Aloha, and congratulations on your little bundle of joy on the way. Such an exciting time in your life! I love when couples reach out to me and schedule a Big Island maternity photo session to document this milestone. I’m here to try and offer advice, tips, and more information about why, when, and where! Let’s dive in….
You’re on your “babymoon” in Hawaii, so you’re enjoying the last hurrah before the baby arrives. It’s a fun, quiet time to spend time with your partner, as well as practicing some self-care too. If it’s your first baby, this will be the last couple’s photos you will take together. The last weeks before you’re officially a family of three, and the last time you two will every just be a duo. This is super special for you two! Document it – you will never be upset you did take the photos, only if you decide not to take them.
Trust me, as someone who did, I look back on those photos when I need to remember what it looked like and felt like to be pregnant too. It’s a miracle and a wonder, and why not capture those beautiful photos of mom! You have the pregnancy glow and gorgeous belly! If it’s your second or third baby (or more), this is a great time to have your other kiddos join in and celebrate the new baby too. Plus, you can get a few photos with your other littles too!
As a photographer and MOM, I am always very careful about selecting a safe, and easy beach for the mom-to-be to navigate. I remember all too well my center of gravity being a little off, and getting tired easily. We try to choose a beach near where you are staying, and stick to a path that is safe and easy. We take our time, and get all the gorgeous Big Island maternity photos you desire, but we also make some room for mom to rest if she needs.
Feel free to bring a change of clothes, if you want two looks. Moms to be can also love getting into a swim suit or a dress they don’t mind getting wet and getting in the water too. Any special requests are wonderful too. I always come with lots of ideas! And also, don’t forget to bring water with you and a small snack. The heat here in Hawaii can really take it out of you! You will want to bring some shoes that are easy to walk in, but also easy to take off! If you’re changing, bring a towel or blanket; that way we can change right on the beach for speed and ease. If you’re bringing kiddos with you, a nice “bride” snack is great too. Make sure they are fed beforehand, if possible. No one wants a “hangry” subject!
For inspo on what to wear, check out my gallery! Love pops of color, change of clothing if desired, casual or formal – love it all! Love the variety of what Amazon offers for simple and elegant (and affordable) dress options: https://www.amazon.com/Maternity-Shoot-Outfit/s?k=Maternity+Shoot+Outfit
I think anytime between 28-34 weeks is ideal. That last month may be tempting, but you’re also usually at your most uncomfortable by then too. The last of the 2nd trimester to the beginning of your 3rd is usually perfect! That also usually coincides with when you’re able to travel to the Hawaii, so it’s perfect timing for your Big Island maternity photo session. If you’re showing a little smaller or not as far along in your pregnancy, that is ok; I have poses that accentuate your belly and help you showcase your smaller bump.
Congratulations again on your little baby on the way, and can’t wait to photograph your sweet little baby bump. Love being a part of such special times in a couple’s life! Contact me today to schedule your Big Island Maternity Photos.
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