Maternity Session Tips

Congratulations on your upcoming bundle of joy{s}!  Having a baby is such a magical time!  There is so much to prepare for baby’s arrival, it is so nice to stop, take a breath, and celebrate the wonderful bump that is your baby! I recommend having your portrait done between 30-35 weeks, but don’t let that stop you if you are further along!

What are you looking to get out of your session?
What “feel” are you looking to accomplish?
Do you want partially nude/or bare-belly pics?
Is there a specific prop{s} you are wanting to use?

I recommend outdoor locations: park, beach, downtown, etc.
The studio is an option, but the scenery and poses will be more limited.


  • Consider stripes. Stripes accentuate the baby bump, hide any unwanted curves and provide visual interest.
  • Always always always go for ruching! It hugs the bump, flatters your new mama-to-be curves and fits throughout the entire pregnancy and even postpartum.
  • Maxi dresses and skirts are a top pick for shoots – they are flowy, comfortable and gorgeous.
  • Carefully choose accessories. Too many will take away from the focus of the shoot: you and your growing belly! Opt for just a few statement pieces. A long strand of pearls, a floral infinity scarf, a fun headband, a colored skinny belt, whimsical shoes or patterned leg wear.
  • If you can rock some heels – go for it! I only had mine on for about 20 minutes but I love what they added to the shoot! I also loved all the comments from my friends — they couldn’t believe I was rocking a 30-week bump in 4″ stilettos! Heels will make your legs look longer and your butt look firmer. I am not making that up!
  • However: comfort is crucial! Wear what makes you comfortable. More than ever, if you’re uncomfortable, it will show in photos.You need to focus on the bump and being excited, not scratchy, painful or tedious clothes.
  • If you do any bare-belly shots, avoid wearing any restrictive clothing that will leave marks on your skin for 12 hours prior to the shoot. It is much harder for photographers to edit out harsh clothing marks than it is stretch marks.
  • Wear a supportive bra and underwear that won’t show through clothing.
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If it’s in your budget I would suggest you get a professional to style your hair and makeup before the shoot!