There’s something undeniably beautiful about a glowing mom-to-be and her baby bump, don’t you think?
I personally loved being pregnant, EVEN despite the exhaustion, aches and pains and countless other afflictions that seem to go with the territory. I loved being told that I looked radiant, even when I most definitely didn’t feel it. And I loved having some decent womanly curves for the first (and most likely last!) time in my life. I may have waddled more than walked, but who cares?! It’s just such an amazing time.
For that reason, getting some lovely professional maternity photos taken while I was pregnant last year was an absolute must for me. I didn’t manage it during my first pregnancy and regretted it, so this time it was non-negotiable!
I have to admit though that I was a little stumped when it came to picking my clothes for the shoot. After all, beautiful photos begin with a beautiful outfit. But achieving that is far easier said than done, right? Dressing a pregnant, ever changing body can be a challenge even on a regular day.
I remember spending hours upon hours scouring Pinterest for inspiration and advice. Exhausting, yes, but well worth the effort! I was so pleased with how my pictures turned out, and I’ll treasure them for years to come.
So in case you’re in my boat and wondering what to wear (oh, and congrats if that’s the case!), here are my favorite tips for how to look and feel fabulous during your maternity photo shoot, starting with the most important of all…
The #1 piece of advice for planning your maternity shoot outfit
I asked some of my favorite stylish mom bloggers for their absolute top tip when it comes to dressing for maternity photographs, and the verdict was unanimous: SHOW OFF THAT BABY BUMP!
I couldn’t agree more. There’s really no better time to show off your shape and flaunt that gorgeous bump than during your maternity session. Fitted and figure hugging outfits work wonders. Here’s what they had to say…
Nicky from Vida Noel told me that if you do one thing it should be to “wear something tight and show off that bump!“. That’s exactly what she did, as you can see from her own maternity picture, and I’m sure you’ll agree with me that the result its stunning!
Lauren over at Fit Mommy in Heels is in definite agreement. She said “I’m all about fitted midis and maxis (and I LOVE when I see a confident preggo rocking their workout clothes and getting their sweat on at at the gym!)“.
My friend Sage at That Mom Life gave me a great little piece of advice: “My go to belly outfit was to accessorize with a tiny brown belt around the top of the belly bump to show it off!“. This is a super flattering look because it defines the bump, while also emphasizing your most narrow part.
#2 Think classic and timeless
Remember that these pictures are going to make precious keepsakes. You may want to display them somewhere in your home and chances are you’re spending a small fortune to get the perfect photos. You definitely don’t want to look at them in a few years and cringe at your fashion choices!
For that reason, it makes sense to skip the trends and go for a timeless look. My favorites? You really can’t go wrong with jeans and a simple top or a maxi dress!
#3 Choose solid colors
I think that busy patterns can be distracting, whereas a single color will really let your bump stand out. If you’re worried about looking too plain or boring, you can add visual interest with texture (like the lace top I wore) or with some cute accessories.
Likewise, it’s best to avoid large logos, slogans, writing etc. Not only can they be a distraction, but they’ll probably seem dated in a few years.
#4 Coordinate with other family members
The aim here is a complementary color palette, but not one that’s too matchy-matchy. For my own photos, I picked three colors – cream, blush pink and blue – for our outfits. These are colors that we’d typically wear anyway, so were a safe bet. Prior to the shoot, I laid everything out together to make sure it all went together nicely.
If you’re in need of some inspiration for your color scheme, this article has some great advice and color palette examples.
#5 Dress like yourself
I’m not saying that you shouldn’t choose something extra special or dress up a little for your shoot, but ultimately you’ll want those photos to reflect who you are. If you’re a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl, then now might not be the time to try a fancy dress.
I chose jeans for my own shoot, in part because that’s my usual style and partly owing to the location (a horse farm!). But I also happen to love a feminine, flowy maxi dress (a go-to during my pregnancy!) for maternity photos, which I might have chosen for a different location.
Either way, you’ll most likely feel more comfortable just being yourself, which brings me to my next piece of advice…
#6 Keep comfy
You want your happiness to shine through in your photos, and not be grimacing in pain (!) so make sure that your clothing is comfortable and easy to move around in. In addition to the styles I’ve already suggested, a fitted tunic paired with some leggings and boots would make for a cute, easy outfit.
You’ll likely be on your feet for quite some time, so comfortable shoes are also a good idea (I just about managed some low heeled booties despite my puffy feet!). If you’re set on heels like I was, then wedges are also a good option of course.
#7 Don’t forget the details
Sometimes it’s the small details that can tie everything together. First and foremost, since you’re likely to include some photos of your hands around your bump, a nice neat manicure is a must!
Additionally, I think that some simple accessories such as a pretty scarf of elegant jewelry can help you achieve a polished, pulled-together look (although again, be careful to avoid anything too busy or distracting).
Finally, I’ve also seen many beautiful pictures that incorporate props such as precious little baby shoes – so sweet!
So there you have it… I hope that these tips will help to narrow down your options a little. And of course, you can always take two outfits to your session if you just can’t decide!
What did you wear or do you plan on wearing to your maternity photo shoot? I’d love to hear your own tips!