Successful Maternity Session Tips | Carlsbad Maternity Photographer

Tips For A Great Maternity Photography Session

Thinking about booking a Carlsbad maternity photographer or maybe you have already booked but have questions?

I have put together a few of my best tips below to have an unforgettable maternity shoot! This is your time to shine mama! As a long-time San Diego and Carlsbad maternity photographer, I want you to look back on these images and realize you are nothing short of a superhero. Your beauty will just shine through. Using some of these tips might set you out on the right foot towards the perfect session!


Can you believe your body is doing this extraordinary thing? It is CREATING LIFE. It is an incredibly awesome life-changing experience. You need to own it! You are amazing and your body is awe-inspiring. 

I know it’s not easy. You don’t fit in your clothes. You might be retaining water or feel swollen. I get it! I’ve delivered 4 babies. I remember those days. I can’t tell you how often my clients are self-conscious about something when they book with me or even at their session but I can assure you, once you see your photos I know you will start to see your body as nothing short of amazing. 

2. Don’t Worry About Feeling Awkward

Posing for the camera is not something that comes naturally to a lot of people. I’ve been a Carlsbad maternity photographer for over a decade. I have a whole list of flattering poses that will help hide any problem areas and really highlight all of your beauty. Only like the left side of your face to show? No problem! Worried about your arms? I’ve got you!

I will walk you through each pose, gently guiding you into the best positions possible that will also allow for more candid, lifestyle shots as well. We don’t want the whole session to feel staged. I want to capture your love for your unborn baby in the most natural way possible.

3. Choose outfits that really show off your body

Regardless of your size or size, choose outfits that really accentuate that bump. I offer dresses for all of my maternity clients if needed. I also offer full styling support and can provide links and discounts to some great maternity dress vendors. Look for flowy maxi dresses, tiered dresses, or a gorgeous form-fitting gown to show off all of your stunning curves. Check out this post on what to wear for maternity sessions.

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4. Choose A Location You Love

Do you love the beach and the beauty of the sunset and waves? Perhaps you envision yourself in a gorgeous field with hills in the background. The possibilities are endless. There are so many great locations in San Diego and Carlsbad for your maternity photography session. I pretty much have a perfect location for every style you’re looking for but don’t be afraid to offer up suggestions if you have something very particular in mind! I want you to connect with your surroundings. If you aren’t a beach fan, it might show in the photos. I want you in your element!

5. Pick Good Undergarments

The right bra and shapewear can make a world of difference in how you feel. For form-fitting gowns, every line shows. It is super helpful to have some shapewear on to smooth out any bra or visible panty lines. You can find them on Amazon, Nordstoms, or you could even run over to Target and grab some.

6. Hair & Makeup

Choose this time in your pregnancy to pamper yourself! Make the whole day about you! Let someone else take care of styling your hair and precisely applying your makeup. You deserve to be taken care of. Even if you choose one or the other it will take a little extra stress off of you and you will show up feeling your best. I suggest going as natural as possible. Light natural makeup and hair down is always a favorite. If you want a feature to pop, consider doing your eyes a bit more dramatic than usual with a soft pink lip. If getting your hair and makeup done isn’t in the cards, treat yourself to a new body lotion or lipgloss to help you feel your best!

So there you have it, some of my tips for an unforgettable maternity photography session! I hope this helped a little and as always you can contact me anytime for additional help.

Ready to book me as your Carlsbad maternity photographer?

Contact me today to book your unforgettable maternity session! As an added bonus, all maternity clients get $50 off a newborn session as well. 

Tristan Quigley Photography is based in San Diego and travels to surrounding areas including Encinitas, Carlsbad, La Jolla, Del Mar, Rancho Sante Fe, Cardiff, San Marcos, Oceanside, Carmel Valley, Coronado and other surrounding San Diego areas.

Please contact me if you’re interested in booking your photography session with Tristan Quigley Photography.

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