Maternity – A Complete Journey

Maternity – A Complete Journey

In my career I have take many maternity images for my clients but in all my years as a photographer I have never had the opportunity to capture such a complete set of images throughout the stages of pregnancy. So when my good friend told me she was pregnant with her first child and wanted a series of images done to document this amazing journey it was most certainly a privileged opportunity for me to be able to do so.

I asked what made her decide to do a complete maternity journey in photographs?

“I am amazed at what the female body can do and how it gives its whole self to be able to carry another human life.. The changes started to happen instantly and I wanted to capture it as a journey somehow so the timeline seemed perfect”

We began with the maternity timeline which was an image taken each month starting from when she was 3 months along. The timeline always amazing me as I watch the belly grow in my images, its a long process but the end results are more then worth it.

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At 4 months we did the first of 2 location maternity sessions, the second was to be around 8 months. We decided on an in home lifestyle session where my mum to be was comfortable and relaxed. I feel using your home as the backdrop makes the images quite personal and has more warmth and meaning for my clients.

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Because this beautiful mama to be is a good friend of mine as a gift I photographed her baby-shower as a gift. I don’t normally photograph these events but I wanted her to have these memories. We also used this opportunity to take a few couple maternity images in the baby’s nursery. She said

“The photos with my husband felt nice just to sit In the baby’s room and look around at the space we were creating especially for our new family member to arrive and to share last moments with just the two of us was really special”

 

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In the 8th month we did 2 photo sessions one in studio and one on location. Wanting to create a modern maternity sequence using the silhouetted bump in studio was the idea behind these particular images. Both my client and I were extremely happy with the results and the series now hangs proudly in my clients home.

 

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The 2nd 8 month session was on location rain and all with a beautiful horse called Holly. Her young owner Emily and her mum were a fantastic help during the session. I must say Holly the horse was extremely well trained. My stunning client said

“This was perfect! I love being outdoors and everything just seemed to fit. The horse holly was an absolute dream to work with almost posing for every shot which had us laughing and smiling the whole shoot. I love these images and already have them hung in our bedroom above his bassinet in raw timber frames they look great.”

 

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After this there was two more timeline session to go and then the bump journey would come to an end as their new addition a baby boy was introduced to the world.

 

At 7 days new I had mum, dad and bub in the studio for a very special newborn session; first we did the final image in the timeline series and then we moved on to the newborn session which I will be keeping under wraps till the official launch in October this year. I will add images to this blog when they are released.

 

At 13 days new I once again traveled to their home for an in home newborn/family lifestyle session. The new mum told me

“I loved this shoot even thinking back to the first home shoot how different life already was. The house even looked different, and it felt so much warmer with our new family member.”

 

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I asked what has this whole experience has been like and she said

“It was initially hard being sick 5-16 weeks trying to work and socialise plus fit in extra things like the photos but I’m so glad we did It! Second trimester I was on cloud nine so was feeling empowered. I’m so glad I captured this whole journey, it was at times hard to set time aside with working full time to get in the car and drive to Murwillumbah but the end result every time was so rewarding. I would defiantly recommend doing all or at least some shoots throughout pregnancy and afterwards. My little man is only two weeks old and already that time has flown and he has gotten bigger. You forget just how little they are and it’s so nice to be able show them when older their very first meetings with the world. The best thing, I would say is that we now have a family journey of 9 months in images to show our baby boy time and time again as he grows. And we can see in the photos the smiles and love we shared along the way together. Katrina, not only are you a friend but you are amazing at what you do, defiantly the most dedicated person to perfecting there work even if it means editing at 4am with no sleep, experimenting with different ideas and capturing life from all angles. I couldn’t think of anyone better to help capture this new life we have ahead of us. Thank you”

 

For me, being able to capture any moment such a a maternity journey a wedding story or any one I have the honour to sit in front of my camera is so very rewarding. I love what I do and I can not imaging doing anything else.

Thank you my amazing friend for allowing me the honour to capture your amazing journey.

Katrina xx

 

 

My clients clothes wardrobe is by:

Purple Bralette and bloomers (timeline), White Jumpsuit (lifestyle maternity), Blue skirt and bralette (lifestyle maternity), Short dress (lifestyle maternity), White Bralette  (horse shoot),  Mushroom maxi skirt (horse shoot), Crochet maxi vest (lifestyle family shoot) were from: Spell designs in Byron Bay

The Indian headdress (horse shoot), Black and white skirt (lifestyle maternity) were from: Drowning in Decadence Vintage. 

The crocheted bra (horse shoot) was from: South of the Border in Byron Bay.

White dress (baby shower): Free people.

Orange dress (lifestyle maternity): QUI QUI clothing

White Skirt (horse shoot): Tree of life ( peace angel)

 

 

I’d love to know what you thought of this amazing maternity journey, please leave a comment below.