What should I wear?
Wear pieces that make you feel comfortable and beautiful. Choose lingerie that accentuates the parts of you that you want to show and embrace, and don’t forget to stay true to your personal style. If you feel sexy in your fiance’s old band t-shirt then ROCK it. If you and your partner love to get a little naughty then bring those handcuffs and blindfold…
How many outfits should I bring?
Around 3-5 different pieces of lingerie. I always suggest having a matching base you can throw accessories over; a solid color lace underwear and bra works well for this. But the rest is up to you…teddies, a comfy sweater, baby-dolls, slips etc are great! While my personal philosophy is “less is more,” you can, however, bring extra accessories like a piece of jewelry, a shawl, or heels, as well.
So, uhm, can I go nude?
YES! All boudoir sessions are photographed tastefully and as an art-form. I never push my clients to do anything they’re not comfortable with but I do ask that you trust me, as your photographer, to create beautiful, natural images that make you feel you’re very best. While most girls are apprehensive at first, these are always the images they end up choosing from their galleries.
Do you edit the images?
I sure do! All images you receive will be edited, high-resolution images. While I do smooth out obvious blemishes and/or scars, I don’t alter who you are. These sessions are about celebrating yourself and embracing your true beauty; they’re about being a total bad-ass and owning it!
Should I get my hair and makeup done?
That is completely up to you! For most of my clients, getting their hair and makeup done means one less thing for them to worry about. They feel beautiful and confident and it shows in their images. But again less is more and I just want you to be yourself. So if you don’t normally wear make-up and never do your hair then that’s who I want to photograph.
Quick Tip // Be sure your fingers and toes have a pretty mani/pedi and/or are clean before the session, even if it’s just a clear polish!
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Lifestyle Newborn Photography on Kauai
At-home lifestyle newborn sessions are about the connection and love that family members already have for this new life. I’ll capture special moments with each family member and the baby as well as the family all together. If siblings are involved, we usually take care of those photos first so that they can go and play during the rest of the session. It can be helpful to have a friend or family member at the house who can watch siblings during the rest of the session so that Mom and Dad can be in photos with the baby. There will also be time for photos of the baby alone; these are usually done when the baby is sleepiest and while I’ll pose the baby a little, I keep it very natural. I take photos of babies swaddled or undressed and they are posed in a way you’d find them naturally
Where will we shoot?
The session takes place in the client’s home, preferably in the nursery, master bedroom, and living room. We can also take some photos outdoors if the weather permits (ideal for spring and summer due dates!). Do not worry about your house being a mess—you just had a baby! All you need to do to prepare is open the blinds/curtains to let in as much light as possible. Also, crank up the heat! Even though it may be warm outside, babies tend to be most comfortable at the shoot if they’re nice and toasty warm. If you’re sweating, it’s probably perfect! I’ll quickly push things out of the area I’m shooting so that your home will appear to be spotless in the photos. Don’t be surprised if I move some furniture around, I’m just working to get the best light in your home. I’ll put it all back where it was! 🙂 The only thing I will ask you to do is have your bed made with a neutral quilt/comforter on top. Your bed makes for a great place for cuddly family photos!
How can I make sure my baby is comfortable and cooperative during the shoot?
Newborns are unpredictable and this shoot is all about them. Please do not worry about your baby crying or needing to eat during the shoot—newborn sessions are purposely longer to allow for plenty of breaks, feedings and even diaper/outfit changes. It’s usually a good idea to try and feed your baby right before the session so they’re sleepy and content.
What should my husband and I wear?
I recommend keeping it simple and comfortable. Neutral, light (creams, whites, grays or pastel tones) work best as they don’t take away from the natural beauty of your baby. You can add pops of color to your outfit, if you wish, by using jewelry or accessories. Skip the busy patterns for this type of session; you want the viewers eye to be drawn right to the baby. For your husband, the same rules apply. Solid tops (and textures like big knits and lace) work best. Stay away from prominent logos or writing on clothing.
Do you use props or specialize in stylized newborn poses?
The style of newborn photography that I specialize in is lifestyle sessions. Rather than posed newborn shots, I love to capture the relationship between the new baby and his/her parents and siblings. This doesn’t mean that I won’t take individual photographs of the baby and capture some great detail shots of his/her little toes and fingers. I am happy to incorporate any ideas you might have! I have a few neutral blankets I will bring. Feel free to incorporate any special family quilts, heirlooms or baby blankets that you would like to use in the photos.
What can I do to prepare for the session?
This is such a special time in your family’s life. There will be so many emotions during the shoot—love, excitement, wonder, amazement. It will be tough, but try to relax! Moms tend to stress out because this is a new experience and because they want things to be “perfect.” I will take your baby’s lead and allow him/her to be the focus of the shoot. If your baby cries, or poops, it’s okay. I promise! Just focus on relaxing and cuddling with your sweet new addition and I will create images that you will cherish forever!
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