Updated: May 12
Let's face it, we're women, and we are self-conscious even without a baby in our belly! But don't let that be the reason you don't document this moment. I mean think about it - your child, who will soon be earth-side, is INSIDE of YOUR belly! ...Sit there and think about how truly amazing and beautiful that is. Of course, that warrants some weight gain and major changes to our bodies, but it is 1,000,000% worth it in the end!
As a portrait photographer, I can't even tell you how many times women tell me they aren't comfortable in their body and say they, 'really don't want photos, but know I need to.' ... Is this you? Do you not want to take maternity portraits because you don't feel like you are your best self? GIRLLL. You ARE your BEST. SELF. when you're pregnant ---- you're making a HUMAN BEING. And trust me, as a mom, even if you're having a tough pregnancy (or even if you're having your best pregnancy) you will miss that baby being inside of your belly and one day, the pictures are all that you will have to look back on that small period of 9-months that you were pregnant. I am 30-years old and, to this day, I still LOVE looking through my mom's photos of her pregnancies with both me and my older brother (...there are more photos of her pregnant self with my brother ...but that's a conversation for another day! LOL)
...Ok, ok...enough with the pep-talk (...but seriously...you're pregnant, you're glowing, and you're amazing and you deserve to have professional maternity portraits done! ...Your kids will thank you in the future.)
So whether you've decided on maternity portraits or not, you're here reading this post for tips on how to prepare for your session! Read on for my do's and dont's on preparing for your maternity session!
1. Schedule a professional hair and make-up appointment. This is important for so many reasons. First and foremost, you don't have to do it yourself! You can RELAX on the day of the session and get a little pampering in. Professional HMUAs also, for the most part, are amazing at what they do and will know certain tricks for when you're in front of the camera (i.e. contouring, not adding too much highlighter, etc.) that will really stand out in your portraits.
2. Schedule a nail appointment. It's a maternity session, your hands and belly will be in a LOT of photos. Chipped fingernail polish can steal the show from the belly in a negative way and we certainly don't want that to happen!
3. Invest in a pair of Spanx - even if you're already small framed. I stress this to all of my clients before their gown consultations and during their consulta