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Preparing for Your Maternity Session • Portrait Studio • Washington, IL

Maternity and Newborn Studio Photography Session by Little Sweet Cheeks Photography

Pregnant woman lying on floor, artistic nude

We understand that scheduling a maternity session can seem stressful at first!  We are here to tell you that you have no need to worry!  We are happy to answer any questions you may have, but first, we are going to cover some commonly asked questions or concerns. If you have a different question, please send us a message using the contact form.  

 1. When should I book? We recommend scheduling your session for when you are between 32-36 weeks pregnant.  

2. What should I wear? This may be the most complex question, so we’d like you to evaluate your style and the location you’ve selected.  Do you love boho chic, modern, or do you want a simple or more classic look?  Do you want to go big and wear an elegant, flowing gown?  Is the session going to take place in the studio or outdoors?  What is your favorite color?  Some like to coordinate colors with baby’s gender, if they have chosen to find out.  Another good question is what time of year is your session taking place, and is staying warm a concern for you?  You may dream of wearing a gown in the snow, but we encourage this only if you think you will be comfortable!  We have gowns available at the studio by request as well.  Please follow this link to view our client closet!!

3. What should I wear under this dress?  Please consider your undergarments when preparing for your session.  If you plan to wear a black or very dark colored dress, black underwear may be a good choice, otherwise, for all other colors, we recommend wearing nude.  If you are providing your own outfit, it is a very good idea to try everything on before the session, to make sure it fits well and there are no wardrobe malfunctions.  

4. Mani/Pedi: Your nails will be in the photos, so go ahead and pamper yourselves by getting your nails done before your session.  It is not a requirement to have them professionally painted; but feel free to do so if you wish!  If all else fails and you either forget or don’t have time, it would be best to remove any chipped polish. This also goes for your hair and makeup!!  If you are hoping to schedule an appointment for professional hair and makeup and would like this to align with your maternity session, we are happy to work with you, so please let us know during the scheduling process or when inquiring.  

5. Can my partner or other children be included in my maternity session? The answer is, absolutely!!  If you plan to have photos taken with your partner/spouse or other children, simple clothing with minimal patterns and logos are the best option, and help to keep you as the main focus!  

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Little Sweet Cheeks Photography, LLC specializes in Newborn, Maternity, Milestone, and Cake Smash sessions. We are located in Washington, Illinois, and serve the Central, Illinois area, including Washington, Peoria, East Peoria, Bloomington, Dunlap and Morton. The studio has high-quality props for you to choose for your newborn, and we love to create custom setups that are special for each newborn and family. Our goal is to capture these tiny moments while they’re still little. Please contact us to schedule your appointment today. For booking information, please email us via the contact page, or call or text (309) 431-1490. We look forward to meeting your family!

Little Sweet Cheeks Photography, LLC 14 Valley Forge Plaza, Washington, IL 61571

Phone: (309) 431-1490 | E-Mail:

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We are Janel Henninger and Sheena Kaszynski; best friends that have a passion for photographing babies. We have been professional newborn photographers for several years, and work seamlessly together. Little Sweet Cheeks Photography provides two experienced photographers. Together, one of us can always have a hand on baby while the other takes the photos. 

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