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maternity session faqs

HOW MANY WEEKS IS IDEAL FOR A MATERNITY SESSION?

We like to schedule maternity sessions between 29 to 36 weeks. Although timing is different for everyone, we recommend coming earlier rather than later because you never know when your baby will actually arrive!

HOW SOON SHOULD I plan to book MY SESSION?

We recommend booking at least 2-3 months in advance, but it is never too early to book your maternity session! Weekend appointments are available at an additional fee.

WHERE IS YOUR STUDIO LOCATED?

We have two studios! One studio is located in Atlanta, GA and one studio is located in Miami, FL! 

WHAT DOES THE PRICE OF your MATERNITY SESSION INCLUDE?

The MLC Maternity Experience Begins at $3500 and includes:

- A Pre-Session Planning & Design Consultation
- Professional Hair Styling and Makeup (including lashes!)
- Additional Touch Ups Throughout Your Session
- A Fully Guided Photo Shoot with Melissa & Raven
-A Variety of Outfit Changes and Studio Setups
-Full Access to our Exclusive Studio Wardrobe
- Custom Magazine-Style Image Editing and Retouching
- Artistically Edited Portraits on a Crystal USB
- Archival Prints and Products

We offer Collections, as well as A La Carte add-on options, so that we are able to fully customize your day with us leaving you with the best products for your lifestyle! Our maternity photoshoot experience begins at $3500 and goes up from there with various options available.

We offer all of our clients interest free payment plans to make any experience “budget friendly.”

For more information on pricing for your session please contact us.




DO YOU PROVIDE the wardrobe for my session?

Absolutely! We have a beautiful selection of dresses, outfits, fine silks and fabrics for draping, as well as form fitting bodysuits, lace robes, etc. that are all exclusive to our studio! Most everything you see pictured on our website we provide, plus some! 

CAN MY PARTNER OR MY CHILD BE IN THE PICTURES?

Yes! We actually encourage him to not miss out on this experience. We do ask that if you are bringing your child or children, to please bring in help keep them occupied.  

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR FOR MY MATERNITY SESSION?

After booking your maternity session, we will send you our Welcome & Preparation Guide so that you will know exactly what to bring, which isn't much at all! We are a full service studio, so you don't need to worry about bringing many items with you to your session. 

DO I HAVE TO BE photographed NUDE?

Absolutely not, but we definitely recommend it! Because our maternity sessions are customized to the wants and needs of each client it is absolutely your choice/preference as to how you want to be clothed and photographed! 

SHOULD I BE CONCERNED ABOUT EXTRA WEIGHT (CHIN, ARMS, THIGHS) AND STRETCH MARKS?

No girl, we've got your back here!! Professional retouching is included in your session so you don’t have to worry about blemishes, stretch marks and certain body contours. Our attention to detail makes you look and feel as if you came straight out of a fashion magazine.

THIS IS MY FIRST STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY EXPERIENCE. WILL YOU GUIDE ME AND HELP ME with POSing?

We hear this from so many of our clients. We absolutely do our best to be sure you feel comfortable, relaxed, and confident! During your shoot we will guide you through every pose and focus on the angles that flatter YOU the most. You will never have to wonder what to do or where to place a finger!

I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE SIMILAR IMAGES/POSES THAT I SAW IN YOUR PORTFOLIO. CAN WE DO THAT?

Absolutely! We actually encourage our clients to choose some of their favorites from our portfolio! You are welcome bring in your own ideas as well, however we ask that your ideas stay within our simplistic style. Please note some photos may be on location and not taken at our studio. If there is a certain photo you love just let us know! 

What is the turnaround time?

Approximately 2-4 weeks after your photo session we will schedule your virtual photo reveal appointment. This will be the very first time that you get to see all of your gorgeous images and pick out your favorites for your album, folio box, keepsakes, or wall art! This is by far our most favorite part of the whole entire process!

Then, it takes about 2-4 weeks for all of your products (albums, folio boxes, wall art, etc) to be delivered and ready for you to take home!

On which days of the week can I have my photo session?

We only accept shoots Monday through Friday, but have a limited number of sessions that we accept any given week. Appointments always start at 10:30am to allow for getting ready time and the best natural light our studio has to offer. If you would like a weekend date there will be an additional fee of $250.

Can i save money if i do my own hair & makeup?

Professional hair styling and makeup is included in the session fee and highly recommended. This is a complimentary service so if you choose to do it yourself the price is still the same.

how long will my session take?

The amount of time your session takes depends on the collection that you selected. 

I want more dramatic set ups with elaborate props/a specific theme for my session. is that something you provide?

Our style is what you see on our website. Clean, classic, simple, and minimalistic. If you are looking for a more dramatic style with a lot of props or you are wanting a specific theme we're probably not a great fit for you as we want to stay true to our style so you can enjoy your photos for years to come with no regrets. Not that we don't want to photograph every single beautiful woman out there, but we do want you to be happy with the outcome of your images! We are more than happy to refer you to other photographers in the area who may fit your style preference better! 

What if I am self-conscious?? (Girl, everyone is lol)

Let’s just face it, every human has something they are insecure about! (Including us, we’re all women here!! Lol) Whether it be a gain of a few pounds because well life happens, that extra cellulite, or your ever changing pregnant body! This is all natural and normal and we do get it!!

And although we completely understand and do our best to support women and their insecurities, we do not condone carping critical personalities (you know the ones that are completely unreasonable and that find fault with every turn, appreciate nothing, and just complain, complain, complain…). Even though we are here to support you and hold your hand, we do have a limit and will stop the process when we feel the situation will be exhausting and emotionally draining on us.

It is our goal to make a significant, positive impact in your life by sharing our gift with you, however when clients become this way and are beyond a reasonable level, the nuances halt our creative process. It is important for you to understand your level of insecurity and your personality style before booking and if this is going to be something for you. 

We aren't the photographer for everyone and everyone is not for us, which is perfectly okay! 

If you have ANY other questions that we did not address here, please e-mail hello@melissalynnecouturephotography.com

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