I know booking a maternity photoshoot can feel overwhelming. Especially when you are unsure of what you need to bring with you. Don’t worry, I have you covered in the below lists of things you need to do to prepare for your maternity photoshoot.
1. Nude coloured underwear
I advise my clients that it’s best to bring with them a skin coloured thong or g-string and strapless bra. Some of the maternity gowns are form fitting and so we want to ensure we see minimal underwear lines or brightly coloured underwear showing through. A strapless bra will work with most of the dresses so we can avoid trying to hide bra straps
2. Nipple covers
Another thing to prepare for your maternity photoshoot is to bring nipple covers. This may sound funny, but nipple covers are your best friend during your maternity session. If I am wrapping you in fabric or creating any implied nudity images, then nipple covers are a great way to hide any ‘bits’ so it’s easier for me to photoshop later on. Bare Necessities sells great nipple covers and you can find them here: Shop Here
Nobody likes chipped nail polish and I’m not a fan of editing it out either. So take the time to get pampered just before your session with freshly painted nails. I recommend choosing a colour that is more on the softer, neutral side as apposed to bright and sparkly.
4. Hair & Make Up
If you want to feel absolutely amazing and beautiful during your maternity photoshoot when I highly encourage getting your hair and make up done professionally. Make up especially needs to be done for the camera which is often a little heavier than you might be used to.
5. Your partner/husband
Now you may find this comical but I definitely recommend preparing your other half for the photo shoot. Often guys are not sure what to expect or even know they are to be included in the session. I tell them to bring a pair of jeans and two shirts/sweaters that would compliment the dresses that you pick out. I also joke that the husband will be my assistant during the maternity session, especially when it comes to throwing fabric in the air. So tell him to work on his fabric tossing skills as they will most likely be required during the shoot.
If you are interested in booking or want to learn more about how to prepare for your maternity photoshoot with Melinda Gilmore Photography please contact us here
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