Tips for your Maternity Photo Session

  • Gather any props to bring along – ultrasound printout, alphabet blocks that spell your baby’s name, baby shoes, stuffed animals, etc.
  • Go with stretchy fabrics - of course, you want to look good in your photos, but comfort is just as important. Be sure to pack plenty of clothes made with stretchy fabrics, maxi dresses can be a great option. This is also a great excuse to go shopping if you need a few new pieces to add to your wardrobe.
  • Keep your colors simple - You and your baby bump will be the primary focus of your images, so you don’t want to wear any bright colors or loud patterns that will distract. Instead, stick with neutral colors and jewel tones that will look great with any background and any skin tone.
  • If you’re doing semi-nude/implied nude photos, bras and underwear will create noticeable lines on your skin, so wear loose-fitting clothing to the shoot. You can add undergarments as necessary for photos later in the shoot.
  • Bring your significant other! They’ll make a great prop for your photos, and greatly expand on the number of different photos you can make during your shoot. They should wear an outfit that coordinates with what you’ll be wearing but the focus should always be on you, your expressions, your emotions, your personality, your joy and your connection.
  • If you have long hair, be ready to put their hair up in case of a windy day. Bring bobby pins, hair clips, headbands or any other favorite accessories.
  • Try to avoid wearing sunglasses on the way to the session - it will leave marks on your face and make your eyes more sensitive to the sun.  


What can we expect the session to be like?

We will give you all the direction you need while keeping the session natural and relaxed.  We are happy to provide suggestions for poses and scenic spots that will photograph well so you have nothing to worry about. 

When will the photos be ready?

Your photos will receive the same attention to detail and three-stage processing as your wedding photos and are typically ready within 2-3 weeks.  From that point, you can choose which images you'd like to use for your invitations, thank you cards, canvas enlargements, modern gallery block, etc. 

The day of the shoot

Relax. Take more time than usual to get ready. 
Eat a light meal before you leave. 
Arrive on time. If you are running late, contact your photographer to let them know your estimated time of arrival. If you arrive with a significant delay, the shoot may be shortened and the number of final images may be reduced.

What if it rains?

Most people hope for a bright sunny day for their session, and the majority of our sessions do have clear skies.  However, cloudy/overcast weather is my ideal lighting situation since there are no harsh shadows on people's faces and those with sensitive eyes won't struggle to keep their eyes open.  We do get the occasional passing showers which are very common and we can just take shelter for 2-3 minutes while it passes.  In the event of heavy rain where a session is simply not possible, please contact your photographer at least 60-90 minutes prior to your session to reschedule for the next available date / time.  

*Photo Requests
If you have any photo requests (not more than 3-4), feel free to let us know at the beginning of your session.  Sometimes it can be helpful to show us a sample from your phone.

** Bring a towel ** If you have a beach location, it's helpful to have a towel to dust off sandy feet after your session.