Step 1

LET'S GET A DATE AND TIME ON THE CALENDAR!

I typically like to schedule my maternity sessions later in the evening about an hour before sunset.  The lighting at this hour is absolutely beautiful.  If younger siblings will be joining us on our session, I understand a later session may be hard.  In this case, I would suggest a very early morning start time.  


Step 2

LOCATION

The type of session you are envisioning will need the perfect location.  I have put together a gallery of locations for you to review and get some ideas.  I am always on the lookout for new locations so if you have a specific location in mind please let me know so I can scout it out looking for the best spots/lighting.  


Step 3

WHAT TO WEAR...

What you wear for your session is the single most important consideration that impacts the overall look and feel of your images, second only to your choice of photographer.

I have put together a very generalized example of how to style your session:

Depending on your personal style, you may wish to create something truly unique, investing in some trendy, cutting edge clothing for your family for a fashion layout look from a magazine. 
Whether you dress up, dress down, or get totally funky, it is important that every family member finds their style. Does your daughter prefer pants instead of dresses? Does your son like to wear button down shirts over an untucked T-shirt? Appearing in the same image doesn’t mean you have to wear the same outfits. While we’ve all seen the images of families together on a beach in a white shirt and khakis (and those images have their place), it is also important to showcase your individual styles and personalities through the clothing you select. 

Try coordinating without overly matching. For example, if your daughter decides on a dress in gingham blue and white, your son may choose a solid blue shirt that picks up the blue from her clothes. You could then opt for a different shade of blue (or a complementary shade) for your husband. Matching one another in terms of formality and the style of dress means dad shouldn’t show up in a tie and jacket while the kids wear jeans and T-shirts. And should you decide to go for a beach look, matching in style without wearing the exact clothes will make for perfect portraits.

Since kids have a lot of fun in sessions where they are allowed to wear something that they’ve picked out, feel free to include them in the process of selecting their clothes.