What to Wear for Summer Maternity Pictures
- Scour pinterest for ideas of pictures. You will be drawn to a few styles, perfectly posed or more natural, inside on a bed, black and white silhouette, underwater, standing in the tide, meadows and flowers, etc… Narrow it down and talk to photographers.
- Nail down a date – look at your belly. Are you carrying pretty small? Then wait until 36-37 weeks or so to get the biggest belly possible. Are you carrying a larger belly? Then around 32-34 weeks may be a more comfortable stage for picture taking.
- Determine the location. This will take you talking to the photographer. Inside a ‘studio’ on a big white bed bursting with light? A wall of windows behind you? Your own home? Or outside somewhere. The photographer should be willing to find the perfect place.
- Get the photographer’s opinion. This is what they do! My photographers have always been ‘virtual shoppers’ with me, meaning that I snap pics while in the dressing room and text them for approval or we shop online together.
- Decide on a look. It is ultimately up to you to decide what to wear. Take some time to really look at your pinned pictures and then go from there. A dress, a skirt, or jeans or leggings… Or lingerie and a beautiful robe that will let the light through for silhouette shots. Have a color or color palate in mind.
- SHOP. Have friends come with you or do it online, but buy or find something specifically for these maternity pictures.
- Now is NOT the time to be shy. This is NOT the time to ‘Play it Safe.’ Embrace this body and get the pictures you want!
- Light, airy, and flowy looks always works, but make sure that your belly can be identified as pregnant. A thin belt above the belly may work perfectly.
- Tight and form-fitting also works marvelously. Show off those curves!
- Stick with a color palate that compliments your background – and your skin tone. Make sure anyone else in the pictures compliments you but doesn’t steal the show!
- Make sure that the waistband of your shorts or pants is flattering for bare belly pictures. Rolled down or folded-over stretchy fabric isn’t always cute. Instead, grab a pair of cut-offs that you can’t button. Pair them with a crop top and wedges!
- If you go with leggings, make sure your tunic style top fully covers your rear-side and birthing region. (Unless the leggings are flattering and your look calls for it!)
- Purchase proper undergarments! Bra straps hanging out, or ‘side-boob’ are probably not the look you are going for.
Break away from your normal comfort zone and have fun.