You've booked a Maternity Photoshoot, but now you are lost with what to wear? Here are a few tips, tricks, and ideas to help guide your outfit decisions!
1. Choose a Flattering Silhouette for Your Maternity Photos
This is the most important choice you can make when choosing your Maternity Photography outfit. You will want to look for a dress or outfit that is:
Tighter on your top half (right above the belly)
A dress that starts to flare outward on and below your belly. Personally, it is nice to have some lose, flowy material that we can play around with. It allows for lots of movement and can look more flattering depending on the person.
Length of the dress should be to your feet. It's okay if it's slightly shorter of course. It's all personal preference but I do find that floor length is flattering on everyone.
2. Choosing Complimentary Colours for your Maternity Outfit and Other Family Members
You want to show off your beautiful baby bump! The lighter the colours, the more you can show it off. Black or dark navy colours tend to hide the bump a bit. Light to medium colours work great.
If your Maternity Shoot involves more than just yourself, it might be nice to pick outfits together with your partner and children. Look to wear earth tones and neutral colours that go well together. Pick a palette of 3-4 colours. Think blue tones (for the beach), earth tones (for the forest, or mountain), neutrals, pastels, light colours, etc. Once you have an idea, look at what you have in the closet and go from there!
3. Try to Avoid Patterns or Choose Wisely
Solid colours and dresses with some texture work beautifully for Maternity Dresses! Patterns can be great as well, but we don't want to choose anything that will be overly distracting during the shoot. Try to avoid bright colours with patterns.
4. Dress for the Weather or Season
Sometimes people do wear dresses during all seasons which looks great. If it's going to be cold, try adding a knit cardigan to go overtop or a cute jacket. If it's nice and hot, pick a breathable outfit or maternity dress if you can.
5. Layer Your Outfit and Accessorize
Layers help add that extra 'pop' to your images. This can be something like a hat, necklace, earrings, bracelet, having your nails done, whatever feels natural to you.
6. Still Confused? Match Your Location
Once we decide on a location for your Maternity Photoshoot, you can try matching the outfit to the photoshoot location. If we went to the lake, you might want to wear blue or green colours, for example.
7. Bring an Extra Maternity Outfit
When it comes to Maternity Photoshoots, we have the opportunity to change outfits to give you more variety in your photos. This can include another dress, or a more casual outfit. Sometimes the extra outfit can be an additional cardigan over underwear. This way, we can emphasize your belly.
Where to Shop For Your Maternity Dress
I want to make your search as easy as possible if you are considering buying something new. Here are a few great websites with beautiful dresses I have had the pleasure of photographing over the years. Reminder: read the reviews on how the sizing fits as sometimes they fit smaller or larger than mentioned.
You DO NOT need to match these ideas exactly! Everyone has their own style and unique look. Here are just a few of the many families that did a great job choosing their outfits.
In 2021, these are some of my favourite dresses
If you are interested in a Maternity photo session like this, here are some things you can do!
1. If you have questions or would just like to chat, send me a message
2. Check out more of my Maternity Photography Sessions
3. Look at what my past clients are saying
I would love to connect!