Make the Most of Your Maternity Photoshoot


August 17, 2022

Make the Most of Your Maternity Photoshoot

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 As you prepare for the arrival of your new baby, you will likely find you want to remember every moment of this special time. A maternity photoshoot is the perfect way to capture memories of how you felt to look back on in the years ahead as your child grows. Whether you’re looking for images to share with family and friends on social media or art to hang on the walls of your home, I’ve put together a few tips for how to make the most of your maternity photoshoot.


I know, your to-do list is probably a mile long right now! But a little planning can ensure your maternity photoshoot goes off splendidly! Set aside time to pick out what outfits you want to wear for your photos. Be sure to consider the location and what shoes and clothing will be most comfortable to move around in. A maternity session is also a great excuse to get your hair and makeup done, so if you want to get all dolled up, be sure to schedule those appointments.

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I will direct you into a variety of poses to capture you and your baby bump from multiple angles. Don’t be afraid to have a little fun with your images! Even if a pose seems silly or awkward,  go with it! I will help position you to get the best possible photos.

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Spend some time looking at other maternity portraits to get an idea of what style you want for your images. If you want to look elegant and glamorous, a long dress can do the trick. I have a few available in my client closet if you would like to borrow one! If you prefer to purchase your own, check out Chicaboo, Sew Trendy, and Mii Estilo. If you want something a little more casual, opt for your favorite maternity outfit, even if it’s just jeans and a comfy blouse. Be sure to wear clothing that’s somewhat fitted so you can easily show off your precious baby bump! 

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Maternity photos also make great family photos and allow you to capture the love your family shares for one another—and for the new baby that is soon to make his or her arrival. These images can also help you track how your family has grown over the years when you look back on them.

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Speaking of family, your first baby may be a fur baby! You are always welcome to include your fur babies in your maternity photos. Just let me know so we make sure to choose a pet-friendly location.

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Look around your nursery for items you can use for props in your photos, such as toys, shoes or even some of those precious tiny outfits. Family heirlooms also make great props, so if you have any toys or blankets that have been passed down over the years, bring them along!

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Shanell Bledsoe is a wedding, portrait, & boudoir photographer based in Knoxville, Tennessee, available worldwide.

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