5 Ways to Have a Stress Free Maternity Photoshoot
Planning any photoshoot can be stressful. But it doesn’t have to be!
Here are five ways that you can plan for a stress-free maternity session.
One of the first questions that I ask clients is: If you close your eyes and imagine your PERFECT maternity photoshoot, what would it be?
What will you look like?
What will you be wearing?
What will the focus of the session be?
How do you want to feel?
What do you want the end product to be?
These are all questions to ask yourself when you’re thinking about what you and your family value. But don’t worry – any great photographer will help guide you through each of these points.
Some photographers (myself included) have a habit of talking, talking, then talking some more about the services that they provide. I always make a point to stop talking and give prospective clients an opportunity to ask questions and have their concerns addressed. After all, hiring a maternity photographer is an important investment: mentally, emotionally, and financially.
You can prepare by writing down a list of questions that you have prior to consulting with your photographer. It’s easy to get caught up in the moment, so having a list handy is….handy.
I also tell my prospective clients to contact me via phone, text, or e-mail with any questions that they have after we have our initial consult.
Where is your session going to take place?
If you’ll be photographed in a studio, it’s a great idea to schedule a visit ahead of your session date to see how the studio is set up and how you feel in the space. You’ll also have a chance to see how traffic is getting to the studio location and you’ll have some “practice” so that you can arrive stress-free and on time for your shoot date.
If you’ll be photographed on-location at a park, beach, or downtown area, you will have more confidence about the vibe and aesthetic for your session by visiting the location ahead of your big day.
Your photographer may provide you with a list of items to bring with you for your session, so pack those ahead of time. I always recommend bringing skin-tone underwear, a supportive strapless bra, drinks, snacks, and a change of clothes in case what you arrive in gets wet or dirty from an on-location shoot (especially the beach). You should also bring things like charging cords for your cell phone in case your battery runs low.
Maybe you’re the kind of woman who is always early (ME!!!!) or you are notoriously late. Plan for your habits and arrive on time for your maternity photography session. Arriving late may mean that you arrive stressed, upset, and forfeit some of your session time.
Set your self up for success by packing your bag and visiting your photoshoot location ahead of your session date, as discussed above.
5. Trust a professional.
Even though you may have talked through the details of your shoot ahead of time, visited the studio for your maternity photoshoot, and have planned accordingly, you may still be nervous about what to expect.
I get it – I have been the client, too.
My team and I know how to style you, pose you, and what angles look best for most maternity clients. We are prepared for fly away hairs, sideways smiles, and even double chins.
My biggest “ask” is that you lay it all out for me — tell me your worries, your anxieties, your excitements, and your dreams for your shoot. I will always do my best to do my best for you and your family!