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What to wear to a maternity photography shoot

Posted by on Apr 30, 2012 |

Today I tackle the big question, “What should I wear to my maternity photo shoot?” and, “What should I bring to my pregnancy photography session?”

Wear anything you feel comfortable in and LOVE.

  • Avoid patterns, stripes and plaids unless you love they are a true representation of your personality.
  • I like solid colors: white, black, brown, gray. Avoid bright pink and yellow.
  • Pants – jeans (any color and that belly band really is ok), black pants (yoga pants work well)
  • Necklines – select v-necks, squarenecks, turtlenecks or deep scoop necks. Women should avoid crewnecks.
  • Sleeves – Long-sleeved tend to be the most flattering, but sleeveless and spaghetti straps work well. Women should avoid t-shirt length sleeves unless you have beautiful, sculpted or very thin upper arms.
  • Fabrics – look for clingy, not necessarily tight, fabrics with a little stretch.
  • Shirts – big, white, button-down rumpled man’s shirt. Any shirt or cardigan that opens down the front works well.
  • Tanks – anything clingy, fitted or stretchy in solid colors (white, black, red, blue…)

What should my husband wear?

  • Men should bring jeans or khaki pants or any other dark bottoms
  • I encourage slightly rumpled (not starched), plain white shirts
  • Throw a regular, WHITE and/or BLACK crew-neck t-shirt in the bag, too.
  • Bring solid, dark colors like black, dark brown, navy blue and charcoal gray tops and bottoms. Layers are great; wear the t-shirt under a crew- or v-neck sweater or jacket.

What else should I bring to my photo shoot?

  • Bring large or small props that have meaning. Bring stuffed animals, building blocks, flowers…
  • Unusual items: saris, native fabrics, wedding veils
  • What does the photographer provide?

  • White and gold drapery
  • A big, white sheet
  • What beauty preparation should I consider?

  • Get a manicure and a pedicure a day or two in advance
  • Wear makeup! If you don’t choose a package that includes makeup, you’ll get the best results if you visit a makeup center prior to your shoot. Call to talk about these options.
  • Don’t wear anything binding to the shoot – you don’t want marks on your skin.