How to take newborn photos at home using parents hands

Learn to take newborn photos at home using parents hands as props. Mum or Dad hands are the perfect prop to use. Your baby loves to be held and is comforted by touch. One thing I can promise you, is your baby will change everyday. Those tiny little hands and feet are so precious. Chances are your baby will sleep soundly whilst being cuddled in your arms. So let’s use your hands as props.

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Newborn photography props

Newborn photography props don’t need to be expensive! In fact the best props are your very own hands. Take newborn photos at home with Dad or Mum’s hands. Your hands are the perfect reference to how tiny your baby is today. Using yourself as a prop will make these memories so sentimental.

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Things to think about before you take newborn photos at home

  • Look for lots of natural light. This could be soft window light or a shady spot outdoors
  • Plan to take the photos when your baby is relaxed, feed and comfortable
  • Avoid messy backgrounds, fill the photo with your subject and minimal distractions
  • Try for close up photos to capture the detail
  • Remember different angles will produce totally different looks
  • My favourite tip is always Keep it simple – less is best
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Baby hand photos taken at home

Size comparison is important. You may never know how valuable of a photo until years later. Somethings will always give you a warm fuzzy feeling. Baby hands are right up there with the best baby photo ideas.

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Baby Feet photos with parents hands

Some photos will instantly evoke emotion. Look at the photo above it has many interpretations. It keeps the viewers eyes and thoughts for a second glance. The subject matter fills the frame. It’s very simple. No distracting colours. Both parents hands have been included. This photo is ideal for parents who may not want photos taken of themselves.

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Ideas to take newborn photos at home

Making a heart with both parents hands holding newborn feet is my favourite idea. Like the photo above it ticks all the boxes for photos to love and cherish. Try using Mum’s hands or Dad’s hands to add variety to your photos. Careful positioning is key to avoid any background elements you want to disappear. Darker colours will assist by creating shadows in all the right places.

Products available online to print your newborn photos

One of my favourite products to display newborn photos is a free standing acrylic tile. Lumi Tiles are modern and have high visual impact. With pricing starting from just $20.46 they can be conveniently displayed in your home office or bedside table. Perfect to post as well for gifts

Looking for the perfect keepsake box? These beautiful timber boxes will house your photos and newborn keepsakes with a personalised photo on the lid. Check out the photographer’s Tool box for gift ideas

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DIY Newborn Photography Learn how to take photos like a professional

Would you love to learn how to DIY newborn photography? I have the best news for you! You can achieve beautiful photos with everyday items. All you need is a little imagination. It’s so easy anyone can do it! I will help you step by step. Please don’t miss out on those newborn memories due to self isolation. Together we can achieve professional looking photos of your precious baby.

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DIY newborn photography

Tips and tricks to take the best newborn photos at home

My heart is breaking for all the pregnant Mummies and new parents who are unable to visit photography studios around the world due to Covid 19. There is so much stress and uncertainty in the world. I want to share my favourite newborn photography tips to brighten your day. So where do we start? Let’s make a list of things to think about.

What’s the best camera to use for newborn photography?

Let’s start with the most important thing you need to know. You don’t need an expensive camera to take beautiful photos. The best camera to use is the one you already own or have access to. If you don’t own a camera you probably have a phone. Whether you have a great camera or you are using your phone, this is for everyone. It’s very basic and designed for everyone. I won’t be going into technical details with camera settings in this post. However if you’re interested in more advanced information I’m happy to help. You can phone for a chat on 0412 996 891

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When is the best time to take newborn photos?

Newborn photos are best taken when your baby is most contented. For most babies this is likely to be in the morning. After a good sleep and a feed. I recommend bringing in your newborn baby for photos between 7 to 10 days old. Ideally under 2 weeks, however I frequently have older babies in the studio. You have the time so take your time. You have the advantage of being with your baby all day everyday. Keep it simple and tackle one idea a day. You’ve just had a baby, enjoy yourself and have fun! Don’t put too much pressure on yourself.

How to plan your newborn photography

It’s best to make a plan for your photography session. Think about the sort of photos you’d like to take. What colours are you going to use? Do you have any props? What time of the day? Where is the best light in your home? Make a list of photos you’d like to take! Remember to include all the tiny details. Baby feet are the cutest and easiest photos to create. Find inspiration online for the best angles to use. My final and most important tip is baby safety and the comfort of your baby is not worth risking for any photo.

