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5 Tips to Help You Prepare for Your Maternity Portrait Session

Expecting a new baby is an exciting moment in every woman’s life. The feeling of growing new life makes every new mother glow and shine and what a better time and way to capture the this moment in time than a maternity portrait session.

All photography sessions are about working with expecting mothers and her husband or partner to craft beautiful portraits they will cherish. Which is why I have these moments captured and recorded in framed prints to remind her of this special time in her life.

It can be a challenge to find the right maternity portrait photographer who has the experience and skills to create these portraits. Which is why I’ve put together a list of tips to help mothers prepare for their session.

1. Timing is Everything

I recommend to schedule your session between the 31st and 36th weeks of your pregnancy. During that time, a woman’s belly has a beautiful round shape. After the 36th week most women start to feel too bloated and uncomfortable during the session.

2. Consider The Style of Portrait You Want From The Shoot

It’s important to discuss the style of shoot you desire with your Photographer and a good photographer will work with your to achieve your vision. It’s a good idea to discuss with your photographer any ideas about poses, look, location or props you might have in mind. Creating a Pinterest Board helps both you and your photographer with ideas for your shoot. Here is an example of one I have for inspiration.

3. Your Body Will Be Photographed

During pregnancy woman’s body goes through transformation and it is perfectly natural for stretch marks and birthmarks to appear. An experienced maternity photographer knows how to help you pose  to make them less or not all visible. Be sure to discuss this if you have anything about your body which you are not fully comfortable with. If you have any tattoos which you don’t want to show up in your final artistic images, you can use your clothing or posing to hide this. The other option is to ask for retouching in post-processing to remove these completely from your final images.

4. Coordinate Your Outfits 

Stretching garments and clothing can leave marks on your skin.  Which is why I advise to change out of any tight clothes and elastic bands from your body at least 2 hours before your session to allow any marks to disappear. Dressing in robe or lose dress will keep your skin smooth. Wearing slippers or slip on shoes would make it easy for you to take them off. Not having skin marks is especially important if you plan to have nude or semi-nude images taken. The beauty of your belly and body would be spoiled by any marks left by the clothing or undergarments and these could be easily avoided by simply planning ahead.

If the other members of your family are participating it is very important to have outfits that are well coordinated. Try to avoid all whites, jeans and white tops or uniformed coloured outfits for everyone. The best thing is to color coordinate and complement. I always advise clients to bring at least three different outfit options to the shoot. 

5. Relax and Enjoy

Relaxing will help you feel confident and comfortable in front of the camera. Try not to schedule anything to close of too hectic before the session. Pamper yourself with manicure and pedicure, have your hair and makeup done in a salon. Taking a short nap is another way to feel relaxed and well rested. Meeting with your photographer before the shoot also helps to feel more comfortable, which is why I offer a free consultation for my clients to discuss their needs and expectations.

During the session, let the photographer take care of the details. Enjoying the moment  will make you look good and feel great. You have hired a skilled photographer. Let them worry about all the little details for you and enjoy the experience.

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