Maternity sessions are some of my favorite to photograph. Pregnancy is a time filled with growth, joy, and a transformation that goes beyond the physical aspect. It's the time when a woman begins to understand her role as mother, caregiver, and protector. She radiates pure love! That something about her that we tenderly call maternity glow, shines from within her and reflects in her eyes and her smile. It's a momentous phase in a woman's life - before her whole world changes forever - that deserves to be forever captured in photographs. Below are my best tips for an amazing maternity session.
DO YOUR RESEARCH: All photographers are not alike. From dark & moody to light & airy, each one has their unique shooting and editing style. Some shoot very posed in-studio images, others shoot documentary style with zero posing involved, and then there's those like me who shoot lifestyle (somewhere in between) Each one will result in very different images. Take your time to look for the right photographer for you. When searching. really pay attention to their portfolio, not just pricing. Don't hire a lifestyle photographer if you want stylized portraits on a backdrop. Beside asking for recommendations, google is a great tool for finding the best photographer for you. Type YOUR CITY, TYPE OF PHOTOGRAPHY, and the word PHOTOGRAPHER. If I were on the hunt for a photographer, my search would look like this: "Houston maternity photographer" Instagram's hashtags and location tags can be used the same way too.
TREAT YO SELF: Indulge in some self care prior to your photo shoot. Get pampered with a blowout or hire a hair & makeup artist to get you camera ready. You may not be the makeup wearing type on the day to day, but remember that your maternity session is a special occasion. You don't need full coverage or to feel caked on. Foundation, blush, lashes or mascara, and lip gloss are enough to complete your look and feel your best.
DRESS THE PART: Professional portraits are quite an investment. Don't spend hundreds of dollars on your session to then show up in jeans and a wordy t-shirt. While those tops with the cute sayings are great for everyday wear, they aren't ideal for photos that will hang on your wall. Displaying your photographs is the whole point of having them taken, but you want images that are tasteful and timeless. Shirts with logos, characters, or wordart are a no-go. Avoid uniform outfits (things like white t-shirt and jeans or khakis for everyone) Instead, choose 3 coordinating colors and sprinkle them throughout everyone's outfits.
CLEAR YOUR SCHEDULE: There is nothing worse than a stressed client on session day. Believe it or not, bad moods will show up in photos. If possible, don't make other plans the same day. You don't want to be rushed and frazzled heading to your shoot, or even worse, be late. Map out your route ahead of time and add extra time for traffic, closures, or other delays. Prepare ahead of time so you aren't left feeling like a professional photoshoot is just too much work.
LEAVE PROPS AT HOME: A maternity session is all about capturing your love for the baby in your womb and the excitement you feel waiting to meet him or her. Other than an ultrasound scan, I recommend no other props to be used, as they distract and take focus away from you. Remember that this is a time to celebrate your journey of motherhood and the miracle of life.
TRUST THE ARTIST: Go into your shoot with little to no expectations, after all, that is why you hired a professional! Remember that your photographer is an artist with vision, who has (hopefully) had years of training and experience. Forget recreating all the ideas you saw on Pinterest and trust their vision.
ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE & HAVE FUN: Being in front of a big ol' camera is intimidating for most of us (yes, even for us togs) but it can also be an enjoyable experience. Don't think about how awkward you feel or attemp to pose yourself. Just be yourself and let your photographer guide you. Let loose, have fun, and know that by following these tips, your photos will turn out fantastic!
Tender Nest Portraits is a fully inclusive photographer specializing in motherhood, newborn, baby, and family photography in the Northwest side of Houston, Texas and also serves the surrounding area including Tomball, Fairbanks, Cypress, Katy, Memorial, Galleria, Upper Kirby, and The Heights.
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Hey there! I'm Anel. Houston photographer, wife to my high school sweetheart, and mama to four wild kids who I homeschool. I love nature, capturing motherhood, and living a slow simple life. I also blog over at Tender Nest Blog