Brisbane Maternity Photography | What to wear…

Nicole | Business | Maternity | 15th August 2011

You may of noticed that I have been photographing a lot of maternity and newborn sessions lately. It has been a wonderful experience and I just love photographing expectant mothers. They just have this glow about them – the feelings of joy of welcoming a new little life into this world, a new feeling of love and a deeper bond with their partner. It is such a special time in a woman’s life. As a portrait photographer, the number one thing that I get asked is: What should I wear? Well today this blog post is about what to wear when having maternity of pregnancy photos taken.

My 3 tips:
1. Wear something comfortable! If your not comfortable, then it will show in your face, so make sure you are able to move around (a little) and that its not too tight.
2. Hair and Make Up – either get someone to do it for you, or do it yourself. Trust me! When was the last time you glammed it up! How did it make you feel?
3. Co-ordinate with your partner. It doesn’t have to be matchy matchy, but as long as the patterns don’t clash and the colours compliment each other then all will be well!

The first piece of advice is to make sure that what ever you wear, you feel comfortable! I know I know, you are probably saying, but nothing fits! I have this massive belly and I can’t even see my toes. But that’s ok. I’m sure these suggestions will help ease your mind and you will be able to find something that you feel beautiful and comfortable in!

Bandeau Tops

These are great for pregnancy photos as you can tee them with comfy black pants or jeans with the belly expander or button undone. They come in black and white and can hide a bra if you want that little bit of extra support. These work really well agains a black studio background as it emphasises the belly, but can also work well in an outdoors session too. Here is an example of how the work in a studio sense. Want to add your partner in, then just keep it simple!! Get him to throw on a white tee and jeans!


Maxi Dresses

Maxi dresses are perfect for outdoor maternity sessions! They are long, flowy and when caught in the wind they really show off your cute baby belly! Dresses are great if you don’t really feel like having your belly out, but still want to show off your beautiful shape. Also tee it with a little cardi, a nice headband and you are set! These are my favourite outfits for a lifestyle outdoors maternity session!!!

Flowy Tops

If your not really a maxi dress girl, then think flowly longer tops that you can wear with leggings. As long as the top hugs your bump or if flowy around it! Perfect! This is also another great look for an outdoor maternity session, where we can capture the fabric in the wind.


Another great idea for maternity sessions either in the studio or outdoors on location is using long pieces of fabric to wrap around the belly. When the fabric is wrapped around the body and is facing either the wind or fan, a beautiful flowy effect is created. It really shows off the bump without being to adventurous! What to wear underneath the fabric you might ask? Well a nude set of lingerie always works well otherwise a white bandeau top with a white pair of knickers will do the trick. If you are outdoors, then a bikini would be perfect as you don’t really want to be hanging out in your undies on the beach or anything!

As long as you are comfortable, you can still be fashionable! A lot of expectant mums I speak to just buy clothes that are a couple sizes bigger to accommodate for the growing bump. This way they can still stay fashionable and not just wear daggy oversized clothes. Ladies, its the one time in your life where it is ok to have a big belly so flaunt it!!! Go on! And don’t forget the accessories! Think necklaces, earrings, headbands, braclets. What ever your day to day style is combine it with these great tips and we will create beautiful maternity photos you will cherish forever!!

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