Common Questions About A Maternity Photography Shoot At Our Gainesville Studio

Every day, I get tons of common questions from expectant parents about their maternity photography shoot with us around Gainesville. As the anticipation of welcoming a new life into the world grows, the photos that capture these precious moments becomes an invaluable treasure for families to cherish for years to come. However, preparing for a maternity photography session often brings about a plethora of questions and uncertainties. From wardrobe choices to posing ideas, expecting parents are eager to ensure that every aspect of their photoshoot is perfectly curated to reflect the beauty and essence of their pregnancy journey.

In this blog post, I’ll address some of the most commonly asked questions about maternity photoshoots. Whether you’re a first-time parent or a seasoned pro, preparing and navigating a maternity photoshoot can feel overwhelming. But fear not! I’m here to provide clarity, guidance, and inspiration to help you prepare for a memorable and stunning maternity photography experience. So, let’s dive in and unravel the answers to your burning questions.

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When Is The Best Time To Schedule My Maternity Photoshoot?

While there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to scheduling your maternity session, we generally recommend around 32-36 weeks of pregnancy. There are however many factors to consider, and doing your maternity photoshoot earlier or even later may be wise depending on your health and the health of your baby, what type of shoot you want, and the weather and time of year.

When I speak with clients, I’ll discuss scheduling with them and make sure we’re marking a date that will let us capture beautiful portraits. As always, our Gainesville studio tries our best to be flexible since how you feel can change from day to day or even minute to minute.

Where Do You Typically Shoot?

My photography studio is located just West of Gainesville, Florida. At the studio, I have an indoor space, a lot of outdoor green-space and woods, and our underwater studio designed specifically for underwater photography.

When we do your planning and consultation session, I’ll ask you questions about what type of maternity photoshoot you’re looking for and we’ll plan where we’ll shoot from there. Often our clients want to go out of the studio and shoot at a local outdoor location or one of our incredible Florida Springs. I’ve even had clients fly my team out to locations around the world to capture their maternity images. No matter where you want to be capture, I can be there.

How Long Does A Typical Maternity Photoshoot Last?

This is a great question, and the answer depends on what we’ve planned for your shoot. If you want your session at our studio near Gainesville and against a clean backdrop, you may only need to bring yourself. If we’re meeting at an outdoor location, or one of our amazing local Florida Springs, I will provide you with a packing list of the essentials for your maternity photoshoot.

What Should I Bring To My Shoot?

This is a great question, and the answer depends on what we’ve planned for your shoot. If you want your session at our studio near Gainesville and against a clean backdrop, you may only need to bring yourself. If we’re meeting at an outdoor location, or one of our amazing local Florida Springs, I will provide you with a packing list of the essentials for your maternity photoshoot.

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Do You Offer Hair And Makeup Services?

I want you to look and feel your best for your maternity photoshoot. While I don’t employ a hair and makeup artist, I do have a few I can bring in or refer you to. The artist can come to our Gainesville photography studio, or meet you at your location. Whatever is most convenient for you. The cost for hair and makeup can be added on to your photography session fee, or you can pay them directly.

What Are Your Maternity Photography Shoot Packages And Pricing?

All of our photography sessions start with a session fee that includes your consultation, planning and design session, photoshoot, use of my gown closet and props, and your image selection session. Many of the session fees include credit towards the purchase of images or artwork. All images and artwork are a la carte so you can pick and choose exactly what you want. My studio has many options from digital images to masterpiece wall art and albums.

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How Do I Get My Maternity Images?

After you’ve made your final selections, and we’ve discussed what artwork you want, I will take your selections and spend several days perfecting them and turning them into masterpieces. From there, I will send you digital copies to review to make sure you are happy with them before designing your album or artwork. Once designed, you’ll have another opportunity to review the mockups so you know exactly what everything will look like once you receive it. I’ll send your digital images to you in an online gallery you can download, and after I’ve ordered and received your maternity albums and artwork, I will meticulously inspect them before delivering to your home, or shipping them to you if you are one of our out-of-town clients.

Do You Offer Any Discounts Or Promotions?

Each month, we have specials on artwork pieces and featured photography sessions. To find out what promotions we have, I encourage you to sign up for our monthly newsletter. It’s where we announce them.

What Is Your Payment Policy?

My Gainesville photography studio accepts cash, check, or card payments (both online and in-person). Your session fee is due at the time of booking to secure your day/time. If you’re experiencing one of our underwater maternity sessions I require a minimum deposit with the remaining balance due before the session date. All balances for images and artwork are due before I begin the process of doing your final edits and creating your artwork. My studio does offer payment plans as well, and we can discuss those at your image selection session.

Do You Have A Portfolio Of Maternity Images?

