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What to Wear for Your San Jose Maternity Photography Session

You’ve scheduled your maternity photoshoot in San Jose and are looking forward to having some professional photos taken of your beautiful baby bump and capturing this special time before the baby arrives. One of the first things that come to mind is what you’ll wear.

Your clothing style and color have a significant impact on the overall look and feel of your photographs, and I understand that this can be a difficult decision. As your San Jose photographer, we’ll discuss your options more thoroughly at your planning session after you book, but here’s a guide that should help in the meantime.

What Should You Wear for Your San Jose Maternity Photo Session

san jose maternity photo session mom with hands on belly

How many outfits should you bring?

I want to maximize my time with you, so I recommend no more than two outfits. One favorite outfit usually does the trick, though. Clients tend to prefer one outfit over the other in the end, and time spent changing can disrupt the flow of your session.

What Kinds of Outfits Work Well for Maternity Photos?

Your maternity session is all about capturing the beauty of your stunning new form, and flowy fabrics that can catch the breeze photograph beautifully. An empire waist dress can help give your body some shape while the rest of the fabric remains loose. Lace adds a lovely texture and a romantic feel. If you’re comfortable, sheer material can show off your form.

For indoor sessions, pretty lingerie with a duster is perfect for a more intimate setting.

Where to Buy Maternity Dresses for a Photo Session?

For clients who are looking to purchase something new, there are a few good options for dresses – they don’t even have to be maternity specific! Pink Blush Maternity is a favorite, as well as Baltic Born which has dresses that tie at the waist – perfect for during and after pregnancy. Some clients like to use Rent the Runway if it’s a dress they’re only planning to wear once. Nordstrom is also a good place to look.

san jose maternity photography portrait with a woman in a long lacy dress and her husband with arms wrapped around her.

What Colors Should You Wear for A Maternity Photo Shoot?

When deciding on the best colors to wear, it’s important to take into account both the location of your photo session and what you plan to do with your images after your session. For instance, if you would like to hang a piece of art in your home, you’ll want to consider the colors you have in your home already. For a beach session, orange or pale pink are beautiful choices. If your location is on a hillside, earthy neutrals work well.

If you’re including your partner or children in your San Jose maternity photography session, you’ll want them to coordinate with you. Choose colors that complement each other instead of everyone wearing the same color. Avoid tiny patterns, logos or bold graphics.

Adding the Finishing Touches to Your Maternity Photo Session Look

Details matter for maternity photography. Hands on belly is a popular pose, so you might consider a manicure prior to your session. You might consider having your hair and makeup professionally done so that you look and feel your best at your session. This is a special time in your life, and you’ll want to look back on your images fondly. A flower crown or a hat can also be a nice touch.

As a San Jose maternity photographer, I provide all of my clients with a style guide before their session, as well as an in depth planning meeting so that all the details are just right. Contact me to find out more.

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