There is nothing more amazing than a woman's body growing a child. I know it doesn't come without it's aches, pains, and waddles, but your body is still so beautiful. The anticipation and glow just before your family is forever change. If it's your first child or 4th, the excitement is uncontainable. I have put together these tips to help you plan what to wear for a maternity session. While many of my other what to wear for family photos tips still apply, there's a few extra maternity photo session specific tips. 

It's all about that (baby) bump!

This is the time to really show off that baby bump. Select something that is form fitting around the bump. Showing off your shape is the both flattering and beautiful.

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Wear Solids

Let your baby bump shine by wearing a solid color (at least on top). This not only allows for a classic photo, but also allows your bump to be the focus without distractions. If you like patterns, let dad and/or the kids wear patterns for interest. 

Of course, that doesn't mean don't have texture or variety. Pair a solid top with jeans and a necklace for detail. Or even select a dress that has some texture to it. 

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Mama, Be Comfortable

You're the focus of the shoot, meaning you are in most of the photos. Wear something that you're comfortable moving in. Try sitting, standing, walking around in your outfit. If you're uncomfortable it will show. This is the time to consider shoes too. Wear shoes that you can move around in. Consider the location too. If you're not comfortable wearing high heels over rocks or in sand, you probably should wear flats. (I don't focus on your feet anyways, so make sure you're comfortable!) 

Coordinate the Family

The key term here is to coordinate, not be matchy-matchy. I suggest picking 2-3 complimentary colors and have everyone wear a variety of it. Again, patterns for dad's shirt or children's clothes are a great way to add depth and interest to a photograph. 

Avoid Logos, Bright Colors, and Phrases on Clothing

Prominent logos on clothing can be distracting, while bright colors come off even brighter on camera. We want you and your family to shine, not your clothes. Phrases can not only be distracting, but also help to date an image. We want a timeless image that focuses on you.

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Be You

I always want my families to feel like themselves. Sure, you want to be a little more dressed up and coordinated than a normal play day. However, you want your photos to reflect who you are. Let your accessories and color choices reflect your style. If you're a cozy, pacific northwest type family, use cute beanies, scarves, and boots to add a little personality.  

This is also a great time to be a little feminine. I'm not a daily dress wearing person, but I LOVE dresses for maternity photos. A maxi dress is a great option as they are flattering, flirty and so comfortable.  If you want to spend a little more, I do love the dresses from Sew Trendy (I do not get anything from this link, I just love their dresses.) 

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Layout Your Outfits Before Your Session

Clear the bed and lay everyone's outfit together. Take a picture with your phone and notice if anything stands out. Try the outfits in various combinations to make sure no one clashes with someone else and no one blends in. 

I encourage my families to send me this photo so that I can help. I am able to see how that one shirt will stick out in all of your photos and guide you so you will love how everyone looks!

Ready to start planning your maternity session? Contact me and let's chat about your upcoming new arrival!

*Neyssa Lee

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