Maternity photos are such a beautiful celebration of such a special time in your life. But figuring out what to wear, when your hormones are all over the place can be a headache. You want your photos to be stunning—to showcase your amazing body and growth of your family. Your hair is thicker, nails stronger, skin glowing and curves fuller. Maternity silhouettes make for truly gorgeous photos. With a few easy styling techniques, you can ensure yours will be timeless and natural for years to come (without the stress!).
1. Maxi Dress:
Maxi dresses are universally flattering, especially when they drape beautifully over your curves. They can cover up some areas that you don’t love, while accentuating your bump. They create plenty of flow and movement in the photo, especially when made of light fabrics like chiffon, silk or cotton.
2. Tight Form-Fitting Dress:
This isn’t always the case, but in the case of maternity photos, the tighter the better. Stretchy, form-fitting dresses and tunics show off your fuller curves and baby bump and are actually very slimming. The close-to-your-body fabrics truly bring the focus in on your growing belly, while slimming the rest of your body and gliding over your curves.
3. Belted or Empire Waist Dresses + Tunics:
Wearing a thin belt or empire-waist dress or tunic highlights the slimmest part of your body, while draping fabric beautfuilly over your bump. Avoid heavy fabrics so you don’t add extra bulk to your belly and the true shape of your body can shine through.
4. Aim for Solid Colors + Soft Textures:
Solid colored clothing allows viewers to focus on your belly and silhouette instead of being distracted by busy or large patterns. Soft textures like lace, chiffon or linen add interest without taking away from the true focal point of your photos (you + your gorgeous belly!).
5. Tight pants/Leggings and a Tunic:
In colder months, wearing black stretchy leggings or jeans with a form-fitting or empire-waisted tunic creates a casual look that’s flattering and comfortable.
6. opt for soft white and creams:
True White can be jarring on camera and can accentuate the wrong areas. Opt for creams (like the dress above), beige or greys instead for a more flattering neutral base.
7. Add interest with accessories:
Chunky necklaces and scarves can change up your look without much effort! Build an outfit around a piece of jewelry you love.
8. Avoid neons, glitter or bold patterns:
They’re super distracting on camera! Aim for soft, natural textures and colors.
9. Look at the colors in your home:
The goal is to have some gorgoues maternity photos that you can display in your home. Use your own unique style and interior design as inspiration for your outfit. Pull colors from throw pillows, bedding, paint colors to ensure a cohesive look. Not sure? Black and white photos are also a more dramatic alternative that allows you to wear almost any color, if for example, you have an outfit where you love the silhouette but don’t want the color.