How to prepare your maternity session

Wear something comfortable

Comfort is key when it comes taking a good picture.  While you do want to be comfortable, it’s also a good move to wear something that shows off your baby bump.

Always try to be comfortable, simple, avoid large and stripped patterns, bright colours. It is advisable to wear stretchy fabrics that conform to your belly are a great option, as are dresses belted just under your bust. Regarding your underwear can be completely plain white or black, nude. Try and avoid wearing clothes with elastic seams as they leave marks on the skin. It is always a perfect choice a pair of jeans, or black/white leggings.

We will do a lot of shots that highlight your belly (obviously!), so the only thing I discourage you from wearing is baggy/really loose-fitting tops or dresses. We want to show off that bump, not hide it!

The Top

  • should be tight, so it can lift the belly,
  • choose v-cut path or turtleneck
  • can be a simple white shirt, as well as men’s shirts
  • long sleeves, or be strapped

The Maxi Dress

There are a couple of great reasons why a maxi dress is the perfect thing to wear for maternity photography sessions. For one, it’s incredibly comfortable. Comfort is key when you are pregnant, and when you’re taking maternity photos for an hour or so, you want to be as comfortable as can be. It also looks amazing on any pregnant body because it’s incredibly flattering. It covers up anything you don’t want shown, but can also be pulled against the belly to show off your adorable baby bump.

A maxi dress is also a very dramatic piece of clothing to wear for a photoshoot. The flowing fabric looks amazing in the wind and creates a lot of movement in a still photo. You certainly can’t go wrong wearing a maxi dress for your shoot.

natural light pregnancy portrait in professional studio photographed by Maternity Photographer Manchester

Solid Colours on a maternity photo session

Since the main focus in your maternity shoot is your bump, then don’t let anything take attention away from that, like a pattern or print. Wear solid colors for your bump to stand out the most. If you want to incorporate pattern into your shoot, have your husband wear a patterned shirt instead. If you feel solid colors are too boring, then bring in some fun, bright and bold accessories like necklaces and scarves.

 Don’t be afraid to choose colour vs. neutral creams/tans/whites, but I advise against bright greens, yellows, and oranges, as they tend to cast color on the skin. Pinks, blues, pastel greens or yellows, burnt oranges, burgundy, etc. are all lovely choices.

Stripes can be unflattering in some of the poses, so I do not suggest going that route. I also suggest that your partner not wear anything too busy, so as to not take the focal attention away from you. Jeans and a nice solid button-down shirt are the typical “dad attire”. Cotton shirts/v-necks are also nice. And remember, shoes are part of the outfit too and will be seen in most photos.

Tight Clothing

If you are comfortable with wearing tight clothing and don’t mind showing off all of your gorgeous pregnant body curves, opt for a beautiful tight bodycon dress. They look absolutely stunning on pregnant women because they truly show off the amazing body of the pregnant body.

Pregnancy is a beautiful thing and what a woman’s body does when pregnant is incredible. Showing that off is the perfect way to pay tribute to your pregnant self. Be proud of those beautiful curves.

Accessories

 Don’t forget accessories! You can bring record of the ultrasound, small shoes, if you’ve bought. A good hairstyle and makeup, manicure, pedicure not only look nice but also highlights the beauty of you on the photos. I have got some gorgeous hand-made dresses as well, you can have a look before the session

pregnancy photoshoot in red maternity dress photographed by Maternity Photographer Manchester

Go Timeless

Since you’ll have these maternity photos forever you don’t want to look back on them in 20 years and regret anything you wore. You never want to think to yourself, “What on earth was I thinking?”

In order to avoid that, go with a more timeless, simple look. A great option for this would be some jeans, a simple top and a pair of cute boots. There’s nothing wrong with going a little more simple. You can always add a few cute accessories in your jewelry to spice things up a bit.

beautiful maternity portrait in professional photo studio photographed by Maternity Photographer Manchester

Textured Clothing

Your photos will look amazing if you wear clothing that has texture to it by adding more dimension to your photos. You can pair a chunky knit sweater with some jeans, wear a lace dress, or an embroidered top.

Either way, the texture in the clothes will create more interest, therefore making your photos look more beautiful. It’s a great alternative to a print or pattern.

belly image taken by maternity photographer Dora Horvath

HAIR & MAKEUP

While always a treat, it is not necessary to have your hair & makeup professionally done for your photo session. If you are applying makeup yourself, it is always recommended to steer away from anything shiny (bronzer, glitter, etc.) when being photographed. A nice matte finish will come across best in photos. A little extra blush is good (but not too much!), and don’t forget the lipstick!

If you don’t usually wear make-up, that’s totally fine too. It still may be a good idea to lightly brush some translucent powder over your face before the session to avoid shine.

In many poses, I will have you look down at your belly. If you have long hair that may fall down across your eyes, I will tuck your hair behind your ear, or over your shoulder, in order to see your face. If this is an issue for you, please consider a hairstyle that will eliminate this problem.

Please don’t forget about your nails. If you have open-toed shoes, this is a great excuse to pamper yourself and get a pedicure! Believe me, nothing ruins a beautiful maternity portrait-like chipped nails. If you are unable to get a mani/pedi, please just be sure to take off any old polish you may have left on before our session.

PARTNERS & SIBLINGS

As mentioned above, be sure that you are the star! Yes, it takes 2, but this is a maternity session and it’s all about you and your beautiful belly. Choose your outfit first, then dress your partner and other children in coordinating (but not competing) outfits. Neutral tones are best– tans, grays, blues, pinks (or other pastels) are great choices. Be mindful of busy clothing (no big logos, dinosaurs, trucks, balls, ballerinas, and statement shirts). These can be very distracting and will not be edited out after the session. If you have young girls, I suggest wearing little shorts under dresses.

When other children are present, I will capture family shots, and mum with kid shots first. Then, I let them run off to play while we capture images of mum & dad, and mum alone. If other siblings are very young, I suggest having a family member or babysitter join to help watch them. Maternity posing is a little more involved than regular couple posing, and we don’t want to take away from this time!

If you would like to book a maternity photography session (Award Winning Photography Manchester) then please email me at info@dorahorvathphotography.co.uk or telephone me on 07841737423.

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