How to Get the Best Maternity Photos

Chronicling your pregnancy is a great keepsake for both you and your child. Not only do photos provide a memento from your nine months of baby developing, you can look back and remember the awesome things your body was able to do!

If you are thinking about a maternity photo shoot, there are a few tips and tricks to take note of before booking with a photographer:

You want to be big enough, but not too big.

The best part of the maternity photo shoot is the pregnant belly, of course! For that, you will want to be at least 30 weeks. Don’t wait too long, though, because you’ll start to inch into that uncomfortable stage of pregnancy you probably won’t want to remember!

Don’t clutter the background.

We’ve all seen those bathroom mirror shots where a mom-to-be captures a photo of her growing belly. Maybe instead of taking the photo yourself, you hire a photographer or recruit one from your house (daddy-to-be?) and pick a spot that doesn’t have toothpaste and deodorant on the counter.

“Or change things up and step outside: Pick a tranquil spot in your backyard or nearby park or beach to set up camp,” reads “We love the leaning-up-against-a-tree look, or, if you’re at the beach, try a profile shot, where you’re sitting up and looking out at the sea.”

Avoid the washed-out look.

If you’re taking photo indoors, turn off the flash and instead stand in front of an open door or window to get great natural light. If you’re taking photos outdoors, don’t schedule your session for the middle of the day when the sun is at it’s brightest. Instead, wait for a more subtle light.

Wear something tight and stretchy.

What’s the point of taking maternity photos if you can’t see your awesome belly? You want to be comfortable during the shoot (don’t choose something that is going to result in a lot of tugging or adjusting), but you want it to be form fitting to see all of your incredible curves.

One suggestion is to ditch maternity clothes entirely since their goal is to feel comfortable and not to flatter. Try fitted cotton tank tops in solid colors.

“Skip the florals, plaids, and checks,” maternity photographer Koren Reyes stresses. “You want to be able to look back at these pictures in 10 or 20 years and still think the photos look great. Whereas really stylized clothes can get dated, solid darks and neutrals are timeless.”

Find a great photographer.

You don’t necessarily have to find a professional photographer. If you aren’t comfortable with anyone other than your husband taking the photos (and you think he’s capable) go with that option. If you have a friend who can take the pictures, try that! Otherwise, there are plenty of professional photographers who could do a great job for you … the key is to document the event!

The go-to poses.

Now that just about everyone is on social media, we’ve all seen the typical maternity poses to try. I case you don’t know off-hand, here is a list for reference:

  • Close up on the belly
  • You lying on your back on a couch.
  • Older sibling kissing the belly
  • You holding older sibling (so they’re sitting on the belly facing you)
  • Sitting Indian style, facing the camera
  • Working the S curve – one hip out, one shoulder high, one shoulder low, hands relaxed. Think supermodel!
  • Profile shot
  • Any yoga poses you know (and can get into easily)

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