It’s a big day! It’s the day you will be taking the first professional pictures of you and your little one – still safely cradled inside you. Your choice of photographer definitely has plenty to do with how well your photos turn out, but getting the most out of your maternity photoshoot also depends on how prepared you are. Here are our tips for making sure you are ready for your special photoshoot and get the best photos possible.
Get the Timing Right for Your Maternity Photo Shoot
Most maternity photo shoots take place when mum-to-be is between 30 – 36 weeks (around 7 – 8 months) pregnant. That time is a sweet spot of sorts since your belly will be large enough to take centre stage in each photo. Waiting any longer might mean you are too large to get into certain poses and tire quickly so the session has to be rushed.
Make the appointment well in advance to ensure the maternity photographer will be able to fit you in. Plus, it will give you more time to prepare.
Dress for the Occasion
Decide what you would like to wear in the photos, placing emphasis on both comfort and accentuating your glorious bump. Remember, too, that you are NOT limited by your maternity wardrobe. Consider renting or borrowing a special gown for the occasion. Your photographer might be able to suggest some places you could get a gorgeous rental from.
If your spouse or other children are joining you in the photos, then preparation could include colour coordinating your outfits. No need for everyone to wear matching shirts – that’s kind of passé. Instead, decide on a colour scheme, then everyone can choose what to wear based on it.
Say What’s On Your Mind To Your Photographer
A major part of preparing for your maternity photo shoot is deciding what you would like the finished photos to look like. When both you and your maternity photographer see the same big picture, you are better guaranteed of the shoot being a success and being satisfied with the results.
Schedule some time to discuss the following points with the photographer. This is where you should consider us as your maternity photographer because unlike others we schedule a Discovery Session with our clients to bring thoughts on paper and then we implement it on shoot day.
Style – Decide on the general style you are looking for with the pictures: retro, contemporary, bursting with colours, or subdued tones. We spend most of our time in understanding the style and taste of our clients. Although we have our own style which we obviously share it with them. Exchanging thoughts helps us in better understanding.
Props – Most maternity photographers will have some of their own and you might have a special item or keepsake which you would like incorporated in the photos.
Location – If you would like the shoot to take place outdoors or in a location you choose (in your home, for instance) then ask beforehand.
Group shots – Many expectant women include their spouse and children in their maternity photo session. Little children, as we all know, get restless easily. So it is often advised that the photos with them be taken first and that you arrange for someone to be on hand to take care of them while the rest of the session is completed.
For your maternity photo shoot, you will want to look as fabulous on the outside as you are feeling on the inside. Make plans to get your hair done and go for a manicure, pedicure, facial – the works! You deserve it and it will give your self-confidence a boost that is sure to shine through in the photos.
In case you need another excuse to look great, then here is one: the arrival of your little bundle of joy will most likely be just a few short weeks after the photo shoot. That means this may be your last chance, for a while, to focus on you and indulge in self-nurturing – take it!
Keep Stress away Before Your Photo Shoot
It is natural for some expectant mommas to feel tense before their maternity photo shoot. You may feel apprehension about being in front of the camera or just be overwhelmed as your due date draws near. Release some of that tension by getting more rest in the days leading up to the photo session, if possible. You can consider, too, scheduling a relaxing maternity massage.