As photographers, Jane and I have had the pleasure of creating maternity photos with hundreds of Baltimore moms. Needless to say, we’ve picked up a few tricks that help moms look and feel their best for their close up!
Sharing 6 tips to help you prepare for a beautiful maternity photo session….
Hydrate for glowing pregnant skin
Drink lots of water the week before your shoot! Staying hydrated is good for you anyway when you’re pregnant (did you know dehydration can bring on contractions?). Hydration also makes your skin look it’s absolute best. So drink up mama!
Don’t forget your hair
Get your hair (and roots!) done the week before the shoot. You don’t want to risk a look that needs a few days to settle close to your session. Go for your touchup a week before and you’ll be set.
Beautiful nails to frame your pregnant belly
Have your nails done the day before. Hands play a HUGE role in maternity portraits. You will be photographed holding and framing your belly, so make sure your nails and cuticles look their best! Make sure your nail technician is familiar with maternity massage guidelines if they add any hand, wrist or arm massages into your spa day treat.
Smooth skin photographs well (and makes you glow!)
Exfoliate and lotion! Removing those dry skin cells and moisturizing your skin will help it skin glow even more after a week of being well hydrated.
Plan the maternity session wardrobe
Pick clothes that accentuate your curves. Ask your photographer for their recommendation on what to wear - they often have beautiful collections of maternity gowns. But whether you’re picking from their collection or buying something for yourself, go with a gown that accentuates those beautiful curves! You might not wear something so figure hugging if you weren’t pregnant, but remember - these portraits are designed to show off that beautiful pregnant belly. Pick an outfit that flaunts it!
Hire a professional hair and makeup stylist.
Most women are only pregnant one or two times in their life. If you’re going through the effort for maternity portraits - it’s worth the extra pampering to splurge for the pro stylist. They’ll make sure your hair looks incredible and do your makeup to accentuate your best features. Makeup for photography tends to be a little bolder than what you would wear every day, so leave it to the experts and leave one less thing for you to do the day of.