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Maternity session

Pregnancy is a special and extraordinary time in the life of every woman.

We invite you to a professional photo session, which will be a great reminder of this amazing time.

It is best to do this photo session when the tummy is visible and nicely rounded (28-34 weeks), and the mother feels well enough to participate in the session. We can take photos in the studio or outdoors. The husband and children can also take part in the session.

We invite you to read the information in the below tab: How to prepare for a Maternity photo session.

You decide which photos will be included in the package. After the session, we will send you raw photos via an online gallery. (Applies to all sessions)

Brown package

£99

  • 1 hour photo session
  • 4 digital images fully edited
  • full use of maternity dresses

Silver package

£149

  • 1.5 hour photo session
  • 10 digital images fully edited
  • full use of maternity dresses

Brown package

£149

Pakiet srebrny

£200

  • 1 hour photo session
  • 5 digital images fully edited
  • full use of maternity dresses
  • 1.5 hour photo session
  • 10 digital images fully edited
  • full use of maternity dresses
  • £50 deposit required to secure photo session slot (this will be deducted from final cost at the end)
  • choice of photos from the online gallery, protected via password
  • each additional photo is £15

Information available on request.

The session price includes:

  • The knowledge and experience of the Photographer
  • Graphic processing, giving a unique character to each photo
  • Use of professional photographic equipment and programs
  • Usage of props, clothes and decorations
  • Individual approach to each client
  • Photo session location in our studio in Corby or outdoors in Northamptonshire area
  • Gift voucher if the session is a gift
  • Professional advice throughout the entire session process

What does the whole session process look like?

  1. Contact by phone or e-mail
    We determine what session you are interested in, which package will be the best. We discuss the nature of the session, we talk about additions, place and time of the meeting. If the session is a gift for a loved one – we arrange to collect / send a personal invitation to the session – a gift voucher.
  2. Session
    With us in the studio or outdoors – the most important thing is that it is in a friendly atmosphere!;) We always try to ensure you have a good time and forget about the presence of the camera.
  3. Photo selection
    After the initial selection, we send you photos in electronic form on our platform and you decide which shots you choose as part of your package. (If you prefer us to choose – go ahead 😊)
  4. Post production
    That is original processing, after which your photos receive a unique character and become a good value product of the session. Often, after this stage, we send you a session trailer, because we can’t wait to share the effects of our work with you! 😊
  5. Recording to a memory stick
    Recording to a portable memory, downloading photos from the platform, ordering prints, designing and ordering albums and other accessories.
  6. Special products
    Special products require special handling that is… packing! It must be beautiful 😊
  7. Receipt of the effects of our cooperation
    We invite you in person or we provide materials via courier / post (for an additional fee).

Joining the session is tantamount to accepting the following regulations.

