Maternity Prep Guide

Edinburgh Family & Newborn Photographer

your photographer

So you booked your session. Now what?

Via e-mail we will discuss time and location. I will answer any questions you have. I will also email you on Monday before your session with a remainder.

Pregnancy is a special time of your life and for many women, (although you may not feel like it) you are at your most natural, feminine and beautiful self. During your pregnancy, your hair is rich and thicker, your breasts are fuller, your skin is glowing and your body has more curves. For many expecting mothers, there’s no better way to remember their pregnancy and chronicle their journey to motherhood than a professional maternity photo shoot. Here are a few tips to help you look and feel your best in your maternity photo shoot.

Location: Together, we will decide on the best time and location. It can be outdoor photo shoot or if you prefer indoor we can use your home as a background.

Length Of Session: ​My sessions usually last about an hour. Do not worry we are not going to rush anything. I want you to have fun. I will make sure you relaxed and happy with me capturing your memories.

What To Wear:​ Dress to suit the weather. Wardrobe should be comfortable and reflect who you are. I do not recommend matching but rather coordinating.

Wear whatever you feel comfortable and pretty in.

  • Tube top or belly band
  • Regular jeans (not maternity ones) and camisole top
  • Buttoned shirt or blouse
  • Long, flowy or form-fitting dress (e.g. tube dress or a summer maxi dress)
  • Button ups sweater or cardigans
  • Any favourite scarves, accessories, jewelries, etc.
  • Any sentimental items (e.g. baby ultrasound image, baby shoes)

I have some maternity outfits so please let me know is you like to see them.

Posing : Trust me to direct you in posing so you can look your best. What makes maternity photos different from other portraits is that the images focus on you, your personality, feelings and the bond you have with your much-awaited baby. Many maternity poses such as hands on the belly and eyes looking down express emotions and connection to your belly. Other maternity poses empathise the beautiful curves of your body.

Please arrive on time or be ready to start on time Remember, your session is scheduled according to light. It is important that we start on time. Please plan for traffic or parking constraints. It's best to arrive early.


I can't wait to capture your family! Do not hesitate to ask me any questions you have.

See you soon!

Dorota Markowska