Oh, maternity shoots. Pinterest can give them a pretty bad name. We’ve all seen those pictures. In fact, I have so many friends who opt out because they can’t imagine it not being cheesy. I get it. If you’re like us, and want to do something a little different on the big day, try these tips for a more personalized photo shoot.

1. Choose a photographer whose style you like. Don’t just go for the best price. Research, ask around and ultimately find someone whose style compliments yours.

5 Tips for Planning a Maternity Couples Shoot via Love Child | www.lovechildmag.com | Motherhood Lifestyle Website | Photography by Alysha Rainwaters

2. Don’t coordinate your outfits. Just be yourself-it shows in the pictures.

5 Tips for Planning a Maternity Couples Shoot via Love Child | www.lovechildmag.com | Motherhood Lifestyle Website | Photography by Alysha Rainwaters

3. Get inspired. Look on Pinterest, make a board and share these ideas with your photographer and partner.

5 Tips for Planning a Maternity Couples Shoot via Love Child | www.lovechildmag.com | Motherhood Lifestyle Website | Photography by Alysha Rainwaters

4. Involve your partner. The photo with the sunglasses was my husband’s idea and ended up being our favorite.

5 Tips for Planning a Maternity Couples Shoot via Love Child | www.lovechildmag.com | Motherhood Lifestyle Website | Photography by Alysha Rainwaters

5. Choose a modern location. We went with the South Congress Hotel in Austin. 

Photography by Alysha Rainwaters