After working with over 1200+ clients offering maternity professional photography in Branson, MO, I have helped hundreds of pregnant moms find what to wear in maternity photos. Maternity photos are a beautiful way to document your body’s changes during pregnancy. While you want to look beautiful in your photos, you also want to be comfortable.
Here are five maternity outfit tips that will help you feel gorgeous and comfortable during your photo session that will also photograph well!
Choosing outfits that are flattering for your silhouette
After working with hundreds of local moms offering professional photography in Branson MO, the best tip I have is to choose outfits that will flatter your silhouette. You want to wear an outfit that will give you the most flattering silhouette for your maternity photos. So here is what to look for:
Every photographer has a preference for color, so ask your photographer what color will best fit the location, the photographer’s editing styling, and the season.
As a general rule of thumb, light to medium colors looks best for pregnant moms. The darker colors hide your bump.
This is something that gets overlooked when moms are planning maternity photos. Fabric is quite essential! When you wear stiff cotton, it tends to wrinkle easily and doesn’t flow well. The second material to avoid is elastic, which forms your entire body. If you wear a bra, you can see all the bumps on your back and side because it reveals them all.
Now onto fabrics that I would recommend!
Be Careful With Patterns
Solid colors and dresses with some texture are always a good choice (like lace or crepe fabrics). But patterns can also be quite beautiful. Just make sure to select the right one. A design that is too small might be overly cluttered and does not photograph well. However, if you choose large patterns, they can be unflattering.
Additionally, you want to ensure that there is only a slight contrast between the color of the dress and the colors in the pattern. For instance, there would be too much contrast if a white dress had a dark design. However, a delicate and lovely pattern in cream would contrast well with a garment that was a dusty rose in color.
Dress for the Season
When choosing what to wear for your pregnancy photos, consider the weather. Choose a more breathable fabric if it’s going to be hot outside. If it’s going to be chilly, look for a dress with long sleeves or layer with a thick cardigan to wear over the top. Chunky knits are fantastic because you can wear them off your shoulders and look stunning while getting warm and cozy between shots.
Avoid Matching Your Partner/Family
You should coordinate but not match when picking what to wear with your partner or family. If your colors are the same, you will blend into each other, and it will be hard to see the separation. The same goes for anyone in your family. We don’t want anyone blending into each other.
Hopefully, you have a better idea of what to wear for your maternity photo session, but remember that I am always here to help! When you book a session, you gain access to my client closet, send my styling guide, and one on one styling help to find the perfect outfits!
Hello! I am a professional photographer specializing in capturing expecting parents from pregnancy through their baby’s first year. From finding the perfect outfit location to planning, preparation, and more, I help with it all! I even have a motherhood client closet you are welcome to borrow from! For more information, click HERE.
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