Thank you so much for your kind words Sarah! I’m one of the most fortunate people who love their job. When you love your photos my heart is happy. I appreciate you taking the time to send me a testimonial. Women telling me I make them feel comfortable is the highest form of flattery. When life is growing inside of you, it’s the most amazing milestone. I want you to have photos you love that bring back precious memories. The love for your child begins long before you lay eyes on them. Exist in photos for your children. Cherished moments forever
The maternity photography experience or what to expect
Your feedback is invaluable and I continually tweak my maternity photography sessions to make sure your experience is fun, relaxing and memorable for all the right reasons. First impressions are important, all the basic information is on my website. Further details are emailed out along with a questionnaire. Together we plan your session, planning the looks you’d like including coordinating your partner’s clothing and careful consideration for any little people joining in the fun. Hair and makeup is organised and any outfits ahead of time. All you need to do is arrive in the studio. I even email you with final tips 2 days before your shoot.
Your hair and makeup will take up-to an hour to an hour and a half
photography is also one to one and half hours depending on your unique session
The studio is comfortably air conditioned
I have beautiful fabrics, wraps and outfits to suit any shape and size
Yes I love to include partners and promise to make them feel very comfortable
Children are welcome to join in the fun, if you’re enjoying the full experience of hair and makeup I highly recommend they attend towards the end of your shoot.
Please allow around 3 hours for your maternity photography session. This is plenty of time to capture your beautiful pregnant shape using different lighting and backdrop colours. I always have water bottles and muesli bars on hand however you are very welcome to bring along a snack. Your comfort is my priority and I will take good care of you.
Thank you for considering Bee Cherished Photography to create your special pregnancy memories. For all the kind words and for the women who travel to the studio for maternity photos, Thank you I am so grateful!
Have you ever wondered what it’s like behind the scenes? Are you considering boudoir maternity photos? Dreaming of a jaw dropping maternity photo? Whether it’s for yourself or your loved one I’m here to tell you it’s empowering! Boudoir maternity will leave you with a new found confidence. Celebrate your pregnant body. One thing is for sure people never regret having photos, however they do regret not having any!
Let me ease the nerves with a sneak peek behind the scenes.
When you book your maternity photography, I will support you during the entire process. From the moment you send an enquiry all the way until I hand over your photos. I’m hear to encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and plan your dream pregnancy photos. Here’s a few of things you can expect along the journey
Tips and advice what to bring
When you should book
Beautiful gowns, lace and fabrics for you to choose from
An experienced hair and makeup artist in studio
A relaxed, comfortable and private studio
Complete guidance with direction and posing
Caring and sensitive approach to any insecurities
Calming personality to ease any nerves
Careful and considerate planning to achieve the look you’re after
How will I know how to pose? I’ve never had photos like this
Taking your clothes off in front of a stranger can be difficult for some of us. A lot of directing and explaining goes on behind the scenes. I love making women feel beautiful and creating portraits you can’t stop looking at. I promise to make your experience in the studio comfortable and fun! The truth is I walk you through each different set up and change of lighting. I talk the entire time. I’ll be explaining what I’m doing and why. You’ll know if I’m taking full length or a shorter crop. Trust is important and I need you to relax and trust I will be placing the shadows in just the right places. From the tips of your toes, hand placement and the direction of your gaze is all considered. I know how to pose each woman to highlight your gorgeous shape.
A few Boudoir facts you should know
Most women have insecurities or some nerves before the shoot
Nearly all the women are pleasantly surprised how good they look in their photos, happy tears are very common
Did you know studio lighting is so flattering when used well the right lighting can lessen or diminish stretch marks and soften your skin leaving it looking flawless even before I use any filters in post production.
The correct lens choice and camera angle can be very slimming
Careful and considerate posing can make something ordinary very extraordinary
Boudoir photos are timeless and emotive
Professional hair and makeup will give you confidence even if you love a natural look
Thank you to Nicole for allowing me to share her Boudoir maternity experience behind the scenes. I had so much fun photographing you!
Is your favourite colour red? Red is the colour of love and adventure! What a great colour to use for your maternity portraits. Red is an emotional colour, it’s intense and draws attention. It can indicate strength and courage or passion and joy. Used creatively it is stunning and intriguing. If you love the thought of making a statement or looking for a dramatic style this is the colour for you.
The lady in Red
Songs have been written portraying the colour red as sexy and romantic. Who doesn’t love the song by Chris DeBurgh. “The lady in red” It’s perfect!
