One of the most frequently asked questions I get after I book a maternity session is “What do I wear?”. Naturally you may be feeling uneasy or insecure about being photographed at 7-8 months and want to be sure to look your absolute best. First and foremost, whatever you choose to wear you, be sure that YOU feel comfortable & beautiful in. Below are a few tips to make the task easier for your on location Maternity session.
Can’t go wrong with a Maxi Dress. For one they are super comfortable. Who doesn’t like to be fashionable & comfortable at the same time. It is also incredibly flattering making it a perfect fit for the pregnant body. A maxi dress can cover up parts of the body that you are feeling insecure about, but pulled close to show that adorable baby bump. It can also add a dramatic effect to a still photo blowing in the wind. You just cannot go wrong with a maxi dress.
A tight fit. If you feel comfortable wearing a tight dress I totally recommend rocking that at your maternity session. A tight bodycon dress on a pregnant body can show off those curves and baby bump.
Solids are best. Patterns in Moderation. Patterns can be distracting & since we want the focus to be on that baby bump solids will bring that focus to the belly. Solids are also very timeless. If you really want some patterns, I would suggest bringing it in with accessories, scarves, chunky necklaces, etc, or with your spouse’s outfit. Lace can be a beautiful way to add pattern without taking away from your belly too much.
Coordinate, don’t match. When planning outfits for your spouse & family, choose outfits that coordinate, but not matching. Choose colors that are complimentary for everyone’s outfits.
Consider your shoes. On location especially your feet will be in a lot of the photos. Avoid sneakers for men. If you want to wear heels I highly recommend bringing a part of sensible footwear for walking & we can change into them when we get to our location. If we are on the beach, bare feet are perfectly fine.
Pamper yourself. I highly recommend professional makeup and hair. You will feel beautiful and confident at your session. A manicure is also recommended, since you will be posing so much using your hands to help belly stand out, nails will be very visible in some shots.
I have a collection of maternity gowns available at my studio, but if you want to find the perfect outfit here are a few recommended stores:
Rent your outfit:
If you are a client of EPF, as always I am here to help you with your maternity session wardrobe. If you are having difficulties planning your session reach out and send me photos of what you are planning. I can help you decide what will look the best.
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