When I was pregnant with Kennedy I had a grand vision of a maternity photoshoot in the snow. Everyone knows I always enlist in my husband to be my photographer and do our own photoshoots. Today, I am excited to share my experience and how to nail your winter maternity photoshoot in the snow!
LOCATION & TIMING:
First and foremost, if you don’t live in a place that gets snow all over the city & you need to go to the mountains (like me) CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR FIRST! Because of the elevation change I thought it best to consult with my Dr. first. I am glad I did because he did not want me going up after 36 weeks!
The doctors orders will make or break your deadline for photos. I knew I had to go up no later than 36 weeks, and I tried to give a week buffer so I did these photos at about 35 weeks. You will also want to look to weather and try to schedule your photos around a snowfall. The more snow the better, but make sure you are being safe with traveling in the snow. (of course!)
I also like to take in account how comfortable I am feeling and how big my bump is. I always want my photos to really accent my bump. However, if you are someone who doesn’t want photos at your most swollen time I would do photos earlier in the pregnancy.
As far as location goes. I knew I wanted blankets of snow. The only place near us for that is the mountains. I remembered an area that had big open spaces as well as a bridge and big trees. I knew it would be perfect for a variety of shots!
Think of places around your town that will get covered in snow and pick the best spot that will complement your outfit and style. Also make sure there is safe parking and safe walk ways for you and your photographer!
DECIDING ON AN OUTFIT:
You know your style best, but I hands down recommend the Sew Trendy Dresses! They have a HUGE variety for every season & style. The cool thing with Sew Trendy is that they have matching newborn pieces, too! So you can do pictures in your outfit again once you have the baby or the pictures will go together on the wall because of the colors!
I am wearing the Red Emerlie Gown in a Medium. These are so stretchy but defiantly go by the sizing chart! My floral crown can be found here! I chose the floral crown to accent my dress, but also because I knew my hair could be unruly and this would help! I did have 2 pairs of pants on under my dress and snow boots on!
My ultimate advice on how to nail your winter maternity photoshoot in the snow, you should wear something formfitting. It accents all your sexy pregnancy curves and really shows the bump! Stay true to you, though. If you aren’t comfortable in the outfit, it will show in the photos!
POSES & PROPS:
Your photographer should have great poses and prop ideas, but if you are DIYing your photoshoot like me then here are some ideas!
- Figure out what side you like photographed first! You aren’t going to like the photos as much if its your “bad side”.
- When placing your hands on your belly, make sure your arm is leaving a gap to see the arch of your back.
- Look down at your belly, off in the distance, smile with and without teeth. Those little changes make a difference in the photos!
- For the snow a blanket or blanket scarf (like I used) is a nice touch! You can also use it as a swaddle in newborn photos!
- Baby shoes, clothes or something you bought for him/her is always sentimental!
- Keeping your shoulders up right and sticking out your belly and butt at the same time, really helps accentuate your bump and curves!
I hope this how to nail your winter maternity photoshoot in the snow tutorial helps you! If you take photos in the snow, tag me on Instagram!
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