When you plan your maternity session you have the option to think about the best place for your “backdrop”. What I love about in home maternity sessions is the personalized feel of the session. The baby isn’t here yet, but it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take some time to document this new place where he or she will be spending most of their time. I’ve put together a shot list below of how you can get the most of your in home maternity session.
10 Must have photos for your in-home maternity session
1. Wide view of nursery
I have a wide-angle lens and I think it comes in most handy for getting a wide view of the nursery elements from wall to wall. You can see from a distance all of the hard work that’s been put into decorating the nursery and I love starting my maternity and newborn sessions with a wide angle view.
2. The bump
Helloooo Mama, you’ve got a belly so you need to show it loud and proud! Wear something comfortable that allows you to move around, but also hugs your belly to show it off!
3. The family
One of the reasons I love being a lifestyle photographer is being able to tell a story using photography. Be sure to get a mix of maternity photos by yourself but also include your significant other and your children!
4. Fun and interesting areas in nursery
Can we just take a second to talk about this wall? It’s amazing! When you see areas in the home that you want to incorporate into the photos, totally do it! I knew I needed to get this wall and all of the hard work that was put into designing it!
5. Important family items
Sometimes family members and friends will give gifts to the baby. This can mean a hand made blanket, a photo frame, or a special book. Look for unique ways to incorporate this in your maternity session. Bonus points if you incorporate a book written by Jimmy Fallon. Love him!
6. Master bedroom
During this in home maternity session we walked into the master room and I was immediately blown away. First of all, my love for all things floral automatically triggered me to take some photos on the bed. It’s gorgeous! I like that the master bedroom gives a personal feel and I incorporate the master room in not only in home maternity sessions, but also in home newborn sessions.
For homes that have fun walls or furniture I always look for ways to also add those to the photos. This chair was crying out to be photographed! Mom had an idea to use this chair in her bedroom and it contrasted so nicely with her dress!
8. A dress
My very next thing! When you get your maternity photos taken, think about how you will feel the most comfortable and gorgeous. After all, you’ve got the pregnancy glow! This dress matched really all of the different places we photographed at this maternity session.
Pets are part of your family so why not make them part of your family photos? It took just a few minutes to calm them down to focus and sit still enough for the photos but I think it was sooo worth it! I’ve photographed with both cats and dogs and love the dynamic it adds to the family photos!
10. Nursery details
When you put so much time and effort into the nursery it can be easy to forget to focus on the details. Take a few minutes to photograph the small stuffed animals, the books, the changing table, and anything else that is special to you.