From time to time I share helpful information for other photographers to make their business as successful as possible. Today I am honored to be featuring guest Blogger Ana Brant who will be sharing some helpful information that maternity and newborn photographers can use to better prepare their clients for their portrait sessions.
The Best Time to Capture Pregnancy Images, WHY We Do It, And Preparing Your Maternity & Newborn Clients For Their Session
When Is The Best Time?
“As a Maternity/Newborn Photographer, the one question I hear over and over again is, “When is the best time to have pregnancy photos captured?” Another question I get asked is, “Why does one have pregnancy photos taken?”
The first questions vary so much that I decided to write a quick 28 page guide showing examples of various bellies in stages 22 to 29 weeks. After having three children of my own, I know that the body changes often from one child to the next.
While we often tell our clients between 28-32 weeks, you can see in the below referenced guide, it truly varies by body type. Give your clients a guideline, while educating them that if they are past the weeks you have given them it’s still ok.”
You can view the Guide here
Why Do People Have Them Taken?
The next question often asked related to the reason that pregnancy photos are captured. I often have people say to me. “I didn’t even know it was a thing!” As an adopted child, one thing I know for sure is, that the reason I capture my own images is to leave a part of my own personal legacy behind for the next generation. Each client that chooses to capture their image is also making the decision to preserve a part of their own personal legacy, which becomes part of our history. If we focus on the reason as to why we take pregnancy photos, it often can help ease even the most camera shy people.
How To Prep Your Client?
Lastly, I want to share how we help our clients BE PREPARED by providing them with PRE SESSION BROCHURES. They know when to take photos, they know why, now we like to help them prepare for their session so they can be nice and relaxed and look amazing!
We have a newborn brochure and a pregnancy brochure that explains the following for pregnancy and newborn:
Scheduling baby (we suggest 7-10 days)
Nursing Moms Food List
Packing list for shoot day
Our studio list of items available (i.e. wraps, props, etc)
Time to photography pregnancy
What to wear
After the session
My clients tell me they love these brochures because they come via snail mail and they can take it with them for shopping or ideas. It really doesn’t take long to create these, and it will not only help prepare your client, but remind them of why they chose you for their photography!
About the author:
Ana Brandt is a maternity/newborn photographer based in California since 1999 and writer for Artsy Couture.