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What to expect from my Maternity Photo Session & how to prepare for it?

“What to expect from my Maternity Photo Session  &  How to prepare for it”

Newborns by Aida

Hello to all you beautiful women waiting to be a glowing mama. I’m writing this post to go over some guidelines for the best way to get ready for your maternity session and to hopefully take some of the pressure off your shoulders and help you look forward to this day instead of dreading it!

First off I cannot stress enough that this day is about YOU. It’s about you feeling gorgeous and beautiful and strong, so we want everything to be your way. You are about to become a mom, either for the first time or for the second or third time, and you have booked this session to treat yourself to a nice photo shoot where you and your cute belly are the stars. We want you to shine and be comfortable and embrace all the beauty that comes with becoming a mom. And it starts with that stylish bump of yours. So my first tip to you is not to be afraid to discuss with your photographer what your expectations are from maternity shoot. Have some sample pictures ready and tell your photographer what you want and how you feel most comfortable. If you’re not comfortable showing your belly we don’t have to show your belly. If you’re not a dress person we can take some fabulous shots with casual clothes. If you want flowers, we can arrange to have flowers… Whatever it is you want. we can make it happen because this photo shoot is about you. Now let’s get into some details:

When is the best time to schedule a Maternity Shoot?

There is no definite answer for this question. The maternity session is usually done between 34-36 weeks, when you can notice the belly but it’s not too close to the due date that we might miss the chance if baby decides to come early! Having said that, the date is really based on what you feel most comfortable with and how big your belly is. Some people want to show their big big belly so they schedule it closer to 36-37 weeks, and some moms like to keep the belly subtle and do the shoot while they’re still slim, then you can book it for 35-36 weeks.

How far in advanced should I book my Maternity Photo session?

The sooner you let us know the better. Even though a maternity session is not as time sensitive as a newborn session, it’s best to book it well in advanced because it is also more predictable. Once you know your due date you should be able to decide on the date for your maternity session, so why waste time and risk the chance of getting the date you want? Booking 2-3 months in advance is the ideal time to make sure you have a spot with me.

What is the best location for a Maternity Session?

I offer both in studio and on location photography so you’ve got two options. But I personally prefer on location shoots if the weather is not an issue.

On location means that we would pick a nice location like a park or a beach of your choice to do the session at. Depending on the time of the year we can come up with the best natural scene that suits your style. My personal choices are often Jericho Park and Stanley Park where you can take advantage of a green background as well as the blue ocean. Please note that if you’re doing an on location session the best time to schedule it is close to sunset for the nicest ambient natural light.

The other choice would be taking the pictures in the studio. I recommend this option for Very cold or rainy weather or moms who are not comfortable posing with their belly in the public. The photos will be more simple and minimalistic than the outdoor shots but no less beautiful.


What should I wear to my Maternity Photo shoot?

I usually recommend two sets of styles for your photo session, that way you can get a variety of shots to choose from later. You are spending the time and money on this, might as well get some different outfits and feel like a real super star, right?

With your session you will have access to our elegant maternity gowns (colours and styles might be limited so check with photographer before hands). You are more than welcome to bring your own outfits too. I would suggest using one of our gowns and then bringing one outfit of your own that you like. Just keep in mind that we want to show your belly as much as we can, so anything tight is preferable. Some examples are:

  • Jeans and button up shirt (we can leave some buttons open around your belly
  • Jeans and a tight top
  • Any type of tight maxi dress
  • Any length tight dress (lace is preferable)
  • Bralette and a skirt (tutu style is very cute)
  • Warm winter tight sweater or dress with leggings for cold weather
  • Any lace coverups or kimonos
  • Or we can just use a white blanket to cover some bod parts

Make sure you have a strapless bra with you and a couple of underwear ( one seamless to be invisible under dresses and one boy short for under sheer dresses or skirts). Keeping undergarment colour to nude and beige is the best idea.

If the session is outside you should bring comfortable flat shoes to walk in and you can bring an extra pair of heels for your photos if you’re wearing a short skirt. Boots look great for winter shots. If you’re having a studio session just bring one pair of clean heels in case we do a full body shot and you don’t like to be bare feet in the photos.

If you have your partner or other kids joining you in the photos it’s always a great idea to colour coordinate the whole family. Wearing the same colour theme outfits will give a nice look to your photos and emphasize the sense of family love.

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How long does a Maternity Session usually last?

At Aida Miri Photography the Maternity session is offered for 1 hour. An hour is more than enough to get all the variety of shots that we want. Make sure to arrive on time for your session. Each client gets their scheduled 1 hour so if you arrive 15 minutes late then your session will have to be done in 45 minutes and we hate to cut your session short. So please plan ahead and make sure you arrive at the right time. We will do different poses and use various props so you have a good selection to choose from.

What kind of props/accessories should I bring to my Maternity Session?

This is where we can get creative. You can discuss this with your photographer prior to the session to make sure you have everything. You can bring any props that you would like to include in your photos (i.e. flowers, flower crowns, balloons, signs, etc.) It is always a good idea to bring a chalk board to write some cute quotes or phrases on. Or any pre-made signs saying “baby boy/girl”, “expecting soon” of “family love”. If you have a picture of your latest sonogram bring it along. Also if you have a couple of clothing articles for your newborn they always look cute in the photos, for example, little shoes, hats or dresses.

Make sure to wear your wedding rings (if they fit you), and Do not forget to do your nails. We will be taking a lot of closeup shots and almost all the photos will have your hand on your belly and we want your fingers to look perfect. You can match your nail polish with your outfit colour for the best look.

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Who should I bring to my Maternity Session?

Baby’s dad is always welcomed to the photo session. If you decide to bring your partner to the session we will take some photos of both of you and some photos of mom alone. If you have another kid(s) you can most definitely bring them to the photo session and I promise the result will be amazing. If you’re doing this on your own you are more than welcome to bring someone to accompany you, (your sister or a friend). But if you are coming with your partner please keep it to your immediate family as we want to keep the session to minimum number of people for maximum comfort, especially in the studio were things get a bit tight. Dogs are welcomed in outdoor sessions but no pets are allowed in the studio. Thank you for respecting the rules.

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Will I get professional hair and makeup done at my Maternity Session?

Our basic maternity session does not include hair and makeup services. If you’d like to book a professional makeup artist and hair stylist for your session it will be for an extra fee and you would have to arrive 1.5 hours before your scheduled session. We have a great team that we work with that you can inquire about prior to your session. If you are looking for something more simple you can do your own hair and makeup, just make sure you arrive all ready.


These are some the most frequent questions that I get asked all the time. If you have another question or concern that is not mentioned here I will be happy to address it. You can send me an email to and I’ll do my best to help out.

Looking forward to starting this journey with you.

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