Al (SHe/Her) & Pat (He/Him)
Updated January, 2023
Maternity Photo Session at The Addams Loft in Cologne (Köln)
There is something magical about pregnancy. Growing a human, the anticipation of life with another little being in your midst, it lights people up. We love photographing couples as they patiently wait for the arrival of their little bean. Our good friends Björn and Caro were expecting their new babe in March so in February 2020 we all ventured to Cologne to document this special moment in their lives with a maternity photo shoot. This was our second photo session at The Addams Loft in Solingen (just outside of Köln, Germany). Check out this Playful Family Photo Session at The Addams Loft for more inspiration.
How to prepare for your maternity photography session
Björn and Caro are just about the sweetest souls you’ll ever meet. They are patient as can be with Patrick and I’s weak German language skills, and so tender with each other.
Caro was feeling a bit nervous about the maternity photoshoot and she chose to channel that nervousness into research into the style of maternity shoots she was drawn to (thank you Pinterest – check out my maternity Inspo board here) and clothing she felt amazing in. I absolutely recommend this approach to you if you are also feeling any apprehension towards your own photo session. Planning (what you will wear, where the session will take place, etc) often helps you feel more in control, which is why we will prompt you to make these decisions and provide our expert opinion as needed.
We chose The Addams Loft as the location for this maternity photoshoot as it was mid-February and the weather here in Germany is pretty unpredictable at the moment. The Addams Loft is an urban industrial loft, located just outside of Cologne in Solingen, Germany. The owners, Patrick and Michelle are wonderful to work with and very accommodating. We had previously used The Addams Loft for our own family photo session in December so we knew the space well.
The loft has gorgeous industrial windows that let in tons of natural light irrespective of the weather outside. The space is decorated minimally with rich tones and so many plants. It’s pretty much my ideal space, I’d move in if I could!
Planning Outfits for your maternity photo session
Caro decided on two different outfits for this lifestyle maternity shoot. One casual and one more dressy. Her casual grey dress was fitted and showed off that gorgeous 38-week baby bump, and her boho, flowy green dress had incredible movement. I love the variety you get from a shoot when you choose a couple of clothing options! Björn made both Patrick and I laugh when he asked Patrick for advice on what to wear, Patrick’s advice was “pick anything from your closet, you’re one of the most stylish guys I know”. He chose to stay in a single outfit and it worked perfectly with both Caro’s outfit choices.
When these two lovely souls burst into a dance routine I could not contain myself – I mean come on, how cute are you?! They almost had Patrick and I convinced to join their dance class – maybe next season that will be our date night!
“Wir hatten mit Alecia und Patrick ein WUNDERBARES Babybauchshooting. Der Kontakt war einfach, schnell und zuverlässig. Schon vor dem Termin, hatte ich das Gefühl, in den richtigen Händen zu sein. Das Shooting war ohne viel Gepose, unnatürliche Bewegungen und strikte Vorgaben. Es war einfach natürlich, locker, lustig und sehr vertraut wie mit Freunden. Wir tanzten, haben gelacht, es uns auf dem Sofa bequem gemacht und haben uns zu jedem Moment wohl gefühlt. Die von Alecia und Patrick ausgesuchte Location für das Shooting war atemberaubend und gab dem ganzen ein urbanes, elegantes Flair. Schon nach zwei Tagen haben wir alle Bilder in top Qualität und super schöner Bearbeitung online erhalten. Wir lieben jedes einzelne Bild! Wir werden sie auf jeden Fall für unser anstehendes Babyshooting wieder buchen mit zusätzlichem extra Album!!!”
“Wir hatten ein unglaublich entspanntes Shooting mit Patrick und Alecia! Beide sind völlig authentisch und die Fotos sehen dementsprechend aus. Professionell, hohe Qualität und sympathische Menschen – Die beiden sind für jeden absolut weiterzuempfehlen!”
Thank you Caro and Björn for giving us the opportunity to document some of your magic, we are so excited for you and cannot wait to document your little family as it grows.