It’s time to book your Maternity session!
Maternity portraits are best taken between 28-33 weeks when you have a nice sized bump and before any swelling may set in.
We’d like to take the stress out of getting these special portraits taken and hung on the wall. Relaxed, at your house, the park or at our Studio Backlot. We’d love to help you decide.
We are here to create a one of a kind experience and beautiful, timeless portraits you can be proud to hang on your walls. We shoot with the end products in mind so you can rest assured we will capture what you are looking for.
Below are all the details you need to know to call for your personal consultation. We couldn’t be more excited to work with you.
A Session Fee is collected when you call to reserve your date and time.
275 April and May
175 June through December
100 January, February and March
SESSION FEES INCLUDE :
time and talent of the photographer
7 day online ordering gallery
Three session choices for maternity sessions with different minimums for each.
Minimum purchase is not a set package. You may buy whatever you like from all our prints and products.
The minimum is just the minimum requirement you must spend.
*no prints or products are included in session fees
WINTER MINI LIMITED EDITION
January 1 through March 31
PROFESSIONAL MAKE-UP ARTISTRY
Our make up artist works exclusively for our studio and with 17+ years of experience in the entertainment and photography industry, she knows exactly what is needed to get your face camera ready.
She is an expert on how to accentuate your best features with emphasis on blending, sculpting and highlighting. She relies on tried-and-true techniques to achieve modern results while consistently creating clean, natural looks. She is well known for her attention to detail and likes to work with each one of her clients to create a customized look that will bring out their best features. She does her homework! Once you are booked she takes the time to look up each girl on social media to see how they do their makeup on a typical day. Then, before make-up application on session day, together, you come up with the perfect plan. So you are going to get the look you desire, but with the contouring and shading we need for the camera and lighting we use.
NOTE: Schedule your appointment with her at the same time you book your photo shoot.
OUR STYLE CLOSET IS YOUR STYLE CLOSET
“Accessorizing should be seen like the spice of an outfit”
Most women agree that jewelry should be a part of every outfit. I’m still trying to find out why so many women find it such an agonizing chore to shop for accessories. We are a bit addicted to this particular part of the process… it’s our favorite. When you see our style closet in person, you’ll see we need AA! Accessories Anonymous.
We always carefully select the accessories for each outfit: they are a perfect touch that will enhance the simplest outfit and bring harmony to it. Great style is in the details!
Here is a great ARTICLE on accessories by Bridgette Rae: style expert that you should check out.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW SOON SHOULD I BOOK MY SESSION? WHEN IS THE BEST TIME OF YEAR?
Marci and Christy’s calendar typically books up at least 3 weeks in advance. During the busy fall season and on weekends they can book up as early as 6-8 weeks. So you need to call right away to ensure you get your desired date!
Maternity sessions are best at 28-33 weeks when you have a great bump but before any swelling has begun to set in. Call early to get on our calendar.
DO WE COME TO YOUR STUDIO?
We want your personal style to be reflected in your session locations and match your wardrobe to your surroundings. Marci and Christy photograph at their Studio Backlot from April – November as weather permits. Downtown / Around Town sessions are more often shot during the winter months but can be scheduled at any time of year, just ask when you call for your consultation.
Maternity sessions can be great at your home, trust us, it can be great! Shooting at a local hotel,downtown, park or at our studio backlot… we’d love to talk to you and help you decide.
Check out our Downtown / Around Town gallery to see if these locations might be what you are looking for. Upon booking your date you will be provided with location options and discuss what you like, what you want and what your vision is. This way, your images will be unique, fresh and completely you.
WHAT IS YOUR STUDIO BACKLOT?
Designed especially with portraits in mind, our 3 acre Studio Backlot park has something for everyone! With our sheltered 2500 sq. ft. area filled with sets, it has everything we need to create the unique images you have been dreaming of. It’s ALL in one place, full of textures … no driving from location to location. Field favorites include the 1950’s car and truck, tree swing, fences, and wildflowers!
Other areas include:
Paris Loft with chandeliers, vintage couches and chairs.