Look around you, everything you need is right in front of you for DIY newborn photography!

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All curled up in a snood or a scarf without ends

The best photography props are everyday items you already own! All you need is a little imagination. Here are a few ideas

  • Plain coloured sheets are perfect to use as a seamless backdrop
  • Scarves make great wraps
  • Bath mats often have texture
  • Throws can be used for backdrops, blankets or as a wrap
  • Bedside table draws could be a cute prop
  • Baskets
  • Include wedding rings will add a sentimental element
  • Teddy bears
  • Dog or cat beds can be hidden under a pretty throw

What colours should you choose for baby photos?

The choice is endless and everyone will have personal preferences. Here are some things to consider when selecting colours for newborn photos. Where will you display your photos? If you have a nursery theme and you’re planning on hanging photos in there, choose a colour that blends. Does your house have lots of neutral tones? As well as your favourite styling trends you need to consider colour tones that complement your babies delicate skin. My suggestion is always use soft muted tones. Whites, creams, soft greys, dusty pinks and beige are perfect.

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soft muted tones and a scarf with texture

Keep it simple or less is best

This is the single best advice I can give to you. If in doubt leave it out! The focus should be all about your baby. Using lots of props and bright colours will draw the attention away from your baby. Always choose timeless colours and add texture for interest.

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Baby safety is a priority no photo is ever worth risking your baby’s comfort or health

Our industry has the comfort and safety of your baby always in our minds. Please don’t try to take complicated newborn photos. Frequently these photos are taken with skilled photography editing. Stick to safe poses and natural positions. Before you begin you might like to read some other safety items you will need to consider

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What to use for Newborn photography backdrops

  • Sheets are a great place to start! Try use plain soft muted colours and be sure to give them a quick iron or pop them in the dyer to remove any creases. Flannelette sheets are a perfect choice if you don’t like ironing
  • A bean bag is excellent
  • Your bed is ideal if you don’t have a bean bag. You could use pillows on the floor or cover a dog or cat bed with a wrap
  • Towels placed near a window covered with a textured throw is easy for taking photos from above

Making a list of newborn photos

  • A nice close up photo of your babies face
  • Photo taken from above
  • Full body picture
  • Baby hands
  • Newborn feet
  • Baby lying on it’s side
  • All tucked up in bed sleeping
  • Parents hands for size comparison
  • Any sentimental items like hand knitted blankets, teddy bears or wedding rings
  • Nursery photos if you like the lifestyle look
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How to take the cutest newborn baby feet photos

Baby feet are my favourite photos and they are so easy to Photograph well. Here are my top 5 tips

  1. Wait for your baby to be asleep or very relaxed, timing is so important
  2. Position your baby on it’s back
  3. Find something soft and plain in colour to wrap around your babies feet. You could use a dressing gown, sheet, scarf, towel or even an article of clothing
  4. Use a towel to place under your babies feet to bring them up a little higher and position them without distractions
  5. Now gently wrap your babies feet up and spread the fabric around the area so they’re no distractions in view

You are now ready to take your DIY newborn photography baby feet photos. Lots of light is important for these photos or any close ups. Try to keep your baby still and have steady hands for a sharp photo

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Include parent hands in your baby feet photos

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How to calm your baby for DIY newborn photos

  • Make sure your baby is fed and changed
  • Keep your baby comfortable, cosy and warm
  • Swaddle or wrap your baby
  • Play relaxation music or download the sound sleep app it’s free
  • Have back ground noise as a constant
  • Turn your phone onto silent

In the studio I always start my newborn sessions in the morning as I find they seem to be sleepier and don’t have windy tummies. If breast feed the milk supply is often better first thing in the morning after Mum’s had a nights rest. Just like a bath your baby may cry when undressed, so keep your baby cosy and warm. Always start your session with a wrapped sleepy baby. By having music playing in the background any sudden noises won’t be a problem. Baby sleeping sound apps and sshhing sounds really do work. Patience pays off every time. I will wait for a baby to fall asleep before I start to fiddle and move them around too much.

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How beautiful is a sleeping baby?

