I still remember the day I found out that my husband and I were going to be parents. I was overwhelmed with so many different emotions ranging from happiness, fear, joy, love, nervousness but above all else, I felt truly blessed that our wish had finally come true. As a wedding photographer, my job is very physically demanding as I'm on my feet for 8-10 hours a day. I started to worry about carrying around 30+ pounds of extra weight on a wedding day and how was I going to survive without risking my health. So, I asked my fellow wedding photographers for advice and hired the best second and third shooters to join me for my weddings to ensure everything was covered. I shot my final wedding at 36 weeks and I'm happy to say everything went off without a hitch. We are so happy that our baby girl is here and I can't believe she's already 7 months old. I simply can't remember life without her!! I thought it might be helpful to share my top 5 tips on what to wear when you are pregnant and have to photograph a wedding or work for long hours on your feet. If you have any questions or need any advice, please leave a comment below. I'd love to share what I learned and help any fellow expecting momma's out there! xo, Jainé
1 - Comfortable Shoes - Being on my feet for hours, I knew I needed a comfortable yet stylish (wedding approved!) pair of shoes. I was SO happy when I found Jambu Spin's Too in Black* - they saved my life when working for hours on my swollen feet. I broke them in during my engagement sessions (which are between 1-2 hours), so when I had to wear them for my weddings, they were molded to my feet and so comfortable.
2 - Supportive underpinnings - Once your belly starts to grow and expand (for me it was around 20 weeks) I needed more support to carry the weight. I invested in a body shaper from Destination Maternity (similar to shown). It was snug, breathable and gave me a bit of lift that I needed.
3 - A Little Black Dress - I didn't want the fact that my stomach entered a room before me hinder my overall appearance, so I invested in maternity little black dress that I wore for my weddings. I felt pretty and professional while working and I could focus on doing my job.
4 - Wear Less Gear - Carrying an extra 30lbs at the end of my pregnancy, I knew I couldn't carry more than my camera body throughout a wedding day. I normally carry two bodies, two lenses, a flash and accessories. I purchased a UNDFind Waist Shooter which would allow me to carry one body and one lens and batteries. A much lighter load that was manageable for my growing body and tired legs.
5 - Snacks, Water, Food and more Snacks! - Besides having a second and third shooter along with my assistant with me throughout the day, I packed enough snacks to feed a small village. I brought along my favorite protein bars, ThinkThin in creamy peanut butter, three bottles of water, bags of crackers, pretzels, cheddar and swiss cheese sticks and even a sandwich to eat after the ceremony. It might have been overkill but I didn't want to be without food at any part of the day. I needed all the energy I could get for myself and my growing baby girl while I was working.