When I book a client for a maternity or newborn session, one of the first things I ask is do you want to be in the pictures? And after I get the ugh I don’t know/I look horrible face I try to remind the momma to be that these are images you are going to have for a lifetime and that baby when he/she grows up is going to enjoy seeing. I think getting Maternity images done is one of the best decisions you can make. I know at the time you see yourself as an overweight swollen momma to be, but you have to think long term, I know a couple months ago my sister and I were going through old images of us when we were babies (during our first few days) and I asked my mom if she had any images of her when she was pregnant, she laughed and said “no honey we didn’t do maternity sessions back then!” But I wish she had, I would have loved to seen what my mom looked like when she was pregnant with me, and your baby would to! That is one of the best times in a woman’s life is the time when momma and baby bond through the womb.
Pregnancy is a beautiful thing and what a woman’s body does when pregnant is incredible. Showing that off is the perfect way to pay tribute to your pregnant self. Be proud of those beautiful curves.
After we have this little discussion and momma to be thinks about her future with baby and how images play an important role in traveling down memory lane, and in life in general. The question I always get is what do I wear? And what about my husband? Is it better to wear solid colors, like black and white? I have a Pinterest Page with all kinds of Ideas not only for what to wear but for Momma’s to be in general, such as exercises you can do when pregnant, ideas for the nursery and how to display to your images (which is a topic we will be touching on next week!).
So I thought I would talk to the entire momma to be’s out there thinking about booking or already booked a maternity or newborn session with Jessie Anne Photography. So without further ado here are a couple ideas for what to wear…
A Maxi Dress
There are a couple of great reasons why a maxi dress is the perfect thing to wear for maternity shoots. For one, it’s incredibly comfortable. Comfort is key when you are pregnant, and when you’re taking maternity photos for a couple hours or so, you want to be as comfortable as can be. It also works for the Newborn session hiding anything you don’t want shown. It also looks amazing on any pregnant body because it’s incredibly flattering. It covers up anything you don’t want shown, but can also be pulled against the belly to show off your adorable baby bump. A maxi dress is also a very dramatic piece of clothing to wear for a photo shoot. The flowing fabric looks amazing in the wind and creates a lot of movement in a still photo. You certainly can’t go wrong wearing a maxi dress for your shoot.
2. Solid Colors
Since the main focus in your maternity shoot is your bump, then don’t let anything take attention away from that, like a pattern or print. Wear solid colors for your bump to stand out the most. If you feel solid colors are too boring, then bring in some fun, bright and bold accessories like necklaces and scarves. This too works for Newborn sessions, as you want the attention on you and baby, not extravagant prints.
3. Tight Clothing
If you are comfortable with wearing tight clothing and don’t mind showing off all of your gorgeous pregnant body curves, opt for a beautiful tight bodycon dress. They look absolutely stunning on pregnant women because they truly show off the amazing body of the pregnant body. Pregnancy is a beautiful thing and what a woman’s body does when pregnant is incredible. Showing that off is the perfect way to pay tribute to your pregnant self. Be proud of those beautiful curves.
4. Go Timeless
Since you’ll have these maternity/newborn photos for forever you don’t want to look back on them in 20 years and regret anything you wore. You never want to think to yourself, “What on earth was I thinking?” In order to avoid that, go with a more timeless, simple look. A great option for this would be some jeans, a simple top and a pair of cute boots. There’s nothing wrong with going a little simpler. You can always add a few cute accessories in your jewelry to spice things up a bit.
5. Textured Colors
Your photos will look amazing if you wear clothing that has texture to it by adding more dimensions to your photos. You can pair a chunky knit sweater with some jeans; wear a lace dress, or an embroidered top. Either way the texture in the clothes will create more interest, therefore making your photos look more beautiful. It’s a great alternative to a print or pattern.
6. And finally bring multiple outfits...
A great idea is to have two have two outfits to wear for your maternity shoot, such as a casual outfit and a dressy outfit. This will not only give you the option when choosing which photos you want to hang in your home, but it will also give you some variety in the photos as well. Just tell Jessie Anne Photography that you want to have an outfit change during your maternity session.
Jessie Anne Photography will also have several Maternity dresses to use during the session to get some amazing shots that way, and if you are open to it, we can always do more of a boudoir type maternity session for those daddies to be! Contact Jessie Anne Photography today to book your Maternity and Newborn Session!