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How To Prepare For Your Photoshoot

Bonjour, and congratulations on scheduling your maternity photo session with me, Marie! I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with you and capture this incredibly special time in your life. To help make your maternity shoot as memorable and beautiful as possible, I’ve compiled a few tips to prepare you for our session together.

Relax and Embrace the Experience

It’s natural to feel a little nervous, especially if this is your first professional headshot session. Don’t worry – I’ll guide you through the entire process and make sure you feel comfortable and confident. Remember, this is all about capturing the authentic YOU!

Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Rest is essential! A good night’s sleep will help you feel refreshed and look your best for your session.

Jessica draped in green on handpainted green and gold backdrop during a studio maternity photoshoot by Marie Feutrier in Gilbert, AZ.
Black and white silhouette maternity portrait of Jessica with rim light, photographed by Marie Feutrier in her Gilbert, AZ studio

Celebrate Your Form in a Fitted Dress:

A fitted dress beautifully showcases your pregnancy curves. Whether you choose a simple, elegant design or something more glamorous, make sure it’s a dress in which you feel stunning and comfortable.

Pre-pregnancy Pants Options for Comfort and Style:

Incorporate a pair of your favorite pre-pregnancy pants, such as jeans or slacks. We can style them with an open zipper, playfully emphasizing your growing belly.

Jeans for a Timeless Look: A pair of comfortable jeans, styled with the waistband unbuttoned, offers a classic and casual appearance.

Pantsuit with Jacket: Bring a non-maternity pantsuit and jacket. Styling with the pants slightly open or the jacket unbuttoned creates a sophisticated look that also charmingly displays your bump.

Jessica laughing against a white background, wearing an unbuttoned black pant and bra, in a joyful maternity session by Marie Feutrier in Gilbert, AZ
Soft and tender portrait of Jessica in pink pastel lingerie hugging her belly, captured by Marie Feutrier during a maternity photography session in Gilbert, AZ.

Comfort/Sport Ensembles:

For a more relaxed and contemporary look, consider bringing a comfort or sport ensemble, like a Calvin Klein set. These are great for a casual, yet stylish feel.

Lace for Delicacy:

Lace lingerie can add a delicate, romantic touch to your photos. It’s a lovely way to blend elegance with a soft, feminine aesthetic.

Stick to Plain Colors:

Whether it’s a sporty set, lace, or traditional lingerie, sticking to plain, solid colors is key. This approach keeps the focus on you and your baby bump, avoiding distractions from complex patterns or designs.

Lingerie Choices: Elegance and Comfort for Your Maternity Shoot

Selecting the perfect lingerie for your maternity photo session is vital for capturing both elegance and comfort. Here are some guidelines to help you choose:

Classic Black and White:

You can’t go wrong with lingerie sets in all black or all white. These classic colors create a sophisticated and timeless look in photographs.

Colors for Playfulness:

If you’re feeling playful, pastel colors can add a charming touch. Soft blues, pinks, and yellows bring a gentle, nurturing feel to your images, perfect for a maternity shoot. The most important aspect is to choose lingerie that complements your skin tone and makes you feel gorgeous. Feeling confident and beautiful in your outfit will shine through in your photos.

Nude Photography Options:

If you’re considering nude or semi-nude photos but prefer some coverage, a thong is a practical choice. Easy to remove in post-production, it allows for elegant and natural-looking photos.

Remember, these photos are all about celebrating you and your journey. The perfect lingerie will make you feel empowered, graceful, and most importantly, comfortable in your own skin.

Button-Up Shirt for Versatile Styling:

A white button-up shirt in cotton or chiffon is a versatile choice. Wear it buttoned, open, or off-the-shoulder for a relaxed yet chic look.

Jessica seated in a casual pose with black pants and open white shirt revealing baby bump in a studio maternity photography session in Gilbert, AZ by Marie Feutrier

Jewelry Considerations: Keeping It Meaningful and Polished:

When it comes to jewelry for your maternity photo session, less is often more. Here are some thoughts to guide your choices:

Avoiding Distractions:

Jewelry, especially necklaces, can easily twist and turn, often becoming a distraction in photos. An off-center necklace, for example, can make an otherwise polished image look unbalanced.

Choose Meaningful Pieces:

If you decide to wear jewelry, let it be intentional and meaningful. Pieces like your wedding ring, a family heirloom, or a simple pendant that holds special significance to you can add a personal and emotive touch to your photos.

Have Fun and Trust the Process

Remember, your headshot session is an opportunity to express yourself and showcase your unique personality. Trust in my expertise, and most importantly, have fun! I’ll make sure to capture the perfect headshot that represents the real you.

I can’t wait to see you at your session! If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out. À bientôt!