How to Prepare for Your Maternity Photoshoot


Congratulations on your pregnancy! You are about to bring a life into this world and there is nothing greater than that. As you wait to meet your little bundle of joy, you probably have so many things on your to-do list. One thing that should not be left out of your list is a maternity photoshoot to remember your pregnancy. This is a special moment in your life that deserves to be captured and celebrated. You and your partner will be able to look at the pictures and smile as you reminisce. 

If this is your first pregnancy and you have never had a maternity shoot, you might not know how to prepare for your photoshoot. This blog is a useful guide for you as you plan for your photo session.

Book Your Session Early


The earlier you book your maternity shoot, the better for you. You should book by around 30 weeks into your pregnancy, so you don’t miss out on a slot. By that time, you already know the gender of your baby, so you can play your theme for the photoshoot. The best pregnancy photographers usually have a packed schedule, so it is better to be safe than sorry. 

The optimal time to take your shots is in your third trimester. Your bump will be visible and look beautiful in photos at this time, and you will be able to walk around and pose comfortably. While you can schedule your maternity shoot later in your pregnancy, do not do it too close to your due date, you may find it more difficult to pose and stand for long amounts of time. Labor can also start anytime around that time.

Schedule a Spa Day Before


Plan a pampering session for a few days before your photo shoot. Visit your hairstylist and make your hair the way you want it for the big day. Go to the nail parlor and have your nails done for your shoot. You can put on acrylics, and the nail color can match the theme of the shoot. 

Go for a massage if you need one; just make sure a professional pregnancy masseuse does it. Ensure that your skin is in perfect condition by going for a facial. Just pamper and spoil yourself; you deserve it. You might not have the time to do stuff for yourself once the baby arrives.

Hire a Makeup Artist


Some photographers will include makeup as part of their package; others will allow you to bring your own makeup artist to do your makeup. You are better off with your own makeup professional who you can tell exactly how you want to look on your big day. Some makeup artists do not like to be given instructions, and they end up doing what they want rather than what you want. 

You also have the option of doing your own makeup. For a pregnancy photoshoot, make sure that your eyes stand out in the pictures by putting on mink eyelashes 6d. Also, go a little extra on the lips than you usually would. Make sure you have some makeup products on standby, such as a makeup brush and blotting paper to fix your foundation whenever you need to.

Choose Your Maternity Wear

Take time before your session to choose your outfits and make sure they fit and look the way you want them to look, whether you want to keep it casual with jeans and a blouse or wear a flowing maternity dress, or perhaps both. You should also choose attire for any other family members who will be attending the session, making sure that they match and don’t conflict with your own. 

Of course, you want to appear attractive in your images, but you also want to be comfortable. Make sure to bring enough stretchy-fabric clothing; maxi dresses are a terrific option. Make sure the colors match the theme of your photoshoot.

Rest on the Day Before

Make sure you get enough sleep on the night before your maternity shoot. You will be on your feet a lot, and considering that you are in your third trimester of pregnancy, you need all the rest you can get. When you are well-rested, you will feel refreshed and energized for the session.

 On the morning of your shoot, make sure you have a balanced and heavy breakfast, as you might not have time for a good meal during your shoot. Also, drink lots of water and remember to bring some water bottles with you and snacks for your breaks.


With all that said, do not forget to have fun at your shoot. Be open with your photographer and tell them what you desire for your shoot, all the poses that you want, and the kind of items you want. You can bring some sentimental things that you would love to associate with your pregnancy. 

Going with your partner is also a good idea so he can also get to be in the pictures and to support you during this special moment. During your session, relax and let your photographer do their magic. Remember to smile and be happy; your mood will show in the pictures that will be taken.