Maternity photography sessions are designed to capture the beauty of one of the most special times in any woman’s life, but they can also pose some safety risks to both the mother and her unborn child if not handled correctly. Here are five tips that will ensure both the mother and her child are safe and have a great time during maternity photography sessions.
1) Get Prepped – A lot can happen in your 2 Hours
Dizziness, bathroom breaks, unexpected vomiting, etc. In fact, you might end up on your back more than you’ve ever been in your life. That’s okay! It doesn’t mean that you can’t be photographed. Just make sure to ask your photographer about how they deal with these situations so that you know going into it what to expect (that way there are no surprises). Also, if you happen to want to get prepped before your shoot by a physical therapist or professional trainer who specializes in pregnant women- just ask!
2) Eat well before your session
Don’t wait until your session to fuel up; eat healthy, light snacks beforehand so you’re not hungry during your session. If you feel sick during your shoot, make sure to take a bathroom break or even reschedule if needed. Pregnant women often experience dizziness as they reach further along in their pregnancy (after weeks 20-28) so be aware of what may cause dizziness like changes in position or bright lights.
3) Dress Comfortably
While many women are willing to wear whatever it takes to get that perfectly flattering photo, remember that you’ll be in your bra for an extended period of time—and depending on how large your belly is, you may even need to try on bras with little assistance. If you have any doubts about whether or not a specific bra will work, wear one at home for several hours before bringing it out with you on set. You’ll thank yourself later when your back doesn’t ache from being stuck into an uncomfortable undergarment all day long.
4) Let me know what you’re most comfortable with
I know some photographers have their own strict safety precautions. Please let me know what you’re most comfortable with and we can work from there. I’d love to use my artistic eye to capture beautiful shots of your growing belly, but at all times, I want you to feel comfortable and safe. One way I do that is by giving you as much control over your photos as possible — if you say no to something, chances are we won’t do it!
5) Know when to call it quits
Your body is an amazing machine, but at some point, you’ll reach your personal limits. For example, if you haven’t been on your feet much during your pregnancy, chances are that standing for long periods of time won’t feel good to you. Listen to your body and don’t be afraid to call it quits when necessary; you have plenty of time in front of (and behind) the camera as a new mom!