Maternity Portraits

What Should I Wear For My Maternity Pictures?

by Stuart Hasson
Big Tummy Maternity Portrait Pose

What you wear for your pregnancy portraits is the 2nd most important thing when considering your session.  The most important thing is how you’re feeling for the photo session (not how great the photographer is :).

The outfits differ as much as the mom’s wearing them.  This is an iconic time in your life so make it count!  Be yourself.  Show your style… and your TUMMY!  We’re telling your story and the story of your baby entering the world, so explore the options.  Bring a bunch of outfits and see which ones look the best for the camera.  Talk to your photographer for ideas and options.  Colors can be muted if they come out too loud in the pictures.  Black & White portraits are classic so bring a classic outfit, too.

Most often, outfits with bold patterns, strong graphics, or loud colors distract from the portraits.  You want the attention to be on your bump.  Your tummy is the star!  So consider solid colors, earth-tones, pastels, or greys.  Solid blacks and solid whites always seem to work well.

Tight-fitting tops or dresses with slits show off your tummy without being too revealing.  If you’re going for it, tube tops, belly bands (pulled up to cover your top parts) and boy-shorts are the way to go, if that fits your style.

I’m not a huge fan of the ‘white oxfords’ for family portraits (too matchy-matchy).  But for maternity portraits, these button-down shirts are perfect for the sweet compromise of showing just the right amount of skin.

I’ve had beautiful results when mom wears her favorite lingerie, scarves and fabrics or nothing at all.  Classic posing and lighting skills come in handy as do strategically placed arm and hands… this is where dad comes in super handy!  Bring him along for lots more options.

As I said, the clothes are the 2nd most important thing, So find out what options are available with your photographer and make it happen.  I’m always available for a quick chat if you’ve got questions.

Good Luck!

This picture is about 30 years old but it brings me back every time I look at it. THAT’s why I’m a photographer: To help people REMEMBER all of the good things in their Life!

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