How To: Ethereal Themed Photoshoot

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I am a big fan of themed photoshoots. It’s a great way to have very unique photos, capture a mood or emotion, or convey a specific message. Suggesting a theme or idea is also a great way to get your photographer’s imagination buzzing.  An ethereal style photoshoot will capture your softness and femininity, conveying dreaminess and whimsy. However, it is not just up to your photographer to make the theme happen. Here are some things you can do to make your ethereal photoshoot it’s best.

1. Gather Inspiration

If you don’t have a Pinterest account, go out and get one. Pinterest will be your go-to when gathering inspiration for your photoshoot. Don’t focus on outfits or makeup in this stage, look for art, movements, fabrics, and colours that get you in that fantastical, dreamy, ethereal mood. I suggest Pinterest because it’s a great way to keep all your pictures in one place, but it is also good to go out and gather a few pieces that you can physically carry with you, such as fabric or a piece of jewelry.

 

2. Choose an Outfit

Choosing a themed-appropriate outfit is absolutely essential if you want to create a cohesive look. I suggest sticking with soft colours and fabrics with a flow-y drape. Stay away from bold patterns and bright colours. For a portrait outfit, a chiffon dress is a great piece to start with. Add in pretty hair accessories, a shawl or kimono and you’re all set! For boudoir, it’s pretty much the same. Start with a soft, flow-y robe and pair with a soft bra and panty, and similar accessories.

 

3. Pick A Place

This is the perfect theme for a natural space, such as a forest or field. Take a drive and look around your local area for secluded spaces that you can use, such as a wooded area, a green secluded meadow, or a wide-open rolling field. Let your imagination go wild, and try to keep a “photographer’s eye” and think about how the spaces would look in a photograph while you’re out searching. If you want to stick with the studio, bring in props that suit your theme. Go to the craft store and buy moss, toss some flower petals on the set, or make your own DIY flower wall. A bouquet of flowers can never go wrong in a photoshoot!

 

4. Makeup Ideas

After you have your outfit and accessories, it’s time to think about makeup. The general idea is to keep it soft, dreamy, and natural. This is another great way to use Pinterest to find makeup looks you can show your makeup artist on the shoot day. Remember to stick with neutrals and stay away from a super smokey eye or harsh lines. Keep a rosy cheek and lip, and this is the perfect time to use any of that gold glittery eyeshadow.

 

5. Set The Mood

It is important to keep your theme while you are on set, and a great way to to that is to pick music to keep you in the dreamy, ethereal mood. Playlists are great for this, and websites like Songza are great for finding music that suits your mood. If you’re going a bit more folksy, check out this playlist, however I have to recommend Oh Land, a favorite artist of mine, who captures dreamy, synth-y, soft and upbeat pop in her first album here.

 

There is definitely a lot to think about when creating an ethereal themed photoshoot, but gathering all your ideas and inspirations to create unique photos with your photographer can also be incredibly fun. The end product will be a stunning set of photos, capturing your soft, dreamy, femininity that you can treasure for years to come.

Maternity Dressing 101

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If you’re pregnant – or if you’ve ever been pregnant – you will know how hard it is to find clothing that fits and flatters your body. Maternity wear is such a niche market, so finding different options can be really difficult. I have highlighted a few key pieces to wear throughout your pregnancy to give you some ideas of what kind of outfits you can put together.

Necessity

The first thing I want to highlight is how important a good, well-fitting bra will be throughout your pregnancy and nursing period. A nursing bra will be a great investment, and if you can afford it, I suggest getting more than one. Nursing bras don’t have to be the traditional style that many people think of, they can be cute and fancy too! Another necessity will be a good pair of every day pants or jeans, leggings – you will probably wear these on a regular basis with long tunics – and a few every day stretchy tees. These are the key pieces you will want to get in neutral colours that you can dress up with different accessories.

 

Comfort

I’ll bring up the nursing bra again here, because you will want this bra to be as comfortable as possible. I highly recommend getting a nursing bra, and you don’t have to wait until you’re actually nursing to do it. I even have one – and I’m nowhere close to becoming a mother yet! You will probably want to invest in some leisure wear because you will want to be as comfortable as possible. In the winter this will include comfy lounge pants, and in the summer it will be a very light, simple dress.

 

Occasion

While you’re pregnant you might want to get a great dress for a special occasion. I recommend anything with tons of stretch or a flow-y piece with an empire waist – bonus if it’s both! Remember this piece can be dressed up with great accessories, so you don’t have to look for the fanciest dress you can find. And you will want to be as comfortable as possible, so if you’re going for heels remember to bring flats for on your way home – your feet will probably be swollen by the end of the night!

 

Transition Wear

The great thing about maternity wear is that many of the pieces are excellent transition pieces. Almost any maternity garment can take you from the beginning of the pregnancy until, well, whenever you want to stop wearing it. Anything with an empire waist is generally universally flattering, and flow-y, oversized pieces are great because they are very on trend right now. Stretchiness is key when looking for transition pieces, and I know a few women who aren’t pregnant but still love maternity clothes for their comfort, flattering shape, and amazing amount of stretch. To keep your clothes lasting long after your pregnancy, wash them in cold water and hang to dry if possible.

 

Looking for maternity clothing can be difficult, especially since there are very few options out there. However, you can build a great maternity wardrobe if you stick to classic styles with a few pops of colour, and you will be set for every occasion – including maternity portraits!