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Tips and Tricks for Fabulous Maternity Portraits

Looking belly beautiful is easy. Here are a few tips to consider before coming in for your sitting.

  • Pick the right time. Schedule your session when you are in your seventh or eighth month of pregnancy. Your belly will have a lovely, full shape.
  • Remember, when you schedule between weeks 31 and 36 also gives you plenty of time to order additional maternity portraits.
  • Bring your ultrasound with you. We can take a very special portrait of mama and baby.
  • Your maternity session could include the father and older children to reflect your beautiful growing family.
  • Showing a bare tummy can be tricky. If you wish to show your bare tummy, wear loose-fitting clothing to avoid elastic/clothing marks.
  • Avoid any glare. Apply lotion at least an hour before your session to avoid the shiny belly-look and staining your clothes.
  • If you are showing bare skin, try to moisturize your knees and elbows.
  • Hands are in important, too! Get a manicure or a light polish for a more finished look in a close up of your hands around your belly.
  • Remove tight-fitting clothing and accessories, like watches and bracelets, at least two hours before your session.
  • You may want to include a few baby things like a cute pair of shoes or a cherished family heirloom in your portrait.
  • View our maternity portfolio for additional portrait ideas

Clothing

You and your beautiful growing belly are the stars of your maternity portraits. Here are a few additional suggestions to make this special moment in your life memorable:

  • Solid colored shirts focus the attention on your tummy’s shape and glowing expression.
  • Avoid big floral prints, swirls, plaids and stripes. Large patterns distract.
  • Black clothing gives you a slim silhouette.
  • Form-fitting clothes with a little stretch will compliment your figure rather than loose clothing.
  • Long sleeves tend to be the most flattering, but sleeveless and spaghetti straps work well. Avoid t-shirt length sleeves.
  • If you want to show your bare belly, consider wearing a top and skirt or pants that won’t leave binding marks across your tummy.
  • Silk and cotton fabrics drape beautifully around a pregnant body.
  • Empire-waist blouses and dresses, button-up shirts, tank tops, long drawstring skirts and tie dresses can really enhance your blossoming shape.
  • Dark jeans and black tapering yoga pants make your legs look long and slim.
  • Don't forget the feet. Pick your footwear depending on your clothing. If your toes are exposed in a sandal-style, you might want to get a pedicure.
  • If you choose tighter clothing, consider your undergarments with the style of clothing you choose to wear. You might not want lines showing through your clothing.
  • When choosing ways to show your style, consider a cheerful scarf, or sweater - even chunky jewelry can add fun splashes of color.