Prep your canvas!
I do offer hair and makeup at as an add on to any maternity collection, weather you are taking advantage of that or not, it is always a good idea to “prep your canvas”. Drinking lots of water and exfoliation and applying lotion to your skin on the days leading up to your session will give you an extra glow.
Also mindfulness prepping is always a great thing. Meditation or relaxation practices can help you feel calmer and more at ease. This will all translate in your images.
Know that you are beautiful and make sure to remind yourself of that everyday! Practice some extra self love.
Prepping the Family:
I know that this can get overwhelming for some....BREATH... The beauty of lifestyle photography is that it is more geared towards natural moments. I know that lots of posing can be hard for little one(s)... (and partners). I am pretty damn good at providing a low stress environment that everyone can feel comfortable in.
Make sure everyone is well fed and bath-roomed. Bring along a favorite toy of blanket for your little(s) if you feel they need it.
outfits: make sure once again that everyone is comfortable. Try and pick items that coordinate and compliment but don't feel the need to get super matchy...For men, a nice button down or sweater and some dress pants are always a safe bet. Also avoid very bright and bold colors, logos, or heavy patterns, as these can all be distracting in an image. It's always nice to accessorize with belts, nice shoes, bows etc...