  1. Before the session, each client receives a link to these regulations.
    The decision to use the services of a photographer is equivalent to accepting everything contained in these regulations.
  2. Before arranging a session, please ask about the availability of the date.
  3. The photographer can postpone the session twice without consequences. The photographer is aware of the Client’s effort to organize the vacation, childcare, beautician, etc. Therefore it shifts sessions extremely rarely.
  4. The client has the right to postpone the session once up to 2 days before the agreed date of the session. The photographer decides about the availability of dates.
    In a situation when bad weather occurs on the day of which an outdoor session is set, the photographer, in consultation with the client, will set a new date for the session or perform it in the studio.
  5. Clients willing to participate in the session must entrust me with their name, e-mail address and telephone number in order to be able to contact me in matters relating to my services. i.e. creating an online gallery where the customer selects photos and products, e-mail or telephone contact. The data is not passed on to anyone else. By providing their data, they agree to their processing by me as part of my services.
    Along with the gallery of photos, the Customer receives mandatory GDPR tables – without filling them in, the Photographer is not able to do his job.
  6. The customer receives exactly the number of photos purchased. It is not possible to receive “the rest” of the photos- raw / processed photos for free. However, you may purchase additional shots. The price list clearly informs the customer how many shots they will receive and what the price for each subsequent shot is.Frequently asked question:
    • Can we get the rest of the photos we did not select?
      – Unfortunately not, but you can buy them, because that’s my job. The price for the processed photos is given in the price list. In the case of large orders, such as communion, weddings, events, it is possible to purchase a large number of photos only after pre-treatment, priced individually.
    • what about the rest of the photos we haven’t selected?
      – if you do not inform me about your willingness to buy additional shots within 6 months, the raw material is removed from the discs.
  7. Preparation for the session is extremely important, the quality of the photos depends on this. The photographer is not responsible for the quality of the final work caused by the client’s negligence.
  8. An online gallery with a client session is prepared:
    – up to 7 business days for raw photos
    – up to 30 working days for processed photos
    It is the Photographer who decides which option will be presented to the Client
    Photos in galleries are secured with watermarks, which are removed after purchasing and paying for the shot.Frequently Asked Questions:
    • is the gallery private?
      – yes, the gallery is assigned to an individual e-mail address, password-protected and discreet on professionally secured servers.
    • how long will my photos be available in galleries?
      – see point 6, while the finished photos will be available for one year. This is a non-binding period based on the current cooperation with the server provider and is subject to change.
    • if I choose raw photos, will they be processed?
      – Yes. All purchased photos will be processed, then replaced in the gallery and sent to the customer so that he can download them in digital form to his disk.
  9. If the client has received an online gallery with raw photos, the waiting time for the finished product is up to 40 working days from the moment the client chooses the photos. The waiting period is the result of how many jobs the Photographer has, and he is also very anxious to deliver his work to the client as soon as possible.
  10. Consent to publish. Each client can decide for himself whether he allows the Photographer to publish his image on:
    • facebook EAKotlarek Photography,
    • instagram: EAKotlarek Photography
    • www.EAKotlarek-Photography.com website
    • during exhibitions, openings
    • publications in the press or advertising materials
      The consent for the Photographer is extremely important because it is the only way to promote your work.
  11. You can purchase a Gift Card for each session. The card purchase regulations are available on the website or sent by the photographer at the customer’s request.
    The voucher cannot be exchanged for cash and cannot be returned.
  12. If the client has selected additional shots, they must pay the fee, because without it, the photos will not be prepared. The time for processing is counted from the date of payment for additional shots.
  13. PHOTOGRAPHING (including by mobile phone) by anyone except the Photographer is ABSOLUTELY PROHIBITED during the sessions.
  14. Punctuality in arriving at the session is very important. If you feel that you will be late, please let us know, after 15 minutes of being late, the Photographer will start to deal with other orders of his company. The customer should remember that being late comes at a cost of the time they spend.
  15. PICTURE SELECTION
    If the customer chooses the photo on their own, they have a maximum of 14 days to do so. After this time, the Photographer does not guarantee that he will return the work within 40 working days from the date of selection (a delayed selection may, for example, fall into the holiday period or intensive work and may extend up to 100 working days) and does not guarantee that the session will be maintained after the designated deadline. If the customer does not make a choice within 60 days from receiving the gallery, the session is removed from the discs without reimbursement of the costs incurred by the customer. Deleting a session is irreversible. The photographer can help the client make a choice, the photographer has 30 working days to do so.
  16. The client is obliged to familiarize himself with the Photographer’s portfolio, his style of processing and work. The Client cannot expect the Photographer to perform a work inconsistent with his sense of aesthetics and the style characteristic of the Photographer, including colours, contrast and framing.
  17. RESPONSIBILITY FOR HEALTH AND PROPERTY
    • outdoor:
      When deciding to take an outdoor session, the client must be aware that the open air consists of insects, animals, plants, water, mud, sand and all the wonderful nature. Appropriate protection, for example against ticks, mosquitoes, etc., is on the customer’s side. When moving through fields, meadows, forests or a world made of concrete, both sides observe common sense and generally accepted safety rules.
    • studio:
      A client deciding to take a studio session must exercise some moderate caution. It is a place where there are many items: backgrounds, lamps, wardrobe, furniture, cosmetics. Valuable things for the photographer and the client should approach everything with respect. The client is responsible for their child, including any harm they may cause to their own body.
  18. CHOOSE THE RIGHT PACKAGE NEEDED
    When choosing a session, the client receives exactly what the session concerns. You cannot choose, for example, a family session and “by the way” take a few photos of individuals, a few business photos for the site or romantic hugs for two. Of course, it is not a problem to discuss this possibility in advance, but remember that a family session is not a business session, it is also not a female session. If the client would like to take such photos during one visit, he is obliged to pay extra for the selected session.
  19. The copyright to the photo is ALWAYS the photographer – this is provided for in the law. The purchase of a photograph is not equivalent to ownership within the meaning of the COPYRIGHT LAW, therefore photographs cannot be sent to contests, for example, without the consent of the photographer.
  20. INTERFERENCE IN THE WORKING
    Everyone who comes to the photographer sees his work. You cannot interfere, command and demand a different system of work from him. Any graphic wishes, e.g. attach a sweater or remove suckers etc., is a graphic service, not a photo service. The graphic service is priced individually and can be rejected by the photographer. It is very important to choose a photographer consciously and according to how he works – not the other way around.
  21. COMMUNICATION
    Check the photographer’s working hours on Facebook:
    • EAKotlarek Photography

For the customer’s convenience, a Facebook page was created:
EAKotlarek Photography and email: contact@eakotlarek-photography.com

The photographer usually responds within 24 hours on working days.

Our work is also our passion, so you can be sure that we will give it all our heart and commitment. Thanks to you, we can develop and create cages of fleeting reality. Every moment spent with you is an honour for us.

Maternity session – how to prepare for it

Pregnancy is a beautiful time when we carry a baby under our heart. It’s a time of waiting and hope. Why is it worth standing in front of the lens in a blessed state? The session does not take much time, and the effect of the photographer’s work will be a unique souvenir for a lifetime for the woman, her partner and the child. Additionally, it is an opportunity to spend time with your loved ones in a pleasant way.

When is the best time for a Maternity session?

In our opinion, the best time to do such a session is between 30-35 weeks of pregnancy. Then, when the tummy is visible, it has a rounded shape. We do not recommend a session done later due to the exhaustion of the woman. For pregnant women that could be quite an effort.

What should I remember when scheduling an appointment for that kind of session?

Ladies planning such a session are encouraged not to delay until the last minute. We must remember that at the end of pregnancy, the mother’s well-being may worsen, and the baby may be born earlier than planned. It is best to contact the photographer in the middle of pregnancy, calmly determine everything and choose the optimal time for the session.

What are the types of pregnancy sessions?

  1. Outdoor photo session. Many women choose natural places related to nature, such as lakes, rivers, meadows, forests, mountains, the sea. Depending on the season, you can meet the sessions in the summer or winter aura, both among flowers, cereals and snowflakes. Such photos have a lot of charm, lightness and airiness.
  2. Sessions in a photo studio. It is worth considering, because then we have the right light and the possibility of greater intimacy than during an outdoor session.
  3. Home session. It provides comfort and freedom to the woman. You can drink a cup of coffee, eat a cake, rest in peace.
  4. Family session. We invite whoever we want to come. However, usually these photos show the husband / partner and the child / children, if we have them. These photos have a lot of charm, full of warmth, love and care. You can feel a real home in them.

How to dress for the session?

Dress how you like! Remember that clothes must be comfortable! Don’t wear awkward sets just because they’re pretty. A happy mother looks much better with freedom of movement than a stiffly positioned one, but in a gold dress.

Ask if there are maternity dresses available in the studio. Nevertheless, I encourage you to bring your jeans and plain T-shirt in white and black and one plain dress. I require that you take a set of light underwear with you, it can be white, beige and dark, preferably black. It is good if it is smooth underwear, without laces, bows, and the panties are seamless. For gentlemen, please take your clothes. Best take: white and black T-shirt with matching pants. If a dad decides to buy shirts, I also ask you to take two – one light and one dark. Remember to keep clothes clean and not wrinkled.

Summer, loose dresses are a good solution, as they can gently mask the tummy and display it beautifully in the next photo. Airy clothes give a lot of room for maneuver. If you don’t like dresses on a daily basis, jeans and a T-shirt are great too! Fitted, but not tight-fitting T-shirt will emphasize a beautiful belly and the current state. You can then show the energy and strength that you have within you during these wonderful few months.

 

What to Avoid:
• Clothes with horizontal stripes, dots, and small patterns
• Stripes – those small and those “pressed”
• T-shirts with inscriptions, large applications 

You don’t have to take your shoes with you, bare feet will work great.

Remember to take care of your partner’s feet. Nails clean and evenly trimmed.

Socks are another important thing. Yes, I know, it sounds fun, but if the session is in the afternoon, don’t wear socks a few hours earlier, because the world is simply left with a rubber band on the foot, which will be visible in the photos. Ideally, in the photos you will be barefoot and your partner also or in trousers and shoes.

Preparation of skin, hair and nails as well as epilation…

Skin:

  • Make a peeling 2-3 days before the session, you will get rid of dry cuticles and your face will glow, additionally the make-up will be more durable
  • Hair removal – never on the session day (especially if you have sensitive skin)
  • After taking a bath, embalm your body, your skin will glow and look healthy
  • Take care of your lips, dry, chapped lips don’t look good

Hair:

Make sure your hair is free from roots. I also suggest making an appointment with the hairdresser before the session for hair styling and proper styling. Especially if you are not predisposed to arrange something yourself. If you decide to style your hair yourself, use a brush or make delicate curls, if you like straight hair – straighten it. I encourage you to leave your hair loose, loose, you can use it or puff it up nicely.

Nails:

The most important thing is that they are clean, no breaks ;). If you do not paint your nails on a daily basis, paint them with clear varnish to make them shine. They will look beautiful in the photo. If you use the services of a beautician, choose a French manicure or use one color on all nails. Preferably neutral, pastel, but not pearly. This time, give up cubic zirconia, mermaid effect, decorations, etc.

Epilation:

Remove unnecessary hair – eyebrows, moustache, and hair next moles. Ladies with dark hair on their hands, if you have a complex on this point, think about epilation or covering it. This hair cannot be removed in Photoshop. Also remember about intimate places if the planned photos will be in underwear only.

Makeup:

I highly recommend professional makeup, it always looks beautiful. Make-up artist works wonders. She uses professional cosmetics, knows how to make-up to look good, even out the color of the skin, and above all, she knows that the light of flash lamps has a different color temperature and that the daily makeup disappears, so make-up must be stronger. Flash lighting is much stronger than the available light.

If you decide to prepare for a session alone, choose mat finish of makeup, the power and color appropriate for this kind of session. Avoid glitter and excess pearly cosmetics, such as highlighter or foundation with flecks. Do not test new cosmetics before a session to avoid any skin problems.

Gadgets for a pregnancy session

There are a lot of additions and ideas to enrich the belly session. During the session you can use:

  • Image of an ultrasound directed at the abdomen,
  • Positive pregnancy test,
  • First shoes,
  • Clothes,
  • Blocks, letters with the chosen name for the child
  • Ribbon on the pregnancy belly
  • And many other gadgets that you can choose yourself 🙂

Nowadays, you can even order helium balloons with the baby’s name on it. On such a special day, you can go crazy! And such souvenirs are wonderfully remembered after many years!

Poses in pregnancy photography

We will send you some inspirations a few days before the session. During photos, I always help in choosing a pose. During a maternity session, we often use various accessories that emphasize the photos taken. Ultrasound picture, pregnancy test or tiny shoes.

In addition:

  • don’t slouch, your back is always straight,
  • put your hand on your stomach,
  • smile,
  • follow the photographer’s instructions,
  • practice posing at home in front of the mirror, thanks to which you will know how you look in different poses,
  • inform me about your complexes, about what you do not want to show or emphasize. Sometimes your defect may be an advantage for me, eg freckles on the nose.

How long does a tummy session last?

Usually the session lasts about 1.5-2 hours. It should be a special event in the future mother’s life, a beautiful moment in which we fully focus on her and the baby.

Due to the fact that the photographer plans the session in detail in advance, it runs smoothly, but without rush and in a relaxed atmosphere.

Important!

Come to the session well rested, refreshed, in a good mood, after a light meal. If the session is going to be long, it is worth taking something to eat.

Don’t make an appointment after the session. Often the photos take longer than planned and you will notice that you are in a hurry somewhere.

Summary

I hope that after reading the above information, you already know how to fully prepare for it. Now it will be much easier for you and I can bet the stress will be less 😉

In short:

  What to take with you?

  • good mood and positive attitude,
  • underwear (light, dark),
  • plain T-shirt (white, black),
  • a uniform dress,
  • clothes for a partner,
  • a hair brush,
  • lip gloss, lipstick,
  • stone powder,
  • something to eat
  • optional: ultrasound picture, shoes, clothes

See you at the session!

 

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