portrait of woman posing for maternity photography in front of black backdrop wearing a dark green body suit with her hands gently clasping under belly

How to Prepare for Your Maternity Photography Session

Maternity photography sessions are one of the best ways to celebrate the new bond you’re forming with your new baby.

Motherhood is a particularly special time of celebration! As your body grows and changes, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to document the beginning bonds that you’ll have with your new baby.

As a new mom-to-be, your list of things to plan is probably growing by the day. But don’t let that discourage you from planning for your maternity photos.

This step-by-step guide will help you both prepare for your maternity session, and let you know what to expect when you work with us!


When to Schedule Your Maternity Photography Session


As they say, timing is everything in life. There’s no exception to the rule when it comes to scheduling your maternity portrait session.

The best time to photograph a maternity session is around 30 weeks. So you’ll want to reach out to discuss planning your session and scheduling your session date about a month or two before you reach your 30-week mark.

By planning ahead, you’ll ensure that you have plenty of time to discuss your vision and design for the portraits you want to create. This will also give you time to look for a gown or wardrobe to match your vision.

two side by side portraits of pregnant woman in dark orange maternity gown


Wardrobe Ideas for Your Maternity Photography Session


Pinterest is a great place to draw inspiration from for wardrobe ideas for your maternity photo session. If you can’t find the exact wardrobe you’re looking for, you can always ask us if we have any suggestions.

Amazon is another great place to look for maternity gowns. They typically arrive quickly, you can read reviews before purchasing, and if you don’t love it, you can send it right back!

Another popular place women shop for AMAZING maternity gowns is at Mama Bump Rentals. They have designer dresses you can rent just for your maternity shoot, and then return it. You can search their site by style, color, and price. They also have gowns for sale. But if you’re looking for something spectacular that you won’t wear again, renting is probably your best option.

Some other favorite shops are Pink Blush, Shein Maternity, and Pea in a Pod Maternity.

While we’re on the subject of wardrobe, don’t skip out on making sure you have the right undergarments. Nude undergarments are recommended. Also consider the type of bra, underwear, and slip you might need.

I specialize in women’s boudoir photography, so if you plan on doing nude or partially nude portraits, bring along undergarments that make you feel sexy. 

photo of pregnant woman laying down on top of blue ruffled material. Woman is wearing a black body suit with her hands gently cradling her belly.


What to Pack for Your Maternity Session


Now that you’ve scheduled your maternity shoot, designed the style of shoot, and figured out your wardrobe, it’s almost time for your big day!

If you’re bringing wardrobe pieces, be sure to iron or steam the wrinkles out before your session. On the day of your session, make sure to transport items on the hanger. This will help to prevent more wrinkles from happening.

I always suggest packing a few light snacks. You never know when a pregnancy craving is going to pop up!

Also, pack lotion and make a good music playlist. We’ll use both during your session!

I know it’s an exciting time, but we want you to look and feel your best. So try to get to bed a little early, so you’re well-rested for your session.


portrait of pregnant woman posing with dusty blue cloth covering her belly


What to Expect During Your Maternity Photography Session


Arrive at the studio with a clean face and hair. Our hair and makeup artist will handle the rest to make sure you look your best for your photoshoot!

A maternity shoot with me can take anywhere between 2 and 4 hours depending on what we’ve designed and discussed in your planning stages.

We know that capturing the whole family together is also important and meaningful, so you’re welcome to add your partner or children into your session.

maternity portrait of man behind woman with his hands gently cradling her pregnant belly



Want to see a behind-the-scenes video? This is what you can expect working with me as your maternity photographer!

Behind the Scenes Maternity Session with Anika Fatouros Photography from Anika Fatouros on Vimeo.

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XO, Anika


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