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My maternity shoot with Tulip Flare 

I had been asking Tennille from Tulip Flare about when the Jacaranda’s bloom where we live ever since i saw her work. She had posted an incredible image of a pregnant woman under the sweeping canopy of fully bloomed purple jacaranda trees. I was totally in love with this image. “Blooming” is definitely a way I liked to imagine the changes my body made during pregnancy and I couldn’t believe how beautiful this mother looked in the photographs. I jokingly said to Tennille about her gorgeous model and how I didn’t think I’d be able to pull it off. Tennille told me that all the mothers she photographs are blown away by how they appear in the photographs. They come to her slightly breathless, “glowing” and still getting used to the changes their bodies are making.. ok I’m sure I wasn’t the only one. A few clever poses, some support and guidance and use of Tennille’s maternity wardrobe makes for beautiful memories and a huge self esteem boost for Mom.  

When I fell pregnant with my second, I didn’t waste any time in contacting Tennille to see if my dates would work out with the jacaranda season and to my delight they did. Once I had booked Tennille, I sat back and waited until the time rolled around. Tennille told me she had a whole wardrobe of maternity shoot dresses which I admit I was pretty suspicious about. My bump was HUGE and I really couldn’t see how I’d fit into a “one size fits all” gown. I’m happy to report I did and it was comfortable. Tennille guided me on what kind of underwear to wear and gave me a few tips on hair and make up that photographed best. On the day, I styled my hair and put on a touch slightly more make up but kept it very natural. We arrived at the location only to discover workmen were digging up the side of the road and their road signage was in my photo :O. Tennille sorted it all out and while I felt a little self conscious standing in the middle of the street in full view of the work crew, the photographs certainly didn’t show it. While my heart was completely set on the lilac gown, Tennille encouraged me to try the maroon dress and boy am I glad I did. It turned out to be so complimentary to my skin tone. See, photographers know what looks best. I was nervous that I wouldn’t look curvy and lovely in the photos but Tennille said I’d be an expert by the end of the shoot. She posed me with simple little directions and I was really astounded how my shape was captured in the photographs.   

This is the image that I longed for and I am forever grateful to have such a beautiful memory of my second pregnancy. 

Janet x

 

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My Top Tips On Finding The Right Maternity Photographer For You 

 Find an expert 

You wouldn’t ask an artist to paint your house would you? It’s just the same with photographers! Every photographer has a particular type of photography that they really enjoy. It common for maternity photographers to be passionate about birth and newborn photography too. Each type of photography has a separate set of skills for example posing a newborn to compliment every tiny detail is very different to posing a pregnant women to accentuate her curves and bump. All maternity photographers will have a portfolio for you to browse also. 

Style

This one is always hard to figure out for ourselves but each maternity photographer has a unique style. It might be casual, playful, boho, natural light, studio based, romantic, sexy or artistic. The first place to start is by searching the internet for images that you absolutely adore the look of. Save them and  create a mood board of sorts by picking the parts you like from each picture. It might be the colours, the way the mother is posed or the type of scenery. This will help you hone in on what you want your pictures to look like and then you’ll just have to find a photographer that matches. 

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? Refer back to your mood board to see what your favourites are and check to see if your photographer can suggest somewhere similar in your locality. 

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. Some photographer book out months in advance so it helps to be organised if you have your heart set on a particular photographer. 

Referrals

When you are looking for a maternity photographer, ask your friends first. They’ll be able to tell you honestly their experience of photographer and they’ll be able to show you their photographs. You can also ask for referrals in local Facebook groups and then narrow down your list by checking out their websites and google reviews. Photographers are very active on social media these days so follow a few pages to get a feel for the photographer. Referrals and reviews are an amazing way to know if the photographer has a good reputation and happy customers.

Pricing and Your Budget 

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. You may have a large budget or a smaller budget but photographers generally offer payment plans for their services and this might be a reasonable solution for you. It’s also possible to find a photographer that is building their portfolio that may offer a discounted photo session if you give permission for the images to be used publicly for their business. 

Once you have found a photographer that you like, ask for their detailed pricing information. If the photographer you love is out of your budget don’t lose heart. Be honest about your budget but don’t be offended if the photographer declines. This is after all how they pay their bills. 

 

 

Maternity Photoshoot by Tulip Flare Photography

 

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. Some photographer book out months in advance so it helps to be organised if you have your heart set on a particular photographer. 

 

Referrals

When you are looking for a maternity photographer, ask your friends first. They’ll be able to tell you honestly their experience of photographer and they’ll be able to show you their photographs. You can also ask for referrals in local Facebook groups and then narrow down your list by checking out their websites and google reviews. Photographers are very active on social media these days so follow a few pages to get a feel for the photographer. Referrals and reviews are an amazing way to know if the photographer has a good reputation and happy customers.

Pricing and Your Budget 

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. You may have a large budget or a smaller budget but photographers generally offer payment plans for their services and this might be a reasonable solution for you. It’s also possible to find a photographer that is building their portfolio that may offer a discounted photo session if you give permission for the images to be used publicly for their business. 

Once you have found a photographer that you like, ask for their detailed pricing information. If the photographer you love is out of your budget don’t lose heart. Be honest about your budget but don’t be offended if the photographer declines. This is after all how they pay their bills. 

 

 

Tulip Flare Photography was founded by Tennille Flanagan in 2010. Located in Thornlands, Redlands City and servicing Redlands, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast areas. When clients book with Tulip Flare Photography they can count on excellent customer service as well as timeless images that will become treasured heirlooms for your family in years to come.

Tennille will help capture moments so you can remember just how tiny your newborn baby was 10 days old.  It is Tennille’s prority to ensure your little one is safely handled at all times during your session and that you feel comfortable during your time in the studio. Sessions are held in her Thornlands home studio where everything you need is provided. Props, snacks and even a feeding pillow are made available to you will you sit on our comfortable couch to catch up on your sleep while Tennille works to create something magical for your home .

Tulip Flare Photography specialises in creating beautiful portrait art for your home by combining your personal style and her artistic vision. Tennille specialise’s in newborn, maternity, children, babies and family photography and hopes you walk away from your session feeling the love your newest addition brings to your new life as a family.