18 Top tips for taking Newborn photos at home

  1. Keep it simple
  2. Write a list of photos
  3. Take your time you have the home advantage to take a few ideas a day
  4. Have fun, those precious newborn days are so fleeting enjoy every moment. Babies are the best time wasters
  5. Find soft natural light it will make all the difference
  6. Remember the tiny details and baby wrinkles
  7. Start with something easy like baby feet
  8. Experiment with different angles and crops, try as many as you can
  9. Minimal poses and props, less is best
  10. Use soft muted colours, keep the focus all about your baby
  11. Include parents hands
  12. Exist in photos, your child will want to see you holding them as a newborn
  13. Invite siblings to be involved
  14. Try find a spot outside in the shade
  15. Be patient and practice safety at all times
  16. Ask for help, two sets of hands will make things easier
  17. A skilled newborn photographer has years of experience and during self isolation will be happy to share advice
  18. Good preparation will make your session run smoothly. Have tissues, hand towels and everything needed near by
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newborn baby brother

5 things to avoid when taking newborn photos

  1. Bright distracting colours or lots of props
  2. Unsafe or breakable props that may hurt your baby
  3. Harsh flash, use soft natural light if possible and leave lighting to the professionals
  4. Blurry photos, take your time and keep your hands steady
  5. Cluttered backgrounds! Get it right in camera, check for distracting elements in your photos
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10 handy items to have available for your DIY newborn photography

  1. Tissues
  2. Nappies
  3. Wipes
  4. Hand sanitiser
  5. Hand towels for posing
  6. Something to place wet or soiled articles in
  7. Heater to keep the room cosy warm if needed
  8. Knitted hats or blankets
  9. Bean bag, pillows, pet bed for posing
  10. Sentimental items and teddy bears

By having everything available and within reach, you’re able to stay close by and finish sooner. And you won’t forget anything significantly important.

Where can I print my newborn photos?

It is so important to print your photos! The very best way to enjoy your photos is by having them on display. Leaving them on a USB in a drawer they are sure to be forgotten. I have a few recommendations to share and best of all these are all available online. Whether you’re after quality archival prints, Canvas, framed wall art or albums. These are in no particular order and I can personally guarantee excellent customer service and quality products.

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I’ve saved the best until last! I have a gift for you if you follow my DIY Newborn Photography tips

Recently like many others I’ve temporarily closed Bee Cherished Photography in the interest of safety due to Covid 19. Personally it is breaking my heart to know many of my customers who have been booked in for so long will now miss out. Photos and memories are so important and I don’t want you to have regrets. I have thought of a way to help you all and it’s a gift from my heart. If you follow my DIY newborn photography tips I want to thank you. Send me your best photo and I will edit it for you. I want to help you in anyway I can. You are welcome to phone me for a chat, email me or send me a text. If I know the answer I will happily share my knowledge for free.

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AFTER Follow my DIY newborn photography

Please share this with anyone you know who may be pregnant or have a newborn baby! Let’s share something to keep everyone positive and give them something to look forward to.

Thank you for reading and sharing my post! Lots of hugs and best wishes Tracy

This blog will be updated with other tips! I’m always open to suggestions and advice. I just wanted to publish it as soon as I could so you can start reading and get planning. I’m looking forward to seeing your photos!

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Maternity and Newborn photography and the latest Australian Government restrictions regarding Covid 19 or Corona virus

It is with a tear in my eye and much sadness due to the latest Australian Government restrictions and recommendations Bee Cherished Photography are temporarily closed. Your safety and health is my number one priority and I am feeling heartbroken delivering this news. Thank you to everyone for your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times. I will be opening as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.

Personally I would like you all to know I am thinking of you. I hope you’re okay. It’s challenging being pregnant and having a newborn at the best of times. With so much to plan and coordinate I understand how stressed you might be feeling. I hope you are surrounded with love and support. Please try to stay focused on any positives. Again I am incredibly sorry I need to close until further notice.

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You might be wondering how this all unfolds

  • The studio is completely closed for any type of photography at the moment
  • Can I re schedule? Yes please! I would love your support as a small business
  • When can I re schedule? Yes, whilst I am not able to give you a date, I will continue to keep you informed
  • All current orders and packages will be completed
  • Yes I will still be answering emails and messages
  • I will continue to take bookings however will not be asking for deposits to secure availability

On a positive note I have an idea to help with your maternity and newborn photos at home

During this incredibly stressful time I have an idea to help you! I know how precious maternity and newborn memories are. Stay tuned I will be teaching you how to DYI your own photos. Maternity photos taken at home by a loved one or a selfie. Newborn photos anyone can produce to look amazing. I have already started making a list of my favourite tips and tricks to perfect your photos at home. If you don’t own a camera, don’t panic. We can still get beautiful photos with your phone. A few simple tricks is all you’ll need.

