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Maternity Session for Baby Number Two

These are some of my favorite clients. They have been clients of mine for a long time… since their first little one was born. They were clients when I didn’t have a studio and I showed up at their home with a LOT  of stuff – backdrops, beanbag,  studio lights, wraps, buckets, and the whole nine yards. In retrospect It was a lot for clients to deal with especially ones that just had a new baby. But they didn’t care. They still like my work enough to keep coming back. In fact these clients now live in Columbus, IN and they drive to Indy for their picture needs every year (and this year a few times so that I can capture their new baby).

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. My favorite part of my job is being able to watch families like this one grow! I’m so grateful for clients like these ones. <3

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Side note, I’m totally obsessed with mom’s purple maternity dress! It’s from Pink Blush Maternity. If you are looking for a maternity dress they have a great selection.

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Best Places to Shop for Clothing for Your Family Pictures

where to shop for clothing for photography sessionYou may have seen my recent post on tips to look your best for your outdoor photography session. This is kind of a continuation of that post. This list of stores will help you out when shopping for any type of outdoor photography session – engagement, maternity, or family photography sessions.

I’m by no means an expert on this topic, but here are my recommendations. These are places I like to shop and that my clients have purchased clothing from. When purchasing outfits for you session be sure to try to follow the guidelines I’ve outlined in my previous what to wear for family pictures post.

Zara – This is my favorite place for little boy clothes. They have great suspender pants and adorable neutral toned clothes. They also have cute little girl clothes too. Seriously everything is cute.

H&M – Great shop for kids and dad. You can get all the staples here and a items with a little flair (like the adorable boys pants with built in suspenders – seriously adorable!). Their clothes run big so be sure to size down for pictures.

Madewell – Women’s clothing beautifully made. These are clothes you invest in, but they will last you. Some of my favorite wardrobe staples/favorites are from here.

Blush Fashion Street Couture – If you want to dress your session up a bit here are some great options for women. I love the tulle skirts (I bought one from here for my maternity session), sequence shirts/dresses, and maxi dresses.

Boden – You can dress the whole family in Boden (but it’s a bit expensive) but the kids stuff is especially cute. Be sure the check the clearance section for dresses for mom.

Zulily – Keep you eye on Zulily for boutique clothing at discounted prices.

Rue LaLa – Designer clothes at discounted prices. Do a search for maxi dress and you can find lots of options women. Maxi dress look great all women.

Gap and Gap Kids  – Great for the basics, but be careful. Be sure to follow my tips on clothing and avoid anything that is neon or has logos or characters on it.

Tutudumonde – The dresses here are for little girls. They are to die for. However they are very pricey.

Anthropologie – This is a great place to shop for women. They have some visually interesting clothing with great textures. Be sure to check the sales section as it can by pricey.

Dottie Couture – This is a little boutique in Indy. So you can go there an try things on (or just buy online). They have lots of adorable outfits for women.

Joyfolie – So much beautiful stuff here for girls and women. Be sure to check out the shoes too!

Borrowed Boutique – Did you know you can rent designer kids clothing for a fraction of the cost of buying it?! The best part is that the rental boutique is right here in Indy (Fishers) so you don’t even have to pay shipping costs. If this is the route you want to go let me know as I have a small discount you can use. The have clothes for boys and girls. The little girls dresses are to die for!!

Rent the Runway – This is similar to Borrowed Boutique, but Rent the Runway is for women (not kids). If you want a designer dress without the designer price tag you can always rent a dress for your session. This is a tad risky since you won’t be able to try it on. However, the risk could pay off big! Twice a year Rent the Runway sells their used dresses. You can get some stunning dresses at a great price. Even though the dresses are used they are still in great condition.

The Zionsville Flower Company –  If you are looking for fresh flowers for your hair or a flower halo/crown be sure to call the Zionsville Flower Company. They offer crowns and hair pieces. Fresh flowers add a lovely whimsical feel to a photo session! The average cost for a flower crown is $42. However, contact them directly for more info and pricing.

Is there somewhere you like to shop for your outdoor photography session that didn’t make this list? Leave a comment below and let me know!

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Corn Family Maternity Session – Indianapolis Maternity Photography

It’s beginning to look a lot like Spring outside. The flowering trees are only out for a short time, but when they are out, they are spectacular and these two timed their session just right to capture their beauty.

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I can’t wait to meet and photograph this little baby very soon! Stay tuned for those images.

If you are looking for an Indianapolis maternity photographer be sure to reach out and let me know. I would love to be able to capture your baby bump!

