10 Inspiring Maternity Photoshoot Ideas
So, the time has come to start planning for your maternity photoshoot. If you’ve never taken maternity photos before – or even if you have – it can feel a little exhausting to think about! You’ll have to consider when to take them, what you’ll wear, and how you’ll stay comfortable throughout the process, not to mention what kind of aesthetic is right for you. If you’re at a loss about where to start when it comes to your maternity photoshoot, don’t worry - we’ve got plenty of tips and ten great ideas right here that can serve as your inspiration. Once you’ve taken your maternity photos, you can design beautiful postcards with the Graphic Designer, or create your own framed prints with the Photo Editor.
What Week Should You Take Maternity Photos?
The best time to take your maternity photos is when you are around seven or eight months pregnant (around 26-35 weeks). This is the time when you’re fully showing but not uncomfortable moving around and not too close to your due date. Taking pictures around this time will make for the most beautiful maternity photos! If you’re having twins or any high-risk pregnancy, consider scheduling your photoshoot closer to 26 weeks than 35.
As for booking your maternity photographer, it’s best to do so before the end of your second trimester – around your sixth month of pregnancy. This way, you have enough time to prepare for the shoot and discuss ideas with your photographer.
How to Dress for a Maternity Photoshoot
Because this photoshoot is all about your pregnancy, you should pick outfits that accentuate your bump! Dresses, both tight and flowy, work extremely well for maternity photos. Tulle dresses with flowing skirts work especially well for outdoor shoots. Bodycon dresses are amazing for showing off your bump, but make sure you’re comfortable with the fit!
A tight sweater with jeans is another great option, and wearing lingerie with a flowy wrap or cardigan always makes for elegant photos. It all depends on what you’re comfortable in and what energy you’d like to bring to your photoshoot. Consider bringing two different outfits or wearing underwear that you’re comfortable shooting photos in.
The best colors to wear to a maternity shoot are light colors like whites and pastels so that your bump will really show. Dark colors, like black and navy, should probably be left for a different photoshoot. Solids work better than patterns because they’re timeless and less distracting, but some patterns like big florals can work well too.
It’s always a good idea to discuss your outfit with your photographer beforehand. They’ve probably been doing this a while and will have some great suggestions for what to wear to your maternity shoot!
What to Bring to a Maternity Photoshoot
Again, it’s a great idea to talk with your maternity photographer for suggestions on what to bring. But sonogram pictures and baby clothes are potential props that you can use. More practically, make sure to bring water to stay hydrated and even snacks to keep your energy up. Because you’re moving around so much, having photos taken can be tiring, especially when you’re pregnant.
10 Inspirational Maternity Photoshoot Ideas
It can be tough to figure out what vibe you want for your maternity shoot. What you choose will impact your poses, what you wear, and how your final photos will be edited. Here’s some maternity photoshoot inspiration to get you started!
Ethereal maternity photoshoots are popular for a reason. You’re creating new life, and these photos will showcase that in the best possible light. Flowing dresses and soft warm lighting create angelic, otherworldly images. You can take ethereal maternity photos outdoors or in the studio, and either way end up with amazing results.
Yes, maternity photoshoots can be sexy! Wear comfortable lingerie and get confident in front of the camera for intimate, elegant results.
3. At Home
Taking maternity photos at home with your partner, family, or even on your own will result in cozy photos that capture exactly what your pregnancy has been like. Try out locations like the nursery, the kitchen, and your favorite comfy chair. You can read a book to your soon-to-be newborn for some especially sweet shots.
You can’t go wrong with simple, classic couples maternity photos. For some photos, put attention on the baby by holding your bump, or having your partner kiss your belly. For others, you can celebrate your love just like you did with your wedding and engagement photos: Kisses, holding hands, and eye contact. Both kinds of photos will be beautiful memories to look at later on.
Flowers are not only beautiful, but they’re also symbolic of new life and motherhood. Walk through a field of blooms at golden hour, or use bouquets of your favorite flowers for an unforgettable studio shoot.
6. With Props
You can use baby clothes or your sonograms to create photos that will show your future child just how excited you were for their arrival!
Maternity photoshoots at lakes and rivers allow for beautiful reflections of light. Ocean shoots provide unbeatable backdrops and the breeze will create depth in your favorite skirts and dresses.
8. In Nature
Forests and fields are the perfect settings for a maternity photoshoot because the surrounding nature will be just as breathtaking as you are! Create amazing photos by simply walking around in a beautiful dress and showing off your bump.
Including the whole family in your maternity photoshoot will result in memories that you’ll treasure for years to come. Posed shoots are wonderful, but you can also get great photos by just letting your kids be themselves!
10. Black & White
Black and white maternity photos are understated and elegant. A good photographer will make use of light and shadows to create shots that perfectly capture this brief moment in time.
Create Maternity Photos That You’ll Treasure
Now that you have all this inspiration at your fingertips, it’s time to decide what style of maternity photos is right for you! As long as you’re comfortable with yourself and your photographer, you’re sure to get amazing results. Once your photos are ready for you to use, you can easily create photo albums and postcards with the Graphic Designer. Or, make your own framed prints that you can display in your home for years to come with the Photo Editor!