Tips on Preparing for Your Maternity Session in Pittsburgh


Importance of Maternity Sessions

Maternity sessions capture a significant moment in your life, celebrating the beauty of pregnancy. They create lasting memories and document the journey to motherhood. Professional maternity photos can be cherished for years to come, serving as a reminder of the joy and anticipation felt during this special time. Read on for lots of details tips on preparing for Your maternity session.

Pregnant mom wears lace dress and tan hat while sitting on a bench in the white gazebo at Robin Hill Park. The sun setting illuminates her from behind.

Choosing the Right Location

When choosing a location for your maternity shoot, consider places that hold significance to you and make you feel comfortable. Popular options include natural settings like local parks or coming to the studio in Bridgeville. Keep in mind factors like lighting, accessibility, and any necessary permits for the location you have in mind.

Selecting Wardrobe and Accessories

When choosing your outfits for your maternity shoot, go for clothes that make you feel comfortable and confident. Solid colors and simple patterns work well, avoiding busy prints that can be distracting. Flowing dresses, fitted tops, or wrap dresses are flattering choices. Consider including accessories like jewelry, scarves, or hats to add a personal touch to your photos. Remember, the focus should be on you and your beautiful bump, so keep the outfits simple and elegant to highlight this special time.

Make sure to look for a photographer that also offers a client closet. At Katie Louise Photography, we offer a unique selection of boho Reclamation dresses, as well as a few other options.

Pregnant mom sits on couch at Pittsburgh studio and looks down at her belly.

Hair and Makeup Tips

Keep your makeup and hair natural for a timeless look in your maternity session. Opt for soft, natural shades that enhance your features. Avoid heavy makeup that can overshadow your radiance. Give your hair some extra care with a treatment or trim before the shoot to ensure it looks its best. Simple, loose waves or a sleek ponytail are versatile options that can complement any outfit. Remember, the focus should be on your natural glow and the excitement for the baby to come!

Posing Techniques for Maternity Shoots

At Katie Louise Photography, I guide you through all the poses, so no need to worry at all! It’s my job to find your best angle and make you feel confident. If you’d like to practice ahead of time to see if you like a certain side or are in love with a certain pose then that can’t hurt either! Often, natural and comfortable poses will showcase your baby bump the best. Sitting poses can also be flattering; try a side profile with your hands cradling your bump. Experiment with different poses and angles to find what works best for you.

Involving Your Partner or Family

Including your partner and other children in your maternity shoot can create meaningful and cherished memories. It allows them to share in the anticipation and joy of this special time in your life. Their presence can also help you feel more relaxed and comfortable during the shoot, leading to more natural and genuine photos. Discuss with them beforehand about their involvement and the type of shots you want to capture together. Coordinate outfits to ensure a cohesive look in the photos, but you can always reach out to your photographer with any ideas to get their input!

Pregnant mom and her daughter sit on white blanket in field at Mingo Creek while laughing.

Props and Decor Ideas

For your maternity session, props and decor can add a special touch to your photos. Here are some ideas to consider:

  • Floral arrangements can create a whimsical and romantic atmosphere.
  • Baby shoes or clothes can symbolize the upcoming arrival of your little one.
  • Ultrasound images can add a personal and sentimental aspect to your photos.
  • Chalkboard signs with special messages or the baby’s name can be a cute addition.

These elements can help enhance the mood of your maternity session and make the photos even more memorable.

Tips for Feeling Comfortable and Relaxed

To feel comfortable and relaxed during your maternity shoot, wear clothing that makes you feel good and fits well. Choose outfits that showcase your baby bump and avoid anything that feels tight or constricting. Remember to stay hydrated and take breaks when needed. Practice some deep breathing techniques to help calm your nerves and focus on the joy of this special moment. Communicate with your photographer about any concerns or requests you may have, so they can help create a comfortable environment for you.

Timing and Scheduling the Shoot

When scheduling your maternity session, aim to do it between weeks 28 and 32 of your pregnancy. During this time, your belly will have a nice round shape but not be too uncomfortable. The session typically takes place outdoors two hours before sunset for the best lighting conditions or indoor at the studio during normal business hours. Remember, the key is to feel comfortable and relaxed during the shoot, so choose a time that works best for you and your energy levels.

Reviewing and Choosing Your Photos

When reviewing and choosing your maternity session photos, take your time to carefully select the ones you love the most. Look for images where you feel confident and beautiful, and that capture the special moments of this important time in your life. Consider factors like lighting, composition, and your overall expression in the photos. It’s important to choose the pictures that truly reflect your personality and style, so that you can cherish them for years to come.

expecting mom and dad sit on gray background, with mom resting head on dad's shoulder at Bridgeville studio.

Not sure on location?

Check out this blog post that goes over more tips for preparing for your maternity session when deciding between an outdoor sunset session or a studio session.

Ready to book?

Head to my contact page to reach out and check for availability. It’s best to reach out at the end of the first trimester/beginning of your second trimester to book for maternity. And if you book your newborn at the same time, ask about the special promotion :). When confirming your session, you’ll also receive a special guide with more tips on preparing for your maternity session.

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