Becoming a mother whether for the first time or the thousandth is an amazing and blessed experience! It is carrying your greatest, truest, love in your belly, growing an infinite love in your heart, and awaiting that joyous moment your blessing arrives. The entire journey traveled is momentous, and emotional, and monumental, and should be artfully and beautifully captured and shared! Maternity photography can give you the gift of looking back on the incredible journey.
As a maternity photographer and a mother, I understand you may be nervous about stepping in front of the camera at this time during life when your body is growing and changing, and becoming basically unrecognizable! Remember that you are doing an amazing and miraculously beautiful thing... You are growing a brand new human! I assure you that I will do everything I can to make you feel comfortable. I quite honestly, have NEVER photographed a mom-to-be who wasn't absolutely radiant! I will direct you in order to achieve the most flattering poses, and utilize lighting to highlight your best assets! Working together, we will visually capture one of the most magical moments in a mothers life.
In order to be really prepared, read over the common questions and concerns below. 😊 Where will you travel? Belly-Birth-Baby Photography provides Maternity Photography in Bozeman MT and to the surrounding Gallatin Valley Area. Being a Montana native, I anticipate that travel is a necessary part of life, and therefore am available to do your maternity photographs anywhere within 200 miles of Bozeman Montana! Travel greater than 25 miles from Bozeman, MT will require an additional fee of $0.56/ mile. Most sessions and packages include an "in studio" option, as well as an "on location" option, so the location of your shoot is not limited to your home or home town!
When should I book my shoot? You are welcome to book your shoot at any point during your pregnancy. I recommend booking your maternity session as early as you feel comfortable to ensure that we can find a date that works well into both of our schedules.
Will we meet before my shoot? Yes!!! I would love to get together over coffee or tea and talk about what you really hope to get from your maternity photography shoot. I always recommend that you do some internet surfing to find things that inspire you. Keep in mind where you envision displaying your photographs so that we can make sure to have some options which will "fit" in with your style. If you desire, please feel free to check out my facebook, pinterest, twitter, and/or linkedin pages for inspiration as well!
When is the best time to do the shoot? Typically, the best time to do the shoot is somewhere between 34 and 36 weeks. We want your belly to be really round and beautiful, but it is also important that you are comfortable.
What should I wear? The answer to this question is quite subjective, and maternity photography is highly variable! The most important thing is that you feel comfortable. I offer a variety of shooting locations, maternity gowns, and creative touches. You may be inclined to wear comfortable jeans and a cute t-shirt, this is perfectly fine! If you find you are drawn to the more high fashion images, I can help you steer your wardrobe in that direction! However, if you feel comfortable, and like the look of nude or mostly nude photographs you don't HAVE to wear anything! 😉
Who will be at my shoot? Who will be at your maternity shoot, is entirely up to you! I may, at times, utilize an assistant, if I feel it is necessary, but we will discuss this at your pre-shoot consultation. Any other attendants or participants is completely up to you. If you would like your significant other, siblings, parents, ect. at the shoot, that would be awesome! Also, I welcome the adoptive or surrogate parents as well, and we will work together to create some beautiful images!
Will my images be re-touched? Absolutely!!! At the very least, I always edit my photographs for lighting and color balance. Typically, I also will clean up any blemishes or (heaven forbid) stretch marks, but if you prefer a more natural look, that is totally up to you! Alternatively, if you would like to give your figure a little "uplifting", I will happily provide that as well! My goal is to give you artistic and creative images which capture your "best you" at this amazing time in your life. I want you to feel good when you look at yourself in these images!