The sandy beach with hammock and palm trees.
Indoor studio space for a clean contemporary look
The only private waterfall set in Indiana.
Industrial metal and pallet set with rusty stairs.
Rustic barn set with lots of wood, tin and textures and a big old barn fan.
Vintage looks with old wallpapers, suitcases and beautifully upholstered chairs.
Our double dressing rooms are filled with accessories for you to use during your session. Hats, jewelry, scarves, shoes, boots etc.
Our Studio Backlot is located just 12 miles south west of Indianapolis. A 35-40 minute drive from Noblesville, Carmel and Fishers. 15 minutes from Greenwood. 10 minutes from Plainfield and 20 minutes from Martinsville.
13244 North Paddock Road Camby Indiana 46113 is the address you need to plugin to your GPS.
WHAT IF IT RAINS?
Marci and Christy photograph all sessions outdoors. Weather can definitely play a role in your photo shoot. They never compromise your session and never take a chance, so if rain or heavy winds are in the forecast rescheduling to a day that works for you with great weather is paramount.
EVERYONE IS SO BEAUTIFUL ON YOUR SITE.
You might actually be surprised how often Marci and Christy hear that. Many of the people MAC photograph are nervous that they are not as photogenic but MAC believes that there is something special about every person they photograph…Everyone is beautiful!!!! One of their best talents is that they know what beautiful looks like and how to capture it. Leave the lighting and posing to the experts, relax and enjoy the experience.
We know how to pose and capture the beauty of a pregnant woman’s body and her glow. We can do that for you. If you love the images you see on this site, you will love the images MAC creates for you!
I WANT TO LOOK MY BEST! DO YOU OFFER HAIR AND MAKEUP SERVICES?
MAC has their own staff make up artist! At this time, they do not have full hair services. But they love creating hair change ups on the fly. All kinds of braids, updo’s and pony’s to help give a variety of looks throughout your session.
CAN I BRING A FRIEND, MY HORSE, DOG OR OTHER PETS?
Absolutely! Your mom, sister, or best friend is more than welcome to come along and help. But, only if it’s someone you can be yourself in front of and not someone who is not going to make you uncomfortable. Your bestie could be the secret to incredible images or could prevent you from feeling relaxed and confident in front of the camera. Please limit your entourage to no more than two people… it just typically works out best that way.
Yes to pets, of course! We specifically ask that you bring a person to care for the needs of the animal and that they be present at all times. Dogs need to be on leashes, snacks and water/bowl need to be on hand as well. It also helps if the pet can arrive separately and be taken away when they are finished with their portion of the photo shoot.
HOW LONG WILL OUR SESSION LAST?
Sessions generally last about an hour, depending on your wants and needs. If you book make up, that will add about 30 minutes at the beginning of your session.
If you include them in your maternity session, most younger kids (and dads!) will start to lose interest after about 20-30 minutes so we aim to maximize time as much as possible.
WHEN CAN I EXPECT TO SEE OUR IMAGES?
Approximately 10-14 days after your session, your images will be presented to you in password protected gallery. You will have 7 days to complete your order online.
WILL I BE ABLE TO SHARE MY IMAGES ON SOCIAL MEDIA?
Marci and Christy can create a customized social media app for your smart phone and when purchased, you will be able to share your images on Instagram, Facebook and more. These are not in any way suitable for printing, only for sharing.
All images by Marci and Christy are protected under the Federal Copyright Law, which means that even though you are the subject of the image, the photographer retains ownership and it is illegal to alter the images in any way. This means no cropping, editing, filters, scanning, copying (taking photos of the photos), or any other weird stuff. All web-ready images will contain a watermark to protect clients and to ensure that the images are never stolen and published on other websites or used for profit by third parties.
CAN OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS ORDER IMAGES TOO?
Sure…with our online ordering system, it’s a piece of cake!
I DON’T WANT TO SPEND A LOT OF MONEY, CAN I STILL GET GOOD PHOTOS?
