Maternity shoots are always a great way to commemorate and immortalise your
pregnancy. A lot goes into making the most of your maternity session, from styling
and lighting decisions to editing. Another common concern during maternity shoots is
ensuring your comfort and safety, which is why most photoshoots should always have
water and light snacks available.
A good pair of sunglasses is one overlooked accessory that can ensure comfort during
maternity shoots. While the accessory may not be an excellent fit for all maternity
concepts, a high-quality pair of sunglasses can help elevate a maternity look while
providing extra protection. If you’re still in the early stages of planning your maternity
shoot, in this post, we’ll look at three reasons you should consider wearing sunglasses
at your maternity shoot:
Show off your personality
As mentioned, sunglasses may not always fit all maternity shoot concepts. However,
the right pair can give an elegant gown or dress a more glamorous look. Thankfully,
many different styles and shapes of sunglasses are available on the market today. You
can opt for simple black-framed sunglasses, like the classic Ray-Ban silhouette, that
won’t take away from the focus of your maternity shoot — your belly. Or you can
match coloured frames and lenses from London Retro with your gown or outfit.
Of course, aside from style points, sunglasses are also a great way to put a piece of
your personality into your maternity shoot. If you’re tired of regular plastic or metallic
frames, you may consider UK-based eco-friendly eyewear from Mosevic. Unlike
regular sunglasses, the sustainable brand makes made-to-order upcycled sunglasses
handcrafted from old denim — a fascinating statement piece if you’re into a quirky
Protect your eyes from the sun
Another perk of sunglasses is the eye protection from sun damage, especially if you’re
shooting outdoors. After all, aside from being stylish accessories, sunglasses are
equipped with tinted UV protection lenses to reduce or eliminate exposure to harmful
UV rays. While some UV light is beneficial, too much exposure for too long can
increase the risk of certain eye diseases and even other health conditions. Some long-
term effects of UV exposure on the eyes include age-related macular degeneration,
cataracts, and eyelid skin cancer.
Even if your maternity shoot isn’t scheduled for a hot summer day, it’s essential to
acknowledge the harms of winter sun. According to the College of Optometrists, the
winter sun can be doubly harmful because snow and ice are reflective, exposing your
eyes to the sun’s rays from below and above. Similarly, the low sun during winter can
be too bright. A pair of sunglasses will come in handy to avoid difficult angles and
squinting in your maternity photos.
Prevent headaches and migraines
Finally, sunglasses can also help reduce headaches and migraines, both from increased
screentime and outdoor sun exposure. However, keep in mind that headaches in
pregnancy are pretty common. These often happen in the early weeks of pregnancy
due to your changing hormones and circulation. Additionally, tension-type headaches
— while not directly harmful to your baby — are normal but can be bothersome.
One of the most common causes of migraines is light. Bright lights can potentially
cause or worsen symptoms of migraines, both indoors and outdoors. Notably, changes
in light levels can also trigger migraines. For that reason, coloured and tinted glasses
are often recommended to reduce exposure to bright lights and lessen the impact and
frequency of migraines. Nowadays, migraine sunglasses are available to help filter out
specific wavelengths that tend to trigger or worsen migraine episodes.
With those reasons and tips in mind, you want to consider wearing sunglasses for your
maternity shoot. To learn more about how to take the best photos of your pregnancy,
contact us today.
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