Thinking about a Maternity Photography Session?

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Maternity Photography Sessions at StudioGBP

Having a baby is an extremely exciting time for every soon-to-be parent (regardless if it’s your first or not). It’s also life changing and can be a scary time too, with the pains and worries that can sometimes come with pregnancy. However, it should also be a time of anticipation, adventure, joy and love; and of course, the ‘glow’ that all expectant and new mums (in my opinion) have! Throughout my time as a photographer I’ve met many parents ‘after’ they’ve already had children. Whether for a Newborn baby session, their first year and of course much older. One common thread though, in nearly all of those parents I’ve met and worked with, is the regret that they didn’t have any beautiful / professional photographs during the actual pregnancy – A Maternity Photography Shoot! There were many different reasons for this, but from what they told me, here are some common thoughts.

  • Not having the time / Too much else to worry about
  • Thinking it’s too expensive
  • Embarrassed because of your size, shape, possible stretch marks
  • Not wishing to bare your bump
  • Feeling frumpy (and yes, it is a real word!)
  • Not being able to find the right photographer to trust, experienced or has they style you want

I don’t want to make any assumptions about while you’re reading this post. But if you’re here because you’re an expectant mum, partner; or even a friend or relative looking for a present for someone. Then let’s see if I can reassure you that it is worth it!

Thinking about a Maternity Photography Session?

Please enjoy a small selection of photographs from a recent fine art and Maternity Photography Session at out private studio (StudioGBP) in Welling. Now looking forward to photographing a beautiful baby girl that was once this beautiful bump!

Special thanks to Clare from Bridal Hair & Beauty for assisting throughout the session as well as her brilliant hair and makeup styling; Fantastic job!

Bare the bump maternity photography sessions at StudioGBP Welling
Bare the bump maternity photography sessions at StudioGBP Welling
When is the best time for a maternity shoot?

The best time that I recommend is between 31 to 36 weeks of your pregnancy. Normally around this sort of time your tummy would be in it’s most round and full shape. And while beyond 36 weeks can be a great time too, you’ve probably got a lot more on your mind as the due date is getting closer; and quite often, you can start to feel more uncomfortable (not always the case but just a guideline and from what I’ve seen and what my wife also said!).

Given that in mind, my advice is to book a date as soon as you’ve decided to have a session, well before you get close to 31 weeks. That will give you time to find a great photographer and time to plan the session (and decide what to wear of course!). It will of course allow you plenty of notice to schedule the time in your diary well in advance.

Pregnancy Photography | StudioGBP Welling
What about posing, looking good and feeling comfortable?

It’s really important to discuss your needs. You are unique and your pregnancy is unique, no matter if this is your first or more! If you have any ‘self-conscious concerns’ about the session. My job is to make sure you are comfortable and that we tailor everything to what you need and feel. There’s nothing to be embarrassed about, I maybe a man, but I’ve heard most of it before and everything is in confidence and professional. If there are parts of your body that you are worried about, then we can address that with clothing, posing, positioning and if it comes to it (and only if you ask) a little bit of photoshop!

Posing when pregnant is actually very simple, it’s all about creating beautiful lines and bringing attention to bump. I of course have ideas and suggestions; and I take my time to ensure you are comfortable throughout. I’m guided by you. You and your baby’s safety and health are paramount over all – Bump is the one in charge!

What about hair and makeup?

This is down to what you want. I work with a regular team of makeup artists and hair stylists. There is of course an additional cost for this, however I highly recommend you do consider it. Many treat the session almost as a pamper day! Relaxing with your partner or friends while having your hair and makeup done can ease you into the session and make you feel more relaxed.

Of course, if you wish to come ready, then that’s fine too. A top tip would also to use an absorbent body lotion an hour or so before, allowing it to soak into your skin before the session.

Beautiful Maternity Photography Sessions London Photographer
Beautiful Maternity Photography Sessions London Photographer
Have some moral support!

Bring your partner, a friend or if you already have them your children as we will always try to incorporate them into the session too, if you want that.

Are you looking for beautiful photography through your pregnancy?
Can I give you ideas of what I want?

Absolutely. These are your photographs! I want you to get what you want and the way that you want it. If you have something very specific in mind let me know. Many of my clients use services such as Pinterest to share pictures with me. While I’m not necessarily going to replicate another photo exactly, we would discuss and build in the expectations and inspiration to the session.

