Sharing in the joy of your little one begins during your pregnancy. Preparing for your newborn’s arrival can be stressful, but your maternity shoot can help to alleviate this stress by reminding you of how beautiful your belly is and the journey is.
Maternity photos play an important role in documenting your journey and will be treasured for a long time. There are so many beautiful seasonal photo opportunities. To capture the best photos, you should choose when to take maternity photos so that your belly is captured in its full shape. Find helpful maternity photography tips and answers in the sections below.
When Is the Best Time To Do a Pregnancy Shoot?
Schedule your pregnancy photoshoot in the seventh or eighth month of your pregnancy. During this time, your belly will have a nice round shape, which is ideal for taking photos. If you’re counting weeks, plan your session for around 30 weeks pregnant. If you take maternity photos after your eighth month of pregnancy, you may experience discomfort. Avoid taking photos when your belly is too heavy, which is usually after 35 weeks.
If you are expecting multiples, maternity photos should be taken during your second trimester. Because you are carrying more than one baby, your belly will appear larger during the second trimester. We recommend taking photos at 24 weeks, while you are still comfortable and able to move around freely.
Pregnancy Shoot Tips
Once you’ve scheduled your maternity shoot, there are a few things you should keep in mind as you plan your shoot. Follow these simple rules to ensure your photos are timeless, in addition to considering maternity outfit ideas, location and decor ideas, and maternity photo ideas for nailing the perfect pose.
- Avoid wearing patterns that are too large or distracting.
- Instead of using a flash, use natural light.
- Make sure your stomach is well moisturized.
- Avoid using cluttered or complicated backgrounds or backdrops.
- If your baby bump is pronouncing, only take ‘Straight On’ photos.
- To avoid belly marks, avoid wearing tight-fitting clothes right before your session.
- Prepare a concept with your photographer ahead of time.
As the expectant mother, you want to be completely satisfied with your maternity photos. Although it may be tempting to wait until the end of your pregnancy to photograph your belly, you should stick to the time frames suggested above so your photos don’t appear strange.
Expect your maternity photos to be everything you hoped for if you feel good during your maternity session.
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