We are now offering Mini Maternity shoots in addition to our full Maternity Sessions at Alison McKenny Photography. The reason for this is we have found that some of our clients have mentioned that they would have loved to have had some beautiful photos of themselves whilst pregnant, as its such a special time in their lives, and over so quickly. But they also want a newborn shoot or baby shoot, and they might not have the means to afford both. So being unselfish, they opt for photos of their little one instead which is totally understandable. But I don’t want my lovely clients to miss out, so I’ve devised a Mini Session option for them, which differs from a full session in the following ways. To give you an idea of what to expect, here are some photos from a couple of Mini Maternity shoots I have done in our Suffolk Studio recently. I always have a pre-shoot consultation call with my clients so I know what sort of images they would like to achieve from their shoot. I ask them to look through my Maternity Gallery on my website and also my Instagram Page and send me screenshots of their favourite images or dresses/poses/backgrounds so I can have everything set up and ready to go before they arrive.
Some clients opt to go outside on the farm for their Mini Maternity shoot. I always recommend shooting at the end of the day when the sun is going down and we can make the most of that gorgeous golden hour light. We did this with Issy early last Autumn, so the flowers in the wildflower field were still out and made for a a stunning backdrop! As did the golden leaves in the trees!
If you would prefer a Full Maternity Shoot, you will have more time to include some Family shots and some with your partner too, so here are some favourites from a full session I did in the studio late last year.
We had some time at the end so I took the opportunity to take a couple of beautiful Fine Art Portraits of the girls! They are still very young but were so well behaved for their session and they really enjoyed it!
They also loved trying on my vintage dresses that I keep in the studio and these ones fitted them perfectly!
One other benefit of having a Full Maternity shoot is that you get a discount if you are also booking a newborn shoot at the same time, as it costs £150 for 2 sessions instead of £200 if booking them separately! Also, all of my Maternity and Newborn clients that book a full session rather than a mini session qualify for a Mini Sitter Session when their little one is sitting up unaided (but not yet crawling) which is £200 for the shoot plus 5 Digitals. This is just a little extra to say thanks for booking me for your Maternity or Newborn shoot and for making that investment. Babies at that age are usually so smiley and easy to work with, a Mini session is a lovely way to capture them and to add to your photo gallery. So I hope that this post has been useful and helped you to decide which Maternity Shoot is best suited to you! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me or call me on 07966 468944. Thanks so much! x