Sometimes 9 months of pregnancy seems like an eternity … and then all of a sudden baby is here and life is a blur of nappies and feeds and shushing and patting and you know what - you will forget what you looked like with a bump. A maternity photoshoot is a perfect opportunity to get some beautiful celebratory photos while you capture this special moment in time.
You’ll want to schedule your photoshoot for sometime after about 24 weeks so you’ve got a beautiful bump to show off - but don’t leave it too late or you’ll be booking a newborn shoot instead!
There are so many amazing maternity shoot ideas to create really memorable photos - we’ve pulled together our top 7 to get you started.
1. Make It Multigenerational
A really sweet idea for a maternity shoot is to get other family members involved. Photos of grandma, mum, and mum-to-be all lined up will make for a precious keepsake that can be passed down through the family.
2. Add a Holiday Theme
If your maternity shoot is lining up with a holiday, why not take advantage? Have some funny photos comparing your pregnant belly to the large Halloween pumpkins. You could also wrap your belly with wrapping paper for Christmas or paint a colourful egg on it for Easter. These images can do double-duty as greeting cards or holiday postcards.
3. Shoot Somewhere Meaningful
To make your photos extra special, why not take them somewhere special to you, your family, or you and your partner? This could be the place you met, the spot where you got engaged, or anywhere else that you hold close to your heart.
4. Incorporate Family Hobbies
Are you a couple of football fanatics? Or a family of film-buffs or masterchefs? Whatever your interests and hobbies are, try incorporating them into the photoshoot – you’ll have heaps of things to use as props and lots of fun in the process!
5. Capture the Silhouette
There are few things as beautiful as the silhouette of a pregnant woman months or weeks away from giving birth. If you're interested in having a more sophisticated and artistic photoshoot, have your photographer capture your silhouette against a bright light or dramatic background.
6. Wait for Golden Hour
Love that golden hour glow? You're not alone. To have this golden hue in your photos, time your maternity shoot with those special hours right after sunrise or right before sunset.
7. Be Natural
Maternity photoshoots don’t have to be posed or staged. Sometimes the most precious photos are caught spontaneously – sharing a joke with your partner or a tender moment with your older children. Also, having your photographer come to your home can really take the pressure off, leaving you to relax and enjoy the moment in familiar surroundings.
Always Be Authentic
No matter what ideas you choose to incorporate in your maternity shoot, just be sure to make choices that make YOU happy. If you want something fun and silly, don't feel as though you have to do something overly serious. If you want something more artful or elegant, don't feel as though it's wrong to bask in your own beauty. Do whatever feels right to you.
And of course we couldn’t go without saying - you’ll get the best photos when you’re in a beautiful mood so be sure to wear something that makes you feel amazing. Our maternity photoshoot dresses are designed to make you feel at ease and enhance your special pregnancy glow - check out our collection below!
x Maive and Bo