#maternitypropcloset · maternityphotography · photography · sunnysunset

My maternity prop closet

When you schedule a maternity session with me you get access to my maternity prop closet! So much easier than having to stress about what to wear for your maternity photo session, when I already have so many for you to choose from! We can often fit in two dress changes 😉 (Sometimes if it’s just momma and partner (no extra family) we can fit in 3 changes… sometimes if all the stars align, but only set your heart on two 🙂

In order to photograph with me you REQUIRE a high quality maternity dress for my maternity photos. You have access to my maternity prop closet. Or I will guide you to quality places to buy from. For example unfortunately most of Amazon’s dresses tend to be cheap, thin and don’t photograph well.

IF YOU do not LIKE THE DRESSES BELOW or don’t want to use them I SUGGEST YOU SHOP HERE:

Sew Trendy Maternity. Plan early as their dresses take 3+ weeks to get unless they are RTS. I get a discount too, so lmk as I will get it for you, and they are ALWAYS having sales – I get their emails 🙂 Again ask me first if you are wanting to exchange it with me for print credit.
Also check out Sew Trendy’s RTS dresses for deals:

Another place to shop in their photoshoot gowns (i suggest NO patterns) is Pinkblush maternity. Again if you want to exchange with me, just ask first.


  • New dress I just got in BLUE GREY size small. I have photographed it in different colors before and decided to get one for my closet! (I do not have white or green, mine is blue/grey not yet photographed)
  • ‘Kartay’ Boho IVORY dress with BELL sleeves. (it’s quite heavy) it’s VERY HEAVY see what it looks like on different height momma’s. It’s lined on top. You do NOT have to display the slit if you don’t want to, but add depth, makes it look less bulky for small frame with slit.
This momma was about 5’9′
This momma was about 5’2″
  • Pairing of lace top as well and pale pink chiffon skirt. I have two sizes for the top. I also have this off the shoulder cotton top that i LOVE with this skirt.
  • “Audrey” gown in black, slit on one side (client can choose not to display slit by showing other side of dress)
  • “Jessica” gown in navy
  • “Priscilla” in grey

I just got this dress in GREY, this one is extra small:

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  • Patricia in Burgundy
  • Emerlie in charcoal
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  • Corbyn in moss
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  • Kiara in navy blue
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  • Angela in pale pink
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  • Two tone baby blue, chiffon skirt
  • White lace
  • Black lace (same as white lace, but one size larger)
  • Lace kimono
  • Mustard
  • Nude, off the shoulder, jersey knit
    • this one is for a petite frame.
  • Steel blue boho dress
  • Merlot (deep red) color bell sleeve gown with extended train
  • Dark green (same as above but different color) color bell sleeve gown with extended train
  • Boho white lace dress
  • Miriam Ivory dress

This one is touch larger, though it says medium.

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  • Krysten Gown in light grey
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#familyphotos · #newbornphotography · printingphotos · wheretoprintphotos

Where you print your photos DOES matter

I believe strongly in a professional quality photo. This will be especially important for skin tones, which many printers won’t do properly.

Printing is a fine art, and is very complicated. They have to align their printer to the exact paper and document colors. Please do not print at places like CVS, Walgreens, Target, Shutterfly, Costco etc. the colors come out VERY POORLY especially skin tones can look quite green/grey or very orange. Printers have a particular hard time printing in black and white they often come out green or pink instead of black and white, just something to watch out for.

If you don’t believe me? do your own research! Just look at all the samples when I googled this same topic.

Here is a sample image I found that displays exactly what I am speaking of. So please choose a professional PHOTO printer.


I recommend using a professional printer. But the problem with that is many only deal with professional photographers! Lucky you that you can print through me and I will ensure that you don’t get orange or green prints (gross!). And if you do I will send them back, and I will deal with the company for you!

