Tips for a Maternity Shoot

Hi! So in all honesty, I really did maternity photos (aka 15 minutes of giving my mom the camera and directing her through it) because I realized I hadn't taken many photos in general throughout this whole process but it wasn't something that I was obsessed with the idea of doing. I knew I wanted to photos to look back on but the newborn ones are much more important to me. 

So having said that, the advice below is definitely coming from the photographer side of me NOT the client side. This is one of the few dresses that fit and it was kind of all last minute so definitely do as I say not as a do for a successful maternity shoot :) 

  • What do I wear? Try and find something that flatters the bump while also finding something your comfortable in. Like I mentioned, this dress fit but this is not usually the coloring I recommend. For beach shoots, I find pastels look really pretty with khakis- it just compliments the sand and that beach grass really well. Also, keep in mind- if you're doing a long dress, if it's one similar to mine, you will have to pretty much always have a hand below your belly to show off the bump. If you don't want to do that, look for something like Stephanie's red dress here where the bump is plenty accentuated on its own. Another side note (which I did not follow) is that if you want to mix it up, it helps to go with texture as opposed to patterned. So you can put a chunky open sweater on if it's colder or something along those lines. It's a save way to add some depth without worrying about conflicting patterns. 
  • How do I choose a location? Honestly, a lot of people ask me this as the photographer so your best bet is starting there. They know the best local spots and the best times to go. Now if you're pulling a me and doing it on your own, focus on a beach or park where you know you can at least have a little separation so you don't have to deal with cars in the background or people constantly walking through the shot. 
  • How do I not look awkward? So I struggle with this on the reg. Which is why I'm the photographer not the subject. When it all comes down to it, don't force it. I try to start in regular poses that you would do regardless of being pregnant- typical standing next to each other, hugging from behind, those sorts of things and then adjust for the bump. My (personal) view on maternity photography is it's more like an engagement shoot with a belly as opposed to focusing on it. Now A LOT of people see that differently, so that's just my opinion but it certainly helps you feel a little less awkward. 

Comment below if you have any maternity shoot questions! 

the outlaw,


Blue Apron

So I don't know about you guys but Ry and I love cooking together. He's an expert chopper - chopping onions to me is the worst thing ever- and we always like to try new things. 

Here's the problem- our version of trying new things is instead of baking the chicken breast, we'll put it on the stove. Or instead of goat cheese, let's try feta. No matter how hard we try, we can't seem to get out of our routine of basic meals. 

I always thought the delivery and pre-paid meals were too expensive but when my friend Carly sent me a coupon for Blue Apron & we basically got three meals for free, Ry and I had to try it.

Four months later we're totally hooked.

Basically how it works is you get three meals (with all of the ingredients except salt, pepper and olive oil) for $60 (if you don't have any coupons) and it is set up for every week. Usually it's a chicken dish, seafood and then some sort of meat but you can go online and select from two other options as well (they always have vegetarian options). It's not exactly in our budget for every week so Ryan goes in and declines it weekly. You can't set it up to deliver monthly but it's really not that much of a hassle to do it yourself.

My parents on the other hand ALWAYS go out. So we got them hooked and they now get three meals, every week and they love it! It forces them to stay in and ultimately save money and on top of that, trying so many different things that they never would've made. 

Blue Apron has a promotion that if you sign up, you get $30 off your first order so I say try it out! If nothing else, it's something fun to do together! 

P.S. This is not sponsored- I'm just obsessed. 

the outlaw,


Phantom of the Opera

~ Dress: Vince Camuto (similar here and here)  //  Shoes: Stuart Weitzman  ~

Seeing Phantom of the Opera has been on my bucket list for the longest time and I'm soooo excited that I can finally cross it off! Fun fact: Phantom of the Opera is where I got my name phone because my parents got engaged going to see the play! 

These shoes (sorry they're not photographed more- we were in such a typical family portrait mode I forgot about actual blog photos) were a dream come true! I have a true obsession with Stuart Weitzman but given their price point, I have very few in my closet so I cherish each and every one of them. 

This dress though... I don't usually do bright colors but the sleeves on this bad boy combined with the fun bright red- I had to do it. I opted to do my hair up with this one and hoop earrings although if I had the right statement long necklace, I wouldn't done it down and wavy. 

This was such a wonderful night with my grandparents in town (my grandpa has seen it 8 times now) and seeing such a beautiful production! Do you have a favorite broadway play?!

the outlaw,