Essential Tips for Your Perfect Maternity Photo Shoot

Maternity photo shoot of a pregnant mom laughing

How To Achieve The Best Results During Your Maternity Photo Shoot

If you are looking for a few maternity photo shoot ideas, I’m happy to give you some essential information that will help you on your journey.

Are you trying to think of a way to capture your life before your baby arrives? Are you desperately holding on to every last moment with your pregnant belly?

Nothing can let you relive your pregnancy moments like pictures. A maternity photo shoot will give you the chance to capture that priceless moment and look back on it time and time again.

Not only does a maternity photo shoot provide you with precious memories, but one day your baby will love getting the chance to catch a glimpse of their life on the other side.

A maternity photo shoot is a great way for you to feel beautiful and own that baby bump. In the meantime, you will also be capturing precious memories that will last a lifetime.

Choose A Photographer Who Makes You Comfortable:

How comfortable you are during the shoot shows in your photographs, so ensure you either know the photographer or if it’s someone new, spend time getting to know them.

  • You need to feel calm and comfortable posing in front of the photographer and that has everything to do with the right personality fit.
  • Take a look at their maternity portfolio. This will give you a fair idea of the photographer’s sense of style and work. Experienced shooters will be familiar with the most flattering angles for your pregnant body and know how to focus on your belly while deemphasizing other (also expanding!) body parts, like your hips, arms, and legs!
  • Understand if they will be doing some editing on the photographs, or if they offer retouching services.
  • Get a good idea of what they deliver, is it only Digital’s that you will have to figure out how to print later? Or will they serve you from beginning to end and do the printing for you? There’s no right or wrong way, just how much work you want to do yourself later when you potentially will have a new baby in the house. Will it be a waste of money to only have the digital files and a project that you might never get to? Things to think about that many people don’t mention.

Lastly, think Long Term. Can this photographer also do your newborn portraits? Maybe family portraits also later down the road? You’re going to spend time screening a photographer, and presumably establishing a level of trust, so it makes sense to find someone you can use again. New people bring uneasy feelings, which can disturb baby, trust within the group will make for a comfy newborn, which will lead to great photos.


Time your photo shoot around the mid of the 7th-8th month of your pregnancy. It’s all about the timing with your baby bump, and you want to make sure it’s on full display. Most expectant moms will book their shoot at the beginning of the third trimester so there will be no doubt they’ll be showing. Some moms choose to wait a little longer to give their belly more time to grow, but don’t wait too long! You never know if your little one is going to decide to make an early arrival. The last few weeks of your pregnancy can make movement fairly difficult and you will probably be super uncomfortable. It’s best if you have your shoot completed before it becomes fairly difficult for you to get up and down and you still have some sort of comfort.

  • You and your baby bump will look beautiful.
  • The pregnancy glow will be at its best around this time.
  • You will be free from your initial period of nausea and tiredness.
  • Energy levels will be at an all-time high!
  • Depending on the plan, you may end up spending a lot of time shooting, be sure to carry some snacks because ‘Mommy and the baby need to eat’.

Creative Poses:

The million creative poses you can do when you’re shooting a baby bump are just amazing! Trust your photographer to direct you in posing so you can look your best. What makes maternity photos different from other portraits is that the images focus on you, your personality, feelings, and the bond you have with your much-awaited baby. Many maternity poses such as hands on the belly and eyes looking down express emotions and connection to your belly. Other maternity poses emphasize the beautiful curves of your body.

  • Go through blogs, Pinterest, Google Images to see if any pose interests you.
  • If you have your own creative, unconventional ideas, be sure to discuss them with your photographer.
  • Depending on where you’re shooting, there are poses that work great with certain locations.
  • Once you have zeroed in on some poses, try them out at home in front of a mirror along with your facial expressions.

A maternity photo shoot is not only about capturing your baby bump, it’s about capturing the love, anticipation, and joy you feel as you await the arrival of your little one. It’s about cherishing this beautiful journey you’re on.

So, if you’re in Oceanside or Carlsbad, California, or the San Diego area, and you’re ready to capture these special moments, reach out to me. Let’s create some magical memories together!

Planning your own photos? Lets chat!


Take a look around, and click here to get in touch with me about your own photos!


located in oceanside, california