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Are you getting ready to welcome a brand-new bundle of joy into the world?

Pregnancy can be an exciting time. So, it makes sense that you would want to document your journey to parenthood with a maternity photoshoot.

That said, deciding what to wear during your photoshoot can be a little stressful. After all, you want to look your absolute best, and once the shoot is over, that's it. You don't get another costume change.

Thinking about having a maternity photoshoot, but aren't sure what to wear in front of the camera? We've got you covered!

Here's everything you need to know about how to plan the perfect wardrobe for your maternity photoshoot.

Decide on a Theme

Before you start looking at clothes, you need to decide if your maternity shoot is going to have a theme.

While your theme can be something fun and whimsical, that requires costumes and props, it can also be something as simple as a color palette.

Once you decide on a theme for your photoshoot, you can begin looking for the perfect outfit to compliment that theme.

Pick a Location

Another significant aspect of deciding what to wear during your photoshoot is where it's going to be taking place.

For example, an outdoor shoot in the middle of winter is going to require a few more layers than a photo session in the comfort of your family room.

When planning an indoor shoot, you have a lot more freedom outfit wise as you don't have to take things like weather into account. That said, outdoor shoots can lead to some stunning images.

If you would like to have your photoshoot in a public place, like a museum or historical site, you may need to do a little homework ahead of time to see what their policy on photoshoots is.

You may also want to consider looking into booking some time on the site after hours if you would like to avoid having total strangers watch your shoot.

Compliment the Baby Bump

When taking maternity pictures, you want to put as much emphasis on your baby bump as you can.

While camera angles and shot composition can help you with this, there are a few outfit choices you can make to help put the spotlight on your new baby.

Wearing a form-fitting dress or top can help draw attention to your tummy. Another surefire way to draw attention to the bump is by wearing a dress with a high-waisted belt. Adding a belt can help add dimension to your outfit and emphasize your tummy.

Solids Always Win

While designs like intricate floral prints are beautiful in person, they don't always show up how you would like them to on camera.

So, when choosing an outfit for your maternity photoshoot, try to stick with solid colors.

By wearing solid, uniform colors, you can assure that your outfit will wind up looking the same on camera as it does in person.

That said if you want to wear a pattern or design, try to stick with something simple or muted.

Include Your Family

While your pregnancy is most immediately affecting you, your coming baby is going to affect everyone in your family. So, why not include your family in your maternity photoshoot?

That said, if everyone is going to be on camera, you're going to want to coordinate your outfits.

You want to make sure that you and your baby stay the focal point of every image. So, if your partner is joining you on your shoot, you want to make sure your outfit remains the most notable.

And, one of the easiest ways to do that is with color. Try wearing something bright or light and having your partner wear something darker or of a more neutral tone.

Your goal isn't to make your partner invisible, but to have their outfit compliment yours.

If you already have a few kids and you would like to include them in your shoot, you might want to consider matching outfits.

While complete matching outfits is always an adorable choice, you can achieve a similar effect by dressing them all in the same color. Just remember to pick a color that compliments the one you would like to wear, so you and your baby stand out in every shot.

Take a Test Drive

Before you step in front of the cameras, you may want to consider taking your chosen outfit out for a test drive.

Try everything on, and make sure you're comfortable moving around and posing in the outfit you're planning on wearing on the day — especially if you bought something new for the occasion.

On top of that, you might want to consider bringing a backup outfit with you just in case. There's no such thing as being too prepared!

Don't Focus on Trends

While it can be tempting to try to mimic the latest and greatest in maternity shoot trends and fashion, you're probably better off ignoring the hype.

Focusing on trendy clothes can make your photos look dated. So, rather than picking something that's in right now, try to lean toward something a bit more timeless.

Certain fashion staples, like maxi dresses, make for fantastic maternity shoot attire. And, you won't have to worry about them falling out of fashion in the next few years.

Confidence Is Key

Photoshoots can be a little daunting —especially if you don't spend a lot of time in front of a camera.

On top of that, between back pain and nausea, pregnancy can already be pretty uncomfortable. Why exacerbate things by forcing yourself to wear something uncomfortable?

So, when picking an outfit for your maternity photoshoot, you should try to pick something that you feel comfortable and confident wearing.

After all, the pictures you take during your maternity shoot are going to serve you as a memory of this extraordinary time for the rest of your life. You don't want your main memories associated with them to be how uncomfortable you were on the day.

You deserve to feel as beautiful as you look. So, before deciding on an outfit for your maternity shoot, make sure you pick something you're comfortable wearing.

Planning Your Dream Maternity Photoshoot

Having a maternity photoshoot is a fantastic way to mark this significant time in your life. And, having the right outfit for the occasion can make all the difference.

By following these tips, you'll be able to find the perfect outfit and capture a few images you'll cherish for a lifetime.

If you're in north Georgia and are thinking about having a maternity photoshoot, I'm here to help.

Contact me for more information or to schedule your maternity photoshoot today.

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