Bringing a baby into the world is a such an amazing thing, and something I am so passionate about celebrating! It’s a time you are going to want to remember and share with your little one once they are a bit older, even if you don't feel perfect for photos!
If you are thinking about or have recently booked a maternity photo session then the below tips should come in handy as your prepare for your session!
1. Schedule your session between 31 and 35 weeks as your tummy should have popped and have a beautiful shape. By booking your maternity session during this time you are also past the discomfort and bloating that happens earlier in the pregnancy but also not so close to your dute date you are crazy uncomfortable!
2. We know how important it is to moisturize those knees, elbows and belly but we recommend you do so 1 – 2 hours before the session to avoid any shininess or sticky clothes! You should also avoid wearing any tight fitting watches or bracelets that might leave marks on your skin.
3. Treat yourself to a neutral or light colored manicure 1 – 2 days prior to your maternity session so that you can take some beautiful shots with your hands on your tummy.
4. If you already have some cute baby items such as shoes, hats, toys, blankets or onesies, bring them along as they make for adorable props. The same applies to family heirlooms. If you have a special locket or photo that you would like to use, bring it along too.
5. More and more moms are using their ultrasound photos in their photo sessions. If you aren’t too sure whether you want to use it or not, bring it to the shoot anyway and decide on the day.
6. Take the time to pick the right outfit for the maternity shoot. You should of course be comfortable but make sure that your clothing doesn’t detract from your tummy’s shape and your natural glow. Avoid large, bold patterns or clothing that is too loose. Empire waists, drawstrings, flowing tops and wrap dresses are perfect for enhancing your shape! I have a few dresses that clients can use HERE, and can always recommend great places to get them for pretty cheap! If you are doing more than one outfit, I suggest doing the more casual one first, and leaving the dressier one for golden hour in your session!!
Feeling like you just don't want to have photos at this stage of pregnancy? Read all about that HERE!!!
Feeling super confident and ready to show off that bump? Maybe a milk bath is for you! These can be added to any maternity session, and are such a special way to celebrate!!