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How to get the most out of your pregnancy photoshoot

Section: Pregnancy

If you love showing off your bump (good on you!) then you may be thinking about booking a maternity photoshoot.

They are a beautiful way to treasure the memory of your nine months pregnant (acid reflux and swollen ankles, aside!)

Got a maternity photoshoot in the diary? Here are six top tips to make the most out of it... 

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1) Do your research

All photographers have their strengths but try to find one who specifically specialises in shooting maternity photos. Not only will they have previous experience with other mums-to-be but they will be able to direct you to get the most out of your photos and your lovely bump.
Most photographers have a certain style so have a flick through their previous shoots to check you’ll all be on the same wavelength for the type of photos you want to achieve. It’s always worth checking reviews to ensure the photographer is reliable too.
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2) Wait till the third trimester

Ideally you want to schedule your maternity photo session when you are around 30 weeks pregnant. Your bump will be nice and round at this point without feeling too heavy or uncomfortable which is important when you may have to be on your feet for a little while.
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3) Think about fashion

It may be helpful to chat with your photographer about the type of clothes you should wear which may depend on whether you are shooting on location or in a studio. Fitted dresses or shirts work well to make your bump stand out, or wear a belt above your belly to accentuate your blossoming shape.
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4) Involve your partner

If you don’t like having photos taken by yourself, many photographers will encourage you to bring your partner along so you can have photos together. Having someone else with you can instantly make you feel more relaxed – and even make the experience more fun!
Popular poses you might want to try could include having your partner stand behind you and place his hands on your belly or kneeling and gently holding your belly with both hands on each side.
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5) Bring along siblings

If you’ve got children already, including them in the photos is a lovely way to help them feel included and excited about your upcoming arrival while also making the photoshoot feel more natural. Interaction poses with young children make for gorgeous shots so encourage your child to place her hands on your belly or talk to her sibling.
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6) Think about the props

If you’ve already got lots of lovely things for your babe, use them! Classic choices include the teeny tiny babygrow draped across your bump, or some gorgeous little shoes held sweetly to one side.
Balancing a teddy on your bump is a lovely way to start a lasting friendship with your little one too.

Show us your pregnancy photoshoot pics in our Facebook group for mums/mums-to-be - #mumtribe! 

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  • Author: Emily Thorpe Emily Thorpe
  • Job Title: Digital Writer

Having written for Mother&Baby magazine for four years where she wrote news, product pages, features and interviewed celebrities such as Paloma Faith and Fearne Cotton, Emily now works as Digital Writer for Mother&Baby online where she specialises in travel and product reviews. 


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