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Tips on Preparing for Your Maternity Photo Session

Bringing a baby into the world is a wonderful life event that should be captured. It’s a time you are going to want to remember and share with your little one once they are a bit older. If you are thinking about or have recently booked a maternity photo session then the below tips should come in handy as your prepare for your session.

  1. Schedule your session between 32 and 36 weeks as your tummy should have popped and have a beautiful shape. By booking your maternity session during this time you are also past the discomfort and bloating that happens earlier in the pregnancy.
  2. We know how important it is to moisturize those knees, elbows and belly but we recommend you do so 1 – 2 hours before the session to avoid any shininess or sticky clothes. You should also avoid wearing any tight fitting watches or bracelets that might leave marks on your skin.
  3. Treat yourself to a neutral or light colored manicure 1 – 2 days prior to your maternity session so that you can take some beautiful shots with your hands on your tummy.
  4. If you already have some cute baby items such as shoes, hats, toys, blankets or onesies, bring them along as they make for adorable props. The same applies to family heirlooms. If you have a special locket or photo that you would like to use, bring it along too.
  5. More and more moms are using their ultrasound photos in their photo sessions. If you aren’t too sure whether you want to use it or not, bring it to the shoot anyway and decide on the day.
  6. Take the time to pick the right outfit for the maternity shoot. You should of course be comfortable but make sure that your clothing doesn’t detract from your tummy’s shape and your natural glow. Avoid large, bold patterns or clothing that is too loose. Empire waists, drawstrings, flowing tops and wrap dresses are perfect for enhancing your shape.

madison ct maternity photography session with a gorgeous red dress by the barn

Wondering what to wear to your maternity photography session?  Here are a few resources:

  • Our studio has dresses you can borrow for your session.  Click on this link to view the current options and check back as they’re always being updated!
  • SewTrendy is one of my favorite maternity shops.  Her designs are gorgeous beyond words and her customer service is amazing.
  • BellyBoutiqueDesigns also offers some gorgeous options.
  • If you’re looking for something a little different or want to get a gorgeous dress for a big sister, check out LeahMaria.

Catherine King Photography is a CT photography studio located in Madison, CT offering maternity, family, and newborn photography.  If you are interested in booking a maternity or newborn photography session or want to learn about pricing, simply fill out this contact form.

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