Many, many moons have passed, but I had share our beautiful images and maternity photo experience with Sweet Pecks Photography. If you know me personally or read my previous blog post, you already know my second pregnancy wasn’t a walk in the park. But lets be real, is it really for anyone?! Even if things go perfectly as planned, it’s still a pretty high stress time in one’s life. Worrying about having a great photo session experience should not be on your already LONG list of things to accomplish within such a short window of time.
I cannot stress this enough… Having a good connection with your maternity photographer is SO VERY important.
Of course, make sure you love their style and technique first. You should know they are clearly capable of taking beautiful photos. But taking lovely photos of the side of a barn is easy. LOL You may beam with stunning rays of golden sunshine, but “large and in charge” is how you will likely feel eight months in. Speaking from experience, you want to work with someone who makes you look AND feel your absolute best in front of their camera.
In the midst of a pretty unpleasant pregnancy, my experience with Shary at Sweet Pecks was a HUGE highlight. Knowing my situation, she went out of her way to make sure I had an amazing session. From scheduling, then planning, to execution… the entire process was zero stress. Even though a bit of a stretch for my circumstances, she brought my vision of a beach maternity photo session to life. And knowing my “upright” time was limited, she even drove to make it happen! Did I mention, she even provided the dresses I wore?!
That’s grand, but truly connecting with the person behind the camera is equally important.
You’ll want to trust they will capture your best angles and expressions. Standing stiff in front of a beautiful backdrop, with the perfect light, is not the way to go. It’s awkward. You’re growing a human. This is a pretty big time in your life. The goal should be to document real, genuine emotion. Giving a bit of direction here and there, when needed. You really want a photographer who engages with, encourages you, and embraces the moment your husband and toddler surprise you to join in on the session shortly after it begins. ;-)
Here are a few more tips on how to set yourself up for a successful maternity photo session:
- Don’t be afraid to over communicate and ask a million questions to make sure your creative visions and plans align. I would even recommend getting on the phone a few times, especially when planning.
- Be sure to understand how your photographer does things. From scheduling to the delivery of your final product, you should know exactly what to expect, and when to expect it will happen. If not, ask more questions.
- Invest your time and energy into working with a maternity photographer who will go above and beyond to make you feel absolutely fabulous in every way possible. After all, you are about to push a living breathing bundle of baby into your world soon. You certainly deserve it!
These photographs bring me such joy, and I hope you enjoy seeing them also. Keep an eye out for my next blog post to see my fun little bonus Milk Bath Maternity Photo Session with Sweet Pecks Photography!