(Featured image @misskyreeloves wearing Freya Shirred Dress)
We’ve all heard the phrase, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” right?
And with that idea ringing in our ears, we’re certain that perfecting your maternity photoshoot is worth some serious consideration.
With this being one of the most special times in your life, and with the arrival of a new family member on the horizon, we know you’ll want to capture this precious time in life, so that you can cherish it for years to come.
Oh yes, we get you, and that’s why today we wanted to share some quick tips to help you nail your maternity photoshoot.
Utilize some of these tips, and there’s a strong possibility you’ll be looking like an absolute goddess during your maternity photoshoot.
(@Sarah.j.fitness wearing Harlow Wrap Dress in Vintage Belle)
1) Location, Location, Location!
Let’s get the obvious out of the way, shall we?
If you want to nail your maternity photoshoot and feel your absolute best, it’s essential that you schedule the shoot in a location you’re comfortable.
This is especially important if you’re typically uncomfortable in front of the camera.
Taking your maternity photos in a location that you’re comfortable is key to getting that perfect shot.
Not to mention, you also need to consider your location in order to get the right aesthetic for your photos.
For example, taking photos on the beach versus taking them in the comfort of your home will have a much different feel.
Other potential locations for a maternity photoshoot can include:
- A forest
- A historic building
- In front of your home/your backyard
- A local park
- Somewhere sentimental (i.e. the spot where you met your spouse, where you had your first kiss, where you got married, etc.)
The main concern? Find a spot that you feel comfortable and reflects your personal style aesthetic, and you’re off to a great start!
(@adoreherphoto wearing Harlow Wrap Dress in Tuscan Sun)
2) Dress The Part
Okay, so you’ve picked a location that you feel comfortable in, but now the concern becomes what to wear.
Never fear, when it comes to maternity fashion, at Maive & Bo., we always have you covered with the most stylish maternity options.
In particular, our Allegra dress in blush floral is the perfect option if you want photos that give off a whimsical, soft and casual vibe.
Our Freya Shirred Dress is fast becoming our top maternity dress for photoshoots and is great if you’re looking for a style that is more bohemian and feminine.
And, of course, the Luella dress always goes over well if you’re looking to highlight the bump in your photos.
Really, no matter what aesthetic you’re going for, if you want photos that are stunning and really make a statement, we strongly believe that dressing the part and feeling beautiful on the day of your photoshoot can really make a difference.
Let Maive & Bo. lend a hand in the style department with gorgeous, easy-to-wear maternity fashion.
3) Nail The Pose
You’ve got your pretty dress on, you’ve made it to the photoshoot location, but now you actually have to take the photos.
Oh boy, for some of us, this can be tricky.
How do we take maternity photos without looking painfully awkward?
Here’s the secret to nailing the pose during your maternity photoshoot: make it all about the bump.
If you’re not comfortable in front of a camera, look down lovingly at your bump. This makes for a stunning shot.
In addition, you can wrap your arms around the bump, take more candid styles photos that are from a distance, or take shots from the side of you looking off into the distance.
Don’t worry, you don’t need to use every shot. Get comfortable in front of the camera, make it all about the bump, and your nerves will likely melt away.
4) Include Family Members
Speaking of nerves, if you want to add something special to your shoot, we highly recommend including other family members in the photos.
In particular, your significant other is highly recommended.
Having someone with you will likely calm your nerves, you can interact with each other, and it also makes for some really intimate and beautiful photos.
And hey, if you really want to include the whole family, feel free to bring your other children into the shoot. Photos of siblings kissing your bump are bound to make even the toughest hearts melt.
Oh, and beloved pets are also always welcomed in maternity photoshoots in our eyes.
5) Find The Best Photographer
Lastly, it is extremely important that you take the time to find a photographer that you really love.
Not only is this important for ensuring the photographer understands your vision for the photoshoot, it’s also important to pick someone who makes you feel comfortable in front of the camera.
Once again, one of the biggest keys to a successful photoshoot is your comfort level. If your smile feels fake and forced, or you look tense and stressed, it’s not going to make for good photos.
Pick the right photographer and it can really help with that.
Our best advice for finding the right photographer?
Check out their previous work to get a feel for their aesthetic, and be sure to do some Instagram browsing. As a visual platform, Instagram is a hub for photographers to show off their work.
Plus, when you search for something like #maternityphotographer you might just discover the work of a photographer that really speaks to you and your style aesthetic.
Do your research, and we guarantee you’ll be rewarded.
And there you have it: the five keys to nailing a maternity photoshoot.
What do you think? Are you ready for some gorgeous photos to grace the walls of your home?
Trust us, like we said, this is a magical time in your life. Don’t let it pass you by. Capture the moment to the best of your ability with these tips for nailing your maternity photoshoot.