It is time to schedule your Maternity session but you are trying to decide between an outdoor maternity session, an in-home lifestyle session, a studio session or a boho bedroom session? All types of sessions have a completely different look and have different advantages. Read more below to help you decide which maternity photoshoot location you prefer and what style is a better fit.
Outdoor Maternity Session
These are perfect for those wanting a more natural look with seasonal foliage in the background. The 1st session below was taken at Piedmont Park in Atlanta on a perfect Spring day when the dogwood trees just bloomed. However, Piedmont park requires a lot of walking but there are some pretty scenic spots like the open grassy fields, wooded fields, stone steps, small dock on the water, Atlanta Skyline view, walking trail and more. There are several outdoor location options depending on the look you prefer- farm lands, open park, urban area, waterfalls, woods and more. The 2nd session was taken at a wedding venue in Cedartown that offers a great waterfall view. They require an appt and rental fee but it is worth it to have the option of a creek, ruins, bridge and giant waterfall in your background plus seasonal foliage/ flowers. I personally offer 20+ outdoor location options to choose from so there is something to fit everyone’s style. Some locations are free of charge while others might incur a travel fee or venue rental fee that usually ranges from $20-$80.
Large open area to move around and capture different looks
Seasonal foliage to accent the images
Natural environment if you are incorporating a younger sibling who wants to run around and be on the move
More of a candid natural feel to the images
More space for posing, walking, interacting
Can fit larger groups if you have lots of siblings to incorporate
Lots of location options to choose from
Weather can be hit or miss, and you will not know until the last minute, so your session might have to be rescheduled. This can be stressful if you are getting close to your due date.
Most likely outdoor sessions end up being too chilly or too hot- it is rare to have a perfect day.
Depending on the season, mosquitoes or gnats can be bothersome
Sunny days can cause squinty eyes
Can be lots of walking or hiking to get to the different photo spots
Parking can be an issue on perfect days when everyone is at the park
Delayed shooting due to having to wait for park traffic to move out of the way or waiting for another photographer to finish shooting their clients in the space the photographer wants to use.
Bathrooms or changing rooms most likely not available
Due to the angle of the sun, sessions can only be scheduled with in 2 hrs of sunset or sunrise for the best natural/ flattering lighting.
Studio Maternity Session
Studio session are perfect for those who are looking for more of an artistic, high-end- fine art professional look. For instance, you can be more intimate and feel more comfortable showing skin and focusing on your bump. In addition, Fine Art studio sessions make great canvases for your walls. These sessions are also more convenient when it comes to having less stress of worrying about the weather, photographing in a comfortable temperature, needing a restroom or changing room close by and being in a private setting. Below are examples of a Studio Maternity session to give you an idea of the stylized look.
You never have to worry about the weather or rescheduling
Perfect temperature so you are not too chilly or too hot for your session
Convenient bathroom and changing rooms available
Ability to due some creative lighting for a different look (Side lighting, high key lighting and silhouettes)
More of an artistic / fine art stylized look plus intimate posing
Controlled lighting for flawless and consistent images
Less busy backdrops so the solid colors might coordinate in your home easier
No parking issues or worrying about people ruining your shot
No large amounts of walking required
Sessions can be scheduled at any point of the day since you are not working with the sun.
Small Client closet provided for pre-pregnancy sizes 2-12 (2 gown, 3 robes and 3 fabrics available)
Less variety of background options like an outdoor location would have. Focus is more on the subject as opposed to the background scenery.
Smaller space so most images will be 1/2 body to 3/4 with maybe a couple of full body poses.
Most studio backdrops that private photographers have can only accommodate 4-6 people tops which should be fine unless you have a larger family.
Boho Studio Session (Canton, GA)
If you are looking for a stylized, lifestyle session that has a bohemian vibe then this venue will not disappoint. This is perfect for those that want that intimate bedroom setting but do not have their home stylized to match their vision. This venue in Canton has the perfect bedroom set plus a few other boho sets to utilize as well. It is located in Canton and the entire loft area is staged for a portrait session. There is a rental fee that will be added to your session as they charge $80 per 35 min of use and an appointment is required.
Boho Bedroom Pros:
Perfect boho intimate setting designed and stylized for your photoshoot
Bathroom and changing room available
In-doors in a comfortable temperature setting
Private loft upstairs to ourselves
Different boho sets available to change up the look.
Boho Bedroom Cons:
Added venue fee of $80 per 35 min of photography time
Location is in Downtown Canton so that could be a bit of a drive depending on where you are coming from.
Nov and Dec, it will be decorated for Christmas
If you are incorporating younger siblings, time constraint might be an issue to get everything you want during the rental time, if they are being uncooperative.
Rental might not be available during your preferred date and time.
In-Home Intimate/Lifestyle Maternity Session
It is hard enough getting the hubs to take pictures so make it easier for him by scheduling an in-home session. In-Home sessions are not only the most convenient sessions but they also personalize your memories by utilizing your home spaces to document this milestone in your life and how things were at that time. These sessions look best in the nursery, Master bedroom and Living room of your home.
You don’t have to worry about traffic in Atlanta or having the stress of trying to get your your session at your scheduled time.
No walking or dealing with hot or cold weather so you are much more comfortable and relaxed
No stress of having to reschedule your session due to bad weather
Private, intimate setting for you to focus on your partner and the love you share
Bathroom is close by and the kitchen if you need an ice cold drink.
You can include your pets into the session
You can incorporate different outfit changes easily
You need to have your home cleaned and decluttered so that the images are not boggled down with distractions in the background. You have to spend time removing any unwanted table top items, messy cords, nick-nacks, etc so that they are not distracting in the images and you have a clean, fresh look.
Your home decor might not match the vision you prefer. Life-style sessions look best in a home that is nicely decorated and has a neutral color pallet- not bold and vibrant which can be distracting.
Lighting can be a concern- lifestyle sessions are best in homes that have lots of natural, ambient light to add to the feel. If your rooms are small, dull and dingy lighting- the feel of the images might not be what you are envisioning.
There might be a travel fee based on where you live and the photographers commute time and extra gas needed to get there.
Space can be an issue if your rooms are on the small side.
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