10 Tips to Looking Your Best at Your Photography Outdoor Session – Tips on what to wear for your family, engagement or maternity pictures

Clients often ask me what they should wear for their outdoor session. It’s hard to give them an answer that will easily fit in an email. So I decided to write a whole post about my recommendations for outfits for outdoor photography session. The 10 points below address clothing. However, if you look at the bottom of the post I have some suggestions on make-up and some tips specifically for maternity sessions. Also, if you are looking for recommendations on where to shop for clothing for your photo shoot you can find a whole separate post on that here.  So if you are interested in either topic be sure to keep scrolling to the end of the post. what to wear for your outdoor photo session

  1. Coordinate outfits – Choose colors that work well together, but that aren’t the same. You can even mix and match prints with solids. The key is to make sure that the colors you are working with go well together. If you are unsure what colors to wear consider choosing a color pallet that would look good in your home. Everyone’s preference is different, but I personally like grey, tan/cream, blush and whites together. I also really like mixing blue into that same palette.

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  2. Don’t put everyone in the same outfit. It’s best not to put everyone in the same outfit (think white shirt and blue jeans). Instead put everyone in different shades of blue and the same color or complementing color. The more shades of the same color you add the more visually interesting the wardrobe will become. This rule goes for twins too. Twins can be dressed in matching outfits without them being exactly the same.
  3. Avoid neon colors – Neon colors can change skin tones and don’t look flattering in images. It’s best to avoid neon colors in all attire.what to wear for maternity session - Indianapolis maternity photography
  4. Think layers and textures – Layers and textures add visual interest to images. Layers can be added by adding a sweater, scarves, vest, suspenders, etc. Textures can be added by choosing an outfit with textures, jewelry, lace, flowers to the hair, belts, fun tights etc.child photography outfits - great idea for outfit
  5. Wear clothing that fits well – This is especially true for children’s clothes. It’s very tempting to buy clothing that children will grow into. However clothing should fit well/snug. You should even consider sizing down in clothing sizes. If clothing is baggy, they will look baggy and unkempt in the pictures. Large clothing also does not flatter your figure. It’s also important to try your clothing on before the day of your shoot.
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  6. Make sure you feel good – It’s okay to go a little out of your comfort zone when choosing clothing for your family pictures. However, the clothing should reflect you and your family’s sense of style. You want to look like you in the pictures and that won’t be the case if you choose something that you would never wear again. Choose something that flatters your body and that makes you feel good. This is especially important for the adults. You should wear something you feel good in. You can even start with your favorite outfit/dress and then work everyone else’s outfit around your attire.
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  7. Feet – Don’t forget your shoes and socks. You will likely be doing some walking during your shoot so it’s important to choose shoes you can walk in. However, it’s also important to make sure your shoes look nice. Wedges are a great look for women and you don’t have worry about them getting stuck in the grass. Your child shouldn’t be in Mickey sneakers, Crocs, or neon colored shoes. No one should show up to the session in sneakers. If you have shoes that require socks make sure that your socks are appropriate as they may show when you sit on the ground. Know that during the summer months it’s completely acceptable to do some bare feet shots!
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  8. A few things to avoid – Avoid anything with visible logos. This tends to be distracting and dates the images quickly. Don’t get a haircut the week before the session to avoid that freshly cut look. Don’t have everyone wear the same outfit/color. Don’t wear your Fitbit or other large watch that doesn’t complete your look. Don’t try outfits on for the first time the day of your shoot.
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  9. Consider your backdrop – If your shoot is in Spring in a green field of grass then you probably want to avoid also wearing green. Keep your backdrop in mind when choosing outfits.
  10. Be flexible and comfortable – The day of your shoot something is bound to go wrong. It’s okay – that’s life! Make sure your kids aren’t in clothes that will make them want to get undressed before they even get to the shooting location. Also make sure your outfits are weather appropriate. If you or your kids are too hot or cold during the session it will be visible in the images. It also wouldn’t hurt to give yourself more time then you think you need to get ready… Just in case you need a quick Target run for that one thing you forgot about.

