East London Maternity Photography

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Maternity Photography in East London

In 2018, there were over 731,000 babies born in the UK.

While you may not have welcomed a new child into your family in the last couple of years, perhaps you’re lucky enough to welcome a bundle of joy this year!

In this case, you’ll want to document this amazing process of growing a life inside you. That way, you’ll have valuable photos to look back on, and to also show your child when they’re older.

You may be considering having a maternity photoshoot, or perhaps you’ve already booked one. Either way, you may be wondering how to prepare and what to expect. Read on if that’s the case!

 

When to Get a Maternity Photoshoot

Of course, it’s all up to you when you want to get a maternity photoshoot done. But It may be best to wait until your third trimester, as you’ll have a fairly noticeable bump that’ll be well captured in the pictures.

You may feel impatient and want to see every step of your journey to motherhood. In this case, you might get nice results in your second trimester if you have a noticeable belly then.

If you want to document your first trimester and early second trimester, you may be better off doing so with your smartphone camera. You’ll be able to capture the subtle changes through multiple images as time goes on.

How to Prepare for a Maternity Photoshoot

Ok, so let’s say you’re in your late second trimester or third. You’ve booked a maternity photoshoot, but perhaps you don’t have experience with any type of photoshoot.

How would you prepare for this one? Read on for some helpful tips so you feel beautiful and confident on the big day.

Choose the Right Clothes

Of course, you want to look good for your maternity photoshoot. But you need to make sure you’re comfortable as well! If your clothes don’t fit you right, that discomfort will show through to your pictures, and you don’t want that.

A day or two before your shoot, go through your closet and pick out what you might potentially wear for the photoshoot. Go through the stack and put on each item to see if they still fit you. If not, then discard it from the pile. Many moms-to-be like to wear maxi dresses, as they’re flattering and very comfy.

Make sure you choose garments that aren’t too busy. Solid colours are the best, as they’ll ensure the focus is on your baby belly!

If you’re going to be wearing anything that’s a little tight on your belly, make sure to take it off at least 2 hours before your photoshoot. These elastic bands and tight fabric may leave marks there, which may detract from the beauty of your belly images.

 

Bring Multiple Outfits

If you can’t decide on one single outfit, feel free to bring a few! That way, the photographer has more room to work with the props and backdrops.

For example, one outfit may look better indoors while another looks better outdoors with trees in the background. If you bring several outfits, then the photographer can choose the most flattering ones for the photos they’re setting up. Plus, if you’re feeling fickle, you can always change into another outfit to see if it makes you feel better.

 

Bring Multiple Outfits

If you can’t decide on one single outfit, feel free to bring a few! That way, the photographer has more room to work with the props and backdrops.

For example, one outfit may look better indoors while another looks better outdoors with trees in the background. If you bring several outfits, then the photographer can choose the most flattering ones for the photos they’re setting up. Plus, if you’re feeling fickle, you can always change into another outfit to see if it makes you feel better.

 

Don’t Go Overboard With Accessories

This photoshoot is as much about you as it is about the baby. So you should feel free to wear things that express your personality.

However, you don’t want to go overboard. For instance, some earrings and a bracelet may be enough to accentuate whatever outfit you’re wearing. Any more, and it may detract from the focus of you and your belly.

If you’re ever in doubt, then ditch the jewellery and accessories. It’s always better to keep it simple rather than excessively pile on those things.

The Same Goes for Your Hair and Makeup

Again, you should feel comfortable in your skin for the maternity photoshoot. If this means wearing some makeup and dolling up your hair, then go for it!

But you should remember to keep it as natural as possible. Mom should look beautiful, but your hair and makeup shouldn’t be so extravagant that the picture focuses on your head rather than your belly.

The hair and makeup you choose for the shoot should be things you’re familiar with, or have tested out at least once. If you’re unfamiliar with these things, then you may be worried about it the entire time you’re with your photographer. This can prevent you from completely relaxing for the photoshoot.

The Same Goes for Your Hair and Makeup

Again, you should feel comfortable in your skin for the maternity photoshoot. If this means wearing some makeup and dolling up your hair, then go for it!

But you should remember to keep it as natural as possible. Mom should look beautiful, but your hair and makeup shouldn’t be so extravagant that the picture focuses on your head rather than your belly.

