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Maternity Photography

I am so delighted to finally share with you some of my favourite photographs from Poonam and Evan’s outdoor, beach maternity photo shoot. This gorgeous couple were here in Sydney, visiting from the United States. Evan has the enviable job of working for TripAdvisor (I haven’t booked a holiday or eaten out in years without first consulting TripAdvisor first, so thanks Evan!) and is considering a transfer to Australia later this year, so they were over here checking out places to live, and working out if life down under will be a good fit for them, and their soon-to-be-born baby boy. I coaxed Poonam and Evan up to the North Shore for their sunrise beach pregnancy photo session, and I think I managed to confuse them even more about which area of Sydney they like the most! The sunrise over the harbour this morning, really put on a show for us. The water was still warm and the beach, practically deserted. It was perfect! I always get really excited during my outdoor sessions. Our beautiful surroundings here in Sydney never fail to inspire me, and I think the results speak for themselves. Poonam and Evan, thanks so much for choosing me to be your maternity photographer. I loved hanging out with you guys! Good luck with the impending birth and I hope to see you back on the southern hemisphere soon! Enjoy! bump photos couples beach maternity photo sunrise pregnancy photo shoot stunning maternity photos lifestyle maternity shoot northern beaches maternity photos family pregnancy photos outdoor maternity shoot pregnancy photos baby bump photos pregnancy photo shoot pregnancy photos Rebecca Bowman Photography is a boutique studio based on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, NSW. Rebecca focusses on maternity, newborn, baby and family photography and specialises in beach sessions and studio maternity and newborn sessions. Rebecca’s clients travel from all over Sydney and outdoor sessions are available throughout the Northern Beaches and beyond.  Pregnancy, maternity photographer, Northern Beaches, Sydney. Maternity and newborn photography by Rebecca Bowman Photography, Frenchs Forest, Sydney, New South Wales. Professional baby and pregnancy photographer, Sydney. 
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Pregnancy Photography

Emily’s stunning beach maternity session was fun, exciting and most of all, inspiring. The best pregnancy photography shoots are the ones where the mama-to-be really relaxes and enjoys the whole creative process. The prettiest shots are almost always the ones that are taken without the mum even really knowing! It was such an honour to be asked by Emily and Lee to be their maternity photographer. Such a special time needs to be captured in a way that speaks to the family, and these guys knew exactly what they wanted, and were prepared to travel across the harbour, to the Northern Beaches to get it. Originally from the UK, but now happy and settled here in Sydney, it was important to this couple to incorporate some of Sydney’s fabulous beach culture into their maternity photos. Emily was also particularly drawn to the water, and especially wanted this element to be included in her gallery too. On the morning of the shoot, the sunrise was (predictably) spectacular, the beach was almost deserted, but the waves were momentous! All of this lent itself to a particularly dramatic and ever-changing backdrop for our beach maternity session; but did leave me with some misgivings about our planned ‘water shots’. Safety is always my number one, but right at the end of the session, in an enclosed and sheltered part of the beach, we managed to get the dream shot. Mother Nature was on our side! I’m in love with every single image in this gallery! Thanks again for choosing me for your pregnancy photography needs, Emily and Lee… you guys are going to be amazing parents!   pregnancy photography vpregnancy photographypregnancy photographypregnancy photography pregnancy photographypregnancy photographypregnancy photographypregnancy photographypregnancy photography pregnancy photographypregnancy photographypregnancy photography pregnancy photography   Rebecca Bowman Photography is a boutique studio based on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, NSW. Rebecca focusses on maternity, newborn, baby and family photography and specialises in beach sessions and studio maternity and newborn sessions. Rebecca’s clients travel from all over Sydney and outdoor sessions are available throughout the Northern Beaches and beyond.  Pregnancy, maternity photographer, Northern Beaches, Sydney. Maternity and newborn photography by Rebecca Bowman Photography, Frenchs Forest, Sydney, New South Wales. Professional baby and pregnancy photographer, Sydney. 
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Maternity & Newborn Photography

