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Booking a Maternity Photoshoot with Effervescent Media Works

Monday, January 27, 2020

Congratulations on your pregnancy! And thank you for your interest in my work.

I thought I would run you through what I offer for my maternity clients so you have an idea of what to expect and plan for.

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How much is a maternity session and what does it include?

I do require half down to reserve your date and time.  The remainder will be due the day of your session. You have the option of choosing a mini session or a full session.  Investment details may be found here. Sessions included the high-resolution digital images in an online gallery for you to use as you like.

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fremont maternity photographer

When to book your session?

It is ideal to book your maternity photoshoot within the 7-8 month mark.  Waiting longer than that and you will likely be dealing with swelling, aches, and pains and not be up for the long photoshoot and may miss the opportunity to do them altogether should you go into labor.  And doing them before then there is not quite enough of the round of the belly for the traditional maternity photo look.

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What to wear for the session?

My number one recommendation for my maternity clients for attire is a long floor length maternity gown or maxi dress.  I have several options in the client closet that are at your disposal for your session. You may arrange a meeting before the session to stop by my home studio in Fremont, or simply choose and I will bring it to the session and change there.

I also have an assortment of flower halos and seasonal head attire for an added touch.

A full session can include more than one outfit.

If we are out in a field for flowers, long grass etc, I recommend bringing leggings and good shoes as they will not be seen with a long dress so you don't get scratched up.

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How can I prepare for my maternity session?

Eat healthily, drink plenty of fluids and get the best rest you can the days before your session. Take the opportunity to spoil yourself to trip to the salon for hair and makeup. For hairstyles, I typically recommend leaving the hair down with gently curls or a side braid depending on the length of the hair.  I will also have you fill out a short form to help distinguish the vibe you would like for your session, i.e. Stylisized and high fashion to cutesy and playful and fun.

It is fun to incorporate personal items in the session, such as the ultrasound images, a few toys from the baby's nursery, a pair of babies' shoes etc. And it is perfectly fine to bring a change of shoes if needed. The practical ones and the photoshoot ones. Some terrain is not ideal for fancier shoes.

Be sure to bring water and some little snacks like a granola bar to the session.

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During the session

With ten years of experience posing individuals and families to look their best and feel comfortable being posed in ways that look beautiful and natural, you can be at ease during your session. Feel free to bring some props or I may bring a few as well depending on the look we have previously discussed.

If your family will be joining you we will start out with the younger ones and then wrap up with them and focus on you.

Most of my maternity work is done at beautiful outdoor locations with flowers and beautiful vistas.  I can arrange a more intimate in-studio session at my home studio in Fremont, however please note I do not specialize in bare belly or boudoir styled maternity work.

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What happens after the session?

After the session, I will share a few previews on social media and post the full gallery of edited images in 2 weeks.  You may download images and use them as you like.  Images may also be ordered from your online gallery as beautiful archival high-quality prints.

Then, of course, I hope we get to see each other again soon as I specialize in newborn photography as well. I recommend planning ahead as newborns are best photographed in the first 5-10 days of life and my schedule fills up!

I look forward to seeing you soon mama!

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Roanoke Island Festival Park Adventure Museum

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Something about traveling home for Thanksgiving and going to see Frozen 2, then on the flight home doing games in a Worduku book with facts about the Native Americans has got me thinking about the trip we went on in the spring to the Roanoke Island Festival Park Museum in North Carolina. We got to step onto a replica ship and it was all very fun, hands-on for the kids.

Actors sit about to crew the ship and tell you about it in character.  Unless they found a time machine and these guys are legit haha. 

Making dinner with kids whining and being wild at my feet is hard enough, try adding a swaying ship! Wonder if they didn't have to stir the soup as much?

A little treasure hunting fun for the kinds.

Some of the marine knots often used.

After we explored around the ship we went back on a trail through the trees to a blacksmith shop and the kids all got a turn to try out a woodworking station too.

Some of the wood pegs they were making as part of the wood demonstration for chair legs, table legs etc.

The boys had fun trying out the armor. Milo's shield was his casted arm!  LOOK OUT! haha.

We let the kids put us in "time out" and they thought that was pretty awesome.

Is it funny I look at these wood bowls and think more about them as a newborn photography prop? I have one similar.  Complete with the crack on the side.

Then there were the longhouses constructed by the Native Americans.

Some examples of a dance circle where the natives would come together from surrounding areas in celebration, victories and religious rituals.

We spent so much time exploring the island we were rushed getting back to the indoor adventure museum part so that was very rushed before they closed.  We could have spent 30 minutes more in there at least.

I love looking at old maps!  The artistry is beautiful to me.

More fun dress up and hands on play.

After the museum, we walked in the quaint little town of Mateo across the bridge and went for dinner. A happy family day well spent.

Maybe one day I will do pictures with a pair of love birds in this little area of Mateo.

For dinner, we went to Ortegez Southwestern Grill. This was a second time here we had previous gone on another trip with some of our college friends. It was delicious.