Are you looking for beautiful maternity photography through your pregnancy?
Are you looking for beautiful maternity photography through your pregnancy?
What should I wear?

The age-old question! The shortest answer is, whatever you are most comfortable in… however here are a few considerations to think about.

Tight/Elastic clothing can leave marks on the skin (something we definitely want avoid on bump!). So where possible you don’t want to be wearing anything with elastic bands in a good few hours before the session. This is especially important if you are having any skin on show.

While it’s easy for me to say about not wearing tight underwear before a photo session, I would still rather you turn up to the session comfortable, than to turn up embarrassed because you’re not in your favourite underwear. Its just a suggestion for you to consider.

Bring a selection of outfits with you too; and don’t be afraid to bring loads! I want you to be happy and comfortable, soft stretchy fabrics that shape the body and flowing light fabrics work brilliantly. Don’t be afraid to bring underwear that might be more ‘boudoir’ even if you’re not planning on having photographs in your underwear. It’s better to have it with you and not need it, to then decide you want it but don’t have it!

Accessories don’t get to hung up on brining or wearing accessories. By all means we can incorporate things that are special to you, but remember the focus is on your bump and baby to be.

See you soon?

I hope you found this post and photographs from this session useful. Please let me know if there is anything else I can help you with, or if you’ve any questions about a maternity session or how to book one, then please get in touch below and select ‘portraits’

WHAT YOU SAY…

“Graham is a trustworthy, dependable photographer who listened to what I needed & delivered exceptional quality. He really helped us relax into the session & was able to put us at ease, producing some wonderful photos which are worth every penny. Graham has been there to capture all of our major life events so far from our wedding to the first year of our children’s lives & family photo shoots. It is fantastic to be able to return to Graham each time & this is only possible due to his skill & ability to adapt to different situations from controlling a wedding crowd to his patients with children. Each time he has provided us with what we wanted. We would thoroughly recommend Graham’s services. He provides a truly personalised experience.”

Leigh & Chris Wright

“Absolutely outstanding. Graham took photos of our little Ella at two weeks and the results have been brilliant. Graham was so professional, friendly, and great with Ella. He managed to keep Ella at ease throughout and even gave us a couple of tips to help with the sleepless nights. We could not be any happier with the service and photos that we received. Would not hesitate in recommending Graham to take photos of your newborn and we look forward to returning to Graham throughout the years for him to catch moments of Ella growing up. “

“I have had both a kids only outdoor photo shoot taken by Graham and an indoor one with my son and I, and I can strongly recommend him for both. He is extremely patient and listens to what you want, producing amazing photographs of scenes I didn’t even see myself. Graham is very professional and doesn’t try to act like the goofy clown (as some other photographers I have been to do), the photographs as a result are photographs to cherish where the kids look relaxed and happy. I also requested some editing to colours be carried out, Graham did this for me and produced several examples in very quick time indeed. You wont be dissappointed…”

“Graham came and did a photo shoot yesterday for me my partner and our 6 month old bundle of joy in our home in Kent. Having just seen the photos I can say he has done a wonderful job, capturing our son’s character and our sense of loving family in his shot. Graham was a true professional allowing our son to play, sleep and rest when he needed to, not forcing him to do any poses or positions he didn’t want but capturing the moments we see everyday but in a way I have never seen before. I’ve just looked at his wedding photos and they are truly amazing, we will certainly be asking him back for our wedding”

“Have recently had a maternity shoot (bare the bump) with Graham Baker photography at his purpose built studio in welling/bexley area and was very impressed with how friendly he was and how comfortable he made me feel throughout the shoot! Very professional and trustworthy and the images were stunning! We love the portrait / lifestyle feel to the images that Graham produced and have since returned with our beautiful baby girl for a baby new born shoot! We are very excited to see the results and will be back to capture more key milestones in our daughters life! We wouldn’t dream of booking with anyone else! Would highly recommend.”

“Graham is an excellent photographer, we visited him recently for some children’s fine art styled portraits. We were very pleased with the results, highly recommend!”

“Graham was a brilliant photographer and was great with Freya. To begin with she wasn’t very happy with having her photos taken but Graham was great with her and managed to entertain her which ended up us getting some brilliant and beautiful photos. Would definitely recommend Graham and cannot wait to have our next session with him. Genuinely really lovely guy.”

