Pregnancy photo shoots are a hot trend among new moms-to-be and for good reason.
Whether you’re giving birth to your first baby or your fourth, why wouldn’t you want to capture this moment so you can look back on it after your child is born?
Of course, the idea of a pregnancy photo shoot can be a bit nerve-wracking, especially if you’re not feeling super confident or comfortable. There are lots of things you can do to get great pregnancy photos, though.
Here are some great tips that will help you look your best while showcasing your belly in a pregnancy photo shoot.
Getting Ready for Your Shoot
If you’re not sure where to begin when it comes to preparing for your pregnancy photo shoot and making sure it goes smoothly, start by keeping these guidelines in mind:
Choose the Right Time
In order to get the best pregnancy photos, you’ll need to make sure you schedule them at the right time during your pregnancy.
Most photographers find that the ideal time to take pregnancy photos is somewhere between 32 and 36 weeks.
If you wait until this time, your belly will have fully popped and will look great in pictures. Remember, these are pregnancy photos — you want people to know that you’re pregnant.
Talk to the Photographer
If you’re feeling self-conscious going into the photo shoot, don’t be afraid to voice those concerns with the photographer.
It’s their job to help you feel confident and at ease — but they can’t do their job unless they know how you’re feeling.
Be sure to also communicate with your photographer if you want any particular types of photos or want to be photographed in a specific location.
Bring Moral Support
There’s nothing wrong with bringing along some moral support for your photo shoot, even if you don’t plan on having them in the photos with you.
Feel free to bring your partner along or even your other children (as long as having them around won’t make you feel more stressed out or overwhelmed).
Relax the Day Before
You’re not going to feel your best during the photo shoot — or look your best in the pictures — if you show up feeling frazzled and exhausted.
Be sure to relax the day before the photo shoot and in the hours leading up to the big event. You might even want to splurge on some pampering like a massage, a manicure, or a fresh hair cut.
Choose the Right Clothing
You should wear whatever you feel most comfortable wearing during the photo shoot. Here are some guidelines that can help you choose the right outfits, though:
- Remove tight clothing and elastic bands at least two hours before the shoot to get rid of marks
- Long maxi dresses are very flattering, as are form-fitting dresses and tops that show off your belly
- Stick to solid colors so your belly is the focus of the photos
It’s also a good idea to bring multiple outfits to add some variety to your photos.
Whatever items you bring, make sure they’re relatively easy to get on and off — you don’t want to be sweaty and out of breath in your photos because you chose an item that was too tight to difficult to put on.
Keep Accessories Simple
There’s nothing wrong with wearing jewelry or a scarf in your photos. It’s a good idea to keep accessories relatively simple, though. That way, nothing will distract from the bump you’re trying to showcase.
Keep Hair and Makeup Natural
Hair and makeup should be simple and natural, too. Again, the focus should be on your belly, so it’s a good idea to keep your hair and makeup relatively minimal.
You’ll also feel more comfortable getting your picture taken if you’re not busy worrying that your hair is out of place or your makeup has smudged.
Trust Your Photographer
Finally, remember to trust your photographer.
They probably have a lot of creative ideas in mind that will help you look and feel your best during the shoot. Listen to them and trust their advice — they’re the experts, after all.
Finding the Right Pregnancy Photographer
If you keep these tips in mind, you’ll feel much more confident and prepared when you go into your photo shoot. That last tip about trusting your photographer is especially important.
Of course, it’s a lot easier to trust your photographer when you’ve done your homework and chosen the right person for the job.
Here are some guidelines that will help you find the perfect pregnancy photographer:
- Do some research and find a photographer whose style resonates with you
- Pay attention to the quality of their recent photos — are they framed well and well-lit?
- Make sure they provide consistently good work throughout their portfolio, too
- Ask about their experience and find out how many pregnancy photo shoots they’ve done in the past
Of course, price matters, too. Nobody wants to spend an arm and a leg on photos, especially when they’ve got a baby on the way.
At the same time, though, the price should not be the deciding factor when you’re choosing a pregnancy photographer.
With photography, as with most things, you get what you pay for. If you want high-quality, creative images, you may need to pay a bit more for them.
Remember, too, that if you go with a cheap photographer the first time around, you might end up spending more money to have the pictures retaken.
Schedule a Pregnancy Photo Shoot Today
Now that you know what to do to look your best, it’s time to schedule a pregnancy photo shoot for yourself.
This is a magical moment in your life, and you’re definitely going to want to commemorate it.
In order to get the best pictures possible, you need to make sure you’re working with a professional, experienced photographer.
Not sure where to turn for your pregnancy photos? We can help at Zoom In Photography.
Contact us today to schedule your photo shoot or to learn more about our services.