Although life is very unpredictable we are all in this together, call for a chat anytime I’m thinking of you. Please take care and stay safe.

Sending virtual hugs and much love Tracy

I’m so happy to help you in any way to take your newborn photos at home Please read my blog post on DIY Newborn photography click here

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Boho style maternity photography in studio

Boho style maternity photography celebrates that relaxed hippie feeling. If you’re a self confessed free spirited Mum or simply adore neutral colours made from cotton or linen you will love these photos. Boho chic is one of my frequently requested looks. This favourite style can be classic and timeless or slightly whimsical. Depending on your personal choice and colour selection these photos are a great starting point.

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Maternity Boho Fashion

This beautiful Mummy added a touch of glamour with wavy textured hair styling and gorgeous natural makeup. Chloe is celebrating being pregnant with her 3rd baby boy and is 34 weeks. With a history of fast labours and medical advice she might not make 40 weeks. This shoot was last minute planning so we didn’t miss out on maternity photos.

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I’m in love with maternity photography! In my perfect world I’d photograph every pregnant woman during the most precious journey of creating a human. It doesn’t matter to me if you’re shy and conservative or confident and bold. Wanting to be fully covered, fully nude or a little of both. Bring me your beautiful bellies and I can style you to create your dream boho style maternity photography.

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Kind words

I love them Tracy!!!

Thank you soooooo much, such a lovely experience.

Love love love them .. can’t thank you enough .. they are so beautiful

I will treasure them forever!!

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Let’s dispel a common misconception

Did you know not everyone who has maternity photography is confident? Most women are not models! In fact most women are everyday women with everyday bodies and everyday insecurities. These brave women are my favourite to photograph. Thank you to all the beautiful Mummies who have trusted me to take their maternity photos! It is one of the most rewarding sessions I have as a photographer. I am filled with happiness to be chosen as your photographer. I can show you how beautiful you are and how special motherhood can be.

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Maternity photography in studio

If you’re sitting on the fence give me a call for a chat! I’m happy to answer any questions and love a chat. If you’d like to see other boho style maternity photography click here

Thanks for checking out my blog and website. During these times of stress I hope you’re feeling positive and have lots of support. Try to stay focused on your precious baby. Have fun planning for the future and exciting things like maternity photography. Please read my previous blog post regarding the corona virus.

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Maternity and Newborn photography fears over Covid 19 or Coronavirus

If you’re anxious or concerned in any way regarding booking maternity and newborn photography, I understand! My heart goes out to all the pregnant Mummies and parents with newborns. Where’s the best place to look for advice? I’m not an expert however the best place to be educated is Queensland Health I’m leaving the choice to you the parents and what makes you feel comfortable.

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Thinking of you all during these uncertain times

To all the families suffering stress due to health, emotional or financial reasons or worried about loved ones. Please know you can phone me anytime for a chat. I will be open to listening to your concerns and happy to accommodate you in any way possible to alleviate any fear. Obviously working around current recommendations on health and safety. I respect your decision and although I’m still open I’m happy to re schedule. I photograph babies at any age and also offer lifestyle newborn sessions in the studio as an option.

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What you need to know about Bee Cherished Photography and hygiene

What I’d like you all to know to help you make a decision on what’s right for you and what makes you feel comfortable when booking maternity and newborn photography with Bee Cherished Photography. The comfort and safety of my customers for maternity and newborns is my first priority. Working with newborns means strict hygiene always.

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Cleaning procedures for my newborn studio

Did you know I vacuum and mop the floor before every session. The entire room is sprayed with Glen 20 and every surface is wiped down. All hand towels are washed every time. Light switches, taps and door handles are cleaned. It goes without saying that everything I use during your newborn photography session is sanitised or washed. Antibacterial hand sanitiser is available in the studio. I am serious about providing you safe, consistent and excellent service every time.

