There are many things to think about, plan for and buy when you are expecting a baby and a maternity photoshoot may not be first thing you think of, but I certainly think mums-to-be should consider adding maternity photos to that list. After all, motherhood is a remarkable time and something that I think should be recorded and treasured.
A new baby brings many changes; life as you know it will never be the same. A maternity photography session allows you to take some time to capture the way things are right now. My maternity photography sessions are designed to create a lasting memory of this time, in a beautifully natural and simple way.
My maternity photography style is simple, classic and elegant. I often get asked about the best clothes to wear for a maternity photoshoot. While there are many ways to use colour in photography, my favourite by far is to use a very limited colour palette. I love the timeless look of whites and neutrals for ensuring that nothing detracts from my subjects. Neutral-coloured clothes tend to work best and creams, whites, soft pinks or even light greys will bring cohesion to your images. The studio wardrobe includes some lovely dresses that Mums-to-be are welcome to wear and there’s nothing more beautiful than a growing bump, so this is the time to let your belly show. Bring a basic white or grey vest top and a neutrally-coloured lingerie set with you and we can use these, together with the pieces I have, to create a range of looks to celebrate this special time.
Generally in life I think less is often more, and I certainly think this is true when it comes to newborn photography. When I started out as a newborn photographer I was challenged with how to reconcile my minimalist tendencies with the posed and prop-heavy approach that has become synonymous with traditional newborn photography. Then I realised that I didn’t have to. It was possible to start with a completely blank canvas and then leave it as precisely that. The only adornment that was needed, was the baby itself. After all they are pretty cute on their own. By using a limited colour palette and with minimum props to distract, I could ensure that it’s the baby itself which is always the focus of the shot. So I sought out mentors who shared my vision and I’ve trained with some of the very best in the industry. I’ve worked hard to develop a style of newborn photography that isn’t at odds with my own. A style that is pared-down, unposed, unscripted and authentic. And, I’ve enjoyed finding those clients who appreciate this approach too. Over the last year, I’ve seen and photographed bumps which have become babies, and babies who have become sitters, and I’ve had the pleasure of photographing both new and returning families. My clients certainly appreciate a more relaxed, baby-led approach to newborn photography. Removing the posing also removes the pressure for babies to be sleeping. While my newborn photography sessions are such that babies do often sleep contentedly throughout, that’s not to say that’s always the case but if you’re not striving for that perfect pose, then it’s never an issue. Above all, I want the babies I photograph to be comfortable and the Mums and Dads to be as relaxed as possible. If a baby needs to be cuddled, comforted or fed then that’s OK. I’ll take the time to photograph these moments too in order to capture the special bond that is developing. Documenting this intimacy, against the timeless background of whites and neutrals enables me to ensure that I can deliver a very personalised style of newborn photography that can be enjoyed for years to come.
“Beth created a relaxed, peaceful and calm atmosphere to take the most naturally simple and timeless photos of my 2 day old baby girl Tilly. Professional and welcoming, it was lovely just to sit and watch Beth create these amazing images. Will be going back to her again and again, and would highly recommend to others.”
I often get asked by families about the best clothes to wear for their photoshoot. While there are many ways to use colour in photography, my favourite by far is to use a very limited colour palette. I love the timeless look of whites and neutrals for ensuring that nothing detracts from my subjects and that they are always the focus of the shot. It’s for this reason that it’s important for my clients to give some thought, in advance, as to what they will all wear.
Neutral-coloured clothes tend to work best and creams, whites, soft pinks or even light greys will bring cohesion to your images. For newborns, a simple white vest or babygro is all that you’ll need to bring and I have a range of neutral wraps for added texture and interest. A plain white shirt with the sleeves rolled up or T shirt and jeans is perfect for Dad and I have a number of outfits for toddlers and sitters that you can borrow. The studio wardrobe also includes some lovely dresses that Mums and Mums-to-be are welcome to wear and for maternity shoots, there’s nothing more beautiful than a growing bump so this is the time to let your belly show. Bring a basic white or grey vest top and a neutrally-coloured lingerie set with you and we can use these, together with the pieces I have, to create a range of looks to celebrate this special time.
So, when it comes to what to wear for your photoshoot, give careful consideration to colour. And, when it comes to colour, remember less is most definitely more….
The studio wardrobe has some beautiful dresses that Mums and Mums-to-be are welcome to wear
It was lovely to have Bertie back in the studio this week for his sitter session. The first year of a baby’s life is a remarkable time and they change all too quickly. Baby photography allows us to capture some of these moments. Of all the photoshoots I offer, sitter sessions are amongst my favourite. With minimal props to distract, Bertie’s emerging personality really shines. The timeless look of whites and neutrals combine to ensure that he is always the focus of the shot.
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Lots of new parents who come into the studio are anxious as to whether their baby will sleep but with our baby-led approach to newborn photography, that’s really not a problem. Our newborn sessions are such that babies often sleep contentedly throughout however that’s not to say that’s always the case but whether they sleep or not is never an issue.
If they need to be cuddled, comforted or fed then that’s OK. If you’ve booked the full newborn experience session then I’ll take the time to photograph these moments too, in order to document the special bond that is developing between you all.
Whilst we may be aiming to get those sleepy, curled up shots, we’ll still get some lovely images should your baby stay awake. And what’s more, they really don’t need to be asleep for long as this little one proved on his recent visit…
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