At Happy Chick Photography, we LOVE pregnant bellies!
Your maternity session is about feeling deeply at ease and letting go of any anxieties or judgement. During your session, you'll find everything else falls away, except for a new and beautiful appreciation for yourself, and a lasting connection to the miracle of carrying a child.
Maternity photos are best done 4-6 weeks prior to your due date (but we can do them anytime you wish). We also can book your newborn photos as well and have special pricing for our Belly and Baby Program.
We are proud to have been awarded one of the "Best Maternity Photographers in Overland Park, KS" by Expertise in both 2017 and 2018! As well as being featured by BloggerLocal in their list of "10 Best Kansas City Newborn Photographers."
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HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD I SCHEDULE MY MATERNITY SESSION?
Maternity sessions are best taken around 30 to 33 weeks of pregnancy. Make sure you contact us to schedule your session at least 3 weeks prior to that to make sure I can fit you in. If baby arrives ahead of schedule, the session fee can be applied toward the newborn session.
HOW LONG WILL MY SESSION LAST?
A typical maternity session usually takes about an hour and allows time for clothing changes. We can also include your significant other and children if you choose. Sessions can be in-studio or outdoors.
DO YOU PROVIDE OUTFITS?
We have maternity dresses and wraps, that you are welcome to use, but are welcome to bring your own as well. We will go over all the details at the in-person consultation so I can gather all the necessary details to provide you with the beautiful artwork you are looking for.
If you are wanting to do silhouettes, please bring a well fitting bra that doesn't have any lace or ribbon that may show in your profile. The same with undies. Nudity is always an option and always discreet.
DO YOU PROVIDE PROPS?
The props I like to use are personal ones, so you'll need to provide those. Things like baby shoes, ultrasound photos, or heirloom rattles, etc., all work great!
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I THINK ABOUT?
Manicured hands are helpful as we may be doing closeups of hands on belly. This applies to dad's too! Please look at his nails prior to the shoot to remove any paint, dirt under nails. etc. Also, be aware of elastic waistbands prior to the maternity session! If we are photographing an exposed belly, you won't want an elastic line across the middle. Again, we will go over all of these things at the in-person consultation.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS LIKE?
After the initial phone conversation, we sit down for an in-person consultation (usually 15 or so minutes in length) where we discuss outfits, location, and the details of what you are envisioning for your photo shoot. If we do this consultation in your home, I can even help you determine where to hang the beautiful images, and what sizes will fit perfectly on the wall. I understand your time is valuable, and I only take as much time as we need to get the details.
The day of the photo shoot, I block out 1 hour for your portrait session, but you we won't rush and will take as much time as we need.
Then about a week later or so later, we will get together to view the beautiful images. I may take a hundred images, but will pull out the blinks, the blurry ones, and the duplicates to only show you the best so it's not overwhelming, and will help you through the selection process.
DO I HAVE TO DO THE IN-PERSON CONSULTATION?
As a full-service, boutique studio, it is important to me that I serve my clients on the highest level. I get to know who I am photographing before the session and get all the details necessary so that I can work in a manner to create the beautiful artwork you are wanting. This information gives me the plan for what I will focus the day of the photo shoot. I've had clients who didn't do the in-person consultation be so disappointed when we got together for the image selection process because they saw samples of what others had done and wanted that as well. Because we hadn't planned that as part of the photo shoot, I didn't photograph in that manner. This is especially true if I was photographing for a beautiful wall portrait only to find out later that they also wanted an album, which I photograph differently for. These things all get sorted out in the in-person consultation so we have a precise plan of the look and feel of the artwork and products you are wanting.