WHY SHOULD I BOOK A MATERNITY PHOTOSHOOT?
Becoming a mother is a cause for celebration. If you’re reading this stroking your bump, or have slight flutters because you’ve just been given the thumbs up, then congratulations – you’re in for what’s arguably the most breath-taking experience of your life!
And that’s no exaggeration. Whether you’re giving birth to a new generation or expanding it a little further, fact remains that you’ll soon be welcoming new life into the world (cute!). A moment that’s so treasured it’ll have your entire family and social circle itching to share it with you, right from the first scan. And that’s because maternity, just like weddings, anniversaries and other family occasions, is best when it’s shared with those you treasure the most.
However, it also holds a special significance for you and your partner, which you can capture by setting aside some ‘you time’ for a maternity photoshoot. A sure way to keep your maternal memories alive even after your 9 months is up. Ask me and I’d say maternity photography is one of the most romantic any couple can do.
WHAT HAPPENS ON A MATERNITY PHOTOSHOOT?
That’s a tricky one, you see no maternity photoshoot is the same. Some are a well lit studio shoot, while others are slightly more spontaneous, and shot on location – the option I’d go for if it was me with the bump.
But that’s just the start. The variety of customisation options I offer, (silks, outfits, props etc.) mean that you can really inject a bit of ‘you’ into your shoot.
So, even if someone close to you has had shots taken in a similar style or location, you needn’t worry about looking too ‘samey’. Have a vivid idea for your maternity photography? Don’t keep it a secret – tell me more.
WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY MATERNITY PHOTOGRAPHY?
Maternity photoshoots are mainly carried out in the third trimester (29-40 weeks) – well, that’s what I’d say’s the sweet spot. However, if you opt for my bump progression package, this will be earlier, usually anytime after your 12 week scan.
With a maternity photoshoot it’s important to plan ahead because the amount of bookings I can make each month is limited. Something you’d expect because of the unpredictability that comes with newborn babies. But if you’re reading this and thinking “I wish I’d read this sooner”, don’t worry! Last minute bookings aren’t impossible. In fact sometimes they can fit in rather well, only I wouldn’t rely on this being the case.
*If you’re also planning to book a newborn photography shoot, I’d suggest booking both in tandem to avoid any issues with availability.
MATERNITY PHOTOGRAPHY: YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
What week should I do maternity photos?
Your third trimester (29-40 weeks) is the sweet spot for a maternity photoshoot if you ask me. Although that does depend on what type of photography you’re after and how prominent you wish your bump to be, so if you’d rather it be earlier or later, that’s no problem with me. You and your baby come first.
Do I have to bring anything with me to a maternity photoshoot?
Unless you wish to wear your own outfits or bring your own props, then no. I’ll make sure we have everything you need prior to the shoot and always strive to minimise any setup time, so we can dive straight in.
Is maternity photography just a ‘me and my partner thing’, or can we bring family and friends?
A maternity photoshoot can play out in a variety of different ways, although I would always suggest bringing your partner. That way we can get a good variety of solo and couple shots, especially if we’re on location. If you’re already a Mum, it may be worth also bringing the rest of your flock, as maternity photoshoots can also produce great family photos!
What should I wear for a maternity photoshoot?
For a maternity photoshoot it’s best to have at least two or three outfits to wear. I’d advise a mix of casual and more formal styles to vary up your images. For most future Mums, a maxi dress is MUST, particularly if you’re wanting to look both pregnant and elegant. But that’s not to say you should stay away from tighter, more fitted clothing, as this also does a great job of accentuating your bump. Which style you choose is up to you.
How can I look slimmer in maternity pictures?
In my experience there’s two easy ways to appear slimmer in your maternity pictures. One is to wear a floaty dress (i.e. a maxi dress) to soften the appearance of your bump. And the other is to opt for a patterned or floral fabric, opposed to a plain colour; an intricate pattern typically helps to draw eyes away from your bump and make you more of a focal point if that’s what you’re after.
What’s the best colour to wear for maternity pictures?
Colour itself is a crucial part of maternity photography, so if you’ve got a favourite, now is the time to show it off. Although before you decide, here’s a few things to take into consideration:
- Colour strength – pastels are always a good shout.
- Your location – if you already know where you’d like your maternity photoshoot, take into account the colours of the landscape.
- The seasons – you can orientate your dress around the seasons, which could be wearing baby pink in spring or mustard yellow in Autumn.
- Gender – if you’re crafty you could use your maternity photoshoot as a hint at your baby’s gender by choosing a shade of blue or pink.
*If you’d rather not wear blue or pink, but wish to reveal your baby’s gender, my gender reveal package may be a good option.
Do I have to wear clothes for maternity photography?
You can wear whatever you wish – as little or as much as you’re comfortable with. This entirely depends on what style of shots you’re after, so we can discuss pre-shoot if need be.
*If you’re considering the lesser approach, but want some coverage, I do have a variety of coloured silks you can choose from.
What should my husband wear for maternity pictures?
Causal shirt, suit & tie, tux… there’s no right or wrong answer to this. It depends on his personal style and if we’re on location, the colours in the landscape. But ultimately, what we’re after in most couple shots is a contrast. So for instance if you’re in a pastel pink, he may be better opting for a navy blue or black, not that he could incorporate a pastel pink into his accessories.
If I were to have a miscarriage (God forbid), would I have to pay again?
While I haven’t come across an instance like this yet, the least I can do is give you a full re-shoot without charge. And providing you shoot your maternity photography with me, I’d also offer you 50% off a newborn shoot, so you capture your precious rainbow baby from every angle.
How many maternity pictures do you take?
Lots. On a typical shoot I can take a couple of hundred images. How many you receive depends on the package that you opt for and how many poses we try out.