“A picture is worth a thousand words” is a phrase often thrown around, but when it comes to capturing moments that can never be repeated, you truly understand the meaning.
Capturing images of one’s pregnancy or the size of your newborn’s feet – these are truly moments and memories you’ll cherish forever, so it’s worthwhile getting the perfect photographer. I had heard of a photographer called Veronique Mills and researched her site before being 100% sure that I’d ask her to do my maternity shoot. I had heard that one should do a maternity shoot as late as possible, but herein lies the risk that you might actually give birth before you get a chance to shoot. This had happened to a good friend of mine, so I decided not to risk it and did my shoot at 34 weeks. Veronique and her assistant were phenomenal and quick which is great as one’s energy levels at 8 months of pregnancy are not exactly high. It’s also important to make sure that you get a good hair and make-up artist and a stylist who picks out garments that you’ll still be able to look at without cringing 20 years down the line when your preggy photo makes it into the photostream at your baby’s 21st birthday 😉 Veronique also does phenomenal shoots with babies and I can’t wait to have another shoot with her and our son in a few weeks.
Then, our first newborn shoot 🙂 Nicky Stowe was recommended to us by a few friends. She has also recently started a project where she photographs the first year of your baby’s journey and creates a photobook, one shoot per month – she showed me the one she had done of her daughter and I was immediately sold. It’s amazing how much a baby changes during the first 12 months and it’s important that inbetween the sleep deprivation, burping and nappy-changing mania, you remember to take as many pictures as possible 🙂 What I loved most about her style of shooting were the incredible close-ups of our son’s hands, feet and little features. She is very patient, which I suppose comes with having a baby herself, and managed to get incredible shots of our little family within 3 hours. And within those hours, our son decided to show his incredible ability to go through a record-breaking number of nappies 😉
Even if your budget doesn’t allow you to have a professional shoot done, you can do so much with a cellphone camera and free photobook software, like the one I use for all my photobooks. Digital photo’s are great, but there’s nothing like having a proper album or photobook to page through and reminisce 🙂