Tips for a Happy Maternity Session
Pregnancy is such a special season which seems to fly by so quickly. It’s hard to know when to book a session, what location to pick and what exactly to wear. Here are some tips and tricks to help you have an easy maternity shoot and you can focus on looking your best and making a special memory with your growing family.
Timing: The best time to plan your shoot is towards the end of your second trimester. The reason being, you’ll have an adorable bump and still have plenty of energy to experiment with your different outfits and walk around for the session. Typically, in the 1st Trimester your bump isn’t quite visible yet and by the 3rd Trimester you’re ready to stay seated on the couch :)
Choose Flattering Pieces: Dresses that are flowy, always photograph the best. Bringing a second outfit for your photos is also a great way to showcase a different style and allows you to choose a more fitted piece, maybe something with stripes, that really emphasize your bump. Stripes tend to highlight your cute curves more so than solid colors. Something to consider based on what your personal preference is.
Consider Having Your Hair and Makeup Done: As with all professional photos, having your hair and makeup done professionally for the shoot is the perfect way to pamper yourself and it will help you feel even more confident in front of the camera. If this is impractical for you or if you don’t typically wear makeup, then I suggest applying a small amount of lip and cheek color to help prevent appearing washed out in front of the camera.
Location, Location Location: Finally, choosing a location for your photos is more important than you may think. The setting helps add those important touches to make your photos more personable and unique to you. Choosing a location that’s naturally beautiful or has special meaning to you will create stunning maternity photos that are a perfect reflection of the two of you and capture the excitement of your growing family.
Below are a few special maternity photos where this beautiful couple was able to incorporate all the elements above into a truly unique session. The beauty of the location, their choice of outfit and ability to be present during the session really helped capture their love for each other. You’d never know it was 30 degrees!