How to choose your maternity photographer

You are expecting, congratulations! You are living one of the most important times of your life, one that is worth documenting with a photography session. Here are a few tips to choose the best maternity photographer to document your pregnancy and your family’s history, by a HK maternity photographer.

Pregnancy Photography by Dadi Precious

Find a specialist

Would you hire a criminal lawyer to handle your tax questions? Probably not. The same applies to photography. Hiring a photographer with specific expertise in maternity and pregnancy photography will ensure you the best possible result. Maternity photographers know the best poses, lighting patterns, flattering angles for the pregnant female body. They can also advise on what to wear and understand that you might need to take a break (or several) during the session.

Style

There are as many styles as there are photographers. To find the best match,think about your own style and personality and how you want your images to look. Do you prefer classic, colorful, nude, artistic, moody, organic, romantic, or whimsical types of portraits? The best way to see a photographer’s style is to check their portfolio and visit their website.

Location

How do you envision your photos? Do you prefer the clean and elegant feel of a professional studio? Do you prefer documentary style in your home? Or outdoor portraits with a beach or a field as a background? Choosing a maternity photographer that works in your desired location is an essential selection criteria.

Availability 

It is recommended to start looking for a photographer at the end of your first trimester. As a general rule of thumb, maternity portrait sessions are done between 28 and 36 weeks. Make sure that your photographer is available at that time to capture your baby bump, while it has its beautiful round shape and you are still comfortable posing. 

Referral

When you are looking for a maternity photographer, ask your friends or Google for referrals and reviews.  Were they happy with their experience and their final images? Referrals and reviews are an amazing way to know if the photographer has a good reputation and happy customers.

Pricing and artwork

Pricing depends on numerous factors: photographer’s experience, quality of the portfolio, services, location, customized or generic client experience, product offering, design services, to name a few.

Once you have found a photographer that you like, ask for their detailed pricing information. What packages do they offer? Do they have a session fee or all-inclusive packages? Do they sell digitals only or do they offer artwork? 

Additional services 

Additional services are another factor to consider when choosing your maternity photographer. Do they offer styling services, advice on what to wear, or have a selection of clothes available to their clients? Do they recommend or work with makeup artists? Is it included in their pricing? Do they have design services for wall art or albums?

Long-term relationship

If you are planning on doing a newborn photography session when baby is born, it might be a factor when choosing your maternity photographer. Do they also photograph newborns and babies? Do you like their style? 

Our maternity studio specializes in pure and classic pregnancy images. from timeless portraits to elegant nude and silhouettes. We offer a fully customised experience unique to each client. Design services, museum-quality artwork, privacy and hair and makeup services are some of the additional services available to our clients. We recommend contacting us as soon as possible to ensure availability.

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Best Tips For Parents To Take Family Photos

Working as a pro photographer has taught me many things in my career and one thing that I get asked the most from my clients, especially parents, is what tips I have for parents to help them take family photos themselves that turn out ok. Because of this, I've decided to create this ultimate family portrait guide on how parents, like yourself, can take stunning family photos that you can be proud to hang on the wall. Let's get started.

Family Photo 101: Best Advice For Taking Family Photos

      1. Understanding Your Camera Features Better

Almost everyone has a camera, but I believe not everyone knows the features their camera holds and how these functions can help improve your photos when used correctly.  So, take the time to learn about your camera and its features. Take practice shots to get a feel of it and to figure out what each setting can do.

You'll be thankful you did. Remember, the last thing you want is to miss out on the perfect shot because you were too busy learning about your camera right there and then. You should know the difference between the shutter speed and aperture.

      2. It's Alright to Use Your Camera Settings

I'll admit not everyone will be able to memorise what each setting does. It's why cameras also come with the P mode with automatic settings. P stands for Programmed Automatic. You don't have to feel bad about it. In fact, using it can help you learn more about your camera especially if you're a newbie to a DLSR. However, you're not completely on autopilot as you still have control over the following features.

      3. The Light is Your Best Friend

Light is what will make or break your shot. Moreover, don't depend on the flash to give you the light you need. My advice to you is to use natural sunlight unless you can afford to purchase a pro lighting equipment.

      4. Keep the Atmosphere Light

In my experience, children aren't happy when they're forced to do something. Moreover, it shows on their faces. Regardless of how big their smiles might be. So, in as much as you want to take a great family photo, my advice is to keep the shoot casual and stress-free.

      5. Have Fun and Be Creative

In my opinion, the best family photos happen when you're having fun. As a result, the images are natural and happy. No one has that pained look on their faces. In fact, I've done a lot of shoots wherein families break tradition and get creative.

Conclusion

Photos are a great way to record your family's life. In my experience, the fun is what makes them extra special when you recall the exact moment you captured each one. So, I’m certain you'll be prouder to show them off to everyone. Are you ready to take great family photos?

