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Abigail Joyce Photography

647 Madison Street, Oak Park, IL 60302

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Abigail Joyce Photography is a family-centered photo studio that serves families in Chicago. Among the packages it offers are maternity sessions, which are inclusive of private use print release and access to a maternity gown collection. Expecting mothers may be joined by their partners and their children in each session, while pets and grandparents are allowed in selected packages. The studio also handles photoshoots for newborns. Photographer Abigail Lemenager, who founded the business in 2012, is a Professional Photographers of America member.

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Agata Brannon Photography

Long Grove, IL 60047
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Agata Brannon Photography is a photography studio in Long Grove, Illinois. Their premier photographer, Agata Brannon, developed a passion for photography several years ago and has spent the better part of two years practicing her craft with indoor and outdoor photo shoots. This photography studio serves Palatine, Chicago and the Northwest Chicago area including Schaumburg and Arlington Heights. Agata Brannon Photography specializes in maternity, newborn, babies, big kids, and families.

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Alicia’s Photography

Naperville, IL 60540
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Alicia’s Photography is a photography studio in Naperville, Illinois. It is an internationally acclaimed, published, and award winning photography studio, specializing in high school senior, wedding, newborn, children, family, engagement, and boudoir photography. Alicia’s Photography has been featured on Senior, Mozi Magazine, Wedding Guide Chicago, Parents, Chicago Parent, Chicago Tribune, and more.

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Boudoir By Elle Photography

12544 W 159th St, Homer Glen, IL 60491
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Boudoir By Elle Photography is a professional art studio with over eight years' experience providing services for women in the Chicago, Illinois, metro area. It focuses on boudoir-style, minimalist, maternity photography that reflects a mother's natural beauty. Photographer Laurie Baker offers professional hair, makeup, and styling services for sessions at her commercial location in Homer Glen, which has optimal sunlight, white walls, and floors to reflect a neutral and minimal style. Other services include boudoir wedding and beauty photo shoots.

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Cristina Hope Photography

19 W 1st Street, Hinsdale, IL 60521
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Cristina Hope Photography is a Hinsdale-based studio that offers outdoor and in-home sessions throughout Chicago. Cristina is a maternity photographer that assists her clients with outfit planning, timetable creation, mood and feel, venue scouting, natural props, and hanging their portraits. She only accepts a limited number of clients to ensure that every session is custom-tailored to each of her clients. Cristina's works have been featured in Belle Lumiere Magazine, La Pêche Journal, Lemonade and Lenses, and The Fount Collective.

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Firefly Nights Photography

Naperville, IL 60540
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Firefly Nights Photography is a photography studio in Naperville, Illinois. Their leading photographer is Megan Drane who considers herself a visual storyteller, capturing the whimsical, playful, and mysterious aspects of people. Firefly Nights Photography specializes in athlete, maternity, newborn, baby, children, teens/seniors, family, and commercial photography. They are nationally recognized as the premier special needs photographer, and won the Best of Naperville award in 2015.

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Ideal Moment Photography

1309 Manchester Drive, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
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Chicago-based Ideal Moment Photography specializes in whimsical portraiture in fairytale-like scenes. The studio also offers newborn and family photography. Its goal with its maternity photography sessions is to achieve an ethereal aesthetic through the right lighting, color palette, background, photo manipulation, and image editing. The photography sessions can be in-studio or on-location. The photographer consults with the client and helps plan each session, including outfit selection, styling, posing, use of props, and location selection.

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Just Peachy Photography

Palatine, IL 60067
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Just Peachy Photography is a photography studio in Palatine, Illinois, established in 2010. The photographer and owner of Just Peachy Photography, Erika Williams, is an exclusive custom portrait artist. Just Peachy Photography specializes in maternity, newborn, children, and family photography. They capture photos of headshots and small events such as baby showers, wedding showers, birthday parties, anniversary parties, religious events such as Christenings/Baptisms and first birthday parties.

