Your guide to your Maternity/Pregnancy Photoshoot

OMG Congratulations on your pregnancy! This is such an incredibly special time in your life, and as a mum of 3 I know how important it is to document your beauty and your pregnancy as you will truely cherish these moments forever. In this blog post, I will guide you through the best time to have a maternity photoshoot, along with tips and advice to ensure you have a beautiful fun, relaxing experience.

When is the best time for your maternity session?

When it comes to scheduling your maternity photoshoot, timing is key. Each trimester of pregnancy brings its own unique charm and considerations.

  • First Trimester: While it’s possible to have a maternity photoshoot during the first trimester, some expectant mothers may prefer to wait until they have a more noticeable baby bump. However, if you want to capture the early stages of your pregnancy, this time frame can hold sentimental value.
  • Second Trimester: For most expecting mothers, the second trimester is the ideal time to have a maternity photoshoot. By this stage, your baby bump is usually prominent yet comfortable, and you may have more energy and flexibility. This trimester offers a balance between showcasing your pregnancy and ensuring you feel comfortable and confident.
  • Third Trimester: As you approach the third trimester, there are some considerations to keep in mind. if your anything like me you may experience increased discomfort, swelling, and fatigue. However, if you still wish to have a photoshoot during this time, opt for earlier in the trimester when you’re more likely to feel at your best.

What should I wear to my maternity session?

I can recommend the most gorgeous, flowy, bump friendly dresses from mama rentals not only does it take the stress out of having to go an find an outfit to wear, they look insanely gorgeous in your photos. Plus I also have a cheeky discount code for 15% off in my session guide.

But if your sifting through your wardrobe or need to purchase a new outfit then heres what to consider….. When choosing an outfit for your maternity photoshoot, consider styles that accentuate your baby bump and make you feel comfortable and confident. Flowing dresses, form-fitting tops, or even a simple white shirt paired with jeans can create stunning looks. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different styles that reflect your personality and make you feel beautiful.

Heres a little inspo I LOVEEEEEE

If the whole dress thing is not your vibe than lets bring it back to a little more casual! All I want for is for you to feel comfortable as thats where the true beauty hides, in your comfort, in your connection to your baby and in that overwhelming love and desire to meet and see their tiny little hand, feet and face.

Deciding on the Ideal Location

The location of your maternity photoshoot sets the tone and backdrop for your photos. Consider whether you prefer an indoor or outdoor setting. Indoor locations such as your home provide privacy and comfort, while outdoor locations offer natural beauty and a sense of serenity. Think about whether you’d like a natural environment, such as a park or beach.

**Note these beautiful photos are inspo photos photographer unknown! if you do you know the photographer I would love to give credit**
**Note these beautiful photos are inspo photos photographer unknown! if you do you know the photographer I would love to give credit**

Timing for Optimal Lighting

Lighting plays a crucial role in capturing captivating maternity photos. The time of day can significantly affect the quality of light in your photos. Consider these options:

  • Morning: Soft, gentle light during the early hours of the day can create a dreamy atmosphere..
  • Golden Hour: The hour just before sunset, known as the golden hour, bathes the surroundings in a warm, golden light. This time offers a flattering and romantic glow for your photos.

Incorporating Family Members

Including your partner, siblings, or even your furry friends in your maternity photoshoot can add an extra layer of love and joy to your images. These photos capture the anticipation and excitement shared by the whole family as you prepare to welcome that precious tiny little human. Coordinate outfits and consider props or poses that symbolise your connection and the love you share.

Embrace your beauty in pregnancy and celebrate this extraordinary time in your life with a maternity/pregnancy session. From choosing the right time frame and outfit to selecting the perfect location and timing for optimal lighting, every detail contributes to creating stunning and meaningful photos. Remember, this is a time to honour and cherish the journey of motherhood. Enjoy the experience and create memories that you will treasure for a lifetime.

I hope this blog has provided valuable insights and inspiration as you plan your session. Enjoy every moment and I hope to capture the magic of this beautiful chapter in your life, head over to my pregnancy page to book your session.


Jess xx

November 7, 2023

Jessica Hughes

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