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Emotive & Storytelling

SOUTH LONDON MATERNITY PHOTOGRAPHY

Lifestyle Maternity Photography in your home or outdoors in South London & Surrounding Areas. Natural, intimate and heart-felt pregnancy photography. Maternity sessions are best captured at 32-35 weeks pregnant. Client Closet with a variety of dresses is available with all packages. 

Capture one of the most momentous times in your life with natural maternity images that make you feel. Mobile Maternity Photography throughout South London and beyond to make everything easier for you in that last trimester!

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I’m Kirstin & I make pregnant mamas feel stunning!

I’m your maternity photographer in South London & the rest of London.

I’ve been a maternity photographer for over 10 years and photographed so many beautiful bumps. 

I love romantic, moody and natural maternity photography that can be done outdoors or in your home. 

I love capturing this amazing moment in time for you. So many women tell me how much they miss their bump after it is gone and that they wish they had photographed it. While a maternity session may not seem as important as a newborn session, it is so important to record your precious memories.

NEWBORN, FAMILY & MATERNITY PHOTOGRAPHY

SOUTH LONDON MATERNITY PHOTOGRAPHY IN YOUR HOME OR OUTDOORS

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Emotive Maternity Photography in South London.

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I love capturing maternity photography sessions at your home in South London or outdoors at your chosen location. You will only be pregnant so many times in your life and I always hear from clients how much they miss their bump when it is gone. A photograph is like freezing time.

Are you camera shy? My maternity sessions are so relaxing and chilled, it feels like having tea with an old friend. I love discussing all things pregnancy, baby and motherhood as I am a mother myself. My passion is natural newborn and maternity photography!

My focus is on natural maternity photography to keep the focus on you and not the posing or the staging. I help guide you with casual posing so you don’t have to worry about knowing how to be a model, no one does!

Maternity Sessions are usually 1-2 hours and can be done at your home or outdoors.

I love indoor lifestyle sessions for an intimate, moody and cosy vibe! An indoor lifestyle maternity session is great for those who are self-conscious and don’t want to pose in public!


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SOUTH MATERNITY PHOTOGRAPHY FAQs

Why A South London Maternity Photography Session is the Best Investment

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We spend the nesting period focusing on all the essentials we need for our newborn, buying all the bits from Amazon but really stopping to think, “Will these baby items still be with us in years to come?” While yes, they may be passed down to a younger sibling, they will rarely last generations. The one thing you can pass down for generations that will help tell your story and share just how much your little ones were loved is photography. Now maternity photography isn’t always seen as the most important genre of photography and often seen as inferior to newborn photography to my South London clients but I highly recommend investing in a maternity photography session in South London because it is a celebration of you, your body and your little one. 

A maternity photography session in South London captures the hope, the excitement and the love for your child before they are even born. It captures the anticipation of wondering, “How will our lives change?” and “Which one of us will they look like?” A maternity session is a celebration of the female body and just how powerful it is. It is a chance to celebrate your eagerly awaited little one and the bump you will soon miss. So many changes occur to your body while pregnant, many not so pleasant and these miraculous changes should be recorded so you remember forever what your pregnant body looked like and how it felt to rest a hand on your bump and feel your little one kick against it.

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South London Maternity Photography Frequently Asked Questions

Why all Pregnant South Londoners Should Have A Maternity Photography Session:

Memories

I know it may seem like the 9 months of pregnancy drag on forever with the unpleasant symptoms that it brings. Nausea (see my tips for how to help morning sickness here), vomiting, tiredness, pelvic girdle, aches, acne and gestational diabetes just to name a few can make being pregnant a rather difficult experience. So many women long for the 9 months to be over so they can meet their little one and have their difficult experience end that they forget to capture the memories that they will look back on fondly once the aches and pains subside. While it may not seem like it, with time you will be so grateful that your body created such a miracle, your precious newborn. 

Not only will you love looking back at images of your bump but your own children will love having those memories as well. As small children, they love looking at an image of your pregnant self and knowing that they were in your tummy and it makes them feel special. As adults, we appreciate the sacred memories of our mother pregnant with us and can pass it on for generations. 

