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Maternity Body Art: Ino

Pregnancy belly painting is a beautiful art form and we had the privilege of witnessing an artist creating her art on Ino’s beautiful belly. I do not know who created this idea in the first place, but we do love the final result! I think there’s so much to explore in this genre and would love to photograph more of these types of maternity portraits. Since we live in Malaysia, I think this can be done beautifully as a henna design too.

I hope you are inspired by this set to create your own maternity body art! If you have children of your own, here’s another idea for your belly art!

Credits:

Photographer: Jennifer
Location: Stories studio

How to style your family for a photo shoot

Family gatherings are a perfect opportunity for a photoshoot, whether its a birthday party or festive gathering. However, getting a great family photo sometimes requires a little more than just smiling at the camera. There’s some prep work involved and it’s called “styling”. You don’t have to be a professional fashion consultant to do this. In fact, it’s quite easy! Here are four ways to start having better looking photos with just a little bit of styling done right.


1. Consider your location and backdrop

If your photoshoot coincides with an event such as a birthday party or a dinner, think about how the location will look like: What colour will the wall or backdrop be where your group will be standing? Here’s a good rule of thumb you can follow: 

  • Plain background – You can wear either plain or bright colours, and outfits with more patterns. However not everyone should be wearing prints or else the patterns might clash, making overall photo look too messy. 
  • Busy background – It’s best to wear outfits with plain colours (no patterns) that complement the background. Eg. A green leafy background can go with full white outfits or white and khaki colours.


2. Agree on a style

What kind of photoshoot is this? A formal or casual one? Is there a theme? Usually your background also matters when thinking about this. For example, a hotel lobby would look more formal as a photoshoot location compared to a garden. Once you know what kind of photoshoot you’re going for, choose a style for your outfits which suits your location and communicate that to the whole family so that no one is left out.


  • Full formal

Ladies: Long gowns, knee-length dresses or pantsuits, heels or closed-toe shoes

Men: Suits and dress shoes

  • Semi-casual

Ladies: Knee-length cocktail dresses or pants and a nice blouse (jacket is optional)  

Men: Collared shirts, dark jeans or khakis pants, dress shoes

  • Casual

Ladies: Summer dresses, shorts and a simple blouse, sandals

Men: Presentable khaki or denim shorts, clean sneakers, a fresh tee

  • Thematic

Animal onesies, 1920s Gatsby (formal wear), pirates, cultural outfits, the list goes on! 


3. Coordinate your colours

While it is not necessary to colour coordinate all your outfits, grandma might stand out if she is wearing a bright red flowery top and everyone else is wearing white. We coordinate colours for our outfits so that the overall photo looks pleasant. Sometimes saying “everyone wear something colourful” might result in three out of ten people wearing orange, and the other 7 people wearing brown and hot pink! It just does not go well together.

Here are some tips: 

  • Wear complementing colours instead of “matching” colours. This helps your photo look more natural and dynamic. It also gives everyone a chance to wear something that reflects their unique personality while being part of the colour theme! Pick 1 + 3 colours. This means pick one colour, and find three more complementing colours. Eg. White + light blue, light brown, navy blue. The best guide for complementing colours can be found in nature and all around us. This colour palette generator is a useful tool. It extracts colours from a photograph so you’ll know what colours go well together.
  • Wear matching colours if necessary. This can be your next resort if it’s easier. Meaning, everyone wears the same coloured top (eg. white) and the same coloured bottom (eg. blue denim). If you plan to have everyone be fully dressed in just one colour, that usually only works for the colour white. Anything else might be an overkill.
  • Bring two different sets of outfits for variety. Bright, pastel, or dark (bright red is discouraged). Avoid outfits that have large, distracting text on it. Solid colours work best, instead of too many contrasting prints. While coordinating outfits, keep in mind that over-coordinating is bad too – for example, everyone wearing stripes!
  • Swaddles for newborn babies. Most outfits are really large for these tiny humans, so work with a few swaddles of different colours and textures instead of outfits. For babies below one year, cute underwear looks great in semi-naked photos. 

4. Look presentable: light make up, neat hair, and accessories!

You’re putting some effort into what you wear, so you’d want to do the same for how you look. Make sure everyone gets a good night’s rest the night before so you will all look fresh. For ladies, light makeup helps to define your natural beauty. Lipstick, eyebrow pencil, a bit of blush and mascara does the trick. For the men, bring some tissues to wipe away perspiration during the shoot. You don’t have to get your hair styled for the shoot but combing it down, tying it in a way that you’re comfortable with, or using a bit of hairspray and hair gel to keep stray hairs in place can make a huge difference.

Don’t forget the accessories! For ladies, if you’re wearing a plain-coloured outfit, all you need is a bold statement necklace or earrings to complete the look. For men, choose sock colours that complement your outfit and not steal the show. Wearing a watch that matches the style of your outfit makes a big difference too (eg. wearing a classic leather-strap watch with a formal outfit instead of your sports watch).

 

December 2019 Promo

The Season of Giving is here and we have a gift for you! Book any Lifestyle Photography Package this December and redeem a 20% discount on your shoot in 2020. This could be a family, maternity, or newborn photo session.

This discount ALSO applies for prints, albums, and canvases that are ordered in December 2019. Now is your chance to pull out all those lovely old photos and make an album to gift to your family this Christmas!

Terms & Conditions:

  1. Bookings must be done in December 2019. Discount applies for Lifestyle packages, albums, canvases and prints only.
  2. Photography sessions must be completed within 2020 only, dates subject to availability.
  3. Additional upgrades or surcharges confirmed after this promo period will not be entitled to further 20% discounts.
  4. Lifestyle packages booked are fully transferable to another name.

Maternity Portraits: Andrey

Remember that maternity photos are also about you and your partner so wear whatever you’re most comfortable in! We love how Alvan and Andrey rocked up to our studio in these complementing outfits that completely suited their personality. You can also bring a change of clothes to try out a different look and feel. Styling is key to making the shots look uniquely yours!

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Maternity Portraits: Nawal


We are blown away by the city view from Nawal’s apartment in KL – the perfect spot to do a maternity shoot! I personally love visiting private living spaces for photo sessions because it is always different. I am able to incorporate many different interesting elements into the session and hopefully, help the couple or family see a different side to their home. Thank you for inviting me and allowing me to be part of an important moment in your life. All the best to you as you enter into a new phase of life!

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