When it comes to photos of our family I typically gravitate to natural outdoor locations rather than an in-studio session. Of course, having a maternity shoot in the middle of winter definitely complicates that; however, it’s not impossible! A few weeks ago I shared a post about How to Pick Out the Perfect Dress for your Maternity Photoshoot. I wanted to share a few of the final photos from my photoshoot with Devon Roe Photography and give some tips for scheduling a winter maternity photoshoot.
The first step in scheduling a winter maternity photoshoot is to decide what type of photos you would like. Some women like more sensual photos or photos highlighting her and her body. Others, including me, are more interested in focusing on family. For me, this is really the last time we will be a family of three so I wanted to capture this time.
Once you’ve decided the focus of the photos you will have to decide on a setting. Do you want indoor or outdoor photos? Indoor photos can be easier for a winter maternity photo shoot. You don’t have to worry about the weather and if you have a family photoshoot you are sure to have the whole family participate without any issues. Outdoor sessions can be tricky because there is more coordination and flexibility involved. What will the weather be like? What will the backdrop look like? Will little ones be miserable if it’s too cold? Lighting can also be a concern in the winter months.
Here are some tips if you are planning an outdoor winter maternity photo session:
- Flexibility is key. My photographer, Devon from Devon Roe Photography, recommended scheduling a maternity photoshoot between 28-32 weeks. The original date fell during my 29th week. I knew there was a chance the original date wouldn’t work out and my photographer was OK with moving the date if needed. When my date came it was snowy which would have been really pretty, but it was bitterly cold and very windy. Had I gone with that date, I would not have been comfortable in the dress I selected and Aiden definitely wouldn’t have been able to participate without a lot of layers! We waited a week and got a nice(r) 50-ish degree day
- Communication is so important. This one goes along with the first point. I discussed my vision of an outdoor shoot with my photographer so she was also OK with being flexible with the date. About a week out we saw the weather wasn’t looking promising so we decided to tentatively keep the date but also schedule a backup. On the day of we checked in again and decided to wait.
- Think about the backdrop. In the middle of winter, a landscape location is a bit barren. Think about using a barn or farmhouse. We used a farmhouse and I love the look. It fits out rustic decor perfectly!
- Dress as warm as possible. I really wanted to find a long sleeve dress, but it was harder than I thought to find one. Thankfully, we did the pictures on a tolerable day. If not, shawls or capes are a great option. You can also add disposable heating pads, leggings, and heavy socks if your dress if flowy enough.
- Make sure to get a variety of photos. We did some of just me, some of me and Aiden, some of me and Dan and some of the three of us!