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What To Wear To Your Maternity Photo Shoot

When it comes to maternity photo shoots, many mothers-to-be focus on finding the right location and photographer; but an equally important factor that should be given special consideration is what you’ll be wearing for the memorable event. Choosing an outfit or two that makes you feel comfortable and confident is essential in preparing for your maternity photo shoot, as the most stunning images radiate from an expectant mother who feels beautiful from the inside out.
While there may be a gorgeous location captured on the best camera available, maternity photos will always look their best when the mother-to-be feels at-peace and assured with herself. In order to decide which outfits will work best for your maternity photo shoot, take these following tips into consideration:


Time/Comfort: Since the main reason you’ll be taking maternity pictures is to showcase your ‘bump,’ it’s important to plan your outfits based on how far along you are. Most photographers suggest taking pictures around the 30 week mark, as that’s typically the time when your belly will ‘pop’ and become more evenly round, yet also before it becomes too heavy. Since every pregnancy and pregnant belly is different, it’s important to use your body as a guide for when you not only want your belly to look its best, but also when you’ll have the energy to hold different positions for lengths of time as well. If you’ll be taking maternity pictures around 27-30 weeks, form-fitting clothes can be a great bet, as they will hug your curves and showcase your growing belly from all angles. Having a tight tunic or long shirt, either alone or when paired with a cardigan like the outfit featured above can be a great way to stay covered and hide any curves you don’t want featured, while keeping the focus on your bump.

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Photo shoots taken around 30-34 weeks can enjoy tight clothes as well, similar to the 3/4ths sleeve chevron blouse featured above but can also greatly take advantage of looser fitting clothing as well. While oversized tunics or A-line silhouettes could ‘hide’ the belly in earlier shoots, this is an ideal time to showcase your pregnancy, while keeping the focus on you as a whole.

Classic A-line blouses such as the one featured above, along with tunics and maxi dresses with a cinched waist can be a great way to keep the focus on your baby bump in a way that cascades over your curves and can provide the comfort you may desire as you draw further into your pregnancy. cute maternity sweaters Weather: Weather can be a tricky thing, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t plan for it. Always pack a few extra looks in case your sunset scenic shots end up becoming a bit chillier than you expected, or a change of blouses if you find yourself sweating on an abnormally warm day. Creating a check list of the different outfits you’d like to wear depending on the weather can help you to add some selection to your shoot, and help you feel in control if temperatures change. cute maternity maxi dresses Style of Shoot: Are you planning on showcasing your pregnancy fully clothed, or do you want some images with a bare baby bump exposed? Asking yourself these and other questions can help you decide the overall style of your maternity photo shoot and what pieces of clothing will work best for your session. While maxi dresses like our mocha cowl neck dress featured above are great for showcasing all of your maternity curves, it is not able to lift as easily (or modestly) for a bare baby bump shot. Keeping in mind what types of images you’d like to have as keepsakes of this time of your life can help you decide what to wear, as well as how many looks to wear. By considering all aspects of your maternity photo shoot, you can best plan on how to dress and what to pack just in case. For a full list of maternity options that are great for all mother-to-be photo shoots, visit the ‘look’ section of our website here.



  1. Mason:

    Great post, very informative. Thanks!

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