It is generally recommended to plan your maternity photography session in the late second or early third trimester (27-32 weeks). You want to be clearly showing but still feel comfortable enough to enjoy the process.
Earlier than that and the belly may not be prominent enough, later than that and you may feel uncomfortable. But every woman and every pregnancy is different, so listening to your body is always a good idea. Be sure to plan things early so you’ll be sure to have your choice of a convenient time.
Wear one of your favorite maternity outfits! Something comfortable and flattering to your form. A relaxed fit is good since you’ll be moving into different poses. Midtone colors work best — avoid busy patterns which can be distracting. I also suggest bringing a black and white shirt if you have it.
I can also provide an assortment of fabric wraps to accentuate your form. The wraps give a more intimate look while keeping things completely discreet. Bring any items that might be important to you and your baby. Sonogram photo, little shoes, blankets, etc.
Don’t forget to bring dad as well. It is nice to have a mommy and daddy portrait awaiting their new special bundle of joy. Bring him a black and/or white shirt as well.
Variety to Your Maternity Photos
Another area that seems to be untapped is the use of colors. While black and white and sepia are classics, and should definitely be included in your repertoire, it doesn’t hurt to push the boundaries a bit. Chances are that as a photographer you’re used to seeing more young women with colorful tattoos: Why not utilize these bright colors and incorporate them into matching or contrasting backgrounds that attract the eye and provide added excitement? Do she and her partner have matching tattoos? Use them to build an exciting, unexpected image. You can use colorful fabrics or items of clothing; interesting paintings or posters, or even brightly colored flowers…the only limit is your imagination.