5 Ways you can be fully prepared for your maternity photo shoot

Being pregnant does come with its challenges, but it’s still such a precious time in your life and one that should always be captured. 

I'm going to help you capture the radiance and glow that you naturally exude as an expectant mother, leaving you with lasting memories that you can share with your child as they grow up.

If you’ve recently booked your maternity shoot with me and are wondering how to prepare for it, here are some helpful tips.

1. Book a pamper session

Your maternity shoot is the perfect reason to pamper and treat yourself. On the day before or day of your shoot, go out and get your nails and hair done. I often take close ups of your hands holding your precious bump or holding your partner's hands. When you do your makeup on the day, use a little bit more than you usually would to highlight your best features because the sun during your shoot will wash you out a little bit. Now is not the time to experiment with a new look though. Do whatever you need to do to feel great because when you look and feel great, your photos will look amazing too. 

2. Discuss location and your outfit with me

I'm always happy to discuss the location for your photo shoot and your outfit. If you need some advice about your dress colour or style, send me a text or an email with your ideas or some photos and I'll go through it with you. I have a client wardrobe with a selection of dresses you may want to have a look at for your shoot. I like to style my maternity ladies in neutral tones to complement most locations. I love dresses that move in the wind and with you.

You can also check out my client Pinterest board.

3. Consider accessories

A hat or a scarf can make a gorgeous addition to an otherwise plain outfit. A felt hat or a flower crown can be a dramatic touch if that's your style. I always advise my clients to leave off watches unless they are sentimental. Nothing ages a photo more that an Apple watch! Also, remember to remove any hair lackies or ties!

4. PLan your family's outfits

Whether you will be the only one in your photos or will be including other family members, it’s important to plan your outfits ahead of time. If your husband or your other children will be in the photos, it’s important that your outfits look coordinated. Coordinated doesn’t mean matchy-matchy either, it just means that each outfit should complement the others. If you’re unsure about which colours work well together, turn to the colour wheel for inspiration, or head to my Pinterest board for help.

5. Try to relax

Planning your maternity shoot should never be a stressful experience. Just stick to the basics of looking good and I will take care of the rest. If you are feeling stressed, ask me for advice on what you should wear. Most department stores offer a make up service with the purchase of a product if you're not confident enough to do it yourself. The best person to do your hair on the day is your trusted hair dresser. The more relaxed you are on the day, the better your photos will be and the more you enjoy our shoot together.

Once you've done all that, it's time to start preparing for your baby's newborn photoshoot, and again, I've got you covered!

A boy looking at the camera standing next to his pregnant mother for her maternity shoot in Perth Western Australia
A family of 4 playing along the shore during their maternity shoot in Perth Western Australia
A blonde woman holding and looking at her pregnant belly at her beach maternity shoot in Perth Western Australia