What to wear: Maternity

There is a process behind every photoshoot. What to wear or how to prepare are part of it. Here are some useful tips for you.

An important note: It is recommended to schedule a maternity session between 28 and 32 weeks.

POSING
Trust your photographer to direct you in posing so you can look your best. What makes maternity photos different from other portraits is that the images focus on you, your personality, feelings and the bond you have with your much-awaited baby. Many maternity poses such as hands on the belly and eyes looking down express emotions and connection to your belly. Other maternity poses empathize the beautiful curves of your body.

WHAT TO WEAR
Wear whatever you feel comfortable and pretty in:

  • Neutral strapless bra and seamless underwear
  • Black bra and panty set (for those black background belly shots)
  • White/ivory bra and panty set (for those white background belly shots)
  • Lingerie sets
  • Tube top or belly band
  • Regular jeans (not maternity ones) and camisole top
  • Buttoned shirt or blouse
  • Long, flowy or form-fitting dress (e.g. tube dress or a summer maxi dress)
  • Button-ups sweater or cardigans
  • Men’s button-ups top (for significant other/husband)
  • Coordinating outfits (for significant other/husband and/or children)
  • Any favorite scarves, accessories, jewelries, etc.

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PROPS AND ACCESORIES
You are free to bring props or accessories that you have for your little one. Shoes, bows, onesies, signs with the name or another special item that can really personalize the session for you.

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LOCATION
Indoor: (e.g. in the home) Advantage in the home is comfort and connection to familiar surroundings. You don’t have to worry about the weather outside. Disadvantage, the lighting may not be optimal. 

Outdoor: The natural beauty of a pregnant woman in a beautiful outdoor backdrop is simply breathtaking! The parallel of a mother about to bring to life into the world and Mother Nature is a powerful one. Disadvantages are that the shoot is weather-dependent and shooting hours are limited to the golden hour of sunrise or sunset (when the quality of natural light is at its best). Reschedules can happen. Remember your sunscreen and bug spray! Be prepared to walk/hike to the location and change outfits outdoors.