Can I re schedule? Maternity and newborn photography fears

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Due to all the recent events I must ask if you or any family member are feeling unwell or have been in contact with anyone who has recently returned from overseas please notify me to re schedule. In the unlikely event I feel unwell you will be contacted and I will re schedule. I promise to never put your health or the health of your loved ones at risk. Visit newborn photography information for newborn safety policies

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I am not a health expert and I’m trying to keep updated with any latest news. It’s all changing so quickly and seems surreal to me. I’m amazed how fast everything is happening and everyone’s lively-hood is now unknown. And for how long? As service provider I am currently in uncertain times like so many others with the impact of the global pandemic from the coronavirus. Yes it’s reason for concern and stress over the next few months. Another great resource to keep you updated is

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Thank you for your support

Thank you so much for trusting me and for supporting my business during these uncertain times. I really appreciate how serious this is and I welcome you to phone for a chat if you have any questions or concerns. For now I will be operating as normal and continuing to provide maternity and newborn photography sessions. On a lighter note I still have toilet paper so no need at this stage to BYO loo paper!

Tracy Martindale

From the heart

Sending you all virtual hugs during these unprecedented times. Please keep busy and try to focus on the positives that surround you. Stay in touch with family and loved ones for support. Thanks for taking the time to read this post regarding maternity and newborn photography fears. Take care and stay safe!


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Dreamy Maternity Milk Bath Session

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There’s something magical and dreamy about a maternity milk bath! If you love pretty flowers and boho styling then this is a must have for your pregnancy bucket list. My advice is book early for these sessions. They are still super popular for 2020. Whether you love bright and bold or pretty pastels. The choice is all yours. When it comes to all things maternity photography I love simplicity. So when it comes to a maternity milk bath my suggestion is to stick to a colour theme. Just the same as you would for your wedding bouquet.

Milk bath fun with pretty pinks,purple flowers

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I’m so excited to share these beautiful boho maternity photos taken earlier this year. I had so much fun planning for this pregnancy milk bath. A special thank you to Danielle from Platinum Florals for her expert advice and stunning flowers and foliage. Not to mention the pretty boho vases she also has available. I really value having a talented florist available and so local.

Why are milk bath sessions different and what do I need to know

If you think you’d like pregnancy milk bath photos and interested in learning more? Here are a few things to consider.

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  • Book well in advance – due to planning and coordinating with Danielle, my preferred florist and studio availability it’s best to plan ahead
  • Can you request particular flowers? I will always try my best with particular preferences however I highly recommend using Danielle’s knowledge, experience and recommendations for the best choices available in season. Most Mummies will simply order by colour choice. Pastel pinks, bright and colourful or simply red! The options are endless and greenery and foliage can add variety too. Shades of bright greens or softer tones of grey for a romantic look.
  • Is it expensive and how much extra will it cost? Fresh flowers are the only choice when it come to milk bath photos. Did you know plastic flowers don’t always float? Prices are available when you book however you can expect to pay an extra $150 for a maternity milk bath
  • When is the best time to have pregnancy milk bath photos? Anytime between 28 weeks to 34 weeks. It’s definitely a good idea to have photos a little earlier for a milk bath. My bath is not huge and I want you to feel comfortable.
  • What else do I need to know? Milk bath sessions are taken using natural light so they need to be booked in the morning for the best light. You can expect an early start. Your day will begin in the studio with hair and makeup, and a few quick photos before the bath fun starts.

Why choose Bee Cherished Photography for your milk bath photography?

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Providing you with the best maternity photos and diversity I can is a priority to me. I love the entire motherhood journey and I want you to have photos you love and cherish forever. Whilst I adore milk bath photos, there are limitations to photos in a bath especially with a pregnant belly. I always take a few studio photos prior to stepping into the bathroom. That way you will have the added advantage of variety from studio photography. In the studio I can pose you differently on your own and with your partner to add to your gallery.

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Interested in booking Bee Cherished Photography for your pregnancy photos visit our gallery for inspiration. Or if you have any questions I’m happy to answer them give me a call on 0412 996 891 (Tracy)

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Family Maternity Photography with toddlers

Does the thought of a family maternity photography session with a toddler scare you? I have a few tips and tricks to help you decide if you’re up to the challenge. Having photos with your first pregnancy is easy. There’s only two people to consider and two adults make a very easy photography session. Fast forward to your second pregnancy and thought of having a toddler in a studio environment is terrifying. Will they behave? How will you enjoy having photos whilst your toddler is being distracting in the background? You’re not alone! It’s perfectly normally to feel like this.