You know by now how passionate I am about photography, but also for learning. Creativity is a constant personal evolution. Photography is a skill that needs to be practiced. When both elements come together in a training course led by two industry trailblazers, that’s not to be missed as far as I am concerned! I’d probably go even further too, and say that in an industry that’s as fast paced and over populated as ours, if you don’t regularly ‘top-up’ your knowledge bank, you are going to get left behind. So I was absolutely delighted to meet and work with two of my favourite photographers; Anja McDonald and Amy McDaniel from Dewdrops Photography. Over the course of two jam-packed days, we covered EVERYTHING from lighting, set design, newborn handling, safety and posing, maternity styling and posing, outdoor family and maternity sessions, lens selection, camera settings,  marketing, and editing. The list was endless, and my brain certainly felt it by the end! The aim for me when attending workshops, is never to replicate what another newborn photographer is doing (that is their style and they own it for sure!), but to be inspired, re-invigorated and to pick up on the subtle tips that are shared along the way, which almost always help to speed up my workflow or improve my business. Amy’s perfectionism when it came to her very particular posing methods was awe inspiring, and I can say 100%, that if I had a newborn baby and lived in Alabama, USA, I know who my newborn photographer would be! (She is also very funny and a beer drinker, so a girl after my own heart). What Anja doesn’t know about editing and shooting for compression, is not worth knowing. I’m not going to share the many pearls of wisdom I learnt during her editing segment, but I now use several of her techniques every.single.day. Game changer! (Also, one of my favourite things about Anja is how her accent changes depending upon who she is speaking to! If you ever meet her, ask about her special German accent 😉 ) All-in-all, I had a brilliant couple of days filled with beautiful newborn babies, baby bumps, new mums and dads, funny kids and their families, amazing photography, good company, lots of laughter and some pretty gorgeous photographs to remember it all by! Here are a few of my favourite bump and baby photos take over the two day course: baby photographer Northern Beachesbest newborn any photos sydneynewborn photography Northern Beachesprofessional baby photos in Sydneybaby girl photos sydneynewborn photographer North Shore Sydneynewborn photographer sydneybaby photographer sydneycute baby pics Sydney maternity photographer Sydney pregnancy photography Sydneyoutdoor family photo shoot in Sydney   Rebecca Bowman Photography is a boutique studio based on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, NSW. Rebecca focusses on maternity, newborn, baby and family photography and specialises in beach sessions and studio maternity and newborn sessions. Rebecca’s clients travel from all over Sydney and outdoor sessions are available throughout the Northern Beaches and beyond.  Pregnancy, maternity photographer, Northern Beaches, Sydney. Maternity and newborn photography by Rebecca Bowman Photography, Frenchs Forest, Sydney, New South Wales. Professional baby and pregnancy photographer, Sydney.   
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I’m always learning: Maternity Photography

Pregnancy photographer northern beaches sydney   Some of the things I love to do the most are 1) photographing lovely things (obviously), 2) learning anything and everything 3) meeting and chatting to new people. So it was an exciting day last November when I set out extra early to drive to Kurnell, NSW to attend the ‘Bellissimo Bellies’ Workshop held by Erin Hoskins of Erin Elizabeth Photography and Alli Peck of Glow Portraits. Two of the most influential and talented photographers in the industry right now. Why am I still training? I have been a photographer since 2011, specialising in maternity and newborn portraits since 2013, and I love it. But during that time fashions, styles and expectations have changed. As with all things, there is always something new and fresh to try. Not only that, but for me to continue feeling creative, I need to feel inspired; not just by beautiful imagery, but by spending time with other artists who live and breath their craft. I love shaking things up every once in a while, getting out of my comfort zone and trying new things. So for me, regular training courses like this are essential for my work and play! What did I learn? Those of you who follow me on social media will know that I love nothing more than getting outdoors (preferably to the beach!) and shooting stunning natural light portraits. It never gets old! So I was absolutely thrilled to get to watch Erin (queen of beach maternity photography) in action. From styling and posing, to lighting and client interactions, there was so much to see and do, and my head is now chocka-block full of ideas. I am just itching for my first beach maternity session of the year! Add to that my new passion, which is studio maternity photography, a completely different discipline, with so many new and exciting possibilities to explore. I could literally sit for hours and scroll through Alli’s Instagram feed in complete awe, so to get to learn from the best of the best, was such a treat and an inspiration. Whilst beach photography is so joyful, fresh, bright and beautiful, studio maternity sessions can go in any direction; ethereal, candid, quirky or deep and moody. I adore both, and am excited to offer my clients the best of both worlds. So, even though I am supposed to be enjoying the post christmas lull, (which I am… very much!) I thought i’d take the opportunity on this scorcher of a day (it’s 42oc outside so i’m taking shelter in my office!) to edit a few of my favourite shots from the day, to share with you. I am now fired up, ready and raring to go and can’t wait to get back to work now that the New Year is here! I’m ready for you 2018! x   Pregnancy photographer northern beaches sydneyPregnancy photographer northern beaches sydney Pregnancy photographer northern beaches sydneyPregnancy photographer northern beaches sydney Pregnancy photographer northern beaches sydney Pregnancy photographer northern beaches sydneyPregnancy photographer northern beaches sydney   Rebecca Bowman Photography is a boutique studio based on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, NSW. Rebecca focusses on maternity, newborn, baby and family photography and specialises in beach sessions and studio maternity and newborn sessions. Rebecca’s clients travel from all over Sydney and outdoor sessions are available throughout the Northern Beaches and beyond. Pregnancy, maternity photographer, Northern Beaches, Sydney. Maternity and newborn photography by Rebecca Bowman Photography, Frenchs Forest, Sydney, New South Wales. Professional baby and pregnancy photographer, Sydney.
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2017 Review

