Maternity Magic | A Complete Guide to Maternity Session Prep

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Maternity Magic | A Complete Guide to Maternity Session Prep

Maternity Session Prep | Setting the Stage for Unforgettable Moments

Okay guys…let’s talk maternity session prep! Want to capture the glow of your pregnancy in breathtaking photos? Of course, you do! But let’s be real, preparing for your maternity session isn’t just a walk in the park—it’s a journey filled with excitement and anticipation. So, are you ready to embark on this magical adventure with us? Let’s dive into the ultimate guide to preparing for your maternity session and ensure that every moment shines as bright as you do.

Maternity Session Prep – Before Your Session

  1. Glam Squad Ready: Book your hair, nail, and makeup appointments well in advance to look and feel your best. Pro tip: avoid neon nail colors as they can distort the images and can be extremely challenging to remove.
  2. Outfit Planning: Plan your outfits at least a week ahead to avoid last-minute stress. If you haven’t decided on an outfit, don’t wait! Check out my article, Glowing Goddess | 5 Essential Tips for Maternity Style Mastery, for style tips for a successful maternity session.
  3. Creative Input: Have specific props, mementos, or pose ideas in mind? Let’s chat about them in advance to ensure we capture your vision.
  4. Prepping the Kids: If your little ones will join the session, prepare them by practicing some fun games and smiles. Don’t forget the bribery snacks!
  5. Stay in the Loop: Review any emails I’ve sent you with blog posts, wardrobe ideas, and other important info.
  6. Rest and Relaxation: Make sure everyone’s well-rested, fed, and hydrated before the session to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience.

How to Dress for Your Maternity Session

  1. Weather-Wise Wardrobe: Dress for the weather to avoid discomfort during the session. A great place to begin your search for maternity dresses that photograph well is Baltic Born. Check them out!
  2. Mama’s Time to Shine: Consider flowing long dresses that accentuate the baby bump for a radiant look.
  3. Undergarment Etiquette: Ensure your clothing properly covers undergarments and bras for any type of movement or pose. Opt for flesh-toned undergarments for best results.
  4. Leave the Logos Behind: Avoid tennis shoes, T-shirts, and clothes with writing on them, as they can be distracting in photos.
  5. Color Coordination: Opt for complementary color palettes instead of identical outfits. Neutrals and earth tones work wonders, while bright colors, neon, and logos can distort the image.
  6. Comfort is Key: Wear comfy shoes and clothes that allow for movement. We’ll be doing lots of it, and we want you to feel your best.
  7. Accessorize Wisely: Add flair to your photos with accessories like bowties, suspenders, hats, and scarves.
  8. Pocket Check: Empty your pockets to avoid unsightly bulges in the photos.

What to Bring to Your Maternity Session

  1. Arrival Time: Arrive about 10 minutes before your session to give yourself time to walk to the shoot location.
  2. Beauty Essentials: Pack makeup, a hairbrush, and hairspray to keep everyone looking their best.
  3. Shoe Options: Bring extra shoes for walking in case we explore areas that aren’t heel-friendly.
  4. Kids’ Clothing Backup: If bringing children, pack an extra set of clothes for them in case of accidents.

How to Pose During Your Maternity Session

  1. Authenticity is Key: My style focuses on capturing genuine moments, so no need to say “cheese.” Just relax and be yourselves.
  2. Trust the Process: I might place you in unique positions, but trust that they’ll look amazing in the photos.

What to Expect After Your Maternity Session

  1. Image Selection: I’ll carefully select and edit the best images, ensuring your gallery reflects the magic of your session. Your gallery should be ready within two weeks.
  2. Proofing Process: You’ll receive a watermarked proofing gallery to choose your included digitals. Plus, you can order prints directly for cherished keepsakes.

So, as we close the curtain on our journey through the enchanting realm of getting ready for your maternity session, just keep in mind, this whole experience is about you and the amazing journey you’re on. Whether it’s picking out the perfect outfits or capturing those genuine moments with your loved ones, each step is like adding a page to your own unique storybook. So, as you gear up for this adventure, just trust the process, soak in the magic, and rest assured, you’re in for a treat. I’m beyond excited to craft some unforgettable memories with you and capture the absolute radiance of your pregnancy. Let’s sprinkle a little bit of magic into this moment together!

No Session Booked Yet?

Are you currently rocking that baby bump and toying with the idea of a maternity session? Well, let me tell you, it’s not just about snapping some photos—it’s about capturing this incredibly special time in your life. Whether you’re feeling radiant, nervous, or a mix of both, trust me, this is a moment you’ll want to remember forever. So, why not reach out and let’s have a chat about how we can turn this fleeting moment into timeless memories? I promise, it’ll be a blast!

Diana Marie

Welcome to my world of capturing special moments! I'm Diana Marie of Diana Marie Photo Studio, a passionate portrait photographer specializing in family portraits, indoor and outdoor sessions, senior portraits, graduation portraits, and headshots. With a BA in digital photography and a finalist in the Communication Arts 2023 photography competition, I'm dedicated to creating timeless and heartfelt images that celebrate life's precious moments.Through my lens, I strive to tell compelling stories, capturing the genuine emotions and connections within families. I believe in the power of photography to preserve cherished memories for generations to come. Each session is an opportunity to freeze fleeting moments, immortalizing love, laughter, and the uniqueness of each individual.During the challenging times brought about by COVID, I embraced the opportunity to educate myself and turn my passion into a profession. With an unwavering commitment to excellence, I am now thrilled to offer professional photography services that truly capture the essence of my clients' personalities.Whether it's freezing laughter-filled family gatherings, capturing the achievements of graduating seniors, or crafting captivating headshots, I pour my heart into every frame. My goal is to create art that evokes genuine emotions and becomes a treasured part of your story.I invite you to join me on this incredible journey of capturing your cherished moments. Together, we can create stunning images that reflect your unique spirit and the love you share. Contact me to schedule your session, and let's embark on this creative adventure together!