Maternity Session Prep Guide

Congratulations on your pregnancy! As you prepare for your little one to enter the world and join your family, your to-do list is probably a mile long. Having a professional maternity session may seem like just another item to add to your list, but a maternity session can be a perfect time to remind you of the power and beauty of your body during your pregnancy journey. You deserve to have this incredible moment in your life captured, to celebrate with your partner and family the joy of a new baby entering your life.

If you’ve never had a maternity session before, you may not know how to prepare or what to expect. That’s why we’ve put together this handy guide to everything you need to know in order to make the most of your session and get images you will love.


I am excited to begin this journey with you! My goal is to document your special moments in a beautiful and unique way. I'm very passionate about what I do and am honored to be able to preserve your memories for you. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to capture these memories for you. 

In this Maternity Session Prep Guide you’ll find everything you’ll need to know about a maternity session with me. I’ve included some helpful tips to hopefully make this process as smooth as possible for you. If there is anything I can do for you along the way, please don’t hesitate to ask! I’m here to serve you the best that I can. I can’t wait for our session together!

Sincerely, Amanda

Studio Address: 70 Oakwood Lane, North Clarendon, VT 05759

Phone: 802-353-0400



Pamper yourself. Get your nails done. Get your hair and makeup done (don’t know where to start with this? I can make sure you’re taken care of!). This day is all about you, so do whatever is going to help you relax so you look and feel your best! I understand that by the end of your pregnancy you may start to feel far from your typical self, but trust me. You. Are. Stunning. 

Get plenty of rest the night before. I know, it can be hard to get any decent sleep during pregnancy, but if you’re able to, go to bed early and try to get a full night’s sleep. That way, you’ll be refreshed and relaxed at your session the next day.

Stay hydrated—and don’t skip breakfast. It’s critical to drink plenty of water both before and during your session. Hydrated skin will look fresh, and staying hydrated will help keep your energy up throughout the shoot. And even if you have a case of nerves about stepping in front of the camera, be sure to eat breakfast before your session.


The good news about trying to find the perfect dress for your photo session is that I have you covered! I have a client closet filled with maternity gowns for your choosing. Don’t see one you like? Help me pick out the next custom gown for my closet! Of course, you can wear whatever outfit you choose for your session. Just make sure that it is tighter around the belly to show off your gorgeous, growing bump! Also, keep your colors simple and avoid loud colors or patterns. Neutral or jewel tones are best!

Give some thought to your underwear and bras as well. For example, if you’re wearing a white dress, you don’t want to wear dark panties that will show through the fabric. I always recommend nude underwear and strapless bras, and some black and white underwear.


Where do you feel most at peace? Love spending your days at the beach in the sand, then your session should take place at the beach. Wherever you feel describes you and your family, aim for your session to take place at a location that represents it. Enjoy spending a relaxing day at home with your family? Have your session take place in the comfort of your own home. No matter where you choose, I will help find your perfect location.


From the colors you and your family choose to wear to the meaningful baby items you want to be incorporated into your photo shoot, these details should not be overlooked. A few tips to remember:

  • Less is more when planning the wardrobe for you and your family. Dress in neutral colors with avoiding big designs or patterns on their shirts. 
  • Bring small items that are meaningful if you would like, but it is not a requirement. Maternity sessions are focused on you and your beautiful belly, so make sure your fingernails are “photoshoot ready”.
  • Keep your jewelry and accessories to a minimum. Accessories that are too big can take away the focus from you.
  • Pack a hairbrush, touch-up makeup, and anything additional you may need while at your session