Getting the most from your pregnancy portrait session

what to expect and useful preperation

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How long will it take?

We suggest allowing 2 hours for the session, although we may be finished earlier.

This means you can relax during the session, without feeling concerned about rushing to your next appointment.


The studio

Your session will take place in my comfortable residential studio - 94b Simeon Street, Spreydon, Christchurch 8024. 


The studio is the second home up the driveway. We would appreciate if you could please park on the street, as there is no parking available next to the studio.


If you have any difficulties finding us, please don’t hesitate to call on 027 523 3939.

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What to wear?

I have some maternity gowns that you are welcome to use during the sessions. These are mainly in whites and pales pinks. It would be helpful to bring smooth underwear that would suit these colours. You may also like to bring some lacy underwear if you would like to take some portraits showing more skin.

If you have something at home that you would like to wear in the portraits, or something that is special for your family or cultural heritage, please bring these along. I am happy to speak with you beforehand if you would like advice on outfits that photograph well. 

For families, coordinating colours tend to work better than completely matching outfits. Neutral colours and simple fabric patterns typically photograph best.

Check out my full guide, including inspiration boards, on what to wear for a professional photoshoot here.

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Sibling studio safety

If you are bringing older children to the studio, we suggest making arrangements for someone who can attend with them and take them home or to the local park once we have captured your family portraits. This will enable you and your baby to relax without distractions during the remainder of the session. 


Please be aware that there is a lot of equipment in the studio and therefore, for their safety, we would prefer that older children are closely monitored and kept in the small viewing area when not involved in a photograph.


Engaging children in the session

I recommend talking to your older children about the session in advance. Tell them my name and explain why you would like to have their portrait taken with their new baby sister or brother. 

It can be a good idea to bring some of your children’s toys with them. We recommend keeping favourite items or electronics in a bag until their part of the session is finished, as it can be hard for children to focus on having their photograph taken if there is something they would rather be doing or a toy they don’t want to put down.


When will your gallery be ready?

I will post a "sneak peek" from your session within a couple of days of your session, so make sure you are following me on facebook and instagram!

An ordering appointment will be held at the studio 3-4 weeks after your session.


At this appointment you will be able to view your collection of approximately 8 - 10 images printed and ready for you to take home. You will select your collection and images for artwork during the appointment.


Artwork and albums will be delivered 2-4 weeks later and you will be invited to the studio to collect them.