First, I’d like to start with a fact or fiction… ready?
Fact or Fiction: All mothers-to-be feel beautiful during their maternity photo session.
If you are planning your maternity session and feeling a bit anxious, you are not alone. Your body is changing, your emotions may feel unfamiliar, and maybe you’re second guessing if you really want photos done at all.
Fact or Fiction: In the future, you will be glad you decided to have maternity photos done.
You guessed it, FACT!
You might even be looking at other’s maternity photos and thinking how beautiful they are and then questioning whether yours will be too. And that is so normal.
So here’s the good news! What you see on Instagram or Facebook, is the final product — the finished image. What you don’t see, is the behind the scenes!
So I’d like to walk through a bit of the behind the scenes to put your mind at ease.
1.It’s all about scheduling
First, as I mentioned, most of my Mommas-To-Be feel a bit uncomfortable at their session. Typically, you’re about 5-10 weeks out from your due date and you may be feeling like all belly. The good news is, this is all up to you! There is no rule about when to schedule your maternity session. We want you to be comfortable and to feel good about your changing body!
For some mommas, the earlier the better. You may only have a little bump but your energy is high, you’ve got the perfect outfit in mind, and you’d rather schedule your session 10-12 weeks before you’re due.
On the other hand, maybe you’re like a little more belly in your picture and you’re comfortable waiting a bit longer. I never recommend we get closer than 5 weeks out from your due date, just in case your little one decides to come early!
So scheduling is up to you. I think that 6-9 week range is a great place to start, but these are your photos and it’s all about you!
2. What not to wear
There’s really no what “not” to wear here, but definitely some suggestions on what’s going to help you feel your best. For these shots, we do want to highlight your belly, so although you may not think something more form fitting would be flattering, a lot of times it is the way to go! Some of my favorite shots have been the form-fitted maxi dresses. I will recommend that you look for a dress with a three-quarter or full length sleeve. You’ll feel more comfortable and the dress looks classy.
Shoes are a question I get a lot - I’ve seen everything from slip-on sandals (that we keep out of the photo) to high wedges. That is totally up to you! Keep in mind the location we’ve chosen and what shoe may be best suited for that terrain. If barefoot is more your style, I’m all for it.
Patterns — this goes for any session, not just maternity. Patterns are great, when they’re on one partner or the other. In other words, don’t pick a floral dress for yourself and a flannel for your hubby (sounds like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised!) In fact, I like to keep the print for the lady. Maybe a floral dress, or something with a stripe (maybe), and keep your hubs in a plain button up. We all love the flannels and plaids, but they don’t always photograph well.
3. Be Comfortable
If you read our tips for your newborn session, than this is old news to you. One thing that is easy to spot on someone’s face, is whether they’re feeling comfortable or completely out of place. Find an outfit that you can move in, stand up, sit down, maybe even spin around. Again, this goes for any session, but especially your maternity. This is another reason dresses are a great option. (Bonus tip: Most of my moms will wear spanks or a maternity pant or short underneath their dress to smooth any unwanted curves. If you’re worried about any lines showing through a dress, they can almost always be taken care of in post-editing!)
4.What to bring
Maternity sessions are really the only session where I would recommend bringing a couple of things to add to the photos. We don’t want to go crazy, but we like to highlight the excitement of waiting for your little one.
If you’d like, bring the following to your session and we’ll be sure to add it to a couple photos!
Your wedding rings
Something pink or blue, if you’d like
Maternity photos are a great way to capture the last few months as a family of two before your little one arrives. I know, you may not feel your best, or maybe the changes in your body have you questioning your photos, and that is normal.
We will work together to pose the two of you in the most flattering ways and be sure we’re only capturing what you’re comfortable with.
As a last note, I’ve had several mommas ask if I can wait to post their images to social media until after they’ve had a chance to see them first. Yes, without a doubt, if this makes you more comfortable, let’s do it. These photos are for YOU, not for anyone else.
I cannot wait to work with you, and keep on being beautiful, Momma!