In April, Justin and I celebrated our Babymoon in Maui, Hawaii. It was our first time visiting the island, so we were excited to explore and soak in the picturesque beaches that we had heard so much about. I was six months pregnant, and because I was unsure of what the future had in store for the rest of my pregnancy, we decided it would be perfect to do our maternity photos while we were on the island to document our trip. Similar to my Mamamoon, the goal of this trip was to unplug and enjoy each other’s company, not jet around looking for the most Instagram worthy pictures. While I can’t say that won’t be the case for our next trip, my compromise was to have one night of photos, and spend the rest of the week purely relaxing and embracing island time.
Loaction: Oneloa Beach, Maui, Hawaii
Photographer: Stephanie Shevland Photography (Maui based) | Instagram: @mauiphotogirl @stephaniesheveland | Justin and I had THE best time shooting with Stephanie. She’s the ultimate island babe — super relaxed, makes you feel comfortable, and when we left our session it felt like we had been friends for years!
Maternity Photo Styling Tips: Aim to show off the bump! Wearing beautiful boho dresses to tap into your inner hippie may be majestic looking, but it doesn’t always photograph well. The most flattering dresses are the ones that show off your curves or slightly looser dresses that hug above and below the bump. If you wear something that has too much flow, it sadly can photograph in a tent-like manner. The gorgeous white dress I’m wearing from Ingrid & Isabel is a minor exception to the rule because it hugged my chest and waist, but it’s also why I have my hand underneath my belly in so many of the pictures. Do yourself a favor and take a few quick photos of all your outfit choices before your maternity session to make sure you like the overall look. If you’re Type A like me, I’d even recommend sending your photographer your outfit choices to make sure it compliments the scenery where you’ll be shooting.
Stephanie and I would tease Justin when he didn’t understand the direction we’d give him for pictures. For example, he’d look at us perplexed when we told him to walk in the water with exaggerated steps so you could capture movement against the waves. This is why there are a few photos of Justin throwing his head back in a belly-laugh manner, when in reality he was just teasing us when we told him to laugh/smile. Moral of the story: if you look ridiculous, you’re probably doing it right.
Another highlight was towards the end of our maternity session when Justin and I were standing in the water and a few larger waves came up to crash against us. The water came up to my hips and basically made it look like I peed my pants or that my water broke. Naturally, I shared the images of my shocked face because it really was hilarious looking.
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