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what to wear maternity photoshoot

Maternity Photoshoots

WHAT TO WEAR GUIDE

Dressing yourself in the morning can be hard enough when you don’t have to stand in front of a camera and be your best self. Choosing what to wear for a maternity photoshoot can make your nerves start to fizz, but don’t worry. This is very normal! Before you lose sleep to late nights spent shopping online, let’s talk about what works and what doesn’t. 

All About You

This is possibly the most important piece of advice when it comes to what to wear to your maternity photoshoot. Dress yourself first. Pick out your outfit, and then co-ordinate everyone else with what you are wearing. If you don't feel happy and comfortable and beautiful in what you are wearing then you won't like your images. It's as simple as that. And by dress yourself, I mean dress your bump! A maxi dress is perfect for accentuating your bump and adding movement. Or you can opt for a shorter, fitted dress or jeans and a pretty empire line top if that feels more like you. Whatever you choose, make sure it fits well and hugs your bump. 

 

 

Your Colour Palette

You cannot go wrong with muted neutrals and pastels. A good rule of thumb is to choose three colours that complement your surroundings and build your outfits around that palette.

 

Think cream, blush pink, soft peach, blush, light grey, beige... you get the gist. These pretty shades make for a soft dreamy palette. You can mix in some darker neutrals such as navy, darker greys and tan shades.

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Add Texture

When it comes to your maternity photoshoot, avoid large bold patterns. If you don't want plain pieces, you can add interest using texture instead. Think pretty lace, fine or chunky knits, delicate tulle or subtle embroidery. Layers can add depth to your images too. More on that below.

Some Top Tips

what to wear maternity photoshoot

When deciding what to wear for your maternity photoshoot, avoid clothes that are too loose or baggy as they will hide your bump. Large, bold patterns often dominate the photograph and detract attention. Subtle, smaller patterns like a light floral print are great when they complement the location. But less is definitely more with this one, try to limit yourself to one pattern at a time. Matching patterns is a tricky task, and it’s super difficult to do well. Whilst we're at it, you should also avoid logos and bright colours, as well as black.

What Not to Wear

Need Some More Inspiration?

If you're looking for a little more inspiration, check out my Pinterest board for some ideas on what to wear for your maternity photoshoot.

Maternity Session Guide

Want to know how to prepare for your pregnancy photography session? Head over to my Maternity Session Guide for some useful hints and tips.