Pregnancy, it’s a time for reflection, anticipation and excitement. Come and celebrate your journey with me.
Standing in front of her cottage window, semi naked with just sheer fabric artfully draped around her pregnant belly, she giggled; “I hope the vicar can’t see me, he lives opposite!” As the sound of the shutter clicked the creation of one of my first ever professional photos was captured on film and Nicki now had an iconic image from her very first pregnancy to frame and hang in the newly painted nursery.
Although nervous, Nicki was also incredibly excited at the thought of her very own, special photo shoot. We decided where the light was best in her beautiful old cottage and what style of image she would like. When asked about why she decided to have a pregnancy shoot, she glanced down at her smooth, tight belly and replied “to remember this forever”. I knew exactly what she meant.
Becoming pregnant again after miscarrying the first time, I was just that little bit more careful, that little bit more appreciative of my growing bump. I would stand sideways to check the bump’s progress in the mirror and giggle when I reached the point where I could no longer ‘suck it in’! I knew then that my changing body was something I wanted to have photographed because it was simply mind blowing that there was another little person growing inside of me. I searched in desperation for the ‘right’ photographer, I wanted a female because I wasn’t brave enough to stand naked in front of a male photographer! In the end, a photography student took my photos. The bump acted as a ‘shield’ to my modesty and I became quite brave posing around my home in various states of undress! I learnt what angles and light, flattered and contoured my bump in the best way. I also learnt that in 1999, there were hardly any specialist pregnancy photographers in the UK! A light bulb went on inside my head and I took the plunge at St Martins Art College in London.
Why do YOU want to be photographed pregnant? Let’s tell your story and document your journey with simply beautiful photographs of your baby and bump.
Every care is taken to ensure your little one’s comfort, and the breadth of knowledge gained from being a mother as well as photographing 1000’s of gorgeous newborn babies means you’ll have beautiful photos and your baby will have an enjoyable experience. Newborns change so quickly, some Mums swear it happens during the shoot!!
I limit the number of photo shoots per month so I can take my time with your shoots and photographs. This means my diary slots fill up rapidly* and if possible early booking is advised. I always pencil in a newborn shoot, however, I ensure that I have more flexibility in my diary as they always arrive when you least expect them! For the sweetest, gorgeous, foetal like curling images, these are best taken within the first 10 if not 7 days of their birth. So do try to book a date in as soon as you can, better still have the bump shoot and book your newborn shoot at the same time.
I recommend booking a pregnancy a shoot with me when you reach 20 weeks to ensure you get the date you want. If you are beyond that, please contact me to see what we can do, I can never say ‘no’ to a pregnant lady!! Photo shoots normally take place at around the 34 week mark, so you feel comfortable. This is only a guide and you can come earlier or later if you wish.
Of course if you’re looking to have your gorgeous family photographed and have skipped these sections, we can have great fun with your little ones. I know great games to play to coax even the most reluctant (or demanding!) toddler/parent into creating a fabulous family portrait. The above fees remain the same.
Here are some of my images from over the years: