Maternity Welcome Guide Julie Collins photography

If you're reading this that means you're embarking on a new stage in your life! Whether this is your first baby, or your third, welcoming new life into this world is a beautiful thing! Even better that you are here because that means you are either thinking about hiring Julie Collins Photography to capture this time in your lives or you've already booked your JCP session.

Either way I'm excited!

Throughout this guide you'll find all the information you need to guide you through the complete JCP experience. You'll learn how to prepare for your session, what to expect and all about the pricing and fun client reveal night! JCP has created each step to give you the full service photography experience you deserve.

The Julie Collins Photography Experience

Raise your hand if you have an iPhone, hard drive, disk or flash drive full of pictures. Raise your hand if not one of those pictures have ever been printed. Do you have both of your hands up now? Julie Collins Photography strives to make sure that neither of these two things happen!

JCP is a full service boutique photography business. My goal is that when you look at the printed imagery from our session together, you will be brought back to that moment and you will FEEL that emotion. Not only will you have an amazing session that leaves you with beautiful memories, but also you will have heirloom quality prints and products that will last a lifetime.

About two weeks after your session you'll have your session reveal and ordering night where you'll get to see all of your images for the first time. That night we'll work together to create amazing products to showcase your entire session. From wall art to albums - JCP has a full range of products to meet all of your needs!

I'm guessing that right now you're saying, "But I want the digital files!" Don't worry! I completely understand where you're coming from. I value digital files as much as you do! JCP offers collections that include digital files along with the quality products for your family to enjoy. You'll get the best of both worlds AND get them for a lower price when they're combined in a collection. Doesn't get much better than that!

So now it's time to grab a cup of coffee and scroll through these pages. Learn how together we will create an experience of a lifetime!

Planning Your Session

Did I forget to mention it? CONGRATULATIONS on the upcoming addition to your family! How exciting! I've never been more excited than when I was pregnant with my children. It would be my honor to capture this fleeting time in your lives!

The best time to take maternity photos is between 6-10 weeks before your due date. You will have great shape by then but not be overly huge. Once we get a date on the calendar for your session we can start planning your dream session. Where to go, what to wear...remember that I'm here with you through the whole process so be sure to relax and let me help if you need it!

- When we're deciding on a location think about places you and your family LOVE and where you have the most fun. This could be a favorite park, walking along paths in the woods, a rustic barn, your own backyard or living room...wherever it is we'll make sure to capture your family being your family and having FUN!

- When choosing outfits refer to the "What to Wear" portion of this guide and remember that it's likely you can choose right from your own closets!

- Have children already and stressed about convincing them (or your husband) to give the perfect smile? Don't worry! I've got it covered. The best thing you can do to help make this happen is to relax and let me handle it. I pride myself on taking the time to get to know your family, to play and have fun. During this time I'll grab the fun candids but also convince your child(ren) that they like me enough to smile genuinely for those perfect shots! After years of doing this I've got it down to a science!

- Keep the bribery at home! Most likely we won't need it and if we do, I come prepared! I'll have a special something for each of your children for after the session....if they're not cooperating that usually does the trick.

What to Wear

Deciding what to wear for your session can seem like a huge chore. Following these simple tips will help you choose the perfect outfits for your upcoming session with ease! Don't forget to check your closet first!

DO - Choose a color scheme based on where you'd like to hang these pictures. Ex/ If you're planning on a living room wall display and your living room is decorated in earth tones choose colors that will coordinate.

DON'T - Match. Leave the jeans and white t-shirts at home and instead choose a color scheme and coordinate.

DO - Layer. The more layers the better. Sweaters, scarves, jewelry, blazers, hats. Layers create visual interest and add texture throughout your pictures. They're a great addition.

DON'T - Be afraid of patterns. Plaids, polkadots, florals and stripes can be overwhelming when all paired together but mixing in a few patterns here and there are another great way to add some interest to your photo session.

DO - Pay attention to your shoes. Shoes matter! A pair of tennis shoes mixed in with cute boots and dress shoes can be an eye sore in your photos. Try to stick with neutral shoes for the whole family.

DON'T - Wear logos. As much as shoes can be an eye sore so can a big logo across a t-shirt. Try to steer clear of sports or brand logos or sayings across the front of your shirt. Again, this takes the attention away from the family and brings the eye right to the t-shirt.

DO - Stay comfortable! Especially for mom, pick something you love and build around that. Wear something your are comfortable in while sitting, standing and running and playing. You'll thank me later!

DON'T - Overthink it! You want your family to look like your family so don't stress too much about the outfits. Be sure to have fun with it!

After the Session

You've already had a blast at your session but now things are about to get even better! Two weeks after your session we'll have your reveal night. We will schedule this at the same time we schedule your session to ensure you see your images as soon as possible! On your reveal night you'll see all of your images for the first time. It's definitely something to get excited about!

That night I'll come to your home (that's babysitter required and you can even stay in your jammies if you want!) and show you a custom slideshow with your images. After you've experienced the slideshow you'll have some time to go through all of your images and take a look at all of the product samples I bring along. Seeing everything in person will really give you a sense of what products are most important to you. Not only that, you'll have the opportunity to hold up images on different walls in your own home to see what sizes will work best! You'll have plenty of time to ask questions, get advice from the expert (me!) and time to choose your favorites. This is the BEST part! Deciding together makes this process so easy!

The collections on the following page have been put together to give you the absolute best quality products for the best value. Those collections are available on reveal night only. No need to worry if the products in the offered collections don't fit your needs. All products are available a la carte as well and are 10%-20% off on reveal night!

The goal of the reveal night is to finalize your order so we can get your prints and products to you as soon as possible. To help make this stress-free it is a great idea to take a look through all of the different products and collections before reveal night so you can go into it with an idea of what might work best for you. Once you've seen your images that may change but it's always good to have an idea when we get started!

When all the fun of reveal night is over, you'll have a short wait before you'll have those images in your hands! Digital files purchased will be made available within 24 hours and you can expect to have your prints and products in hand within 2-4 weeks. When everything is in, we'll schedule a time that I can hand-deliver everything to ensure it gets there safely! Full service is the goal here. No more mail deliveries or pick up required!

I am so excited to work with you and your family. Together we will craft not only wonderful memories, but gorgeous, timeless images as well. If you have any questions, please feel free to send me an email at

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