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It’s not always easy for an expecting mom to figure out what to wear for her maternity photo session.  What she wears is a very important part of the maternity shoot and most importantly she should be comfortable…with a bit of style of course!  One thing to keep in mind is for her to dress simple too.  The main focus should be her, her glow and her belly.  Here are a few suggestions that make for a perfect shoot!

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1.  A solid color tank top.

A solid tank top works great to show off the shape of her belly.  This always looks great with a skirt or skinny jeans.

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2.  A long skirt or dress that is tighter fitting around the belly.

A long skirt or dress that is tight fitting – so that again, her shape will show.  Be careful that skirts and dresses aren’t too loose as it may make her figure seem larger than she is.  Pregnant women tend to feel heavier as it is and this can add pounds if it doesn’t fit right.

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3.  A pop of color is great to add dimension and life to the photos.

I suggest staying away from prints or patterns as they may take away from the main subject.  I like to ask what their favorite color is and what colors go well with their skin tone.  Usually most women have a favorite color to wear so that is always a perfect option!  This shirt is perfect for her shape and the belt above her belly keeps it in the right place.

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4.  If she wants to show the bare belly, a tank top rolled up above her belly or a bandeau is perfect for this.

Not all are wanting to show their belly, but usually by the end of the session I suggest just doing one or two.  I let them know that if they don’t like it no problem  But, they almost always end up really liking it and ordering those specific shots.

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5.  Many times the clients will have a thought of what they would like to wear.

If it works, go with it.  I always suggest bringing a few options.  Sometimes just adding a piece of jewelry or a simple prop can really change up the look and feel of the photo.

Some of my favorite sessions are maternity shoots.  You can feel their excitement mixed in with a little bit of nervousness.  Just remember to keep styling simple so that her excitement really shines in the photos!  Have fun!

And photographers, remember MCP Newborn Necessities works great on maternity images, in addition to baby photos.

Hillarry with Silver Bee Photography is a maternity and newborn photographer in Austin Texas specializing in simple, organic natural light photography.  To view more of Hillarry’s work or to inquire about mentoring and workshops, please visit her at SilverBeePhotography.com.

 

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  1. Bethe on April 15, 2013 at 10:18 am

    What perfect timing – I’m having my own maternity pics taken in a few weeks, and was just starting to stress about what to wear. Thanks for the great advice, as always!

  2. Joyce on April 15, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Thanks for these great ideas! I really appreciate them.

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