What to Wear for Maternity Photos

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There is nothing more amazing than a woman’s body growing a child. I know it doesn’t come without it’s aches, pains, and waddles, but your body is still so beautiful. The anticipation and glow just before your family is forever changed. If it’s your first child or 6th, the excitement is uncontainable. I have put together these tips to help you plan what to wear for maternity photos.

While many of my other what to wear for family photos tips still apply, there are a few extra what to wear for maternity photo session-specific tips. 

What to wear for maternity photos in Seattle, couple during portrait session

When dressing for your session remember it is all about that (baby) bump!

This is the time to really show off that baby bump. Select something that is form fitting around the bump. Showing off your shape is the both flattering and beautiful.

If you prefer something flowy (which is okay) just ensure you can easily frame the bump with your hands. Too flowy or little shape in an outfit can look frumpy instead of flattering.

Family in Snoqualmie during maternity portrait session, Mother holding son and father holding daugther

Mama, dress comfortably for your maternity photo session.

When asked what my top what to wear tip is for maternity photos, it would be this one.

You are the focus of the shoot, meaning you are in most of the photos. Wear something that you’re comfortable moving in. Having to stop to adjust clothing or having a hard time moving around will affect your photos.

Try sitting, standing, walking around in your outfit. If you’re uncomfortable it will show. You may be sitting during the session, so be aware of shorter dresses.

This is the time to consider shoes too. Wear shoes that you can move around in. Consider the location too. If you’re not comfortable wearing high heels over rocks or in sand, you probably should wear flats. (I don’t focus on your feet anyways, so make sure you’re comfortable!) 

Husband and wife during pregnancy portraits in Snoqualmie Valley

My next tip in what to wear for maternity photos is to be aware of your changing body when selecting the top of your outfit.

Throughout your pregnancy your body will change. This may sound obvious, however, I was shocked at how large my chest got. Shirts and dresses that had a subtle v-neck suddenly lead to a lot of cleavage.

As you select an outfit (especially if selecting one months before your session) ensure you try on your outfit a few days to a week before your maternity photos. Cleavage isn’t a bad thing, but too much and you may be uncomfortable or constantly having to adjust the top.

Gold Creek Pond, Snoqualmie Pass Maternity Photos, what to wear for maternity photos

When selecting outfits, stay true to your family.

I always want my families to feel like themselves. Sure, you want to be a little more dressed up and coordinated than a normal play day. However, you want your photos to reflect who you are.

When deciding what to wear for maternity photos, let your accessories and color choices reflect your style. If you’re a cozy, pacific northwest type family, use cute beanies, scarves, and boots to add a little personality.  Just because you see feeds of only neutrals, does not mean you have to avoid color.

This is also a great time to be a little feminine. A maxi dress is a great option for maternity photos as they are flattering, flirty and so comfortable. I have a few favorite places to find bump friendly maxi dresses that I have personally used for my own maternity photos.

Children hugging mamas baby bump

My final tip is to lay out your outfits before your session

Clear the bed and lay everyone’s outfit together. Take a picture with your phone and notice if anything stands out. Try the outfits in various combinations to make sure no one clashes with someone else and no one blends in. 

I encourage my families to send me this photo so that I can help. I am able to see how that one shirt will stick out in all of your photos and guide you so you will love how everyone looks!

Following these tips will ensure you feel confident and comfortable during your maternity photo session.

Ready to start planning your maternity session? Contact me and let’s chat about your upcoming new arrival!

Looking for more resources? Head to my Seattle Maternity Pinterest board. Another favorite place for families is my what to wear resources.

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