The hair and makeup you choose for the shoot should be things you’re familiar with, or have tested out at least once. If you’re unfamiliar with these things, then you may be worried about it the entire time you’re with your photographer. This can prevent you from completely relaxing for the photoshoot.

What to Expect for Maternity Photography

Every photographer will be different, but good ones will be completely patient and understanding with you. You’re carrying and growing life, after all, so you deserve a break!

Some photographers will allow you to have unlimited outfit and location changes, so have a discussion with them about what you wish to achieve and what you prefer (indoor vs outdoor).

Even if you’re used to being in front of a camera, you may still feel shy, especially since your body’s going through such major changes. If you’re ever feeling this way, you can count on the photographer to give you words of encouragement that’ll lift you into a much more confident mood.

Some More Tips

We’ve given you some wonderful basic tips above, as well as what to expect for your photoshoot. But what if you still feel nervous and unsure about things? Then read on for some additional tips that may help you out.

Think About the Location and Your Poses

Maternity photographers will be very flexible as to whether they take the pictures indoors or out. So have a think about where you want your photos; maybe you want a mix of both indoors and outdoors, which they can accommodate.

For example, you might feel most comfortable taking photos inside your house. But maybe the weather forecast is glorious on the day you booked your photographer, so you might want to also take some pictures in the nearby park.

You’ll also want to think about and practice your poses, but don’t worry too much. If you’ve never previously gone for photoshoots before, the photographer can guide you through poses that are both creative, fun, and comfortable for you to showcase your baby belly.

Relax the Day Before

This may be easier said than done, especially if you have other kids in the household.

But it’s extremely important that you relax as much as possible the day before your photoshoot. If you’ve been running around all day, are frazzled, and don’t get enough sleep, you’ll definitely be able to tell in your pictures.

Enlist the help of your spouse and/or family members to ensure your household is taken care of while you’re relaxing for the day. You can even treat yourself out to a spa day so you’re out of your usual crazy environment.

Once you return home, try to keep that laidback feeling. Go to bed early, and tell your family that no one is to bother you; unless it’s an emergency, of course. You may even want to consider meditating briefly to calm your nerves for the exciting day ahead of you.

Relax the Day Before

This may be easier said than done, especially if you have other kids in the household.

But it’s extremely important that you relax as much as possible the day before your photoshoot. If you’ve been running around all day, are frazzled, and don’t get enough sleep, you’ll definitely be able to tell in your pictures.

Enlist the help of your spouse and/or family members to ensure your household is taken care of while you’re relaxing for the day. You can even treat yourself out to a spa day so you’re out of your usual crazy environment.

Once you return home, try to keep that laidback feeling. Go to bed early, and tell your family that no one is to bother you; unless it’s an emergency, of course. You may even want to consider meditating briefly to calm your nerves for the exciting day ahead of you.

Consider a Newborn Photoshoot

You may not be giving birth for a while, but consider booking a newborn photoshoot as well! Most mothers say their babies grow unexpectedly quickly, and before they know it, they have toddlers on their hands.

Make sure you get some high-quality pictures of your baby while they’re still small. You can even use these pictures as birth announcements, so everyone can share in your joy!

Get an Amazing Maternity Photographer in East London Today 

When it comes to a maternity photoshoot, having the right photographer can make all the difference. They should be patient and understanding, plus they should make you feel welcome and comfortable.

If they have a great personality, then it can really liven up your photoshoot and get you some fantastic results. Because of this, you should work with a maternity photographer that not only has great images, but also an outstanding personality.

If you’re looking to do maternity photography in East London, then consider EvaGud Photography. I’m a mother myself (to 2 boys!) and have years of experience documenting the joy of life for countless clients. Not only am I passionate about what I do, but I promise to make every client feel like they’re at home.

Are you still looking for a photographer to do your maternity photoshoot? Then get in touch with me today! Not only can I do photoshoots in my East London studio, but I can also travel to you to do indoor and outdoor photoshoots as well.

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If you want to organize a family photo shoot, please don’t hesitate to contact me at any time.

I shoot these sessions right across the London, Essex and beyond. Sessions can be organised for midweek, evenings or school holidays.

Get in touch and we can arrange a time that suits you and your family.

Tel.  07828 038411

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     If you want to organise a family photo shoot, please don’t hesitate to contact me at any time. I shoot these sessions right across the London, Essex and beyond. Sessions can be organised for midweek, evenings or school holidays. Get in touch and we can arrange a time that suits you and your family.

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