Maternity-Inspired Photoshoot Ideas For The Holiday Season

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Maternity-Inspired Photoshoot Ideas

Hi Ladies! Holiday season is in full swing!

You know what that means: holiday cards are coming in the mail by the dozens. Families wearing the ugliest sweaters imaginable or sunburned to a crisp standing awkwardly where they vacationed in the summer.

Holiday family cards are big. They make a statement about your family and remind people that you exist, especially if your bundle of joy is arriving soon!!

Maternity holiday photoshoots can be scary sometimes. The idea that your body looks so different and that your regular holiday dresses don’t fit so you might be wearing your stretchy leggings and a big sweater may seem a little daunting and might make you a little self-conscious. We’ve all been there.

What you may not realize is that this is your last Christmas before the baby arrives! You’ll definitely want pictures to show him/her the preparations and excitement of the Christmas before.

Before actually having the photoshoot, there are several things to take into account.

You’ll want to plan the photo shoot when you are 7-8 months pregnant, as you will want to schedule your maternity photo shoot when your bump is visible but you are still comfortable and able to move around.

Make sure to talk to the photographer about your ideas beforehand. Photographers cannot read minds and are artists in their own right. Make sure you are on the same wavelength about the feeling of the shoot.

After you have scheduled your photo shoot, think about what types of props you would like to use in your photographs. Consider the season and if any special events or holidays are taking place during that time. As right now is holiday season think about the types of Christmasy props you want.

Avoid wearing tight clothing if you want to bare your belly. If you would like to capture a photo of your bare belly, be sure to dress in comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. Avoid wearing tight-fitting clothing or clothing with elastic bands since these can make marks on your belly.

Wear solid colors to accentuate your belly. When selecting your outfit for your maternity shoot, consider wearing solid colors that will highlight the shape of your belly. Large patterns can distract or conceal your baby bump.

I’ve gathered some holiday maternity inspired photoshoot ideas- get ready to pose!

A playful announcement of baby’s arrival! All you need for this sweet photo is you, your partner, and a sprig of mistletoe!

This is a cute idea. You can buy a small Santa sock at any arts and crafts store in your area. If you can’t find one you can cut out the shape in 2 pieces of fabric and sew them together.

This is a very popular pose! All that is needed is a small chalkboard and slight artistic ability!

This is a beautiful picture. As long as you have a lit up tree in your living room you don’t even need to venture out in the cold to take these pictures. Simply turn off the light and let the tree speak for itself.

Such a cute announcement! Little Santa hats can be found in arts and crafts stores as well as pet shops! All that is needed is a little hat and your bump!

This photo is a low maintenance but adorable way to showcase your growing family. All that is needed is a piece of ribbon- make sure you are able to wrap it around your bump twice before cutting as you want to be able to tie a bow.

This couple did dress up a little more than most! A cardboard sign, a red and white striped shirt or dress, and some red Santa hats are all that is needed for this photoshoot!

This is a humorous polaroid-style baby announcement/ photoshoot idea! You don’t need anything but your holiday pjs and a baby book!!

Shoshi W.
Shoshi is an undergraduate student at Stern College for Women in New York City. Her areas of interest include policy, non-profit organizations, and administration. During winter 2018, she was a White House intern. Shoshi has also interned at the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles and at Save the Children in New York. As a millennial, Shoshi brings a young and fresh perspective to the worlds of pregnancy and lactation.

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