How to Feel Beautiful for Your Maternity Shoot
There’s no doubt you’ll look beautiful in your maternity images, but ideally you’d like to FEEL beautiful during the maternity shoot too! People will comment on your pregnancy “glow,” and tell you that you’ve never looked more radiant. But sometimes that’s hard to believe in between morning sickness and swollen feet. Feeling beautiful is all about being comfortable and getting a little pampered – here’s how to do it.
Book the right photographer
Having faith in your photographer and his or her work is integral to feeling secure during your maternity shoot. Being able to trust your photographer to direct you in a way that feels fun and effortless makes a huge difference when it comes to feeling comfortable. Do your research before booking a photographer; be sure to browse through their past work so you can pick out the kind of photography style you like. Meet with your potential photographer before booking so that you can ascertain their personality and professionalism.
Preggy belly timing
The whole point of a maternity shoot is to show off your precious preggy belly. Therefore, your maternity shoot needs to be booked at that optimum period when your belly is big and bountiful, but while you still feel comfortable enough to dress up and pose. Depending on whether you’re carrying one baby or more, this could range anywhere between 26 to 32 weeks along. Timing of your shoot will be solely down to your individual pregnancy experience, but speaking to a professional maternity photographer will definitely help you decide.
Hair and makeup
Getting your hair, makeup, and nails professionally done in preparation for your maternity shoot is an excellent excuse to get pampered and feel fabulous. If this isn’t an option for you, consider getting your friends and family around to do it all for you. In the very least, make sure your hair is nicely done, and your makeup makes you feel pretty. This could make for a fun opportunity to try out a different look, or to just wear a little more makeup than you normally do. Whatever makes you feel fierce and confident is the tip here!
Your wardrobe choice will really set the tone for the look and feel of your maternity shoot, and will also have a huge impact on how you feel. Go through images online of various maternity shoot themes and settle on a look or two to draw inspiration from. You could go big and glam, or maybe you’d prefer natural and minimal. Loose blouses that you can unbutton to the belly, flowy dresses, and stretchy tight fitting tops are all good choices. You want that preggy belly to shine after all!
Most importantly, let loose and have fun! Don’t take the whole thing too seriously, and instead cherish it for the special memento that it is. Take your partner or a friend along, remain open to the photographer’s direction, and your maternity shoot is bound to be a pleasant success.