Maternity Photo Posing Ideas & Tips

January 31, 2012

in Maternity Photo Posing Ideas, Photography Posing Ideas, Photography Session Tips

Maternity Photo Posing Ideas

Maternity portrait sessions are literally a once in a lifetime opportunity.  There is a tiny window to capture one of the most amazing, memorable, and unique times of life. The idea of being able to document a child’s life even before they are born is so exciting!  Here are a few maternity photo posing ideas and tips to make that beautiful mom-to-be look stunning while keeping her comfortable and feeling great.

Highlighting Mom Posing Ideas

Glowing skin, luscious hair, and a big round belly.  Does it get more beautiful than that?  Highlight the future mom-to-be and her growing tummy by focusing on her belly, her changed body, and a few portrait shots.  However, always keep in mind that after a certain point in pregnancy (around week 35) the mom to be may not be feeling (or looking) her best.  Be sure to let your expecting couple know that maternity photos should be taken between weeks 28-34.

maternity photo posing ideas

Show Some Love

There is nothing more special than the love between husband and wife, especially when a new life is growing. Include the dad and show how much he adores his growing wife, and the little one inside. Treat your subjects like an engaged couple for about half of their session. The focus doesn’t have to be so obviously on the belly all the time. This will be the last time the couple is a couple – highlight that before they become a family of three.
maternity photo posing ideas
If the couple already has older children, involve them in some of the shots as well. This is an exciting time for them as they look forward to meeting their little brother and sister.
Maternity Photo Posing Ideas

Leave the Animals at the Zoo

Most pregnant women cringe at the idea of having their picture taken in their larger-than-life state. My favorite comments are:

“Don’t make me look like a beached whale”,

“I look like cow right now, so can you make me look skinny?” and

“Yes, yes. I AM the elephant in the room.”   Not all poses are created equal – especially when there is an expectant mother in front of your lens.

Use poses that show off a mama’s belly without making her self-conscious about her changing body. First, always make sure to ask questions to determine her comfort zone.  Is she okay with showing her naked belly?  How is she feeling?  Is your moving her up, down, and all around too much exertion?  If you’re looking through your lens and thinking, “WOW that is one HUGE pregnant lady!” it’s time to change poses!  Try some of these:

  • Use Dad to take some of the focus off mom in full body shots.
    Maternity Photo Posing Ideas
  • Shoot from above so the tummy is out of focus.  This has the added benefit of eliminating the dreaded double-chin.
    Maternity Photo Posing Ideas
  • Position the mom one-quarter turn away from camera, have her put her weight on her back leg, and eyes back to you.
    Maternity Photo Posing Ideas
  • Rather than a side profile, try turning mom three-quarters away from the camera and bring her face back to half-way.  In this pose, you achieve a pleasing facial profile while minimizing the size of her pregnant belly.
    Maternity Photo Posing Ideas
  • Be Funny!! Capture the future parent’s personalities by doing something silly! Not all pictures have to be posed with a serious face.
  • Speaking of flattering poses… my go to maternity pose is flat on the ground. It is 100% sure to be comfortable, and will compliment any pregnant woman. Shoot straight on, from above, or from the side – just about any angle will make your subject look fantastic.
    Maternity Photo Posing Ideas

A maternity portrait session should capture the essence of the couple in love who also happen to be showing off their future bundle of joy.  And with these posing ideas and tips, you can help highlight the love and beauty of this very special life experience.

Hayley Bradshaw Photography Hayley Bradshaw is a portrait and sports photographer in Southern Utah who lives for the moments that only come around once in life. Follow her blog to see more.

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Kristi August 17, 2014

Thanks for the advice! Great posing tips here. I love the one from above to minimize double chin!

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Becky February 8, 2013

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Maré July 28, 2012

These are wonderful! Thank you for sharing


Lance February 2, 2012

I like all the photo in here..You did a great shoot..Thank you for sharing


Janna February 2, 2012

I love the photos you have provided us here…They are so sweet!


Berts February 1, 2012

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Jessica Peters February 1, 2012

I love this post! I am just about to do some maternity shots for a good friend and this is very helpful!


Sophi Belle February 1, 2012

These tips are very useful for me, thank you so much for sharing!! <3


mitch16 February 1, 2012

I love your lovable image here, And these blog can really bring a huge ideas to all the woman.


Tabitha (From Single to Married) January 31, 2012

I think that’s why more women don’t get maternity pictures done (myself included, although now I wish I had). I agree – it’s all about the angle and the pose for sure. Great examples!


Ellen January 31, 2012

Great tips! To be honest with you, seeing a pregnant woman flat on her back makes me want to gasp for air. I had a hard time breathing that way and my doctor told me it cuts down on baby’s oxygen level too. I would just suggest not keeping mom in that position to long! 🙂


Kimberly January 31, 2012

Thank you for the heads up. No pun intended. LOL!


Emily Cox January 31, 2012

This is a GREAT article! Thank you so much!


Amber January 31, 2012

I just wanted to add another tip. Make sure the majority of the photgraphs have the mothers head in them. In a recent maternity photo shoot I had done, the majority of the photos didn’t have my face in them making them a very generic pregnant photograph.


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