What To Wear Maternity Guide Only
Let your imagination run wild
FIrstly Consider what type of style or theme you would like your photos to have. You can make this first step easier on yourself by considering your personal style along with some of your favorite hobbies or interests. This should help you decide on the type of shoot you are going for. Think intimate and cozy or something boho or outdoors-y with a light and airy feel. It’s all up to you!
My First recommendation is to bring a nice black & Nude/white lingerie one that can go strapless or the straps can be taken down.
For clothing in studio maternity photo shoots it is recommended that the outfits be quite tight-fitting around the belly. Loose and baggy shirts or pants only hide the pregnant belly.
Nice jeans, tight-fitting tank tops/boob tubes and maternity tops that have thin fabrics that cling to the body are also great choices, maxis are always nice or robes!
Try to keep clothing selection simple. Stripes and busy patterns can hide the belly or detract attention. Instead, stick with solid colours, generally Black or white clothing works best in studio, a touch of floaral or lace never goes astray if thats the look your also would like.
Always bring more then you think you need! We can go through your options once you’re in the studio.
If Partner is coming along to the shoot a nice pair jeans or shorts and a plain t-shirt works best.
If younger siblings are in the shoot keep their clothing selection very simple also, or if you wish to dress in their favourite shirt or dress and its heavily patterned try to bring a plain top/ tight fitted shirt that matches a colour in the pattern.
Outdoors Onlocation Maternity
Dress the whole family as if one person was to wear the entire outfit
Coordinate Colours. Do not do MATCHY Match - pick 3-4 colours ie. Cream, Rust, blush pink, Brown
Textures are your friend
1-2 patterns in your selection MAX.
Avoid complete black & white
Coordinating colors not matching.
Long gone are the days of everyone wearing a white shirt and matching. Instead, pick a couple of colours and choose clothes that will fit in this color scheme. My editing style best works with earthy tones, Creams, beiges, blush, rust, mustards, navy, browns, kahki greens, Moss greens,
Look at your home decor.
Do you like ? Neutrals? Earthy tones? Since you will be hanging these photos in your house you want to make sure the colours of your clothes go with the colour scheme of your home.
Don't forget accessories.
Accessories not only add to your outfit but they can be fun to use in photos. Have the man wear a tie for the woman to hold. Necklaces for the kids to play with or hats to hide behind.
Personally, I enjoy having ONE outfit in the mix that has all the colours in it. However, not everyone in the photo should wear patterns as it may distract the final image.
Look for clothing collections.
When shopping for clothes for my kids, I head to stores that typically have color coordinating collections. I can then purchase clothes for all the children from one store. I know their clothes will coordinate. I love best and less & Kmart have great options
Once you book your session, start thinking of the clothes right away. You may think certain clothes will fit your kids or that one dress is clean. If you wait until the day of or day before you may run into an issue of clothes not fitting, being dirty
Say no to characters.
Yes, your little one may love their Toy Story shirt but you may want to skip it for the family photo session. Just like patterns, characters on shirts can be pretty distracting.
Avoid all white or all black clothing.
If you are wearing an all white shirt then it is very easy to blow out parts of your shirt causing it to lose its detail. Same can be said with all black, it’s easy to have clipping on black clothing and the detail is lost.
Textures are your friend.
I am a huge fan of a cotton fitted shirt. However, in photographs I like to add textures like scarves or belts to add a little more to the image. Don’t shy away from different textures.
These photos will be hanging on your walls and treasured for years to come. By choosing simple, classic clothes you will help give your images a timeless feel.