I don't know about you, but I hate picking out what to wear on a daily basis.
I'm a bit lazy when it comes to my wardrobe for work, I'm a jeans and a t-shirt kind of girl. But for family outings, or picking what to wear for a photo session, even I have trouble deciding on what to wear (and I'm a photographer!). When you're pregnant I think it's twice as hard to decide what to wear, and I’m willing to bet that you’ve used Pinterest or Google to search “what to wear for a maternity shoot” once or twice. You're not alone, I have also done it! And in this blog post I hope I can save you a few steps by giving some helpful hints, tips, & tricks to help you pick out the perfect outfit for a gorgeous and timeless maternity session.
You don’t want your clothing to be too baggy or too tight. Correctly fitting clothing will show your beautiful shape. Your upper half and lower half should be balanced: so for instance, blouse shirt & skinny pants, or tight shirt & flowing skirt, or just a simple flowing or fitted dress for a gorgeous & feminine look.
If you’re investing in high quality maternity photos, you don’t want to look back in the years to come and think “why did I wear that?!” I suggest just wearing a simple flowing dress/shirt and sticking to solid colors. Some of the very best maternity dresses or maxi skirts are white/transparent or pastel pink, but it is possible to find a pattern that works well. Neon colors are not recommended, they create skin tone/color cast issues that may not be fixable even with editing. Most importantly, make sure to choose clothing that you feel both comfortable and beautiful in!
Avoid heavy makeup.
This goes with the avoiding trends tip, for the most part, there’s no need for a dark smokey eye during a maternity shoot. You want to look like an enhanced version of yourself, and if that isn't your normal look, don't wear it for your maternity session. Same goes for nails! I love simple french nails, or light color tones. Your hands will be in a lot of shots with your belly, flashy nails (or makeup) will draw the eyes away from your gorgeous baby bump.
Fitted or flowy.
Wearing a tight, fitted maternity dress that shows off all your beautiful curves looks stunning. If you're worried about lumps or bumps, there are body shapers that you can wear that help smooth everything out (I'll admit I own one myself, and I love it!). Many women feel uncomfortable in tight fitting clothing at this time in their pregnancy, but if you choose a fitted dress you should know that you are more beautiful than you could possibly imagine! Flowing dresses are more popular because they feel a little less revealing. Whichever you choose, both make stunning photos! Maybe wear one of each, then you have the best of both worlds!
Avoid being too matchy-matchy with your partner.
Coordinating your outfits together is great, especially for a photography session. However, if you are both wearing white or the same shade of blue, it will be distracting. I recommend searching color pallets on Pinterest, (I use it for everything) and picking one for the base, or main color to help you find complimentary shades for you and your partner.
Rent your dress.
You can rent just about anything these days, your maternity dress is no exception! Here are a few options to look into if you think you'd like to rent your maternity clothes. Rent the Runway is a great website with a lot of options to choose from. Mama Bump Rentals might have fewer options, but has gorgeous gowns for a decent price.
Let's face it, maternity gowns can be expensive and the chances of you wearing them multiple times isn’t high. I offer a wardrobe of options you can wear for your shoot! This option also comes with an in person outfit consultation where you can try on many gowns and decide which one is for you! Contact me to come see what I have and try them on.