SUFFOLK MATERNITY PHOTOGRAPHER
Alison McKenny is an Award Winning Maternity and Pregnancy Photographer based in Stoke By Clare, Suffolk, which is also on the Essex and Cambridgeshire border.
With 11 years photography experience and as a mother of two boys myself, I know how fleeting pregnancy is, and I want to make you feel like the amazing woman you are during your shoot with me.
There is no better way to celebrate being pregnant than to create an ever-lasting memory of this unique and special time in your life that you and your family will be able to look back on and enjoy for years and generations to come.
I will take beautiful, emotive and artistic portraits of you to help you remember this precious time and the start of your Babies amazing journey.
Looking forward to hearing from you soon.
"I didn’t think my two young girls would last long but under Ali’s calm, relaxed and fun attitude they were keen for more."
“Ali is an exceptional photographer. What makes her a fantastic choice though, is not only her talent and the pictures she creates, but how she is such fun at the same time!
We had such a lovely photo shoot with Ali taking some maternity photos of me but also some family ones to treasure as well. We are so delighted with the results! Pictures to really treasure. Thank you so much Ali!! Looking forward to booking you again once number 3 arrives”
– Jess and Ben
"As someone who isn’t natural at all in front of a camera, Alison did a great job in taking away a lot of my nervousness and made me feel a lot more comfortable and I actually ended up rather enjoying the experience."
“Alison got some wonderful shots of myself and my daughter at her studio in Stoke By Clare, Suffolk. I was so pleased with the final product. Totally beautiful! Alison is a really very talented photographer and I’m looking forward to my newborn shoot soon!”
To book any of the photoshoots below, a session fee is charged upfront. This is not included in the collection price and it does not include any digital or printed images but secures your photoshoot date and time.
At the end of the photoshoot, we will make an appointment for your viewing and ordering session in the following two weeks which we can do in person or via Skype.
Your session fee includes:
my time & talent at the shoot
use of my studio wardrobe
viewing & ordering session
gallery of 20 images to view before choosing your collection below
midweek or weekend dates available
20 High-Resolution Digital Images
20 matching mounted 8×6″ prints
£100 credit towards wall art 0r album
£100 credit towards Folio Box
SEALED WITH A KISS
2-hour Photoshoot at my studio
midweek or weekend dates available
15 High-Resolution Digital Images
15 matching mounted 8×6″ prints
£100 credit towards an Album or Folio Box or piece of wall art
2-hour Photoshoot at my studio
midweek or weekend dates available
10 High-Resolution Digital Images
10 matching mounted 8×6″ prints
£50 credit towards an Album or Folio Box or piece of wall art
Available from Monday to Friday only and includes:
1-hour Photoshoot at my studio
Viewing and ordering session with a gallery of 10 to 12 images to choose your
favourite 4 High-Resolution Digital Images
4 matching mounted 8×6″ prints
PRINTS, PRODUCTS AND ADDITIONAL DIGITAL IMAGES
In addition to my Collections, you are also welcome to choose products from my A La Carte Collection:
Additional Digitals plus matching mounted 8×6″ print – £70
Upgrade your prints to mounted 10×7″ prints – £10 extra per image
Luxury Picture Folio Box perfect for displaying and storing your mounted prints – 10×8″ wooden box (for 8×6″ mounted prints) – £325
14×11″ wooden box (for 10×7″ mounted prints) – £425
Album (8×8″) – £400
Framed prints from £395 (20×16″)
Acrylic Wall Art from £395 (20×16″)
Archival Canvases from £325 (20×16″)
"Ali makes the photo shoots so fun and relaxed and I love every picture!"
“Ali has taken photos for us on a few occasions now, including Maternity and Newborn for both our children.
We love that she has captured such special times for us so beautifully.
The framed prints that we have bought have been of amazing quality and look brilliant about the house marking those special moments. We will definitely be booking her again in the future”.
"AMAZING! So glad we decided to have our Maternity photoshoot with Alison"
“We both had a lovely experience, and we felt so welcome and at ease. Loved every minute, and the photos are superb! We are so excited to have our newborn photos taken in a few weeks!
Thanks again Alison, 5 stars!!”
"You have given me amazing photos of a precious time I will never get back!"
Thank you so much for my recent maternity shoot.
I never thought I would have had the confidence to do this as being pregnant is a hard time to feel amazing and I know that other pregnant women feel the same. But you made me feel very welcome and extremely comfortable and the photos (WOW!) I am in love and now have something to show my child when he gets older and we will have these images forever.
Highly recommended! Thank you so much again Alison.
YOUR MATERNITY PHOTOSHOOT EXPERIENCE
Maternity or Pregnancy Photoshoots are becoming more and more popular with new Mums. The ideal time to do the shoot is when you are 30 to 34 weeks pregnant and I am happy to do a maternity photoshoot for you at my studio in Stoke By Clare, Suffolk, which is within 30 minutes of Bury St Edmunds, Sudbury and Newmarket and 45 minutes of Cambridge, Colchester, Saffron Walden and Braintree.