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Tips on surviving maternity photos with a family

  • Plan well – no one knows your child better than you, so plan the perfect time of day. With studio photography you don’t need to consider the weather or work around sunset. Take advantage of booking your session around your toddler’s sleeping patterns.
  • Relax – I have toddlers in the studio all the time and believe it or not I love them. Shy or energetic just like us they come with their own personality and usually a very short attention span. I get it and I have your back. I plan your session to work around a fast moving toddler. Together we organise your photography to suit your family.
  • Arrive prepared – bring your toddlers favourite toy or something fun to distract them
  • Lastly and it’s pretty important – If you’re booking hair and makeup for yourself bring 2 cars. Enjoy your make over stress free and we can sneak in a few photos of you before your family arrives for photos. The very best behaved toddlers will find it a long time to wait patiently for 2.5 to 3 hours. (allowing 1.5 hour for hair and makeup & 1 to 1.5 for photography)
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Traveling time can be an advantage

I’m fortunate to have clients travel from great distances. It’s not unusual for families to travel from the Gold Coast or Ipswich and even out west from Toowoomba. If this is you firstly thank you for making the trip! It’s a privilege I don’t take for granted and appreciate your valuable time. If your toddler sleeps in the car it’s the perfect time to take advantage of this. Book your session to work in with your toddlers routine. Consider having your hair and makeup in the comfort of your home before you travel. That way you’re ready to start as you arrive.

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Thank you for considering Bee Cherished Photography studio for your family maternity photography

If you’re interested in more information check out my session information. you can also visit the gallery for inspiration and ideas

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Fine art nude maternity photography

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Looking for fine art nude maternity photography? Searching for timeless pregnancy photos that celebrate your beautiful baby bump? Fine art maternity photography is ideal for women wanting to celebrate their pregnancy with sophisticated elegant photos. Bee Cherished Photography specialise in intimate pregnancy portraits.

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5 reasons to get naked

  1. The focus is all about your beautiful pregnant belly and not your clothing.
  2. Completely timeless memories
  3. Studio lighting is very flattering if used skillfully
  4. Private setting, comfortable temperature and highly professional service
  5. Complete guidance and gentle direction with an experienced photographer
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Ultimate Maternity photography

Welcome to Bee Cherished Photography Studio. Hello I’m Tracy and I specialise in elegant, timeless, nude maternity photography. I promise to make you feel relaxed and comfortable with gentle direction and guidance. Every woman is beautiful and I want to help you celebrate your precious pregnancy shape with studio portraiture.

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Why I chose to specialise in studio maternity photography?

I fell in love with lighting in 2009 with the purchase of my first set of studio strobes. Little did I know it would take me years to master the art of beautiful lighting. I became addicted to learning skills to flatter peoples different body shapes and sizes. Using lighting to shape, shadow and highlight all the right places takes practice. And lots of it. I practiced on everyone and anything. I enjoyed the rewards of having full control over highlights and shadows. No longer did I have to re schedule shoots in the event of bad weather. The feedback and tears of joy overwhelmingly filled my heart. To instill confidence to women who may be filled with self doubt is empowering. I feel excited creating memories. The best job in the world for me is being a studio photographer for women and their most precious memories.

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How to choose a maternity photographer

Search for a photographer with photos you love

  • Do you love the style, colour tones and poses?
  • Will you feel comfortable having your portraits taken by them?
  • Check out testimonials

Would you book a wedding photographer to photograph your race horse or touring car? Photographing sports or weddings requires an entirely different skill set. Whilst I admire other specialised photography I know I don’t have the personality to control and direct a wedding party or a journalist style to capture the emotion of your wedding day. Find a photographer with a style you can’t stop looking at. Outdoor maternity sessions are gorgeous and lots of fun. The emotion and energy is exceedingly different to intimate nude maternity photographs. And the skill set and experience is very distinctive.

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Henna Belly Maternity Photos

Last year I invited Varsha from Henna Boutique into the studio to photograph her beautiful art work behind the scenes. Varsha is a talented henna artist in Brisbane. There are no limits to this amazingly creative woman. From simple bridal designs to intricate custom designs Varsha does it all with skill and speed. Her friendly smile shows her love for art and her natural artistic flair reflects the years of experience and fond memories using henna from her own childhood.

