Eat, eat, eat. I cannot stress this enough. Have a great meal before your session. You should eat something that has protein in it, as sessions can often tire you out.
Drink plenty of fluids.
Avoid anything elastic around your belly 1-2 hours before your session and upon arrival. Throw a dress on, wear some low waisted undies and avoid anything that will leave marks on your belly.
If you are planning on having nude or semi nude images, it is best to bring your bra with you, rather than wear it to the session. Tank tops with built in bras are a good alternative.
Nude undergarments are best
Raid your lingerie drawer. Boy shorts, cute undies, sexy bras-these all look amazing on pregnant women-especially when layered with my wraps or maternity gowns.
Strapless bra. Even if it doesn't fit! It will hold up the "girls" when you are wrapped
Makeup: I suggest going a little heavier on the mascara and wearing lipstick that isn't too dark but shows a nice contrast against your natural skin color.
If painting your nails, neutral or light polish is recommended so as not to be distracting.
Do not worry about stretch marks or scars, as retouching is available
Clothing is a key element for beautiful, timeless portraits. I know clothing for maternity and portrait sessions can seem daunting and overwhelming. For this reason I offer styled clothing and maternity dresses that my clients have access to using when they confirm their session. Styled sessions are my favorite, it allows mama to design her session based on her vision.
Suggested clothing items to bring from home are:
Neutral strapless bra and underwear set
Black lacy underwear (for those black background belly shots)
White/ivory lacy underwear (for those white background belly shots)
Color pretty underwear to match your maternity dresses
Regular jeans (not maternity ones) and camisole top
Buttoned shirt or blouse
Long, flowy or form-fitting dress, solid in color (e.g. tube dress or a summer maxi dress)
Simple white top or t-shirt (for significant other/husband)
Plain black t-shirt (for significant other/husband)
Any sentimental items (e.g. framed baby ultrasound image)
tank tops with built in bras, tube tops or sexy bras.
skirts that go below the belly
I want you to be comfortable with the images I capture, and I will always do my best to capture you in the best light possible. Tasteful nudity is always available and I can work within your comfort level.