Saturday, February 25, 2012

"What should I do to prepare for my photo session?" Part 5 of 6 - Maternity

In concession with the previous "What should I do to prepare for my photo session?" posts, if you missed them start with Part 1 the other posts are linked at the bottom in the first post and they have a lot of good tips to inspire you to look your best for your shoot.

This prep list is in regards to Maternity sessions and what you should do to look your best when your session arrives.

Maternity

  • Pregnant woman should do their maternity session during the last trimester for a perfect round belly shoot! There are a lot of suggestions as to "WHEN" during the 3rd trimester you should schedule your shoot but being that I have been there twice I would say some where between 34 to 37 weeks while you still have a little room, still comfortable and not quite as swollen as week 39 and 40. 37 weeks is considered full term so if you wait until after then you are taking a chance that you won't be able to "make it" to the shoot (trust me on this one, been there, done that and have no professional pregnant belly pics of me and my first born)The last few weeks are very uncomfortable for a lot of moms so you should get your photos before you get to that stage.

  • Moisturize that belly if you plan to do bare belly shots however keep in mind I will not ask you to raise your shirt or show your belly so if this is something you wish to do, please let me know. Being comfortable is my main concern with pregnant clients, I have two children I know what it is like!

  • Gather your props to bring along – ultrasound printout, alphabet blocks that spell your baby’s name, baby shoes, stuffed animals, flowers, whatever you’ve seen in other maternity photos that you like.

  • Wear whatever you feel comfortable and pretty in – long, flowy skirts, especially solids are nice, and strapless bras that coordinate with them. Tube dresses are great for showing off your shape. Bring a pair of regular jeans, not the belly panel ones if you plan to show your belly, because those can leave marks on your skin that we don't want in the photo. A button-up shirt also makes it easy to transition into showing your belly but stay true to your style, if you don't have one, ask "daddy" to borrow his!

  • Do 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 bring outfits that coordinate with what you’ll be wearing. The focus should always be on you, your expressions, your emotions, your personality, your joy and your connection.
 Email me if you have any other questions not addressed here amanda@alarmsphotography.com
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