Maternity Session Preparation Guide

Pregnancy is a such a sacred time in every woman’s life. It’s a magical time! A time to celebrate a new life to love and the beginning of a beautiful new life together. If you are choosing to document this very special time, make sure you prepare yourself as much as possible to get the most out of your photographs. The information on this page serves as a general guide to help you to get ready for your maternity photo session. The more prepared you are for the day, the more smoothly your shoot will go. If you don’t see something on this session guide and you have concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any additional questions before your appointment. I am here to help! 

When is the best time to photograph?

  • We suggest between 7 and 8 months pregnant, when you have a full, round belly but can still comfortably move around

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

  • Apply lotion to your belly to alleviate the look of any dry skin. 

Wardrobe-

  • What to wear? What to bring? Let's help you personalize your session so it is just as unique as you are...
  • be YOU!
  • Wear clothing that you feel good in! Bring clothes that make you feel fun, silly, sexy, or just plain great.
  • Long and flowy skirts look nice, and t-shirts or tanks that hug your body also accentuate your growing belly. Bring a pair of jeans to wear for a couple of shots too. A button up shirt works when showing off your pregnancy as well. Avoid crazy and loud patterns.
  • Your favorite blouse or sweater, the one that makes you glow, will create a memory you’ll always cherish.

  • Pre-pregnancy jeans and a T-shirt can make things fun.

  • Add a great set of heels and you’re one hot mama!

WRAP it up!-

  • We also have plenty of flowy wraps in both light and dark colors so you really don’t need to bring a thing - if you just can’t seem to find a thing to wear! Bring a strapless bra if you have one for under the wraps. Also bring pretty black and white bras and panties if possible.

Props-

  • Bring items with you that you want in your photos. Popular now are ultrasound printouts, alphabet blocks that spell your baby’s name, baby shoes, stuffed animals, flowers, tiaras, etc.

Research-

  • Look at maternity photos on the web that you would like us to try. If you see something that is must have for you, I will try my best to characterize that idea or style.

Celebrate Family-

  • Be sure to remember those who are sharing in your family joy. This includes your significant other and your other children. There’s nothing quite like the glow when it’s shared! 
  • Significant Other- Your partner is the ultimate prop! Include him in your session if you want pictures of the two of you. He will greatly expand on the number of different photos you can make during your shoot. Your guy should bring outfits that coordinate with what you’ll be wearing, or a dark long-sleeved shirt or sweater and dark pants. The focus should always be on you, your expressions, your emotions, your personality, your joy and your connection.

Maternity session checklist

This is just a quick re-cap of some things you may want to bring with you. You don’t need to bring everything! The maternity session is a very personal session, we can tailor it to suit YOUR wants and YOUR vision. And if you don’t have any set ideas, we can help with that! See tips below.  

If you would like to check out my Pinterest page for some Maternity Session inspiration, please feel free to do so.  Also, if you have any inspirational photos, feel free to email them to me at jessilynnephotography@gmail.com .

Clothing Suggestions

FOR YOU

Unmentionables:

  • boy shorts in black 
  • pretty bra & panties set(s) in pastel, white, cream or black
  • strapless bra in cream or black

2-4 Tops:

  •  1 light,
  • 1 dark,
  • 1 trendy/romantic,
  • 1 fun T shirt,
  • one of your partner’s (big) shirts

Bottoms:

  • pre-preggo jeans
  • black tap pants
  • khakis
  • flowy skirt

Dresses:

  • something flowy,
  • something fitted

Other:

  • one pair of great high heeled shoes
  • accessories - chunky jewelry, special jewelry, scarves, shawls, hats

 

FOR DAD:

  • jeans,
  • dark pants & Khakis,
  • white & black long-sleeved shirts

 

FOR SIBLINGS(coordinate with mom’s):

  • for boy siblings - jeans, white shirt, fun T shirt
  • for girl siblings - jeans, tutu, white shirt, fun T shirt, dress too

 

Tips:

  • pay attention to your nails - a manicure and pedicure will make you feel and look great
  • wear your hair and makeup as you usually do
  • try to get a good night’s rest the night before!

 

Other things to bring:

  • props - baby shoes, stuffed animals, belly bands,ultrasound, anything else to personalize your session
  • fun stuff - NFL jersey, lab coat, running gear, whatever speaks to who you are