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Maternity FAQ’s

Book as early as possible but ideally in your third trimester. This will help to make sure Alena Photography has the right dress for you, gives time to discuss and find the perfect location.

Generally, between 32 and 36 weeks of pregnancy. Date of the session can  always be adjusted. Once your baby bump starts to really pop out, you are ready!

Alena Photography has around 30  maternity gowns available complementary and exclusively to the clients, from simple dresses to couture gowns. Clients are invited to stop by the studio to try on the dresses. Feeling beautiful and comfortable is the key to a successful session and a correctly chosen gown will help to accentuate pregnancy curves and help you feel more relaxed. Have dress or an outfit in mind? No problem! Try to stick to solid colors, flowy dresses, avoid busy patterns and dresses that are too short.

Professional hair and make-up make a big difference in maternity photos. Alena Photography can arrange for HMUA to come to the studio before the session or recommend who can help(additional fees apply). The day of the maternity session is a great day to pamper yourself. It is known that professional hair and make-up can boost your self-confidence. Do your own make up? Date night makeup will work great! Don’t have a budget for hair and make-up? Stores like Ulta, Sephora or Dillard’s can be a big help.

Pregnancy is a special time in a woman’s life. Strong, beautiful, feminine, glowing, you are growing another human being under your heart. Don’t get me wrong, I remember how different my three pregnancies were. Pelvic pain, swollen feet, heartburn, even carpal tunnel, I’ve experienced many symptoms. But as a photographer, I know I can – even just for an hour – help you feel amazing. Even if you rarely take pictures or simply don’t like yourself in them, these images are for the next generation to see how beautiful you looked and  proud to carry your sweet baby!

Anywhere in the Charleston, SC area and 30 miles around it. Please inquire directly about location suggestions. Studio sessions are also available for booking.