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Maternity Photography Tips for New Yorkers

August 13, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Hi there. As you probably know we specialize in professional family photography and many of our customers are new to this whole family thing. Yes, I'm talking about expecting parents. Bringing a child into this world is no small feat and documenting the precious moments before and after the baby comes home is something we professional photographs with. I find many of my customers to be uneasy when it comes to maternity photography. On one hand they want to have those timeless photographs, on the other, they don't know where to start and what it takes to create those beautiful portraits. In this post, I'll try to elaborate and provide some tips based on questions our customers ask:

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When's the best time to book a maternity session?

Try to schedule your session when you are in your seventh or eighth month of pregnancy. Your belly will have a lovely, full shape. Plan on selecting a photographer, reviewing the contract and booking the session at least 2-3 weeks prior to your desired session date.

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What should I ware?

Let's start with what not to ware - remove tight-fitting clothing and accessories, like watches and bracelets, at least two hours before your session. These will create stretch and skin marks which are not appealing.

  • Solid colored shirts focus the attention on your tummy’s shape and glowing expression.
  • Avoid big floral prints, swirls, plaids and stripes. Large patterns distract.
  • Black clothing gives you a slim silhouette.
  • Form-fitting clothes with a little stretch will compliment your figure rather than loose clothing.
  • Long sleeves tend to be the most flattering, but sleeveless and spaghetti straps work well. Avoid -shirt length sleeves.
  • If you want to show your bare belly, consider wearing a top and skirt or pants that won’t leave binding marks across your tummy.
  • Silk and cotton fabrics drape beautifully around a pregnant body.
  • Empire-waist blouses and dresses, button-up shirts, tank tops, long drawstring skirts and tie dresses can really enhance your blossoming shape.
  • Dark jeans and black tapering yoga pants make your legs look long and slim.
  • Don't forget the feet. Pick your footwear depending on your clothing. If your toes are exposed in a sandal-style, you might want to get a pedicure.
  • If you choose tighter clothing, consider your undergarments with the style of clothing you choose to wear. You might not want lines showing through your clothing.
  • When choosing ways to show your style, consider a cheerful scarf, or sweater - even chunky jewelry can add fun splashes of color.

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Makeup and Prep

Hands are in important, too! Get a manicure or a light polish for a more finished look in a close up of your hands around your belly. Also, try to avoid any glare. Apply lotion at least an hour before your session to avoid the shiny belly-look and staining your clothes.



And most importantly, enjoy and have fun, let the professionals take care of everything to make sure your portraits come out stunning !!

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