What to wear at your Maternity session

March 20, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Maternity sessions are a beautiful way to record the change of your body during such a momentous time in your life. Pregnancy is an amazing experience and once the baby arrives and as it grows up the images of Mum's bump will be looked upon with happy memories.

It is a chance for Mum to show of how glamourous her body has become and to help show it off the right clothing & props will be needed! I have put together a collection of pictures below to guide you on clothing for the session. Use this as a guide only, I want your session to be about you & what you like so please bring whatever you like & feel comfortable in!!

Tank top in black/white are perfect for showing the curve of the bump nicely.



Tight fitting dresses also look beautiful and show off the bump nicely.
Men can wear t-shirts or button up t-shirts but try and avoid big logos or writing on the top and chinos or jeans. 


If you have any coloured/textured scarfs/materials you like they look lovely drapped over your bump (also can be used in newborn session with baby wrapped in the same material!) 


Jeans with a simple tank top have a classic feel which will never date!


If you are lucky enough to still fit in them (without the button done up!) bring along non maternity jeans as they are alot more pleasing to the eye than the elasticated waistbands!

Tank tops are easily gathered up to expose the tummy more!


You don't have to wear white or black feel free to bring more vibrant colours into the session

Bandeu tops are beautiful to show off your pregnancy curves

Bring along any toys/booties which are going to belong to the baby (we can use them again in the newborn session)


This bunting is what Mum had brought to put above the cot in her little girls nursery, it looks beautiful!

I have these blocks we can use in the session.

Feel free to bring along some heels to bring a more glam feeling into the session, or keep it more earthy feeling with bare feet.
All hands on bump! Bring along all close family members for your session! and please be sure that everyones nails are trimmed and clean and if you are going to have them painted please try and keep natural colours.


If you have a pet, they are more then welcome to join in! This lady is simply wearing a black strapless bra with a long flowing skirt which shows of the bump nicely.

I love this shot of this growing family!


Little boys look fantastic with just their jeans on to match with mummy!

Just jeans for you and your partner works well for the shots where you are showing off bump with a simple bandeau/strapless bra!


As mentioned before make sure nails are trimmed and clean as they will be in pictures! :)

Dad of baby will be getting up close & personal to you so let them know!! 


Jewelry is welcomed too to bring in more interest to your images, but watches don't work for you or your partner so leave them at home or in your bags!


Make up/hair.... it is up to you! This lady below looks so naturally fresh and beautiful with no make up on! But we are not all this lucky! You decide what's best for you?

More material used to drape over, please bring your own material that you like texture/sheerness/colour of, it can be bought at any fabric stores by the meter and is fairly cheap! No need to sow the edges any fraying adds to the natural feeling and adds texture.

Material used just on bottom half here, it is upto you how much you want to bear? You can decide once you are here if you are not sure?! I have done many sessions and everyone feels different about their body, some like to have full nude shots (which I will not use in my advertising unless you give permission) I have seen it all before! If you wanted some like below but a little scared of getting undressed in front of me, I can always turn away/walk out of them room whilst you get in to position and wait for you to tell me when ready!

Sheer Materials are great for the nuse look without showing off to much!


Against the black backdrop, we can get some lovely low key shots. Bring some nice knickers in a variety of colours with you that show off your figure and fit nicely.

As mentioned at the start, this is a guide & I am happy to try any ideas you may have too!

Feel free to call me if you need any help!?

How to dress for your session....

March 18, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

One of the most important things to consider before your session is what you will all be wearing. 

It is your session and you need to feel comfortable in what you are wearing, but please have a read below to give you some ideas. 

Try to avoid BIG LOGOS or tshirts with writing on them as they will draw the eye away from the people. Obviously the following does not stand true if the t-shirt is saying something relevent to the session!


love this classic modern look that will never date.

The whole family wearing white T-shirts with Jeans, no one stands out more than anyone else and pretty much everyone has a white top and pair of jeans in their wardrobe, so no need to go shopping!

White tops with JeansThis combination of clothing is easily achieved without buying new clothes and it looks lovely & natural. No one stands out more then the other people

Works well on black backdrop too.

White tops with JeansThis combination of clothing is easily achieved without buying new clothes and it looks lovely & natural. No one stands out more then the other people
Another option is to have all the adults in whit& the child/ren wearing a different /boldcolour pattern, this will naturally bring the viewers eyes to the children! d-305-Editd-305-Edit Or keep the baby looking pure in white and Mum & Dad can bring the colour into the image.
Or Mum & Dad in Black with baby wearing a lovely bright striped top, to brighten up the image.

Another example, with Mum & Dad in black, and their gorgeous little boy in his dungarees.


For Newborn shots on black backdrop, I like it when parents wear black so there is no distractions and all focus is on baby, with Mum & Dad looking on.


Also works with older babies


This family decided on blues for their colour scheme, which works well to bring some color into the image. More Blue's with a little bit of pink on the girls jumper dresses. lgbs-9-Editlgbs-9-Edit

More blues with blacks.


Boys in blue & girls in pink works well,
These neutral pastel tones with white give a lovely soft natural feel.  Neutral tones work well against the newborn's delicate skin.
Mum has done a beautiful job getting all her childrens colours to match, whilst still letting their own personalities shine through. These girls have very different dresses with patterns all over, but Mum has done a fab job at making sure they still match with colours
These 3 look fantastic in their white & red combinations. cot-1-Editcot-1-Edit Clothes don't have to match, you can buy the same top in different colour? fr-fls-51-Editfr-fls-51-Edit

Try to avoid BIG LOGOS or tshirts with writing on them as they will draw the eye away from the people. As seen below, sorry to Ben to use you as an example!!

Obviously the following does not stand true if the t-shirt is saying something relevent to the session!

Do bring hats!! I love hats!

Newborns look beautiful in hats too, I have many newborn hats which you can borrow! of-174-Edit-3of-174-Edit-3
Tutu's and hairbands/clips look fantastic on little girls 

Both these tutus are at my studio as well as others! Please email me if you would like to borrow so I can have ready for you!!

Hooded towels make for great shots of babies


It is not easy selecting clothes for your session, but the easiest way to do it is to look through your wardrobes and find items from everyone's wardrobes with colors that co-ordinate with each other. Lay them all on the floor/bed and see what you think works best

If you are buying new clothes I will be creating a new blog soon about choosing clothing.

Feel free to contact me for more help or take a picture and text/email it through to me to ask for support?!

Please also feel free to bring multiple outfits. You could bring certain outfits for family shots and different outfits for the children for shots by them self.



The Shapland Family

May 16, 2013  •  1 Comment


I have taken photos of the Shapland Family for over 4 years now & am so pleased to have captured so many precious images in that time; including Family sessions, Cake smash's, Maternity sessions & newborn sessions

Here is a video of their newest arrival Dolsie;



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