When should I start planning my maternity photos?

As a general rule of thumb, I like to schedule your maternity session shortly after you’ve told friends and family your exciting news!  This is usually around the 3 month stage (first trimester) of your pregnancy (especially if planning a gender reveal).  This allows you to choose a day that is suitable for you and your partner as well as my availability to secure your booking.  Maternity photos are typically taken when you are showing – generally around 7 to 9 months into your pregnancy.  If you are expecting multiple births I suggest booking your maternity session around 35 weeks in case you deliver early.


What should I wear on the day of my maternity session?

My biggest piece of advice is to wear something that you will feel beautiful and comfortable in.  Most mums-to-be feel better heading into their second trimester so you will be glowing at your maternity session.  You may wish to choose a non black or white top that is form fitting enough to showcase your baby bump.


What is the best age for newborn photos?

The best time to capture your precious newborn in photos is between 7 to 10 days old.  I find newborns to be at their most purest and angelic state.  Skin tone has settled since birth, their features are more defined and their smirks and facial expressions make for the best photo.  I love capturing their innocence at this early stage as babies’ delicate features change from week to week.  Newborns are also comfortable with the sense of touch and easily settle (for a nap) while I take their photos.


Can my partner and/or child be included in my session as well?

Absolutely!  I encourage including mum and dad and your other children into your photo sessions.  I believe the importance of having several photographs with the entire family especially during my maternity and newborn sessions, as it is these family photos that will become your children’s treasured memories.


Where is my photo session held?

Where we take your photographs depends on the type of session you have selected.  For maternity and gender reveal sessions I prefer to shoot outdoor, on location sessions that lets us maximise access to natural light.  This can either be in a beautiful park, by the water, in a botanical garden or even in urban settings.  For newborn and milestone photographs it is best to choose a quiet location such as a small park, your home or my home studio.


Do you use props for my session?

During our initial consultation I discuss the props I have available and what you may be interested in using during your shoot.  For example, I have various backdrops, blankets, baskets, wraps and other items.  I am also open to you bringing your own props.  You may have an heirloom or family keepsake you would like to incorporate into your session.  It is personal touches like this that makes your session and photos memorable in years to come.


Do you offer a payment plan?

Yes we do.  At Honey Bee Photography we offer an interest free 3 payment plan.  Ideal for those wanting to schedule their session dates in advance.  Please mention this at the time of your booking to arrange a plan that suits you.


Can I purchase a Gift Voucher?

Yes you can.  Gift Vouchers are available starting from $175 upwards and make a perfect present for a Baby Shower, Mothers’ Day, Valentine’s Day or for Christmas.  And best of all there is no expiry date so you can use your Gift Voucher any time you like!