Celebrate motherhood and document your journey there with a maternity session. We recommend scheduling your Charlotte maternity photography session between 30 and 36 weeks to showcase your growing bump and ensure your comfort. I strive to provide customized experiences to all of my mamas. Sessions are designed to be fun and laid back - playful prompts encourage natural interactions and reactions for the most genuine display of the excitement you're feeling.
We recommend scheduling your session when you're between 30 and 36 weeks pregnant. This is typically before many moms start to get uncomfortable towards the end of pregnancy. Choose your session collection, sign your contract & pay your retainer fee.
Once you've secured your spot on the calendar, we can plan the details of your session and select a gown from our client closet if you choose. You'll also receive a questionnaire regarding your preferences to help us determine a location.
Within 1-2 weeks of your session, your final edited gallery will be sent to you via a link. Image selections are made at this time and print products are ordered.
Gone are the days of stressing over what to wear to your maternity session. Sweet Souls Portrait Design is one of the few Charlotte maternity photographers to offer an exclusive client closet to all of our maternity clients. Dresses in the closet are specifically designed for maternity, are one size fits most or XL and photograph gorgeously.
Below you'll find some helpful blog posts regarding our Charlotte maternity photography sessions and pregnancy photos in general. Feel free to look around and contact us if you have any questions.
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If you're in the market for a maternity photoshoot in Charlotte, NC - search no further than Sweet Souls Portrait Design. Melody specializes in gorgeous portraits from bump to baby, wielding both natural and artificial light to make sure you get the most gorgeous images for this transitional period of your life. Deciding on maternity photography in Charlotte, NC has never been easier. Take a look around and reach out if you have any questions!
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME OF DAY FOR A SESSION?
For the best light, it’s my recommendation that we schedule outdoor sessions at either sunrise or 1-2 hours before sunset. Based on the time of year, exact times vary so details are determined once you’re booked and we’re close to the scheduled date. If your schedule does not allow a golden hour session, we can still schedule - but your images will vary in the style to compensate for the harsh light settings.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?
Maternity sessions range from 30 minutes up to 1.5 hours – depending on the session package you choose. This provides plenty time to move around, engage all participants in the session and do an outfit change.
WHEN DO I GET PHOTOS BACK?
Within 24 hours of your session, you'll receive a watermarked proof gallery. From here you can select the number of images included in your package and purchase extras if you choose. Once you send over your selections, they'll be fully retouched and your completed gallery will be sent within 1-2 weeks. Print products typically return from the professional print lab within 3 weeks.
WHAT DO I WEAR?
We offer our clients a selection of maternity gowns to choose from for their session. If you'd prefer to wear your own clothing, we have a style guide to help guide your selections to ensure you get the most from your outfit and session.
CAN MY SIGNIFICANT OTHER AND OTHER CHILDREN JOIN?
Of course we can include your significant other and children (fur babies included) in the session. We'll chat about what you're looking to get out of the session beforehand and will select the package that best fits your family's needs.
WHERE DO MATERNITY SESSIONS TAKE PLACE?
There are tons of locations in the Charlotte area that we love to shoot at. Once booked, I'll send over a questionnaire to determine what your "style" is and based on your answers - we can select a location that you love.
DO I GET DIGITAL IMAGES?
Yes! Each package includes a set number of digital images - however you're more than welcome to purchase any additional photos that you love.
DO I GET PRINTS?
Prints are not included with the collections, but they are available for purchase A la carte.
WILL THE IMAGES BE RETOUCHED?
Yes. All images will be professionally retouched when you view them. Unedited images are never released.
WHEN WILL I GET TO SEE THE PICTURES?
Images from your maternity session are presented in a private online gallery within 1-2 weeks of your session.
IS HAIR AND MAKEUP INCLUDED IN THE COST?
At this time, hair and makeup is not included - however I have a list of recommendations for both I'd be more than happy to share.
ARE THERE DISCOUNTS FOR BOOKING MATERNITY AND NEWBORN TOGETHER?
Yes! When bundling, you'll receive a $50 discount off the newborn package of your choice. Please complete the contact form for more details.