- If you are going to expose any skin (and I'm not talking nude photos, this goes for exposed arms, legs, etc.), about two hours before your photo shoot, remove any clothing or accessories with elastic. Such items as bras, pants with elastic waistbands, elastic wristbands and bracelets, even socks, leave marks on your skin that will show up in your pictures.
- Discuss with me ahead of time the look and style of the portraits you desire. Do you plan to be clothed the entire time? Do you love the intimate look of skin on skin (think mom with baby, dad with baby, maternity bellies, etc.)? Will someone else be in the photos with you?
- If someone else will join you in the pictures, be sure to select clothing and accessories for them that do not distract from the main subject (your faces, maternity belly, newborn, etc.). Bright-colored clothing and shiny accessories (watches, belt buckles, etc.) attract light and lead the eye away from the main focus.
- Wear medium to dark solid colored clothing. Avoid prints and bright colors. Think about the type of portrait you are taking. If it is formal, dress accordingly. If it is a casual, outdoor shot, wear a good pair of jeans and a solid comfortable top. If this is a family portrait or group shot, wear complimentary or coordinating clothing. It is best if everyone matches.
- If this is a maternity shoot, you may want to bring a few of your baby's things to hold in your photos. Maybe you have already purchased an adorable pair of shoes, someone may have given you something at your shower that means a lot to you, or maybe there is a family heirloom that you would love to memorialize in your pictures.
- Avoid rubbing lotions on exposed body parts. You don't want the light to bounce off the shiny surface. Do, however, consider moisturizing your elbows and feet.
- Your hands will likely be in the pictures, so consider a manicure, or at the very least, be sure your nails are trimmed. This rule also applies for toes.
- Bring powder and lipstick or tinted Chap Stick for touchups during the shoot. Bring your brush or comb and several changes of clothes.
- Last, allow at least two hours for your photo shoot, and try not to schedule anything for immediately afterwards. Most maternity shoots and weddings, cannot be re-shot, so don't rush yourself! Enjoy yourself!
You want to look your best in your portraits. My job is to help you with that through posing, lighting, and correct image exposure. However, there are a few things you can do to prepare for the day and make it fun for you and everyone involved.
I am a Warren, MI based photographer.