Many women hate their pregnant bodies, these changes are not met with feelings of beauty and the glow that other’s talk about is not so much a glow as sweat from lugging around the extra pounds. A maternity shoot with a professional might help you see the new you in a more endearing light. I know the last thing you think you want to do is memorialize this image of the oversized you forever by getting it on film but when you look back you will be glad you did. A few weeks after baby is born and you look down and no longer see anything except the floor there will be a moment of joy then a brief fleeting moment of sadness for the empty womb you so carefully protected for the past nine months. Every women should have at least one great pregnancy picture. So you’ve decided to take the plunge and capture your bump for eternity, you’re going to do a maternity photo-shoot. Now what? Here are some tips to get you that great baby belly shot:
What clothing should I bring to my photo shoot?
- Wear anything you feel comfortable in and LOVE. Normally you should avoid patterns, stripes and plaids unless you love them and they are a true representation of your personality, however for a maternity shoot sometimes stripes and chevron patterns help to emphasis the baby bump.
- Pick solid colors: white, black, brown, gray. Avoid bright pink and yellow as the tend to wash you out.
- Pants – jeans (any color), black pants (yoga pants work well)
- Necklines – select v-necks, squarenecks, turtlenecks or deep scoop necks. Women should avoid manly necklines and stay away from crewnecks.
- Sleeves – Long-sleeved shirts tend to be the most flattering, but sleeveless and spaghetti straps also work. Women should avoid t-shirt length sleeves as they draw attention to the arms unless they have beautiful, sculpted or very thin upper arms.
- Fabrics – look for clingy, not necessarily tight, fabrics with a little stretch. Ruched clothing helps with this effect.
- Shirts – big, white, button-down rumpled man’s shirt. Any shirt or cardigan that opens down the front works well.
- Tanks – anything clingy, fitted or stretchy in solid colors (white, black, red, blue…)
What else should I bring to my photo shoot?
- You can bring a stuffed animal, flowers, baby shoes or an outfit, ultrasound photo, maternity sash or ribbon. Really anything that has meaning to you and your baby works great.
- Some more unusual items are wedding veils, belly buds or headphones, henna, native cloth or cultural dress items.
- Check with your photographer to see what if any props are offered
What preparations should I make?
- Get a manicure and a pedicure a day or two in advance
- Wear makeup! Some photographers offer packages that includes makeup, you’ll get the best results if you visit a makeup center prior to your shoot. Check out Make up ideas for photos for a better idea of how to prepare.
- Don’t wear anything binding to the shoot to avoid marks on your skin. This includes bras with underwires, ribbed socks, sunglasses, hair bands or tight bracelets on your wrist.
Once you’ve decided to take the plunge just remember to relax and enjoy yourself the photographer will handle the rest!
Here are my favorite shots from being pregnant with Trinity and Ryder: