Maternity Portrait Session Guide

Congratulations on this exciting chapter of your life!  Maternity sessions allow us to capture the beauty and joy of your pregnancy, creating lasting memories that you can cherish forever. In this guide, I will walk you through the process of preparing for your session, what to expect during and after the session, and provide helpful tips for an amazing experience. 

When Should I Schedule My Session?

Your maternity photo session should ideally be scheduled between weeks 30 and 34 of your pregnancy. During this time, your baby bump is beautifully pronounced, but you may still feel comfortable enough to move around and pose for the camera.   But that doesn’t mean your session has to take place then!  We can also do pregnancy announcements, gender reveals etc!

mother and son witting on the ground during their maternity session in Kernersville nc

Dressing Your Bump: Tips for Choosing the Perfect Outfit

When it comes to selecting outfits for your maternity photo session, the key is to choose attire that accentuates your baby bump and makes you feel radiant. Consider the following tips to help you choose the perfect outfits:

  • Embrace your personal style: Your maternity photos should reflect who you are. Choose outfits that align with your personal style and make you feel confident. Whether you prefer a casual bohemian look, a classic and elegant style, or something more vibrant and trendy, let your outfit choices represent your individuality.
  • Opt for form-fitting or flowing options: To showcase your baby bump, consider wearing form-fitting dresses, tops, or gowns that gently hug your curves. These styles highlight your beautiful belly and create a flattering silhouette. Alternatively, flowing and ethereal dresses can add a touch of whimsy and create a sense of movement in your photos.
  • Choose the right colors: Soft and neutral colors such as ivory, pastels, or earthy tones work well for maternity photos. These colors create a timeless and elegant look and ensure that the focus remains on you and your baby bump. Try to avoid bold and busy patterns as they can distract from the main focus.
  • Don’t forget about layers and accessories: Layers can add versatility and variety to your photoshoot. Consider bringing a cardigan or jacket that can be added or removed during the session to create different looks. Accessorize thoughtfully with delicate jewelry, flower crowns, or meaningful props that enhance the overall aesthetic without overpowering the images.
Maternity photo Session in Kernersville NC

What to Expect During Your Session

  • I will guide you through a variety of poses that showcase your baby bump and highlight your radiant glow. I will provide instructions on how to pose, where to place your hands, and how to create a relaxed and natural look. Also I will capture candid moments that reflect your genuine emotions and connection with your baby.
  • Your loved ones can play an important role in your maternity photos. Your partner and other family members, such as children or grandparents, can join in the session to capture the joy and anticipation surrounding the arrival of your baby. 
  • To add a personal touch to your photos, you can bring props or accessories that hold significance to your pregnancy journey. Ultrasound images, baby shoes, or sentimental items can be incorporated to tell your unique story. 

Tips for a Successful Session

  • Stay hydrated the day of your session and get plenty of rest to feel your best. Consider wearing loose-fitting clothing before the session to avoid any marks on your skin. 
  • Be sure to get plenty of sleep the night before, so that you will be well rested!

What to Expect After Your Session

2 weeks after your session you will receive your private online gallery for you to download your photos.  Within your gallery, you will be able to share the photos with friends and family, or invite them to download the photos as well.  After you have downloaded them, you are more than welcome to use any print lab you choose to print your photos.   We do offer a professional print lab that you can order beautiful prints from directly through your gallery.

 

I am so excited you have chosen us to document this special chapter in your life. 

Hugs, Nicky

maternity session photo of a husband and wife announcing their pregnancy in Kernersville nc

Thank you!

Hey Friend!

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Looking forward to the possibility of working together and capturing some special moments. Thanks again for choosing Nicky Ellington Photography.

Hugs, Nicky