How to Prepare for Your Maternity Session

Trying to prepare for your maternity session can seem quite daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! As a maternity and newborn photographer, I guide my clients through the entire process; from the perfect location that represents your family to what outfits will look best on your entire family (I have even had clients text me their choices to help them decide!). To help ease your mind a bit, I’ve listed my top five tips to remember when preparing for your maternity session below.

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Pamper Yourself

Get your nails done. Get your hair and makeup done (don’t know where to start with this? I can make sure you’re taken care of!). This day is all about you, so do whatever is going to help you relax so you look and feel your best! I understand that by the end of your pregnancy you may start to feel far from your typical self, but trust me. You. Are. Stunning.

Finding the Perfect Outfit

The good news about trying to find the perfect dress for your photo session is that I have you covered! I have a client closet filled with maternity gowns for your choosing. Don’t see one you like? Help me pick out the next custom gown for my closet! Of course, you can wear whatever outfit you choose for your session. Just make sure that it is tighter around the belly to show off your gorgeous, growing bump!

Choose Your Ideal Location

Where do you feel most at peace? Love spending your days at the beach in the sand, then your session should take place at the beach. Wherever you feel describes you and your family, aim for your session to take place at a location that represents it. Enjoy spending a relaxing day at home with your family? Have your session take place in the comfort of your own home. No matter where you choose, I will help find your perfect location.

Timing Is Everything

There are two parts to timing your session just right. First is timing your maternity session to happen when you are around 30-36 weeks pregnant. You are still able to move around easily, and your sweet belly has made an appearance. Second is what time of day your maternity session should take place. The best light for your session is what is called “golden hour.” That is the hour before sunset where you get that gorgeous, glowing, light.

Don’t Forget The Details

From the colors you and your family choose to wear to the meaningful baby items you want to be incorporated into your photo shoot, these details should not be overlooked. A few tips to remember:

     ~ Less is more when planning the wardrobe for you and your family. Dress in neutral colors with avoiding big designs or patterns on their shirts.

     ~ Bring small items that are meaningful if you would like, but it is not a requirement.

     ~ Maternity sessions are focused on you and your beautiful belly, so make sure your fingernails are “photoshoot ready”.

     ~Keep your jewelry and accessories to a minimum. Accessories that are too big can take away the focus from you.

     ~Pack a hairbrush, touch-up makeup, and anything additional you may need while at your session

Your maternity session should be fun and relaxing, as well as a time to celebrate you and your growing baby. Let’s celebrate you, momma. 

Let’s chat about your upcoming maternity session! Send me a message here and let’s make your vision a reality. I help take all the stress of documenting this momentous occasion off of your shoulders and make this entire experience extra special. Check out my investment information so you can see if we are a good fit. Did you know I offer belly to babe packages? Contact me and I will help you figure out the best package for you.

Lauren V Photography maternity newborn and family photographer in Hampton Roads

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  1. Melissa

    Such a helpful blog post, so much amazing information.

  2. Linda

    Great resource for the expectant mom planning to have gorgeous images of her moment before the birth of her baby! Thoughtfully designed to insure she doesn’t forget any details.

  3. Lindsay

    This is such a wonderful post. There are so many details that photographers are trained to pay attention to that our clients just aren’t familiar with. Having a post like this to pass along to a client if a great way to ensure their maternity session goes as smoothly as possible.

  4. Kandi

    What an informative blog for new moms! Love all the details you think of that a new mom would not think to look for. Your images are stunning and I love following you! Great work.

  5. Shannon Payne

    This post is so informative! I would have loved to have a picture like that when I was pregnant.


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