IF you do find a reputable professional lab and deals with the public (I don’t know one), I would use their color correction if you aren’t using myself. I suggest choosing it, if you are not happy they stand by their color correction and will should reprint if necessary. Definitely speak up if you feel they the color looks incorrect.

For all options I choose luster, or pearl, not glossy or matte. Pearl and luster are in between glossy and matte. Luster is industry standard, it renders skin tones correctly and still has that semi-gloss pop, but doesn’t show all your finger prints like glossy does. Glossy is typically reserved for high fashion images. Matte often with fine art gallery imagery.

Another note if you choose to print yourself, my camera is formatted as a 8 x 12 dimensions. So that means when you go to print an 8×10, there will be some cropping. You can print them other sizes of course, but just be aware of the ratios so you get the whole image and no cropping occurs (or it’s cropping you want to occur). In most printing software, when you print, click on the image, and move the crop to where and how you want it, it will default to the center, which will result in poor cropping. Make sure you click on each image and choose your crops, if you are choosing to print a smaller dimensions than the formatted image.

As my contract and policies says I only guarantee images printed through myself, because I know they have been printed properly.

If I can help further, with choosing where to print or how etc, please do let me know.



#familyphotos · overcastlighting · photography · sunnysunset

Overcast lighting vs sunny sunset

Sometimes I feel like I become a meteorologist. Always checking the weather, will it be cloudy, or sunny, or partly cloudy….. ??

I find the weather is typically reliable 24 hours ahead of time. Even 3 days ahead of time it is sort of reliable, but 24 hours I can typically make a call of if it will rain or not. It still can change when we are out there and if this is the case, oh well, as policies we will continue to make the best of it. But if we can predict, we will do the very best we can.

What happens if it’s overcast? Well we don’t have that beautiful SUNlight for our images. Does it matter, YES I think so. But if you as a client choose to go through with your session anyway, then that is your choice. I just want you to make an educated decision!

Please note I am NOT in control of the weather. If you want sun for your images, then we might have to reschedule a couple times to get it so. But I am willing to work with overcast lighting too. But if your schedule is more important than finding the right day, and you are not willing to schedule around the sun, then we will likely have to shoot in whatever mother nature gives us. Unless it’s full out raining, I won’t shoot in the rain… I won’t get my camera equipment wet.

Often people prefer the images with sun in them are far more appealing than the ones without. I like giving you the very best, and my personal opinion of the best is SUN! I think the proof is in the pudding so to speak, here are some examples. Taken at the SAME location, with the same subjects. Just on a overcast day and a sunny sunset.

On an overcast day there are no shadows, no directional light, it’s flat lighting. The lighting is diffused and comes from everywhere. Look at the children’s eyes, and below to eyes… notice something? They have slight bags under their eyes in the overcast images that they don’t really have in the sunny/directional light images. Because the light is coming from all over, filling in all the crevasses, so if it’s doing that to children, how much older is it going to make you look? Food for thought!

These following images are all with overcast lighting:20180216_0182 web20180216_0120 copy


The following three are with sunny, you can likely tell, but just in case you can’t:


What a HUGE difference don’t you think? The ones with sun have so much more pop and personality!

There is an in between, partly cloudy! So that there is light, less clouds more sky, enough to almost act like a sunny day. There has to be enough light that is casts a shadow so we can have strong directional light, so I can still get some images with light! If this is the case I will move up our session by 15-20 minutes if it’s going to be partly cloudy, because the sun will go behind the clouds earlier in this case. The risk with partly cloudy is that it can become completely cloudy, so we just have to watch the forecast, and watch the sky too.

Actually you like the overcast images better? Sure why not! These are your images, that will act as your memories. I just want to ensure you’ve made an educated decision. If you prefer overcast day, I’m always rescheduling due to overcast, so I can easily schedule on one of them 😉

Questions? Ask 🙂


What to wear for family photos

Here is my video on my Facebook page that talks about much of the below.
#1: Choose a Color Palette. Pick 3 or 4 colors that look good together & start from there.

