As 2016 dawned, Four Wishes Photography was in the process of moving from being a solely on-location photography business to offering studio portraits for newborns. At the same time, I knew that it was the right moment to add studio maternity sessions to my offerings. I was a little bit nervous to make the leap from shooting maternity sessions solely in clients’ homes or in outdoor settings, to a more classic portrait studio maternity look. But there is a first time for everything, so I recruited a friend of mine who was expecting to help me get comfortable with shooting maternity with studio light, and she was an amazing model!
I now offer all three options for maternity portraits — in-home lifestyle maternity, outdoor maternity, and studio maternity. In the studio, clients have access to my wardrobe of maternity gowns and accessories. While spouses and siblings are welcome to participate as well, studio sessions are really focused on celebrating the beauty of pregnancy and mom takes center stage. Belly shots are optional but highly encouraged! Don’t worry about stretch marks or varicose veins — I retouch each image by hand to make sure that mom looks her very best. I’m always adding to my maternity wardobe, but in keeping with my style, most items are white or cream because of the timeless, clean look of light neutrals. I have gowns that are revealing and more modest depending on the client’s comfort level. We can do anything from fully covered to a more boudoir feel. It really depends on how you would like to remember your pregnancy!
Every mom has her own style and vision for how she wants to visually remember this special time in her life, and that’s why I offer the full range of maternity options for my clients. Some moms prefer a very casual style where they are wearing their own clothes and in their own daily environment. They want their home and nursery to be a part of their maternity images. Others prefer a relaxed outdoor family portrait session in a beautiful location. For moms who want an artistic, silhouette focused maternity portrait experience, the studio session will be a great fit. I love all of these ways to capture the unique time in a woman’s life when her body is visibly pregnant and she is preparing to meet her little one. No matter which maternity session is right for your personal style, be sure to have these memories recorded to look back on later in life — you won’t regret it!
Here are some of my favorite images from my first-ever studio maternity session. Isn’t this mama to be just gorgeous?