No woman is more beautiful and glowing than during that special time when she carries a life within. The beautiful glow of your skin. Those little kicks. The way big brother/sister kisses your belly. These are all moments you’ll want to capture before your pregnancy experience is over! Baby will be here soon enough, and a maternity portrait session is a fabulous way to capture the magic of pregnancy.
When to Schedule a Maternity Session
Maternity sessions are best scheduled after the 32 week mark to capture the beauty of your belly!
Typically, outdoor locations such as beautiful serene fields of grass and hay or even flower gardens are best suited for maternity sessions. Open farm areas, Loose Park,Kauffman gardens – those are all beautiful places for portraits.
Time of Day
Assuming it’s a sunny day, it’s best to shoot either really early in the morning or late in the afternoon/evening as the sun sets. This gives the gorgeous golden lighting that I probably talk about too much. That said, don’t vary too much from your typical schedule. (Read: Never interrupt naptime!) Don’t worry if your session happens to be on an overcast day – sometimes that makes the most beautiful diffused lighting. It’s soft and doesn’t create harsh shadows. And it makes your skin looks gorgeous!
What to Wear: Mother
Simple attire allows for the focus of the photograph to be on you and your partner instead of distracting patterns and colors. Pictures, writing, and logos should be avoided on your attire.
- What you wear should be comfortable and should be something you LOVE. Solids photograph better than patterned materials. White, black, brown, and grey work well, too. Avoid bright colors such as yellow or pink.
- Fabrics work best if they are a bit clingy and have a little stretch. Soft, flowing, draping fabrics will work best.
- Avoid wearing anything that will leave a mark on your skin such as elastic.
- V-necks, scoop necks, square necks, and turtle necks work well.
- Long-sleeved tops tend to be more flattering than other lengths, but sleeveless or spaghetti straps work, also. Unless you have wonderfully toned and slender upper arms, short sleeves should probably be avoided.
- Shirts that open down the front with buttons work well, especially men’s button-down collared ones.
- Tanks or tube tops work well if we use a drape to show off your baby tummy. Make sure that they are tighter fitting so that your tummy is the focus.
- Jeans, draw-string, or black yoga pants work well, as do soft skirts. Button jeans work well, too.
What to Wear: Partner
- Your partner should try to coordinate with your color choices.
- Jeans, khakis, draw-string, draping, or other dark pants (yoga) work well on men.
- A white and/or black t-shirt in solid colors such as black, dark brown, navy blue, or deep gray (charcoal) will be a good thing to have in case he wants to change for a different look in the picture.
- Rumpled, white shirts are good, too.
- Work shirts should be avoided.
- Wear make-up!! The camera reduces the impact of make-up. Make-up should be classic and clean.
- Pamper yourself with a manicure and a pedicure a day or two in advance of your photograph. You will be glad that you did.
- Dry skin does not photograph well. Use and/or bring lotion that you love.
- Lips should be pampered and moist. Use a lip balm to condition your lips for a few days in advance of the photograph.
- DRINK, DRINK, DRINK — WATER!!! Well-hydrated skin is soft and sexy looking.
- Don’t wear binding clothes (socks, elastic, etc) to the photograph. You want your skin to be mark-free!!
- Children should be dressed in a coordinating manner as you and your partner.
- You should have at least one change of clothes in case what you are wearing is not photographing well. Having 2-4 changes of clothing is ideal.
- Be prepared for some shots that are barefoot.
Other Things to Consider Bringing Along
- Please feel free to bring any special props that you want to include that have meaning for you. Stuffed animals, building blocks, flowers, your wedding veil, etc. can all be included in your pictures.
- It is helpful to me to know your due date as I can include that into some of the photos.
I will be capturing you and your partner in beautiful embraces in natural poses! Be prepared for a fun, loving session!
What Expect During the Session
Upon my arrival, I would find the best photographing spots and the best lights.
Please note that during the session, there may be several clothes change, and that we would try out various poses (thus, please expect some changing outdoors if we’re in a field).
What Expect After the Session
In a couple of days, I will send you around 2 photos as a quick preview and would share some on my blog. Then, we would spend roughly 2 weeks time to carefully select and post-process the photos from the session. An online private gallery will be send to you for your preview and selection for your session package prints, photos or additional order. Upon receiving your order, it would take roughly 2 weeks to have your session prints and digital images ready. For custom items such as gallery canvas, custom framing, or albums, it may take 3-8 weeks (depend on the ordered item).
If you needed the photos ready earlier for special event (eg: printing your birth announcement cards, or sharing at full-moon party), please let me know so I can see if we can fit it in earlier.
This is such a special time in your life, and to capture this beautiful glow is a chance in a lifetime. I am looking forward to meeting you and capturing this once-in-a-lifetime event and making this a process that will be a wonderful memory for you and photographs that you and your child will treasure for years to come.
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