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Maternity Photo Shoot Tips

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.

When Changing Clothes Makes Your Baby Cry

Many babies protest at being changed. The experience of going from feeling warm and cozy to being exposed can be very uncomfortable. Imagine what the womb must have felt like to him: warm and protected, soft and comfy. Your baby still prefers feeling like that now that he’s out in the world. It’s no wonder he loves being in a warm onesie and swaddled in a blanket. When he finds himself naked and chilly on the changing table, he lets you know he doesn’t like it one bit the only way he knows how: by crying. Certain factors make changing especially distressing for young babies. One is that infants aren’t able to regulate their body temperature very well. When they’re undressed, the temperature drop feels dramatic, and it takes them longer to warm up once they’re clothed again.

Source: When Changing Clothes Makes Him Cry

Undressing a baby often makes him/her cry and this is usually due to body temperature factors. Babies like to feel warm and because they cannot regulate their body temperature properly, they get cold easily.

Also, when you change your baby, all different parts of his body are being pushed and tugged as clothing is pulled over his head and up and down his arms and legs. For infants who are very sensitive to touch, the experience can be particularly uncomfortable. They show it by pulling away, arching their backs, and crying.

Be sure to plan ahead and make dressing as gentle and quick as possible. Have a clean diaper, baby wipes, and your child’s change of clothes close at hand. Consider using warm diaper wipes (you can buy a wipes warmer), or moisten paper towels or a washcloth with warm water.

Source: When Changing Clothes Makes Him Cry

Babies are very sensitive overall and it may feel as though their bodies are being pulled in different directions when they are being undressed. You should have all your baby-changing supplies at the ready to keep the process as quick and comfortable as possible, including a clean diaper and warm washcloth.

When changing your child, drape a soft towel or blanket over his body to keep him warm. Or avoid getting him naked all at once: Take off the bottom part of his onesie and change his diaper while he still has the top part on. You can also try distracting him with a mobile above the changing table or by singing and talking to him while you undress him.

The most important thing you can do, however, is stay calm. When you get upset, your baby senses it in your facial expressions, your voice, and in the way you touch him as you perhaps rush to get the process over with sooner — and that will just get him more worked up. So take a deep breath, and remember: The crying is not about you. Reassure your baby by saying, “I understand you don’t like this, sweetie. I’ll just be a few more seconds. I’m putting your pajamas on now.” Even though he doesn’t understand your words yet, your soft, loving tone will send the right message.

Source: When Changing Clothes Makes Him Cry

Undress your child slowly and in stages so that is not too much of a shock for him/her. Be sure to stay calm and speak softly throughout the process.

Baby Advice

For first-time parents, it can often be difficult to find the right on advice on caring for your new arrival. Friends, family, books, and web sites may seem like the most reliable, but it’s important to be aware of all the different types of guidance available.

Parenting classes: Many hospitals have parenting “classes” that you can attend. Start with the hospital where you delivered your baby.

The local community college: Many community colleges have playgroups, which meet once a week with a parent educator available to discuss hot topics. You can also interact with other parents going through the same things as you.

Your child’s healthcare providers: This should be the first place you go to learn about health and wellness-related issues for your baby.

Your parents: As difficult as it may be to believe, they were once in your situation.

Your friends: Has anyone already had kids?

Web sites: There are a number of great Web sites that provide useful information for new parents. There are also many Web sites with information that is just flat-out wrong. Look for sites having an editorial process in place and that use professionals in that particular field. Also, check a couple of sites to compare information. Finally, remember that just because it is on the Internet, it does not make it right. Just like in the real world, many people love to give advice; but a lot of it is just plain bad.

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Your parents may know best, but it can be helpful to get advice from a wide variety of sources. Try parenting classes, your local community college, your pediatrician, your friends with children of their own, and authoritative web sites to gain the most comprehensive and sound information.