July 16, 2021

Maternity Photos: How To Plan For a Beautiful Maternity Photoshoot

How to Plan for a Beautiful Maternity Photoshoot

Maternity Photos Are Magical

I have written before on how when I was having kids, Maternity Photos were not really a thing.  So I count myself as very fortunate that I get to photograph pregnant women.  Because I wasn’t able to document my own pregnancies with pictures, I want to be sure my clients are comfortable and get amazing photos.  I truly believe that it is a special experience to document your pregnancy with images.  To that end, I have a few suggestions for how to plan for a beautiful Maternity Session.

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Timing is everything! I have found that week 30 to week 36 is just perfect for pregnancy photos.

Timing Your Maternity Photoshoot:

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Loved the neutral wardrobe choice with the strong greens of the garden.

I feel like the best time to have Maternity Photos created is around 30-36 weeks.  You want to have a nice round belly, but you don’t want that super uncomfortable swollen feeling you get at the end.  I remember the last two weeks of my own pregnancies, I felt like even my nose was swollen and about to burst.  Plus I wasn’t sleeping all that great at the end, so there’s that.

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This gown Carina is wearing is one of my personal favorites in my wardrobe closet that is available for my clients.

Maternity Photoshoot Wardrobe Options:

I have several amazing Maternity gowns in my stash, but you can always get something on your own.  There are several sites that sell really fabulous Maternity dresses and gowns that photograph unbelievably well.  Some people opt for a simple T-Shirt/jeans outfit, which can be super cute too.  I have even wrapped women in fabric.  Whatever you decide, it is really important that you feel comfortable and like the look.  Since the point of a Maternity Photo Session is to highlight your lovely round belly, you want something that hugs your curves, not a huge tent.  I have found that V necks can be especially flattering at this time for women.  And if you like your legs, go with something short!

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You can bring your own clothes. This was super cute with the denim jacket. If you are a more jeans and T-Shirt person, it is totally fine!

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate:

I tell this to all my Portrait Photography clients, not just my Maternity Photography clients.  When you are well hydrated, it is great for your skin.

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Looking like a Goddess.

Rest Up Before Your Maternity Photoshoot:

Do try to get a good night’s sleep the night before your shoot.  I know this can be difficult, but you will need your energy.

Fall Maternity Photo
This is an in studio portrait we created with studio lights and a garland.

Other Family Members:

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How cute is this little girl?

We like to include the Dads and the Littles.  Just be sure everyone is rested and ready to cooperate!  Bribes go a long way with the Preschoolers (and Dads too)!  A non-messy snack and some water is a good idea.


I think all pregnant women look like goddesses and I really want them to look amazing in their Maternity Photos–I’ve got you!  Just bring your smile!

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Did you enjoy this post on Maternity Photos?  You might also enjoy this article on Why You Should Have a Maternity Photo Session.  Be sure to also check out our Newborn and Maternity Photo Gallery.

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Susan Blackburn is a Maternity and Newborn Photographer located in Saratoga Springs NY and serves clients in Upstate NY and the New York Metropolitan Area.



As I send one off to college, I agree, such an amazing time to photograph- don’t miss it, or you will regret it! Such wonderful tips to make pregnant mommas look and feel amazing!

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Thank you for your kind words! Sometimes I wish I could tell my younger self to get pregnancy photos done!

Sutnning pregnancy images Susan. I appreciate the tips on how to create a beautiful pregnancy session. These are very helpful for any woman on how to plan a maternity session. I agree- pregnant women are gorgeous goddesses!

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Thanks Andrea! Proper planning is key to any portrait photography session.

I really love how you go into detail about how to prepare for maternity shoots! You give really great tips and I have to say I love your pictures

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Thank you so much Shunta for your kind words! I love photographing Maternity and Pregnant women so much!

I agree, pregnant mamas are awesome to photograph! They’re always just glowing! These are excellent tips to help moms prepare for maternity pictures. The fact that you have dresses available to them will make it super easy!

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Thank you Michelle. I like to take the stress out of a Maternity Photo Session, so having a few select dresses on hand definitely helps!

Wonderful tips for planning for a maternity photo session and such beautiful images of these moms to be!

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Thanks! I love photographing Maternity Sessions, partly because I did not have the option available to me when I was having my kids.

Such great tips on planning for a maternity photo session! That is a huge regret I have, not getting pictures while I was pregnant with my boys!

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Same! Maternity Photography was not really a “thing” when I was having kids, so I feel like I am making up for not having any of my own!