As a photographer, there’s something truly special about capturing a couple’s excitement and anticipation for their little one. Documenting maternity photo sessions, especially at beautiful locations like Ohope Beach, is an experience I truly cherish. For pregnant couples, a maternity photoshoot is a perfect way to celebrate and remember this magical time. In today’s blog, I’ll be talking to you about two crucial elements to add variety to your maternity session: bringing your dogs and making use of props. So, let’s get started!

Why Bring Your Dogs to Your Maternity Photoshoot?

If you’re a dog lover, your fur babies are practically family. Including them in your maternity photoshoot not only adds sentimental value but also introduces an element of fun and spontaneity. Here’s why you should consider bringing your dogs to your maternity session:

1. Dogs symbolise the family bond – they were your first babies

Having your dogs in the photoshoot highlights the beautiful journey you’re on as a growing family. These photos will remind you of the love and support that surrounds your little one.

2. Candid moments make the best memories

Dogs are natural entertainers, and their unpredictable antics will bring out genuine laughter and joy from you and your partner. These candid moments make for beautiful and unforgettable photos.

3. A unique personal touch

Let’s face it, dogs have their own unique personalities. Including them in your maternity session adds a personal touch that is uniquely yours.

Why Are Props Essential to Your Maternity Session?

Props are fantastic for adding visual interest to your maternity portraits. There’s no limit to the creativity you can achieve when incorporating props that hold sentimental value or tell a story. Let’s break down why props play a significant role in your maternity photoshoot:

1. Highlight your style

Props help express your style as a couple or individual throughout the session! This makes your session uniquely yours!

2. Show off your personality

Props help to showcase who you are as a couple. For instance, if you both love board games then let’s do an at-home-style maternity photo session. And for part of the session I could document you both having fun playing a board game together. The possibilities truly are endless! A personal touch like this will make your photos even more precious to you!

3. Add variety to your portraits

Props can also break up the session, adding variety to your poses and compositions. Incorporating props helps create an engaging and versatile collection of photos. For Ambers portraits we played around with the use of wide brim hats! This was heaps of fun and definitely spiced up her gorgeous images.


February 7, 2023

A maternity portrait of a pregnant woman in the dunes of Ohope Beach captured by Eilish Burt Photography

Maternity Photoshoot, Ohope – Amber, Logan + Bump

Eilish Burt


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