So you’ve booked a Hawaii babymoon photo session? Or maybe you’re on the fence about booking one and want to the lowdown on how this all works. Fear not, I’ve put together a list of my 5 top tips for maternity photography sessions. I’ve been working with gorgeous mamas to be for many years and these are the tried and true tips to help you have the best photo shoot you can!
See anything I left out? Drop a comment and let me know what I should add to this list!
1. Embrace (and showcase!) your bump
I know it might seem counter intuitive to want to accentuate your stomach, but for a maternity session you really want to be sure it is clear that there is a growing belly under there. Leave your loose fitting clothes at home. Otherwise, it looks like you maybe had an extra large burrito for lunch! The more clearly defined your bump is, the more fun we can have with creative and artistic images that showcase your changing body. I often have women who feel self-conscious and then reach out to me a few months after they’ve had their baby and say how happy they are that they captured their pregnancy. Even if you are having a tough and uncomfortably pregnancy (which, I’m so so sorry if that is the case and you can do this!!) with some time you will eventually fondly look back at this time as one to celebrate!
Quick tip: Please wear appropriate under garments so that there aren’t unsightly bra straps or panty lines that may have to be edited out in post processing. Nude strapless bras or even adhesive bra cups are a great choice.
2. Dress for the environment
As you’re thinking about what to wear for your beach maternity photo session – consider the location. Is it a big open beach with white sand and a golden sunset? With those colors in mind, you can go about looking for softer neutral tones that will enhance from where you are and not distract.
Here is what I tell my clients: dress in a “photoshoot” version of what you might normally wear to that spot. Instead of a casual beach dress, consider a cream off-the-shoulder maxi. Here are a few examples!
Quick tip: Not sure where to start? I’ve built a client closet to help a girl out! Many of these dresses are maternity or maternity friendly and are free for any booked client to use at their session. https://www.wildesparrow.com/client-closet
3. Accessorize your look
You’re in Hawaii! For a babymoon! Make it tropical, girl!
A haku, or flower crown, is a no brainer to add to your photoshoot look. From small and dainty, to big and tropical – the great thing about these is you can customize them to compliment your look and style. And I’ve got a great list of local vendors I can send you to take the guessing out of who to work with. But don’t take my word for it, check out these incredible hakus.
Quick tip: Many of these fresh flower hakus will last for several days, up to a week if you keep it in a fridge and spritz it with water daily. So you can take yours home or wear it around for your other island adventure days so you can keep enjoying it long after our session.
4. Treat yo self!
I’m a top bun, no make-up yoga pants girl myself so I feel you about not wanting to make too much of a fuss about pictures. However, I will say a little touch of professional hair and makeup goes a long way to making you feel extra special. Especially if you’re already uncomfortable in front of the camera – this is often just the boost you need to feel absolutely fabulous. And if professional hair and makeup isn’t in the budget, then I’d recommend trying out a bit more eye makeup and mascara than usual and giving your hair a nice blowout beforehand. These little details are often just enough to make yourself really pop in pictures!
Quick tip: Local makeup and hair professionals know how to work with the heat and humidity in Hawaii to ensure your look really lasts and doesn’t melt off!
5. Enjoy every second (aka get out of your head, mama!)
I’m gonna tell it to you straight – the worst thing you can do at your maternity session is let worry consume you. The second worst thing? Not enjoying the experience. This means that whatever preconceived notions you or your partner may have about how the shoot will go, I encourage you to let go of those and simply be in the moment. And I’ll be with you every step of the way to guide you so that by the end, you won’t even realize the time has past. So I want you to be completely open to letting loose, splashing in the ocean, embracing that gorgeous bump and getting out of your head. This is YOUR time! You are being celebrated!