Say Cheese! How to Prepare for Your Bump Photoshoot

Congratulations on your pregnancy! I bet you are really excited about your upcoming session, maybe a little apprehensive but trust me when I say this: every client of ours feels this way. As a photographer, I understand the importance of capturing this special moment in your life. A bump photoshoot is a unique and exciting opportunity to document your journey into motherhood. However, it’s understandable to feel a bit nervous and unsure of how to prepare. Don’t worry! In this blog post, I’ll be sharing some tips and tricks on how to prepare for your bump photoshoot.

Schedule your bump photoshoot at the right time

Timing is everything when it comes to a bump photoshoot (and newborn sessions!). As a general rule, the best time to schedule your photoshoot is between 28-36 weeks of pregnancy. During this time, your bump will be prominently visible, and you won’t be too uncomfortable posing for photos. That being said, it’s important to keep in mind everyone’s pregnancy journey is different, so don’t be afraid to schedule your shoot outside of this timeframe if it works better for you.

Choose the right outfit

What you wear for your photoshoot is essential. Opt for something that makes you feel comfortable and confident. Solid colours work best, as they don’t distract from the focus of the photo, which is your bump. Be sure to bring a couple of outfit options, including something dressy and casual. This way, you’ll have a range of looks to choose from for your photos. At HelloBABY Photography we always recommend two sets of lingerie as well, usually black and white, and a pair of g-strings to make sure you feel comfortable whilst shooting nude images (should you wish to have those included). 

We have a wide selection of gowns, tight fitted dresses, scarves and bodysuits at the studio, to compliment your wardrobe or in case you’d like us to completely style your shoot, we can do that at no extra cost. We will discuss all the options during our consultation, so don’t worry about it too much, just know we’ve got you covered! 

Accessorize for your bump photoshoot

Adding accessories can take your photoshoot to the next level. Simple items such as flower crowns, jewellery, or hats can add a unique and personal touch to your photos. We have a good selection of those at the studio, but should there be any family heirlooms you’d like to include in your session, please let us know in advance and we will plan accordingly. 

Don’t be afraid to get creative with your accessories, just be sure not to overdo it. Remember, the focus of the photo is your bump, so accessories should complement your outfit, not steal the show.

An expectant mum to be lying on the floor during a maternity photoshoot.

Book your hair and make-up appointment!

We highly recommend prefessional hair and make-up for your bump photoshoot. As it’s a very personal choice most of our expecting mums prefer to organise their own appointment prior to their photoshoot. Make sure you leave plenty of time to get to us.

Hydrate and Rest

In the lead-up to your photoshoot, it’s important to take care of yourself. Drink plenty of water, stay hydrated and get plenty of rest. This will help you feel refreshed and energised for your photoshoot. Additionally, avoid foods that may cause bloating, such as dairy or carbonated beverages. On the day, have a light meal and bring some snacks with you, in case you need an energy boost or start to feel dizzy. 

Prepare your body for a close-up

Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise! BUT! Avoid body oils and shimmers. We want to look like a peach and not like a disco ball. If you can still bend, shave any parts that may end up on display. Remember these photos will stay with you for life. One day your children will look at their beginnings, going through their family albums during long, winter nights and you most certainly don’t want to be called a gorilla at the Christmas table.

Have Fun at Your Bump Photoshoot

Finally, don’t forget to enjoy yourself during your bump photoshoot. This is a special moment in your life, and you deserve to celebrate it. Laugh, smile, and have fun with your partner / family and well ..us! These moments will be captured in the photos, making them all the more special.

Preparing for a bump photoshoot can be a lot of fun, but it’s essential to take the time to prepare. By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to capturing stunning photos of your pregnancy journey. Remember to schedule your shoot at the right time, choose the right outfit, accessorise, stay hydrated and rested, and most importantly, have fun! I can’t wait to see the beautiful and creative photos we’ll create!



Pregnancy is a wonderful experience, and capturing it with the helpf of a professional maternity photographer is an investment you won’t regret.

We hope this blog helps you appreciate and consider the reasons why we feel maternity photography is something very important. Try it! You’ll have so much fun!

We recommend your book your maternity photoshoot for around 28-32 weeks of your pregnancy. From experience, we can say this is the time when our expectant mums feel their best. They have that beautiful pregnancy glow. And it’s before they start feeling too tired or uncomfortable to pose for the camera. 

You’re further ahead already? No problem! Get in touch and we’ll try our best to fit you in!

You can see our Maternity Portfolio showing you what your maternity photoshoot could look like.

Have any questions?

Hi, I’m Reka, the photographer behind HelloBABY Photography.

If you have any questions about our Bump Photoshoots get in touch via email on contact@hellobaby.com.au or by the button below.

Newborn photographer, Reka Choy, posing for a portrait in a dusty pink dress.



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