How do I do that? Typically I choose colors that I know look good on the people we are photographing.  If I were choosing outfits for my family, I know my boys looks good in blues, so I might start there.

Or I choose a first piece of clothing I like and I base the rest of the outfits on that piece of clothing. A good idea is to work from a main piece and base your color palette off that.

For example my main piece below is the plaid shirt on the right.  These a family with two boys. (note Dad’s pants are navy slacks, but appear black in the image. I avoid black typically. see #6).

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Side note, I’m specifically talking about what to wear for photos that are shot on location, in California, in the San Francisco Bay area. I’m going to refine this further, to a green or brown grassy area. Outfits needs to work with your location background. For example, if I were shooting images on a beach in the sand the colors we’d need for that location would be slightly different. Also much of this does not apply for in studio.

#2: Stay away from what I like to call “matchy matchy”. So that would be everyone wearing white shirts and jeans, or khaki’s and a blue shirt. I know this seems easy, but it leads to boring portraits, that look uninteresting.

#3: Try to limit patterns. One pattern as your main piece that you are basing your outfits off of is great. But try to keep it to that. You don’t want more than 2 people in patterns, this can distract the viewer from the people in the portrait to what they are wearing which isn’t the goal. If you do have two patterns, ensure the second is very understated.

When choosing a pattern, stay away from horizontal strips, as they tend to make people look larger, and can also be distracting. Also large floral patterns can be overly distracting. Stick to smaller simple florals, checks etc.

Below is another sample outfit.

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#4:  Even though you are limiting color patterns does not mean you need to limit textures and layers. Texture and layers in photos is a great thing. So you could have a blue dress shirt for mom, and has a lace detail – excellent! Or different fabric textures. This will add depth to your image without distracting from the subjects.  Examples: jean jackets, lace details, wool sweaters, different fabrics, pockets on cargo pants.

On the same note, stay away from any lettering, schwag t-shirts, Disney characters on outfits. I feel this can just look cheap, and we are going for a timeless family portrait, which this does not lend itself to.

#5: Feel free to add accessories that tie in your outfits. A a large chunky necklace for mom, or a bold scarf that has all your colors in it is fabulous. You don’t want to overdo it, but this will allow you to still express who you are. We still want to see your personality in the image, after all they are about you.

#6: Stay away from all white and all black clothing. This is the first color, (ahem tones) actually they aren’t colors they are tones. That are lost in an image as they are at the very end of spectrum. You want details in your images. White will be the brightest part of any image, if you are wearing a white shirt, the viewer’s eye will be drawn to your shirt and not the subject’s faces. Instead of white, how about an off white that is textured. Instead of black, how about a grey that is perhaps a sweater. Don’t put your entire family in grey or off white, for an either family it can be rather dull, but one person is fine. Please please don’t wear white to my session.

#7: Don’t be afraid of some COLOR. This will add some subtle pop to your images when still being pleasing to the eye. Now when I say color, I’m not saying bright red or neon yellow. (please no neon colors!). But what about mustard instead of bright yellow for example. We are seeking harmony with all the colors that you choose.

#8: Footwear! Don’t forget your feet. Ensure that they go well with your outfit. Don’t put beautiful outfits together and then put your old dirty sneakers on. They will stick out like a sore thumb.

#9: FIT! Items of clothing should be not too tight and not too baggy. Baggy, untailored, and unfitted clothing will add weight to your frame, no matter what your size. Love that baggy sweater? Through a chunky belt on it so we can see your waist. Baggy and loose fitting might be the style, but it doesn’t lead to flattering photos They still need to fit.

Below are some great looking families I have photographed, with color palettes attached.

Please consult me if you are having any questions about what to wear, it would be my pleasure to help. Feel free to text me your sample outfits.

This family chose a subdued color palette with grey, pink and blue, but there is still COLOR! they did not choose all grey, or all blues.



