Pregnancy is a glorious time. You are at your most feminine. Your hair is lush and thick, your skin is glowing and your body is voluptuous. You are growing a tiny human! It’s miraculous. This special time in you and your family’s life should be documented. A maternity shoot is a fantastic way to capture this time in your life so that you can hold onto it forever. Today I am going to share some tips and tricks to help you prepare for a maternity shoot.
The first thing to consider is timing. You want to be far along enough that your baby bump is apparent but you are still able to comfortably move around. You should plan your shoot between the 28-36 week mark in your pregnancy. If you are carrying multiples you should plan for 26-32 weeks since multiples tend to be born earlier than anticipated. You will want to figure out when you will be in this sweet spot of pregnancy and schedule your shoot around that. Plan early because many photographers book up way in advance. So aim to schedule your shoot at least two months prior to when you want your shoot to be.
In terms of location, the world is your oyster. Literally. Location shots make for some absolutely stunning maternity photos. Think about places that inspire you or that have a special meaning. Alternatively, shooting in the studio is always safe and unlike being outdoors the surroundings are easily manipulated and predictable. Some families decide that having the shoot in their home is the best choice for them. Especially if you have children or pets that you want to include in the pictures. Plus being at home has the added benefit of lending a very personal feel to the pictures.
Let’s talk hair and makeup. Professional hair and makeup is always best but sometimes that is not an option. However, if you are planning for a dressed up shoot, having your makeup professionally applied can make an incredible difference. Some photographers offer a professional makeup service so check in with your photographer to find out what resources are available to you. When planning your hair and makeup think about the shots that you are going for, what you will be wearing and how you will be posing. For more casual pictures aim for a natural look. Simple, everyday hair and makeup works best. For more glamorous shots, go all out and execute your most captivating date night hair and makeup. Just remember to stay as classic and true to yourself as possible. Since you want these pictures to be timeless, your maternity shoot is not the time to try out new trends. One last tip, applying natural looking false lashes is an effortless way to add a subtle boost to your look. They make a big impact in casual and more dramatic photos.
When it comes to what you wear, you want to find things that accentuate your beautiful baby bump while highlighting your personality. Now is not the time to be shy about your growing body. Take the opportunity to show off your bump in all of its glory. For maximum stomach visibility, plan on bringing a really pretty bra and panty set with simple, delicate details. Include a roomy, translucent button down shirt in your photo shoot wardrobe. That way, if you really feel uncomfortable during the shoot you can cover up by slipping it on while still giving the photographer access to your belly. For your casual shots you should select clothing that makes you feel the most beautiful and comfortable.
If you are shooting outside opt for a long, billowy maxi skirt that is light and has movement. Tulle skirts and dresses are great for this. Pair it with a tube top in a matching color that has some feminine details like lace or beading. Another popular clothing option is the full on glamour dress. Whether you chose a form fitting dress to show off your curves or an airy dress with movement, just make sure that you will be able to pose comfortably.
Something to keep in mind when shopping for a more formal dress is to plan for what size you will be then not what size you are now. Dressier gowns are usually a pricey investment and some stores do not allow returns, exchanges or alterations. Plan ahead and you will save yourself from future frustration and heartbreak.
Planning a maternity shoot is such an exciting experience. Get creative, include things you love and find inspiration in your wildest dreams. The possibilities are endless so don’t be afraid to reach out to your photographer if you are unsure of a location or pose. Your photographer is a wealth of information and is more than willing to guide you. Congratulations on your growing bundle of joy!