Can I just say I that I find myself exceedingly grateful to live in a place where I can drive to a place like, Bear Flatts, and capture a maternity session like this. Nicole and Cody are avid adventure seekers but may have to slow down with their little miss on the way! This session was one that I got a little carried away with BECAUSE there were too many good photos… Like over 100… I was so happy Nicole took my advice and read my BLOG on how to make the most of your maternity photos. Nicole had a specific look she wanted for her photos and also wanted them to look natural and capture her and Cody’s love for the out doors. The way these photos turned out they could not have been better. The light, the evening, the couple, it was just too good to be true.

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Calling all mommas and mommas to be! Thinking about getting maternity photos done? A little hesitant about getting them done because you don’t know what to wear? During both of my pregnancies I gained 50+lbs and was convinced that I didn’t want photos of me at that time, BUT now I am really kicking myself. I wish I could have something to look back and remember those 9 short months. I created this short guide to help YOU momma, because I want you to remember this time that only comes a couple times in our lives 

Dress it Up

You want me to wear a what? A dress? YES! Honestly, I know your most comfy sweatpants and sweater are your go to right now, but let’s put those down for a sec and let the camera remind you of how BEAUTIFUL you are. I know in the last month of pregnancy you are not feeling like a million bucks, but momma you deserve to feel like it! There is a HUGE difference when a mom invests in a dress compared to the comfy option. Dresses flatter everyBODY yup, body. You can find really affordable options on amazon and you won’t regret it. Now, here is the kicker. Do you think you can get your man to join in? When your man joins in the photos go from oh,nice to WOAH! Dress pants and a layered sweater make all the difference.

Adding the Extra Details

What is an extra detail? You know that ultrasound photo you have on the fridge or maybe that flower crown you have always dreamed about wearing? Well NOW is the time. Don’t be afraid to make a statement, girl. No one will question you, they will just admire you. Do you have little booties, I mean what is it about tiny shoes that get me every time, or a onesie you can’t wait to put on that babe? Bring it, these are the things that help tell the story of your new addition.

Go Pro

Hair and makeup, go pro! I find that this is the ONE THING that gets neglected in most of my photo sessions. Getting professional hair and makeup done is VERY important in the outcome of the photos. Can I be honest with you? I get my makeup done EVERY time I get photos done of myself. Why do brides look AMAZING on their wedding days? Well the dress… but also the makeup and hair. It completes the look. If you are a wizard with one or both, (which I have clients that are), then please YES. Go for it! IF you are more like me and were never taught or are just not confident, then I’d say ask for help! There are also FREE options like my girl Katie (Fort St. John) with Mary Kay. She will come to you, or go into Shoppers and they will give you a makeover with a purchase. 

Plan, and BE CONFIDENT

Babies only take 9 short months to grow… feels like a lifetime… BUT if you think about it, it really is such a short period compared to their WHOLE life. There aren’t very many occasions I can put on a flowy gown and flower crown anymore. I now think of my daughter and when she will be pregnant and how few photos she will have of me. I was always curious to know what it was like for my mom, and honestly if she gained as much weight as me… Planning ahead is SO important! You never know if baby is coming early so getting your photos about a month and a half before you are due is a good time. That means ordering your dress and extra details for the shoot ahead of time to make sure everything fits!

Can I just say you are a SUPERHERO! Growing a human is no joke… hard. Maybe you have had an easier pregnancy, maybe you have been waiting for this tiny human for what seems like a lifetime. Why not celebrate it and have something that you can always look back and smile at. Plus you kids will be like, “Woah Mom, that’s you?!”

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