What to Wear for Maternity Photos

A gorgeous outfit will take your professional maternity photos to the next level. However, choosing the right wardrobe for maternity portraits is anything but easy. You need to make sure that you are comfortable and that the fit is right for you while keeping the focus on your baby bump. Here we’ve wrapped up everything you need to know about selecting the perfect outfit for your upcoming maternity photo shoot.


Classic Style

Both timeless and versatile, long dresses are one of the most flattering choices for maternity photo shoots. Not only are they incredibly comfortable, but they photograph beautifully as well. A maternity gown that drapes all the way to the floor will give you the option to cover up and still capture the beauty of your new shape. Fitted maternity dresses are another classic to consider for maternity portraits. They will show off your pregnancy curves and at the same time keep the attention drawn to your adorable baby bump. 


Alternative Looks

Looking for something different? There are plenty of pregnancy-friendly wardrobe alternatives that will enhance your shape and put a spotlight on your baby bump. Go for a chunky sweater with non-maternity jeans, a lace dress that hugs your curves, or even an edgy leather jacket. The choice is yours. Whatever you pick, make sure that the outfit reflects your style and personality and that you feel comfortable wearing it.

Neutral Colors

Neutral solids are a safe choice for timeless maternity portraits. White, cream, beige, and dusty rose will draw attention to your precious baby bump. An elegant black dress will also allow your bump to take center stage and will look fantastic in a studio setting.

For outdoor maternity photo shoots, seasons are a great starting point for picking your outfit colors. Rusty orange, mustard yellow, or emerald green will look best in winter maternity photos. Reserve soft, pastel hues such as ivory, blush pink, and powder blue for spring and summer. These colors will complement the warmer weather perfectly.  

Layers and Texture

Layers and textures are a good alternative to patterns that can be too distracting and overwhelming in maternity portrait outfits. Combinations such as a cozy knit sweater and a pair of jeans or an embroidered top and a denim jacket can give a new dimension to your maternity portrait. Layered outfits and clothes with interesting textures will add touches of your personality without stealing the show.


Accessorizing is a great way to accentuate your round belly and give more interest to any maternity outfit. A simple skinny belt, for instance, will look as good with a shirt or bodycon dress as it does with a flowy maternity gown. Placed just above your belly, it will create a waistline and define your bump. Other accessories like flower wreaths, chunky necklaces, and scarves will make your maternity photos impactful without being overly distracting.

Two Outfits

Choose a couple of different looks for your maternity photo shoot, a casual outfit and a dressier option, or a flowy dress and a fitted one, for example. This way, you will have several fabulous maternity photos to use for pregnancy announcements, holiday cards, gifts, and to hang in your home as timeless heirlooms.


Maternity Photos With Family

If you are taking your maternity pictures with family, pick your outfit first and have your partner’s and children’s wardrobe complement your look. Colors and tones that go well together without being too matchy will create stunning maternity portraits.


Not Sure What to Choose?

The choice of outfits to wear for your maternity photo shoot can be overwhelming. That’s why at Willow Street Pictures we invite you to meet our talented portrait consultant. During your pre-session consultation, you will get both practical advice and plenty of styling tips for your maternity portrait session.

Get in Touch

If you wish to learn more about Willow Street Pictures maternity portrait photography, feel free to schedule a call with one of our artists. Alternatively, you can fill out the contact form or send us an email. We’d love to hear from you!

The Willow Street Pictures shop offers a selection of creative photography packages like Tribute Creative Package and Beginnings Creative Package, ideal for your maternity portraits.


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