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Clothing & Styling Guide for A Family Photography Session

Photography is something personal. Especially if it is a family portrait, as they convey emotions which never changes against the tide of time. They always hold a great importance even if decades passed.

Children grow up so fast. And family portrait really helps you preserve memory for the whole family. Just think about it, just by looking at the childhood pictures of you and your siblings, it will probably bring a smile to your face, as you will remember those moments when the picture was taken. There may be lots of stories behind that picture; you might remember your little brother just felt off the water while you were catching fish at the river.... All these little things would just pop up when we look at an old family photos.

Okay, so now that you have decided to go ahead and book a family photography session, and you are worried on what to wear for the day. Well there is no reason to be worried; we are here to help you!

What to wear in your next Family Photo Shoot

Deciding what to wear in a family photography session might be a big challenge for some of the parents. It is true that your selections of clothes take an important role. If you could pair the outfits perfectly among family members, you might have halfway succeeded in getting a superb family photo done.

1.Colour Matching

As said earlier, coordination of clothes plays a key role in family pictures. That's why, while taking a family picture, one should take a special consideration to choose what clothes to wear and what clothes to avoid.
The fact is, it's not about clothing of one particular person but as whole of the group. The clothes of each of the individuals should complement each other. You should, coordinate colours but not matching exact same colour for each individual member. Instead, try wearing few colours that can fit into a same colour scheme.
When picking outfits, it will be easier to find a centre stage pieces from female clothing. So I would advise to start from the ladies and try picking clothes for the boys that go well with them.


2.Patterns and Logos

Moderate patterns can be good, in adding textures and personality. Try to avoid busy patterns at all cost, they are distracting and take away your focus point from subjects. You can also try doing just one person with moderate pattern, and the rest of the family in plain, solid colour. Or another option would be, for all of them to wear subtle patterns and in soft colour.
Besides patterns, logos / graphic / brand name would be best to avoid as well. Not only they are distracting (viewers will most likely notice the Nike / Adidas logo before seeing the adorable face of your little ones), with them in the portrait the photo will dated quickly. It is easy to spot your outfits belongs to the 90s with that Gap jeans you were wearing (for the same reason please try to avoid obvious fashion trends too).
Most of the time we prefer clothing that will give us a timeless style.

3.Adding Textures

Layers and textures also play a vital role in a photo.
For example, let's say in a family portrait, a toddler is wearing an embroidered sweater. Even if there are other people involved, the eye will more often than not go to that little kid who is wearing that sweater. This type of details makes a picture unique with its own accord.
Smocking, ribbons, lace and crochet, they all are different material and present different textures to the viewers. Use them wisely; matching them with soft colour is a brilliant way to start with.
We totally love using multiple textures and layers, especially in winter, as the temperature permits us to dress in more layers. This added depth and dimension to the overall texture of the portrait.

4.Accessories

Accessories are good to show off the personality of an individual. Hats and scarves are good in attracting eyes. Jewellery, flowers are some extra options for the girls. Accessories also help you adding layers to the photos, but don’t get carried away and overdo it. Accessories are meant to compliment the subjects, but not to be taken as the centre stage.
Another use of accessories is to change them up abit during the shoot, that would give you multiple looks without changing different outfits. For example you can have a few photos with a scarf on, and a few photos without that scarf but having a hat on you. Doing mix and match with accessories can do wonder to your photos sometimes.
One more great use would be to add something that the family members can interact with. Like your toddlers wearing mummy’s hat or scarves, wrapping them over their faces, that would be a cute portrait. Or even sharing a big scarf between siblings, that would produce a warm scene to shoot with.

5.Tight pants / clothes in a photoshoot

They can look good sometimes, but I would suggest avoiding tight clothing on children. This will prevent them from moving freely and eventually they will lose patience during the session. Letting them choose their own outfits, or help deciding on clothing is a great idea to get them involved in the preliminary stage of the shoot. Children who helped dressing themselves tend to be happier in the shoot.

6.Shoes

Please don’t wear sneakers, unless they go super well with the theme / feel of the shoo (and most of the time they don’t). A pair of nice boot or colourful ballet flats will be great choice. They can tie everything together and bring a complete sense of feel to the whole session.
A lot of times wearing No-Shoes can look best, especially if you having an outdoor session in a natural habitat. Think about it, when you posing for a shot, seated on the meadow, very likely the bottom of the shoes can be seen, in this case we would really prefer bare feet than shoes bottom 🙂

7.Props

Props are another way to bring dynamic into a picture. Props can be anything. For example, for a small kid, holding a basket of flowers could also be a prop. Or something that holds meaning to the family, like a vintage radio that grandpa used to use, or the kids’ favourite stuffed toys (brining toys for toddler would also help calming them in the session).
But you have to be careful when choosing props. The prop can actually enhance picture if it is done right. But it also can ruin the picture if you don't know how to use them well. Props should be subtle; never should they be the centre of focus.

