One of the questions I frequently get asked is what to wear for maternity photos so I decided to blog about it! While this is in no way comprehensive, I pulled together some of my favorite outfits from the last few years to highlight some “Do’s” for your maternity session.
(Last fall I did a blog posts on what to wear for family photos in case you missed it 😉
Starting with the above image of April’s bump. I absolutely love how she chose to accessorize her outfit…her soft pink wrap and necklace complement rather than compete with her bump since the rest of her outfit is neutral.
That pretty light behind her helps too!
When it comes to maternity wear I am generally a fan of a solid color and a fabric that hugs your bump! Both the dresses above are wonderfully romantic yet very different, still highlighting the glow and anticipation of a baby. Both women looked beautiful and relaxed because they were comfortable in what they were wearing, and again, didn’t have a lot of patterns or details that competed with those beautiful bellies!
I generally discourage patterns, however can make a case for wearing patterns when it is congruent with the environment in which you’re shooting. As you can see from these images of Carlin in the desert and Priscilla in Sedona, both of the patterns they incorporated worked beautifully with the natural environment! I love the added texture they provided.
Both dad’s did a great job of complementing the mama’s and their bumps as well 😉 Soft, complementing colors that added too the image rather than distracting from the mama and that lovely bump!
Oftentimes mamas’ want to show off their bare bump and yet are unsure how to tastefully do it…the mamas that follow ROCKED their bare bellies by choosing outfits and accessories that worked with the natural environment.
The natural tones of this Katie’s lace top wonderfully complimented the neutral tones in her bedroom…which again means that the tones are complimenting and not competing with one another! My eye is drawn to her beautiful face and then that belly, rather than being distracted by a lot of other color/detail 😉
Mamas often want to incorporate their favorite little sidekick into maternity sessions, which leads to the next question after “what should I wear for my maternity photos” to asking “how do I dress my kids for my maternity session?” There is no right or wrong way to dress your babe, however I’d recommend complimenting over competing clothing for them as well!
I just adore that both Lyla and Katie showed off their bellies together and mirrored the same cream tones…
Swayze’s princess outfit looked so adorably next to Kacey’s cream gown! Complimentary colors are an easy and safe win!
Zoe and her mama both wore the sweetest pastels for this garden session and the soft quilt again added to the image rather than competing for my attention.
Again this in no way comprehensive but it highlights some “Do’s”
Here are a few more:
- Wear something you feel lovely in. If you feel uncomfortable it’s likely to show.
- Stick with solids unless you have a pattern that you just LOVE. Jewelry, wraps, hats and shoes are fun ways to add some fun to your session without again competing with your lady bump!
- Wear something fitted over your belly and/or waist…the last thing we want is to see your bump disappear in the image.
- Consider the backdrop/location that you’re shooting in, an ask yourself if it compliments you or will distract the eye from you…if you’re not sure ask your photographer 😉
And a few “Don’ts”
- I’d avoid anything too trendy. If you are hip with trends, throw on a trendy accessory for half the photos and then opt for something timeless for the other images.
- Stay true to yourself. It’s important to consider wearing something that will compliment your bump, but at the end of the day, don’t dress or style yourself in a way that doesn’t feel congruent with who you are or your lifestyle 😉 You want to look at the images and feel like your most beautiful self!
- I’d generally avoid black unless it’s very form fitting…oftentimes a bump seems to disappear in super dark or patterned outfits unless they are fitted to your body.
- Don’t wing it 😉 Ask for help from your photographer, a stylist or trustworthy friend. You’re investing in a photography session, you deserve to be happy with the end product and a thrown together outfit or less than idea location/light can make that investment appear lackluster.
Lulliloo Photography specializes in newborn, birth, maternity and family photography in Phoenix, Arizona and the surrounding area including but not limited to Scottsdale and Tempe.