Glasgow Maternity Photographer – How to prepare for pregnancy photoshoot?
HOW TO PREPARE FOR PREGNANCy PHOTOSHOOT?
- Glasgow MaterniTy photographer
If you are looking for a maternity photography photo shoot for yourself or your loved one you have came to the right place. The maternity session is an extraordinary memento of those magical 9 months when a pregnant woman carries a new life. Each maternity photography sessions with the future mother is an opportunity to capture gorgeous images full of emotions that accompany while waiting for the birth of child.
I’m Kinga and I specialise in candid, relaxed and love-filled newborn photography, pregnancy photography and family photography. I this blog post I’m going to answer the most common questions you might have just before your maternity shoot.
When is the best time to take part in a pregnancy session?
Considering my years of experience as a maternity photographer, I would advise you not to wait to take part in a photo shoot until the last month. The end of pregnancy for the vast majority of expecting mums is already so tiring. That, taking care of your mental and physical comfort can be stressful and exhausting.
At the same time, it may happen that the baby has different plans regarding the dates announced by the doctor. And decides to “surprise” everyone in advance.
I know from my own experience that the best time for maternity sessions is around the 7-month mark of your pregnancy (28-34 weeks). By then your baby bump will be placed relatively high. Maternity clothing will emphasise it even more. You (should) will still be full of energy. The last weeks are exhausting, especially if you already have older children in the household and work too.
HOW LONG WILL THE PREGNANCY SESSION LAST?
Each maternity photoshoot is different. Unique. Tailored to the individual. And is catered to your needs. Therefore I don’t tend to have any time limits when arranging a maternity photo shoot with you. Generally, pregnancy photo sessions last for approx. 2 hours.
When the other children – siblings or pets are involved in the maternity shoot, this can add time to the photo shoot.
Sometimes future mothers want to be photographed in few different outfits which can add extra time to shoot also.
WHERE THE PREGNANCY PHOTOS TAKE PLACE?
I believe before booking your maternity shoots you have some vision of your maternity photos in your mind. I’m here to make that vision come true. If not, no worries. I know lots of beautiful locations for pregnancy photoshoot. Together we will find a great spot that best fits your personality. Do you dream of romantic sunset outdoor maternity photoshoot or more intimated home pregnancy photos. Choice is yours!
IN-HOME PREGNANCY PHOTOGRAPHY
Your home is a place where we all feel safe. Pregnancy photoshoot performed in the comfort of your home are often the most intimate of maternity photos. Natural light, atmospheric music, a delicate scent of a burning candle floating in the air relaxes you. It is then peaceful and chilled. A home pregnancy session is perfect for any season.
Check here to see my previous at-home maternity shoot.
OUTDOOR MATERNITY PHOTOSHOOT
Outdoor pregnancy sessions are a very natural and elegant type of session. The beauty and uniqueness of the future mother are emphasised by nature.
OUTDOOR PHOTO SHOOT LOCATIONS
A flowery meadow, a charming forest. A blossoming orchard. Golden crops. Historic city location or landmark. All of it create an amazing atmosphere, in which you can feel much more at ease than you would during a session in the studio where you are limited for space. A walk, a conversation, looking at your loved ones, tender gestures. Those are the details that determine the final effect of the photo. Being outside in the open air gives many more moments of feelings and emotions embraced by your surroundings.
OUTDOOR PREGNANCY PHOTOS TAKEN ALL YEAR ROUND
Outdoor sessions can be performed all year round. Each season of the year has its own unique charm and mood that contributes to the atmosphere of the maternity shoot. It allows us to play with the light and the features of nature as well as some fun shots with props and your family or friends or loved ones.
WHAT IF RAINS ON THE PHOTOSHOOT DAY?
It would seem that in Scotland it is hard to organise outdoor photoshoot due to the fact that the weather is not predictable. Seldom do we have such days here when it rains from morning to evening. Although it can happen. What is important is that you are happy and comfortable taking your photoshoot outdoors and if not this can be rescheduled.
FACT: Rain and bad weather can sometimes provide spectacular results in photos.
Most expectant mothers often resign themselves from outdoor photoshoot in the autumn and winter seasons for fear of catching a cold. Nobody wants to get cold. But don’t worry, I provide a selection of maternity dresses that are designed with stretchy fabrics so that you can easily wear them over thermals. In addition, a flask of warm tea, a hot water bottle if needed and a large dose of positive energy from me and there is no question of feeling cold.
WHY NOT TO TRY BOTH? At-home and outdoor maternity photoshoot
If you like both options at home maternity photography and outdoor photo shoot. Why not to do both?
