Maternity Photography

for the Monterey Bay


they will never be this close to your heart again


~ Packages ~

All collections include a personal consultation and my absolute dedication to getting your dream images. 

Photoshoots for up to 5 people



The work that goes into each image goes far beyond just the picture-taking session, making it hard to charge what would be “reasonable” for the time you actually see me at the photo session. The time that I spend on each client from the beginning to end can vary between 5 hours for family mini-sessions, all the way to 20 hours for full newborn sessions.


Designing your session. From the moment you decide to work with me, I will scope the location(s) if necessary, asses where the sun will be located on a given day and time, come up with a plan in the event of bad weather, purchasing of props and materials if needed, advise you on clothing and styling, sometimes building or crafting something to personalize your session, etc.

Photoshoot with me and my assistant. On the day of the photoshoot, we will prepare to meet with you for the duration of the photoshoot. Depending on the type of session you want, sometimes we arrive well ahead of time to prepare.

Culling your images. After the photoshoot, I will narrow the photos taken into a proof gallery.

In some of these photos, I will use Photoshop to swap faces, smiles, and expressions to create the perfect portrait from a few different shots with everyone looking their best, thus giving you a narrow gallery that won’t be overwhelming to choose from, but will also include all the best moments and smiles from the whole session.

Depending on the kind of package or session you got, I would normally narrow the final selection down to 20-50 images for you to select from.

Full retouching. It does not apply to lifestyle family sessions. Once you select and submit your final selection, I will fully retouch each of your chosen photos, which can take anywhere between 5-40 minutes per image.

Printing your products. After you receive your fully retouched gallery, I will print the products included with your selected collection. The printing labs that I use are professional labs with very high standards and all products are guaranteed.

Assembling of your products. For newborn and complete collections, I custom design a photo album or assemble your box of prints (depending on your choice). This is included as part of your complete and newborn packages, and I personally print, matt, and package the products to be mailed to your home.


For the most part yes! With the exception of family lifestyle sessions, you will be able to select which images I get to fully retouch for you to keep.

Maternity Minis– you will be able to select the images you want me to fully edit from a proof gallery of up to 15 lightly edited and watermarked images.

Essentials collections – you will have the opportunity to select the images you wish to keep from a gallery of 20-25 lightly edited and watermarked images.

Family lifestyle sessions will be edited but will not be fully retouched. When I send your gallery with the 35 photos, these will be your final, downloadable images.

Complete collections will be delivered to you all lightly edited and those images are yours to download and keep. You will also receive instructions on how to select the images that you want me to fully retouch as part of your selected package.


Due to popular demand, I’ve created a family lifestyle photography collection and a personal branding collection that deliver only digitals.

For the rest of my packages, you will get the digital file for EVERY print you get, and every digital you get will come with something very pretty. This way your images won’t get lost in a computer or forgotten, you will have a way to display them at your home, and I will take care of the hassle of finding the right labs to print your products.

When your package includes full retouching and if you really do not want the prints, you don’t have to have them, but the cost is the same. The load of my work is on the editing process and everything I do “behind the scenes” before and after your photoshoot.


Your pregnant body is a miracle, your baby will never be as close to your heart.

I understand this is one of the most important moments in your life and I want to freeze it in time for you.

To make sure you get the images you’ve dreamed of, the process is broken down as follows:

  1. Consultation to customize your images. You are unique, you deserve to have your images designed just for you. This consultation will help me know you. We will talk about your expectations, taste, location, clothing, and style.
  2. In-studio or outdoors photo-shoot. The length will be determined at the consultation.
  3. After the session, I will put together an in-person or an online gallery for you to see the images for the first time.
  4. Once your images are fully retouched, you will receive your included prints and any additional products you might order in the mail.

While the in-person appointment is not mandatory, it is strongly encouraged for you to be able to see the final image in print. Printed images are a better way for you to judge which ones you want to keep.



I am so grateful to anyone that serves our community. For that reason, I offer 10% off Premium & All-inclusive family/maternity portrait collections and any Newborn Collections to:

  • Military families
  • Police officers
  • Nurses
  • Teachers
  • Firefighters

* Proper ID should be provided.

Discount does not apply to minis.

If you are a local hero and you need a headshot, please get in touch with me to discuss your options.


The belly to baby bundle offers you a 15% discount on your newborn session when booking a maternity and a newborn session with me.


While I use my expertise to take the best images possible straight out of my camera, editing is still one of the most defining parts of my style as a photographer.

