MATERNITY PREPARATION GUIDE
Pregnancy is such an exciting journey and brings with it so many changes both physically and emotionally. Belinda aims to tell your story through beautiful, timeless images that are full of meaning and emotion. Here you will find some tips on how to get the most out of your maternity session.
“Mum, Go Pamper Yourself”
Go get your nails done. Get your hair and makeup done if you desire
This day is all about you, so do whatever is going to help you relax so you look and feel your best! I understand that by the end of your pregnancy you may start to feel far from your typical self, but trust me. You. Are. Beautiful.
What to wear?
For inspiration on what to wear to your session please view my Pinterest board
For Dad: I suggest light coloured jeans or chinos and solid coloured top.
Plain off white, cream, light blue or grey t-shirt, knit long sleeve top or even casual shirt untucked with the sleeves rolled up looks great!
For Mum: If you have a summer dress that you love and would like to wear, I encourage you to bring it, it is your session so you can wear what you like!
I personally love soft floral prints, feminine, delicate, floaty and whimsy style of maxi/midi dresses on a mum as it seems to compliment my style and the mood of the images and is also very forgiving at the same time.
You will need to bring 1 – 2 different dresses to wear during your photoshoot. When you’re choosing your outfit to wear for your maternity session think off the shoulder, long maxi, soft floral prints or soft block colours, even tight fitting body-hugging midi dresses look amazing to really show up that bump of yours!
I have a small range of beautiful delicate lace kimonos and sheer gowns that you are welcome to wear. (Size 6-14)
If you would like to show of your belly or wear something from the client wardrobe, you will need to bring plain/lace matching bra and briefs in white/cream or beige (non maternity underwear) If you would like to wear the client wardrobe but worried about showing too much then please bring a tight fitting beige/nude/cream/white slip dress to wear under the lace kimono and gowns.
- Light to mid-toned, neutral or pastel colours photograph best for all family members
- Soft small delicate floral prints photograph lovely on mummies or little girls, textures such as linen or lace and anything with movement such as midi/ maxi dress or tight fitting bodycon midi dress.
- Iron and hang your clothes…wrinkles don’t fade in photographs
- Please avoid wearing black and bright colours, stripes, logos, graphics and stiff business shirts
- Mum please make sure that your nails are fresh clean and tidy, as your hands will be in a lot of photographs!
- Please avoid wearing fake tan.
- Don’t stress about footwear as we won’t see your shoes in the photographs!
Not sure where to shop?
I highly recommend that mum takes a look at the following online stores if she is after a beautiful maxi or midi dress: Hazel + Folk, Coven & Co, Petal and Pup, Kivari, Gingham and Heels, Baltic Born, The Iconic, ShowPo and ASOS. I would also recommend looking in these local stores for mum/dad and children: Seed Heritage, Witchery, Forever New, Barkers, Country Road, Zara, H&M, Max, Cotton On, Kmart, Jamie Kay, Bambinos, Nature Baby, Two darlings.
For big brother/sister
Neutral and light colours work best.
A pretty dress for girls and light coloured jeans/chinos and a neutral light coloured top for your wee boy is perfect!
Please do not worry about foot wear, children will be photographed in bare feet in studio
Please make sure your child’s face and hands are clean. Clean away eye gunk and boogers
Please clean away any nail polish, stamps, felt tip pens, dirty nails etc
Please make sure you child’s clothing has no logo’s or graphics as these can tacky in photos.
MATERNITY CLOTHING INSPITATION
On the day of your session
Your session will take place in my natural light home studio located at 8 Roundhouse Close, Whitby
Please use google maps to find us, as we are in a new subdivision – Roundhouse Close is a private lane and we are one of the very end houses tucked away on the right – there is plenty of room for you to drive down and turn around.
When you arrive, please park in my driveway so you have nice easy access to our front door.
If you happen to be running late please call/text me to let me know 027 365 7765
Please only have with you those being photographed at the session.
Your session allows just you guys: parents and kids. It does not include extended family beyond that!
After The Session:
I aim to have your gallery delivered to you 2-3 weeks after your session. You will receive an email from me with a link to your password protected online viewing gallery which you are welcome to share with friends and family. Your gallery will be live for 7 days. During this time you be able to choose your package and select your images you wish to purchase. Payment for your chosen package is due on the day your gallery expires.
It is my hope that you come to my studio feeling comfortable and at home. I am truly honoured to be able to document this incredible time in your lives and I look forward to getting to know you and your family!
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.