For all soon-to-be-moms, doing a maternity shoot is an absolute yes! You know you’ll go through a lot in your pregnancy journey and sometimes getting all dolled up does help lessen stress, and having photos taken of you and your bump is a great way to celebrate your pregnancy. I’m here to help you with some ideas based on my own experience. I really planned out mine, and I’m so happy with the results!
Tip 1: Mood boards!
First thing you have to do is to research for pegs to help create a mood board. This will help you find what clothes you would want to look like. You can start checking your closet or do some window shopping in stores. There are sooo many looks to choose from, and coming into the shoot you’d want to be aligned with the photographer on what outcome you like to have.
I created a board on Pinterest under maternity shoot, and as early as 6 months I was already pinning photos. At first, I just kept pinning and adding more pegs and photos, then slowly lumabas din what the common theme was for me! After that, I had my theme, look, and feel already!
Tip 2: Maximize your budget!
If you are on a budget, it’s perfectly fine! You can use clothes from your closet. Just go back to your board on Pinterest, and choose which looks you like the most! Pick out clothes from your own stuff, then start raiding your sisters’, your best friends’ too! For me naman, I chose to use a stylist for my shoot (tbh just so I can try ‘di ba, why not?!). I contacted my friend, Cath Sobrevega (@styledbycath) to do styling for me. She’s a big stylist to the stars, and she charged me Php20k for 4 layouts. She prepared all the outfits for me na! Kasi naman it’s so difficult to do your own shopping for outfits lalo na when you’ve gotten sooo big! She created a deck after for me to approve and on the day itself, she brought 2 suitcases of clothes! Ang daming options talaga.
Okay, on the day itself, I actually did something stupid! I told Cath to come with her team at 1:00pm, eh 1:00pm ang shooting time. I didn’t know na dapat pala 2 to 3 hours before shoot time pinapapunta ang stylist! Sabay pala sila with the makeup artist! OMG I had no idea, so they had to rush to bring out clothes, and steam them for the shoot (sorry Cath!). A super big thank you for rushing. Good thing she brought extra people, and extra clothes so may ibang clothes hindi fit sakin sa laki ko ba naman!
Tip 3: Invest in getting HMUA!
Waah! I cannot stress it enough to you how important hair and makeup is to me. I wasn’t blessed to have a face that can do the REAL no makeup, and be pretty. I need at least a bit of tinted moisturizer, and concealer to survive the day. So for shoots, I definitely NEED legit makeup. I usually book makeup artists for attending events and shoots, but girl ang gastos talaga! That’s why I’m slowly trying to learn how to do my own makeup, thick enough for the camera to see, but seamless to be photographed well (learning process pa rin though! Watch my beauty vlogs and let me know what you think).
So anyway, I did my maternity shoot at around 8months, and I actually felt so ugly and crappy! I felt fat sa face! Honestly, I would recommend you guys to do it earlier when you feel most comfy and pretty because important ang CONFIDENCE sa shoot. It will really show on the photos when you’re not confident with your body and look. I used my wedding hairstylist and makeup artist @leoposadas and @bianca_annevergara. They already know my hair and face, what I like and don’t like plus sobrang saya nila kasama. Haha nakakagv! So, if you’re gonna book a hair and makeup artist, make sure natry niyo na sila before para your comfy. (I used the word feel because remember you already are beautiful, you just need a little help to make you CONFIDENT)
Make sure to communicate with your makeup artist the look you want to achieve. If ayaw niya makinig sayo, I suggest to find someone else kasi makeup artists and hairstylists are the first people you’ll see sa shoot. He or she will set the mood for the shoot, and ayaw mo ng bad vibes! Masisira lang ang photos mo.
If you’re planning to do your own makeup (which is also great!), make sure to test it out multiple times with natural light and artificial light like selfie light, ring light, or makeup light. Take a lot of photos using your phone or digital camera! Don’t do selfies! Because that’s really not how you’ll photograph that day. Selfies kasi you can play with your angles because it’s close to your face, but sa shoots it’s normally a photographer, so dapat someone else is taking your photos. Wag ka mahiya! Picture lang nang picture, so you can check which areas to improve para sure your makeup on shoot day is perfect!
Tip 4: Get the right photographer!
Okay, this is I think the most important decision sa maternity shoot! I would say, best to choose a photographer you’ve already worked with, someone who’s already taken your photos and you loved the outputs! If wala ka kilala or you weren’t happy with the previous photogs, your best bet is to use a photographer who had experience in shooting maternity shoots already! This is crucial para alam na niya ginagawa niya, and how to shoot a pregnant woman (mahirap siya ha! Like meron kasi ako peg na nasa floor nakahiga, ang hirap kaya humiga with a big tummy! Mahirap din tumayo from that position! Haha!
I chose to work with Pat Dy, who’s also my wedding photographer. He knows how to make me look the best in photos, and honestly I’m so comfortable working with him. The shoot wasn’t tiring at all! It was FUN! AND that’s super important kaya na you don’t feel stressed or tired during the shoot. Dapat light and fun, or else it will show on the photos! And as a pregnant woman, mabilis ka mapagod kaya dapat very easy and light lang ang shoot. Some of my suggestions for photographers are Cocoon Studios (I used them for my baby shower and I’m so happy with the photos, very light and natural ang output ng photos), Happy Folks Studio (I haven’t really tried them, but I heard good reviews from friends and they have a studio with a lot of nice setups and backdrops you can already use).
Your maternity shoot has to be light, fun, and really memorable for you because it’s something you’ll definitely look back on. So, make sure to plan it na pinaka comfy ka with the people around you!
Sharing with you guys some of my photos 🙂