The finer details

Deciding What to wear:

I love to work with warm, earthy and neutral tones. Think olive, rust, beige, dusty pink. However, these are your images, so if your favourite top is bright blue, wear that! It's important that yourself and especially your kids, are dressed warm and comfortable more than anything, so take into consideration the weather forecast and your chosen location. Where possible, try to avoid large prints and logo's unless of course you want to have them noticed in the photo's. Also, for family portraits and larger groups, my advice is to colour coordinate tones but not to all wear the exact same colour.

We'll likely go barefoot if we're on the beach, But you may like some jandles to wear on your way to the actual beach. I'll usually make you go barefoot in most maternity looks as it can be hard to find shoes that look right with a look of the dresses. However a pair of sandals or ballet flats might work well.

For maternity sessions, we'll likely have time for two outfits, so let me know if you'd like to borrow something from my client wardrobe (You can view below) and I can bring it with me on the day.

Dress/clothing hire:

Client Wardrobe

I have a small range of garments that you're welcome to borrow for the shoot. If you see something you like, please let me know before hand and I will make sure to bring it. The garments I offer to use are okay to be used in the sand and to get wet.

Lend Me The Dress

Lend Me The Dress offers an amazing range of beautiful garments you can hire in a variety of sizes and colours. Use the discount code 'photographer20' for 20% off. We can use these at the beach, but need to keep them out of the sand and water.

Hair & Makeup

If you'd like to look into having hair and make up done, these are a few of the gals I recommend that I know will 100% look after you and have you looking your best. Each will have their own individual prices and availability so please contact them to organise along side your session if it's something you would like.

how to be confident behind the camera -

In the wise words of Sophie Lea Photography -

Let go of perfectionism.
It will rob you of this and many, many experiences.
But that's a long game. And something you need to chip away at daily.
Your child/children are the perfect focus during your session. They're on top of you wrapped around you and it really is a time for that - you're not expected to stand like a model.
Clothing that flatters will help with how you feel for sure. I always like a flowy dress for making me feel instantly 'goddessy' and it hides the less desirable bits.
Being present. Being totally present. That's all it is. Once you're there nothing will change.
Just let it be.

So let go of perfectionism, and just focus on being present. Breathe in the salty air, feel the grass between your toes, laugh like there's no tomorrow and remember what a miracle it is to be here in this very moment to celebrate you and your story.

And most of all, just trust me. I will look after you x

Extra notes

  • Bring snacks for the kids.
  • If you have kiddies, depending on their ages, It can sometimes be helpful to bring a helper so we can still get a few images of you on your own and with just your partner with your bump. Make sure this extra person is someone you are comfortable potentially getting changed in front of if you are wanting to do wardrobe changes or even nudey looks.
  • For beach shoots - Bring a towel and something warm, like a dressing gown to put on after your session once you're in the car if you wanted any water shots.
  • We'll be outdoors, so bring a warm jacket for everyone - You can always leave this in the car.
  • Sometimes there's a bit of walking involved, so bring water - You can leave this in the car.
  • Before you get out of your vehicle or leave the house, do a mental check, are you wearing all the jewellery/clothing you had planned? Or is there jewellery/hair ties around your wrist you need to take off? Sunglasses you could leave in the car?
  • If you're bringing things to location, try bring it all in one bag so nothing gets lost. (A backpack is best as I can wear it for you while we shoot)

Any other questions?

If you had any other questions, add them into your email reply otherwise feel free to contact me on 021424263 at anytime.