Absolutely! You can find many of our most recent maternity photography images here across the Water Bear Photography website, or by visiting our Facebook or Instagram pages.

How Do You Edit Maternity Photos?

When I edit your images, I want you to look like you. Beyond basic color correction, editing includes eyes, skin, and teeth to ensure colors are correct. Hair is edited to remove strays and fix areas that moved. The editing process will also include modifications to gowns and clothing to make everything fit properly and fix or fill in any problematic areas. I do offer composite editing and will replace limbs, bodies, etc. from other images of yours where I feel something doesn’t look quite right. The goal in editing is to make sure you are still you and that everything compliments your unique personality and style.

What Is Your Experience Working With Pregnant People?

Beyond having many years of experience photographing pregnant people, I am also trained as a Registered Nurse, Lifeguard, and CPR/First Aid. Additionally, I have developed full safety instructional programs to teach other photographers how to keep clients safe during underwater maternity photography sessions.

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Can My Family Be In My Maternity Photos?

I love it when you include your family in your photos. Many of my Gainesville studio’s clients have been with us for many years as their family grows. As always, I do ask that children be supervised and behave during your session, not only for their safety but for your comfort. If you have young children and are doing an underwater maternity session, I do require an additional adult or sitter to be present to monitor children since you will be unable to while in the water.

What Kind Of Props Do You Use?

What is included in your maternity photoshoot is entirely up to your unique tastes and preferences. We can shoot against a simple color backdrop in our Gainesville studio, or we can build you a full custom studio or underwater set. I love designing sets. If you tell me your inspiration, I will do my best to make it happen!

Are You Open To Incorporating My Ideas Into The Shoot?

Your maternity shoot should be unique to you. I want your input. That’s why we have a design and planning session. At your design and planning session, we’ll talk about your vision for your photoshoot and work up the detail of how we’ll make your vision a reality.

What Is Your Cancellation Policy?

My studio understand, things come up. If you need to cancel your maternity photography session, no worries. We can go through the cancellation process.

What Happens If The Weather Is Bad On The Day Of My Maternity Photoshoot?

It’s Florida, it feels like it rains randomly everyday right! If we’re planning your photoshoot at our Gainesville studio, weather isn’t a problem. If it looks like weather may impact your outdoor or underwater maternity shoot, we’ll keep a close eye on the weather, and adjust or shift as necessary.

How Long Will It Take To Receive My Photos?

The process for final image editing and artwork creation does take time. Typically, if you’re getting digital images, I can have them ready for you within a few days to a week. If you’re getting an album or artwork of your maternity session, it will take a few weeks to get them ordered, created, and received.

Do You Offer Any Copyright Release Of The Images?

As the artist, I retain all copyrights to all images. While you are given usage rights in your maternity photography services agreement, it is important that I maintain the copyrights to ensure the images are not manipulated, misrepresented, or monetized. Once you have your images, you can display them as you wish. If you plan to use them for commercial purposes, my studio does have special commercial use pricing and policies.

What Are Your Precautions With COVID And Illnesses?

As we are all aware, COVID is still around and likely always will be. As with any and all potential illnesses, we want you to be healthy. If I come down with something before your shoot, I will let you know beforehand and we can reschedule. Additionally, I expect the same from you. I work with a wide variety of clients and ask all of them to respect our health as much as I respect yours.
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What Makes You Different From Other Gainesville Maternity Photographers?

I love creating unique photography experiences and capturing imaging unlike anything anyone has seen. I’m not a photographer, I’m a guide for your journey on your maternity photography experience. Whether it’s at our studio in Gainesville, or at one of local Florida Springs, I’m here to make sure your experience is like no other and something you’ll remember for the rest of your life.

What Do You Enjoy Most About Being A Maternity Photographer?

I enjoy creating stunning images that capture your vision and help people feel empowered and beautiful. Your maternity photoshoot is an experience and I enjoy guiding you on that journey and collaborating to create stunning works of art.

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Wrap Up

With Water Bear Photography, each session is custom-designed to fit the needs of the client. If you do decide on the underwater shoot, a photoshoot on dry land will also be included. Clients have access to over 70 couture gowns, ten crowns, and multiple accessories. The talented photographers of Water Bear Photography are also available for worldwide travel, so if you love their photographs’ style, distance is never the issue! Have a friend who is also interested in a personalized, underwater photoshoot experience but isn’t pregnant? No problem! Water Bear Photography would love to work with them too! Working with a range of clients from all walks of life are the type of people that Kimber loves to work with. The experience of photography can tell a story with the use of powerful images.

Check out more of our incredible maternity work in our other maternity blogs!

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Water Bear Photography LLC is a boutique photography studio located near Gainesville, FL specializing in maternity, boudoir, and underwater portraits.

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