What to wear for your maternity session

December 20, 2021

What to wear for your maternity session

I’m excited about your upcoming maternity session! Thinking back to when I was pregnant, I wish I would have taken more photos of myself. I have one picture about a week before each of my kids was born and it’s just a selfie in front of the mirror. I’m so glad you’ve booked a session to capture this time in your life. 

Now, getting on with what to wear, I know you probably have a lot on your mind right now. To make this a bit easier I’ve put together some tips to keep in mind when selecting your outfit. Read on and let me know if you have any questions!


  1. Dress comfortably. First and foremost, select something you feel comfortable wearing. I mean comfortable in both the self-confidence sense and the physical sense. If you don’t think you look good, whether the outfit isn’t your usual style or it doesn’t fit right, (too big, too tight, too long, too short) those feelings will come through in the photos and we don’t want that. After all, this is all about making your feel beautiful!
  2. Show off your bump! Choose an outfit that will show off your bump. If you want to go with a dress you’ve got a couple of options: loose and flowing or form-fitting. A long, flowy maxi dress can create movement as you walk as well as define your bump when you cradle your arms around your stomach. I also love the look of a fitted dress or sweater to show off your curves. If you’re looking for a dress search “maternity dress for photoshoot” on Amazon for some nice options. A belt or top with a tie waist (tied just above your bump) is a great way to give some definition to your midsection.
  3. Stick with solid colors. Solid colors photograph the best and keep the focus on you. Patterns and prints can be distracting and sometimes look distorted in photos. Feel free to accessorize with a chunky necklace or statement earrings to give your outfit some oomph.
  4. Add Texture. Wearing something with texture gives more visual interest to your photos. It’s a nice way to add more depth to a solid color. Some examples of texture would be lace, knit or smocking.
  5. Dress for the weather. This applies to both the style and color of clothing. If you’re wearing a sleeveless dress in the winter or a sweater in the summer it will look a little off. Plus, you likely won’t be comfortable temperature-wise. Soft colors and pastels look nice in the spring and summer and complement your surroundings. In the fall and winter darker, more bold colors work for the outdoors. Of course, neutrals always look good no matter the season.
  6. Bring two outfits. Feel free to bring two outfits to provide some variety. A dressy option and a casual option like jeans and a top are a good way to mix it up. However, please keep in mind that the location we’re shooting at might not have a bathroom or other area readily available for changing. You may need to change in the car which I know isn’t always the most comfortable thing to do when you’re pregnant.
  7. Coordinate colors with your partner/kids. I would recommend choosing your outfit first and then choosing something in a coordinating color for your family members. It’s nice to coordinate but not be too matchy-matchy. For instance, I would avoid wearing the exact same color as you’ll blend together and it’s not as appealing to the eye. You may also want to think about where in your home you’ll be displaying the photos. Do you want to choose colors that will match your decor? Check out my pinterest board for color combinations that pair well together. When selecting outfits for my own family I lay everyone’s clothes together on the bed to make sure it all looks cohesive. 
  8. Avoid Trends. Lastly, go for a more timeless, classic look when selecting clothing and accessories. Dressing according to the current trends can make your photos appear dated more quickly.


Remember, the most important thing is to dress in a way that makes you feel comfortable. These tips are meant to guide you but aren’t hard and fast rules. If you have any questions feel free to email me or even text a picture if you need any help deciding or just want a second opinion.

I look forward to meeting you!