So here goes… my final blog post of the year. I just wanted to take some time to say a huge, heart-felt thank you to everyone who has supported my small business this past year; starting with (of course!) all of the wonderful families I have had the pleasure of working with in 2017. It is never lost on me, the trust that you show when inviting me into your lives at some of the most important, emotional, and often vulnerable times. I have honestly loved meeting every single one of you. Your stories have been inspiring and joyful and it has been wonderful being on your journey with you. Thank you! Thanks also to the long list of colleagues, peers, small business owners, and networking groups I have had the good luck to meet and/or work with this year. Your support has been invaluable and has helped my business go from strength to strength. And of course, thanks to my family; the ‘Bowman Boys’ who have put up with the crazy hours and happily eaten beans on toast for dinner (again!) so that I could focus on my business and ‘get jobs done’. 2017 literally passed in the blink of an eye. I feel like somehow, in the hustle and bustle, the ups and the downs, my business really started to spread it’s wings this year. There have been so many opportunities to grow creatively and personally as well, which is just the icing on the cake! I can’t believe 2018 is almost here already. Wishing you all love, light and happiness this new year. I wonder what this one will bring…? newborn baby photography Northern Beaches Sydney Rebecca Bowman Photography is a boutique studio based on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, NSW. Rebecca focusses on maternity, newborn, baby and family photography and specialises in beach sessions and studio maternity and newborn sessions. Rebecca’s clients travel from all over Sydney and outdoor sessions are available throughout the Northern Beaches and beyond. Pregnancy, maternity photographer, Northern Beaches, Sydney. Maternity and newborn photography by Rebecca Bowman Photography, Frenchs Forest, Sydney, New South Wales. Professional baby and pregnancy photographer, Sydney.
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Dolly’s Maternity Photos

This is Dolly at 37 weeks pregnant. We got this beautiful sunset beach photography session done just in the nick of time for this lovely mama, and I am so glad we did, because every new mum should remember just how amazing they are! And just perfect to include dad-to-be in some of the images too. This baby is already so very loved. Here are a few of my very favourites…   Maternity photography Sydneymaternity photographer Northern Beachesmaternity photographer northern beachesmaternity photographer northern beachespregnancy photographer northern beachesbeautiful pregnancy photography northern beachescouples maternity photos northern beaches Rebecca Bowman Photography is a boutique studio based on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, NSW. Rebecca focusses on maternity, newborn, baby and family photography and specialises in beach sessions and studio maternity and newborn sessions. Rebecca’s clients travel from all over Sydney and outdoor sessions are available throughout the Northern Beaches and beyond. Pregnancy, maternity photographer, Northern Beaches, Sydney. Maternity and newborn photography by Rebecca Bowman Photography, Frenchs Forest, Sydney, New South Wales. Professional baby and pregnancy photographer, Sydney.
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Krystal’s Pregnancy Photos

