Welcome and thank you for visiting my website. I’m Gabriela, a North London maternity photographer.
If you are considering booking me for your maternity photoshoot, this is a huge honour for me to be chosen to photograph this important part of your parenting journey. So, thank you for considering my services. I aim to make every maternity session natural and relaxed with a touch of magic. I want to create images that freeze this moment in time for you but that are also timeless and won’t look dated in years to come when your child looks back at how beautiful their mother looked while growing them.
My maternity sessions take up to two hours. During the session, we will aim to do a variety of poses, outfit changes, and setups. Everything will be planned beforehand so the session will be tailored to your needs. If you want to include your partner or other children, we can do that too. Likewise, if there is anything you are not comfortable with, we can change things around. I aim to make this experience as relaxed and stress-free as possible.
Your pregnancy session can take place in your home or outside in one of the lovely parks we have around North London. My favourite are Hampstead Heath Pergola and Hill Garden, Golders Hill Park.
Becoming a mother is the beginning of one of the most amazing journeys. However, when people think about maternity photography, there is often a split of opinions. Some women are keen to document their incredible pregnancy journey as their bump blossoms. Another mama’s to be understandably, are not feeling particularly photogenic at their body changes and shy away from the idea of a maternity session.
Let me assure you that every pregnancy is beautiful, even when it doesn’t feel that way, and you are just not feeling those well-documented benefits of glowing skin and thick bouncy hair that were promised in pregnancy! Instead, those tiger stripes and swollen ankles you are sporting are your bodies way of preparing for your imminent arrival and are beautiful in their own way. My sessions are tailored to any needs and feelings.
Even if you are not having the perfect pregnancy experience, I still highly recommend getting some professional photos done during your pregnancy. Your body is doing something incredible and extremely beautiful. I’ve not met one mother who has regretted her maternity photos but several who regret not having them done. At the end of the day, you are growing a human, which is a significant milestone in anyone’s life and should be celebrated!
The truth is no heavily pregnant woman feels especially attractive, and having the chance to pop on some makeup, get your hair done and dress in a way that shows off your growing bump can be a huge confidence boost. Your life is about to change. So let me help you celebrate by taking some beautiful maternity photos. You might be rolling your eyes at the idea now, but you will be surprised by how beautiful you will look when you see the pictures!
The best time for a maternity session is between 29-33 weeks of your pregnancy. You will have a nice round bump at this stage but still, be comfortable enough to move around without too much trouble. Your maternity session can take place in your place or outside in one of the lovely parks we have around North London.
I have a wide range of beautiful dresses to choose from, but you can always bring your own clothes. Your partner or husband is always welcome to join the session. The photography I offer is geared towards quality, not quantity. I approach every picture individually. Please, scroll around my gallery and see how emotive each picture can be.
All my maternity sessions are entirely bespoke and can be tailored to include what you want. Ahead of your session, we will have a consultation to discuss what you are hoping to get out of the session. We can discuss poses, wardrobe, lighting, location, and any particular photography styles you had in mind. I want to ensure that I work closely with you to ensure the experience and results are exactly what you envisioned. After the consultation and booking, I will send you more information on what to prepare ahead of the session, and you are free to contact me with any questions you have beforehand.
Your style will ultimately dictate this, and above all else, I want you to wear something that makes you feel comfortable. If you are after guidance in this area, from my experience, soft, floaty materials in neutral and pastel colours photograph well and will really show off your baby bump wonderfully. In the summer months, I think a simple white maxi dress looks beautiful over a growing baby bump, as does a simple vest top with a long skirt. I’m very happy to help you plan your wardrobe ahead of the session and will give you as much input and feedback as you want.
Whether it’s a newborn or family session, I try to steer away from traditional posed portrait photos in all my photo sessions. Instead, I want to take natural images where you look beautiful and relaxed, where you are enjoying yourself. You don’t have to worry about having to pose as I will guide you throughout the session. In most cases, all you need to do is stand comfortably, and the rest will flow naturally during the session.
I find simplistic maternity photo’s work best. There is no need for endless props or a pile of makeup to achieve the perfect shot. I usually recommend just a few simple outfits, and lights are all that’s needed to photograph beautiful, natural-looking mum’s to be.
In many cases, expectant mums want a maternity session not for themselves but for their children to be able to look back on in the future. How amazing will it be to look back with them in five years, ten years or when they are grown up and expecting their first child. You can show them that you took some time out to document this unique part of their and your lives before they were even born.
It’s also a great experience to share with your partner if you want them to be involved in the session, to share your love and excitement for your unborn child on camera together. You are also very welcome to include some meaningful props. This could be a small baby outfit or some tiny shoes, or perhaps a photograph from your last scan.
If, after reading this guide, you are still feeling unsure about the possibility of getting your growing bump photographed, get in touch. I promise you’ll be feeling more relaxed and inspired about booking a session. It is a unique opportunity to capture one of the most beautiful things your body can do.
I do use editing software to enhance my images after the session. However, I only use it to enhance your natural beauty slightly. Every pregnant woman I’ve had the pleasure of working with has the ability to look stunning regardless of size, hair colour, height or any other physical factor. It‘s my job to make you look and feel fabulous, whatever your concerns.