When planning your maternity photos think about what beautiful locations you want to be the backdrop for this special time in your life. There are so many ways to be creative with your photo session but the location really sets the tone. In northern California we have so many different photography destinations. Do not hesitate to give us a call so we can can work together on figuring out what is best for you. If privacy is of concern we often do private session by renting out locations around town such as wedding venues or private gardens. We try to make our sessions comfortable and time efficient. This time in your life is so special and creating important images to show future generations is why we love doing this.
Tips for Mom-to-Be
Depending on the outfits, bringing a strapless bra or seamless underwear and lingerie is encouraged. Matching outfits with your partner can make for a sweet photo. Multiple outfits for both are recommended. Pets are part of the family too, so if you want to include them that’s fine. It is perfectly fine to bring along a friend or in-law as well to help calm you, carry props or deal with any hair or wardrobe issues that may arise. Ideally 30 weeks is the best time to get pictures taken, while mom can remain comfortable yet still have that glowing full term look. Consider this your first family photo with your upcoming addition, and have fun with it!
Flower crowns, sheer or flowing dresses, wedding dress and veil (makes for a fun tongue and cheek picture trying to fit back in) baby shoes, ultrasound pictures, giant balloon/balloons, chalkboard, blocks and toys for the baby are all recommended. Often moms want to feel pampered and at their best, so we recommend getting a hair and makeup artist prior to shooting. If you don’t have a preferred stylist we can provide one.
Maternity photoshoots can also include other family members, partners or children. Capturing the whole family together in this time creates really nice memories and is a great family experience. If you can bring matching outfits or props that are unique to your family. How long a maternity session should take depends on the number of outfits and the photoshoot venue layout. Usually you can expect your maternity session to take between 45 minutes and an hour and a half.