The above tips are about clothing for your session. But your make-up is just as important!
Here are a few tips to help you with your makeup on picture day…

  • It’s okay (and encouraged) to use makeup for your session. I recommend using slightly more then you wear on a daily basis. If you don’t normally wear make-up consider having someone do your makeup for you. You can have this done rather inexpensively at somewhere like a department store beauty counter, the MAC store, or Ulta Beauty. If you are looking for someone to come to your home to hair/make-up let me know as I have a great stylist who will come to your home to do this (Her name is Katie and she is fantastic. I have her do my hair and makeup before any family shoot we do! She also helped me put together this section of the blog post – thanks Katie!).
  • You may want to consider adding naturally looking false lashes (so not huge chunky false lashes). They can make all the difference is naturally enhancing your look. My favorite false lashes are the Ardell 110 Naturals. They are available at most drug stores, are easy to apply, and are very inexpensive (around $5.) They add a bit of length and lots of fullness without looking like you’re wearing falsies.
  • Your foundation and eye shadows should not have shimmer or glitter. These pigments reflect light and don’t translate well in photos. This includes glitter, shiny powers, or lotions/fondations with an SPF in it.  Mattes are the way to go!
  • Remember to highlight your eyes and cheeks! This will add dimension and will keep your face from looking too “flat.”
  • You will be photographed from many different angles. Be sure that your foundation blends well on your neck/chin line.

Bonus: A few tips specifically for a maternity session

For maternity sessions the goal is to show off that baby bump. So be sure to to wear something that flatters the bump. Maxi dresses tend to look great. If you are wearing a dress or shirt that isn’t form fitting consider adding a belt to the outfit above the belly. Don’t wear black as it’s a slimming color. Try not to wear sold white as it’s hard to see definition in white. All the other rules above still apply! 🙂

Double Bonus: If you are looking for some shopping inspiration I’ve also written my recommendations on where to shop for your shoot. I hope you will find that helpful too!

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A Surprise Maternity Session – Indianapolis Maternity Photography

This session was a complete surprise to the mom-to-be and it was fantastic. Mom’s friend set up the shoot. She set up everything… She trolled her friend’s Pinterest board to pick out and purchase the perfect maternity outfits for her. She did her friend’s hair and make-up. She picked the location and hired a professional photographer (me!). And she even secretly got her friend’s family to show up half way though the shoot to do family pictures. This expecting mom thought she was going to the park for some casual pictures with her friend. Little did she know, she was in for a real treat/surprise! It was fantastic!

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Pulling out the 2nd outfit for the shoot put our expecting mama to tears. It was too cute…

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The lovely friend behind the surprise…

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It was a beautiful day with some beautiful people! Thanks for allowing me to capture this special time in your lives.

If you are looking for an Indianapolis maternity photographer be sure to let me know. I would love to photograph your baby bump!

 

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Brugh Maternity Session

When clients are easy going it makes for a fun session. The older kids just wanted to have fun and mom just wanted to capture this time in their lives. It make for a sweet maternity session. At the end of the session mom asked to get into the water. It was one of those 30-someting Indiana days. But who was I to say no! 🙂 I’m so glad she asked. Those were some of my favorite images.

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I can’t wait to meet this little bundle. Stay tuned as I’ll be shooting this little one’s birth soon.

If you are looking for an Indianapolis newborn photographer be sure to let me know. I would love to get your due date on my calendar!

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Rowland Maternity Session – Indianapolis Maternity Photography

Sessions don’t get much better then this… It was a beautiful Fall day with two (and a half) beautiful people and their pup. I live for these types of sessions and this weather!! I hope you enjoy this maternity session!

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I can’t wait to meet this baby very soon!

If you are looking for an Indianapolis birth photographer or and Indianapolis maternity photographer be sure to reach out and let me know! I would love to photograph this exciting time in your life!!

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Jang Maternity Session – Indianapolis Maternity Photography

I’ve had so many sessions lately that I haven’t been able to blog all of them. However I couldn’t skip blogging this maternity session as these two were just too cute! I just love the adorable baby bump that mom has and the love that these two share is impossible not to notice! I can’t wait to meet this little baby-to-be very soon.

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If you looking for a maternity photographer in Indianapolis be sure to reach out and let me know! I would love to photograph you and your family during this exciting time of your life.

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The Kajer Family is Growing – Carmel Maternity Photography

These two are very excited to meet their little one. They were troopers during their maternity session. It was a super hot Indiana day and the sun was beating down. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky. While it may have been hot, all that sun made for some beautiful maternity pictures. I can’t wait to meet baby here in a few short weeks (or days)!

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This lovely maternity session was done at West Park in Carmel, IN.

If you are looking for an Indianapolis maternity photographer be sure to reach out. I would love to photograph your baby bump.

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Baby Kaufman – Indianapolis Maternity Session

Could this sweet couple be more stunning? This sweet couple is very excited to meet their little baby who is due any day now. These two lucked out with some lovely Indianapolis weather for their maternity session. I hope you enjoy these maternity pictures as much as I enjoyed working with this couple!

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If you are looking for an Indianapolis maternity photographer be sure to let me know. I would love to get a session on the calendar for your growing family!

 

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