Vancouver Maternity Photographer – How To Prepare For Your Pregnancy Photoshoot


You have a lot going on preparing for baby so thinking about your maternity session may not be high on your priority list. It may feel like just one more thing to stress about. I would love to take the stress out of everything related to your photography sessions. Your maternity photoshoot should be a fun, relaxed and memorable experience with beautiful images as the result.

Look and Feel of your Pregnancy Photoshoot

Prior to your maternity photoshoot you will be filling out a questionnaire to help me design your session. I am also happy to schedule a zoom or FaceTime consultation where we will talk about everything you need to know about your session and prepare you well. We will also talk about the design for your session. I would like to find out about your overall vision for your session. If you aren’t really sure on the design for your session, no problem. I’ll design the session for you from the answers I get on your questionnaire. You are welcome to share your favourite images as well as Pinterest boards.

What to Wear

Deciding on what to wear for your session depends a lot on the design and overall aesthetic you’ve decided on. You can view our collection of over 45 beautiful gowns here, so no need to buy anything. I will see you a prep email and will even talk about what type of bra and underwear to bring. In most cases a skin colored strapless bra that is relatively low cut will work great.

Hair and Make Up

If you are comfortable doing your own hair and makeup there are a few things I recommend. Exfoliate and moisturize generously prior to applying makeup. This makes such a difference in how your skin photographs. For makeup I love a flawless, natural look that is elevated but not too over the top. I do prefer that you wear lashes as they can make a tremendous difference in photos.

As far as hair goes, curls are always a great option or making them completely flat.

Most of my moms-to-be like to treat the photoshoot as a special “me” day and spoil themselves by getting their hair and make up done professionally. I will be including some great make up artists in your prep email if you would like to go this route. There is also an amazing salon very close to my studio.

Little Details

I recommend neutral nail colors or natural nails. Bright and bold colours are pretty but can distract from the overall look of the images.

You may also wish to bring jewelry or other meaningful accessories to wear during your session. I am happy to help you select what will look best with each of your gowns. While shoes aren’t necessary for most of the looks if you have a special pair of heels you want to incorporate into an image just let me know.

Take Care of Yourself

A lot of women don’t think to eat before they come for their pregnancy photoshoot. I highly encourage that you make sure you eat well and stay hydrated before your maternity session. You’ll be on your feet and holding poses a good portion of the time during your session and if you haven’t eaten you may feel lightheaded. We keep a delicious array of snacks and cold beverages in the studio for our clients as well.

Shave, wax and all the things. I typically recommend avoiding tanning lotions and spray tans unless you do this regularly and get even and great results.

Most importantly, just relax and have fun!

Ready to book your Maternity or Pregnancy photoshoot in my North Vancouver studio? Please contact me so we can schedule a meet and greet! Can’t wait to meet you!

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