It was such a pleasure to meet Krystal in my Frenchs Forest studio right at the beginning of her second trimester, and then every month until baby arrived for her beautiful maternity photography sessions. It was so important to this mama-to-be to capture this amazing time and to celebrate the changes in her life and the miracle that was growing inside of her. Really, there is no greater adventure in a woman’s life. Krystal is such a spiritual person, a yogi and one of the strongest women I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. The fact that she was more flexible than my 2-year old right up until her due date, also made her a pleasure to photograph. Pregnancy did not slow Krystal down at all. In fact, it probably had the opposite effect. Every month this girl would arrive with exciting stories and anecdotes to share; i’m not sure which update I loved the most, the Harry Potter themed gender announcement, or the roadside yoga video filmed on her solo drive to Queensland? There was always something exciting happening in Krystal’s life, but nothing outshone the new little person we were all waiting to meet. Planning for her sweet baby’s arrival and daydreaming about what he would look like, or who he would grow up to be was always the first and last conversation of the day. During my own pregnancies, I would stand against the same blank wall month in, month out, while my long-suffering husband attempted to take a snapshot to document the growth of my baby bump. These images all made it into my pregnancy journals, and I love them, but they do leave a lot to be desired artistically! (Sorry Chris!) That is where the idea of my Maternity Timeline Photo Shoots came from. The principle is the same, but the final artwork is just that… a work of art. What do you think? baby bump photos Sydney   On our final maternity session together, we took the opportunity to get a few extra shots to celebrate the end of the pregnancy journey and the beginning of the next chapter of Krystal’s life. My favourite image is a close up of Krystal’s baby bump showing the ‘Phoenix from the Flames’ tattoo; a symbol of strength and renewal… As usual, it was agonising to choose my very favourites, but here is a small selection of some of the most breathtaking and beautiful maternity photos from the day: Enjoy! Pregnancy photos northern beachespregnancy photos sydneymaternity photos sydneymaternity photos northern beachesbaby bump pictures sydneybeautiful maternity photography sydney   Rebecca Bowman Photography is a boutique studio based on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, NSW. Rebecca focusses on maternity, newborn, baby and family photography and specialises in beach sessions and studio newborn sessions. Rebecca’s clients travel from all over Sydney and outdoor sessions are available throughout the Northern Beaches and beyond. Pregnancy, maternity photographer, Northern Beaches, Sydney. Maternity and newborn photography by Rebecca Bowman Photography, Frenchs Forest, Sydney, New South Wales. Professional baby and pregnancy photographer, Sydney.
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Gina’s Beautiful Maternity Photos

If you are looking for a maternity photographer and you live on the Northern Beaches (or close by), please give me a call so we can start planning something special to mark this momentous time in your life. Just like Gina did… This beautiful mama is pregnant with bub number two. In her first message to me, Gina told me she regretted not having anything to remind her of her first pregnancy. She felt privileged and full of love to be carrying this baby, and wanted something to show her girls when they are older, as evidence of how very loved they were before they were even born. That’s powerful stuff! Gina arrived on the morning of her shoot feeling nervous and a bit self conscious. Taking off our normal clothes and being the centre of attention is not something we are very accustomed to doing as mums (we are almost always the ones holding the camera, right?!), and I totally understand that! So we put on some music (a very dodgy playlist suggested by Spotify – haven’t listened to Cher in years!), shared a few stories, and took our time. The results were breathtaking! Honestly, clients like this remind me why I love photography so much. To be placed in such a position of trust and responsibility … this is something that is not lost on me. I understand all of the emotions, the concerns and the contradictions that all of my mums-to-be are feeling, and it is always my honour to produce a piece of work that tells their tale; something which I know will be a family treasure. I treasure these moments just as much! Anyhow, enough of my musings! Here are a few of my favourites from Gina’s studio maternity session. Enjoy! Pregnancy photos Northern Beaches pregnancy photo shoot Northern Beachesbeautiful baby bump photography Sydneyprofessional pregnancy photos Northern BeachesBlack and white maternity photos Sydney Rebecca Bowman Photography is a boutique studio based on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, NSW. Rebecca focusses on maternity, newborn, baby and family photography and specialises in beach session and studio newborn sessions. Rebecca’s clients travel from all over Sydney and outdoor sessions are available throughout the Northern Beaches and beyond. Maternity photographer, Northern Beaches, Sydney. Pregnancy photography by Rebecca Bowman Photography, Frenchs Forest, Sydney, New South Wales. Professional baby bump photographer, Sydney.

Why I’m Glad I Photographed my Baby Bump

As a photographer, it comes with the territory that I, of course, love and value beautiful imagery, and the sense of security I feel knowing that my memories have been put down on paper for posterity. But I wasn’t always a photographer. In fact, it wasn’t until I became an expectant mother that I first understood the power of photography and what it can do to help us. One thing I noticed as soon as my pregnancy was announced was the sheer volume of unsolicited advice I received. Amongst all the warnings and anecdotes, the one thing that was repeated the most was:  

‘You need to enjoy it, because it doesn’t last long’

