Are you curious about what we do before you show up to your photoshoot? Wonder no more, I will show you!
1. We Set Up Our Tools
When you show up to your shoot we want to be ready to fly! Making you wait around while we paw through our makeup just wastes your time and ours. We hook up our airbrush machine, and familiarize ourselves with the makeup and tools we will be using with you before you arrive.
2. We Test Our Props For Safety
We would never risk injury to anyone so we are typically quite sure of the safety of props before even we test them, but anytime we are using something new we have to be sure. Here is an example of Veruschka testing out our oversized present before we allowed our guest to sit on it.
3. We Set Up Our Location
Whether this is dressing our bedroom set for boudoir, or planning an outdoor photo session, we make sure everything is set up so you can just step in and have your photos taken. If we are doing multiple sets during a shoot, you may get to see us in action setting up a secondary set.
4. We Test The Practicality Of Movements
Some poses, movements, and props seem like a good idea until you try them out. Sometimes our bodies don’t move the way we think they can, and other times things can happen that you didn’t anticipate. This is why we test our ides before we try them with you!
5. We Test Our Lighting
This serves two purposes. It helps us double check that all of our equipment is working – occasionally technical glitches occur and can set us back a few minutes. Anything we can do to mitigate this kind of disruption is critical. The other reason we test our lighting is that sometimes we want to do something a little outside of the box, doing a test run helps us get our lighting just right so we have less fiddling around to do when we’re working with you!
6. We Check Our Locations
This is important if we are shooting on location or outdoors as opposed to in our Edmonton studio. We scan the location of choice, scout out a quiet area, looking for any garbage or debris that could ruin a photo, and we map out the best paths that avoid dog doodoo.
7. Practice Posing
We like to plan as much of a shoot as we can, including posing. While a lot of posing is done naturally, as well as tried and true poses, occasionally we like to test poses ourselves. We might be checking the comfort-ability, the feasibility, or just the aesthetics of a particular pose.
Making the decision to have pregnancy photos taken is the right one, however, deciding when to take them isn’t quite as cut and dry. In a perfect world you love being pregnant, you feel great, you’re glowing, and you haven’t experienced any swelling. Unfortunately the reality is much different. Pregnancy is not always comfortable and it comes with cramping, bloating, swelling, and cravings, so deciding when to do a maternity photo shoot doesn’t come with a one-size-fits-all answer.
Basically the best time to schedule your baby bump photos is when you’ve got a nice round belly and you still feel reasonably good. This is typically between 28-34 weeks of your pregnancy. If you are carrying large, I recommend you schedule your session for closer to the 28 week mark, but if you’re carrying small you might want to wait a little longer.
You will want to schedule your session a few weeks in advance to avoid any disappointment and risk being too uncomfortable to go through with your maternity session. Pregnancy is temporary, so you don’t have the luxury of waiting to do your photos so it’s best to really listen to your body to determine when might be right for you.
Don’t stress about not feeling beautiful – I pose you, and work with professional lighting to make sure you look outstanding! Hair styling and makeup are available should you choose some additional pampering.
Planning for an upcoming photoshoot can be exciting but also overwhelming. When you’re 34 weeks into your pregnancy, the last thing you need is to be stressing about what to bring for your photoshoot, so here is an easy to follow list to help ease your mind!
Planning your wardrobe for any event tends to become an event in itself for most women. As if we needed another excuse to go shopping, right? However, in your final days of pregnancy, shopping may sound more daunting than enjoyable so raid your closet and look for your go-to maternity pieces. The clothes you’ve been wearing for the past 8 months reflect how you’ve been feeling, so wearing them in your maternity photos could be a nice homage to your experience, and it will eliminate the stress of looking for something new. For a detailed guide on choosing your wardrobe for your shoot be sure to read our article on what to wear for your shoot.
2. Baby Booties
Perhaps you’ve been given some beautiful hand-me-down baby shoes, or been gifted a new pair of baby booties by a family member, this is a great time to show them how much you appreciate the gift. Those tiny shoes make a beautiful prop, and they can also be a great way to reveal the gender to your loved ones. If you don’t know the gender of the baby but you like the idea of belly and boots photos, then get some gender neutral shoes – all shoes that small are beautiful and photograph well. These cute shoes can also bring some color into the picture to match your nursery. For example, if you’re having a boy and farming is a part of your life, John Deere baby cowboy boots would look oh-so adorable, and the green in the photo would look great on a wall print for your green nursery.
3. Letters For Baby
If you know the baby’s name in advance, bring some blocks or big letters to spell out the baby’s name. These “name” images look amazing hanging over the baby’s crib, and these tend to become a favorite for your child later in their life. If you purchase letter blocks, it becomes two-fold as they later become a toy for your child. Just make sure you get enough letters to spell your baby’s name, as the alphabet blocks tend only carry 1 of each letter A-Z.
Often your photographer will have some refreshments on hand, but if you have special dietary requirements it’s best to bring your own snacks and beverages as a precaution. If you show up to your session and your photographer has snacks that you can eat – go ahead and indulge! It’s better to be safe than sorry.