So these are the tips we have given to you about clothing and styling of your next family photo shoot. If you want a personal advice on this, feel free to email or pm us via our contact page!

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10 Things You Should Do During Pregnancy

It seems as if whenever a female gets pregnant, suddenly each and every single one of her friends and family members has a piece (or several pieces) of advice to dish out. This is usually given out without the asking of their input. Yes, they are just trying to help, however often they end up doing more harm than good. They set up false expectations and pass along old (and often inaccurate) tales.

When it comes to the actual experience of being pregnant, however, there are dozens of scientifically solid pieces of advice that are actually true and useful. Today we have compiled an essential list of must do things during pregnancy, for the physical and mental health of both you and your baby.

1.Drink Water

First off, even when you are not pregnant, you should be drinking a large amount of water each day. During pregnancy, this is true even more so. Not only is water great for fetal development, it will also go farther than any lotion will to combat stretch marks.

The skin is comprised of several layers. Stretch marks are the result of the lower levels actually tearing and scarring. This is why stretch marks will fade, but will always have a texture that you can see and feel. By drinking enough water, you enable the skin to become more pliable, ripping less, thus preventing permanent markings. While genetics do play a role in the appearance of stretch marks, drinking at least one gallon per day will go a long way towards preventing them.

2.Prenatal Vitamins

Babies require a large amount of resources to develop and grow in the womb. This includes a variety of vitamins and minerals, some of which are lacking in the standard diet of many pregnant. To ensure proper development, it is vital to take a daily prenatal vitamin. These can be found in supermarkets and pharmacies, or your doctor may prescribe one to you. In some cases, your doctor will have samples on hand that he/she can send you home with for free!

3. Exercise

If you don’t already exercise regularly, now is a great time to start. Research into exercise has shown that not only does exercise work out your body, but it works out your mind as well. Levels of happiness go up as the pounds stay off. Next to water, exercise is the next best way to also combat stretch marks. In addition, as the months go by, it will be more difficult to remain as fully mobile as you were before the pregnancy. Exercise will also help to combat this lack of mobility.

4. Cut The Caffeine

You love it. I love it. It is basically the world's primary source of fuel. I’m talking about caffeine. While it may be safe to consume 1 to 2 cups per day, this is misleading. The coffee that your local coffee shop serves is likely much more caffeinated than your home brew, as well as likely being a larger size. The best idea is to avoid caffeine entirely to avoid accidentally consuming too much caffeine. As they say: better safe than sorry.

5. Prep The Baby Room

After 4 days at the hospital, the last thing you want to do is come back to your home and have to put together a baby room. Do yourself a favour (while also avoiding strain on your relationship) and do it months ahead of time. In fact, make it a project. Consider it something fun to do together as part of number 10 on our list ahead.

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6. Prep A Hospital Bag

We have experienced it first hand. The day arrived to go to the hospital, except you have not prepped a “go bag” to bring to the hospital! Don’t let this happen to you also! Get everything you need including comfortable clothes and (possibly most importantly) a tooth brush.

7. Set Aside Savings For First Year Items

After you get home with your baby, you will quickly realise there are many things you need more of, or to buy for the first time. Rather than blowing your entire baby budget before they are born, make sure to set aside a sizeable savings for the inevitable needs that will arrive.

8. Pick A Name!

One of the best parts about pregnancy is getting to pick out a name. You will quickly find out the names of your partner's old lovers or enemies by the names they refuse to choose. It’s a fun experience that you don’t come across often!

9. Stay In Touch With Friends

It is easy to get caught up in your pregnancy and to forget about friends. When you have a baby, it is a saving grace to go out with friends and have nights out with actual adult conversations occasionally. Make sure you keep in touch with friends throughout the pregnancy so you don’t find yourself without friends by the time the baby comes also.

10. Spend Extra Time With Your Partner

The reality of having a baby is wonderful, but also extremely draining on time, sleep, and overall energy levels. Oftentimes couples will find themselves sleeping rather than going out together. Most non-parents do not realise the amount of time that a baby consumes. One thing that couples report is this lack of time being spent together. Because of this, it is a good idea during your pregnancy to spend as much time as you can with your significant other. A good option would be to do a pregnancy photo shoot together.

 

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Maternity Photos by Dadi Precious Photography

Conclusion

That was our list of 10 things you should do during maternity. Each of these ideas will go a long way towards ensuring a happy and healthy family in the present and future. While you may have heard wild claims about doing this or doing that from friends or family members (often advice that is factually incorrect), this is a list you can count on. In fact, print this list out and tape it to the wall in an obvious place to ensure you do these things regularly. Happy pregnancy!

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