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Celebration

Pregnancy is a reason for celebration. Your body is doing something pretty darn miraculous and perhaps it took you a long time to get pregnant or it is your last pregnancy. We aren’t pregnant many times in our lives, if at all, so it is important to photograph such a tremendous event. A maternity photography session feels empowering, fun and really helps connect with baby as your due date approaches. You may feel vain having a photography session focused all on you, but it isn’t just about you, it is about the little one growing inside you too! Our bodies are pretty amazing and I adore capturing that!

When should I book my South London Maternity Photography Session?

It is important to try to book your maternity photography session as early as possible as maternity and newborn photographers in South London typically book up quickly. I always recommend securing a session after your 12 or 20 week scan, whenever you feel most comfortable booking a maternity session. I often book up in advance but try to take as many last minute sessions as I can so please send me an email even if you are quite far along and I will do my best to fit you in!

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When should I have a Maternity Photography Session in South London?

I recommend having a maternity photography session when you are 31-35 weeks pregnant. This way we ensure that your bump is big enough for the pregnancy session and also to be sure you don’t go into labour before your maternity session happens. 

When will you send my Maternity Photography Session images?

After your maternity photography session, I will cull all the images to include the best possible ones. I remove blurry images, blinking eyes or unflattering poses to create the best possible gallery for you. Your maternity session gallery will have approximately 100-150 images in it. This provides you with a wide variety to choose which package you would like to purchase from your maternity session. Your gallery will be soft-edited (I edit the images in my editing style so they all have that warm, moody look that I am known for) and once you choose your final images, they will then be edited further and skin and hair will be retouched if needed. You will receive your gallery just two weeks after your session date. 

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Can I involve other family members in my Maternity Photography Session?

Family is so important and I do encourage including partners and baby’s siblings in your maternity session. Waiting for a baby is such an intimate experience and a session with your partner is like a beautiful celebration of the two of you before baby arrives. I love romantic, intimate and cuddly maternity sessions with partners. Including baby’s siblings in the session is also so important as they eagerly await their brother or sister. I love images of a toddler cuddling mum while sitting on her bump or kissing the bump. It is so important to celebrate your entire family before baby arrives. 

Can I involve pets in my South London Maternity Photography Session? 

I often get emails asking if a client’s dog can be part of the session and my answer is always YES! I adore animals (I was even a dog walker in university) and I truly believe that they are a huge part of the family and should not be left out of a maternity or newborn photography session. Often a dog is the first to notice your pregnancy, perhaps before you even did! If you are nervous about being photographed, a pet often helps relax you and create lots of laughter which makes the images look effortlessly natural.

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How to choose your South London Maternity Photographer?

It may feel overwhelming to try to find a maternity photographer that suits you best in South London. There are thousands and thousands of photographers at all price points! However, there are a few ways you can help narrow down your Google search. 

Choose A Maternity Photography Style

There are so many styles of maternity photography out there, how do you choose one that suits you and your family the best? There are several things to think about when choosing such as would you like the images displayed in your home, would you like to look glamorous or would you like something more natural? There are maternity photographers that specialise in a more glamorous look with elaborate ballgowns paired with a hair and makeup artist in a studio with studio lighting. There are maternity photographers that prefer a natural look in your home or outdoors that focus on natural colours, interaction and emotion rather than dramatic posing. Within these two genres of maternity photography there are a photographers that aim for a darker, moodier look or a light airy look. 

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Personality of Your Photographer

While social media has many downfalls, one of the perks is that accounts on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter help to reveal the personality behind the small business. By following the maternity photography on Instagram etc you will be able to learn more about them, their family and their personality which in turn will help you decide if you will feel comfortable with them in your maternity photography session and if they will get the best out of you on the day. 

