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  • Writer's pictureNancy Dinsmore

You’ve seen the pictures – a gorgeous pregnant woman in a stunning dress with a skirt that billows wildly in the breeze – and you think “why can’t I look like that in my maternity pictures?” Guess what? You can!


I’ve got a growing collection of stunning dresses that are both dramatic and romantic — and they’re available to you when you book your session with me. Here’s a little extra information on each dress and where you can find them online.


First up – this stunning turquoise gown. I mean, helloooooo drama! But in the best possible way, right? The color pops in any setting, and the fabric clings in all the right places. You honestly can’t go wrong!


Pregnant woman in a fitted teal gown
Teal Beauty


While we’re on the topic of turquoise…this one dials down the drama but is soooo stretchy and soft you won’t even realize you’re wearing a gown! It’s got just enough train to add some elegance, and the fluttery, off-the-shoulder sleeves add a bit of romance.



Woman in a stretch teal maternity gown under a tree
Mama To Be


If you’re looking for something with a little more coverage – but just as much romance – this white lace dress is perfect. It’s got lots of flow, with a nice long skirt and a flattering criss-cross bodice.

Woman in a white lace maternity gown under a tree
Lace and Love

You know those photos where the mama is standing there looking all gorgeous in her dress and the skirt just seems to be floating in mid-air? These next two dresses are perfect for that! It doesn’t take much (other than an assistant with quick feet) to create this kind of magic, and the results are sure to be epic.


Two women in blue dresses for maternity photos
Blue Beauties

You may be sensing a theme, here…I have a thing for blue. But, hear me out – it looks good on EVERYONE. That said, I have dresses in other equally as gorgeous colors in my closet as well.


Another color hat absolutely pops out in nature? Red. And with fabric that goes on for days, the drama factor is off the charts.


Pregnant woman standing on a log in the woods
Spotlight on Red


If you’re more of an earth-tone kinda gal, I’ve got you! This olive green dress is both stunning and comfortable. Soft & stretchy, off-the-shoulder, and major earth-goddess vibes.


Pregnant woman in a green maternity gown
Sunset Glow

If you’re looking for a dress that’s romantic, feminine, and sweet, I’ve got two for you! They’re super flowy with a long chiffon overskirt and a stretchy knit (with a few sexy slits) underneath.



woman in a rose garden in a soft pink dress
Roses


woman in a pink maternity gown in a flower field
Field of Dreams



I know, you may be thinking, “I don’t need a glamorous dress for my shoot – I’d rather wear jeans and a tank top”. And that’s absolutely cool with me! The objective is for you to feel your best, because that’s what makes gorgeous photos. So if a fitted gown with a flowy train isn’t your vibe, and you’d rather keep it casual because that’s where you’re comfortable, then that’s what you should wear! Boho, country, glam, or grunge – it’s all about you and your style.


Feeling inspired? Click the button below and let's chat about your dream maternity photo session!


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  • Writer's pictureNancy Dinsmore

Congratulations, you're having a baby! You've got your birth plan, you've got the nursery set up, you even have baby's first clothes folded up in the drawers of the changing table. But there's something else...what was it again? Oh! Right! BABY PICTURES!

Whether it's your first baby or your third, that period of time when they're brand new and so stinkin' tiny you can't stand it goes by in a flash, and you want to freeze those moments before they're gone. And that's where I come in.


Newborn baby with curled fingers
Tiny Fingers


You might think the pictures are the easy part - and in a way, they are. But there's a little work to be done beforehand - things to ensure the smoothest session possible, and to prepare for the unexpected.

To make it even easier for you, I've got your To Do List right here!


1) First things first: Don't fret over scheduling. Ideally, you want to get these photos done within the first seven days, but it ends up being closer to ten, that's cool, too. Life happens, and when it comes to this, we're on baby's schedule, and that's okay!


That said, you want to get your session on the books as soon as possible to secure the date, but what if baby comes early? What if baby comes late? Don't worry! When you schedule your session we can always put down some backup dates just in case.


2) Style: For baby, select up to 3 outfits (or no outfit at all) and if you plan to be in the photos with baby, choose colors that go well together. If you'd prefer to have baby unclothed, make sure the diaper is fresh (but loose if you plan to have any pictures of baby completely bare - this way we avoid red lines from the diaper).


