Maternity Photography Vancouver

When to book a Maternity photography session?

I always tell my clients to book their maternity photography session as soon as they are out of the first trimester. As most maternity photographers get fairly booked up months in advance you don’t want to leave it until the last minute. Especially as these sessions are time sensitive and must be done before your baby is born, obviously.

I recommend scheduling the maternity photography session between 30 – 34 weeks of pregnancy. At this time your baby bump should be nice and round, yet not too big that you are feeling uncomfortable. Maternity photoshoots can either be done in the studio or outdoors, weather depending of course.

If you wait too late into your pregnancy to book your maternity photography session, you run the risk of potentially missing the shoot if you end up giving birth early. You also don’t want to feel discomfort during your session so the closer to the 30 week mark the better.

Maternity photoshoots can be as intimate or as conserative as you want them to be. Some clients believe that I have to bare all in their session which is not true at all. If you want to keep your beautiful baby bump covered with beautiful maternity gowns and not show any skin then we can certainly do that.

Once you have made the decision to book a maternity photography session, be sure to contact your photographer as soon as you can to get the optimal date between 30 – 34 weeks along.



When to book a newborn photoshoot

One of the most frequently asked questions that clients ask, is when how far in advance should they book their newborn photoshoot. As newborn photographers tend to get booked up months in advance, I tell people to book as soon as they are out of their first trimester and feeling great. Ideally you should already have a confirmed due date that can be reserved in the photographer’s schedule. Then once your baby is born, the date for the newborn photoshoot can be confirmed.

As newborn photoshoots becomes more popular, the demand for newborn photographers increases and in order to get booked in with the more experienced and established photographers, you will need to book early. Having said that, I do still take last minute bookings should my schedule allow it. But to guarantee a spot in your favourite photographers schedule, be sure to contact them as soon as you are in the ‘safe zone’ during your pregnancy. If you prefer to wait until you have had your 20 week ultrasound, that is ok to, but be prepared for limited availability.

If getting newborn photos didn’t cross your mind until after that fact, then don’t despair as there is always someone that might be able to get you in. Often photographers have other photographer friends they can refer out to and vice versa so be prepared to have to hunt around to find the perfect person to photograph your beautiful newborn baby. To find out further information on booking your newborn photoshoot head here:

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Newborn session photography Vancouver

Newborn session photography Vancouver – Back in the day, new parents would take their brand new baby to the local department store’s portrait studio as newborn session photography wasn’t a thing. It’s only in the past ten years that this new way of capturing your little one has taken off. Now I know that newborn photos are not for everyone, especially the posed, studio kind. But there is something about creating art with your precious baby that just resonates with a lot of parents.

Newborn session photography typically lasts around 3 hours as we want to take our time with your new baby which I know sounds a little daunting, but we want to ensure we don’t rush through anything so we can create the perfect portraits for you. If your baby arrives fully fed and fast asleep then I love to start with those cute little naked poses first while they are settled. I have a workflow of beautiful newborn poses that I go through and if your baby doesn’t like something they will let me know. Should your baby become unsettled at anytime during the session, then we take a break for feeding and extra cuddles. I always say that your baby is the ‘boss’ of the session as they will dictate the flow of things. After all of the naked poses are done I will move onto wrapping your baby in unique ways and capturing them in some timeless photography props specially picked for your baby in mind.

Should your newborn arrive unsettled and not happy with the naked posing then I do have a backup workflow which involved swaddling your baby into a beautiful cocoon that most often calms them down to sleep. I know some parents don’t love the look of the wrapped shots but as I said before, the baby is the boss and if they don’t want to pose for me naked then wrapping them up is the next best thing.

I always encourage siblings and parents to be in some of the pictures towards the end of the session. Family photos are so important and shouldn’t be left out no matter how tired you are feeling. So those are always an option to include in your newborn session should you wish.

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Best age for Newborn Photos

 This is a question I am asked often.

“What is the best age for newborn photos”

Typically, the best age for newborn photos is within the first 14 days after birth. Reason being, is that your baby is generally very sleepy and still flexible enough to mold into those tiny, cute little poses that you see. Usually around the two week mark, baby acne and colic can rear it’s ugly head and so we want to avoid having to balance that if we can help it. Although some babies never experience these things at all.

However, it is not always possible to bring baby into the portrait studio immediately following birth, especially if they had an extended hospital stay. So I tend to allow up to a month old for the baby photos to take place if there are various obstacles in the way preventing us from capturing your little one in the first two weeks.

The best way to ensure that we can get your baby in for their newborn photos in the desired timeframe is to pre-book with you due date. I only take a certain amount of due dates per month to allow room in the schedule should baby be born early or late. As these little guys can be unpredictable on when they will arrive (unless you are having a scheduled c-section), I want to ensure I time within those first 14 days of birth.

If your baby ends up arriving prematurely and is required to stay in the NICU for a while, then not to worry as we can just plan for the session after your baby goes home. I have photographed many preemies right up to 8 weeks old and they have been just as sleepy as a 7 day old newborn. The main goal of the session is to get beautiful newborn photos that you will cherish for a lifetime.

To book a newborn photography shoot with Charlotte Gamache Photography in her Maple Ridge studio, contact us here

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