The best time for scheduling a maternity session is between 33-37 weeks of pregnancy. 6 weeks before the due date is your safest bet, because babies don't always arrive when expected. I recommend no sooner than 33 weeks.
The best place for doing maternity photos is the great outdoors, and locations can say everything about your personal style.
Clothing: solid colors and form fitting dresses (especially Maternity gowns like the ones you can find HERE) are recommended. Try to avoid sleeveless or straps. Since we are highlighting your belly, full length dresses or jeans with a tight fitting top will be best.
If choosing a dress, please select maternity gowns that will hug your belly and contour to your curves.
If you want something more simple, maternity tank dresses are great and will only be about $30.
For the men, complementary or like colors will be great. I recommend simple shirts or t-shirts, but if you like bold colors or patterns I am fine with that as long as it complements mommy and her belly.
Alert and awake babies are in constant motion, making it very challenging to vary poses. So, most important thing is to be sure your newborn has been fed at least thirty minutes prior to the session. Anticipate your baby being hungrier than usual, or needing the help of a pacifier or bottle to relax him/her. The posing and rearranging of baby will likely overstimulate. Nursing baby is ideal for both mommy and baby, but if possible, bottle feed during the session. Then you know your baby is full. Space heaters and/or heating pads (even rice packs that you can warm up in a microwave) will improve your baby's comfort level - especially when we are changing outfits or wraps.
The key is KNOW YOUR BABY. Every baby prefers lying in a specific pose, not all babies want to be posed. To faciliate an easy session, make the room or home where we are shooting warmer than usual, as babies get cold very easily. If you are hoping to get certain poses, just be aware of your baby's comfort level.
Clothing: nude babies are the most precious. I use wraps and covers wherever needed - diapers off is optional. Additionally, newborn outfits are usually too large to fit your baby.
I will bring everything we will need, including backdrop, furs, baskets, basket fillers, posing pillows, accessories and wraps.
I encourage creativity, so incorporate anything you like to really personalize it.
Best time to take the photos: within 24-48 hours of birth is great, but if you want to wait until you are home with baby and settled in, try not wait longer than 2 weeks.
Parents should wear solid white, or pastel colors, especially for when we photograph you with your baby. This will keep the focus on your precious, and your adoring faces. I highly recommend plain t-shirts. For moms, preferably sleeves (i.e. no tanks or straps, as most mommies do not care for their arms in pictures).