Every session starts with a conversation. I want all of the details! When you're due, what you're having (if you know), what you're craving...you name it! Nothing is off the table when you're with me. Think of me as just another mom friend because I remember what it's like. I know it's not all glamorous (though you will be during your session), and I'm happy to listen and talk to you about your experiences.
Reach out and let's start talking about what you're looking for in your very own styled maternity session. We'll find a good time frame based on your due date, and we will get you officially scheduled on my calendar.
After you've officially scheduled your maternity session, we will start the planning process. We will go through my client closet to narrow down your choices before your in-home dress fitting. We will pick a beautiful location. And we will start the process of scheduling your pampering appointment with one of the hair and makeup artists that I work with if you've upgraded to include that.
If your family will be joining you, we can also start getting some ideas for their wardrobe based on the dress you choose. So the earlier you schedule your dress fitting, the better. That way we have time to plan, and you'll have time to shop, if necessary.
Planning Your Session
When you hire me as your styled maternity photographer, I am at your disposal. Ask me anything. I want your session to go as smoothly as possible when the time comes. But I also want to be supportive in any way that I can be. Honestly, no topic is off limits! I am here to support you and to help you.
Keeping In Touch
A few days prior to our session, I'll reach out to confirm our time and location. This is a great time to ask any last minute questions or discuss any ideas you may have for your session. We will meet at the location where I will have the dress and a popup tent ready for you.
We will go through your session at your pace. I schedule sessions with enough wiggle room to allow for breaks, so don't be afraid to speak up if you need one. I even pack water and a snack just incase! I want you to be comfortable, and I want you to enjoy yourself. How often do you get to get dolled up like this? And for such a special occasion, no less. So don't worry about a thing! You are going to knock this out of the park!
Your Maternity Session
We made it through your session, and you can check that off your long "to do" list. You can expect to receive your session gallery within four weeks of your session, but I always try my best to get them back to you sooner. I know how anxious you are to see the photos. Once you've marveled at how stunning you look, you will have the opportunity to select your included digital images as well as purchase any additional digitals and print products through your private online viewing gallery.
If you haven't realized this yet, your styled maternity session is more than just a regular photography session. I want this to be an experience for you. I want to make it memorable.
We'll spend about an hour together capturing your beauty, and when we're done, your package will include 12 digital images and an 8x10 float wrap w/ stand to proudly display in your home.
You'll receive guidance leading up to your session on what the rest of the family should wear, how to prepare, and what to expect. I'll be available every step of the way to assist you in any way I can to make sure you're prepared for your big day!
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"I have been doing mini photo shoots for several years with random photographers, but we have finally found a home with Melissa. I love her communication, assistance with picking outfits, colors, poses, etc. Everything came out beautifully and it wouldn't have been so if it weren't for her!"
Annandale, Virginia Maternity SESSION
"I’m a mom of 2 and currently expecting my last baby. This pregnancy has been extremely hard on me, but I wanted to have good memories by doing a maternity session. I’m so glad I found Melissa, she is absolutely amazing and went above and beyond to make me feel beautiful and comfortable with the photo shoot. The final result was absolutely amazing, and we loved every single picture."
Burke, Virginia Maternity SESSION
"Overall my experience with Melissa was great! She is very attentive to details, provides multiple options of styles and colors for gowns, and is great at giving direction for poses. Melissa is also very attentive and accommodating to your needs before and during the session. I'd recommend her services to all expectant mothers!"
Occoquan, VirginiA Maternity SESSION
"I had such a great experience with Melissa for my maternity photos! The whole experience was easy from start to finish--I used her online system to schedule, she came to my house a few days before with dresses for me to try on, and then we met at a local park for photos soon after. She was fun, friendly, and responsive throughout the process, and I am thrilled with how the pictures turned out!! Thank you, Melissa!"
Burke, Virginia Maternity SESSION
"This is my third pregnancy and I never had formal maternity photos done before....and I really regretted it. Melissa was so kind and personable to work with! Pregnancy is a vulnerable time in a woman's life, and she allowed me to look and feel beautiful when I felt the complete opposite. I will forever cherish the photos she was able to capture of me that celebrated my pregnancy."
Fairfax, Virginia Maternity SESSION
"I had a great experience with Melissa! I usually don’t do these sort of photos but I decided to give it a try and I am so glad I did! Melissa was very easy to work with, she had a plan and we accomplished it. Not to mention how very pleased I am with the results! My photos came out great, I look forward to working with Melissa again!"
Burke, Virginia Maternity Session
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