Pregnancy is a special time of your life and for many women, (although you may not feel like it) you are at your most natural, feminine and beautiful self. During your pregnancy, your hair is rich and thicker, your breasts are fuller, your skin is glowing and your body has more curves. For many expecting mothers, there’s no better way to remember their pregnancy and chronicle their journey to motherhood than a professional maternity photo shoot.
The most important element of looking beautiful in your photos is the photographer. Find a professional photographer with strong technical skills and experience in pregnancy photography and holds a specialization in it. A professional maternity photographer will know how to light, pose and photograph you in angles that flatter your face and body.
For expecting mamas with singletons, a good time to do your maternity photos when you are 32 – 36 weeks along. Your belly is full but you are still comfortable to pose. For expecting mamas with twins (or more), come in earlier around 26 – 32 weeks as twins tend to arrive much earlier than singletons.
I highly recommend professional makeup and hair. Not only will this make your photographer’s work easier, you will feel beautiful and confident at your session. However if it’s not in the budget, your going-out-on-a-hot-date makeup and hair is fine too.
Trust your photographer to direct you in posing so you can look your best. What makes maternity photos different from other portraits is that the images focus on you, your personality and feelings and the bond you have with your much-awaited baby.
Many maternity poses such as hands on the belly and eyes looking down express emotions and connection to your belly. Other maternity poses empathize the beautiful curves of your body.
Wear whatever you feel comfortable and pretty in. I provide this list to my clients:
If your photographer specializes in maternity, they will likely have maternity dresses, wraps and accessories in their studio available to use. This is advantageous so you don’t have to go and buy maternity dresses—one dress can run you anywhere from $100 – $300! Another thing to consider when buying maternity dresses is that you may not fit into them by the time of your shoot.
A great maternity photography session will not just produce stunning and gorgeous images, but also make you feel confident and beautiful.
Debbie Marseilles of Marseilles Photography is a premier maternity photographer based out of Atascadero, CA and serves San Luis Obispo and the surrounding areas, including Paso Robles, Templeton, Los Osos, Cambria, Cayucos, Morro Bay, Shell Beach, and Arroyo Grande.
Marseilles Photography takes pride in capturing your beauty during your pregnancy and customizes each session with care, creativity, and professionalism.
Portions of FAQ's courtesy of Eden Bao Photography