Fully retouched images are the finished products that represent the full quality of my work and cover the following:

  • Skin imperfections (acne, some wrinkles, uneven skin tones, discolorations, jaundice, rashes, etc.)
  • People and cars in the background (your photos will look as if you were completely alone at the beach with your family)
  • Removal of distracting objects or marks on a background, backdrop, wall,  lighting equipment
  • Back, arm, and side fat rolls
  • Double chins
  • Flyaway hairs
  • Enhanced sky and sunset colors
  • Teeth whitening
  • Extend and smooth backgrounds for newborn or studio-style sessions
  • Feature enhancements (brightening and sharpening of faces and eyes)
  • Color and ambiance editing to suit my style

Dress comfortably! I want you to feel and look like yourself, if something doesn’t feel good, you’ll probably reflect that on the pictures.


While I encourage pregnant women to avoid harsh colors and patterns, some soft floral patterns and one bright color option might be a good idea ONLY if that’s the kind of thing you like. However, I strongly suggest avoiding stripes and plaid fabrics. Knit tops and lacey textures are very welcome! Just make sure that the color choices for you and your partner are complimentary.

If you are going to wear a maternity gown, I suggest that you bring a change of clothes for a more “normal” look of yourself. Wearing a bathing suit underneath can help you change outfits easily.

Other very flattering clothing items are:

  • Tight-fitting clothes that will show your curvy and beautiful pregnant body.
  • A maxi skirt with a short top always looks amazing and simple.
  • Tight-fitting dress with some flare at the bottom.
  • Unzipped old jeans. Believe it or not, your pre-pregnancy jeans can be a great way to display your belly in a very sexy way (if you are into that sort of thing).
  • Man-sized button up shirts. Bring your partner’s favorite cami or a button up sweater to take some belly revealing photos.
  • Change it up by bringing a cardigan or one change of clothes if they come on easily.

Of course, if you can’t make up your mind from several options, feel free to shoot me a text, call, or email to ask.


It is always a good idea to get in touch with me as soon as you know you are pregnant to discuss your options for the exact timing and my availability.

Normally I schedule women between 20 and 38 weeks depending on each client’s preference: how big do you want your belly to look? how comfortable are you feeling? etc.

However, I do encourage all expectant parents to get their point and shoot cameras out and take amazing pictures since day 1 (or when you just found out), until the moment they give birth, here are some tips to help.


Expect to get barefoot, a bit sandy, dip your feet in the water, and to have LOTS of fun!
Here are some important recommendations to help  you get the most of your session:

  1. Kids always do a lot better when well fed and rested so make sure to plan accordingly (bringing a snack for the little ones is always a good idea).
  2. Even on warm days, it can get a little chilly by the end of the session, so make sure to bring warm layers.
  3. A change of clothes for everyone.  I always encourage families to get barefoot and play on the water’s edge. It is a good idea to bring an extra pair of pants for mommy and daddy and an extra set of clothes for the kids.
  4. Bring a towel.  Even if you don’t get wet, beach photos are a lot better if you are barefoot, a towel to clean sandy feet before getting back in the car is ideal.

About a week after your photoshoot, an online proof gallery will be shared with you via email. The images in this gallery will all be watermarked with a “not for public use” legend on it.  From this gallery, you’ll be able to select the photos you want to keep as part of your package.

Once you submit your selection as per the instructions, it takes one to two weeks (depending on how busy I am) for you to receive your finished photos.

Make sure to book your session at least one month in advance if you need any printed materials by a certain date (especially during holiday season).


I am proud of my work and I like to occasionally post photos from my clients on my Facebook page or website portfolio. As per my photographer contract, I may use your images to promote my business. Breastfeeding and naked photos will never be used. Besides that, I do not share or sell your photos to anyone.


It is extremely rare for a child to stay still for a session, I don’t want them to! I like to portray who they are and get those genuine giggles. However a well rested and well fed baby/child does a lot better in front of the camera.

Please, fill out my contact form to ask any questions or to request a booking. 

Take your own pregnancy photos

10 fundamental tips to do it (almost) like a pro

Best maternity photography


Just like you, I am taking the safety of my family and my community very seriously. While I would LOVE to see you for such an important milestone in your life, the current circumstances are forcing us all into finding creative ways to live a somewhat normal life. 

With that said, I’ve put together a quick guide for you to take your own maternity photos that will be worthy of your walls. 


1. Lighting

Probably the most important ingredient for a good photo is lighting.  Most would think that a gorgeous sunny warm afternoon is the best time for great photos.  However, as nice as those days are, they are not ideal for photos.

