Motherhood is a long, but beautiful journey. Pregnancy is a remarkable experience filled with every emotion. As a family photographer maternity is the one, I take the most time with because this chapter closes so fast. Motherhood has years but pregnancy is very short. My goal is to make my expecting clients feel beautiful, confidence and proud of this journey! Preparing for a maternity photo shoot can help ensure that clients have a successful and enjoyable experience. Here are some tips to help you get ready:

  1. Wardrobe selection: Choose outfits that make you feel comfortable and confident. Select that outfit that makes you feel amazing! Opt for clothing that flatters your figure and accentuates your beautiful bump. Flowing dresses, fitted tops, and maternity gowns can accentuate your baby bump and create beautiful visual effects. Also consider the weather - you don’t want to wear something heavy during Arizona summer months.

2: Plan ahead:

Schedule the maternity session during the 7th or 8th month of pregnancy when your baby bump is prominent, but you still feel comfortable. (33+ weeks). We don’t want to wait too long to schedule your session because most find the last few weeks to be uncomfortable. You want to be able to still move around and not feel to exhausted. Get plenty of rest the night before the shoot and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Consider getting your hair and makeup done professionally if desired.

3: Bring props and accessories:

Consider bringing along props that are meaningful to you, such as ultrasound photos, baby shoes, or any other items that represent your journey to parenthood. I love seeing baby shoes, blankets or a stuffed animal. If siblings are joining, try to incorporate something that may be getting passed down to the new baby, this is a great way to personalize your maternity photoshoot! Whether you want to include a sentimental item or prop that symbolize the love for your growing family, I will ensure that they are thoughtfully incorporated. 

4: Select a location:

Discuss with your photographer whether you prefer an indoor or outdoor shoot. Choose a location that holds significance for you, such as your home or a favorite outdoor spot. Consider factors like lighting, scenery, and privacy. Often times clients select a meaningful location, don’t feel like the location needs to be an existing favorite. Select a location that is easily accessible, fits your vision for your session and has the correct lighting to capture portraits in. If you are having a summer session you won’t want to hike in Arizona, a lake or river session would be a great option. Or during Winter you won't want to be in the water, a mountain view or desert landscape may work best. Which leads to tip number 5. 

5: Communicate with your photographer:

Discuss your expectations, ideas, and any specific poses or shots you would like to capture. A clear line of communication will help ensure that your photographer understands your vision. Look for a photographer who specializes in maternity photography and whose style aligns with your vision. Take the time to review their portfolio and read reviews from previous clients.