See how the below family chose grey, but they got that PUNCH of color in there with maroon! #goodchoice!


Updated this post with a couple more images from last year.

Even tho I think this might have too many patterns, it still can work. And I especially love the COLOR palette in this image. Also see how the bottoms of the family are all not in jeans or the same = YES! winning.



The below color palette I love too:


If you are being photographed in the cooler months, like November and December, please look at this video… LAYERS are SO important. Littles get SO cold SO quickly. This video is also just another good example of HOW to put outfits together 😉

Here is another video that I made when I was going location scouting with just myself and my kiddos.

Need help? Please text me photos. I include this in my pricing because it REFLECTS in my images.

YES I have updated this for 2018 🙂




#familyphotos · #newbornphotography · catching up · nofilterplease · photography

Please do not put “filters” on my images.

What I mean is, when you are re-posting my images, to Instagram, Facebook and the like, a photographer has given you, myself included, please refrain from putting a filter on it before posting it. Leave it filter free. Because it’s copyright infringement. Yep even putting a black and white filter on my color photo – no good.

See how these are COMPLETELY different images?


Don’t get me wrong I LOVE ❤ it when you re-post our images. At least I do. I particularly love it when you re-post and tag me and tell me how much you love the photos. Thank you for those that have done this. Thank you, thank you, thank you! You are the best!

Why is it important not to put a filter on it? As a photographer I have worked very hard to create a style of photography. I have also edited my images to look similar. When you put a filter on my images you are erasing all this hard work.

Why else? It’s not your work. It changes the images, it makes them something else that I didn’t want them to be, otherwise I would have made them so in the first place. Also you don’t have permission to change my work and still associate my name with it.

I am not trying to offend anyone by writing this. It is extremely hard to put the above eloquently and in laymen’s terms. Let me try to put this another way, it would almost be like a writer publishing a book. Then someone else republishing the book with a bunch of edits without the writers permission and leaving the writers name on the book. Does that make sense?

I am trying to make a kind request. I work hard to please you, the person I am giving these images to. I sincerely hope you like the images, no love them. I hope you love them enough not to want to change them and put a filter on them.

Here is my example. See how these are COMPLETELY different. Can you see how if changes the image?
(and NO I did not create this post for you to choose which filter)


I wrote this post after reading this one.  Also a friend of mine, a fellow photographer in Canada has written this into her contract with her clients. I have also written this into my contract. If you’ve signed my contract you have agreed not to change or add any type of filters to my images.

Need or want a black and white conversion? Not all images “work” in black and white. But do let me know so we can work together instead of doing it and are under contract infringement.

Please be understanding, kind and respectful of your photographers work.

If you have done this in the past, not to worry, you didn’t know. But now you do 🙂

SMALL NOTE: If you FEEL you need them in black and white – email me. Happy to chat. Not all images are conducive to black and white conversion, as there needs to be enough contrast. (very small cost for BW conversion, as I don’t just “filter”, it’s MUCH more complicated than that. I hand edit).


Loving newborn photography

It’s been a little while since I’ve blogged! I’ve been busy.

I now have a new Instagram account for my photos only so I’ve been using that like a blog. Here it is: https://www.instagram.com/juliachristinaportraitphoto/

I’ve been working on my newborn photography A LOT! I went to Calgary, Alberta this past spring to visit my brother’s family. I also had to chance to take a one-on-one mentoring session with Brianna Payne Photography. I very much recommend her, for images or mentoring! She is not only talented but such a lovely person.

I am also looking forward to the fall months for family photos again, in August I will shout out to families I photographed last year to get you on my schedule for this year.

This summer I will continue with my second to last MFA class, thesis writing, and practicing my photography craft of course!

I will be continuing my efforts to get the word out about my newborn photography. Here is a small sampling of some images, so much more on Instagram. Stay tuned on Instagram for more! Ping me if you know a friend who’s pregnant  😉  Or send them my info!