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Maternity Photography 101: What to Expect and How to Prepare for Your Session

Updated: Mar 2

Congratulations on this beautiful journey of pregnancy! As you anticipate the arrival of your little one, capturing this special moment through maternity photography is a wonderful way to preserve these precious memories. At David Arnold Photo + Film, we specialize in creating a comfortable, enjoyable, and memorable maternity photography experience. Here's everything you need to know about preparing for your session with us.


Understanding the Maternity Photography Process

Choosing Your Style

At David Arnold Photo + Film, we offer two distinct styles of maternity photography to cater to your unique preferences: Lifestyle and Modern.

Lifestyle Maternity Photography: This style is perfect for those who love a more natural, candid approach. Lifestyle maternity sessions are laid back, capturing you and your family in a natural setting that feels comfortable and true to your everyday life. Whether it's in your home, a favorite park, or a meaningful location, these sessions focus on the genuine moments of joy, anticipation, and the natural beauty of pregnancy.

Modern Maternity Photography: For those who appreciate a more artistic touch, our Modern maternity sessions are conducted in a studio setting, where we create photos that could seamlessly fit into a modern art collection. This style focuses on sophisticated, stylized portraits that play with lighting, shadows, and coloors to produce stunning, gallery-worthy images. Modern maternity photography is ideal for those looking to make a bold statement and capture the beauty of pregnancy in a unique and avant-garde way.

David Arnold Photo + Film - Maternity Styles

Our Collaboration Process: Bringing Your Vision to Life

Before the camera starts clicking, our journey together begins with a crucial step: collaboration. At David Arnold Photo + Film, we believe that the key to creating stunning, meaningful maternity photos lies in understanding and embracing your unique vision. Here’s how our collaboration process unfolds:

Discussing Your Vision: Our first step is to have an in-depth discussion about your vision for the photoshoot. This conversation is an opportunity for you to share your hopes, dreams, and any specific ideas or themes you have in mind for your maternity photos. Whether you envision a serene, natural setting or a more stylized, modern look, this initial discussion sets the foundation for the photoshoot.

Creating an Inspiration Board: Based on our conversation, we'll work together to create an inspiration board. This board will serve as a visual reference and guide for both of us, ensuring that we’re aligned in our creative direction. If you have any personal inspiration photos, we encourage you to share them, as they can be incredibly helpful in fine-tuning the concept and style of your shoot.

Developing a Plan: With our inspiration board as our guide, we'll then develop a detailed plan to achieve your vision. This plan will cover everything from location and timing to outfits and props. Our goal is to ensure that every aspect of the photoshoot is thoughtfully considered and planned, allowing us to capture the essence of your pregnancy in a way that feels authentic to you.

Our collaboration process is designed to be engaging, enjoyable, and above all, personalized. At David Arnold Photo + Film, we're passionate about working closely with you to bring your vision to life, ensuring that your maternity photos are as unique and beautiful as your journey to motherhood.

Choosing the Location

Studio Sessions: For those who prefer a controlled environment with professional lighting, our studio offers a private and comfortable setting. Studio photography allows for artistic and elegant shots with various backdrops and lighting options.

On-Location: Sometimes your vision leads us to the cozy comfort of your home or to a location more extravagant and unique, we will meticulously plan your session's location to align perfectly with your desired backdrop.

Outdoor Sessions: If you're drawn to natural light and scenic backdrops, an outdoor session might be perfect for you. Whether it's a lush park, a serene beach, or an urban setting, we’ll work together to select a location that reflects your style and vision.

David Arnold Photo + Film - Outdoor Lifestyle Maternity Photo

Duration of the Shoot

Our meticulous planning process ensures that when the day of your maternity photography session arrives, we can seamlessly capture the vision we've outlined together. At David Arnold Photo + Film, a typical maternity session lasts between 1-2 hours. This carefully allocated timeframe is the result of our detailed preparation, allowing us to embrace a relaxed pace throughout the shoot. With everything from poses to settings pre-planned, we can effortlessly bring our shared vision to life, ensuring a variety of beautiful, meaningful shots without ever feeling rushed.

What to Bring

Outfits: Bring 2-3 outfit changes to add variety to your session. We recommend a mix of fitted clothing to accentuate your bump and flowing garments for those ethereal shots.

Props: Feel free to bring any sentimental items, such as baby shoes or a sonogram photo, to personalize your session.

Comfort Items: Snacks, water, and comfortable shoes for walking between locations are always a good idea.

David Arnold Photo + Film - Lifestyle Maternity with Teddy Bear Prop

Preparing for Your Maternity Shoot

Choosing Your Outfits

Selecting the right outfits is key to beautiful maternity photos. Look for pieces that flatter your pregnant form and make you feel confident. Solid colors and simple patterns work well, as they keep the focus on your silhouette and the connection with your baby. Don't shy away from form-fitting dresses or tops that highlight your bump; this is a beautiful time to celebrate your body's transformation!

Timing Your Session

The ideal time for a maternity shoot is between 28-36 weeks. During this window, your bump is beautifully pronounced, and most mothers still feel comfortable enough for a photo session. Of course, every pregnancy is unique, so we’re flexible and happy to work around what’s best for you.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When should I book my maternity photography session?

We recommend booking your session as soon as you enter your second trimester to ensure availability around your ideal timeframe.

Can I include my partner and other children?

Absolutely! Maternity sessions are a beautiful way to capture the growing love and excitement among family members. We encourage the inclusion of partners and siblings in the shoot.

How can I ensure I’m comfortable and relaxed during the session?

Our top priority is your comfort and enjoyment. We suggest wearing comfortable clothing to the shoot and bringing any personal items that help you relax. Throughout the session, we maintain a laid-back atmosphere and encourage breaks whenever needed.

What if I’m feeling self-conscious about my body?

It’s natural to feel a bit self-conscious, but remember, this is a time to celebrate your body’s incredible journey. We’re here to make you feel comfortable and beautiful. Our expertise in posing and lighting will ensure you look your best in every shot.

How do I prepare for an outdoor session?

For outdoor sessions, consider the weather and terrain when choosing your outfits and footwear. Layering is a great strategy for dealing with changing temperatures.

What’s the turnaround time for receiving my photos?

We pride ourselves on a prompt turnaround. I will deliver you a proof gallery within 5 days of your shoot. We will review the photos together ato select your favorites to include in your keepsakes. You can expect to receive your beautifully edited photos within 2-3 weeks of your session, keepsakes may take slightly longer depending on processing time.

At David Arnold Photo + Film, we’re honored to play a part in capturing this remarkable time in your life. Our goal is to create a fun, stress-free experience that results in stunning photographs you’ll treasure forever. Ready to book your maternity photography session or have more questions? Contact us today – we can’t wait to celebrate this special moment with you.


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