Your Maternity Session - FAQ

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So you’re thinking of booking a Maternity session but don’t know anything about it. Here are a few frequently asked questions answered for you:

When is the best time to book?

I usually suggest around 32 weeks. You may not want to book too early before you don’t really show, but you also don’t want to wait too long because babies have their own schedule and I’ve had many clients in the past deliver almost a week after their sessions! (This happened to three of them in a row at the end of last year!)

I’ve hardly bought any maternity clothes - Do I need to buy an expensive dress for this?

It's totally up to you if you love to shop and you’ve spotted something great. I have plenty of gowns in various sizes in my studio wardrobe for you to use. Maternity gowns for photography can be expensive so I'd even suggest you rather just use what I have.

I’m usually in pants and very casual. Do I have to wear a dress?

I won’t force you to wear anything you don’t want to, but I have found jeans and pants can be uncomfortable when sitting, and some of the poses are seated. You also want to make this a special session rather than looking too ‘everyday’, so I'd definitely suggest wearing a dress. I have a really great studio wardrobe, so there's no need to go out and buy anything.

I’m modest and don’t like to show skin. Do I have to show my belly?

That's absolutely up to you. I do encourage it later in the session once you’ve relaxed and feel more comfortable. This is a documentation of your pregnancy so it makes sense, but it's entirely up to you.

I like the flowy fabric photos I see in your portfolio. How do we do that?

Thanks! I love them too! I have several pieces of flowy fabric here at the studio that I use to wrap you up, and then I create your flowy photos with the help of an assistant.

I would love hair and makeup done.

Hair and makeup is included in your session fee because we want you to look your  absolute best. Please allow an additional hour for this service. The focus is more on makeup, and the hair styling is just a simple curling or straightening depending what you prefer.

Anything else I should do to prepare for my session?

You can treat yourself to a mani/pedi, preferably natural or neutral colors, nothing too bold or crazy. A sugar body scrub before your showers and luxury body cream help to really get your skin glowing even more. I'd suggest avoiding any foods that can cause gas or discomfort so you don't feel too bloaty during your session. 

Please eat something before arriving and don’t starve yourself. I’ve seen plenty ladies get dizzy from getting up too fast after laying or sitting down. I always have snacks and water ready anyway just in case.

Call the studio at 720.938.8393 or email at hello@ellephotostudio.com to discuss your maternity session.