Chimchimney Cheroo! Julia’s second look for her pregnancy photo shoot
Since I’ve come to the UK, I’ve had the legacy of Dick Van Dyke following me around. If I had a penny for every time I was told that he did the worst cockney accent in living memory, then I would be very wealthy.
In the spirit of Mary Poppins, here is some advice for getting the perfect pregnancy photo shoot:
- Timing is everything. Generally, it’s best to aim to do your shoot between weeks 32-36 when the bump is a nice shape and you aren’t in the puffy, fed-up stage yet. Any time past this and you might just be feeling a bit large – like I do right now just two weeks after our shoot.
- Do your hair and make up. Better yet, get a professional to do it. It’s nice to make an occasion out of the shoot and it will look better in the photos. We can organise a hair and make-up person for you at the studio, if you would like.
- Bring lots of different outfits. From flowing dresses to more shape hugging spandex-based outfits, take a suitcase full of great clothes. The more options you give your photographer, the better. Have a read through some general studio shoot preparation tips here for a bit more help with this.
- Take some snacks with you. Being a model can be hungry work! Make sure to bring some fruit or whatever it is that you are craving at the moment (oatmeal raisin cookies for me).
- Make it a family affair. If you have other children, then please do involve them in your maternity photo shoot. They will appreciate being made to feel part of the experience. Bring your partner along, too (even if he spends most of it on his iPhone at the back, at least you can get a few shots with him).
- Don’t forget about number 2/3/4! I almost made the cardinal mistake of not putting enough effort into my maternity photo shoot for baby number 2. I was tired and I just didn’t have the brain space to think about it. Thankfully, a chance glance at a child’s costume gave me the idea for our second pregnancy photo shoot, just two weeks before we were scheduled to photograph it (my dressmaker almost killed herself with getting the outfits ready in time). The point is, especially if you did a pregnancy shoot for number 1, do it for the others, as well.
That’s it! Oh, and if all else fails, remember to take a spoonful of sugar, the cure of all woes.