they would absolutely ace being parents. I was over the moon when they agreed to do a maternity and new born shoot with me, I had such a lovely time photographing them at their wedding that I was so excited to get to photograph them all over again, with added bump!
We did their maternity shoot in the month before Chloe was due. Obviously babies arrival is always unpredictable so it’s best to do maternity shoots between 32-37 weeks to make the most out of the lovely bump but also so you’re not too uncomfortable and so baby doesn’t arrive before we get chance to do the shoot. We can do the shoot at your home or in a location of your choice (or both!). We did Chloe and Kieran’s bump shoot in November so it was pretty cold and grim outside, for this reason we opted to do their shoot in their home. I love photographing in people’s home environments anyway, I’m hoping to do more maternity and engagement shoots at people’s homes in the future! There are so many benefits to home shoots, it’s where you’re the most comfortable, you can snuggle up on the sofa and your bed, it doesn’t matter if it’s raining outside, you can change clothes if you want to and you’ve got lots of access to tea and biscuits!
Chloe and Kieran’s home has the most incredible big windows which let in lots of beautiful natural light. We started off the shoot with both of them having a cuddle in the beautiful window light cradling Chloe’s bump. Maternity shoots are very similar to couple shoots, I still shoot in the same relaxed way and I don’t really pose people. I usually give couples a few gentle prompts and ask them where to stand or to have a cuddle on the sofa or bed but there’s never any awkward placement of hands etc. Their awesome dog, Watson joined in with the shoot too, he couldn’t be at their wedding so I was really pleased I finally got to photograph their fur baby!
I think maternity shoots are really important, it’s such a fleeting time of your life, you might only be pregnant once or you might choose to have lots of babies, but it will only add up to a short space of time where you were expecting. I love photographing how excited and nervous people are during this time, it’s such a huge life event and you’re literally preparing yourself for the unexpected. During the shoot I asked Chloe and Kieran what they were most excited about when their little one arrived, their responses were lovely and I think it’s such a great time to take an hour or so for a shoot and really enjoy being together before a tiny baby arrives and changes your life forever.
I’ve since photographed Chloe and Kieran’s newborn shoot with their gorgeous daughter, Rosa-Rae, I can’t wait to share that on the blog soon! If you’re thinking about booking me for your maternity or family shoot then please get in touch soon!