Whether this is your first or third baby, it is a very exciting time for you and your partner and for many expecting mothers, there’s no better way to remember their pregnancy and their journey to motherhood than a professional maternity photo shoot.
Here are a few tips to help you look and feel your best.
When to schedule the shoot
The general recommendation is that you have your maternity photo shoot when you are between 32 to 36 weeks pregnant. For expecting mamas with twins (or more), schedule it for around 26 – 32 weeks as twins tend to arrive much earlier. Your belly will have a lovely full shape, but you won’t be too bloated and uncomfortable, as is often the case in the last few weeks.
Decide what location you prefer
Decide if you would like an outdoor sunset session or an in-home, lifestyle session. Outdoor locations offer beautiful light and backgrounds and they can be places that are meaningful to you. Disadvantages are that the shoot is weather-dependent and shooting hours are limited to the golden hour of sunrise or sunset (when the quality of natural light is at its best.} Sessions shot in your home use natural light to capture those little moments that mean everything to you, such as your baby's nursery, your pets and your routine. Advantage in the home is comfort and connection to familiar surroundings. Plus you don’t have to worry about the weather outside.
Decide what to wear
Depending on the location you have chosen, the next step is to choose your clothes. This can be an exciting step as many women will know what 'look' they want for their photos. Whatever your style, choose clothing that is comfortable! For lots more clothing tips and inspiration, have a read of this blog post.
Undergarments play a big role!
Wear nude-coloured underwear and tube top or bra (with detachable straps if possible). If you opted for an outdoor beach session then maybe wear a bikini top so you can show off your bump if you wish and get into the water.
Book your hair and make-up appointments
Like your wedding photos, your maternity photo shoot is a one-off session that you will never have again. Treat yourself to professional hair and make-up artists. Not only will this make your photographer’s work easier, you will feel beautiful and confident at your session. Neutral looking fake lashes can really flatter your eyes. Don't forget to have a manicure too, there will be lots of photos of your hands around your bump.
Prepare your home if you are having an in-home lifestyle session
Your house does not need to look like it came straight out of a magazine, so don't stress. All you need to do, is make sure that you de-clutter the master bedroom, the lounge and the nursery. Remove items from bedside tables, close en-suite doors and wardrobes, buy some beautiful fresh flowers and put plain bed linen on your bed.
Think about including your pet in your shoot
Having a dog at a shoot adds another level of energy, not to mention another level of cuteness as well. If your shoot is at home then cats can be included too.
Decide if you want to show off your bare bump or not
Some women feel more self-conscious about their bodies when they’re pregnant, and that’s perfectly fine and normal. Don’t try to force yourself into doing something you think you should do. Maternity photos should be beautiful, and photos of a bare bump in particular can be a great way to celebrate the female form. Bra and panty sets are also great for women who don’t want to do too much exposure, but want a sexy look. Be very clear with your photographer about what you want, and the level of undress that you’re comfortable with.
Don't forget to eat
Drink lots of water. This will help your skin look clear and smooth. Watch your diet the day or two before in particular, and don’t eat anything that you know might contribute to water retention. Have a light meal before your maternity photo shoot and if you have other children, bring snacks along too.
Arrange to have a dinner date with your partner for after your photo shoot
If you have had hair and make-up done for the shoot. then don't waste it, you will be looking and feeling beautiful, so celebrate with a lovely dinner. If this is your first baby, then take the opportunity to have a dinner date with your partner before your baby arrives... it might be a while before you get a chance to do it again.
Get a good night’s rest the night before your session
Not only will it help reduce any bags under your eyes, but you’ll feel less stressed and more calm during the shoot.
I hope you found these tips helpful. If you still have questions or would like to book your own session please feel free to contact me via my contact page or comment below.