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Maternity Photography Locations in South London

Location can be a huge factor in your decision in finding your perfect maternity photographer in London. Would prefer to stay in the comfort of home for a more natural look and so you feel more at ease (especially while heavily pregnant and having to wee every five minutes) or would you like to travel to a studio for a more traditional photographic look with backdrops and studio lighting? Another great option is an outdoor maternity session, this yields a beautiful natural look and often my clients feel greatly at ease in the outdoors as we walk and chat from spot to spot. If you want to put your maternity images on your walls, which location would suit your home best?

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Experience Matters

Experience may be a factor you haven’t considered when thinking about your budget. How long has the maternity photographer been shooting? Do they have a strong maternity portfolio? Is their style consistent across all images? The more experience a maternity photographer has, the more likely they will deliver a beautiful gallery consistent with their portfolio. By examining these factors carefully you can guarantee you will be happy with your own images.

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Why invest in a South London Maternity Photography Session?

I get it, it might seem like a maternity photography session is a frivolous investment and you don’t feel like yourself- you might be swollen, in pain and pretty ill in general. Yet, many of my clients regret not photographing themselves during pregnancy. It is such a fleeting time and getting a session with a maternity photographer is not like a selfie in the mirror. Your maternity photographer’s job is to capture you in your most flattering light. Our job is to make you look fabulous and capture the angles that highlight your beauty. While you might not appreciate the images in the depths of your pregnancy, you will soon miss your bump and the experience and your maternity photographs will help bring you back to that beautiful time when you created your little one. 

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How to Pose For A South London Maternity Photography Session:

Do I have to be good at modelling for my maternity photography session?

Many of my clients fear that they don’t know how to pose and are scared of having all the attention on them for a photography session. I completely understand this as I’m often nervous for a photo session with another photographer myself. It’s always nerve-wracking leading up to the session. As I understand what it is like to be camera shy, I do my best to make you feel relaxed, comfortable and at ease throughout your maternity session. I love getting to know each other over a cup of tea and learning about your life throughout the session. I like my sessions to feel like a chat with an old friend! Many of my clients say at the end of the session how easy that felt and that they actually had fun!

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Do I need to know how to confidently pose for my maternity photoshoot?

Nope! I actually prefer when clients aren’t too confident as then we can work together to get the right poses for you and you can truly be natural with your bump and interact with your partner. I love giving little prompts that help create natural images that help guide you so you don’t feel helpless trying to pose. I know it feels very scary but I promise I’m the most relaxed person and will help you feel at ease during your maternity session!

What if I don’t feel comfortable in my pregnant body for my maternity photo session?

Many women don’t feel comfortable whilst pregnant due to their body having undergone so much transformation that they really don’t feel like themselves. Aside from the many difficult pregnancy symptoms, while pregnant a woman’s body completely changes and many women feel uncomfortable with these new changes and dislike their appearance. Your maternity photographer should have many years of experience in capturing pregnant women with the most flattering angles to make you feel confident and love your images!

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How Do I Ensure My Maternity Photos Aren’t Stiff and Posed?

If you love a more natural style of maternity photography you will really want to ensure your images don’t look stiff and overly posed. Have a look at your maternity photographer’s portfolio and see if you like the poses or how natural the images are. Your maternity photographer should have tricks up his/her sleeve to achieve relaxed and authentic images of you that showcase you in the best light. Maternity photography does not have to be frozen and stiff, it can have movement, laughter and intimacy. 

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Styling Your South London Maternity Photography Session:

Trying to Figure Out How to Style Your South London Maternity Photography Session and What To Wear?

Finding the perfect outfit for your maternity photography session can seem completely daunting and overwhelming which is why I provide loose guidelines in my booking email for what works well. I love warm, neutral tones like creams, browns and rusts that create a warm, timeless look and look flattering in homes and outdoors. I recommend avoiding bright colours like reds, blues and bright yellows as these can create unflattering colour casts on the face. I love long, flowing dresses or underwear showing off the bump for maternity sessions. Skin always looks timeless, natural and powerful for maternity styling. I offer a Client Closet of a range of beautiful dresses for you to wear if you would like to make styling your session very easy. I have selected items that photograph well and work on all shapes and sizes. I adore dresses from Free People for a relaxed, flow look. With that all said, I want you to feel your most comfortable and would never force you in something that doesn’t feel like “you”. It is important for you to feel good and confident in what you are wearing for the session. 

