About Session: Maternity

 what to expect
I believe that everyone, regardless of their age, photographs best in their natural element. With this in mind, most shots won’t be entirely posed but more so guided.  The favorite pictures are often from a shot taken while you didn’t realize it was being done, with you simply interacting with your loved one. It’s important for me that you and your family are comfortable, so we may spend some time talking before the session to break the ice. After that, it’s all about the moment being captured. Play, laughter, exploring the outdoors with the littles, and relaxation are key factors to great photos. We always have fun during our sessions! I may have a few simple suggestions here and there, but it won’t be anything intense or forced. Do expect me to say, “oooh, do that again!” and to run up and smooth your hair or shirt at least once.

session times
KelCC Photography specializes in natural light photography and also has a portable studio for in-home backdrop sessions. I rely on the beauty of natural sun light to complete the picture. Early morning before 8:30 am when things are still hazy and sunset aka “the golden hour” are the best times to avoid harsh lighting or excessive shadows.  This also helps avoid the “raccoon eye” look that happens when the sun is directly overhead. In home sessions are best during the brightest time of the day and need to be in a room with adequate indoor lighting and enough space to move around/set up. Remember to keep in mind nap and meal time for your children. With this in mind, your child will often be the deciding factor for when the session is over. When they are done, they’re done!

preparing for your session
Please complete the Maternity Session Questionnaire that helps me get to know a lot more about you and your session vision while also helping ensure that we are on the same page:

I also recommend that clients do their own “homework.” Start a board on Pinterest with photos of clothing, makeup looks and a dozen or so poses that inspire you. You can set this private and invite me to view if you’d like!

what to wear
The key is to be comfortable and to stay simple. I personally love deep rich colors, but this varies by the moment the photo is taken. Avoid logos and centered patters, as they distract. Go for the texture, overall prints (think florals or plaid), or go bare.. especially bare feet! Newborns are included in this bare concept, as their “birthday suit” or a simple covered diaper work best (baby butts make cute pictures; please understand that I am referring to this and their cute wrinkles when I say birthday suits!!). While you don’t have to match perfectly- it’s better not to!, do keep in mind what the other people in the session will be wearing. It is best to consider everyone’s wardrobe as one complete outfit rather than individual pieces. Stay in the same color scheme and wear what is flattering, but also what you love and are happiest in.  A lot of my clients will send me messages of outfit ideas, and I love this! It keeps us on the same page, while giving me confidence that I understand your vision and you confidence in what you’re wearing. It’s a win win!!  Parents and family members in newborn sessions are encouraged to wear black or white.
what to bring
Accessories like textured hats, balloons, cake, favorite toys, or booties are always great and can serve as either a distraction or fantastic prop.  Have a special blanket that you want to use? Bring it! If you have kiddos you plan to include in this session, bribery objects (sad truth here, but it works!) help get them motivated to cooperate. If small children or babies will be present, favorite toys can be used to help them to look in the camera’s direction, as well as make them giggly. Anything else that is special to you and that you would like to be included is always welcome. Please let me know if you are going to be bringing a pet prior to the shoot.
post session expectations
Once we have met for our photo session, I will select pictures from our session and edit them with Adobe products (Lightroom and Photoshop). About two to three weeks after your shoot (often sooner, but never later), I will send you a link to your online gallery to view your final images.

If you purchase digital files, they will be made available upon final payment via instant download by online gallery. This saves the environment – no need for a disc or thumb drive unless you request one – and saves you time as you can instantly download your images as soon as you’ve paid for them! This can be very helpful if you’re on a tight turn-around to create something special.

If you would like to purchase other items such as an album, canvas or prints, you will have a few weeks to place an order through the gallery. I recommend this because I go back in and confirm coloring, crop, etc. so I can better guarantee how it will turn out. I absolutely cannot guarantee quality if you print digital files yourself, unfortunately, due to my lack of control over the printers. About a week later, your gorgeous purchases will arrive at your doorstep.

The Individual Prints, Digital File Collections, and Signature Packages are as follows:

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Mounting and texture options are also available for prints in addition to glossy canvases and metal prints with easels or metal posts. Products such as picture books, accordion books, calendars, iPhone cases, magnets, and buttons are also available.

 

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