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Three Locations in one Maternity Photoshoot

Three Locations in one Maternity Photoshoot

Maternity clients never have to choose between a studio photoshoot or on-location photoshoot with NicCole Photography. Choosing NicCole Photography is like getting three locations in one photo session. If the idea of having a photography session in the studio, in a natural light area and outside sounds amazing keep reading.

Three locations in one maternity photoshoot
Expecting mom posing in three different locations during her maternity session.

1-Natural Light Area in the Studio

We start in the studio around the natural light area. This gives an expecting mom time to preview her maternity gown choices and also get some posing tips for a pregnant mother’s body. (Notice in the above images the first image is from the natural light area.)

We schedule outdoor maternity sessions based on lighting. The late evening is always secured for our maternity sessions.

expecting mother using three different sets for her maternity photos
Natural light studio area | Outdoor | Studio backdrops and lights

2-On-Location | Outdoor

The studio is on 130+ acres of private forest area and the golf cart scoots us around to different outdoor locations. Using the cart allows us to find the best lighting for that evening to create dreamy photos.

What type locations can you expect to use at the NicCole studio?

We have several areas to photograph expecting mothers outside. The pond, a row boat, the apple orchard, a tree swing, tall grassy fields, pastures with horses, country roads with tall pines and the pool are a few shooting locations. If your a nature loving momma this place is ideal.

Well what about the mom who wants a more uptown feeling. We certainly can venture out to the hallmark like downtown area here near the studio. Traffic lights, vintage store fronts, side walks between the brick buildings and store front windows are what you can expect from that area. ( Notice the middle images are outdoors.)

Natural light and backdrops sets in the studio and outdoor locations for your maternity session
Natural light studio area | Outdoor | Studio backdrops and lights

3- The Studio Backdrops

The studio backdrops are typically our last set. Moms are super comfortable with how I want them to pose because we have modeled the poses repeatedly. She feels comfortable in front of the camera and is confident that I am capturing amazing maternity shots of her. We have several paper backdrops, digital backdrops (thanks to AI) and cloth photography backgrounds. (The last image is backdrops)

What if an expecting mom prefers to use only 2 locations for her photo session?

expecting mother photographed with her daughter and husband
Natural light studio area | Studio backdrop with lighting

I know not all moms are a fan of outdoor images. Having been a hairstylist for 23+ years I know the Carolina heat and humidity wrecks havoc on hair, there are bugs, and cold weather are a few reasons to keep an expecting mother inside the studio.

Some moms prefer a particular shooting area over another. We just modify our session to capture more of what you want for your maternity portraits. If thats all natural light area…let’s do it. Maybe you love the editorial feel of the backdrops and only want to have those lights on your baby bump…we can do it! If your like me a love to run barefoot outside and want the wind in your hair for the entire session….yes, let’s do that! (Notice the mom above chose to stay inside.)

Maybe you have more questions before you are ready to chat with NicCole take a peek at our most frequently asked questions.

Have you met NicCole? She has included some information about herself on the bio page.

Brandy NicCole:


I am so glad your here!

I am Brandy NicCole, animal lover, gardener with a brown thumb, mother to one amazing son, wife to my soulmate and Jesus follower. My bff just happens to be 88 yrs old and we have known each other for 30+ years.

Fun Facts:

Who's NicCole:

It's my middle name

Favorite snack:

Reese Cups

Go-To drink order:

Sweet tea

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