At Lisa Yvette Photography, we want to ensure your maternity session is safe, comfortable & fun! We have therefore created this short guide to help you prepare.
Planning your session
Maternity sessions are usually done at 30-36 weeks into your pregnancy. The most important things for you to consider are clothing, makeup, props, and location. Space is limited. It is important to schedule your session as soon as you know you want to book so we can accommodate your date.
I suggest no more than 3 outfits. This gives us time for photographing and changing. Some choose to bring a formal and casual outfit. You also have the option of wearing one of my gowns or wrapping fabrics. Sundresses, Maxi dresses, jeans with button down tops or maternity blouses are ideal. You and your spouse do not have to be matching, but coordination of styles and colors is key. Pinterest is a great place to check for idea. Let me know if you need help or suggestions.
Makeup and Hair:
A light coat of natural looking makeup will go a long way to enhance your features and help your face stand out in your photos. We suggest using a professional makeup artist and hair stylist to ensure your photos look their best. Let me know if you need suggestions on a makeup artist or hair stylist.
Maternity sessions are usually held outdoors. But we can accommodate studio requests (generally due to allergies or weather).
Props are a great way to personalize your session. Some suggestions are: ultrasound, baby shoes/outfit, balloons, banner, chalkboard, parasol, alphabet blocks spelling baby’s name, stuffed animal, a family heirloom, personalized baby item. Ask about our props before you buy!
Preparing for your session
1. Get plenty of rest the night before your session (to avoid dark eye circles and tiring). Also avoid salty foods that increase bloating and swelling.
2. The day of your shoot, don't stand on your feet too much before the session. You'll do plenty of walking and moving around and we don't want you too tired before we start.
3. Have a full meal about an hour or so before your session. Bring snacks if needed and water to stay hydrated.
4. Bring your props!
5. Bring your makeup bag and hair styling tools to freshen up your look as needed.
6. Bring your wardrobe accessories: earrings, necklaces, scarves, headband, sunglasses, etc. (but do not wear a watch or bracelets) Wedding rings and bands are ok.
7. Moisturize your belly if you are planning photos that show your belly/skin. Don't forget your elbows and hands. Vaseline, Shea butter, or Eucerin work great!
8. Clothing: Ensure your outfits are ironed/pressed as we cannot remove wrinkles during editing. If you are wearing a sheer maternity gown, be sure to wear neutral colored undergarments that closely match your skin tone so they don't show through the gown. I suggest a nude or brown colored tube like top and boy shorts made of lace, spandex, lycra or other stretchy material. Wear comfortable shoes that you can walk in. Bring a long warm coat, heavy cardigan/jacket if your shoot day is in winter.
9. Ensure nails are neat and trimmed. Your hands will be in nearly every shot. Shave armpits. Some posed leave the armpits exposed so we encourage you to shave them.
10. Be mindful of: New hairstyles that may turn out badly, new facial products that may irritate or breakout the skin, sun burns and tans that leave red marks and lines in your photos, wearing tight fitted undergarments that leave creases on the skin, red eyes...please bring visine.
After your session
After your session is over, I get to work sorting your images for the best of the bunch, followed by a touch of hand editing to ensure your portraits look great.
The post processing phase usually takes 2 weeks. You will then come back to our studio, review your proofs, and place your order at that time. It is imperative that you bring all financial decision makers to this appointment since it is the only time, your order can be placed. We can setup a payment plan if needed, but all payments must be collected prior to submitting your order to the lab.
Read more about the Proof Viewing and Ordering process here.