Kelsey's Maternity Session | Lodi + Stockton Outdoor Maternity Photographer | Mary Humphrey Photography

I've photographed quite a few Maternity sessions this year, and I truly feel like these sessions are love stories that unfold in front of me. Sometimes it takes a while, but we always get to that place where they are at ease, they are connecting, and maybe even stealing a snuggle or a kiss. And I absolutely love that. Those are my favorite photos to take.

Take a peek at the Thompson's session and their adorable 'love story'.  <3

A Maternity Session | Lodi Lake | San Joaquin County Maternity, Birth and Newborn Photographer

I photographed Kelly and Matt's maternity session at Lodi Lake this last week, and we all had a lot of fun. They were so easy to photograph! Relaxed and natural in front of the camera. I just love the photos we got from this session and am blown away by the variety we got in one tiny area of the park. 

San Joaquin County Maternity Photographer | Lodi Lake | Mary Humphrey Photography
Lodi Lake Nature Trail Maternity Photographer | Mary Humphrey Maternity, Birth, and Newborn Photography
Pretty Maternity Photography | Lodi Lake | Mary Humphrey Photography
Stockton and Lodi Maternity Session | Mary Humphrey Maternity, Birth, and Newborn Photography
Hello Baby Maternity Session | Stockton and Lodi Maternity Photography | Mary Humphrey

Location Scouting | A Personal Share | Central Valley Photographer

The other day I took my family out location scouting at Lodi Lake. Location scouting helps me to prepare for up-coming shoots - I learn what direction the light will be coming from, and how strongly it shines in a particular area, as well as what might work and what might not. I take note of how the greenery is growing (or has it been trimmed back?). I look for framing opportunities. And sometimes I stumble upon a hidden corner that has gorgeous shadows, or a tree that makes for the perfect filter of yummy light.

My mini-me was just as into it as I was. She even brought her camera to take her own pretty pictures! 

Location scouting at Lodi Lake | Mary Humphrey Photography

4 Tips to Dressing for Your Photo Session | Central Valley Photographer

Some people just know what works in front of the camera, and what doesn't. Maybe they have amazing style. Maybe it comes effortlessly to them, like a picture in their head.  For the rest of us, here are a few tips on keeping it timeless. These tips apply to any and all photography sessions - from maternity and fresh baby, to births!


1. If In Doubt, Go Simple.

You can't go wrong with simple clothing. Skip the graphics, logos, and shirts with words on them. Pair down the prints and plaids. You and your gorgeous family will be the focus, and your photos will never go out of style.

2. Be Yourself.

Unsure of those shoes or that dress? Don't forget to let your true personality shine through. It's ok to dress up a little, but make sure you FEEL GOOD in your clothes. Because when you're relaxed, your photos will be so much more authentic.

3. consider Neutrals.

Although I adore color, there is something about neutrals that gives your photos a beautiful, timeless quality. They just work. Charcoal, grey, tan, beige, white, cream - they're classic colors that always look good. Another bonus? Your photos will look great in ANY room of your house.

4. Matching Not Required.

Really! You don't have to perfectly match each family member. Gone are the days of crisp white button-up shirts for the entire crew. Whether it's a documentary session, or a little bit more formal, it's ok to mix and match a little. Your photos will look more natural, and the emphasis will be on Your Story.

Do you have any tips to add? Share them in the comments!




A Maternity Session | Lodi Maternity Photographer

Oh my goodness. This couple was seriously adorable. <3 I just love the photos we got from their session last week - and these are just a few of them. Cindy wanted a location that I hadn't worked at before, but I'm so glad I tried something new! Lots of happy thoughts for this little family as they near the big day.

Stockton Maternity Session
Stockton Maternity Photography Session
Maternity Photography in Lodi
Baby Bump | Mary Humphrey Photography