4 Tips for taking Maternity Photos

Maternity photos are a wonderful way to document your life during pregnancy. Hopefully, you’re enjoying the glow of pregnancy and want to capture it. However, even if you aren’t feeling your best, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be photographed.

Here are some tips for taking maternity photos.

1. Location

First, decide on a location that you would like to take pictures. I have always preferred natural light and taking my pictures outside. However, some prefer the comfort and privacy of their own home and others prefer a studio for a more formal vibe. All three are great locations and your pictures will look beautiful.

2. Timing

The best time to schedule a maternity photoshoot is when the belly is large, but not too big. This is typically in Months 7 and 8. At this point your belly will be big and beautiful but not too big where it is hard to move around or pose for a picture.

3. Feeling Beautiful

I think the most important thing is that you feel beautiful, when we feel beautiful inside and out it will shine through in your photos. So buy the dress you love, get your hair done, and put on some makeup.

4. Attire

I suggest wearing a solid color, a pattern would be too busy and take the focus away from your bump. Avoid wearing anything too trendy you don’t want to look back at your photos and think why did I wear that? I prefer simple flowy dresses or a tighter floor length dress that showcases your bump. Some of my favorite dresses are from Rachel Pally http://www.rachelpally.com, Sew Trendy http://www.sewtrendy.com, and of course Nuova Vita http://www.nuovavita.com.

Pictures last a lifetime so take this moment to cradle your baby bump and take the moment to connect to your baby bump. The twinkle in your heart and eyes will shine through in your photos.

XO – Francesca

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Nikki’s Romantic Vintage Beach Wedding 

      


I love when brides ask me to come to their wedding to wrap their bridesmaids. Nikki’s wedding was in Jensen Beach at the Mansion at Tuckahoe. The location was beautiful and overlooking the ocean.  The bridesmaids wore the Signature convertible dress in tulip and looked stunning. Every girl was able to wear the dress in a style that they loved and felt comfortable in. I love seeing the bridesmaids feel beautiful and happy with their dresses.

I was not able to see the wedding decor of the wedding but I was lucky enough to receive such beautiful pictures of the wedding from wedding photographer, Jessica Bordner http://www.jessicabordner.com.  I love the the way Nikki mixed beach, vintage and a romantic decor for her wedding. The attention to detail was beautifully done.  When I looked at the pictures I loved all of them.

I hope you enjoy the few I picked to share.

  

XO – Francesca

Who is the Creative Force Behind Nuova Vita?

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Hi My name is Francesca and I am the owner/designer of Nuova Vita! which means New Life in Italian. I am 32 years old and I have been married for six years to my college sweetheart. We are blessed to have a beautiful baby girl named Rosalina. She is our everything.

I grew up in Oceanside, New York with my grandparents and watched my grandmother and aunt Sadie sew dresses for their clients. I would steal their fabric and wrap it around myself daydreaming of how I could make it a dress, how I would style my hair, makeup (you know what us girls do even til this day 😉 ) I have always known since I was a little girl that I wanted to be in the fashion industry. And til this day I continue to pursue my personal legend.

The name Nuova Vita draws from the meaning, “new life” in Italian. This name came to me when I was at a cross roads in my life, and I suddenly realized that it was never to late to start over and create a New Life!

Nuova Vita draws the essence of “New Life” to classic and elegant women’s convertible dresses and apparel that can be styled in a multitude of ways.

ONE PIECE TO BREATHE NEW LIFE INTO!

My goal is to make timeless pieces that every woman, through whatever period in her life is experiencing – whether the magic of weddings, to carrying new life as a soon to be mother in maternity wear, or a woman’s first date, or simply for those who want to wear an outfit that is unique and stunning – will appreciate and adore. I truly love being apart of such a significant part of my clients life whether it be that a bride is having her bridesmaids order the signature convertible dress or if your planning on wearing my dress for your baby shower or maternity shoot. These are life events that we will remember forever and I am grateful to be apart of it and want all my customers to feel beautiful in my dresses.

I am a 2 person operation, I work in my garage with bolts and bolts of fabric surrounding me 🙂 and I love it. I have one wonderful seamstress who helps me sew the dresses. I am the designer, the marketer, the accountant but first and for most I am a MOM. My daughter is my life and she is my inspiration.

I hope you like my dresses and enjoy your experience working with me.

Thank you for supporting small businesses like myself.

XO – Francesca

Fall in Love with the Pantone Color of the Year

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Hello Marsala! Marsala is Pantone color of 2015. It is a beautiful mix between red and brown. This color is a gorgeous and rich color that immediately gives makes me think of a Fall or Winter wedding. My wine convertible dress is an amazing option to achieve this look for your bridesmaids.

You can incorporate this color into your wedding in so many ways, from bridesmaid dresses, to invitations and flowers.

The color takes me straight to old world elegance with velvet tapestries, and deep red roses with touches of gold. I picture bridesmaids with their hair up with braid details and earthy make up with a light pink or nude lip.

Check out my pictures below for inspiration 😊

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XO

Francesca

Get Dressed for the Weekend!

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The best thing about my convertible dresses is that you can wear the dress again! Not only is it the best dress to be worn to a wedding or special event,  but you can dress it down with a pair of flats and be ready for the weekend! Here is a little weekend outfit of the day inspiration.

Hope you love it!

Xo Francesca