What do you need to know about a pregnancy photo shoot?
This FAQ section will hopefully be useful for how to prepare for you session. I provide pregnancy photography in the comfort of your home, in my studio or in one of the lovely parks in and around Richmond-upon-Thames. Click on the questions to see my answers!
WHEN SHOULD I HAVE MY PREGNANCY PHOTO SHOOT?
You can book your pregnancy photo shoot anytime after your 20 week scan. There is no right or wrong time to have a pregnancy photo shoot. Every mum-to-be’s body is different and every bump is different too. As a rough guide, I ideally recommend between 6-7 months but photos done a few weeks before giving birth can look beautiful too.
WHAT STYLE OF PREGNANCY PHOTOGRAPHY DO YOU DO?
STUDIO PREGNANCY PHOTOGRAPHY: In my studio, I’m able to use a variety of techniques based on the look you’re going for. I can use natural light from my bright windows (provided we don’t the shoot in the evening!). I also have dark and light backgrounds that we can shoot against to get striking photos.
LIFESTYLE PREGNANCY PHOTOGRAPHY: This is a particularly popular type of photo shoot when the weather is nice. Pregnancy photos in the spring have a magical feeling to them. I try to take relaxed, natural photos and we can meet in one of the parks near Twickenham for some lovely photos. Taking them first thing in the morning or near sunset means you can get the soft sun too.
If you’d rather have photos in your home, that’s OK too!
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
That’s one of the first things I get asked as a pregnancy photographer! To answer that I ask mums the type of photos they are looking for and whether or not they want to expose their bump. Because my style is natural and relaxed, we discuss the type of outfits they already have. I also have long draping lace and satin material that we can use for studio photos. I suggest the following as a starting point for what to wear / bring on the day
- black leggings with black tank top – this is great for studio photos!
- translucent scarf or wrap
- medium/long tight fitting maxi-style dress
- any newborn outfits to put in the photos, along with ultrasound scans