Custard Cream Photography: The Maternity Session

Hi all! Happy Monday to you. I know it’s been quiet around here but there’s lots going on in the background. More on that later this week. In the meantime, I wanted to follow up on the great session I had with Carla at Custard Cream Photography

As I mentioned a few weeks back, I decided to go ahead and book a session to have pregnancy and newborn photos taken. After all, this big of a change in our lives only happens once and even if we have more children, that pregnancy will be totally different than this one. I’m so glad we went ahead, because it was a really amazing experience.

Liam and I decided to keep these photos to just me, and he’ll join in October when our little girl arrives. I spent a lot of time thinking about what to take for the shoot, but kept referring back to my Pinterest boards so that I didn’t get too carried away or end up carting along my entire closet (not that much of it fits me at the moment). I also went back through her portfolio and pulled out pieces of her work that I really liked. 

In the end, I decided on a fitted black t-shirt, a black tank top, jeans, a few pairs of black boy shorts – lacy and plain, a few different bras, and one of Liam’s white dress shirts, which I grabbed at last second. Because I knew I wanted black and white photos, I kept things very monochrome. For jewelry, I wore the silver ‘infinity’ bracelet and necklace that Liam bought me for my 30th birthday.

Carla was fantastic – before we started we sat down talked through exactly what I wanted, and referred back to the example photos I’d sent her. She made some suggestions as well, and we were off and running. The chatting time gave me a chance to settle in, relax and cool down from the journey. The entire session took just under an hour, and the time flew past.

These sessions can be quite intimidating, so the best thing for me was how lovely and chatty Carla was. We talked the entire time about kids, pregnancy, London, the neighborhood, and an amazing charity initiative that she’s involved with, The Butterfly Network. She directed me when needed, but otherwise snapped away and kept me feeling really happy, at ease and confident.

I won’t share all the photos with you – after all, there are enough naked bumps on Pinterest and we want to keep those for ourselves. But here are a few of my more clothed favourites. 🙂  

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After the session, we spent fifteen minutes talking about our upcoming newborn shoot. If you’re planning on doing a newborn session, I would strongly suggest doing a maternity session beforehand or at least scheduling some time to speak with your photographer. Getting to know Carla without a brand new baby taking all my attention means I’ll be super relaxed when it’s time to do our photos. It also gave Carla more time to understand me, my personality, what I like, and don’t. In the end, we actually decided to move the session from her studio to our home, which I’m thrilled about. It may not be everyone’s preference, but capturing our new family in our first home together – a home that Liam and I have put a lot of time and energy into making the way we want it – will work perfectly for us.

For more information or if you’re interested in booking a session with Custard Cream, just head to Carla’s website by clicking here.

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