Studio maternity sessions are one of my favorite things to photograph. There are many different options and lighting that we can use to show off your pregnant belly, and I want to explain some of my most popular below.

black dress maternity in studio


If you’re thinking about taking maternity photos, the first step is to find a studio that will make your vision come to life. Here at our studio, we do everything from neon lighting to white backgrounds, and all in between. Our favorite light setup is an overhead effect. This creates a beautiful look like the photo above.

The next step is figuring out what to wear. Do you want something timeless like a black turtleneck dress look? or want a luxurious glamour look like a crown and gold colors? Lucky for you, we put together a full list of what to wear for your maternity photos here. We also included sample photos for each look! and remember, the best time to photograph your belly is around 28-32 weeks give or take that way we have time to retouch your images and send you your printed albums.

crown gold maternity photo


If you love something with more color, I always recommend using some POP of colors with pinks, and blues, or adding a light right behind you.

pregnant women in photoshoot with crown and gold wearing diamond dress


Another popular photo is a relaxed casual look with your husband or partner. If you have more kids (or pets), you can bring them along!

indoor maternity session with couple wearing jeans and lace white shirt