How to Prepare for your Maternity Photo Shoot

Pregnancy is a such a sacred time in every woman’s life. It’s a magical time! A time to celebrate a new life to love and the beginning of a beautiful new life together. If you are choosing to document this very special time, make sure you prepare yourself as much as possible to get the most out of your photographs. The information on this page serves as a general guide to help you to get ready for your maternity photo session. The more prepared you are for the day, the more smoothly your shoot will go. If you don’t see something on this session guide and you have concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any additional questions before your appointment. We are here to help! 

black and white maternity photo of woman holding her pregnant belly

Maternity Photography FAQs

When should I schedule my Maternity Photos?

We suggest between 7 and 8 months pregnant when you have a full, round belly but can still comfortably move around.

What should I wear for Maternity Photos?

Wear clothing that you feel good in! Bring clothes that make you feel fun, silly, sexy, or just plain great. Check out our clothing suggestions below!

Can I include my partner or family in my Maternity Photos?

Your partner is the ultimate prop! Include them in your session if you want pictures of the two of you. Also feel free to bring along an older child, or anyone else you want to share in this joyous time.

How should I prep my body for Maternity Photos?

Moisturize your belly and try to get a good night sleep the day before your session.

Should I bring props to my Maternity Photo Shoot?

Bring items with you that you want in your photos. Popular now are ultrasound printouts, alphabet blocks that spell your baby’s name, baby shoes, stuffed animals, flowers, tiaras, etc.

Can I bring inspiration photos to work off of?

Yes! Share your inspiration and we'll work together to create your desired aesthetic. Please show these to us before your session!

What should I do with my hair and makeup in a maternity shoot?

We love it when moms-to-be also work with a professional hair stylist or makeup artists, but we're happy to work with expectant mothers who want to do their own hair and makeup.

What if I can't find anything to wear to my Maternity shoot?

We also have flowy wraps in both light and dark colors so you really don’t need to bring a thing if you just can’t seem to find a thing to wear! Bring a strapless bra if you have one for under the wraps. Bring pretty black and white bras and panties if possible.

Maternity Session Checklist

This is just a quick re-cap of some things you may want to bring with you. You don’t need to bring everything! The maternity session is a very personal session, we can tailor it to suit YOUR wants and YOUR vision. And if you don’t have any set ideas, we can help with that! See tips below. 

Also, if you have any inspirational photos, feel free to email them to me.

Clothing Suggestions



  • boy shorts in black 
  • pretty bra & panties set(s) in pastel, white, cream or black
  • strapless bra in cream or black

2-4 Tops:

  •  1 light,
  • 1 dark,
  • 1 trendy/romantic,
  • 1 fun T shirt,
  • one of your partner’s (big) shirts


  • jeans
  • black tap pants
  • khakis
  • flowy skirt


  • something flowy,
  • something fitted


  • one pair of great high heeled shoes
  • accessories - chunky jewelry, special jewelry, scarves, shawls, hats



  • jeans,
  • dark pants & Khakis,
  • white & black long-sleeved shirts


FOR SIBLINGS(coordinate with mom’s):

  • for boy siblings - jeans, white shirt, fun T shirt
  • for girl siblings - jeans, tutu, white shirt, fun T shirt, dress too



  • pay attention to your nails - a manicure and pedicure will make you feel and look great
  • wear your hair and makeup as you usually do
  • try to get a good night’s rest the night before!


Other things to bring:

  • props - baby shoes, stuffed animals, belly bands,ultrasound, anything else to personalize your session
  • fun stuff - NFL jersey, lab coat, running gear, whatever speaks to who you are