Cheyenne Maternity Photographer
I love, love, LOVE being a maternity photographer. There is truly something magical and amazing about this time, something I'll forever keep close to my heart. Feeling those tiny kicks and twirls. The hiccups.
That said, pregnancy is also hard. It's stressful for all the reasons, and your body is changing shape in unexpected ways. And the heartburn? Insomnia while being exhausted??
My job is to make you feel comfortable in front of the camera, giving you beautiful and meaningful images to remember this time (or at least the parts where you felt tough and beautiful! Maybe not the heartburn...).
What does the maternity session fee include?
My session fees include the time for your session, custom processing, 50+ digital images, and an online gallery. USBs are available, upon request, for an additional fee. My pricing is all-inclusive - you'll receive 50+ images, custom processing, and an online gallery to share with family and friends.
At what point in my pregnancy should I schedule my photos?
I suggest my maternity clients schedule their session for between 28 and 36 weeks. This timeframe means you'll have an adorable, round belly, but should also still be comfortable. While I'm happy to photograph moms at 37 weeks and beyond, you might be pretty swollen and uncomfortable on your feet!
(This timing is for moms pregnant with one baby. If you're having multiples, you'll want to schedule much earlier! I looked almost full term as early as 24 weeks with twins.)
What should we wear for our session?
I am really loving the trend of long flowy dresses for maternity sessions. Tight enough to show off your belly, but long and flowy to hide some (potentially) swollen legs. Bonus with long dresses? You can wear whatever comfy shoes you like!
If you're not a dress person, that's okay too! I would suggest wearing a tighter t-shirt/tank top to show off the belly, with some layers on top (scarf, loose cardigan). Watch out for lines from your maternity pants under your shirt though!
For spouses and children, have them wear something casual that fits their personality. Jeans, button down shirt, sweater, it all works.
Where should we go for a maternity photo session?
I'll help you figure that out! My favorite session locations include the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens in Lions Park, Curt Gowdy State Park, and the natural areas in and around Fort Collins. I also love sessions at clients' homes, both inside and out!
I will do my best to accommodate requests for mountain sessions, but that will be based on my schedule and weather.
The Botanic Gardens conservatory is one of my favorite places for maternity sessions. As of now, they are only allowing one photography session/day at 9 am (Tues through Sat), and it must be scheduled ahead of time. Let me know if you're interested in this location when booking and I can call and ask about availability!
What is the best time of day for our session?
During the spring, summer, and fall, I typically schedule sessions for 1-1.5 hours before sunset for the best light. I know this doesn't always work the best for bedtimes for tiny people, so I am willing to adjust that as needed.
Can we do family photos during our maternity photography session?
Yes! If you have other children, they are completely welcome to come. I treat these sessions more as a combination family/maternity session. While I will definitely plan on photos of mom and belly, I will also plan on photos of the whole family, kids with mom, kids alone, etc.
If you would rather I focus mostly on the maternity part with only a couple quick snaps of the whole family, let me know!
Any tips for planning my maternity photography session?
Yes!! Having been a maternity photographer for almost seven years now, I've learned what does and doesn't work for my maternity clients. I recently put together a few tips and tricks for planning a gorgeous maternity photography session (bonus: it has a link to my favorite maternity dress retailer!).
How It Works
Get in touch...
Maternity Photographer Edition
Use my Contact page to fill out an inquiry form, and I'll be in touch in 1-2 business days (and usually even sooner!). I'm happy to send along additional info or answer any questions you might have. If you decide to book, we'll work on setting a date, time and possibly figuring out the location. Once that's done, move on to step 2!
I recommend maternity photos happen between approximately 28 and 36 weeks, so send me your due date when you get in touch and I'll get you a range of dates for scheduling purposes.
Sign your contract...
I'll send over a contract for your (electronic) signature, as well as an invoice for a $50 deposit (also electronic) to be put towards your session. At this point, feel free to ask me any questions you might have - clothes, location, timing, weather, all of it.
I'll check back in the week of your session to make sure the date, time and location still work for your family!
Enjoy your session!
It's finally here! Don't stress too much. I'll work my tail off to make sure you have a great time. Bring water, maybe some snacks/chapstick, and appropriate footwear and we'll have a blast!
While my family sessions are pretty loose and unposed, I know how tired you get during pregnancy. During maternity sessions I will most likely pose you, take several images from different vantage points, add in family members, take more photos. We'll get some candid images, but it's a lot less walking than my family sessions!
After your session.
You'll receive an invoice for the remaining balance within a day or two of your session. Once that's paid, you'll receive sneak peeks within a week after your session, with your final gallery arriving in your inbox in 1-2 weeks. No one wants their maternity photos to show up after they've delivered, so maternity sessions go to the very top of the editing queue, no matter what else I have going on!
You're welcome to share your online gallery with any friends or family who may want to view or download the images. Your gallery doesn't expire (at least not until my business does), and there's no limit on who can download images.
Ready to book? Have questions?