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How To Prepare For A Maternity Photoshoot...


Have a Plan, just like many expecting mothers have a birth plan when they go into labor. It is best to plan in advance for a maternity shoot and to create a theme, make a mood board, and a general outline. Most maternity photographers will appreciate your ideas and creative input. First decide if you want images alone or if you want to involve your partner, significant other, children or pets.

Expecting a child is one of the most exciting times in a woman's life. Much like wedding photography showcasing the union between a man and a women, documenting a mother during this time of love and anticipation for an unborn child is equally if not more important.

As an expecting mother and expecting model I feel these points are most essential: When, Where, What, and How...

When is the best time to book a photoshoot...

The best time for a maternity shoot is during the 30th-34th week of pregnancy. Many women do not "pop" until their 30th week especially if it's their first pregnancy. Furthermore, if you are booking just one shoot, you will want to look and feel pregnant. I think after the 35th week or when you only have 4 weeks till babies estimated arrival is a good time to look over the images and decide which you would like to add to your photo album, baby book, or nursery. I think booking a maternity shoot after 36th weeks is not necessarily the best time.

Where is the shoot taking place? Indoors or outdoors?

Your needs are unique, just like every mother's maternity journey is different. Booking a shoot in studio or shooting outside on location are both wonderful options but offer completely different looks. When you select your photographer speak to him/her at least once about your needs and wants. Also, look at examples on his/her website to see if the photographer's speciality is more inclined to portraiture maternity or to working with the quintessential elements outdoors.