What Should I Wear For My Maternity Photos?
Posted: April 20, 2024
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Alicea is a Professional Photographer specializing in newborn, baby and maternity portraiture out of Minneapolis, MN. She lives in Maple Grove with her husband, son and rescue pup, Masha. Her hobbies include reading, photography, gardening, trivia games and on occasion jamming to 90's rock and hip-hop; mostly while cleaning the house.

Are you starting to plan out what you’ll wear to your maternity photography session? For many of my client the first professional photography session they have after their wedding is their maternity portrait session. So, you’ll likely be asking yourself what should I wear for my maternity photos?

A lot of women, especially during pregnancy, are incredibly self-conscious about their bodies. They worry with the pregnancy weight they’ve gained their arms and legs don’t look quite as good as they used to. So, my advice is to cover up what you don’t want to see in the photos. I mean the focus will be on your belly anyway, right?

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Trust me, there aren’t a lot of pregnant women who can pull off a sleeveless dress with a short skirt like this mama here. And if you’re one of them, congratulations…and what’s your secret?

However, if you’re in the majority and not sure you can pull that one off, there are lots of other options that make you feel comfortable in front of the camera while flattering your gorgeous baby belly. So, where can a pregnant woman find such a dress? Read on!

Amazon is always a great option for an affordable maternity gown for your pregnancy portrait session. Most likely you’ll only wear this dress once unless you re-wear it at your next maternity photoshoot, or can wear it after delivery.

First is this beautiful and flowy wrap-style maternity gown with long sleeves. This dress photographs beautifully, especially on this windy evening we had for this maternity session. I got several photos of the train billowing behind her as the wind picked up.

You can find a dress similar to the one here – a long-sleeved maternity dress with a flower sash.

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Another style of maternity gown that I think looks fabulous on just about everyone is this off-the-shoulder mermaid-style maternity gown.

Doesn’t this mama look stunning? I love how the fitted waist hugs her pregnant belly showing off that beautiful baby bump.

You can also buy this one from Amazon and it comes in lots of great colors.

Speaking of colors, I do recommend solid colors for a simple and elegant look. Lighter colors will show off that bump just a little bit more, so look for colors in light pink, light blue, beige, white, etc.

Darker colors tend to hide and minify the bump. If you prefer darker colors, there are ways to strategically pose you so your bump will still be on full display.

Feeling like you want to show off a bit more skin at your maternity portrait session?

This sleeveless open-front maternity gown is gorgeous and is another affordable Amazon find.

This dress is also versatile if you want to hide the belly for a few pregnancy photos as well. You can simply bring both sides of the front together and hold it under your belly.

And this one, like many others, comes in lots of colors.

Not sure which color maternity gown to get? Go with white! It’s classic and clean and always photographs well.

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This is another favorite style of mine! A form-fitted maternity dress with long sleeves.

This dress style will hide your arms and legs while keeping your belly bump front and center.

I found a few dresses that fit this style here – Sexy Mama Maternity.

This lacy white maternity gown with off-the-shoulder sleeves is another beautiful choice. And, I have this one at the studio.

So, if this is a look you like, you’re more than welcome to try on this gown or any other gown I have at the studio

You’ll just need to bring a strapless bra and that’s it.

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While I love maternity dresses in solid colors, floral prints are the exception!

Not a dress kind of girl? I get it. I’m not either! My go-to are jeans, a T-shirt, and a cardigan. Grab those maternity jeans and a cute maternity top if you want a more casual look for your pregnancy photos.

If you’re still left wondering What Should I Wear For My Maternity Photos, here are a few more ideas from Amazon. I’ve not yet photographed anyone in these styles of dresses, but how cute are they?

Sweater Maternity Wrap Dress – this is one you could even wear after delivery and beyond. I could easily see this one being worm for a fall or winter maternity session.

Another beautiful option is this Chiffon 3/4 Sleeve A-line Lace Embroidery Maternity Dress. The lace adds a nice elegance to the photos while the a-line will help show off that baby belly.

Another website to look for maternity photoshoot dresses & gowns is PinkBlush. They’re a little bit more expensive than Amazon but run deals all the time.

If you’re looking for some florally and ultra-feminine options, check out Nothing Fits But Maternity Dresses. These dresses aren’t inexpensive, but you may be able to find a deal. These dresses are what I would consider boho-chic or shabby-chic.

The dress from PinkBlush and Nothing Fits But also have great options for family photos, too!

And if you’re still looking for a maternity photographer in the Minneapolis area, don’t hesitate to reach out to me!

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