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5.0 / 5 (5)

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Melissa Diep Photography

Chicago, IL 60608
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Melissa Diep Photography is a photography studio in Chicago, Illinois, established in 2008. They specialize in wedding photography, with other services including destination weddings, boudoir, engagements, family, maternity, newborn, little angels/ kids, models, and more. Melissa Diep strives to capture organic moments as works of art, and loves to incorporate natural environments and soft light to create beautiful imagery.

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micheletaylorphoto.com

Chicago, IL
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Michele Taylor Photography offers its services to individuals and families in Chicago and nearby locations. It helps parents preserve their children's special moments, especially during the first two weeks of their life, through newborn photography. The boutique studio provides different types of outfits and has a wide selection of wraps, blankets, backdrops, and hats for its customers to choose from. It also conducts maternity and family photo sessions that can be done in-studio or on-location depending on the client's preference.

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Naja Lerus Photography

Chicago, IL 60643
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Naja Lerus Photography is a photography studio in Chicago, Illinois. Their premier photographer, Naja Lerus, has over 5 years of photography experience under her belt and has photographed numerous famous celebrities. This photography studio specializes in maternity and newborn photography and has been interviewed by Inside the Bears TV show, Fox 32 News, and by CBS 2 “Someone You Should Know."

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Nicee Martin Photo & Design, LLC

Chicago, IL 60611
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Nicee Martin Photo & Design, LLC is a photography studio in Chicago, Illinois. Nicee Martin is the photographer, designer, and consultant. Miss Motley considers it an honor to be able to capture one’s journey from infancy to childhood to adolescence into adulthood. Miss Motley Photography is a premier destination for fine art photography, specializing in maternity, newborn, family, and wedding photography. Miss Motley Photography is a member of the Beloved Collective.

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Rachel McAllister Photography

Naperville, IL 60540
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Rachel McAllister Photography is a photography studio in Naperville, Illinois, specializing in the family photography experience – maternity, birth, newborn, children, seniors, annual family portraits, etc. As a mom to 3 little ones, Rachel has a soft spot in her heart for the young, energetic, and often hard to photograph ages. Rachel has years of experience working with children and teens with special needs and is committed to providing every family with beautiful portraits. She shoots on location, in her clients' homes, or in-studio and offers both posed and lifestyle photography. She serves the western suburbs and travels throughout the greater Chicago area. Rachel McAllister Photography also offers discounts for her customers.

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Scarlett Photography

3857 Grove Avenue, Berwyn, IL 60402
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Scarlett Photography specializes in maternity and newborn photography in Chicago. Owner and main photographer Tiffany believes that the beautiful changes that moms go through during pregnancy must be documented. Having over 15 years of photography experience, she knows how to take flattering photos for her mom-to-be clients, focusing on these delicate moments. The studio also offers in-home newborn sessions, baby milestones photography, birth announcement, and in-hospital "fresh 48" sessions where clients are captured with their newborn's first moments together.

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Skai Photographer

Naperville, IL 60540
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Located in the Naperville area, Skai Photographer has been offering photography services in Chicago since 2012. Its owner, Skaiste Vingilys, is passionate about capturing her clients' motherhood memories through maternity photoshoots. She specializes in handling maternity sessions that highlight the cultural traditions of her customers. In addition, she accommodates requests to conduct shoots outdoors, inside homes, or even in out-of-state locations. Each session, which lasts from 30 minutes to two hours, includes outfit rental and edited digital images.

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Yofi Photography

5220 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
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Yofi Photography is a photography studio in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois comprised of a husband and wife team, Vlad and Rachel. The name Yofi means “beauty” in Hebrew, and Vlad and Rachel love photography because they love beauty. They love to capture the beauty they see in people and the emotion they feel from each family’s sweet, unique seasons and milestones. Yofi Photography specializes in maternity, newborn, and family photography.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction

Maternity photographers work with pregnant women to capture images during the peak of their pregnancies. Photographs are typically taken in the third trimester when the subject's belly is round. In some cases, photographers may offer mothers and families the option to purchase maternity photos in a package with newborn photos, once their baby is born.

Because every photographer's style is different, mothers-to-be have options when it comes to how they want their maternity photos to look. While some photos have an artful quality, others may be taken in a studio for a more traditional feel. Learn more about maternity photography by reading the frequently asked questions listed below.

