Expecting your baby soon but not sure whether you should consider a professional photographer to capture your baby bump? In fact, it is a very common dilemma for many expecting parents. I often talk to mammas who aren’t sure at all. And even if they want it, they do not know when the best time is to capture these images and what theme and style to go for. Then it comes to choosing what to wear, and there are so many options: different styles and colors! All these uncertainties can make you hire a photographer who is not aligned with your style and, as a result, end up not having the final products you have always dreamed of.
Thinking about helping you with this issue, I created this mini guide answering the main questions that I often hear from the expecting moms. Content that will certainly also be very useful when you need to choose your photographer! Let’s dig in.
When is the best time for maternity pictures?
While this can vary from person to person, I recommend taking the photos between 28 and 34 weeks of pregnancy. During this period, the belly is usually pretty and round, and you are not too uncomfortable to move around. Another reason to avoid scheduling the shoot for the last few weeks, is not only because it is uncomfortable, but also, that the baby can arrive little earlier than expected. That case, you will end up without these very special moments recorded and regret not having done it sooner. Be sure to choose and consult with your photographer by the end of your second trimester to secure the availability for a timely session.
Where is the best place to shoot?
The choice of location will depend on your preference and the availability of access to the chosen place. I work with both in-studio (or at the client’s house) and outdoor locations. It is even possible to do both options. The important thing is that you identify with that place or style and not photograph there just because “it’s in fashion”. That is why it is increasingly common for pregnant moms to take photos at their home, in an environment that portrays their story. On the other hand, it is perfectly fine to choose a setup and color theme in the studio. During Spring or Fall, when the weather cooperates, outdoor could be a preferable option for many, but keep in mind that the humid summer months may be too unpleasant for you, mainly here in the south.
What clothes should I wear? What color to choose?
I believe in maternity attire that matches your personality. I do offer my maternity client closet with many designer gowns to choose from. You can bring your own outfits too. I always recommend that you wear clothes that make you feel good, that match your personal style. It could be a bare-belly look in jeans and sports bra, or a belly-hugging bodysuit, or you could wear a flowy maternity gown with a long train. The color can be coordinated based on the season and location. Neutral colors, such as white, beige, or black, also have a timeless feel to it. The important thing is that you feel comfortable, and you will look good no matter what you are wearing 😊
If your partner or children participate in the photos, it is good to have a coordination in colors. Remember to avoid pieces that are heavily printed or have large brand designs.
Do I need professional makeup?
While I offer professional makeup package options, it is not mandatory. But you need to know that a well-done makeup makes all the difference in the final result of the photos! Especially when the makeup artist knows how to enhance the beauty of pregnant women specifically for pictures. Therefore, I think this is an investment that is always worth it.
Can we coordinate the theme of maternity and newborn pictures?
Absolutely! In fact, it is fun idea to capture a few shots with a coordinated setup before and after the baby arrives. Special discount is also available if you like to choose a maternity + newborn package. This also gives us a plenty of time to plan your newborn session.