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Maternity Session Prep Guide

Schedule Your Session Early

The earlier the better. Your best bet is to book your maternity session somewhere around 20 weeks, around when you find out the sex of your baby. It’s important to book as early as possible for best availability.

Plan to book for your third trimester

The best time to take your photos is between 28 and 32 weeks. At this point, your bump will be showing well and look great in photos, and you will still be able to move around and pose comfortably.

Make Sure You Have the Right Undergarments

Give some thought to your underwear and bras as well. For example, if you’re wearing a white dress, you don’t want to wear dark panties that will show through the fabric. I always recommend nude underwear and strapless bras, and some black and white underwear depending on your outfit choice.

Your hands will appear in almost all of your images. Use your maternity session as an opportunity to pamper yourself with a professional manicure and hair style. 


If you’re not sure how to have your hair done, think about what you want your photos to look like. Don’t be afraid to go with an elegant look.


Send me your inspo pics!

Providing me with a list of some shots you’d like to get definitely helps too! While you probably provided some on your Maternity questionnaire, you can always email/message me other ideas as well.

While you should definitely dress in comfy clothes prior to your session location, be sure not to use clothes with elastic bands. Elastic leaves marks on your skin, and you want your skin to look naturally smooth. Also, be sure to remove any hair ties or other tight bands from your wrists.

If you really want to look your best, hire a professional makeup artist. If you decide to do your makeup yourself, you want to go a little bolder with your makeup than you normally would to make sure your eyes and lips are well-defined in your images.


Be well rested.

Your family members are welcome at your session, especially if you want to include your spouse or other children in the images. With that being said, extra people can make some feel less comfortable in front of the camera, so avoid bringing friends and extended family members along.

Anything special you want to include in your photos to add a more personal touch is a great addition. Whether that’s a family heirloom, your ultrasound, or even your own baby blanket.

Make plans for someone to pick your children up when they’re finished in the session. 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.

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