Bellies & Babies

Bellies, Babies or both goodies

The generous curves of an expectant mother’s silhouette is always a beautiful sight. Almost as moving as the sweet face of newborn baby, spleeping peacefully.

 

Maternity is undoubtedly the most touching and marking event in a woman’s life. To give oneself heart and soul takes a whole new meaning when creating a new life.

Why not capture in images all the beauty of those magical moments which are so important and create wonderful lasting memories?

You can plan a maternity photoshoot a few weeks before your due date or wait for the baby’s birth to make a reservation, preferably between 5 to 14 days old.

Better yet, choose a combination of both in a single package! Maternity in two steps, before and after Baby’s birth!

Click on the Babies and B & B tabs for more details.

Belly Only Package

Please note that the rates and services for a maternity session are exactly the same as for an individual portrait. Click on the Only Me tab for more details.

Preparation Guide for the Mother-To-Be
Package for your newborn baby only

Includes:

  • Three (3) hours of actual shooting;
  • Round trip to and from location, up to 30 km or studio setup and dismantling;
  • Basic adjustments (colour, contrast, luminosity, white balance, sharpening, etc.);
  • Light skin correction (see FAQ);
  • Initial sorting made by the photographer;
  • A private web gallery containing a selection of 20 proofs, presented in both colour and a monochrome version (for a total of 40 images), with a watermark, in a compressed file format and optimized for web display. The gallery will be available for viewing photos during a period of three weeks;
  • The digital files of all the photos you will purchase in a compressed Facebook format with our logo. Build your custom package using the information from the table in the Rates tab.
What you need to know:
  • It is best to photograph newborn babies between 5 and 14 days of age. They are still highly flexible, sleep a lot and and their skin has not been hit by newborn acne yet.
  • A newborn photoshoot takes around three hours. This allows the new mother to take a few breaks, to calm a fidgeting baby without feeling pressed by the clock. It also provides some time for feeding and diaper changes, as well as a few moments for the little one to get back to sleep between various poses.
  • I do prefer to photograph babies in natural light and everyone will feel more at ease if the shooting is held in your home. You will have everything close by to repair any accident, including spare outfits for parents who often get wet by their little angel… Whatsmore, many parents wish to have some pictures of their baby in her own room or living environment. Insufficient light is never a problem, because I always carry some lighting equipment with me, just in case…
  • Baby is usually au naturel or only partially clothed during the photoshoot, so the ambiant temperature needs to be comfortable enough to prevent your little angel’s skin from getting all marbled or blotchy with cold. Be cautious though, too much warmth is just as bad, it will make your baby cranky!
  • Sometimes parents like to have a few skin against skin pictures with their baby. The effect is very natural and may bring additional emotion to the images. However, this is a very personal choice, and the decision remains entirely up to the parents. I would never impose anything you wouldn’t feel 100% comfortable with!
  • Some mothers want to have a souvenir of themselves nursing their baby in a relaxed manner and semi-nudity. Should this be the case, I suggest that you wear a bathrobe and remove your bra at least one hour before the shooting to prevent disgraceful marks on your skin left by straps, elastics or seams.
  • For any parent-with-baby picture, fingernails should get extra attention. They must be clean and well groomed, preferably with clear or neutral polish, if any. It might be a good thing to keep at hand everything you need for a quick hair touch-up.
  • If you want a concept photo with the feet of all family members, please make sure that all of them (the feet, of course!) are clean and well groomed, and that there are no sock marks on the ankles.
  • It always makes better photos when new mothers and grandmothers wear light make-up instead of a glamour or fashion look. Please make sure that your eyebrows are freshly plucked, taking care of removing any hair between the eyebrows. They might not be so apparent in person, but they will unfortunately stand out quite a bit in a photo.
  • It is a great idea to have sibblings participate in a few shots. If this is the case, then it’s important to make sure that they are not wearing bushy hairstyles or any leftover from their last meal on their face or clothing (Yep, you would be surprised at how often this can happen!). Oh, and don’t forget to blow those little noses carefully!
  • Needless to say that the same guidelines apply to the family pet(s). Hairy messes are not pretty in baby pictures!
  • I will provide a number of accessories (knitted nests, cocoons and cute little hats) but you can also prepare anything you might want to use as well like a special teddy bear, hat, basket, little booties, garment, blanket, etc.
Belly and Baby Package

Includes:

  • Approximately 1½ hour of shooting during pregnancy (preferably around the 30th week);
  • Round trip to and from location, up to 30 km or studio setup and dismantling;
  • 3 hours of shooting with your newborn baby (between 5 and 14 days of age, before 10 days is even better);
  • Basic adjustments (colour, contrast, luminosity, white balance, sharpening, etc.);
  • Light skin corrections (see FAQ);
  • Initial sorting made by the photographer;
  • A private web gallery containing a selection of 40 proofs, presented in both colour and a monochrome version (for a total of 80 images), with a watermark, in a compressed file format and optimized for web display. The gallery will be available for viewing photos during a period of three weeks;
  • The digital files of all the photos you will purchase in a compressed Facebook format with our logo. Build your custom package using the information from the table in the Rates tab.
Preparation Guide for the Mother-To-Be
Prices may vary depending on many factors like the distance of the shooting location
or whether the presence of an assistant is needed or not.

