If you are reading this article it means you are either thinking about a maternity session or have already booked one. If you’ve never had a maternity session before, you may not know how to prepare or what to expect. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to everything you need to know to get the most out of your session and get photos you’ll love.
Booking a pregnancy session may seem like just another item to add to your list, but a pregnancy session can be the perfect time to remind you of the strength and beauty of your body during your pregnancy journey. You deserve to have this wonderful moment in your life captured. It’s worth celebrating this time with your partner and family.
Book in advance
Don’t wait, book your sessions in advance. It’s best to book your pregnancy session somewhere around week 20, which is after your second scan. Maybe by then, you’ll already know your baby’s back and you’ll want to bring the scan photo to the studio and have it during your session. If you have a particular photographer you want to work with, it is important to book a photoshoot well in advance to make sure the session takes place.
Photoshoot in the third trimester
The best time to take photos is during the third trimester, between 28 and 32 weeks. By this time your breasts will be visible and your tummy will be visible and round. At this time, your belly is still positioned high. You will still be able to move and pose freely. You can do a pregnancy session later in your pregnancy, but there is a good chance that you will have more trouble posing and standing for longer and you will have more pounds.
Talk to your photographer
Every photographer is different and every mum-to-be is different too. The important thing is to choose one who meets your requirements. Ask lots of questions, check the portfolio and read reviews before you decide. Once you have made up your mind, talk about your expectations. If there are any specific images you want – or don’t want – make sure you let your photographer know. Talk to your photographer about what images are important to you. If you would like to have nude photos say so beforehand. It is important to let your photographer know before the session what you are comfortable with so that they can better plan what shots and poses to take.
Make-up and hair
While some photographers may include make-up and hair as part of their shoot, others leave this element of session preparation to you. If you want to look your best, a professional makeup artist is a way to go. A professional will know how to do your make-up, what will suit you and how it will look in the photos. If you decide to do your make-up yourself, do stronger make-up but don’t use too many colours on the eyelids. You will have several outfits during the shoot so the make-up should be unique. Take a few colours of lipstick with you.
How will come with you?
Your family members are welcome to attend your pregnancy session. Bring your husband, your partner, your children, your mum or sister. Everyone will be welcome. Everyone should be part of your pregnancy journey. Remember, however, that extra people can be distracting and even make you feel less comfortable in front of the camera, so avoid bringing friends and extended family members.
Remember that you need to have nude-coloured underwear with you. The bra should have removable straps. And if you’re planning to take partially nude photos, make sure you bring lacy lingerie that will look good in the photos. When planning a shoot with your photographer, ask about outfits to be sure if you need a different colour of lingerie. Check out our ideas for naked, half-naked, and casual shots with lingerie visible.
Easier said than done, but try to relax. Don’t think too much about it. Your photographer will guide you through each pose and position. All you have to do is feel confident, feel your beauty, and want to make it visible.