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Beautiful Henna pregnancy art by Varsha

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Henna Art by Varsha from Henna Boutique
Belly Art, Hands, Feet, Bridal henna, group bookings using natural organic henna
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Behind the scenes henna pregancy art

After the henna is applied, time is allowed to set and stain the skin. Your henna artwork will last up-to two weeks depending on your skin type. Pregnancy henna is very safe and includes soothing lavender in the mix. It smells divine. I absolutely loved seeing Varsha in action. If you’re looking for something a little different to celebrate your pregnancy I highly recommend henna painting.

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Maternity photos or baby shower?

Henna belly art is popular for baby showers or prior to having maternity photos. I’ve even photographed henna pregnancy photos in a milk bath. For more information and availability Varsha can be contacted on 0404 001 043 or email

henna pregnant belly art

If you’d like to book henna belly maternity photos it’s a 2 step process. The henna art needs to be organised 3 days prior to your photographic session. Henna art photographs best 2 to 3 days after application. Henna Boutique can be found at Eat Street markets or Varsha will travel to you. Maternity photography is with Bee Cherished Photography in studio on Brisbane’s Northside. Check out our maternity gallery for inspiration

Thank you to Lindy for being such a wonderful model. Varsha and I really enjoyed meeting you and creating precious pregnancy memories for you.

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2 of the best Belly Castings ideas for pregnant women

belly masking photos

Belly castings are the most unique belly keepsake you’ll own. I love pregnant bellies! I think creating a baby human is the most amazing thing you’ll ever do. Recently I had the pleasure to photograph two pregnant belly maskings in action. If you’re having a baby in 2020 this is the most sentimental idea, imagine having a life size memory of your baby belly? Alicia from TLC castings creates the most precious belly masks. Watching this amazing woman produce works of art was so much fun! And maybe a tad messy! This wonderful artist is not only incredibly talented she is also a Mum in business. Alicia has an awesome positive attitude and her smile lights up the room.

High definition belly castings

high definition belly casting

The hands over belly mask requires a high definition product where the substance is poured over the pregnant belly and scooped and layered over area until it is just about to set.  Then multiple layers of bandages are applied to form a hard outer layer shell. It is then filled with stone. Generally this type of casting is more expensive and the price depends on size of pregnant belly and desired finish. 

pregnant belly masking
behind the scenes belly casting
making a high definition pregnant belly cast
pregnant belly casting high definition

Pregnant belly masking

pregnant belly cast

The technique being used here, is masking using bandages and is a much faster process.  The finished product is much lighter if you’re keen to display as wall art.

Alicia TLC castings
pregnant belly keepsake

Looking for baby shower gift ideas?

Whether you’re pregnant or a family or friend is having a baby TLC have the most amazing gift ideas. Alicia offers a wide variety of casting services for babies, families, sibling, pets, wedding hands and pregnancy belly castings. Gift voucher are also available.

Belly Castings and 3D sculptures

Alicia has been creating unique keepsakes for families to treasure, since 2012. She has successfully combined her creativity & love for sculpture art into a thriving and respected business.  Each keepsake is personally made by Alicia with love, care & attention to detail. Located in North Lakes Brisbane TLC offer a lifetime manufacturer’s guarantee on all products. If you’re looking to book castings for your newborn or pregnant belly castings contact Alicia from TLC Castings

TLC Castings Alicia

Newborn photos taken with belly masks

Both Mummies re visited Bee Cherished Photography for a few newborn photos with their belly masks. I love to support other women in business. I have so much confidence and pleasure to recommend Alicia’s services. It was such a pleasure to watch, learn and photograph the entire procedure. Megan and Emily fell in love with their precious family heirlooms. I can only imagine how surreal it is to show your 18 year old baby the very beginnings of their journey. I was fortunate to photograph both maternity’s, the belly castings and then newborns. Like Alicia seeing the love in a Mother’s eyes as you deliver a finished product makes my heart sing and is the very reason I love my job. I honestly have the best job ever. To wake up excited everyday and love what you do is the very best feeling.

newborn family photos

Interested in booking newborn photos for your newborn castings please visit Bee Cherished Photography’s newborn gallery

Thank you to Megan and Emily for being a part of this creative journey! Congratulations to Alicia, I love your work! Wishing you all the very best for your casting business.

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