Thursday, May 30, 2013

Maternity Session



A maternity session is your time to show off your very special baby bump. A precious time in you and your partners life! A baby is a huge, life altering event and you'll want to cherish every special moment throughout your 40 week journey. This is a time to document those moments in time that are often forgotten or looked over after your newborn is here. I want to photograph that memory for you to look back on and show your baby the first moments mommy was blessed to spend with them.

Your Session: The best time to photograph your maternity photos is during the 30-34 weeks of pregnancy. You don't want to plan them too early because you want people to see your beautiful bump but we don't want to plan them too late that you might go into labor while posing in a lush field of flowers or make you feel too uncomfortable. Everyone is different so we can work out a time that works best for you.

What To Wear: Bring along a couple different outfits or wardrobe changes. For maternity sessions its best to wear something that shows off your baby bump and flatters that tiny little one growing inside. Some great examples are flowing dresses, yoga pants and a sports bra (for you sporty momma's), Some fitted tanks and any flowling fabric you'd like for a drapping type photograph. You can choose to change in the vehicle if we're at a location where there's no place to change or we can find a location that has access to a restroom for your comfort. I suggest clothing without logos or wording as they'll stay timeless during the years to come. Instead of the old school rule of matching think of coordinating schemes to go with if you choose to have a spouse in the photos. Go outside your comfort zone and dress up a bit, remember you will cherish these photos for years to come so put a bit of thought into what you'd like to see yourself in.

What To Bring: Bring any type of props you have in mind for your shoot. If you have a specific photograph that you like and want to re-create bring it to my attention, I'm here to make your memories turn into photographs so by all means share your ideas. Keep in mind that social media can work to your advantage, use Pinterest to find inspiration or visit my Maternity Board for other ideas! If you have a special family memento that you're planning on including with the little one bring it. I also suggest bringing some tiny baby onsies or other small items of the baby. If you're planning on taking gender reveal photos make sure we discuss the ways you'd like to go about announcing so we can plan props ahead of time if needed.

Time & Location: For on location shoots, I prefer shooting right before sunset, that's always the best lighting but we can do a morning session if needed. Maternity sessions usually last a two hours depending on locations and the amount of changes we do. If we need to go longer than the two hours I will honor that as I want to make sure we get the perfect photographs. We can agree on a location choice or if you have several places in mind we can arrange something that works. If you have a specific place that has sentimental value or significance to your make sure you let me know and we'll be sure to incorporate it into the shoot. 

Session Fees: A $50.00 non-refundable deposit is required to book your session with the remaining balance due on the day of your session, prior to starting. The items listed below are what your session will cover. I will honor the session price quoted if you've requested one up to four months after the quote request but prices are subject to change.

Maternity Session Fee is $110.00 

Session Fee Includes:
  • One to two hours of shoot time
  • Location of your choice as discussed prior to the day of the shoot
  • Unlimited outfit changes 
  • 15 edited high resolution images
  • Black and white conversions of all edited photos
  • Album located on my website with all of your images displayed, we can add pass code if you'd like as well
  • Prints ordered off of the website at lab cost (They're set at my cost level so you're getting professional lab quality prints at a major discount)
  • Photographer's time, talent, editing and travel expense :)
  • 25% Discount on all print products for the month after your session is completed

          Extras: Something new I've launched this past year in 2014 is that I am no longer offering a cd with full print rights included in my packages. To read more about my reasons for choosing to change this please read my post with the details. Instead I've choosen a "a la carte" style package so you can pick and choose what you'd like to include with your purchasing from your session.
          • Social Media Digital Downloads - $10 
            These are low resolution files with Dirt Road Photogrpahy logo on them to be used for social media sites. These are mainly intended for those who are wanting to share what fun they had during their session but don't have intentions of ordering other digital related prints.
          • CD with all edited images and full copyright release - $75
            This is for you to take your images and have them printed wherever you prefer. I realize that a lot of people have worked with other photographers and this is simply the easiest way for you to receive hard copies of your photograph's but 85% of clients do not even print their photos. I highly suggest printing them right away!
          • Prints off of website - 25% Discount 
            This is something I offer for all sessions so you can get lab quality prints at a lower price. I like to give clients a discount to encourage them to order right away so they don't forget! It's also a nice way to share with family members that they're welcome to order prints for themselves as well!
          • Proof book- $45
            Some people like to have a book to show others what they can order from their session, it's also a great way to have all your pictures printed into one book to look at later and share with friends
          • Additional Edits - $10/image
            If you would like more images than allotted per package we can add them onto your session. Keep in mind that by adding more images to your session it may take longer for you to receive them as I will need more time to complete your session.
          • Specialty Products - Prices Vary
            There are so many customized fun products we can do with your pictures so make sure to check out the link with other product ideas. From phone cases to customized invitations we can do it all!
          To book a session, please visit the "Contact" tab at the top of this page, or shoot me a direct e-mail at:

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