So many times I get an email, or Facebook message, or phone call from mommas worried about maternity photography.
So many mommas want beautiful images of themselves while they are pregnant and feeling full of life, glowing and sporting a beautiful round bump. But, they feel self conscious, worried about their weight gain, anxious about how they look.
Other frequent concerns are, what do I wear? Nothing I own fits any more, I don't have anything pretty in my size.
Todays, blog is to lay all those uneases to rest, answer those questions and create a forum for other questions to be posted and answered.
Q) I don't like the way I look,can you make me look skinny?
A) Well I am not a magician, however I can pose your body in a way that is flattering, and accentuates your bump, not your lumps. I can accentuate the good and not the bad. Using lighting, poses, and draping we can make you your most beautiful pregnant self.
Q) I don't have anything to wear!
A) Girls I feel you! I remember how miserable that last month of pregnancy is, how big your bump is and how difficult it can be to feel fabulous! Never fear mommas, I have an ever growing wardrobe of gowns, skirts, tops, shorts, and wraps. Enough options in enough levels of modesty to suite any ones desires. One of the perks of my Bump sessions is access to the wardrobe!
Q) Can my spouse/ partner and other children be in the pictures.
A) OF COURSE! I always welcome families in my Maternity sessions. When a momma wants family included I always recommend doing your session in two parts. First a family portrait style session, with the littles and daddy. Then I suggest moving into a more momma centered focus with mom alone in the studio. Thats when we can really delve into the gorgeous maternity images that every momma wants for herself.
Q) When do I need to schedule my maternity session?
A) I recommend between 33-37 weeks, unless your Dr. has mentioned that you may need to deliver before 33 weeks. Also it will depend on how much of a bump you have, if your not really showing you may want to wait till closer to 37 weeks.
Q) How long will the session last?
A) Usually a maternity session will last about one hour, especially if you choose a family and single person break out. I like to show each portion of the session equal time and alway allow momma breaks as needed. Sometimes mommas need to rest and drink some water!
I think this covers all the questions I am asked with some regularity. However I would love to answer any more you may have! Leave them in the comments section and I will answer them for you.
Here are some images from a recent Maternity Model call. Enjoy!
Kandi Woessner is a momma to three, wife to one amazing man, photographer to many. She loves capturing the bitter sweetness of pregnancy, birth, and infancy. Kandi lives in St. James, works in Rolla, but will travel to the surrounding areas to photograph as well.