In all honesty, you get what you pay for. If your boss’s cousin’s best friend does photography for free, your photos will look like your boss’s cousin’s best friend did them for free. If you are looking for quality, experience, and the peace of mind knowing you’ll have wonderfully good photos, Marci and Christy are right for you!
Most people typically choose to spend an average of 1200 on their custom portrait experience. À la carte print pricing begins at 60 and Fine art canvases at 150. Print packages begin at 900.
Marci and Christy’s collections have been designed based on what has been most popular for families over the years and are built with flexibility to fit perfectly with our families needs and wants.
WE REALLY WANT TO MAKE THIS WORK, DO YOU HAVE A PAYMENT PLAN?
Marci and Christy accept cash, checks, paypal and all major credit cards.
Custom Portraits are an investment you’re making for your family and you should have the opportunity to make it work within your budget. Simple payment plans are available for orders over 1500. More details available by request.
WHAT TO WEAR FOR YOUR MATERNITY SESSION
WARDROBE CHOICES FOR YOUR PHOTO SHOOT
You want to choose clothing for your photo shoot that you feel most comfortable in and beautiful wearing. If you aren’t comfortable, chances are you won’t feel beautiful. Below you will find tips and suggestions on how to select outfits to capture beautiful portraits and results you’ll love.
Solid color, long and flowing or mid-length maxi dresses are a fantastic way to highlight that beautiful baby bump and covers up any areas you feel are problem areas. Accessorize with a chunky necklace and a statement bracelet and you’ve got your first outfit. Lace and pretty small flowered prints work as well.
Solid colors tend to photograph best however if you have a pattern you love, like flowers or lace, go with it. We want your personality and style to be present in your look for your session. But keep in mind that bold patterns and loud stripes can be very distracting, you what the focus of your images to be that beautiful baby bump not the pattern of your clothing choices.
The color palette of your home is a beautiful place to start. If the color palette is composed of neutral colors, think about what colors would be complimentary. Colors such as a deep turquoise or maroon accent neutral colors very well. Mustard or melon look modern and clean with a gray palette. When you get your large canvas print up on the wall you don’t want the colors to clash with your home’s decor.
Matching is out and coordinating is in. If your mate is going to be awesome enough to take some beautiful photos with you think about wearing complimentary colors or colors in the same color palette.
Let’s say you have a print maxi dress that you feel great in and know you want to build an outfit around it. Let’s say it has navy, salmon and mustard flowers. Your mate could wear navy cords and a mustard button up or polo and BAM you’ve got a great look going on. Coordinating but not too matchy-matchy.
Jeans and a simple cotton shirt are a contemporary clean look that will never go out of style. You can do a funky and fun look with a silly maternity logo t-shirt as well if that is your everyday style.
Let’s talk about timeless looks and textures. You’ve invested quite a bit of money for your maternity photos that will become treasured family heirlooms. Imagine your son or daughter viewing these photos when they are adults, the value of these images is priceless. You want to choose clothes that have a timeless and classic look. Lace dresses, shirts, swimsuit cover ups, and dresses. Chunky cardigans and off the shoulder sweaters can bring a romantic and sexy vibe into the portraits.
Accessories are the bomb-diggity and so are layers. Start with your base layer of clothing, a solid maxi dress, a solid colored top or jeans and then add layers of texture and accessories. Bring in a short tweed jacket or blazer, add a floral scarf, add a chunky necklace, bracelets or a headband. Don’t forget to pay attention to your feet. A cute pair of wedges or boots can complete the outfit but maybe going barefoot would work as well depending on the location of your choosing.
Select a few pieces and then lay it all out and begin to edit. You can begin to put outfits together. Check out online tools like the thousands of Pinterest boards dedicated to ideas on what to wear for all kinds of portraits. Once you’ve pulled some options out of your closet, begin to edit, keep it simple and lay your clothing choice out on your bed or floors to get a grasp of the whole look.
We always welcome you to bring extra outfits so that we can have fun helping you make your final selections. Have you checked out our style closet images on this page? Wait until you see it in person!
We are so excited to work with you and look forward to your day in front of our lens!
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