What to Wear for a Maternity Boudoir Photography Session

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As part of my Bunn’s Boudoir Sessions, I also offer Maternity Boudoir Sessions and we’d get to use this sheer fabric that was designed specifically for photography.


WHAT’S A MATERNITY BOUDOIR SESSION? When I was first approached by women inquiring about pregnancy boudoir photos, I was a bit hesitant about doing such sessions. After all, many of them were well into their third trimester of pregnancy, and I was more accustomed to photographing women who wanted to hide their bellies rather than show them off. But after a few maternity boudoir sessions, I came to realize what a beautiful thing we were doing … We weren’t trying to be sexy, but simply documenting one of life’s most amazing journeys. It was a far different approach from my regular boudoir sessions, but few things compare to the joy of capturing the first intimate moments as a mother bonds with her child. Allow me to capture the soft and romantic side of your pregnancy, I’d be honored.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO SHOOT? The best time to schedule your pregnancy session is around 28-34 weeks, when the tummy is nice and round. This will vary with each woman though because some women, who carry small or gain little weight, may choose to wait until they are 36-38 weeks. You want to come when you feel good, have a nice belly— but before the craziness begins! haha! Other women, who are growing a bit more rapidly, may choose to come around 28-32 weeks.

THE APHRODITE GOWN. As part of a Maternity Boudoir Session, we will also be using this delicate salmon/peach-colored sheer fabric from the Elouise Couture collection. This fabric is made specifically for photography and it’s perfect for showing off the shape of your pregnant belly as well as presenting the rest of you in all your radiant glory. It’s a one-size-fits-all piece, yet it looks different with every woman. (NOTE: gown not available for boudoir marathon sessions.)

GET YOUR GLAM OUTFIT. I think it’s important to include something that’s not lingerie in to your professional photo shoot; these are images that you could freely share with friends and family on social media without feeling at all shy about them. My hair and makeup artist will pamper you with your desired hair and makeup look so I would spend our time together by first photographing you in non-lingerie attire aka your “glam outfit.” And your next two outfits would be the “boudoir outfits.” Basically, there is really not much difference in a maternity boudoir session from a regular boudoir session— except, the only thing is for me to pose you showing off your belly.

BABY DOLL LINGERIE. Yes, the same baby doll lingerie that looks great on you when you’re not pregnant looks every bit as wonderful on you when you are. Go figure!  Pun intended. The fabric of your baby doll outfit is critical: If you go heavy, it can tend to add weight on you. Therefore, thinner, lighter fabric is always better … Examples of the perfect baby doll lingerie can be found on my Maternity Boudoir Photography Gallery.

BRING MEANINGFUL PROPS. I don’t generally like to use props in my photography style, however, I think a few good props do quite well with my Maternity Boudoir Sessions. I encourage you to bring an item or two that will coordinate with the theme of your photo shoot. These can include a bouquet of helium balloons, a floral crown (it works super well with the Aphrodite Gown for a whimsical look!), or a sailboat if you’re having a nautical nursery theme … Just a few ideas to get you brainstorming.

INCLUDE YOUR SPOUSE. If this isn’t a surprise for your husband, then feel free to include him … I would treat this as a mix of Maternity plus Couples Boudoir and always keep it classy. I know that most men may not be in to an intimate kind of photography, but just ask him and we’ll go from there. ;)


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