Maternity Session Guide

How to prepare for your maternity photo shoot.

Pregnancy is a special time of your life and for many women, (although you may not feel like it) you are at your most beautiful state right now. 

  What better way to commemorate and cherish this journey to motherhood than a professional maternity photo shoot?

Here are a few tips to help you look and feel your best in your maternity photo shoot.

 

MATERNITY AND PREGNANCY

Maternity photo sessions are all about you as a Mother and your newborn baby. The experience with me is completely custom to your wants and desires. As a Professional Photographer, you can rely on me to guide you through posing and be confident that I have the skills to photograph your beautiful baby bump in its most flattering poses and positions. I have countless amounts of experience in posing expecting Mama's to create the stunning imagery you find on my website. My specialty is to take everyday women and make them feel and look fabulous! You will have full access to my client closet of designer maternity gowns ranging from size 0- 26. I pride myself on creating an experience that is made for every woman, regardless of size. I truly believe that every woman is beautiful and it's my mission to show you how absolutely stunning you are! If you'd like to step it up a notch and be even more glamorous, I do have recommendations for a hair and make-up stylist. 

When you contact me, we will go over all the details of your session and cover every last detail together. I will handle all the details including helping you with your outfits for your photo session as well. 

I like for my sessions to be very laid back and concentrate on the love between you and your family.  Above everything else... my clients find that working with me is empowering. Pregnancy can change your body and it’s not often that you are dressed in a beautiful gown in front of the sunset and get to just spend time with your significant other. This is what I love the most about the service I provide.

If you are pregnant or would like to have a family photo session at the beach, contact me today to chat about how I can help! 

POSING

Trust your photographer to direct you in posing so you can look your best.  Many maternity poses such as hands on the belly and eyes looking down express emotions and connection to your belly. Understanding lighting and how to pose the body in the most flattering positions. You can feel beautiful and appreciate you body during pregnancy with the right Photographer by your side. 

 

QUALITY

Explore their portfolio as well as their recent sessions. Are the mamas posed and photographed beautifully? Are there flattering poses or good angles in their work? Are there a variety of mamas with different body types and do they look great? Are the images sharp, properly exposed with good lighting and framed well?

Also look for consistency in their work. This is a way to differentiate an amateur from a professional. An amateur photographer’s portfolio may show nice images, but those images are a compilation of one or two accidentally good images from many sessions. If you hire an amateur to shoot your session, you accept the risk that there may only be one or two good images from your session vs. the 20-30 great images that a professional will provide in your gallery. When you hire with quality in mind, you buy the assurance and the peace of mind that your special moment is captured perfectly before it is lost in time.

WHEN TO COME IN FOR THE SHOOT

For expecting mamas with singletons, a good time to do your maternity photos when you are 28 – 33 weeks along. Your belly is full but you are still comfortable to pose. For expecting mamas with twins (or more), come in earlier around 26 – 30 weeks as twins tend to arrive much earlier than singletons.


PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP AND HAIR

I highly recommend professional makeup and hair. Not only will this make your photographer’s work easier, you will feel beautiful and confident at your session. However if it’s not in the budget, your going-out-on-a-hot-date makeup and hair is fine too. Natural looking fake lashes can really flatter your eyes.

It is definitely not required to have hair and makeup done

 

WHAT TO WEAR/ BRING

Wear whatever you feel comfortable and beautiful in 

Here’s some ideas of what to bring

  • Neutral strapless bra and seamless underwear

  • Black bra and panty set *Indoor*  (for those black background belly shots)
    • White/ivory bra and panty set *Indoor* (for those white background belly shots)

    • Men’s button up top (for significant other/husband), jeans or slack pants depending on the look we are going for. 

    • Coordinating outfits (for significant other/husband and/or children)

    • Any favorite scarves, accessories, jewelries, etc.

    • Any sentimental items (e.g. baby ultrasound image)

 

 LOCATION

Consider the location of your shoot

IN STUDIO

Advantage is convenience and control. You can shoot anytime regardless of weather. These can have a very elegant and fine art style or can be relaxed. It's cool indoors and no wind or elements to deal with.

OUTDOOR

Reschedules can happen due to weather. 

Remember your sunscreen and bug spray! Can be hot in the summer/ cold in the winter. Be prepared to walk/hike to the location and change outfits outdoors.

 

IS TRAVEL AVAILABLE? 

Travel is available, please contact me if you are interested in a travel date! 

A majority of my clients are visiting or traveling to the Tampa area for vacation and I absolutely love being able to photograph you while you're here! I also offer destination photo shoots when desired. 

Contact me for special details if you are vacationing here in the area!   

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Rachel Slone  

bookingrachelrayne@gmail.com  -  Tampa, FL

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