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Do I Need A Makeup Artist For My Maternity Session?

For a natural lifestyle maternity photography session you really don’t need to go all out with elaborate makeup as the goal is natural looking images. I love makeup but I recommend a polished look rather than bright coloured makeup, heavy lines and large fake eyelashes. Fake eyelashes often don’t look great on camera as they can make your eyes look droopy and heavy if not done very naturally. For makeup I recommend soft warm tones like golds, bronzes, browns and warm cheeks with a soft lip. 

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Do I Have To Wear A Dress?

My main priority for your maternity photography session is for you to feel comfortable and relaxed. If wearing a dress means you won’t feel yourself and will feel awkward then wear whatever you like! These images are yours forever, not mine and not for my portfolio. They are your memories and if wearing a pair of jeans and a t-shirt feels more you and something you’d rather have displayed on your walls then please do!

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What Should My Husband Wear To Our Maternity Session?

Again, I love warm neutral colours and different textures like corduroy, linen and knits to provide interest and a cosy warm look for the session. I don’t recommend wearing a suit or dress shirt as these can look too stiff and unnatural. Depending on the season, I recommend either a knitted jumper, a relaxed, loose linen shirt or a simple t-shirt. These give a more comfortable, relaxed look and go well with my Client Closet dresses. 

How Do I Style My Home for My South London Maternity Session?

Having your maternity session in your home can seem daunting but I don’t expect you to have a showroom worthy home. I just recommend clearing any clutter that you don’t want in the images and putting neutral bedding on your bed. You don’t need to style anything as sometimes simple works best in homes. For my home maternity sessions in London I love posing you near windows, in the living room and in your bedroom using shadow, light and walls to get creative images. 

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Types of London Maternity Photography Sessions:

What Type Of Maternity Session Is Right For You in London?

There are many genres of maternity photography that South London has to offer because there are so many amazing photographers within the city. The talent is endless and it can be overwhelming trying to decide between a multitude of maternity photographers. So how can you narrow it down?

Maternity Studio Photography:

Maternity studio photography has many styles within it such as a more glamorous style with elaborate dresses, makeup, studio lighting and backdrops. Then there is the all white look with a simple, minimal all white studio and all white dresses using either studio lighting or natural lighting. There are also lifestyle studios created with a boho look and using natural lighting. The possibilities for studio maternity photography are endless!

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Lifestyle Home Maternity Photography in South London:

This is my favourite type of maternity session as I love the intimacy and cosiness of doing this type of session in a client’s home. It feels so personal and the client truly relaxes. These sessions can be more intimate and show off belly in underwear or nude in an environment that feels more comfortable to do so. I love the moody natural lighting that a home session provides, especially in dark South London in the winters. A home session is so personal and I love capturing couples awaiting their baby’s arrival in their first home as a family. There is something so special about envisioning baby growing up in this home and preserving this moment of time.

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Outdoor Maternity Photography:

A popular option for maternity photography is an outdoor session. An outdoor session is beautiful, natural and effortless. I love capturing a bump in the forest or by the sea as there’s just something so amazing and natural about capturing motherhood in Mother Nature herself. A maternity session outdoors in South London can also feel less intimidating for the camera shy as we often walk together to get from location to location so we get to know each other quite well. In turn, getting to know each other makes clients feel more comfortable!

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What are your favourite outdoor locations to shoot at in South London & Greater London?

-Richmond

-Hampstead

-London City Centre

-St Dunstan in The East and Tower Bridge

-Chiswick House & Gardens

-Bushy Park

-Barbican Centre- botanical conservatory

-Kew Gardens

-South Kensington 

-Knole Park

-Highgate Wood

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Are you ready to book your South London Maternity Photography Session?

Email me at reddington.kirstin@gmail.com to secure your maternity session after your 12 or 20 week scan. I recommend scheduling your maternity session at 31-34 weeks pregnant.