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Celebrating Motherhood: What to Wear for Outdoor Maternity Photos

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The journey of motherhood is a remarkable and beautiful experience. Capturing the radiance and anticipation through outdoor maternity photos is a wonderful way to cherish this special time. Outdoor maternity portrait sessions aim to create timeless portraits that reflect the natural beauty and joy of expectant mothers. To ensure you look and feel your best during your maternity session, here are some dos and don’ts of what to wear.

Expecting mama for outdoor maternity photos in a gorgeous white maxi dress

Embrace your Baby Bump for Outdoor Maternity Photos

When it comes to pregnancy portraits, it’s all about showcasing your beautiful baby bump. Choose outfits that accentuate and flatter your changing body shape. Opt for form-fitting dresses or tops that highlight your curves, allowing the bump to be the focal point of the photographs. If you prefer a flowy look, ensure that the outfit still defines your shape and allows you to easily frame your bump with your hands, creating a flattering silhouette.

While dresses are a beautiful and feminine way to flatter your bump, you do not have to wear a dress for gorgeous outdoor family photos. Just like I share in tips on what to wear for family photos, the number one priority is that you dress in something that feels like YOU.

Prioritize Your Comfort, Mama

Comfort is important during your maternity photo session. As the star of the shoot, you’ll be featured in most of the photos. Select clothing that allows you to move freely and feel at ease. Avoid outfits that require constant adjustments or restrict your movement.

Consider the location of your outdoor maternity photo session and choose shoes that allow you to navigate the surroundings comfortably. Remember, your comfort directly impacts the overall mood and outcome of the photographs.

Romantic couple during outdoor maternity photos

Embrace Your Changing Body for Outdoor Maternity Photos

Throughout pregnancy, your body undergoes various changes. (I know, captain obvious here!) Therefore, take these changes into account when selecting your outfit. Be mindful of necklines and ensure they are suitable for your comfort level. It’s a good idea to try on your chosen outfit a few days before the photo shoot to assess the fit and make any necessary adjustments. Pay attention to cleavage and make sure you feel comfortable and confident in your selected attire.

I found it amazing how much pregnancy changed my body during those last few months of each pregnancy. Tops that were not flashy, were suddenly much too revealing for my comfort level.

Remember the tip above on being comfortable for outdoor maternity photos? If you’re tugging at your dress or feeling unsure about the amount of boob showing, you will feel that discomfort in your photos.

Family of five snuggled together for pregnancy family photos

Reflect Your Personal Style in Your Outfits

Let your outfit choices reflect your personality and style as a family. While it’s important to be a bit more dressed up than usual for outdoor maternity photos, don’t be afraid to incorporate accessories and colors that resonate with your personal taste. If your family enjoys a cozy and casual vibe, consider adding cute beanies, scarves, or boots to add a touch of personality. Remember, there’s no need to shy away from color—embrace it and make your photos pop!

To ensure a harmonious look among family members, lay out everyone’s outfits together and assess how they complement each other. Further, take a photo and review it to ensure there are no clashing or blending colors. Feel free to share the photo with your photographer for guidance and suggestions. Coordination and careful planning will result in a cohesive and visually pleasing set of photographs.

Mother and son hug on the beach at Brackett's Landing

Preparing for your outdoor maternity portrait session does not have to be stressful or overly complicated.

By following the above tips on what to wear, you can feel confident and comfortable during the shoot, allowing your natural beauty to shine through. Remember, this is a celebration of motherhood and the anticipation of a new arrival. If you’re expecting, don’t hesitate to reach out and discuss booking your outdoor maternity photo session.

To explore more resources on what to wear for maternity photos and to view my portfolio, please visit my portfolio. You can also check out my Pinterest boards for more inspiration.

Capture the magic of motherhood with a memorable outdoor maternity portrait session—contact me today to begin planning your session and preserve these precious moments for a lifetime.

Start selecting the perfect spot for your maternity photo session with my free Seattle Area Locations Guide.

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