When was the last time you had photos taken?
Your hands will appear in almost all of your images, so you want them looking good! Continue the pampering with a visit to your hairstylist or makeup artist - If you are not sure how to have your hair done, think about what you want your photos to look like. If you are wanting a more casual look, a loose and simple hairstylist may be the perfect option. Your maternity session is the perfect excuse to pamper yourself a little!
Choose what to wear - Whether you want to keep it casual with jeans and a blouse or wear a flowing maternity dress ( client closet available for you ), or even both, take time before your session to choose your outfits and make sure they fit and look the way you wan them to look. You should also pick out clothing for another family member who will be apart of the session - outfits that coordinate/compliment you and not clash with your own. Keep your colours simple, you and your baby bump will be the primary focus on your images, so you don't want to wear any bright colours or loud patterns that will distract. Instead stick with neutral colours and jewel tones that will look great with any background and skin tone. Make sure you have the right undergarments - bras and panties. For example if you're wearing white you don't want to wear dark colours as it will show through, also undergarments that are not tight/dig into your side. I always recommend nude underwear, strapless bras and some (not tight - or tight elastics) black and white underwear.
The best time to take your photos is in your third trimester, between 28-32 weeks. At this point your BABY BUMP will be showing well and look great in photos, and you will still be able to move around and pose comfortably.
Decide on who to bring with you - Your family members are absolutely welcome at your session, especially if you want to include your spouse or other children. We normally photograph them right away in your casual clothes as that is what you are most comfortable in, then we can change into a dress from our Client Closet (totally optional). Its a good idea to make plans for someone to pick them up when they're finished. That way they don't have to sit through all the individual shots of you, and you don't have to worry about keeping them calm or entertained. Keep in mind that extra people can be a distraction and can even make you feel less comfortable in front of the camera, so avoid bringing friends and extended family members along.
Every photographer is different and every mom-to-be is different as well. You'll want to find someone whose style of photography fits with your vision of a perfect maternity session. Every photographer has their way of editing style from light & airy to dark & moody - find one that fits you, and what you plan to do with the images after your session. If there are any specific image you want - or don't want - be sure to let your photographer know. Talk to your photographer about what images are important to you and whether you're interested in doing partial or implied nudes. Its important to let your photographer know what you're comfortable with before your session so they can better plan out what shots and poses to do.
We encourage you to bring any sentimental items, anything special you want to include, whether its that family heirloom, your ultrasound photo, or even a baby blanket and childhood toy - these mementos can add special meaning and personal touch.
There's much to see here. So, take your time, look around, and learn all there is to know about our dresses available to the Mother's.
These are optional if you wanted to use these at your session. Dress sizes are from Medium to Large/XL. We have a various of accessories available - lace umbrella, navy floppy hat and belts created by hand. You're welcome to coordinate any accessory from your home.
our dresses are in a nice soft cotton, has comfortable stretch and versatile on how you wear it - off the shoulder, one shoulder, tube top style, with or without an accessory. THE possibilities are ENDLESS.
We are always looking for new dresses and styles for our mothers. If you have a dress you'd like to part with, let us know, we'd LOVE to take it off your hands and share for a mother to wear for her Maternity Session.
Thank you so very much for your continued support this past year in 2021!
The best gifts cannot often be packed inside a box! How can you wrap shared laughter, tears & talks that run into hours and forever friendships! They can only be wrapped & treasured inside everyone's heart!
Look forward to 2022's Weddings, Elopements, Graduation, Little Graduates and fun sessions that are already booked this next year!
SO much fun is about to happen!
~ Barrie Jane Photography ~