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Inside: Check out 44 different maternity photography ideas from real moms like you to get poses and tips for your own maternity photoshoot!

I think every mama should consider getting maternity photos done at least once during their pregnancy; even if she feels self-conscious!

The maternity pictures I’ve had taken over the years are some of my very favorite photos.

I would be so sad if I never had those memories of my baby bump to cherish.

So to give you some motivation (and inspiration) I’m sharing lots of maternity photoshoot ideas.

Some photos are super glamorous and fancy while others are more casual and laid back, but be assured there are photos for every style and mama!

I’m also sharing some tips I’ve learned over the years to make sure your pictures go as smoothly as possible.

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Woman poses for some maternity photo ideas.

Tips For Beautiful Maternity Photography

1. Make sure you’re comfortable!

In terms of what you wear to the maternity photos, make sure it’s something you’re 100% comfortable in.

If you don’t like showing a lot of skin, then an open lacey gown with underwear probably isn’t the best option for you! And if you don’t like form-fitting clothes, opt for a more flowy dress that will accentuate your bump.

2. Research the photographer beforehand.

This goes for any type of photos, but make sure you have looked through your prospective photographer’s work before signing a contract.

You should also make sure they have experience taking maternity photos.

If you’re just having a friend or family member take them, then you would need to be as thorough but if you’re paying money, make sure you do your research!

3. You want your bump to be showing…but not too much!

I find the sweet spot for taking maternity pictures is between 32 and 36 weeks.

Your bump is out in full force, but you’re not waddling and swollen like you are in the last few weeks of pregnancy.

I’m sure there are some unicorn mamas out there who never get swollen, but my face is so huge in those last few weeks that I would not feel pretty!

I’ve had photos taken at 33 and 32 weeks and I thought they were perfect!

4. Find example poses to show the photographer.

I always like sending a few inspiration photos to my photographer before a shoot.

Look on Pinterest (or this blog post!) for some poses and angles that you want to make sure to capture.

If all else fails, at least you’ll have those photos that you really love.

5. Try your outfit on at least a week before the photos.

There’s nothing worse than getting dressed before your pictures only to realize your dress doesn’t fit like you thought it would!

Make sure you try your outfit on a week before your pictures to give you a realistic fit and to give yourself enough time to find a backup dress if needed.

6. Consider taking props for the photos.

You can use things like your ultrasound pictures, letters, or baby items like shoes or bows.

Have those ready to go so you can get a few photos with them.

7. Don’t forget your hands!

Maternity pictures are a great excuse for some pampering!

Schedule a manicure to make sure your hands look their best for those up close bump shots.

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Outdoor Maternity Photography Ideas

I decided to break up the photos into two groups: outdoor and indoor.

For the outdoor group, I also broke them up by location so you can search for your specific look based on where you want your pictures.

Beach/Nautical Maternity Photos

Photography by Christine Barlow

Photograpy by Paulina Kettenring

Woman poses for her beach maternity pictures.
Mom to be poses for beach maternity pictures.

Photography by First Impressions Photography

Photography by Sarah Rose Photography

Woman holds her bump in her beach maternity pictures.
Mom to be poses for beach maternity pictures.
Mom walks along the beach for maternity pictures.

Photography by Maddie Jeppson Photography

Mom poses for her beach maternity pictures.

Photography by Takke Photography

Mom to be holds her baby belly during beach maternity pictures.

Photography by Samantha Sprague Photography

Woman wears a flower crown and holds her baby bump during her outdoor maternity pictures.

Photography by Kendra Bird Photography

Couple walks through the water during their maternity photos.

Photography by Rianon Stephens Photography

Woodsy/Forest Maternity Photos

Couple poses for forest maternity pictures.

Photography by Hailey Jo Photography

Woman holds belly during forest maternity pictures.

Photography by Ellie Martinez

Couple poses during maternity photos in the forest.

Photography by Rianon Stephens Photography

Mom poses in woodsy maternity pictures.

Photography by Rachel Van Schyndel

Woman poses for outdoor maternity photograpy.

Photography by Sarah Dixon Photography

Woman wears a yellow dress for forest maternity pictures.

Photography by Takke Photography

Woman wears sequin dress in her maternity photos.
Woman wears sequin dress in her maternity photos.

Photography by Takayla Mar Batty

Family poses for their forest maternity pictures.

Photography by Kristin Reader Photography

Photography by Emily Bitter

Photography by Photos by Kimmer

Desert Maternity Photos

Couple holds hands during desert maternity photos.

Photography by Kristin Bowden Photography

Woman's dress flows during her desert maternity photos.

Photography by Elizabeth Ann Photography

Woman sits on a rock in her maternity pictures.
Couple dances during their maternity pictures.

Photography by Takayla Mar Batty

Photography by Lindsey Tripp

Photography by Tay Lynn Photography

Photography by Sydni Lee Photography

Couple smiles during desert maternity photos.
Woman wears a red dress for her desert maternity photos.

Photography by Rise And Shine Photography

Photograpy by Paulina Kettenring

Floral Maternity Photos

Woman poses during sunflower maternity pictures.

Photography by Shanessa Photo + Film

Mom smiles during her maternity photoshoot.

Photography by Jordan Eaton Photography

Woman wears a white dress in her outdoor maternity pictures.
Woman wears a white dress in her outdoor maternity picures.

Photography by Paulina Martinez Photography

Winter Maternity Photos

Woman smiles during her winter maternity pictures.

Photography by Maddie Jeppson Photography

Woman smiles during winter maternity pictures.
Couple holds hands during winter maternity pictures.

Photography by Lana Hansen Photography

Photography by Whit Bolton

Indoor Maternity Photography Ideas

I haven’t really seen a lot of indoor maternity pictures, but I think these are super creative and beautiful!

Here are a lot of great options if you don’t want to shoot outside.

Studio Maternity Pictures

Woman holds bump during studio maternity pictures.

Photography by Tylynn B Photography

Woman holds bump during studio maternity pictures.
Woman smiles during studio maternity pictures.

Photography by Jill Collier Photography

In-Home Maternity Pictures

Husband touches wife's baby bump next to a window.
Maternity pictures with husband.

Photography by Bobbi Tolman Photography

Woman poses during in home maternity photos.
Woman lays on bed during in home maternity photos.

Photography DP Photography

Milk Bath Maternity Pictures

Woman laughs during milk bath maternity photos.
Woman holds belly during milk bath maternity photos.

Photography by First Impressions Photography

Greenhouse Maternity Pictures

Couple embraces during greenhouse maternity pictures.
Woman holds baby shoes during greenhouse maternity pictures.

Photography by Kelly King Price

Pregnancy Gowns For Photography

I hope you’ve gotten plenty of ideas for locations, poses, and what to wear for your maternity photoshoot.

Here a few more dress options if you don’t know where to look.

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Woman poses for some maternity photo ideas.
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