Best Wardrobe for a Maternity Photo Shoot

June 19, 2014  •  1 Comment

What should I wear to my maternity photo shoot...




This answers the big questions for women...


"What should I wear to my photo shoot?"  and,  "What should I bring to my pregnancy photography session?"


Keep in mind that these are just guidelines.




What clothing should I bring to my photo shoot?

  • Colors - I like solid colors: white, black, brown, gray. (Seeing is believing!)


  • Fabrics - look for thin clingy, not necessarily tight, fabrics with a little stretch.
  • Pants - jeans (any color), black pants (yoga pants work well). It doesn't matter if you're wearing maternity jeans with a big, stretchy band. I make it all work.
  • Dresses - these can be incredibly sophisticated and sexy, but choose carefully. Look for dresses that cling to your shape, not the loose, comfortable style. Dresses with ruching at the side seams work beautifully.
  • Tops - I like big, white, button-down, slightly rumpled men's shirt. Any shirt or cardigan that opens down the front works well.
  • Sleeves - Long-sleeved shirts tend to be the most flattering, but sleeveless and spaghetti straps also work.
  • Necklines - select v-necks, squarenecks, turtlenecks or deep scoop necks.
  • Tanks or camisoles - anything clingy, fitted or stretchy in solid colors (white, black, red, blue...)
  • Jewelry & watches - in general, avoid them (unless there's a really good story behind the piece). The BIG exception is wedding and engagement rings! Classic, small and tasteful pieces like pearl or diamond studs make sense and are totally appropriate.
  • Special & unique - unusual items like large swaths of fabric in powerful colors like purple, red and royal blue can make for stunning results.


  • Consider saris or large and luxurious scarves. Consider fabrics that are exceptionally sheer or have a little bit of sheen.



What else should I bring to my photo shoot?

Bring large or small props that have meaning. Bring stuffed animals, building blocks, flowers...


Unusual items: saris, native fabrics, wedding veils.



What does the photographer provide?

Depending on the location, the photographer may have props that correspond with the 'feel' or 'mood' of the photo session.

If any specific clothing, draping or special items are discussed and agreed with the photographer.







Wondering what your husband should wear to a maternity shoot?

  • Men should bring jeans or khaki pants or any other dark bottoms.
  • I encourage soft (not starched), plain white shirts. Cotton and linen are both great choices.
  • Throw a regular, WHITE and/or BLACK crew-neck t-shirt in the bag, too.
  • Bring solid, dark colors like black, dark brown, navy blue and charcoal gray tops and bottoms. Layers are great; wear the t-shirt under a crew- or v-neck sweater or jacket.



What beauty preparation should I consider?

  • Get a manicure and a pedicure a day or two in advance.
  • Wear makeup! You'll get the best results if you visit a makeup center prior to your shoot.
  • Don't wear anything binding to the shoot to avoid marks on your skin. This includes bras with underwires, ribbed socks and hair bands on your wrist.




Mary Bennett(non-registered)
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