The Secret Ingredient for a Safe and Organic Gold Leaf Maternity Session

Capturing the radiant glow of pregnancy often involves exploring creative and unique photography techniques.

At Henley Design Studio, we’re always on the lookout for innovative ways to enhance the maternity photography experience.

One question we frequently receive is about our gold leaf maternity sessions.

Traditionally, gold leaf sessions can be tricky for maternity due to concerns about safety and skin sensitivity. However, our journey led us to discover a natural and organic solution that revolutionized our approach to these sessions.

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Why Truly Soft Serve Oil?

In our quest for natural and organic solutions, we stumbled upon Truly Soft Serve After Shave Oil.

We were fortunate to receive a bottle at our friend’s Sips and Soiree event the week before, and it piqued our interest.

This luxurious body oil is renowned for its nourishing properties and has garnered rave reviews for a smooth and moisturizing feeling days after shaving.

We have now added to that, its amazing ability to provide a smooth base for gold leaf application. Its nourishing formula ensures a comfortable experience for moms-to-be without any compromise on safety or quality.

It left our entire studio smelling luxurious!

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5 Tips for a Stunning Gold Leaf Maternity Session:

Skin Preparation: Start by ensuring the skin is clean and moisturized before application. A light layer of Truly body oil can help create the perfect canvas for your gold leaf.

Strategic Positioning: Opt for poses that highlight specific areas of the body, minimizing the need for extensive application. Side poses or gentle reclining positions often yield stunning results while reducing discomfort. Be sure to cover any difficult areas with leaf, as it can be difficult to edit between the foil areas.

Mindful Application: Take your time to delicately apply the gold leaf flakes, focusing on areas that will enhance the overall aesthetic. A gentle touch and attention to detail are key to achieving a seamless and elegant look. Depending on mom’s comfort level, she can wear nothing, or nipple covers and a thong. Overall, it took about 20 minutes to apply the gold leaves to mom’s left side.

Easy Removal: When the session concludes, gently remove the gold leaf flakes using tissues or a soft cloth. Avoid harsh scrubbing to prevent skin irritation and discomfort. We do not recommend putting the gold leaf in your sink or shower drains.

Adding Accessories: Elevate your gold leaf session with elegant accessories like a Cleopatra Swirl Snake Arm Cuff or gold crowns. These additions can add a touch of sophistication and uniqueness to your photos.



At Henley Design Studio, our commitment to providing safe, organic, and memorable maternity photography experiences is unwavering. Through our exploration of natural solutions and innovative techniques, we continue to redefine the possibilities of maternity photography. If you’re considering a gold leaf maternity session, rest assured that you’ll be in capable hands, with the assurance of safety, comfort, and stunning results. Visit our portfolio to see more of our work, learn more about our maternity sessions, or contact us here to book your session today. Click the button below to shop our Amazon storefront. 

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We offer behind the scenes and session luxe highlight videos to capture the intricate details and special moments of your preferred portrait session.

We are currently only accepting a limited number of sessions for Maternity, Newborns, and Milestones sessions.  

If you are considering booking a session with our studio, please contact us at your earliest convenience to ensure availability. 


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“My experience with Henley Design Studio was absolutely beautiful! Her communication with everything leading up all the way to the shoot and photo selection was fantastic! The studio experience was something I’ve never experienced and I would not have be happier with anyone else! The atmosphere during the entire shoot felt like I was this movie star and I felt so special and beautiful! I recommend everyone book with Henley Design Studio! Her work is outstanding!”

Alyanna B.

In-Studio Session FAQ

FAQ 1: How Does the Comfort and Privacy of In-Studio Sessions Compare to Outdoor or In-Home Options?

Answer: In-studio sessions at Henley Design Studio are designed with your utmost comfort and privacy in mind. Our studio provides a safe, private space where you can relax and enjoy the experience without the interruptions or onlookers that might be encountered during an outdoor session. For new moms and families, this controlled environment means easy access to amenities, wardrobe changes, and breaks whenever needed. In contrast, while in-home sessions offer privacy, they might not have the same range of amenities and professional lighting we offer in-studio.

FAQ 2: Can We Achieve a Variety of Looks in an In-Studio Session Compared to Outdoor or In-Home Sessions?

Answer: Yes! One of the greatest advantages of choosing an in-studio session with Henley Design Studio is the versatility and variety we can achieve. Our studio is fully equipped with multiple backdrops, professional lighting setups, and a curated selection of props that allow us to create a wide range of looks and styles during a single session. This means more diversity in your photo gallery compared to the more consistent backdrop of outdoor or in-home sessions.

FAQ 3: How Does Scheduling Flexibility Differ Between Studio and Outdoor Sessions?

Answer: Studio sessions offer significantly more scheduling flexibility compared to outdoor shoots. Since we’re not dependent on natural light conditions or weather, we can book your session at a time that’s most convenient for you and your family, without worrying about the time of day or season. This is especially advantageous for families with newborns or young children who need to work around nap and feeding schedules. Outdoor sessions, while beautiful, require more planning to ensure optimal lighting conditions and may need to be rescheduled due to weather unpredictability.