What to expect during your Lifestyle Maternity Session | Bay Area Lifestyle Photographer

Apr 3, 2020

What an exciting time in your life. Whether this is your first baby or your 10th, this time is unique and exciting! For your maternity session, I will capture all of the changes that are taking place in your body and your family and turn them into art that you can enjoy for years to come.

Here are a few tips for your maternity session.

Day of Session

I do most of my maternity sessions outdoors, although certainly, an in-home session is an option. I prefer to start outdoor sessions between 8:00-8:30 am or 6:00-6:30 pm. This is when the light is best and tends to be less harsh. When we arrive, I will want to spend a few minutes getting to know you and your partner. I will also spend a few minutes discussing what to expect. My goal is to capture moments that show the emotion and connection of your growing family. Many people think that Lifestyle photography is not posed. That’s just not true. I’m going to be directing and posing you the entire time. I’m very hands-on and will fix your hair, straighten your collar or gently guide you into position. I know how hard it is to be on the other side of the camera. I’m much more comfortable behind the camera. I’m going to tell corny jokes and ask you to play along with silly games. All of this helps you relax so that I can capture true moments.


This is such a time of big change for siblings and they can be excited, anxious, jealous and a whole lot of other emotions. I try to start the session with shots that include siblings. I have no expectations for siblings so please don’t stress over how they may act or what they are doing during the session.


So if I’m being honest, dads are often more difficult than the kids. Dad’s on the other hand, are often stiff and uncomfortable. I get it. I have a husband! Don’t worry, most of the spotlight is going to be on the expectant mom. I’m going to ask you to do and say things that are silly and that feels weird. I promise it won’t be as bad as you think. You might even have fun! And the bonus points you’ll earn with mom……priceless! I want this session to be stress-free for you. I actually want you to look back and remember how much fun you had during the session.

What to wear

I recommend neutral colors without big, busy patterns. You will be comfortable if you are wearing something comfortable. Long, flowing dresses that are form-fitted to show off your growing bump work well. Please ask if you have any questions about what to wear.

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