  Literally every woman I met would tell me this same thing. Of course, it meant nothing to me at the time. My first pregnancy lasted a zillion years at least! But all the same, I knew I had to find a way to remember. When I was little, I remember admiring the ‘Baby Milestones Book’ my mum had attempted to keep for me. She had done a decent job; there was a lock of hair carefully tied together with cotton and (not so) safely enclosed within the pages of this treasured heirloom, along with a few weights and measurements and a handful of baby photos. But my book had then been ‘shared’ with my younger sisters, which resulted in a jumble of facts and figures and competition amongst us kids as to who was the tallest/cutest/chubbiest! It was loved nonetheless. So, a ‘Baby Book’ was something I knew I wanted to keep from day one. When I was shopping for the hallowed ‘baby record book’, I also came across ‘My Pregnancy Journal’ by Anne Geddes. Recording the details of my pregnancy was not something I had thought about doing, but when presented in such a beautiful and meaningful way, it was something I HAD to do. The front cover of my beloved pregnancy journal features a stunning image of a new mother holding her newborn in a way that is reminiscent of pregnancy. I also remember being struck by Annie Leibovitz’s iconic Vanity Fair cover image of a pregnant Demi Moore years earlier. Powerful images like these stopped me in my tracks. They made me see pregnancy in a different light; not just as a ‘means to an end’, but as something exciting and spectacular.     During my first pregnancy, I never learnt to trust my body, I felt anxious and overwhelmed and my body confidence was at an all-time low. But with the weeks counting down to D-Day, I knew that one day I would want to look back and remember it all as well as have something to show my children when they were older.     In the end, I had maternity sessions with all three of my pregnancies; each as different as my children turned out to be. Carrying my babies was our secret adventure. It was the only time I got to keep them all to myself. I knew them before they were born and adored the sense of connection I felt each time. They made me laugh with their little quirks and for sure, they made me cry. The power these little humans had over me from the very beginning was indescribable. To sum all that up in a photograph, to me, was an essential part of the experience. It could never be repeated. If my greatest achievement in life is my children, then surely that deserves a spot in the family album, alongside my graduation and wedding photos? I love seeing my pregnancy photos hanging on my bedroom wall. I walk past them every day and feel proud; I am proud of my body and it’s amazing capabilities, but also I am proud of our story and I want my children to know it.     A photograph is so much more than a piece of paper with a pretty picture on it. Instead it is a powerful tool in the all-consuming melting pot of parenthood. As well as a beautiful reminder, photographs also serve as a testament to the power of our love for our children, our sacrifice and our joy, but most importantly, they are proof that ‘we were here’ (and looked amazing!).     If you are currently pregnant or have just had a baby and are wondering what you can do to make sure you remember it all, don’t worry! Just follow the link below to access my Guide on my top ‘5 Secrets to Beautiful Baby Bump Photos’ and let me help you out!  
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Tanya’s Maternity Photos

Professional maternity photography, Sydney. Rebecca Bowman Photography, based in Frenchs Forest, Northern Beaches, Sydney. I first met Tanya at mother’s group after the birth of her third baby, when I had just had my youngest baby too. Even at that stage I remember Tanya saying that she always planned to have 4 children, so here she is 40 weeks pregnant and ready to pop with bub number 4! What an incredible lady! We all know that pregnancy can become tiring, especially during a long, hot Aussie summer, but I think we can all agree that this yummy mummy looks phenomenal. I never cease to be amazed by the human body and what we, as mums, are capable of. This truly is one of the most awe inspiring times in life, which needs and deserves to be recorded as proof of our super powers! A professional maternity photo shoot in my studio is a really lovely, personal experience. I have a selection of maternity gowns for you to try on, or bring along something of your own, the choice is all yours. Using a mixture of natural light and studio strobes, to ensure a nice mixture of ethereal or dramatic images, mums always enjoy the chance to embrace the bump and record it before it is gone and you have your arms full. Contacts me today to arrange your own beautiful bump experience. Here are a few of my favourites from Tanya’s professional maternity photography session: professional maternity photographer sydney maternity photographer frenchs forest professional bump photos sydney maternity photos frenchs forest professional maternity photography services sydney Rebecca Bowman Photography is a boutique studio based in Sydney, NSW. Rebecca focusses on maternity, newborn, baby and family photography and specialises in beach sessions and studio newborn sessions. Rebecca’s clients travel from all over Sydney and outdoor sessions are available throughout the Northern Beaches and beyond. Professional maternity photographs, Northern Beaches, Sydney. Newborn photography by Rebecca Bowman Photography, Frenchs Forest, Sydney, New South Wales. Professional baby and maternity photographer, Sydney.

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