What is maternity photography?

Maternity photography is series a of photographs taken of soon-to-be mothers later in their pregnancies. These photos may be of just the mother, or they may include the father and other children. Often, maternity photos are whimsical and artistic, as they're meant to capture the beauty of pregnancy.

What to wear to a maternity photoshoot?

What you wear for maternity photos depends on the style of the photographs being taken. Mothers who want to show their bare belly for maternity photos may want to opt for a basic crop top or sports bra with comfortable pants on the bottom. Those who prefer to stay covered up might want to consider an elegant gown.

What are good poses for a maternity photoshoot?

Often, women will pose with their hands, or the father's hands, placed on their growing belly in maternity photos. Photos might be taken from the side to show a profile of the mother's shape or straight on to capture the joy on the subject's face.

How much does maternity photography cost?

According to Fash, portrait photographers, including maternity photographers, typically charge between $100 and $250 per hour when photographing subjects. That cost normally equates to anywhere from $25 to $100 per edited image. On average, a photoshoot takes one full hour, whether indoors or outdoors.

What types of maternity photoshoots are most popular? 

There are several types of photoshoots that are popular with families and maternity photographers.

  • Milk bath: Mothers lay unclothed in a tub of milk or milky water, typically surrounded by candles, flower petals, or other props for an artistic look. The white background created by the milk enables photographers to focus on their subject's features, including their pregnant belly.
  • Silhouette: A silhouette photo is generally taken from the side and shows only the shape and outline of the mother against a neutral background.
  • Underwater: Underwater maternity photos are often done in long, drapey gowns. The water allows the gown to flow away from the subject's body and creates an element of depth and artistic beauty.
  • In nature: Many mothers choose to take their maternity photos in natural settings, surrounded by trees, water, or meadows.
  • Dusk/sunrise: Maternity photographs taken at dusk or sunrise allow photographers to capture new mothers with unique lighting. Outdoor silhouette photos are often taken at dusk or sunrise.

How to get a photography contract with a maternity hospital?

As a photographer, you need to have experience and proper training to work in a hospital setting. Most hospital photographers have some training in medical terminology as well as experience and training in how to safely work with new mothers and babies.

How to get fabric to glow maternity photography?

Using the right fabrics and colors in maternity photoshoots is key if you're looking for a glow effect. Encourage your subject to dress in light colors, such as pale pink, white, or ivory, and ensure that she's well-lit when photographs are taken. After the photoshoot, using the right editing tools can help you enhance the glow of fabrics and other photo elements.

What is the best lens for maternity photography? 

Most maternity photographers prefer working with prime lenses for outdoor maternity sessions. Lenses should range from 35 mm to 50 mm to avoid wide angles that may distort the subject's arms or legs. You may also want to consider a macro lens, which can provide greater focus for close-up photographs.

What will be included in a maternity photoshoot contract? 

Maternity photoshoot contracts include details such as shoot dates, times, and locations. Frequently, payment information and cancellation or rescheduling terms as well as detailed information about copyright ownership and transfer of use rights are also included. Additionally, be sure to include details about cancellation policies.

When to take maternity photoshoot? 

It's important to take maternity photos when the mother is farther along in her pregnancy and her belly is round. Typically, the best time is between the seventh and eighth month of pregnancy when the mother is showing but not so close to her due date that she's uncomfortable or at risk of going into labor.

Where to buy maternity photoshoot props? 

Maternity photoshoot props are widely available online through websites, such as Amazon and Etsy. You may also be able to use other photography props in maternity shoots, or if you're particularly crafty, you can search for do-it-yourself tutorials online and make your own.

What should a photographer include in their maternity pre-photoshoot questionnaire? 

When you gain a new client, it's important to understand what they want from their photos. In addition to questions about when they're due and if they know the gender, be sure to ask what they plan to wear, how much skin they want showing, and if they have inspiration photos.

Why should you take maternity photos? 

Maternity photos are a great way to capture memories for new families and households that plan to welcome a new, tiny member. A maternity photo helps parents look back on their pregnancy fondly and remember the excitement they felt while awaiting their new arrival.

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