Welcome back from the long weekend! I hope everyone is well rested and ready for a productive week! As for me, I am happy to announce that I was officially given the green light to start working out again last week and plan to take full advantage of this new and improved status all week. In honor of kicking-off my new dedication to fitness, I want to take a moment to recognize what got me to the shape I am in today - and what better way to do that than review some of the stunning maternity pictures taken by the one and only Jane G. Photography .
The theme of our maternity pictures was definitely PNW chic (because that is totally a style, right?!). Jane and I hiked out to one of the most beautiful backdrops Seattle has to offer and played around for an afternoon. We did not have any specific shots in mind, but I am in love with how everything turned out! Looking at these pictures now I almost instantly break into tears because it seems unreal to me that I grew this tiny little human that I love so much.
A big caveat to this post, I do not claim to be an expert in the field of maternity photography. I am here as a one time participant talking about what worked best for me and what I will keep in mind if there were to ever be a round 2. So without further ado - here are my 4 tips for unforgettable maternity pictures!
# 1 | Understand your audience
This was a big tip for me as I was not getting these pictures for myself - these pictures were a gift for my husband who just wanted a few good pictures of me carrying our first child. Because I had him and his wishes in mind, I knew that I wanted pictures that showed off my bump in a tasteful way because these pictures would likely be framed in our house somewhere. With this said, I have lots of girlfriends who opted for the boudoir maternity pictures because they knew these pictures were only for their eyes only... knowing who these pictures are going to be viewed by really helps shape your attire and your photographers approach in making your maternity dreams come true :)
# 2 | Be natural
This is the one time in your life that you are letting your body do exactly what it is supposed to. You are not sucking it in, wearing pounds of makeup, or styling your hair for a fancy occasion. You are doing the most natural thing a woman can do - literally - embrace it.
# 3 | Be comfortable
Not a lot of explanation needed here - you are already carrying +20 lbs by the time you are taking your pictures - comfort is the name of the game at this point in the pregnancy so why not embrace it?! No need to try and squeeze into an impossibly tight dress or sky high heels. I rocked a pair of stretchy black pants and a sweatshirt and felt like a million bucks!
# 4 | Have fun
Unless you are a Duggar, odds are this is an experience you are likely to have a few times, so why not have a little fun!