February 17, 2021

How to prepare for your maternity session | Ottawa photographer

Congratulations!!! This is such an exciting time in your life and I would love to capture it for you!

Ottawa maternity photographer, Maternity pictures, pregnancy pictures, maternity session, Fall maternity photos


The best time for maternity photos is when you are between 32 –36 weeks along depending on your belly size and you are still comfortable to pose. For expecting mamas with twins (or more), come in earlier around 26 – 30 weeks as twins tend to arrive much earlier than a normal pregnancy.


I highly recommend getting professional makeup and hair done for your session, it will help make you feel beautiful and confident in front of the camera. However if it’s not in the budget, your going-out-on-a-hot-date makeup and adding fake lashes will work just fine.


I will help to guide you every step of the way and help direct you in posing so you can look your best. What makes maternity photos different from other portraits is that the images focus on you, your personality, feelings and the bond you have with your much-awaited baby. Many maternity poses such as hands on the belly and eyes looking down express emotions and connection to your belly and empathize the beautiful curves of your body.


Wear whatever you feel comfortable and pretty in. Here’s a list I provide to my clients: the first one is mandatory, the rest of the list are suggestions.

  • Neutral strapless bra and seamless underwear
  • Black bra and panty set (for those black background belly shots)
  • White/ivory bra and panty set (for those white background belly shots)
  • Lingerie sets
  • Tube top or belly band
  • Regular jeans (not maternity ones) and camisole top
  • Buttoned shirt or blouse
  • Long, flowy or form-fitting dress (e.g. tube dress or a summer maxi dress)
  • Button ups sweater or cardigans
  • Men’s button ups top (for significant other/husband)
  • Coordinating outfits (for significant other/husband and/or children)
  • Any favorite scarves, accessories, jewelries, etc.
  • Any sentimental items (e.g. baby ultrasound image)


We can shoot at your favorite location or I can help suggest a local park or trail, it’s totally up to you. I’m here to help achieve your vision and guide you ever step of the way.


Advantage of studio photography is the convenience and lighting control. You can shoot anytime regardless of weather and achieve some great portraits.


I love the natural lifestyle look of outdoor sessions.  The disadvantages of shooting outdoor is mostly weather dependent. Rescheduling rainy day sessions can trigger the rescheduling of other related appointments (e.g. professional makeup and hair artist, florist, venues, etc.) and can delay the session.

Remember to bring water, snacks, sunscreen and bug spray and be prepared to walk/hike to the location and change outfits outdoors.

A great maternity photography session will not only produce stunning images, but also make you feel confident and beautiful and capture your growing belly.

I look forward to meeting you and capturing your maternity session! Christine XO

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