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4 Tips For Having a Great Family Maternity Photo Shoot

We just received our maternity photos from our photographer Jason at Jason Kelly Photography. He is the man behind the camera and his wife works behind the scenes. We have been going to him since the very start of our family when Isla was just a newborn. Since then we have had holiday photos taken with him, family sessions, cake smash’s and lots of others will be added to the list when baby boy comes.

I was excited for these photos because Isla would be involved this time around but I was also nervous about the time of year as March is usually very blah but I wanted them to be outdoors. I spent a few weeks thinking about the photo shoot and all the particulars that went along with it! So in typical blogger fashion, I have come up with 4 tips that can help you get ready for your closeup and make your time with the photographer memorable and enjoyable for everyone involved.

1. Look For Inspiration – Check out magazines or search maternity inspiration on Pinterest. Have an idea going into the shoot particular shots that you want the photographer to capture and any poses you would like to use. Also take a tour around your city, ask other friends who have had family photos done and search for your favourite spot to have the photos taken. It also can be as simple as getting them taken at the park or your favourite picnic spot. Any place that may have special meaning to you is always a win.

2. Know That The Day May Not Go As Planned – Do not go into the session with super high expectations. I don’t mean going in all negative nelly but just know that the weather can change in an instant, your toddler could take this time to have a complete freak out or simply use your photo setting as her own personal playground. Not to mention your husband could man-cry the whole time about how bloody cold it is and how the wind is making his eyes water. So many things can go unplanned but the more you go with the flow, the better your pictures will turn out, be more meaningful to you and showcase the true personality of you and everyone else involved.

3. Prepare Your Outfits and Props Ahead of Time – Is there a specific pair of baby shoes you want to use or an old family photo? Even an old chair you want to utilize? Have all of these items ready to go for the session. Pick out outfits that you want to wear and have it all laid out to figure out the look and vibe you are going for. This will make it so much easier the day of when you have everything ready to go and all you have to worry about is what angle you look best in.

4. Find A Great Photographer You Feel Comfortable With – This may seem like an easy one but I personally think it can be a very daunting task to find a photographer that takes the type of photos you love, makes you feel comfortable and triple bonus if they are great with kids! We have found an amazing one that knows our family, does anything to make us feel accommodated and appreciated and most importantly captures our family perfectly; all the time, every time. Someone who is always open to your suggestions but can also guide you in the right direction is very important and can make or break how you feel after your session and how the photos turn out.

In the end you should feel good about your shoot and excited to see the finished product. I know that I am always itching for the message telling me that my disk is ready for pick up! I was so happy how our photos turned out. Despite the cold and windy day, we were able to get some great shots and our photographer was great at keeping Isla focused for the few pictures that we really wanted to get of all of us.

Bonus tip! Your photographer should want to get a specific shot as much as you do. I really wanted a picture of Isla patting or kissing my belly and he did whatever he could think of to make it happen. It worked and I got a sweet photo of Isla touching my tummy! If you are in the Kingston area, I would definitely recommend checking him out.

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Had to add this one! Last photo of the day and everyone looks as crazy as Isla’s hair does! Thanks for reading!

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Christina
    April 11, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    I love the images! You’re family is the cutest, and the tips are spot on!

    • Melissa
      Reply
      Melissa
      April 12, 2016 at 8:28 pm

      Thank you so much! We had so much fun!

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