Many quotes contain the colour red “When in doubt wear red” by Bill Blass
Audrey Hepburn famously quoted “There is a shade of red for every woman”
Whether you choose to wear the colour red for your maternity photos, or use it as a backdrop. One thing is certain, it’s evocative and memorable for all the right reasons.
Maternity photos with a red backdrop
This is one of my favourite backdrops to use for maternity portraits. I don’t use it often and it’s not for everyone. Used well it is simply stunning. Best used for a few hero photos, it is undeniably a head turner! Moody lighting and a red back drop are truly best friends. Whether you’re a blonde, brunette, red haired or very dark this is a gorgeous backdrop to use.
A touch of Red
A favourite subject matter for all creative photographers. There is nothing quite like a beautiful photo with a touch of red! Red nail polish, lipstick or a single red rose creates romance. Often less is best and the use of red in an image can be very subtle and effective.
Baby soothing tips every parent should know before their newborn photography session. Are you feeling nervous your baby will cry during your newborn photos? Taking your newborn out for the first time can be nerve racking! As a first time parent there is so much to learn. Looking after a tiny baby is a daunting task. Will you be successful breast feeding? What if my baby won’t stop crying? These are all common questions, feeling anxious is normal. The good news is I have your back. Relax you have nothing to worry about I know many baby soothing tricks.
The truth about newborn photography
Becoming a new parent is one of the most amazing milestones in your life. Feel confident knowing when you visit the studio I will know how to soothe your baby. In fact unless your feeding your baby, I will have your baby in my arms. It’s my job to cuddle, relax and photograph your newborn baby. Feeling relieved? I have no expectations of you other than to make sure your baby is well feed. Having a milk drunk baby is the ultimate goal. However some things you might want to consider before your session are
Drink plenty of water if you’re breast feeding
Breast feeding Mother’s should avoid spicy foods and caffeine
Take time to self-care (try to be well rested and have a healthy breakfast) Babies will sense if you’re feeling anxious
Lastly and most importantly be kind to yourself. Remember as a new parent I have no expectations of you and neither should you.
How to calm a crying baby
My favourite tips for soothing a crying baby.
Assuming your baby has a full tummy and a dry nappy
Noise – babies love noise and are quite used to hearing different sounds in the womb. Back ground music, singing lullabies, humming or playing soothing sounds.
Swaddle your baby – try wrapping your baby comfortably so they feel secure. Using soft fabrics
Cuddle your baby in a slightly upright position
Gentle rock or sway with your baby in your arms
Try using a pacifier/dummy
Other Options if you’re baby isn’t too distressed
You could try a soothing bath or a calming massage
Baby soothing techniques will be varied
Just like us babies have their own unique personalities and some will respond quickly and others may take a little longer. Parenting isn’t always easy. It’s about taking it day by day. Reach out to other parents for company, support and advice. You are not alone. Remember it’s okay to feel tired and overwhelmed or tearful. This is a great link for postnatal care
Why spend a fortune on maternity dresses for a photo shoot? Would you love to look amazing for your maternity photos without wasting money on something you’ll only wear once? Becoming pregnant is one of the most amazing milestones in your life. Celebrate your journey to motherhood with beautiful photography. Looking for something very special to wear you’ll love? Worried what will fit? Wondering what looks good in photos? I have maternity dresses available in all sizes to suit any shape.
Dreamy Maternity dresses you’ll love
Bee Cherished Photography have the perfect look available in studio. Save yourself time, money and the stress of looking for maternity outfits for your photos. I have unique custom pieces that look stunning in photos. Whether you’re looking for full length, sheer lace or short and stylish. I have the style to suit. Having a love for pregnancy bellies has driven me to find the perfect dresses.
Advice on what to wear for your maternity photography
Your maternity photos should be a reflection of who you are and personality type. Whilst there’s nothing wrong with stepping out of your comfort zone to create your dream photos. You should feel comfortable and relaxed. Wearing your favourite colour tones is a great place to start. Add a touch of texture for interest. This could be pretty lace, flowers, fur or bling accessories. Are you wanting casual photos or after more formality? How comfortable are you showing skin? Are you conservative? Maybe you’re a romantic at heart and adore soft flowing fabrics. These are all great questions to consider.
