First of all, this is a very exciting time for you! Maternity photos are lots of fun, and are an investment you will treasure forever. Your children will look back on the photos in awe that they lived in that belly. I have a couple of maternity sessions fast approaching, and have had some thoughts about some preparation that you can do to ensure that your session is relaxing, loads of fun, and turns out spectacular.
1. Maternity photos are usually done between weeks 30-36 of the pregnancy. That being said, you might want to have an initial photo taken of your baby bump when it first appears, and then monthly follow-up belly shots to capture your progression.
2. Outfits: bring cute maternity clothes (up to two outfits/shirts/dresses, etc) + something that opens at the stomach (like a man's dress shirt or a sexy robe, etc.) You want your outfits to be comfortable and cling to your curves. If you are thinking about a couple nude shots, avoid socks and anything that will leave elastic impressions on your skin.
3. Don't be afraid to bring props like your child's first pair of sneakers or dress shoes, or even a stuffed animal. There are some very creative ways to incorporate items that have special meaning to you!
4. DO moisturize that baby bump! By moisturizing, you are giving your skin a natural glow that will come across nicely in your photos.
5. Take the time to do your hair and make-up just right. I have even had some clients have their hair and make-up professionally done for their shoot. If you are going to have your make-up and hair done, I would suggest having it done very soft and romantic so that you are not "overdone" and look somewhat natural. I say, make yourself feel as beautiful as you can. Manicures and pedicures are always a good idea since your hands and feet will appear in most of the shots.
6. Pre-plan: Are you thinking of doing topless or classy nude shots? How involved is your significant other going to be in your shoot? Family friendly? Or more private and intimate? These are just a few questions to ask yourself to get you thinking so that you have an idea on what you're looking for. Your photographer will appreciate your pre-planning!
8. And most importantly...r.e.l.a.x! The more comfortable you are, the more you will love your end result. Talk about your baby, your due date, your fears, what you're looking forward to, possible baby names, what the baby's room looks like, etc. By dong this, you will help to create a calm atmosphere for yourself, baby, and your significant other!