We asked a number of photographers “What is the best advice you can give for a successful maternity photo session? “ And here are their responses: 

Yellow Lollipop Photography – NJ Newborn & Family Photographer

“A maternity photo shoot is a beautiful way to capture some of the final moments before baby arrives. It is a chance for a mom to be to feel beautiful and confident and celebrate the beauty of her pregnancy . My number one advice for an expecting mom would be to choose a photographer she trusts and feels comfortable with . A true professional will help her choose clothes that complement her body , pose her in flattering poses , select the location that fits her vision and make her feel relaxed enough to enjoy the whole process.” 

Yellow Lollipop Photography

Joanna Jensen– Newborn and Maternity Photographer, Calgary, AB

“My biggest piece of advice would be to look at the photographer’s client closet.  Each photographer has her own style and preferences of items she will carry and change out and those gowns will suit that photographer’s style-whether the dresses are tight, bold, and contemporary, or long, flowing and loose.  I do also send out a maternity guide to all of my clients as well to help make the most out of their sessions-I always prefer hair to be long and loose and curled when possible, along with dramatic makeup. 

Joanna Jensen Photography

Erin Marie – Newborn & Family Photographer, Charlotte, NC

“Your maternity session is such a special time in your life. Although it may feel like the longest 9 (10) months ever, when you’re little one arrives, so will the time warp of life! I have three kiddos myself and did a couple of maternity sessions, and have been photographing moms for the past 10 years. Although maternity sessions can feel like an extra expense to just skip, I would highly recommend documenting this experience that you can’t get back. It’s so easy to forget how big your belly really got and how happy everyone around you is for you!  My number one piece of advice for all moms is to get professional hair and make up before your session! You want to feel your most beautiful and confident, and having someone pamper and make you feel like a star can change the whole vibe of your session! Lashes do wonders for making your eyes truly pop in photos— and some sparkles and contrast can make you feel like a whole new person. Trust the stylist to make you look your best and trust your photographer to be able to pose you in flattering ways to show off your gorgeous belly bump!”

Erin Wilwert Photography   

Eszter Toth – Maternity & Newborn Photographer, Media, PA 

“The most crucial advice for a successful maternity session is to prioritize a consultation beforehand. This allows us to establish a meaningful connection, where you can express your vision and desires for the session. Additionally, I provide a selection of dresses from my client closet, ensuring you have the perfect outfit to complement your style and preferences. By meeting beforehand, we create a relaxed atmosphere, fostering a more enjoyable and memorable experience during the session. Your comfort and satisfaction are my utmost priorities, and through thoughtful planning and communication, we can capture beautiful keepsake memories that you’ll cherish forever.”

Eszter Toth Photography

Giselle Salazar – Austin and Central Texas Maternity Photographer

“Maternity sessions are my area of expertise, planning and making sure your clients are confident in their skin and your skill is top of the list. We recommend maternity sessions to take place between week 28-34 in your pregnancy. That way there’s a noticeable baby bump but not too late in your pregnancy where it’s uncomfortable to move around, and mom is not too swollen yet. We offer hair makeup and a client closet for our maternity session, which takes away a lot od the stress of preparing for their session. It’s also a pampering experience for such a special moment to capture. We start by asking each mom to be, what’s their vision and the style they are looking for. We encourage them to send us a compilation of inspiration images to understand their style. We offer everything from fashion forward/creative lighting maternity sessions to more candid and boho inspired sessions and everything in between. By the time the day of the session comes along, we have already built a relationship with our client and she feels comfortable that she is in good hands and will receive the best guidance and results.”

Giselle Salazar

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