Session Details

Pregnancy is such a special time in a woman’s life, growing a life inside you is nothing short of incredible. What better way to remember such a wondrous time in your life, than documenting it with some beautiful images.

Maternity sessions usually take place between 33-36 weeks, when your tummy is nice and round. Booking a shoot anytime throughout your pregnancy is also fine though! They take place in the studio located in Warrandyte South.

Your session will take approximately 45 minutes and your partner and other children (if you have any) are welcome to join in. Every session is different, as they are specifically catered for your needs, ensuring you feel comfortable and gorgeous throughout your shoot. We have some beautiful gowns and accessories at the studio that can be used throughout the shoot to enhance your beautiful bump.

If a newborn shoot has been booked through CJ SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY an add on Maternity shoot will be offered at a discount rate.

Sessions are held Monday to Friday in studio

Newborn sessions are most successful when done in the first few weeks of bubs birth. This gives us the best chance of capturing those gorgeous sleepy shots, which are so beautiful. This isn’t to say older babies aren’t specular either. More alert and curious babies also make for amazing shots if they are a bit older, so its never to late to book in a shoot!

Newborn/baby sessions can take anywhere from 2-3 hours, allowing plenty of time for bubs to be fed, changed, and settled as required.

You, your partner and any other children are encouraged to join in on the session. The family shots take place first which allow siblings to leave the session earlier (home or to the nearby park if they would like) leaving mum or dad with bubs at the studio.

All props- blankets, wraps, outfits, headbands and accessories for baby are provided on the day. If there is anything special you may have for bubs (i.e. special blanket or toy) that you would like incorporated into the shoot, I can do my best to accommodate that also. The mumma’s will also have access to my client wardrobe, which has a collection of dresses I have purchased specifically to suit all shapes and sizes and make the new mumma’s feel incredible.

To avoid disappointment, booking whilst you are pregnant is best for newborn shoots to ensure you do not miss out. Time slots can book out months in advance given the nature of the shoots. With this said- things are always changing so I will always try to fit everyone in as best as possible.

Sessions are run Monday to Friday in studio

Baby shoots can take place at any age between 6 and 12 months of age , depending on the types of images you would like to receive.

Babies are well and truely showing their unique personalities from 6 months old. The traditional time to get professional ‘sitter’ shots is usually anytime between 6-9 months though, when they can sit independently but not yet crawl.

Smiles, giggles, glares and dummy spits are all apart of these special shoots, and I love capturing all facets of your little ones personalities!

Want something a little more festive to celebrate bubs first birthday? Why not add in a cake! Cake Smash sessions are an absolute blast and so cute!  These sessions include images in a regular outfit, sibling and parent images, cake smash and also a bath splash session to finish.

Baby sessions and cake smash sessions generally take approximately 45 minutes with a range of different props and outfits available for use at the studio.

Sessions are held Monday to Friday in studio 

We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise lost
– Katie Thurmes

To ensure you get honest, beautiful, TRUE images of you and your loved ones we aim for fun and relaxed styled family shoots.  I will ask you to cuddle, play, and/or tickle your kids.  We will of course get some smiling, looking at the camera shots but the natural interactions of you and your family is where the real magic happens!

Clothing advice and information will also be provided prior to the shoot.  All my gorgeous mumma’s also receive access to my client wardrobe, which has a range of styles to suit every size and shape. This is to ensure the whole experience is wonderful/stress free and you walk away feeling like a rockstar!

Family photo shoots can be held on location, suggested by Cj Smith Photography or at locations of choice by yourself.*

For more information please contact us via the contact form!

* Please note travel fees may apply