In the previous article, we introduced some maternity photo shoot tips. We mentioned the “Wardrobe.” So what to wear for your maternity photo shoot is also very important. Probably the number one question you’re asking is “What should I wear?!” Maternity fashion is definitely a matter of personal taste and style, but there are still some looks and clothing that work better for photo shoot than others. Here are a some tips for you picking what to wear.
1. When in doubt, tighter is better.
Normally I advocate for the opposite while pregnant, but when it comes to maternity photos, we want to SEE THE BUMP. Not only that, but when you dress in form fitting clothes, you can pose in a number of ways, not just the cup-hand-under-belly pose.
2. Never underestimate the power of a skinny belt.
Once you really started showing, around 26 weeks, try wearing a skinny belt at the top of my bump almost every day. If you don’t want to invest in a lot of maternity clothes, you can get away with wearing your regular loose tops, belted above your belly. This look is super flattering because it cinches the thinnest part of your body.
3. Wedges are your best friend.
If you can rock a pair of heels while 9 months pregnant, more power to you. Wedges will make you look just as tall, and you’ll be a lot more comfortable during the 1-2 hours of shooting. Nude wedges are always a good choice with a shorter dress because they elongate your legs.
Taking maternity photos is the best way to capture the beauty of carrying your unborn child and to memorize the moment of your beautiful body shape. Here are some tips and tricks of how to take a gorgeous maternity photos.
1. Remember! You are beautiful and embrace this change.
Especially for first-time mothers, this can be hard to grasp. Your body feels more like there’s some odd alien takeover happening. Your young tight abs have now been replaced with a heavy stretched out “I swallowed a watermelon” thing! But that’s not the case at all. What is happening to your body is a miracle. Your curves are an outward symbol of the inner beauty and magic of what is taking place. Curves are good. Curves are attractive. You are beautiful. Repeat. Repeat. Believe.
At this moment, you don’t have to worry about the disadvantages and inconveniences after being pregnant. Just think about all of the women in this world that are dying to get pregnant. So all you have to do is to embrace the beautiful change happening to you.
2. Don’t forget dad’s role.
As parents, as soon as the baby arrives we sort of vanish from the photos. We are inevitably the one behind the lens for the foreseeable future in many instances. Take this opportunity to document your love for one another. Incorporating the dad-to-be in the photo shootensures that the mom-to-be is at ease.
A maternity photo shoot doesn’t have to be all about capturing the mom-to-be’s body, curves. Plus it showcases the love, emotion and joy you share as a couple who just can’t wait to welcome their new baby into this world.
3. Choose the right photographer.
Portfolio – Is this person proficient with their gear? Are their technical skills sound? Or will you only end up with one lucky shot in your finished collection? Is their style something you gravitate to? Do they do a lot of maternity and can effectively pose that body type in a flattering way?
Interview – Call them, speak live (via phone) or in person (even better) and see if you connect personally. Email may be convenient but this is a personal thing. If you are feeling insecure you’ll want someone who will lift you up in that regard. Having good chemistry, a love-connection with your photographer means a great deal in my opinion.
Ask around or look online at free directories of professional photographers such as Photographer Central. Has anyone in your circle used this person before? What was the process like? Did they offer great customer service? A timely turnaround? Did they communicate effectively? All of these things will funnel into a great experience for you. Great photographers don’t always make great businesspeople. Just remember that.
4. Budget: Not as important as you may think.
This is obviously an important factor – and certain photographers might just be plain out of reach. But I find that if someone meets the three criteria above – they are totally worth the extra dough. Too many people hire under-skilled photographers who don’t communicate or deliver and that disappointment is harder to swallow in the end than the cost of hiring someone good. After all you can’t rewind and go back for a re-do.
5. Wardrobe: Show off your curves.
God bless the internet. We have so many wonderful sources of inspiration at our disposal. Blogs, Pinterest and Instagram are among my favorite outlets. My advice for wardrobe is dress to show off your curves. You’ll want something that hugs your figure and shows off your belly. I mean – we need to convey that this is a MATERNITY session.
Anything to avoid? I steer my clients away from horizontal stripes. They can be misleading and more challenging when posing. I also say stay away from anything baggy and black. I once had a very tiny and skinny pregnant mamma-to-be show up in a black maxi dress. There was a breeze and all that fabric just made her look like she was wearing a Hefty bag.
Sometimes it’s helpful to do some research and share the sample photos you like with your photographer. This is helpful in styling the session around your vision. Communication between you and the photographer you chose is very important. Moreover, you can try more various style and then choose the version you like the most.
6. Attitude: Just breathe and let go.
This goes for wardrobe as well as day-of attitude. Always wear what you feel you look your best in. If you aren’t convinced you look hot – the camera won’t lie. In many cases, a woman’s closet has about half the normal options based on fit alone during pregnancy – so when all else fails – just put on the thing that you feel prettiest in – regardless if it’s dressy or casual. Then – when it comes time to hop in front of the lens – just let it all go and trust your photographer. Their job is to pose you in a way that flatters your body, to find and place you in amazing light to enhance your collective vision, and if you just breathe and let go – trust me something amazing will happen.