Tips what not to wear for your maternity photos
When you look back on your maternity photos I want you to be proud. Photographs are memories that become more valuable with time. Your children will love to hear stories about your pregnancy and what you looked like. How did you feel? I have a favourite saying ” less is best” or “when in doubt leave it out” Timeless images are simplistic. The focus is all about you, not your clothing. For this reason I recommend
avoid logos and text on clothing
forget those bright loud colours and busy patterns
remember to remove your sunglasses, phones or other items from pockets and hair ties
Wrinkled clothes (it’s so worth spending 5 minutes to run an iron over your outfit)
mismatched outfits (this could be colour tones or casual verses formal)
bad socks or dirty feet (yes it’s a thing)
chipped nail polish
bad fake tans (you know those yellowy elbows and hands cannot be fixed)
Suggestions for men to wear for pregnancy photos
It’s important to remember the men during your maternity photography. I want them to feel comfortable and enjoy the experience. These memories are important to them as well. Often it’s the men who will be feeling on the outer and perhaps not as keen to be in front of a camera. I have maternity dresses available in different colours. If you love a particular outfit then choose a similar colour tone top for your partner to bring along.
Plain or solid tops or small patterns are great for button up shirts
You can’t go wrong with neutrals ( cream, grey, beige or khaki tones)
Long sleeve buttoned up shirts will suit a formal look
t-shirts and singlets will offer a more casual feel
Ideally a one light top and 2nd darker choice will give you more options to suit any backdrop
Please bring long pants rather than shorts if possible (jeans, chinos or dress pants)
Should I wear shoes?
Negotiating heels during pregnancy can be a challenge for some women. Most women I photograph have bare feet. You are very welcome to bring along shoes but it’s not necessary. If you are bare footed in your photos then your partner should be too. We want you to both wear shoes or no shoes. Your pregnancy photos should make sense and be comfortable for you to move around and pose comfortably and naturally.
How to choose the right outfit for my toddler to wear to maternity photography
This should be the easiest part of planning what to dress your family in. You’ll find so many affordable options available. Remember to keep things simple. Keep to similar colour tones for the entire family. Make sure the clothes you choose are comfortable and cover nappies if needed.
For little girls – tulle dresses look great with back lighting. Lace or fur for texture. Adding a flower for the hair can be cute
For little boys – jeans or cute chinos matched with soft muted tones, throw in a hat or suspenders for character.
Lace maternity dresses or looks available
My most requested look is white lace maternity dresses. Definitely very popular. This is also my favourite style. Simple, elegant and so timeless. Suits any pregnancy shape. Teamed with soft beautiful back lighting it is the most flattering to any skin type. And I have so many options available. Fully covered white lace maternity dresses or custom made lace options. Add a touch of bling and you have classy. Bring in beautiful flowers and romance is present. Used for implied nudes and your photos will be sexy. What ever your personality white lace offers variety. Fresh crisp whites team up with so many colours for your family or partner to wear. Blends with any colour backdrop and so versatile for different lighting.
What colour tones look great for maternity photos
Did you know the use of colour in photos can completely change the emotion? Colour is one of the most important factors and often not even a consideration. Colour tones create mood and emotion, warmth and coldness. Colours can draw attention to certain areas of a photo. Used well colour will hold a viewers attention. It is so important when creating drama. Whatever colour you love keep in mind colour harmony.
Things you must know about maternity dress colours
Dark clothing tends to make the body look more slender
Lighter colours and lighting uses well can also slim
Autumn tones represent warmth
Cooler colours are blues and greens
Red is the colour of passion
Pinks are often used for romantic and feminine
Whites portray purity, spirituality and goodness
Blue is associated with confidence, trust and wisdom
Grey is timeless, sophisticated and formal
The best fabrics for maternity dresses
As a photographer I look at fabrics differently. Textures can turn ordinary into extraordinary. When I choose fabrics to purchase for the studio I consider several things. Colour is not the only important factor for a great maternity dress. Weight is so important, fabrics should flatter your body and not add bulk. It needs to be comfortable and light so you can move freely. Sheer fabrics are stunning for back lighting. Natural fabric textures not only photograph well, they edit beautifully. Soft and silky drape romantically. Lace creates romance, sexiness or innocence. It is hands down my favourite. Shimmery fabrics add glamour and sophistication. Tea dyed cottons will add a touch of vintage.
When it comes to choosing the best maternity dresses the options are endless. Why not leave it to your photographer to help you decide what’s the right choice for you. I know maternity photography styling, lighting and colours so well. Trust me to create a maternity look you’ll love.
Just look at these cuddly newborn photos of little Mackenzie! Aww she made my heart melt. With the cutest little button nose and those adorable baby lips. I have a new appreciation how fortunate I am to be a newborn photographer. I missed having tiny babies in the studio.
My favourite newborn photos are simple and pure
Forget the frills and fuss simplicity wins every time. I love cuddly newborn photos! Soft muted neutral tones, cute poses and delicate lighting. Let’s make the focus all about your precious newborn baby. Babies are perfect they don’t need bright colours and busy props.
Yes I photograph babies at any age!
If you’ve missed out on newborn curly photos due to covid 19 restrictions don’t worry I love to photograph babies at any age. Older babies have a little more personality. They might be smiling and making cute chatty noises. Lets embrace your older baby and their milestones. Phone for a chat, I want to hear all about your child and what endearing personality traits they have. Dreamy baby photos are any age.
Cuddles, Kisses, Snuggles,
that is what baby girls are made of ..
Interesting population facts from the Australian Bureau of Statistics
Did you know in Australia we have one birth every 1 minute and 44 seconds? And in 2018 the average age of Mothers was 31 and fathers 33. I wonder how things will change this year. Have you changed your plans? So many families will be holidaying in Queensland this year. Maybe even planning a baby for 2021? However your plans have changed I hope you’re excited and happy and healthy. If you have baby plans I look forward to hearing from you soon.
FAQ’s answered for newborn photography and covid 19 restrictions
How lucky are we living in Australia! Are you a new parent or about to become one? You might be feeling anxious about the prospect of having newborn photos. Should you and is it safe? Firstly I want you to know I understand your concerns and you are definitely not alone. The health, safety and comfort of your newborn is my priority! We are living in very different times at the moment and surrounded by uncertainty. Many restrictions for covid 19 can be confusing and you might be doubting the decision to book newborn photography.
In the interest of health and safety
Thoroughly clean the studio between every session using hospital grade disinfectants
Wash my hands and frequently use hand sanitiser during your session
All props and fabrics are washed or sanitised after each use
Reschedule if I am feeling unwell
Ask you to notify me if you or a family member is sick to re book your session with as much notice as possible
To be on the safe side I’ve introduced the following
The studio has masks available while photographing your baby
I take my temperature before every session
Limiting the number of people visiting the studio, only immediate family members to attend newborn photography
All hair and makeup artist are fully vaccinated
Siblings are welcome please ring to discuss options
Only one session per 24 hours
Hand sanitiser is available near the front entrance and in the studio
Wipes and Glen 20 are also available in the studio for phones or personal items
Essential items only welcome in the studio
I’ve really missed having baby cuddles and I’m very excited to welcome you into the studio. Thank you for your understanding and co operation to ensure the safety of my family and your family. The very best information and guidance can be found by clicking on this link for QLD Heath You are most welcome to phone me any time to have a chat on 0412 996 891
I’m currently minimising my bookings to allow for extra cleaning between each session. For all enquiries. contact Tracy
Why I chose to become a boudoir maternity photographer? I fell in love with lighting with the purchase of my first studio lights. To me it’s the cream of the crop! Top of the line, learn to master the art of lighting and posing a nude woman and you’re winning. It’s the ultimate challenge in photography. Nude maternity is an art. Timeless emotive boudoir takes many different skills. Trusting a stranger to capture beautiful nude pregnancy portraits is huge. I love a challenge and I adore the creativity of lighting. Boudoir maternity photography is the ultimate timeless memory I’d love to create for you.
Trust me I’ve got this!
Why trust me? I know it’s not easy having photos. Did you know it’s my job to make you feel at ease and comfortable in front of the camera. I’m an experienced female photographer who is very caring and compassionate regarding any insecurities you may have. I promise you’ll enjoy visiting the studio and have fun. The time will disappear between arriving at the studio, having photos and leaving. I’ll be with you every step of the way. Gentle direction, beautiful lighting, careful angles and just a touch of editing. All essential elements for perfect maternity portraits and choosing an experienced boudoir maternity photographer.
