The waiting time for a mother to be is so precious and I love getting to capture the glow and happiness that shines through you. Being pregnant is such a beautiful stage before your little one arrives. Let me capture this special time with photos that you can look back on. My recommendation is to wait till you are 32 to 35 weeks along. This is the best time to show off that beautiful belly! Dads are always welcome to come for the photoshoot at no additional cost.
You decide if you would like photos done in the studio or a location of your choice it is completely up to you. Doing studio maternity is one of my favorite things because I love playing with lighting for different effects that we can't do outdoors. It's also great if the weather is too hot/cold as well or if we get rained out and your unable to reschedule for any reason. I have lots of ideas that you can choose from for outdoor locations. Here are some of my favorite spots below. I love shooting at new locations and exploring what the Dallas/Fort Worth area has to offer, so if you have a place in mind that's great! I also have studio gowns that are included for you to use at your session! Any of the gowns you see below in the studio maternity session are available for you to use. Take a peek and see if there's one you love!
Studio Maternity Gowns/Sessions
Maternity session at Oliver Nature Park
I live in Mansfield TX and this park is right by my house. We go here often and I know the park very well and all the great spots to shoot at. I find myself loving the warm light style and every time we get to shoot at the sunset hour I just can't get enough of that gorgeous warm, orange glowing light!! This location is located at Matlock Road just past Country Club Drive. The best spots to shoot at this location are endless. This Location has bridges (three to be exact, all different), open fields, pathways, tons of trees, even has a secret spot shown to me from another photographer which is a must go to spot especially in the summer that has large boulder type rocks in a small creek. There is some walking involved but no tough climbs or anything. It is a perfect place to enjoy what nature has to offer.
Fort Worth Botanical Gardens
This location is great and I love the variety you can get. When booking this location I like to shoot early in the morning, late in the evening or on a partly/completely cloudy day. (this is due to lighting) The location recently started charging $12 for adult admission, a $75 photography fee as well and isn't included in my maternity packages. you would have to pay for these cost up front if you would like to use this location. There is an option to go to the Japanese Gardens as well if it's something that you have seen and would like, but there is an extra fee to enter the gardens. The rocks, flowers, gazebos, walkways, trees and bamboo, it is always a beautiful location and I love taking pictures there. I've had my own family pictures taken her and got married in the Japanese Gardens as well!! There is a little more walking involved but completely worth the walk:)
We shot here in November (fall) and in July (summer). Best of both worlds. This location has sooooo much to offer and has so many great spots I can't begin to list them all. I love shooting at this location so much that I have now included admission up to 4 people and free parking for one car. If you are having trouble walking a lot, this location sadly wouldn't be the best choice for you. But if walking doesn't bother you, I highly recommend this location. I would even suggest bringing some food and plan on making the day of your session with your loved ones. After your session feel free to relax and enjoy the outdoors and wonderful smells of all the beautiful flowers! Going during the week is always a plus as well since its a little less crowded. This, soon to be big brother was soooo much fun! He had a huge personality and I absolutely loved his facial expressions. Booking any session here you will get free admission up to 4 people and and one free parking pass!!
Milk Bath Sessions
I think these sessions are very unique and love that changing the dress or the flowers gives a completely different look. I do these sessions at my home because I just happen to have a large white garden tub with a huge frosted window right beside it which makes gorgeous light in the afternoon. I supply the location, lace dress, milk, green garland and you choose/supply the fresh flowers for the session. Artificial flowers will not float so I always suggest going to a Tom Thumb or Central Market to purchase your flowers since they have lots of options. Another nice thing about these types of sessions is that they typically only take about 30-40 min since were not having to walk anywhere. I have the lace dresses for you to use in white, black, nude and burgundy, you can always bring your own as well if you would like.
Haggard Park in Plano
Great location for a more urban feel but with a nice touch of nature since they have a small park right across the street! This couple had requested because there wedding was also at this location which made it even more special. It has little shops, alleyways, walk ways in front of cute multicolored shops and the park across the street has a super cute bridge and gazebo. I think we did our session on a Sunday so there wasn't any shops open meaning we had this whole area all to ourselves. I hope to get to shoot here again soon. This is out of my distance so a travel fee is required for this location.
Flippen Park in Highland Park
This location is located in a gorgeous residential area and requires very minimal walking. It has a gorgeous gazebo with beautiful landscaping, flowers and gorgeous little pathways in the early too late spring time. I love that this location has a wide open area to get those walking photos of you and your significant other as well. We were lucky enough to get to use this location after terrible storms rushed over Dallas. The Dallas Arboretum was closed due to the storms and we needed a new location fast. This was definitely a little gem we found last minute and I'm so glad we did. There is free street parking and it is also dog friendly:) If your wanting a location to incorporate your furry family member, this is it! There is also a large water area with a gorgeous fountain directly behind the gazebo that we didn't get to utilize due to the storms blowing in so much debris. I would have loved to get a gorgeous profile, water reflection photo of this beautiful mother to be. This is definitely one of my new favorite locations!