The best time to take pictures is sunset. During the early afternoon, the sun is directly above your head or somewhere high up enough to create harsh shadows; these shadows are strong enough to hinder all softness in an image and will make you frown.

At sunset time, the sun is right in front of you (as long as you are facing west), filling every feature and detail of your face with tender light.

Even better are the 20 minutes after sunset.  By then the light is pinkish, soft, nostalgic, and most importantly, you won’t be frowning.  Forget the flash and let this soft light do the magic!

An overcast day is also great option if you want to take photos earlier in the day and not worry about the sun’s position.  Cloudy days don’t create as many shadows as sunny days do.

2. Learn about your camera ahead of time.

Most cameras, even if they are small point and shoots, have semi manual settings. Read about the basic settings for your camera and practice using them at home.  If you don’t have an instructions manual, try finding an online tutorial for your camera model.  What you want to achieve are good lighted photos without a flash.  The settings that would allow for this (if available) are:

ISO: a relatively high ISO will allow to take photos in poor light conditions without a flash and without blur.  Too high of an ISO can cause a lot of graininess, so there’s a middle ground to be had.

Aperture: The smaller the aperture number the more light will come in the image.

Shutter Speed: You want at least a shutter speed of 150 or higher.

Another super important feature to learn in your camera is the self-timer. This will allow you to set the camera on a tripod just the way you want it without help. Although for this I strongly recommend to get your partner involved, we don’t want a very pregnant belly running back and forth! Ask your partner to pose for you, set the photo frame where you want the photo, go stand next to your partner and make him/her be the one to push the button and rush back to pose.

3. Scope the location

The issue with the perfect lighting is that it lasts little (especially if you don’t have a professional camera). So you want to make sure you know what kind of shot you want and where. Scope the location ahead of time (we have so many in Santa Cruz), arrive an hour or so before sunset to make sure you get the photo-shoot going in the right direction and pick the best spots.

4. Get a tripod or ask a friend or relative to help (and make them read this)

Borrow a tripod if you don’t have one,  or ask a close friend or relative to help with the session. Make sure that they learn the basic settings for your camera and practice a bit before the photo-shoot.

5. Background and patience

Think your photo through. Look at the frame, do you really want those cars driving by on the background? or all those electric wires? or those tourists with visors? position yourself in a spot where you’ll have the least amount of non-photogenic or irrelevant elements and be patient, wait for the joggers to leave the frame, reposition if necessary, it’ll be worth it.

6. Respectfully refuse passers-by help

Perfect lighting by sunset doesn’t last long.  As sunset nears, respectfully avoid allowing kind passers-by to take your photo – you can thank them and explain that your are trying to learn how to use your camera. If you allow a stranger to take the photos, the most likely scenario is that they won’t know what they are doing other than pressing a button, you’ve put a lot more thought into this than anyone else so be confident.

7. Create a memory

Why do you want these photos?  As a mom, I know it wasn’t just because I felt like a gorgeous pregnant woman (which I was!) but because I wanted to look back to these moments, the story of the how most amazing person I’ve ever met (my son) got to this world.

Think about your reasons for the photos while you are taking them, look at your belly, think about “the day” as you look into the horizon, kiss your partner with all that love that brought you to this moment.

Make it a special day, if you have a partner take it as a date, go for dinner after sunset and enjoy the evening as much as  you can, you’ll value the memories when looking at the images.

If you don’t have a partner go with a very close friend, parents, or whoever is going to be an important part in your baby’s life.

8. Dimension

Most portraits are better when taken at chest height or lower. This gives the image a bit more perspective than a simple flat photo. Think about it, if you take the photo from face height or higher, you’ll probably miss the beautiful sky, showing mostly floor space on the back, you may also miss the pretty mountains, or the board walk rides! Plus these kind of sights are always a better contrast to the main object of the photos, you!

9. Clothing.

You are pregnant, you are beautiful, and every curvy line is too, you need to show that off! it won’t last much longer…wear clothes that show your curves, avoid loose fitting garments, show belly if necessary. Of course you want to be yourself, so make sure that whatever you wear feels like yourself.

10. Get inspired.

Go online and look for other maternity photos.  A great resource is pinterest. Make sure you limit yourself to only a few favorite shots.  Allow room for creativity though, use this as a tool to get inspired instead of trying to recreate someone else’s photo. Most importantly is to be realistic, maybe the shot you want doesn’t work with the location or lighting that you chose so be selective.

So go ahead and schedule your very own photo-shoot and have fun! check the weather though, you don’t want to end up shivering while trying to show off the belly. And please, if this helps you as much as I hope, share the outcome with with me!!!!