Preparing for a maternity photo shoot.
Here are 10-quick tips to get you looking “bump-beautiful” for your maternity photo shoot. And it’s super easy! (don’t stress!)
- Schedule your session when you are around 30-34 weeks pregnant. You will look nice and pregnant, but not completely uncomfortable yet. Make sure if you want to get an appointment with your favorite photographer, book a few months in advance; you don’t want to miss that window of opportunity when you are looking “bump-tastic!”
- For a very successful session, have a phone/Skype/in-person consultation with your photographer. Talk about the follow: Location of shoot (inside or outdoors/both), timing of shoot, who is going to be in the photos (dad, significant other, siblings), props (ie: tape measures, ultrasound pics, baby shoes/first outfit, baby books) (and who is supplying which items).
- If you plan on showing your bump, make sure you wear loose fitting clothing a few hours before the shoot to avoid elastic marks.
- Wardrobe: You want your belly to be the focus point and center stage for most of your photos. To accentuate your belly, go for a more form-fitting shirt/dress/tank. Maxi dresses are cute because you can wear them with tank tops, t-shirts or sweaters. Shear dresses are great, as are a cute panty/bra set. Sometimes an extra large sweater is all you need for some shots. For pics in which you will go bare-belly, bandeau bras are great, as are lacey camis. But remember to wear/bring clothing that you love and feel wonderful in! Check out my Pinterest board for some ideas I put together: Maternity Photo Shoot Wardrobe
- Create, and collaborate with your photographer, your own private Pinterest page where you can both add pictures and inspirations for your shoot. Browse the boards and pin the photos you love, check out your photographers other maternity pictures, too. Create your own style, and share – is it flowy and chic, is it bold, bright, funky, romantic, or retro? The goal is not to copy those images, just get inspiration from them. Be open-minded.
- Moisturize arms, elbows, legs, knees and belly a few days leading up to the shoot. (Cocoa butter is always great for the belly anyway!)
- Get a manicure or a light polish for a more finished look in a close up of your hands around your belly.
- Accessories are key! Hats, scarves, chunky jewelry, fun and bright colored accent pieces work great.
- Remember to bring snacks and water if you are shooting outdoors. Safety and your well-being is your first priority.
- Most important tip: Have fun! You are documenting one of the most memorable times in our life!!