As I live on a family farm, we have lots of gorgeous outdoor space which is private so we are less likely to have onlookers like we may find at the local park or beach. If shooting outside, I recommend shooting at sunset so we can make the most of the golden evening light.
We will have a chat prior to your session so we can discuss your preferences and what to wear or how to prepare for your shoot to ensure we get the best images for you. I have an extensive Studio wardrobe full of beautiful dresses that you are welcome to borrow for the shoot. We can do 2 looks in a mini session and up to 4 for a full session.
We have a professional Hair and Makeup Artist available should you want to feel extra special during your shoot and that can be added to your session for £110 for both hair and makeup or £55 for either hair or makeup.
If you would like to bring your Partner or other children, you are more than welcome to do so, but I often recommend asking them to come after the first hour so you have a bit of time to yourself and peaceful moment so concentrate on just capturing images of you and your beautiful bump.
After your photography shoot, I will choose the best 20 to 25 images and will edit those in full before presenting them to you at your viewing and ordering session, which we will do via skype. I will be on hand to help you choose your favourite images, and give you advice on all the options regarding Wall Art, Albums and Folio Boxes that are available to buy.
Should you be interested in also booking a Newborn Shoot, you can do so when booking your Maternity shoot and you will get a £50 discount for booking 2 sessions at once. If you also want to book Baby Sitter Session or a Cake Smash for Babies 1st Birthday, you get even more of a discount of £100 off when you book 3 sessions at once.
Just to make you aware, clients that book me for either a Maternity or Newborn shoot are eligible for a Mini Sitter Session when Baby is sitting up unaided (usually 7 to 9 mths old) and you get a 30 minute shoot plus x5 Digital images of Baby for just £200.
I'm already 38 to 40 weeks pregnant. Is it too late for a shoot?
Not if I can fit you in the diary straight away. I can still get some beautiful images of you although some poses might not be comfortable for you at this stage so we can work out what you can and can’t do and stick with that. I would recommend bringing your hospital bag and someone with you though that can take you to the hospital or home should you suddenly go into labour.
How long will my session be?
It depends if you go for a Mini Session or a Full Session. Mini Sessions are 1 hour long and Full Sessions are 1 to 2 hours long so we can take breaks in the middle if you are tired or need to sit down for a minute.
Can I bring my Partner and other Children?
Mini Sessions are just for you but if you would like to include other family members, you are welcome to do so when you book a full Session. Then we can get some nice family group shots and of you with each of your kids, and some of the kids on their own too if you like. Feel free to ask for whatever combination you want during your session.
My Maternity wardrobe is limited. What can I wear for the session?
Please don’t worry about this as I have an extensive wardrobe of multi style dresses that are stretchy so fit pregnant and non pregnant ladies, and I have a variety of colours, sizes and styles so there is lots to choose from. We will probably do 4 different looks in a full session and we can include a nude or semi nude look too if you like?
I'm nervous about shooting nude, can you reassure me?
Nude and semi-nude images during Maternity shoots are very popular and it’s a fabulous way of showing off your magnificent bump. But it’s not essential if it’s really not your thing. But if you would like to try it, please don’t worry as we will work our way up to this part of the session when you are feeling more confident.
I have nude thongs, and nipple covers to help protect your modesty should you want them, and I will pose you in an artistic and flattering way. I want you to feel empowered during your session and we will only do what you feel comfortable with. If there is anything you are unsure of, feel free to discuss it with me.
Do you photoshop my images?
I personally hand edit every single image that I show to my clients, and I edit with a light touch. I don’t want your skin to look plastic, or for you to look anything but yourself. But I will remove temporary blemishes, lighten wrinkles and I can remove things like celulite and stretch marks too but if you would prefer to leave these (Mums often see them as their badges of honour), feel free to let me know. They are your images and I want them to reflect you. Equally, if on viewing your images there is something in the photo that I have missed and it is putting you off buying it, please let me know as it might be something I can easily remove or fix in Photoshop.
I just want Digitals! Do I have to buy a Collection?
There is no pressure to buy anything at all but you can buy an Album or piece of Wall Art from the A La Carte list rather than a collection if you prefer.
However, Digital Files, Mounted Prints, and Luxury Folio Boxes are only available to purchase with a Collection.
Having been in this industry for 11 years now, I know a lot of my previous clients who just bought Digitals have never found the time to do anything with them, which is such a waste. When investing in a Professional Portrait Shoot, I want my clients to have photos that they can display around their homes and enjoy every single day.
As I use the best suppliers I know my clients will receive top-quality products that will last for years and years, so that future generations can also enjoy their family portraits.
I would love to hear from you, and if you do have any questions at all before booking, please do feel free to contact me using the form below.