Cathy Murai Photography offers custom maternity photography service as an add-on to your newborn session. For mom-to-be, the best time to schedule your maternity session is around 28-34 weeks so that you can show off your beautiful round belly without feeling too uncomfortable. However, if you carry small or gain little weight, I recommend you to wait until 36-38 weeks.
If you have a significant other or other children, they are more than welcome to join in on the session too. Pregnancy is an important milestone to capture with the ones you love!
What Makes Maternity Photography Special?
Pregnancy is a special time during a mother’s journey to starting a family. It’s such a unique experience that nothing else can be compared to it.
We can’t freeze these moments in time and make them slow them. But what we can do is photograph them. My photographs can help you treasure this time in your life, and pass on the memories to the next generation in your family.
Many parents enjoy making baby album for their children. Including maternity photos as well as newborn portraits will be appreciated by your children when they’re older. Consider maternity session as a future gift to your baby, who will grow up in the blink of an eye and be forever grateful to have portraits of you while s/he was in your belly. S/he will admire mama’s pregnancy glow!
How to Book Your Maternity Photography Session
After you contact me, I’ll send you more information about both maternity and newborn sessions including the full price list of the products that I offer. I also welcome you to my studio for a free consultation before booking for you to make sure you feel comfortable. Once you decided to book, I will then send you a contact and invoice along with the pre-session questionnaire, which helps me get to know you and how I can give you the best photos possible.
Upon booking, we will plan and customize your session via email or in-person based on your vision and style. I’ll go over what to expect and give suggestions on what you should bring to your session.
You're proofs will be ready in 2-3 days after the portrait session at the design consultation. This in-person appointment is the most exciting and emotional time of your entire portrait experience with me. Your order will be ready in 2-4 weeks, depending on the products you order.
Now it’s time for the photoshoot! It’ll last for about an hour at my studio. You will get to choose and wear the high-end maternity gowns from my client closet!
While you may not feel you look your best during pregnancy, I promise that you are glowing! Let me capture your beauty and give you a keepsake of this special time. Your family’s story starts with pregnancy and it is a milestone to be celebrated and remembered.
I recommend moms-to-be schedule their maternity session between 30-32 weeks to make sure you do not go into labor before your portraits are taken. If you are carrying small, you may want to wait until the 33-36-week window to better showcase your baby bump.
I have a selection of maternity gowns and wraps available that clients can access. If you would like to wear something you have, it’s best to avoid clothing with busy prints or logos that will distract from your natural beauty. Choose something in a solid color that makes you feel comfortable and beautiful.
Absolutely! Pregnancy is a special time for partners and other children, too. They are welcome to be a part of your maternity session.
Your maternity session fee of $125 = ($300 – 175) = (maternity + newborn session fee minus newborn only session fee) will be credited towards your newborn session order.
* Add $75 per baby for multiples * Add $50 for family dog
Session Fee includes:
Pre-session Consultation via email or in-person to customize your newborn session.
A session prep guide for a successful session
Photo shoot & full access to unique props
Design and ordering consultation to view and select your portraits.
- Session fee DOES NOT include prints, products nor digital images. They are purchased separately. Boutique line of products are available, including gallery wrap canvases, albums, memory boxes, and digital negatives.
Cathy Murai Photography is a Professional Photography Studio Specializing in Maternity, Newborn, Baby, First Birthday, and Cake Smash Photography in Irvine, California Serving Families in Orange County, San Diego, and Los Angeles. The studio is registered, licensed and insured in the State of California.