Calling all mommas and mommas to be! Thinking about getting maternity photos done? A little hesitant about getting them done because you don’t know what to wear? During both of my pregnancies I gained 50+lbs and was convinced that I didn’t want photos of me at that time, BUT now I am really kicking myself. I wish I could have something to look back and remember those 9 short months. I created this short guide to help YOU momma, because I want you to remember this time that only comes a couple times in our lives 

Dress it Up

You want me to wear a what? A dress? YES! Honestly, I know your most comfy sweatpants and sweater are your go to right now, but let’s put those down for a sec and let the camera remind you of how BEAUTIFUL you are. I know in the last month of pregnancy you are not feeling like a million bucks, but momma you deserve to feel like it! There is a HUGE difference when a mom invests in a dress compared to the comfy option. Dresses flatter everyBODY yup, body. You can find really affordable options on amazon and you won’t regret it. Now, here is the kicker. Do you think you can get your man to join in? When your man joins in the photos go from oh,nice to WOAH! Dress pants and a layered sweater make all the difference.

Adding the Extra Details

What is an extra detail? You know that ultrasound photo you have on the fridge or maybe that flower crown you have always dreamed about wearing? Well NOW is the time. Don’t be afraid to make a statement, girl. No one will question you, they will just admire you. Do you have little booties, I mean what is it about tiny shoes that get me every time, or a onesie you can’t wait to put on that babe? Bring it, these are the things that help tell the story of your new addition.

Go Pro

Hair and makeup, go pro! I find that this is the ONE THING that gets neglected in most of my photo sessions. Getting professional hair and makeup done is VERY important in the outcome of the photos. Can I be honest with you? I get my makeup done EVERY time I get photos done of myself. Why do brides look AMAZING on their wedding days? Well the dress… but also the makeup and hair. It completes the look. If you are a wizard with one or both, (which I have clients that are), then please YES. Go for it! IF you are more like me and were never taught or are just not confident, then I’d say ask for help! There are also FREE options like my girl Katie (Fort St. John) with Mary Kay. She will come to you, or go into Shoppers and they will give you a makeover with a purchase. 

Plan, and BE CONFIDENT

Babies only take 9 short months to grow… feels like a lifetime… BUT if you think about it, it really is such a short period compared to their WHOLE life. There aren’t very many occasions I can put on a flowy gown and flower crown anymore. I now think of my daughter and when she will be pregnant and how few photos she will have of me. I was always curious to know what it was like for my mom, and honestly if she gained as much weight as me… Planning ahead is SO important! You never know if baby is coming early so getting your photos about a month and a half before you are due is a good time. That means ordering your dress and extra details for the shoot ahead of time to make sure everything fits!

Can I just say you are a SUPERHERO! Growing a human is no joke… hard. Maybe you have had an easier pregnancy, maybe you have been waiting for this tiny human for what seems like a lifetime. Why not celebrate it and have something that you can always look back and smile at. Plus you kids will be like, “Woah Mom, that’s you?!”

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Just got engaged (insert happy dance)!? Starting to plan a wedding? Have you been looking at instagram and pinterest dreaming of light and airy photos that you cannot wait to spam on your social media? Can I let you in on a secret?? How you plan your wedding has a huge impact on how your images look. That ANY bride can achieve THE light and airy look with proper planning. Here are all the deets from a seasoned wedding photographer!

Your Choice of Colours

If you have already chosen your colours, that is totally okay. This still applies to you! You would be surprised but there are some colours that flatter EVERYONE more than others. Can you guess what those colours might be? Mint, light blue, light pink, basically anything pastel… These colours have a huge affect on making your environment and bridal party have that light and airy feel. When it comes to your bridal party, specifically the ladies, these colours flow more with bridesmaids dresses and draw more attention to their beautiful faces. But what about the suits you might ask? I mean a mint green suit would be pretty awesome but most of us aren’t marrying leprechauns sooo… I say a dark suit is still amazing but pairing it with a light corsage or tie will… tie into everything else.

Choosing Spaces with LOTS of Natural Light

So here’s the thing, light affects EVERYTHING! Coming from a natural light photographer, the more light the merrier! So when you are picking your venue look at how much natural light there is in the space. Big windows are my best friends and outdoor venues have me swooning. Even when you are choosing your getting ready space check to see what the window situation is like, or should I say light ;)? 

Planning a Timeline

Let me tell you one thing about myself first, I am a firm believer in timelines for wedding days. I know you want everything to be stress free and go with the flow, but in order to get to that point we have to plan so that there isn’t chaos. There are a lot of people needing coordination on your day and you will thank yourself for taking the time to plan.  Time affects where the sun is in the sky and if you want soft natural light choosing a time where the sun is not at high noon for your outdoor ceremony can change the way photos look. I give all my wedding clients a suggested timeline that helps them make those time sensitive decisions. Golden hour only comes once a day so let’s plan to catch that light!

Choosing the Right Photographer

Yup.. I went there! When you are looking at photographers and their work, make sure their work is consistent with the style you are looking for. In this case, these are tips for brides that like the light and airy style. Natural light, natural skin tones, natural colours is what you will get in your images if you choose me. A seasoned natural light photographer knows how to use light well (major props, because it’s hard) and give you the best outcomes in all the situations your wedding day might have.

Wanting some more information about what a wedding day looks like with me? Head over to my Wedding Page HERE!

Just want more inspo? Hit up my BLOG for more lovely natural light weddings.

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