Maternity Photoshoot Tips&Why the location meant so much to us

If you've landed here because you're thinking of taking maternity pics to document your pregnancy too, I'm here to share some tips for taking maternity photos you'll actually love and cherish! After thousands of hours taking photos as my job, I've learned a trick or two about getting good photos. Today I'm spilling all my best tips and tricks for you!  maternity dresses for pregnancy photoshoot

Where to take maternity photos
It really doesn't matter where you live, whether you're near the beach or the mountains or the desert, or even just a pretty park in your neighborhood, you just want to pick a really neutral beautiful background so that you and your little bump can be the star of the show!

Ask your photographer if he or she has suggestions because most likely, they will! But also don't be afraid to do your own research and then bounce ideas off them.

When to take maternity photos
The very BEST time to take maternity photos is right toward the end of your second trimester or beginning of your third. You'll have a good sized bump to show in your photos, but won't be miserably swollen or feel like you have the energy of a 97 year old, at least that's what I feel like in the last few weeks of pregnancy. I took these just a few days shy of 28 weeks, the official start to the third trimester.

Don't forget to accessorize
Honestly I can be the absolute worst at remembering to add accessories to my outfits, but with a maternity shoot it really can add a lot if you remember to throw in some pretty jewelry! I added lots of boho-feeling jewelry (this, this, and this!) to amp up this look and I love how it turned out next to the dress. It's like icing on the cake!

Golden hour
The very VERY best time to take your maternity pictures, or any pictures for that matter, is the last hour of daylight, also known as golden hour or magic hour. The lighting during the last hour of daylight just looks more flattering on everyone, especially if you're doing pictures in a big open field or ocean or desert like we did here.

Just do it
I know that pregnancy can feel like the LEAST glamorous time of your life, but if you can fit it into your budget and schedule, take the pictures! You only have a small window in the big scope of time when you're carrying a living human inside your body, and it's something really special that you might be grateful you captured! Your kids will love it too, and grandkids. Buy the maternity dress (or borrow one from a friend), take an afternoon and go have a maternity photoshoot done of your bump.

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