Session Guide for Maternity 

I'm so glad that you've booked your maternity portrait session with me!  This is going to be an amazing experience, and together we are going to create some beautiful portraits that will be a keepsake of this special time in your life.  Proper preparation will help me to capture you looking and feeling your best, so here are a few tips I hope will help you get ready for your session.

Clothing for In Studio Sessions

  • For in-studio portraits please select 4 - 6 outfits to bring to your session.  We will probably only use 2 or 3 of those outfits, but it's better to bring too many clothes than not enough.  
  • Bring a pair of jeans.  I will be photographing you with the jeans open, but you need to be able to pull them up so try them on before hand. Pre-pregnancy jeans are preferable, but if you don't have any that fit then feel free to bring leggings or yoga pants.  

  • Bring a favorite fitted top or  t-shirt.  Choose solid colors, but please stay away from skin toned colors.

  • Bring a pretty dress.  One that is sheer, or flowing, or with clingy fabric is best if you have one. 

  • Bring a few of these items:   tube top, tank top, camisole, crop top, sports bra, bandeau bra,  or bikini top.   Black and white are great color choices.

  • Bring a solid colored cardigan, or a sweater that opens in the front, or top that buttons up the front, like a man's button-down shirt.

  • For in-studio sessions you will not be wearing shoes so don't worry about bringing them.  




Clothing for On Location Sessions

                     This lovely lady is wearing my tea stained cheesecloth wrap.

                     This lovely lady is wearing my tea stained cheesecloth wrap.

  • On-location portraits take a little longer to do than in-studio portraits because we have to move around to various locations. So for on-location portraits please only bring 3-4 outifts to your session.  We will probably only use 2 of them.
  • Please come to your session wearing something casual and comfortable.  Jeans or solid colored leggings, along with a fitted top are great choices.  Try to stay away from skin colored tops.   
  • For your second outfit please bring a pretty dress.  Solid colors look the best, especially white, cream, or light neutral colors. One that is sheer, or flowing, or with clingy fabric is best if you have one. If you have a dress that's long that would be even better!
  • Your additional outfits are totally up to you.  Bring something you love and feel beautiful wearing.  We will use these outfits if we have time. 
  • For some extra options feel free to bring along a black, white, or cream colored tube top, tank top, camisole, crop top, sports bra, bandeau bra,  or bikini top. Depending on your comfort level for showing skin outdoors, they could be worn with your jeans or leggings for a different look.  
  • I also have a couple of studio wardrobe pieces that are available for you to wear.  I have two long tulle skirts that I can bring along to wear that work beautifully with a cropped top.  They look like long ballet skirts.  One is black and one is cream colored.  I also have a white organza crop top with a matching "wrap" for a skirt.   I also have a tea stained (cream colored) cheesecloth wrap. If you think you might be interested in wearing any of these pieces please let me know and I will bring one along to your session and will let you know what type of undergarment you will need to bring.
  • For on-location sessions please bring comfortable walking shoes along with shoes to match your outfits.
  • Please bring along your makeup and hair supplies for touch-ups, especially lipstick and a lip gloss or balm.
  • Allergy medication and mosquito repellent may also be needed for your session, but please check with your doctor first.


General Clothing Tips

  • The goal when choosing clothing is to emphasize your beautiful pregnancy, not to hide it.  So with this in mind I want you to think about choosing some of  your pre-pregnancy clothing  because they will be more fitted and will show off your pregnancy better.
  • Wear/bring well fitting undergarments that are appropriate for each of your outfits.  For example, if you bring a strapless dress make sure you have a strapless bra or a bandeau bra to wear with it.
  • I highly recommend choosing clothing in solid colors only.  Solid colors work the best for portraits because they are less distracting than patterns and prints.  To add visual interest to your portrait try to choose clothing with texture, such as lace or embroidery. 

  • Bring jewelery to match your outfits.   Give your wedding ring a cleaning and make sure to wear it to your session.

  • If you are self conscious about your arms, bring some clothing with sleeves.  A 3/4 length sleeve is best.  However, please also bring at least one outfit without sleeves. 

  • The day before your session make sure you try on your outfits to make sure everything fits and looks great. Make sure that your clothing is cleaned, ironed, de-linted, etc. 

Body Preparation

  • Hydrate!  Make sure you drink plenty of water in the week before your session.  Use moisturizer your skin daily, even your hands and feet.  Also  use lip balm regularly the week before your session.  This will make you look healthy and glowing for your photographs.
  • Exfoliate!  It will smooth your skin if you exfoliate a few times the week before your session, but  DO NOT exfoliate on the day of your session!
  • If you color your hair, touch up the roots if needed during the week of your session. Make sure your hair is clean and conditioned so that it looks healthy and will photograph well.
  • Do not apply self-tanner.  It will make you look orange in your photographs.
  • Don't shave on the day of your session.  If you want smooth legs and arm pits, shave 2-3 days before your session to give your skin time to recover before your session.
  • Tweeze your brows the day before your session.
  • Don't forget about your nails.  Get, or give yourself a mani-pedi.  Choose natural or neutral colors that will go with all of your clothing and not be distracting.
  • If you have chosen to use my professional hair and makeup artist, please arrive to your session with a clean, moisturized, but make-up free face, ready for the make-up artist to work her magic, as well as clean, dry hair.
  • If you have chosen to do your hair and makeup yourself, please refer to my makeup tips page
  • Make sure you eat before you come to your session.  Sessions can take up to two hours so I want to make sure you are feeling good the entire time.  I will have snacks on hand so please let me know if you have any food allergies I need to be aware of.


I hope this session guide has helped you!  If you want a second opinion on your clothing choices just give me a call, or  feel free to take a quick photo of the clothing you are planning to wear and email it to me, or text it to me at 403-680-8039.  If you have questions about what to bring, or anything else, just let me know.  I can't wait to photograph you!