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As many of you know, hubby and I will soon be first-time parents. We’ve been having lots of fun doing first-time-parent-y things such as hoarding baby gear, planning romantic trips, a gender reveal cake, and of course, a maternity photoshoot. I’ve said in the past that I always prefer wearing color to black, but my recent Stitch Fix order inspired me to create this look for a classy Little Black Dress Maternity Photoshoot.
Here are some tips to ensure that you are dressed to perfection for your maternity photoshoot.
Wear something that makes you feel confident.
I fell in love with this little black dress the moment I put it on. Formfitting enough to accentuate my bump, it was definitely a far cry away from the ethereal, flowy maxi dresses that many women wear in maternity photoshoots. At the same time, it was stretchy enough to wear comfortably without feeling constricting.
It made me feel totally glamorous (something you don’t feel often in your third trimester). When you wear something you love and feel great it, in makes a huge difference in how you appear in photos!
Offset dark clothes with lighter accessories and accents.
As much as I love my LBD, I didn’t want to keep things too dark. I solved this by incorporating lighter colors in my accessories. I layered a lace cardigan over my dress to get a little bit of the dreamy, flowy look that’s popular in maternity shoots. Black and white gingham flats fit perfectly with the black and white palette – check them out at the end of the post!
To bring in some color and sparkle, I added in a big gold statement necklace and gold statement earrings. So happy I haven’t outgrown most of my pre-pregnancy jewelry! Seriously, if you don’t have a pair of to-die-for, goes-with-everything earrings, get some now. They’re the easiest way to fancy up any outfit.
Don’t forget to color coordinate your partner too!
Since I wore mainly black and white, I wanted hubby in color – and nothing too dark. We agreed on a kelly green t-shirt with a nice pair of blue jeans, and black and white sneakers. His outfit was more casual because it goes along with his laid-back personality. See tip one – you both should dress in a way that makes you feel confident.
If you’re planning on doing a shoot without a partner, think of other ways you can incorporate a color palette – such as props or shoot location.
The green and blue we chose also go along really well with our nursery theme. Which leads me to my next point…
When choosing a palette, think about your nursery.
Choose colors that complement the ones that are going in your nursery. That way, you can print out some of your photos and hang them up in the baby’s room! Imagine one day telling your little one all about how he grew in your tummy, and having the pictures to go along with the story.
Our nursery has lots of soft greens and blues in it, so I incorporated this through background details, props, hubby’s clothing, and by adding in neutrals that wouldn’t clash with the nursery palette.
Bring matching props to your shoot.
Want an easy way to add some variety to your shoot? Bring some baby-related props with you! Some ideas are:
- Baby clothing
- Baby shoes
- Ultrasound pictures
- A stuffed animal
- Children’s books
- Signage, such as a handwritten chalkboard sign or art you plan to hang in the nursery
- Pets, siblings or other family members (I know, not a “prop” per se, but worth mentioning!)
What I Wore
What advice do you have for styling a maternity photoshoot?
Let me know in the comments! I’d love to see your maternity photos as well.
I’ve said before that Stitch Fix has been a lifesaver during my pregnancy. Being in a small, Southern town, there aren’t many options for preggy clothes outside of Target and Wal-Mart.
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