Laura Conlon

“So impressed with the service from graham baker truly deserves a 5 star rating! Such a talented portrait and fine art photographer who truly captures some fantastic images creating a natural lifestyle feel to his photographs. Graham photographed our wedding in 2015, producing some amazing shots, we were so pleased with the results we have since returned for a maternity Bare the bump shoot as well as our new born baby shoot!! Very friendly and professional able to make you feel relaxed and comfortable In Front of the camera! Based in welling/Bexley area with a great onsite studio space. Highly recommend and will be back for all our photography needs!”

“Graham took beautiful pictures of my two children he captured them looking very natural, happy and content. The atmosphere was relaxed at his studio and the children were happy to have there photos taken which is shown in the lovely pictures. We throughly enjoyed our morning with Graham and would recommend him to our friends and family.”

Melanie (from Welling, Kent)

I chose Graham after looking at his gallery, his work looks very professional but still natural. He made us feel really comfortable and put us at ease. It’s a lovely local studio and he didn’t make us feel rushed even when the little one wasn’t cooperating, he was really patient with our baby. He made us feel very safe and relaxed and the photographs really show that, I’m so happy with them. I can’t wait to see what my wedding photos turn out like. I now know we are in safe hands and he is worth every penny.

“Graham worked with our family to produce a frankly stunning selection of photographs. Not only did he manage to get the best shots out of everyone, he also managed to capture the personality of each family member as well as the overall family dynamic. Considering most of the family previously considered themselves non-photogenic, this was no mean feat! He showed great depth of knowledge, considerable skill, and a very easy going style. I would have no hesitation in recommending him for any personal photography needs, and I am looking forward to working with him on commercial photographs in the future”

“Such amazing photos!!

Graham took photos to celebrate our baby boy’s first birthday – a mixture of family ones of the three of us together, baby on his own and baby doing a cake smash which was just fab!! Graham provides such a different take on family photos from the usual shots you always see around and it has given something very personal to us. I would highly recommend Graham.”

“Graham is an amazing photographer, he immediately put us at ease, and went above and beyond our expectations. Graham is also amazing with babies and extremely patient, he tailored the session to our personalities which was exactly what we wanted. Our photographs are absolutely amazing and worth every penny, will be looking forward to booking another session in the future and couldn’t recommend graham enough.”

“From the moment myself & my partner arrived at the studio with our new born baby boy, Graham was very welcoming and understood exactly what kind of pictures we wanted. He understood our circumstances as we both were not used to being infront of a camera but put us both at ease and helped us relax into the session. He made sure that the studio was at adequate temperature for our baby who was the star of the show and was very good at calming him down by using some old tricks that he previously used on his family when they were that age. I felt assured that Graham knew what he was doing and acted professional throughout the entire session. He politely offered us drinks and made sure we took any breaks if needed to, worked at our pace and did not rush the session at all. Our photographs came out incredible and we were really shocked at the quality and hard work Graham put into each photograph. Graham really did provide a personalised experience which we will always remember and we look forward to working with him in the future. I cannot recommend Graham Baker Photography enough and the photo shoot was worth every penny.”

“We found Graham through Google. He was prompt to respond to emails and flexible with the services on offer, to accommodate what we were looking for. We are very happy with the quality of the photos, as well as the service that we received. Payment was quick and easy. We would definitely recommend Graham to our friends.”

“If you are looking for a photographer to take beautiful shots of your children, then Graham’s your man! He captured beautiful shots of our children in his studio and in Oxleas woods too. My children felt at ease with him and I found him to be easy to talk to; and I pre warned him that my son may not play ball, but thankfully Graham took him under his wing and made him feel comfortable. We were lucky to find a great family portrait photographer so close to our home in Bexley borough. He is very talented and would definitely use him in the future. Highly recommend!”

“Truly a wonderful experience having Graham, such a professional photographer, come to our home and work exceptionally hard to capture amazing photos of our baby boy. As I had moved from south east London to Kent I was very pleased he could accommodate us and still come to our family home for the shoot. I’ve seen the sneak peak and I’m on the edge of my seat waiting for the personal shots I know will have the same stunning style. Thanks so much for capturing my son’s 6 month birthday for us to remember forever xxx”

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