If you’re planning to do some nude or partially nude photos as part of your maternity shoot, then here’s some handy tips to make sure you get the most from your session.
- Relax – Even if you are daring to bare, it’s not a case of stepping into the studio and stripping off. I’d always recommend bringing at least one clothing option to you have time to relax into your session and get comfortable. My studio is a warm, welcoming and safe space but some nerves at the start of a photo shoot are totally natural. After a few shots, you’ll find your groove and then the fun begins.
- You can change your mind at any point – Of course, if you’ve planned to bare your bump and decide not to then that’s fine but more commonly , it happens the other way round. Ladies have such fun in their session and feel so relaxed, that they decide they would like to do a few bare bump shots after all. It’s not a problem at all, my studio and lighting are ready for any eventuality but just be sure to pack some camera ready underwear so you have the option if you want it.
- Plan Some Time – It sounds a bit obvious but also in terms of being able to relax and enjoy your session, don’t schedule it on a hectic day where you’ll end up rushing either to or from. Your pregnancy photos should be a little oasis of ‘me-time’ so you can really cherish both getting them done and the finished pictures.
- Avoid Clothing Marks – Maternity clothing (well clothing in general really) will leave marks on your skin if it is tight fitting. This particularly true of maternity trousers which can easily leave you with lines right across the middle of your bump. Before your session, try to minimise tight clothing so you don’t get waistband, seam, sock or underwear marks – especially true if you’re having nude or partially nude images. Sometime even the marvel that is Photoshop doesn’t yield perfect results with removing these.
- Get That Glow – Your skin during pregnancy is really going though a lot and by and large doing an amazing job of things. Still, it’s always worth giving it an extra boost before your session by a little light exfoliation and a luxurious coat of body moisturiser to leave you glowing. I’d generally advise against spray tans as they don’t always photograph well but if you’re happier when you’ve fake baked, then go for it.
- Shaving Rashes – If you suffer from bumps or irritation after shaving, then taking care of your hair removal the day or night before will usually give enough time for these to subside before your shoot.
- Love Your Nails -Most maternity photos is 3/4 length so your feet probably won’t be featured much but your hands definitely will so just have a quick check of your manicure to ensure your nails are looking fab. And if you want to use the shoot as an excuse to treat yourself to a pedicure then why not? Like I say, they won’t be in many photos but who doesn’t love pretty feet so grab the chance to pamper yourself.
- Stretchmarks – These have to the main concern of a lot of women who visit the studio for their pregnancy pictures. It’s likely you’ll have a few at lease and as a rule, I remove them from your finished images as they’re just a temporary mark. They’re a bit of a Marmite thing. If you hate them, don’t let them be a barrier to getting pictures taken, I can make them disappear. Love your tiger stripes? Not a problem, just tell me and I’ll leave them in – totally up to you.
Hopefully this answers some of the most common questions and provides a little help about getting ready for your maternity photo shoot but I’m always happy to chat so just get in touch.