Maternity Session Tips
For your maternity portraits, first think of the style of portrait you would like (are you aiming for something formal, casual, or contemporary?) and choose your clothing accordingly. We have wraps and a few other items (skirts, a sweater, and a robe) available in a variety of colors. You are welcome to bring a 1-3 outfits that we can review and select from with you. Feel free to visit our maternity portrait gallery to see sample images for clothing ideas. Some popular choices are robes, knit shirts (solids are best), button up shirts, jeans and skirts. Make sure to include undergarments in white, nude, and black if possible.
If Dad or other family members will be included in the portraits, please bring a coordinated outfit for them as well. For unity, we recommend coordinating your clothing across the top and across the bottom. This applies to color and tone, for example, each person wears a black top and jeans, as opposed to one person wearing a white shirt with jeans and another wearing a black top and jeans. It is best to stay with solid colors instead of patterns. If we will be working with wraps and dad prefers not to go without a shirt, include a dark and a light solid color shirt for him in a soft fabric if possible.
If there will be children siblings in your maternity portraits, consider their tolerance for the outfits you are planning. It helps to have them as comfortable and relaxed as possible. Although we do have space for dressing yourself and your children available, we have found that some children (especially in the 18-36 month range) are easily overwhelmed with the portrait experience. If you think this may be the case, you may want to dress the child at home or in the car before coming into the studio in order to ease any possible upset clothing changes may cause.
Infants do best with clothing without loose collars or panels that may pop up and cover their faces, especially if they are unable to sit up unassisted. Overalls are best reserved for children who can sit well or even stand, as young infants tend to “sink” into them. In addition to clothing, you are welcome to bring any special items you would like to include, such as baby items, heirlooms, name plaques, etc.
Newborn Session Tips
First of all, congratulations on your new arrival, and thank you for choosing Hansen’s Photography newborn portraits to create artwork celebrating this important moment in time.
Newborns tend to dictate just how the session plays out and we are flexible to work around them. There will be plenty of time during the session to stop to feed and change the baby (in fact, the baby will probably demand some of both!) so don’t worry if we need to interrupt the session for either. Please bring all the necessary supplies!
In regards to your newborn portraits attire, simplicity is best! First think of the style of newborn portrait you’d like (are you aiming for something classic, dramatic, soft, or bright?) and choose your clothing accordingly.
For unity, we recommend coordinating your clothing across the top and across the bottom. This applies to color and tone, for example, each person wears a black top and jeans, as opposed to one person wearing a white shirt with jeans and another wearing a black top and jeans. It is best to stay with solid colors instead of patterns.
For our popular fine art black and white style portraits, make sure to include black or very dark shirts in a soft fabric. We strongly encourage that mom and dad be in some of the images, but even if you would rather not be photographed, it is a good idea to dress in or at least bring a coordinating outfit in case we need all or part of you to pose the babies.
Keep in mind that newborns do best with bare skin or clothing without loose collars or panels that may pop up and cover their faces. We do have some outfits, wraps, and other accessories available that we may suggest for your baby.
Depending on your preferences, we will probably shoot most of the newborn portraits in bare skin so it is a good idea to bring a backup shirt for all other family members that will be in the portraits as well. You may get wet!
You are always welcome and encouraged to bring any special items you would like to include in the portraits, such as special blankets, toys, gifts, family heirlooms, or any other storytelling elements.
Also, we want you to know that your baby’s comfort and health are very important to us! Our studio is heated and cooled to suit your baby’s needs and we are very careful to keep clean hands. Please let us know if you have any special needs or requests, and we look forward to meeting your new little one!