A little side note about this post: had to update it a bit from when I initially wrote it. But my opinion stays the same. Man, talk about catching up huh?
One of the things that I wanted to have is a maternity shoot. My sisters had it when they first had their babies in the Philippines, so that was something I’ve always had an eye out for. What I didn’t account for is the price difference between the Philippines and the US. For one, at Php5,000 (US$95) I can already get a decent shoot in a studio for a good two hours with an in-house makeup artist. Here, I would need a budget of at least US$500 for the artist’s fee, studio time and some digital copies with print releases. I will have to do my own hair and makeup if I want to save up a bit.
That was a cost I wasn’t prepared for, but that photoshoot was something I had looked forward to since we found out we’re expecting. I couldn’t just let go of the idea, as vain as it sounds. My relief came when I found out about Shoott.
Shoott gives you access to experienced photographers in the Metro NYC area to shoot for 30 minutes free at a preset location. You only pay for the photos you like, ranging from $15 a photo to a full gallery of 40+ photos at just $220. They don’t just do maternity shoots; they also shoot families, children, and lifestyle. You can also pick out the photos that you want for your curate feed and with a minimal fee, you can request for a bit more editing to your photos.
We scheduled our Shoott at Hamilton Park in Jersey City a week before our baby shower. (For a list of other venues and locations, click here.) I wanted to have the same outfit that we were going to wear to our shower and with fall right around the corner, reds and khakis were our go to. Our photographer Kym met up with us at the gazebo and started to work right away.
The good thing about having Kym is that she’s shot so many times at Hamilton Park already. She knows where to go, the pockets of that little oasis that would frame a good shot, so even if it was a pretty packed weekend, we were able to find those little sections of the park all to ourselves. We even got to shoot on the street.
Definitely, 30 minutes just flew by. Kym was very personable and warm; the Husband who’s naturally reserved came out of his shell. I don’t really know how he does that! He’s so reserved when I’m trying to take a selfie with him, but bring a professional photographer with you and his inner model comes out. Hahaha.
Anyway, here’s a little snippet of that day. We received the photos 3 days after shoot day, with a little editing here and there. I would also like to give a quick shoutout to one of my favorite makeup YouTubers Robert Welsh (YouTube, Facebook). His tips helped me get myself ready for this shoot.
I do wish I got the extra editing so that those back bulges would be far smoother, but hey, what kind of a pregnant woman would I be if it’s all smooth sailing?
Worried about COVID-19 exposure during your shoot? Shoott has you covered. They have the following policies in place:
- They will only do outdoor shoots, where you can interact with family members you’ve already been quarantining with.
- They will only send you healthy photographers, who have been following safer-at-home guidelines.
- That 6 feet apart thing? Hardcore implemented.
- And they will mask up. As will you of course. Well, before and after the shoot.
- If your locality changes laws that will make you cancel, they will waive all cancellation charges.
To learn more about their COVID-19 response, click here.
Oh, and if you use this link, you will get 10% off your entire purchase. To be completely transparent, each completed session through this link gives me a little incentive (at no additional cost to you), but no pressure! Just didn’t want to let you pass up an opportunity for a little savings.
So… am I looking forward to another Shoott? Of course. Hopefully, the weather becomes more bearable and we can take our Little One out. It pains me that we can’t travel yet, but I could sure use some photos of him outdoors.
Have you tried Shoott? How was your experience? Let me know in the comments!