I’ve been busy doing lots of outdoor maternity sessions so far this year. But something new, that I have been doing more and more of recently, is couple’s maternity photoshoots.
Yep, I’ve been getting the dads-to-be involved in some of my recent maternity sessions! And the families who have embraced this new idea are loving the portraits that I’ve created for them.
Maternity photography traditionally focuses on the mum-to-be who is carrying the baby. It’s done in the final weeks before the birth (usually sometime between weeks 28-34), and is done as a way of celebrating the pregnancy.
And importantly, the portrait creates a lasting memory of the pregnancy and can be hung pride of place on the walls at home as a permanent record of that special time.
But, if you know me and my work, you’ll know that I like to experiment and try out new things!
I thought to myself, why should a maternity session just be about the mum?
What about the dads too? Yes, the woman is carrying the baby, but it’s as much his baby as hers!
Getting pregnant and having a baby is an emotional journey that involves two people. And so now, I like to involve the dad-to-be as well, if they wish.
My couple’s maternity photoshoots capture both mum and dad (and any children or pets as well), creating a portrait that celebrates the family unit and the emotion of the journey that they are experiencing together.
Men can often be reluctant to get involved and to be photographed, but I make all my clients feel comfortable. My sessions are 100% relaxed and lots of fun.
Dads, I won’t ask you to look at the camera necessarily, which can make you feel awkward. I’m not after cheesy photos of you smiling to camera.
No, my style of photography is to capture natural portraits that tell a story. To show the connection between the people in the photograph. It is done is a timeless style – like the examples I am showing here - so that the photos don’t date and can be enjoyed for years and years to come.
I take maternity, and couple’s maternity portraits, in my photography studio in Poole. Or, if you prefer, we can go outdoors. I can photograph you in locations such as local parks, on the beach or any other local place special to you as a couple.
If you are interested in my maternity photography, and the idea of getting your partner and children involved too, please contact me today to book one of my couple’s maternity photoshoots.
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