A maternity photo shoot is a great way to capture your temporary shape and generally love your bump before the next adventure begins.

The very famous Demi Moore pregnancy picture pretty much started the whole idea of pregnancy photo shoots in the early 1990s.  It’s a great photo but it does lead to a lot of ladies getting the idea that these photo shoots equal nudity.  This can be a bit daunting at a time when body confidence isn’t always at it’s highest point.  Really I guess you should be amazing proud of your body at this point in time because of the amazing thing it’s doing but that’s not the case for everyone.

The first thing to know is that, while bare bumps can look amazing, there are a lot of maternity ideas that don’t require removing any clothing at all.  So if you’re put off by the idea of a bump shoot by the though to stripping in the studio then don’t be.  Here’s a bit more information so you can see what might be involved.

When Should I Book My Maternity Shoot?

Ideally your photo shoot should take place around 32 – 35 weeks, so you’re bumpy enough to show it off but not too uncomfortable posing in the studio. Don’t worry if you’ve left it late though, just get in touch and I’ll always try to make time for you.  I think I’ve actually had a couple of bumps in the studio that have become babies in the couple of days after the session so it’s never too late.

What Should I Wear?

Even if you’re planning to be nude or semi nude for part of your shoot, it’s always worth bringing along some clothes as well. I’d recommend a couple of options – something stretchy that clings to your bump and something that unbuttons at the front so you can let your bump peep through.  In terms of underwear, plain dark designs are normally best and you might want to bring along a lighter set as well if you have pale outfits for them to go under.

What Props Should I Bring?

I have a whole blog post dedicated to maternity photo shoot prop ideas if you want to get a lot more information but you’re always welcome to bring along anything that you’d like to include.  Ideas that have been used in the past are blankets, bootees, scan pictures, first toys and any personalised items. If you’re not sure of something, then bring it along anyway and we can decide on the day.  If you’re planning on a newborn photo shoot, then it can be nice to have an item both with your bump and with your baby when they arrive.

What About Partners & Siblings?

It’s nice to include the rest of the family and if you’re planning, that, then coordinating outfits in terms of colour or tones can make your photos look even better.  If you want big sisters and brothers in some of the pictures, then it is worth bringing along someone to take care of them while you’re posing solo so you’re not distracted.

What About Stretch Marks?

That’s a personal preference.  As a rule, I generally remove stretchmarks from your finished images as they’re just a temporary part of you but you can just ask if you want them left in.

Hair & Make Up

Your style is your own so you shouldn’t change that for your photo shoot. I see a lot of advice saying you should wear more make up than normal for a photo shoot but I don’t really agree. My lights are soft, flattering and natural so your normal amount is fine.  Dramatic makeup isn’t needed really, there’s enough drama already what with you growing a person and all!

I’m Not Sure I Love my Pregnancy Body

That’s the most common thing I hear and the first thing is not to worry – easier said than done I know! Studio lighting is designed to be flattering and I’ve lots of experience in posing to show you at your bumpy best and minimise any bits you’re not so keen on, plus there’s always the editing suite for removing any temporary blemishes.  My studio is a warm and safe space so you can just relax and enjoy your session.

Maternity Photography

I recommend coming for your maternity shoot when you are between 32 – 36 weeks pregnant so you have plenty of bump to show but you’re not getting too uncomfortable (also in case your baby decides to make an early appearance).  My maternity shoots cost £95 and include your three favourite digital images (you’re also welcome to borrow any of my gorgeous maternity photo shoot dresses while you’re in the studio).  You select your pictures and order any more that you would like directly from your online gallery, there’s no sales or viewing session to attend.

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