For you, wear something that makes you feel comfortable & confident! Just remember that patterns don't photograph well, and you want to consider the overall color scheme. If you're unsure of how to dress everyone, don’t hesitate to ask for recommendations. I love getting to help with outfit inspiration!


3) Sleep: As hard as it is to keep a newborn baby from sleeping, it's recommended that you keep them awake for at least an hour before the session. This helps to ensure that baby sleeps during the session - which helps everything go smoother. However, if baby insists on being awake, that's okay too! Some are just naturally alert, and there is no hard and fast rule that says baby must be asleep for the entire session.


Alert newborn baby on a white run
Wide Awake


4) Feeding: Try to time it so baby gets fed right before the session. Full tummy equals sleepy equals easy breezy photos!


5) Keep it warm: Turn up the temperature. Babies can't regulate their body temps the way we can, and will wake up if they're tired.


6) Nurseries and Natural Light: Any photographer will tell you there's nothing more beautiful than natural light, and we like to take advantage of that in the lifestyle shots as much as possible, so if you have an area in your home with a nice big window that gets a lot of light, make sure you can get to it because I promise you want some window light pictures! Nurseries are a great spot for pictures, too, so try to have it as ready as possible. And if the nursery has nice window light? WOWZA. You're in for some truly amazing pictures.


7) Soothers: Bring a couple of pacifiers. It may be the best way to call a fussy baby between shots.


8) Prop it up: If you have any plush toys, bonnets, or blankets you want included, have those ready.


9) Pets: For the most part, we don't want pets in the same room during the session - at least for the posed pictures. Pets are naturally curious and may want to check everything out, which at best could slow things down and at worst upset baby. Of course, if we're aiming for a Lifestyle vibe, or gathering everyone for a family picture, we can absolutely include the family dog or cat.


Newborn baby girl on a white rug with a small black dog at her side
Pets Are Family Too


10) Give yourself time: Don't schedule anything prior to your photo session - no appointments, no visits, or anything that will excite baby (or you!). We want this to be a calm, enjoyable experience for everyone.


There is no way to be completely prepared for anything, and as I've said, baby runs the show now, so the best we can do is go with the flow. Diaper incidents, crying fits (that goes for baby and parents alike), wardrobe malfunctions - it's all part of the experience, so don't worry about being perfect. There's no such thing.





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A few years ago, I was hired for a small wedding out in the country. It was October, and the weather was delightful Big, puffy white clouds in the sky, a delightful autumn breeze...it was perfect for a backyard wedding.


A lineup of cowboy boots on a bale of hay
Boot Lineup

Small wedding bouquet of pink, yellow, and white daisies perched in a wire fence
Barbed Wire Bouquet

A single pair of cowboy boots with a bouquet tucked between them
Boots & A Bouquet

I walked around the yard, taking pictures of all the sweet little details - the bales of hay, the lineup of boots, the pumpkins...it was all so cute and thoughtful. I had a lot of fun with it, as you can imagine (details are one of my favorite things about photographing weddings) - placing the bouquet in the fence, setting the wedding rings on one of the boots - but soon it was time to get down to business.


After the portraits of the bride were complete, the guests were seated, the music started, and we were ready to begin the ceremony. The bridesmaids made their entrance, and the moment we were all waiting for was here.


...and so was the rain.


Yup. As soon as the bride took her first step down the aisle toward her groom, the sky opened up. There was a moment when everyone looked around and wondered, "What do we do?" But the bride kept walking, so I kept shooting.

It wasn't easy keeping my camera dry as the rain came down harder and harder, but I was hired to do a job, so I did the best I could. All through the vows, as the rain dripped off the pergola down the bride's dress, they remained, focused on each other. And then, the big moment - "I now pronounce you husband and wife" - and I swear the sky just blew wide open and the rain came down in sheets. But that didn't stop them. And it sure didn't stop me.


And what I got out of it was a photo straight off a Nicholas Sparks book cover - the couple's first kiss with a background of rain.


Couple kissing in the rain
A Notebook Moment

Pretty epic, if you ask me.


Honestly, these two were troopers. A lot of people would have run back inside and waited for the rain to pass - which it always does because hello, Florida. But these two stuck it out and ended up with not only a great story to tell about their wedding day, but photos to show just how dedicated they were to getting married.


Plus, I'm pretty sure rain on your wedding day is a good omen. :)


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