Pregnancy is such an exciting life changing time for you and your family. At the time it feels never ending but once baby is born it’s amazing how quickly our memories fade of those magical 9 months. While many of us feel uncomfortable with our changing bodies throughout pregnancy it truly is a beautiful time to capture with photographs.

I offer both studio and location options for pregnancy photographs as every woman is different in how she wants to document this time. Some ladies love to get outdoors and dressed up in one of my gorgeous maternity gowns, sourced from the best suppliers world wide including Mi Estillo. Other prefer to stay in the studio, strip off and showcase their glorious bump in simple unfussy portraits.

If you are unsure what sort of images you would like I am always happy to chat things through before you commit to booking a maternity photoshoot. I myself have been photographed whilst pregnant by photographer friends and while I tend to prefer to stay behind the camera I am so glad I did it and have those images to treasure. In fact I have several on display in the house and they make me miss my bump at times!

If you already have older children then an outdoor maternity photoshoot is a great way to include them in the session. This can involve getting dressed up in a beautiful gown or keeping it much more simple in your usual family style. There is no right or wrong way to document your pregnancy so I will work with you and your style to ensure you have gorgeous images that you will treasure forever and your baby will be able to look back on for years to come.

We are expecting our first child and we wanted to ensure that this beautiful and life changing moment of our lives is captured by a professional photographer.  For both myself and my partner this was our first studio experience, so we were both nervous on the day but Rachael made us feel really relaxed during the whole photography experience. She helped us throughout the session, adjusted my hair if it was required, helped with the outfits and made sure we felt comfortable. Rachael has got a great sense of humour, so we all had a good laugh during the session and these photos will now be treasured for the rest of our lives.

Barbara Taylor

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