Pregnancy is a special time in your life and is a unique experience for every woman. Whether you are feeling like your most natural, feminine and beautiful self, or counting down the days until you meet your little one, you deserve to chronicle your journey to motherhood and celebrate the strength of what our incredible bodies can do.
Tip #1 – Schedule your session for the 28-30 week mark of your pregnancy (Approx 7 months). In my experience of photographing these sessions, expecting mommas feel much more comfortable at this stage than waiting until they are closer to full term.
For many expecting mothers, there’s no better way to remember their pregnancy than a professional maternity photo shoot. I’ve put together a list of a few tips to help you look and feel your best in your maternity photo shoot.
Tip #2 – Choose a long & flowy, but FORM FITTING dress. This will make a HUGE difference. Set aside any doubts of feeling uncomfortable in something that hugs your bump because I assure you that I will only photograph from the best, most flattering angles!
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Bonus Tip: What better excuse do you have to go all out for this session and add a little flare to your shoot by going for the gown with an extended train!?
Tip #3 – Treat yourself with a professional hair and make-up appointment. The journey to motherhood is one of the hardest roads a momma can take. This photoshoot is the perfect excuse for a day of pampering! Professional makeup makes a world of difference in a photo. AND speaking of pampering… It’s very likely that your nails will be photographed, especially when we feature the bump, hold an ultra-sound, etc.
Tip #4 – Choosing an option with long sleeves will not only photograph eloquently, but be super flattering for your arms.
Furthermore, I always like to remind my clients to dress for the season! It never hurts to bring a blanket scarf or cover for your shoulders. This might come in handy to help keep you warm and comfortable if the weather gets a bit chilly after the sunset.
Tip #5 – Choose a soft color palette. Other than the obvious shades of pastel blue and blush pink, the lighter tones and muted shades help bring all the attention to your face and flatter the skin tones. Sophisticated light neutrals like heather gray, creams, leather brown and white work great! That softer color palette also fits beautifully into almost all natural outdoor environments.
Whether you are celebrating the joy of bringing your first child into the world or documenting a new chapter for your family’s memories, maternity photo sessions are a beautiful experience. Once you’re done preparing for the shoot, remember to relax and enjoy your experience!