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
What you need to bring to your boudoir maternity photography session
https://www.mdbrides.com.au/The ultimate timeless pregnancy photos are simple stunning classic nudes. Elegant lighting and beautiful shadows create emotion. Bring along your favourite lingerie and pretty bling to add a touch of glamour. Bee Cherished has several lace and sheer gowns and lots of fabrics to enhance your look. Hair and Makeup is available in the studio and highly recommended. Photography makeup is a specialised skill. A natural look it will elevate your look and most importantly your confidence. Check out Emma @MDbrides
I’m so excited to be back in the studio taking Maternity photos again. Having time out has allowed me to dream up fresh new creative ideas. Behind the scenes I’m designing a few new outfits and accessories. Which will be available shortly for me to share. All in my favourite colours, dusty pink, creams and chocolate.
The best news about Maternity photography
The best news is not a lot has changed regarding being open for maternity photography. You can now book hair and makeup styling for your pregnancy photos. Partners are very welcome to join in. I am asking if you have children to be photographed they only stay in the studio for the duration of the family photos. Family photos will be taken towards the end or at the start of a shoot. I want you to love your photos and I’m happy to work around family organisation with children. If you have any questions please phone for a chat and together we can plan the best timing.
Availability for Maternity
Are you deciding to book maternity photos? please contact me. I’ve had an increase in inquires for pregnancy portraits. The best time to have photos of your pregnancy is between 32 to 34 weeks for most women. This means you’ll need to plan ahead for your photography session. After your 20 week scan is a great time to start locking in dates. Bee Cherished is currently taking bookings for August and September already.
Life isn’t measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the number of moments that take your breath away
I loved taking these photos! This was my first session back in the studio, I had so much fun! It’s so exciting to be open for maternity photography. It fills my heart creating memories
Thanks for stopping by and checking out Bee Cherished Photography. I’m enjoying being open for maternity photography. Interested in having photos? Phone anytime on 0412 996 891 or send an email for availability. Take a look at my gallery for maternity inspiration
I’m so excited to hear the news covid 19 restrictions are easing as early as next week! I already have a priority waiting list. I’m itching to re open and will be starting to contact everyone to reschedule and start booking. Today I’ve been on the phone researching information regarding my business and how these new relaxed restrictions will affect Bee Cherished Photography. Although I don’t have all the answers yet I am confident I will be allowed to re open very soon.
Priority list for maternity and newborn photography
It’s been a bit tough closing the studio and knowing so many women and families have missed out on Maternity and Newborn photos. I’ve felt an overwhelming sadness and I’m so pleased I will be able to start taking photos again. I’m expecting things to look slightly different. I will have to keep the social distancing rules and follow strict guidelines. I already have a waiting list for photography so please let me know if you’d like your name added. As soon as I have a green light to open I will be contacting everyone one on my list to book you in.
Changes for newborn photography sessions with restrictions set to ease next week
I’ve missed my cuddles with newborns and I don’t think this will change for a little while. I will be introducing lifestyle newborn photography into the studio during these uncertain times. Your newborn photos will still be gorgeous and precious memories. However I won’t be photographing your newborn in naked curly newborn posed positions. Your session will be focused on you cuddling your newborn and the love of a new parent. I have some really emotive ideas for newborn lifestyle photography I know you’ll love.
Maternity photography during restrictions
Maternity photography won’t change too much as it’s much easier for me to maintain the social distancing required. Until further restrictions are lifted hair and makeup will not be available. I will be adding a few tips and tricks for you ladies how to prepare. I’m currently waiting to be contacted by Queensland government to answer questions surrounding maternity and newborn sessions. I cannot tell you how much I’ve missed putting on my creative hat and taking photos.
With restrictions set to ease please add your name to my waiting list
I have a waiting list for maternity and newborn photography. For a limited time I am happy to take your name to add to my priority list without a deposit. Once further details are released on restrictions easing I will be contacting anyone on the list to book appointments and take deposits. All recommended safety and guidelines will be adhered to without any exceptions. Information may change daily and you will be notified prior to your session. For the latest and most up to date information click here
Thank you for supporting Bee Cherished Photography during these difficult times it hasn’t gone unnoticed and I’m so very touched
Thank you for all the phone calls, messages, emails and photos everyone has sent. You’ve reduced me to laughter when needed and brought tears of happiness, joy and filled my heart. I’m pleasantly surprised how thoughtful so many families are. During hard times we all gain a new perspective. Reflection has reminded me how fortunate I am. And how much I love my job! I can’t wait to re open my studio doors!
With restrictions set to ease let me know if you’d like to be contacted when I re open! For a limited time only – No deposit required until I have dates available. visit my information page for pricing and packages