You will want to plan your undergarments as carefully as you plan your outerwear. Avoid any undergarments that fit a little too large or a little too small so that you don’t see any lines or added bulk in your photographs. If you can, bring in a strapless bra. At All Things Pink Photography, our number one request is our fabric flow photos – the key to these photos is good underwear! If you are doing a fabric flow shot, a strapless bra is your friend. If you don’t have a strapless bra, don’t panic – we’ve successfully tucked bra straps into the fabric before, but it is not ideal. Bringing two sets of underwear of different color is a nice precaution, as sometimes when you get under the hot studio lights we can see more than you bargained for, so a simple change in underwear color could make all the difference.
Regarding your bottoms, you can’t go wrong with a nude pantie. If you don’t have nude, bring in a light color and a dark color.
Accessories include everything from your favorite jewelry pieces (earrings, necklace, bracelets, rings), to tights, and shoes. Long necklaces that reach the belly look gorgeous in maternity photos, but try to avoid any bulk pieces that might be distracting. If you’re unsure of what jewelry pieces to wear, bring them in and show your photographer. S/he should know what will look best in the photos. If you plan to show your bare belly, don’t wear tights or anything tight fitting around your waist for a few hours prior to your shoot to avoid lines on the stomach. If you want to wear tights with a dress, put them on after you do your bare belly photos.
This includes anything not previously mentioned, but rather objects that might be important to you to have photographed. A stuffed teddy bear, or a family heir loom are both examples of props that clients have brought in to their sessions.
So, you’ve decided to get pregnancy photos done, you’ve chosen a photographer and you’re feeling pretty good…but wait! What are you going to wear? Relax, choosing your outfits for maternity photos is much easier than you think!
1. Does Your Photographer Have Outfits For You?
Always ask your photographer first if s/he has any outfits that you can wear to your shoot. Professional photographers know what fabrics, patterns, and colors look best in photos, so you know that if they have anything available for you to use it’s going to look great in photographs. This is also an excellent option if you are on somewhat of a budget and don’t want to spend money on clothes that you won’t wear again in just a few months.
Maternity photographers often have a selection of flowy, ethereal type dresses that you likely wouldn’t purchase for yourself, so this is an excellent opportunity to get those gorgeous feminine fairy-tale images that make great wall art in your nursery.
Quick tip: Ask to try on the dresses in advance, or make sure you bring additional outfits to your shoot just in case you end up not liking the selection offered at the studio.
2. Think Of Your Silhouette
Your pictures are going to be taken with you mostly from the side to really show off that baby bump! So it’s important to keep your entire silhouette in mind when looking for clothes. This is the time to wear that skin tight dress or top and leave all your insecurities at the door. With lighting, and posing you are not going to have any bits and pieces sticking out, but that tight outfit is crucial to getting smooth lines. You don’t want any bunching behind you, or fitting too loose over your stomach. The curve of your back and belly are what these images focus on. This is especially important if you’re getting silhouette photos done, where all you can see is the outline and shape of your body.
3. To Match or Not To Match?
Couples always argue about whether or not they should wear matching clothes or at least the same color scheme. My opinion is that matching outfits is a little boring, however, if that fits your relationship go for it! If you’re not so keen on wearing the matching outfits it is important to keep same level of formality for your images. If you’re wearing a floor length red evening gown with a 5 foot train, your images might look a little awkward if he’s wearing his favorite baseball hat and torn blue jeans. It’s best to decide if you’re going formal, casual, or business casual and plan your outfits that way. Usually you will have the opportunity to wear at least 2 different outfits, so maybe do one formal so you can wear your princess dress and then one set casual so he can wear his comfy jeans.
4. Color Scheme – Should We Reveal The Gender?
Couples are often afraid to wear pink or blue for fear of spoiling the gender to family. Often couples don’t know the gender themselves, so they don’t know what colors to wear. If you know the gender of your baby but your family and friends don’t, go ahead and wear something gender revealing. Typically your maternity photographs are taken between 28-34 weeks of your pregnancy, so you may not even receive your pictures until after you’ve delivered. If you get your images before you deliver just be careful about what images you share on social media (people will be looking for clues!) and make sure you let your photographer know that they should not share any gender revealing shots on their social media (if you’ve signed a release form).
If you don’t know the gender yet yourself, but your favorite dress happens to be blue, talk to your photographer, s/he may be willing to do some magic in the editing process to change your dress to the color you wish. This is not a guarantee and it cannot always be done, so if you’re really uncomfortable with the idea of wearing a blue dress and might end up having a girl, then opt for something else. My advice though, is to forget the “gender colors” and just wear your favorite dress!
5. Is It Okay To Go Nude Or Boudoir Style?
Absolutely! Maternity pictures that are taken in lingerie, bikini or nude tend to be styled more artistically rather than “for-his-eyes-only”. Often times women that are a little afraid to try something like this but do it anyway, end up liking these photos the most. The lighting for these images should be soft, light, and airy. The poses should be feminine and gentle as opposed to sexy. Your body is absolutely stunning, especially when you’re glowing with life, this is the perfect opportunity to go for it! Make sure you choose pieces that fit you well, support your breasts and don’t cut into your skin.
If you opt for nude or implied nude images, you might be surprised how much more comfortable it is, especially since you tend to be warmer during pregnancy! These images tend to make beautiful wall art when tastefully done.
Pregnancy is such a special time. These are your first memories with your growing family. As the term draws to an end, feelings of excitement and love overwhelm the soul. This is the time to capture these precious moments with photographs that your child will cherish and you will have for a lifetime.