3 Things I Wish I Knew Before My Seattle Maternity Photography Session

You're pregnant and the last thing you probably feel like doing is standing in front of a camera. Capturing this special moment in your life might not feel like the most glamorous activity but it certainly is worth it. Of course, maternity photography does come with it's challenges so we've gathered a few tips (from Marcie, a real preggo-mama, one of our clients and the author of the "Marcie in Mommyland" blog) to help you prepare for your Seattle maternity photos with the Happy Film Company. Here you go....

  1. Make sure you are dressed comfortably! I originally purchased a beautiful dress off of Etsy that I found after hours of searching for the perfect maternity photo shoot dress. As soon as it arrived and I tried it on, I was heartbroken because it was so unflattering. I started trying to figure out how I could pin it or alter it to be more flattering, but it was stressing me out. I ended up finding a dress on clearance at Motherhood Maternity that fit perfectly and I felt very confident in. I also made the mistake of wearing tall wedge sandals for the first time in my pregnancy. I was petrified that I would topple over as we walked around Kubota Garden. As soon as the shoot was over, I changed into my Chucks and rested my tired legs, which were sore the rest of the day. In hindsight, I should have worn flats.
  2. Bring props! It’s always fun to have a prop to interact with during a photo shoot because it takes the pressure off of having to pose all the time. I really wanted to involve my toddler in our maternity shoot in a creative way. I saw a photo on Pinterest of a toddler with a tin can phone listening to the baby in his Mommy’s tummy and I knew it was the perfect prop for our family! My toddler loved playing with the tin cans and making funny sounds. My husband actually tried it out too for some fun shots! We also opened a time capsule that we sealed on our wedding to be opened on our 5th wedding anniversary. It was amazing to have professional photos of us opening up the box with our toddler and reflected on how much our lives have changed in 5 years.
  3. Choose a location with an indoor option. We chose Kubota Garden because that’s where we did our wedding photos 5 years prior, my first Mother’s Day photos and it’s a special place to our family. However, as with Seattle weather, we finished our shoot 2 minutes before it started raining. We lucked out, but had it rained at the beginning or during our shoot, there wasn’t a lot of options of places to stay dry. If we were to do it again, I might find a spot that also had an indoor area (or something nearby) or I’d bring colorful umbrellas and embrace the rain!

Seattle Maternity Announcement Photo Shoot at the Japanese Garden

If you haven't tried it yet, visit the Japanese Garden in the Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle just before it closes (7pm) - you'll catch the beautiful sunset light coming through all the beautiful green trees. This a perfect summer time outing for Seattle families (I'll have to wait to try it out in winter before I can recommend a visit during the cold months). I was so excited to photograph the Hartman family this month in the Japanese Garden because it was my very first time taking Seattle family photos in this location. We did need to purchase entry tickets (for adults) but once we were in the garden was virtually empty. We were able to run around the gravel paths, stare at koi fish, climb on the rock bridges and explore the pretty Japanese plants and statues. It's so pretty and there's lots of cool stuff to keep your kids entertained. There was also an open grassy area that we were able to run around and play in which was perfect for getting Kalden's energy out of his system. hehe

Thank you so much Hartman family for asking the Happy Film Company to take your Seattle Maternity Announcement Photos! We're so excited to be working with you again soon for your newborn photos - all part of your Baby's 1st Year package*. xx Chamonix & tHFC Ladies

Photographer: Chamonix
Location: Japanese Garden, Arboretum, Seattle

What is the "Baby's 1st Year Package"?
*the Happy Film Company offers a special "Baby's 1st Year Package". It includes 4 photo shoots over the course of 1 year. When you break it down, you get a discounted rate on the individual price of shoots because you're essentially 'buying in bulk'. This is our favorite package to sell to families because it truly is a celebration of your baby's first year of life. We're there to capture the big milestones - maternity, newborn, four, six, eight or twelve months. Plus, we can be very flexible for you - the Hartman family is choosing to spread their shoots out like this: "Maternity, Newborn, 1 Year & 2 Years". Click here to book your Baby's 1st Year Package.