Maternity Session Planning
LET'S GET A DATE AND TIME ON THE CALENDAR!
I typically like to schedule my maternity sessions later in the evening about an hour before sunset. The lighting at this hour is absolutely beautiful. If younger siblings will be joining us on our session, I understand a later session may be hard. In this case, I would suggest a very early morning start time.
The type of session you are envisioning will need the perfect location. I have put together a gallery of locations for you to review and get some ideas. I am always on the lookout for new locations so if you have a specific location in mind please let me know so I can scout it out looking for the best spots/lighting.
WHAT TO WEAR...
I love the full range of options that are available for today’s mother-to-be: open and flowing or crisp and modern. Embrace looks that show your belly, and give it the definition it deserves. Try a tank, camisole or a long flowy sweater that opens just above your belly bump. You can’t go wrong with jeans and a t-shirt or tank - but look for options that include a lycra bend so that they remain crisp and form flattering. For jeans and pants, try for “under the belly” - it doesn’t matter if you can snap them or not, an open snap will show far better than a large maternity panel. Just prior to your session, try to avoid anything tight that will leave a band mark or indentations on your belly. There is something lovely about just a plain, simple, button down...classic yet a bit intimate if unbuttoned, especially if it belongs to your partner. And should you feel especially radiant, investigate options for maternity lingerie!
HAIR AND MAKEUP
Because this session is about showcasing your beauty and glow, why not treat it as a gift you will give to yourself, and to your baby? Scheduling a hair and makeup appointment prior to the session will pull together your look almost as much as selecting the perfect outfit - this is especially true if you experience skin and hair changes due to hormonal shifts. If your budget and schedule permits, treat yourself to a prenatal massage to really get your glow on!
MY MATERNITY CLOSET
I do have a few dresses and skirts that I offer my clients to wear for photoshoots at no additional cost:
Krysten Gown - In White (Size Med)
Emerlie Gown - In Steal Blue (Size Med)
Emerlie Gown - In Champagne (Size Med)
Audrey Gown - In Blush Pink (Size Med)
Miriam Gown - In White (Size Med)
Kiara Gown - In Grey (Size Med)
High Waist Maxi Skirt - In Dark Red
High Waist Maxi Skirt - In Khaiki
Wrap Dress - In Mauve (Size XL) **Not exact dress, but very similar (same color just different detailing on front)
Wrap Dress - In Kale (Size XL) **Not exact dress, but very similar (same color just different detailing on front)
Wrap Dress - In Creme (Size L)
Lace Dress - In White (Size XL)
Long Caftan Dress - In Bamboo (Size Med) *Runs Large
Midi Dress - In Garbanzo Bean (one size fits all)
WHERE TO SHOP
Some of my favorite maternity clothing options:
One of my favorite blogs that I gather inspiration from is: http://pinkpeonies.com/
Maternity Gown buy back program
If you purchase anything from the vendors listed below, I like to offer my clients a 50% buy back option. If you feel you would only wear these for the pictures and are on the fence but really love what your seeing, I will buy back for 50% of cost to add to my studio collection.