How to Prepare for Maternity Photos - Lea Carmen

How to Prepare for Maternity Photos






















Photography by: Dear Marlowe Photography

Today I am so thrilled to be sharing my maternity photos! I was super nervous read: anxious about taking my maternity photos almost to the point that I wasn't sure that I wanted to take them. All that to say, I was unsure about how I would feel about photographing while not being 100% confident with my body. After preparing and doing a few key things before my maternity session, I truly felt confident and happy during my session. Here are a few things I did to prepare for my maternity photos.

1. Find your outfit first

Much like wedding planning, I reccommend finding your dress (outfit) first and build your photo session around it. I knew that I wasn't going to wear a super tight, body fitting dress so I went to this website and searched for a pretty flowing dress. What love about this site is that they have a large section of maternity dresses and often have sales making it super easy to find a selection. Also free shipping is always nice! I felt so pretty and relaxed wearing this dress and highly reccommend it.

2. Decide on location

My husband, Isaak, is a big outdoors hobbyist. From hunting to fishing he really can't wait to take our son along on these activities! I knew that having an outdoor photo session would be so pretty and memorable for us. The spanish moss trees paired with my dress complimented each other perfectly. I reccommend a few things for outdoor shoots: bring bug spray, wear flat shoes, and use anti-frizz hairspray. 

3. Invest in good make-up

If you chose to get your hair and make-up done than skip this step! Whenever I've looked at maternity photos there are two things that I immediately look at- one the bump and two the face. I knew that I wanted to look #flawless in these photos so I ensured that I made a trip to Ulta in advance. Below is a breakdown of what I used and I didn't have to do any touch-ups.


4. Drink plenty of water and avoid sodium

One of my irrational fears was that my face was going to look large and puffy in my maternity photos. I know, I know this sounds even more ridiculous now that I am actually typing it out. I made sure to really watch my sodium and sugar intake because I notice that it really shows in my face any unhealthy habits. Also, I made sure to drink plenty of water to reduce bloating. 

5. Groom 

Being pregnant literally drains all the energy from you. Between the daily aches and pains, the last thing I wanted to do was get my eyebrows waxed. But I forced myself out of laziness and got my eyebrows waxed and sat for an hour (such a long time for my rib pain) and got dipped nails. They say that the devil is in the details so I am so glad that I ensured to get these minor things done. I would've regretted it had I not got these things done and been super self conscious.

If you have any questions about planning your own maternity photos feel free to shoot me an email.

Sincerely,





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