Deciding what to wear to a maternity photo session can sometimes be stressful. You want to look beautiful, as you know you’ll be looking back on these photos for decades to come, but you may (or may not!) be feeling anything but beautiful. If you’re searching for the perfect outfit to wear for wall-worthy photos for your upcoming maternity photo session, here are my top 3 tips to make sure you nail it.
Comfort is key
It’s an old saying I know, but comfort is key to getting maternity photos that you want to look at over and over again. Here’s why: while I can manipulate an image a lot in my editing process, I cannot change the look on your face. So if you’re uncomfortable, that’s going to show in your expression. While I typically believe that maxi dresses and wedges look great for women in maternity photo sessions, if you’re not comfortable in that type of attire, don’t do it. While my typical go-to everyday style is pants, I fell in love with maxi dresses (and dresses generally) while I was pregnant. An online store that has a number of great dresses is Bump & Blok.
You can’t go wrong with solid colors
I want the focus to be you and your bump and of course your significant other (and any kiddos or fur babies that are part of the shoot). Clothing that is very “busy” tends to detract from the focus being on the people in the photos. “Busy” clothing refers to clothing with busy patterns and prints. Additionally, while busy prints may look good close up, a lot of my images are taken from a distance so the intricate patterns on your clothing probably won’t appear in many of the images. I think solid colors work best to ensure your bump stands out the most. But if you want to incorporate patterns in your maternity photo shoot, then I think it’s best to have your significant other wear something in a patterned fabric (see image below).
Props are optional, but can be fun
I never bring props to my client shoots. That’s because I want the photos to scream you, and if they’re my props, that’s not you. While I don’t believe that props are necessary for a photoshoot, I think they can be tastefully incorporated into your maternity photo session with me. Fun props include: a sonogram picture of your sweet babe, cute baby booties, a stuffed toy, a onesie or even a gender reveal card. All of those sorts of props give your session a unique touch and they will be even more special to share with your babe when he or she is old enough to know how much time and effort you took to plan his or her bump session.
Krystil McDowall is an Orange County family photographer. If you're interested in viewing more of my work, check out my portfolio or contact me so we can discuss documenting some memories together. I also publish my images on my Instagram feed and would love for you to follow along.