Having a baby is an extremely exciting time for every soon-to-be parent (regardless if it’s your first or not). It’s also life changing and can be a scary time too, with the pains and worries that can sometimes come with pregnancy. However, it should also be a time of anticipation, adventure, joy and love; and of course, the ‘glow’ that all expectant and new mums (in my opinion) have! Throughout my time as a photographer I’ve met many parents ‘after’ they’ve already had children. Whether for a Newborn baby session, their first year and of course much older. One common thread though, in nearly all of those parents I’ve met and worked with, is the regret that they didn’t have any beautiful / professional photographs during the actual pregnancy – A Maternity Photography Shoot! There were many different reasons for this, but from what they told me, here are some common thoughts.
- Not having the time / Too much else to worry about
- Thinking it’s too expensive
- Embarrassed because of your size, shape, possible stretch marks
- Not wishing to bare your bump
- Feeling frumpy (and yes, it is a real word!)
- Not being able to find the right photographer to trust, experienced or has they style you want
I don’t want to make any assumptions about while you’re reading this post. But if you’re here because you’re an expectant mum, partner; or even a friend or relative looking for a present for someone. Then let’s see if I can reassure you that it is worth it!
Please enjoy a small selection of photographs from a recent fine art and Maternity Photography Session at out private studio (StudioGBP) in Welling. Now looking forward to photographing a beautiful baby girl that was once this beautiful bump!
When is the best time for a maternity shoot?
The best time that I recommend is between 31 to 36 weeks of your pregnancy. Normally around this sort of time your tummy would be in it’s most round and full shape. And while beyond 36 weeks can be a great time too, you’ve probably got a lot more on your mind as the due date is getting closer; and quite often, you can start to feel more uncomfortable (not always the case but just a guideline and from what I’ve seen and what my wife also said!).
Given that in mind, my advice is to book a date as soon as you’ve decided to have a session, well before you get close to 31 weeks. That will give you time to find a great photographer and time to plan the session (and decide what to wear of course!). It will of course allow you plenty of notice to schedule the time in your diary well in advance.
What about posing, looking good and feeling comfortable?
It’s really important to discuss your needs. You are unique and your pregnancy is unique, no matter if this is your first or more! If you have any ‘self-conscious concerns’ about the session. My job is to make sure you are comfortable and that we tailor everything to what you need and feel. There’s nothing to be embarrassed about, I maybe a man, but I’ve heard most of it before and everything is in confidence and professional. If there are parts of your body that you are worried about, then we can address that with clothing, posing, positioning and if it comes to it (and only if you ask) a little bit of photoshop!
Posing when pregnant is actually very simple, it’s all about creating beautiful lines and bringing attention to bump. I of course have ideas and suggestions; and I take my time to ensure you are comfortable throughout. I’m guided by you. You and your baby’s safety and health are paramount over all – Bump is the one in charge!
What about hair and makeup?
This is down to what you want. I work with a regular team of makeup artists and hair stylists. There is of course an additional cost for this, however I highly recommend you do consider it. Many treat the session almost as a pamper day! Relaxing with your partner or friends while having your hair and makeup done can ease you into the session and make you feel more relaxed.
Of course, if you wish to come ready, then that’s fine too. A top tip would also to use an absorbent body lotion an hour or so before, allowing it to soak into your skin before the session.
Have some moral support!
Bring your partner, a friend or if you already have them your children as we will always try to incorporate them into the session too, if you want that.
Can I give you ideas of what I want?
Absolutely. These are your photographs! I want you to get what you want and the way that you want it. If you have something very specific in mind let me know. Many of my clients use services such as Pinterest to share pictures with me. While I’m not necessarily going to replicate another photo exactly, we would discuss and build in the expectations and inspiration to the session.
What should I wear?
The age-old question! The shortest answer is, whatever you are most comfortable in… however here are a few considerations to think about.
Tight/Elastic clothing can leave marks on the skin (something we definitely want avoid on bump!). So where possible you don’t want to be wearing anything with elastic bands in a good few hours before the session. This is especially important if you are having any skin on show.
While it’s easy for me to say about not wearing tight underwear before a photo session, I would still rather you turn up to the session comfortable, than to turn up embarrassed because you’re not in your favourite underwear. Its just a suggestion for you to consider.
Bring a selection of outfits with you too; and don’t be afraid to bring loads! I want you to be happy and comfortable, soft stretchy fabrics that shape the body and flowing light fabrics work brilliantly. Don’t be afraid to bring underwear that might be more ‘boudoir’ even if you’re not planning on having photographs in your underwear. It’s better to have it with you and not need it, to then decide you want it but don’t have it!
Accessories don’t get to hung up on brining or wearing accessories. By all means we can incorporate things that are special to you, but remember the focus is on your bump and baby to be.
See you soon?
I hope you found this post and photographs from this session useful. Please let me know if there is anything else I can help you with, or if you’ve any questions about a maternity session or how to book one, then please get in touch below and select ‘portraits’