MATERNITY SESSION DETAILS
BARE YOUR BELLY
If ever there is a time to entrust yourself to the hands of a professional photographer, it is during this time. Professional maternity photography is not the snap of an Instagram shot or a few shots taken on a whim in your kitchen. It is working with someone who understands that certain poses will photograph better than others, that lighting is key, and with a bit of guidance, you will look as amazing on the outside as you hopefully feel on the inside.
For your session, I will provide you with the option of shooting in a private location, such as your home or our studio, where you can bare as little or as much of your belly (and body) that you care to. You may also opt for a less intimate session and select outfits and a location that has meaning to you and will provide a wonderful backdrop for the “before” pages in your Baby Book.
When should you book?
You are welcome to reserve your session any time after you have established your due date, but you will want to schedule a time between 32 and 36 weeks when you are showing enough of a full belly, but not quite ready to deliver! Scheduling in the earlier weeks ensures that you will have a bit more mobility for poses.
For your maternity session, you have two options:
- You may book it as a on-location maternity session, at a location of your choice or at your home
- You may book it as a studio session to take place in or around my studio.
And by all means, include any siblings (of the two or four-legged variety) as this is an exciting time for your entire family! I will capture both individual and family images to tell your entire story!
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!