Maternity sessions record your growing bump, and the wonder of feeling this tiny person before you meet them. Your child will love seeing these photos as they get older – they will be as personal to them as they are to you.
Typically completed as a mini session, maternity sessions are relaxing by design. We create a small set of beautiful images either in my studio or outside at sunset. I make sure each photo is truly flattering of you and your spouse. And no need to worry about wardrobe: I have a closet full of dresses, tops, and gowns we can use to create your ideal look. (No need to search around or buy something unless you’re excited to do so.) The results will be glowing, beautiful images that deepen with meaning over time.
How It Works
1. Easy Planning
Before your session, we will chat over the phone or by email. I’ll get to know a bit about you, your growing family, and any special things you’re hoping for with your images. We will settle your date and location (whether outdoors at sunset or in my private Lake Zurich studio). I will send you a welcome guide that answers common questions and sets you at ease, so that when you come to the shoot, everything will feel familiar. If you’re wanting to wear something from the studio’s closet, you can get a peek here but we’d set aside time for you to come in and make your selections a few weeks before the session.
2. Relaxing Mini Session
When you arrive at my studio or our location, you’ll find a friendly face (bearing any wardrobe items you need). The session is unrushed, we’ll chat a bit and move at an easy pace. You’ll find that within minutes, any initial nervousness passes and you’re able to focus on your excitement and your partner. I’ll offer enough direction so you feel confident, without making you feel too ‘posed.’ The session is unhurried, but we won’t need long to create what you need!
3. Receive Your Images
Mini maternity sessions include 10 digital files, which you receive by digital download within two weeks of your session. Your gallery may contain more than 10 images total; if so, you can either choose your 10 favorites or opt to purchase any additional images. Most choose the digital files as well as specialty products to display in their home. Of course, a full session is always an option to you, as well!
If you book a “Belly to Baby” package, which includes a mini maternity session along with a full newborn session, you will still receive 10 digital files within two weeks of your session, and can include any of these images in an album or wall art alongside your newborn images.
Pricing: A mini maternity session is all-inclusive. The session plus 10 digital files (delivered via download) are $375.** $175 is due as a retainer upon booking your date, and the balance of $200 is due the day before your session. If you wish to also schedule a newborn session, that is separate from your mini maternity files and costs.
If you decide to book a “Belly to Baby” session, please inquire for full pricing details.
Booking Tip: I strongly recommend contacting me early in your second trimester to secure a spot, particularly if you wish to add a newborn session. Newborn sessions book out months in advance, so we want to be sure you get in and also receive your preferred maternity date!
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