I often meet a couple in their home. Where we do a few shots in the comfort of their own environment and surroundings. These maternity sessions are more relaxed and natural. Later, we take it outdoor (if that’s chosen) for the shoot and we move to our chosen location and take elegant stylised and candid shots there.
WHAT TO WEAR FOR A MATERNITY PHOTOSHOOT?
By arranging a photo session with me, you probably know which photo shoot style appeals to you the most. If you dream of a natural, lifestyle pregnancy photos in your home, use my guide HERE, which will tell you how to plan for such sessions.
Otherwise, if you prefer more styling – glamour maternity photoshoot, I can provide professional maternity maxi dresses for your pregnancy session. These are dresses used with appropriate stretchy materials that enhance your baby bump even more. Help to emphasise the wonderful glow of your pregnancy and they will beautifully accompany the surrounding space.
I have a wide range of maternity dresses in my CLIENT WARDROBE free for your use and I am sure that you will find something that you will like.
If you want to change outfits during outdoor photoshoot and the won’t be any public toilet to do so I will provide a portable tent to provide you as much privacy as possible. I want you to fell comfortable.
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HOW TO GET READY FOR PREGNANCY PHOTO SESSION?
First of all, get a good night’s sleep (if possible) before your pregnancy photos. This type of experience is new and different to a lot of people and can be a tiring time, especially for you currying new baby.
Pregnancy is such an amazing time for everyone involved, each pregnancy is individual and unique. That is why I encourage every future mother to pumper herself before the pregnancy photos. Make an appointment at the hairdresser to do your hair, perhaps use the services of a makeup artist.
Highlighting the beauty before the shoot by professionals allows future mothers to feel confident and not to worry about whether or not “I’ll look good”.
This session is all for you!
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR PHOTOSHOOT?
BERORE THE MATERNITY PHOTOGRAPHY
Before your pregnancy photoshoot, I’ll send you maternity guide. We’ll also talk on the phone to get to know each other. I want to know your expectations. We’ll discuss things like: your dream style, outfits, location. Additionally, I’ll ask you to create a Pinterest board with images you like. I will guide you step-by-step through every aspect of the session.
Together, we’ll pick a great location and a time that works for everyone. If you have a particular place in mind, I can refine it for you.
Look here if you want to know how my photography experience goes step-by-step.
DURING THE MATERNITY PHOTOGRAPHY
SOLO Mum-only PREGNANCY Shoots
Pregnant bodies are beautiful even if you feel uncomfortable in your prego skin. Most pregnant women feel a bit self-conscious about their new shape. As a maternity photographer I will guide you through the session to make sure you feel comfortable in front of the camera by using professional maternity poses tips to emphasis your child bump.
I will give you few tips on maternity poses. How to move and stand in flattering angles that help highlight a beautiful baby bump. I will give you a tips how and where to place your hands, cradle your belly to establish that natural connection between you and your child.
COUPLE PREGANCY PHOTOGRAPHY
One of the best things about photographing couples: they aren’t alone in their posing anxiety! They turn their focus toward other half for some truly connected moments rather than getting worked up and nervous.
I make my couples move, talk, and laugh throughout the photoshoot so they really enjoy the shoot. I find these images to be so natural and beautiful. I prefer them over heavily-posed images.
FAMILY PREGnANCY PHOTOGRAPHY
If you’re already a happy mummy, I hope you book family-maternity photography so I can capture everyone’s excitement just before the baby arrives.
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WHAT TO BRING FOR PREGNANCY PHOTOGRAPHY?
To be honest you don’t have to take anything with you apart from water to keep you hydrated. and good mood. Check this blog if you are not sure what to bring with you for a photoshoot.
POSING DURING MATERNITY SESSION
Are you not feeling comfortable in front of the camera?
I try to keep my sessions as less posing as possible. To make you more confident and natural instead on smiling and standing in one pose I will ask you to do movements so you could concentrate on your baby tummy and your loved ones.
I will show you few posing tips to emphasis your baby bump
AFTER THE MATERNITY SHOOT
What happens after the shoot? In 48 hours after the shots you will get 7 days access to the on-line gallery with unedited images. You can see what we created and choose those photographs you wish to purchase with your package.
When you select your favourites I began post production stage. With your package you will get high resolution images or/and printed pictures.
Gifting a pregnancy photography session
When you’re lacking in ideas and you want your gift to be unique and special, choose a pregnancy photograph session as a gift. A photo session with a baby bump is a perfect souvenir for all the family and friends awaiting the new arrival. Such a gift with Glasgow maternity photograhper will certainly be a great addition to the family album. Years later, it will always be fondly remembered and cherished by the recipient.