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6 Maternity Photography Tips: Planning Your Maternity Photo Shoot

6 Tips for a Memorable Maternity Photo Shoot


Your maternity photo shoot is a chance to capture the beauty and excitement of this special time in your life. By following these planning tips and style suggestions, you’ll be well-prepared to create a collection of cherished images that celebrate your unique journey into motherhood.


1. Timing is Everything

To capture the beauty of your pregnancy, schedule your maternity photo shoot during your seventh or eighth month. This timeframe, typically between weeks 31 and 36, ensures your belly is beautifully rounded. Plus, it allows ample time for additional maternity photos if desired.

2. Special Moments with Ultrasound

Bring your ultrasound to the session for a unique and heartwarming photo of you and your baby. This special touch adds a personal connection to your images.

3. Incorporate Your Growing Family

Include your partner and older children in the session to reflect the love and joy of your expanding family. These photos will capture the bonds that make your family unique.

4. Choosing Attire

When considering clothing for your maternity session, keep these style suggestions in mind:


  • Solid colored shirts emphasize your belly’s shape and radiant expression.
  • Opt for clothing without large floral prints, swirls, plaids, or stripes, as these patterns can be distracting.
  • Black clothing provides a slimming effect and enhances your silhouette.
  • Choose form-fitting outfits with a touch of stretch to complement your figure.
  • Long sleeves are flattering, but sleeveless and spaghetti straps can work well too (avoid t-shirt length sleeves).
  • If showing your bare belly, wear loose-fitting clothing to prevent binding marks.
  • Silky and cotton fabrics drape elegantly around your pregnant body.
  • Consider empire-waist blouses and dresses, button-up shirts, tank tops, long drawstring skirts, and tie dresses to enhance your blossoming shape.
  • Dark jeans and black yoga pants with tapering create a slimming effect for your legs.
  • Coordinate footwear with your outfit – sandals may warrant a pedicure for exposed toes.
  • Choose undergarments that won’t show lines through your chosen clothing style.
  • Add a touch of personal style with accessories like cheerful scarves, sweaters, or chunky jewelry for pops of color.

5. Preparing Your Look:

Before the session, take a few steps to ensure you’re camera-ready:


  • Apply lotion at least an hour before to prevent a shiny belly appearance and avoid staining clothes.
  • Moisturize knees and elbows if bare skin will be showcased.
  • Get a manicure or light polish for a polished look in close-up shots of your hands around your belly.
  • Remove tight-fitting clothing and accessories, like watches and bracelets, a couple of hours prior to the shoot.

6. Don’t Forget Meaningful Props

Consider adding a few baby items or cherished family heirlooms to your photos for a personalized touch. These items can symbolize the exciting journey ahead.


For More Inspiration

Browse our maternity gallery for additional photo ideas that can spark your creativity and help you envision different poses and settings to capture this celebrating time!


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