Okay, so your Santa Barbara maternity photo session is booked and it's just a few days away... Now what?
Regardless of what trimester you’re in, you have a lot of prep to do for your baby, I don’t want your maternity session to be another arduous thing you must prep for. Instead, I’ve put together a list of five things to help guide you to help get you ready for your session!
There’s a lot to think about when prepping for a newborn. Sometimes we get consumed thinking about all of these things, and I get it! It’s a lot! But for this hour, this one hour, I want you to leave the lists in the car and be present in this moment. Enjoy this moment with your partner if they’re participating, enjoy this moment that you’ve worked so hard for, and enjoy being on this amazing journey to motherhood! You deserve it so let’s have some fun!
Show off your bump
This session is all about you AND your bump! You have worked so hard to create this tiny human inside of you, and it is time to show off that hard work! I completely understand that not everyone is comfortable showing their skin in photos, but I don’t want you to hide your bump either! Through various poses, I will help you show off that beautiful bump, and I ask that you lean into this process to show off the beauty that is you and your baby.
Clothing tips for your session
Regardless of if you plan on selecting your own outfits or borrowing from my client closet, I have a few tips for you to keep in mind. First, steer clear from dark choices. Most of the time, we rely on darker clothes to hide our figure, and in this session, this is the absolute last thing we want to do! The only exception to this rule is if the fabric is lace. Secondly, plan for more than one outfit! Again, you bring this outfit, or you can choose! Thirdly, ditch the shoes! We’ll be barefoot on the beach, with the sand between our toes. And please avoid large prints or busy designs that can distract from your pump. Also, if you can, include important details you want to be remembered. These could be sentimental rings, bracelets, or necklaces.
Keep an open mind
Finally, I want you to know that I’ve got you! I’m never going to ask anything of you that puts you or your baby at risk. With that being said, I may ask you to pose in a way that you hadn’t thought of. My only goal is to make you glow even more than you already are, please keep an open mind. This may be taking a few steps into the water, this may be a pose that isn’t what you’re used to, or this could be suggesting a piece of clothing. Whatever it may be, please know that you are my top priority!
Hair and Makeup are last on the list
Your hair and makeup are, honestly, not as high up on my list as you’d think they’d be. For hair, I do recommend having your hair down. It makes for wonderful movement and an overall more relaxed feel.
If you wear makeup, I suggest keeping your session-day makeup similar to your everyday makeup. Make sure you include a smudge-proof lipstick, I love Revlon Colorstay Overtime in nude and that your mascara is waterproof (especially if we are playing in the waves for your session).