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Frequently Asked Questions

 
Why have Maternity pictures taken?
Here's a little fact that may surprise you: Many of the pregnant mothers we photograph are at some point hesitant about having their photographs taken. While some take to pregnancy very well, it's not uncommon to feel uncomfortable in your changing body . And as someone who's been there (twice) and done that, I know that bloating and dry skin and general discomfort are real issues to content with.
 
But let me fill you in on a not-so-secret secret. You and your growing child? Beautiful. There' a glow about you during pregnancy that can never be recreated. Right now you're a type of beautiful that is literally impossible to replicate. Unless, of course, you become pregnant again! The light from within, the fact that your best friend is developing inside of you, all of that makes for some of the most beautiful images you could imagine. What I'm saying is that you shouldn't let your discomfort stop you from getting maternity photos. You may regret it if you don't have those images to look back on in the years to come.
 
Once we actually begin your maternity session, we'll make sure you're absolutely comfortable. We'll try all sorts of different poses and angles and you'll have ample time to change into different outfits, as well. And we'll only photograph what you want captured. We can do bare baby bumps or clothed bumps. We can do soft and romantic images or vibrant and splashy shots. We'll definitely customize everything to your needs and desires.
 
Why have newborn pictures taken?
Those adorable chubby cheeks, wiggling toes and tufts of soft hair? Their coos and sighs? The way they look at you in fascination as they're trying to figure out the world? Or the way they grab momma or pappa's fingers and hold on tightly?
 
I mean, can we all collectively agree that newborns are, like, the cutest things on the planet?
 
We always suggest getting newborn photographs within the first two weeks of your child's birth. We know that's a hectic time for new parents, but hear me out. Those early days are life changing for everyone involved. By scheduling your newborn session early on (even within the first three days of birth), I'm there to capture all the feelings and emotions you and your baby are going through.
 
Babies also change a lot -- even within the first few weeks. Getting your newborn photographs as soon as possible ensures we capture that "newborn look" and all those moments.
 
On your session day, we'll capture photographs of just your newborn (and all his or her adorable features) and also images of you and your partner with your newborn. We may even have time to get images of any siblings!
 
Why is it so important to do newborn photos within the first week or two?
All newborns have a certain "look" to them. Usually within a week or two, that newborn-like quality starts to disappear. The point of newborn photos is to capture that newborn look, so we always recommend photographing as early as possible.
 
Do I have control over what images you take or share?
Of course. We will not take any photographs that you do not feel comfortable with. That goes for maternity, newborn and any other sessions. Also, if you're not comfortable with sharing images on social media or blogs, we certainly would not do so.
 
Will you come to my home?
All sessions will either be in studio or at outdoor locations for themed sessions. This is done purposefully to maximize lighting, setup and ensures you get quality shots in an efficient manner.
 
When should I have my maternity photos taken?
We think some of the best maternity photos are taken between the seven and eight month mark. this is when you're really showing, but isn't so close to your due date that you're really uncomfortable.
 
How many weeks is ideal for a maternity session?
Maternity sessions are typically done between 30 and 37 weeks. The timing is different for everyone and we recommend that you don’t wait too late because you will never know when the baby will actually come. 
 
How soon should I schedule my session?
It’s never too early to schedule your maternity session. Sometimes I can accommodate last minute requests, but we recommend a 4-6 week notice. I usually book most of maternity sessions on weekends so if you would like a weekend appointment it is important to book early as Saturdays and Sundays are booked fast.
 
Where is your studio located?
My studio is located in Aurora, Ontario.
 
Does time of the day matter when scheduling a studio maternity shoot?
No. In-studio maternity sessions are done with professional lighting equipment so the time of the day does not matter. 
 
Can I have a maternity session at my home?
All sessions will either be in studio or at outdoor locations for themed sessions. This is done purposefully to maximize lighting, setup and ensures you get quality shots in an efficient manner
 
Do you provide fabrics/wraps?
Yes. We provide a selection of beautiful fabrics for draping. 
 
Can my partner or my child be in the pictures?
Absolutely! The father of your child is welcome and encouraged to join. If you are bringing your child or children, please bring someone to help keep them occupied. Please note, that family images with children require more time and therefore you might need a longer session.
 
How do I prepare for the maternity session?
We encourage you to have your hair styled and make up done before the session. We recommend creating soft natural waves for your hair and a touch of natural make up for your face.
 
What should I wear for my maternity session?
You may bring anything you feel comfortable wearing. We recommend bringing a formfitting bodycon dress, lingerie, maternity skirt or pants, bandeau top, etc. You can bring various accessories such as jewelry, scarves, flowers, hats, etc. After reserving a date for your session we will provide you with the "What to Wear" advice so that you can have a better idea of what to bring to your maternity session.
 
Do I have to be nude?
Not at all. All of our maternity sessions are customized and tailored to the wants and needs of each client. Some clients prefer clean and simple artistic nude photographs and wraps, while others prefer to wear less revealing outfits or to be fully clothed.
 
Should I be concerned about extra weight (chin, arms, thighs) and stretch marks?
We want you to feel beautiful and relaxed during your photography experience as well as to treasure your final images. Professional retouching is included in your session and you don’t have to worry about any imperfections such as blemishes, stretch marks and certain body contours.
 
This is my first studio photography experience. Will you guide me and help me pose?
You are in good hands and we want to make sure that you will have the best selection of artistic images. We will be guiding you throughout your session, adjusting your hair, draping you, helping with outfits and making sure you feel comfortable and relaxed.
 
I would like to take similar images/poses that I saw in your portfolio. Can we do that?
Yes. You can pick your favorite lighting/backdrop set ups and poses from my portfolio and you are welcome to bring your own ideas as well. 
 
What is the turnaround time?
It typically takes 2-3 weeks to finish working on the images. 
 
What if I need a slight touch up on a final image?
We want you to be 100% satisfied with your final images, so the additional touch ups are included in your session.
 
Will my final images be in color or b&w?
Both! All of your final color images will also have b&w duplicates so that you have the freedom to choose the color that you prefer when making your own prints or displaying and sharing your images.
 
Will my images stay private?
Privacy is taken seriously and your maternity images will not be used in any way without your permission.