Belly Package:

Initial shooting fee (Please click on the Only Me tab for more details.) ………… starting at 150 $

Baby package:

Initial shooting fee ………… starting at 275 $

B & B Package (Belly & Baby):

Total initial fees for both shootings ………… starting at 375 $

The Prints

Format
Price per unit
High quality photo paper
100% cotton fine art paper**
4×6 $6.50 n/a
5×7 $12.00 n/a
8×10 or 8×12* $25.00 $32.00
10×13 or 10×15* $40.00 $50.00
12×18 $60.00 $75.00
16×20* $80.00 n/a
20×24* $100.00 n/a
24×36 $125.00 n/a
Wallet 2½ x 3½
(8 identical)
$25.00 n/a
* : All formats marked with an asterisk (*) may require custom framing. However, they can be used as is, without having to crop the initial image file.
** : Velvet Fine Art is an acid free artistic paper, made of bright white 100% cotton, with a rich matte velvet texture.
Announcement Cards
5×6 annoucement cards or thank you notes with envelopes (packs of 25). Choose among the available styles below.
Ships in three days after you have submitted your choice of photo from the proofs.
Colours can be customized ($10.00 extra).
$85.00
Simple Photo Announcement Cards Without Envelopes

Those are simple 4 x 6 photo prints without envelopes (sold in packs of 25). Choose your font from dafont.com and customize your text with your baby’s name and his birth date. Ships in 3 days after submitting your selection of proof and font.

$40.00
Available options to complete your package
Overtime

Each additional hour after the initial shooting period.

$90.00
CD Packages

Get your favourite photos from the shooting on a CD in both colour and monochrome versions. You will receive a black and white version, as well as a sepia or any other treatment chosen by the photographer.

CD with 10 photos in web format

CD Packages : Get your 10 favourite photos from the shooting on a CD in both colour and monochrome versions. Presented in a compressed file format for web display, but without a logo, and fully post-processed, unlike the proofs.
Not recommended for printing. Available only with the purchase of prints for a total minimum value of $50.00. Basic adjustments are included (colour, contrast, luminosity, white balance, sharpening, etc.)

$50.00
CD with 10 photos in high resolution

Your choice of 10 photos in both colour and monochrome versions, without a logo and in high resolution. Includes all rights to print, as well as basic adjustments such as colour, contrast, luminosity, white balance, sharpening, etc.

$100.00
CD with 20 photos in high resolution

Your choice of 20 photos in both colour and monochrome versions, without a logo and in high resolution. Includes all rights to print, as well as basic adjustments such as colour, contrast, luminosity, white balance, sharpening, etc.
Available only with the purchase of the package Bellies & Babies.

$160.00
Additional photos on CD

Additional photos on a high resolution CD (price per photo, including the monochrome versions).

$12.00
IMPORTANT :

Please note that the quality of prints may vary from one lab to another. The photographer cannot be held responsible for differences in colour, contrast or luminosity of any photo that the customer chooses to have printed from the CD.

Digital Art

Collage 10 x 13, classic-style, including 4 photos (1 large and 3 small), plus a line of text;

$80.00
Retouches

Hourly rate for advanced retouching (modifying background or proportions, stylized treatment, applying textures, fixing problem skin, wrinkles, dark circles, etc.)

$60.00

What is the Skin correction retouching?

It makes stretch marks disappear from the mommy’s belly and it will make the newborn baby’s mottled/blotchy skin more uniform. Please note however that it is not a heavy skin smoothing technique like what we see in fashion magazines.

Where is your studio located?

At my place in Candiac, in your living room, your backyard, out of doors, in a park, downtown, at the lake… In short, anywhere you want, as long as the location is suitable for it.

I would like a photoshoot at home, but I don’t think my decor is suitable.

No problem! I will set up my mobile studio in your house, complete with lighting equipment, backdrop and accessories, if needed.

What is a lifestyle photoshoot?

It’s a type of photography made in a more natural setup, where the subjects are interacting with other subjects and/or their environment. Photos are usually made in ambiant light, if sufficient, or outside. Sometimes, the use of a little burst of flash as a fill-in light is helpful to control unwanted shadows, even in lifestyle photography.

Can the session be held in our backyard or in a park?

Yes, sure! Usually, there is no problem to shoot outdoors or in a park. However, a special permission might be required for a photoshoot in busy public locations, especially in town. But if it can be obtained, why not?

Can my pet(s) take part in our family shooting?

Certainly! It will make wonderful souvenirs and memories for you and your family!

How can I access my private web gallery?

Highlight the password you have been given, right-click and copy it to your clipboard.
Go to the proof galleries home page, using the following link: http://www.brunetphoto.ca/galerie_client/
Locate your gallery thumbnail and click. Double-click on the row of a dozen little stars to select them and right-click to paste your password. The number of stars should decrease to approximately 7 or 8. Hit the Enter key and you should now be in your gallery.

Why do the photos printed from my CD look different from what I see on my monitor?

Because, as explained in the Options tab of your selected package, the quality of prints may vary from one lab to another. The photographer cannot be held responsible for differences in colour, contrast or luminosity of any photo that the customer chooses to have printed from the CD.

Can I scan a print that I purchased from you in order to make an enlargement?

Definitely not. You have purchased a print, that’s all. There is no copyright or rights to print included in the price of a simple print. You cannot have it scanned by another photographer or printing lab either in order to make an enlargement. You need to purchase a CD to benefit from printing rights.

Can I share my proofs web gallery with my friends and family?

Certainly, as long as the copyrights are respected by all.

Can use pictures from my proofs gallery in my Facebook profile?

Yes, you may! You can download all the pictures you want in Facebook format by clicking on the little download button on each thumbnail of your gallery. However, please note that it is forbidden to modify any image or crop it in a way to remove the logo. All photos are resized and compressed for web use and will produce awful results if printed, which is not allowed anyway.

I know the photographer very well. Do I still have to pay a reservation deposit?

Absolutely, yes! Sadly, all people who have cancelled their appointment at the last minute or who have changed their minds without letting me know were people who knew me very well…