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  • Writer's pictureLaura Miller

Prattville, AL Maternity Photographer: 7 Things to Consider When Planning Your Maternity Session

I know from personal experience that every woman and every pregnancy experience is completely different. Some women may feel like a beautiful goddess, other women may find pregnancy uncomfortable or feel that their changing bodies are unflattering.

This is why it is essential to have a detailed plan between you and your photographer. You want to ensure that you feel and look your best on your session day and that you are prepared on what to expect during the photoshoot. As a photographer, it’s equally important to me to ensure that mommas-to-be are safe, comfortable, and confident at all times.

I have put together a few helpful tips to help you prepare for your maternity photography session.

1. Always, Always, Always....Safety First

Your safety as a pregnant woman should always be top-of-mind throughout your session. A maternity photoshoot may not seem like a stressful or strenuous activity. But you still want to limit how much physical activity you’re doing throughout the day.

Depending on your level of fitness prior to pregnancy, this may mean scaling back on the number of shoot locations, climbing hills, or rocky-uneven surfaces, etc. Since the demands on your body are increased it’s extremely important to ensure you stay well-hydrated and have snacks on hand.

Listen to your body and don't be afraid to speak up if you are uncomfortable or need a break.

2. Discuss the Details and Story Behind Your Maternity Photoshoot

Before your maternity session sit down with your photographer and brainstorm the story behind your shoot. Discuss the details and story that you want to portray. For example, you could choose to shoot in a specific location that is significant to you and your partner. Or, maybe you are celebrating your rainbow after a long and hard road with infertility and loss that you would like to incorporate into your session. You could include sentimental props and other subjects to give deeper meaning to your photographs. Discuss this plan beforehand so you can start to envision the day and get excited about it.

3. Wear Something You Feel Beautiful In

Before your maternity shoot, you are welcome to try on beautiful dresses from my client closet (sizes and colors vary). Or, you could shop for a few outfits that make you feel truly beautiful. Whether you prefer loose-fitting items that drape over your frame, or more form-fitting pieces it's important to choose something that makes you feel comfortable and confident.

I also highly recommend pampering yourself by having professional hair and makeup done before your maternity session. You could even throw in a trip to the salon to get your nails done as well!

4. Communicate any features you would like to highlight or avoid

Your body is continually changing while you are growing that perfect little human. If you have certain features that you’d like to highlight or minimize, let your photographer know. Perhaps you’ve never really thought about it, posing in flattering positions isn't something that comes naturally to most. Different angles and poses flatter different women. As a maternity photographer, it’s my job to give clear directions and shoot each pregnant woman as a unique individual.

5. Timing Matters

The usual timeframe for taking professional maternity photos is in the third trimester of your pregnancy, between 30-35 weeks. However, each woman and pregnancy are different and there are no absolute rules against doing your photo session outside of this recommended timeline.

For outdoor maternity sessions there are certain times in the day when the light is most flattering — most of the time, this includes the first few hours after sunrise and the last few hours before sunset. You can also feel a little more comfortable and relaxed knowing that the lighting is in your favor. And at the end of the day, the more relaxed you are, the more beautiful and genuine your photos will be.

6. Are there any props you'd like to use?

For many women, shooting with props can be very useful. For those not accustomed to being in front of the camera, props can help you feel a little more relaxed. Most of the time, the mamma-to-be will provide props she is most comfortable with. But if you’re unsure, ask your photographer if she has a supply of some you can choose from. A few simple examples include a hat, baby shoes, your favorite baby gown, an ultrasound picture, etc.

7. Get Your Partner or Family Involved

Including a partner or family is probably one of the best ways for pregnant mamas to feel the most comfortable during a maternity shoot. By including your partner in a few shots, it can take some pressure off of you and shine a light on you both. After all, your partner is an extremely important part of your pregnancy journey. The same goes for older siblings or the grandparents-to-be! Including these extra family members makes for beautiful, memorable photos. It also allows them to feel included in celebrating such a joyful time in your life.

I hope you found these tips helpful! Don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions! I'd be happy to help.


At Laura Miller Photography, we specialize in maternity, newborn, baby and family photography. Our calendar fills up quickly, so be sure to schedule your session early to ensure that you’ll have a spot!

To book your session, contact me today. You can also check on recent sessions on the blog or follow me on Facebook or Instagram to see what’s new.

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