Stylized Fashion Board {Maternity Edition}

May 1, 2012

in Photography Session Tips

Stylized Fashion Board Maternity I Heart Faces

It seems like everyone I know is pregnant these days – including myself. But, here’s the thing – some women embrace pregnancy like a second skin. They can totally rock out and feel comfortable in just about anything and everything they put on. The rest of us, however, feel like like beached whales. It doesn’t matter how much we spend at maternity stores for those “cute” outfits, we still feel as if we need something signaling our arrival, like flashing lights or beeping horns to let people know “wide load coming through.” And getting in front of a camera to have our photos taken? — You can just hang that idea up.

Stylized Fashion Board Maternity I Heart Faces
It is those women, women like me, who I am addressing today. There has truly never been a better time to be pregnant. The clothing that is in style right now addresses all of those “problem areas” that pregnant women worry about. We have maxi skirts and dresses for those swollen ankles and feet, jackets and cardigans for those not-so-tiny arms, scarves for the dreaded double chin, accessories to cinch in that tent-like clothing to give your body back some shape, and stripes to camouflage any number of areas. And the greatest part of embracing these fashion trends while pregnant? — You need not go and spend large amounts of money at those dreaded maternity stores. Simply purchase a few necessities such as some capris, a few tanks, a dress or two, and some skirts, and the rest you can probably find in your very own closet!
Stylized Fashion Board Maternity I Heart Faces

So my message to all you expecting mothers out there who feel unattractive:

Don’t steer away from having your photos taken during this memorable time in your life just because you feel uncomfortable. Believe me, I avoided having maternity photos taken with my first two pregnancies and I regret it to this day. I don’t plan on making that same mistake this time around. It’s my last pregnancy and I want to remember it always. So even though I may feel large and in charge, I think a little bit of styling will go a long way in at least making me feel more comfortable in front of the lens.
Stylized Fashion Board Maternity I Heart Faces

And my message to photographers:

Encourage these pregnant women with all you have to capture this special time in photos. Help them embrace and love their figures. Remind them of how beautiful they are right now in this moment; because in a few months, that baby belly will be just a memory.
Stylized Fashion Board Maternity I Heart Faces

Green maxi dress – Old Navy Maternity
Denim jacket – Old Navy Women’s
Wedge shoes – Old Navy Accessories
Scarf – Gap Accessories
Jewelry – Ruche

Ruched pink tank – Motherhood Maternity (my absolute favorite tanks)
White capris – Motherhood Maternity
Black blazer – Gap Women’s
Fedora – Gap Accessories
Lauren by Ralph Lauren black and white Espadrilles – Piperlime
Jewelry – Ruche

Navy striped maxi skirt – Target Maternity
Navy cardigan – Kohl’s Women
Ruched white tank – Motherhood Maternity
Silver Mia sandals – Piperlime
Jewelry – New York & Co.

Inspire Your Clients

You are given permission to use this beautiful stylized boards to inspire your own clients! We just ask that you link back to both of us (Melinda Brookshire Photography and I Heart Faces) if you use it on your website/blog or you can send your clients right here to this post on I Heart Faces. Enjoy!

Melinda Brookshire for I Heart facesMelinda Brookshire is an Oklahoma on-location high school senior, child and family photographer. When she is not taking photos or spending time with her ever-growing family, she’s probably reading, remodeling her house, working in her yard, or drinking a cold Pepsi on her patio. You can find her on Facebook, Instagram (melindabphoto), Pinterest, and her website.

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Tamara Curry May 2, 2012

Great post! I firmly believe that no matter how a woman feels when pregnant, professional maternity photography can help boost her body image. It forces her to remember how to celebrate what’s happening over dwelling on how uncomfortable and unattractive she feels. I talked a little more about that here: I would love if more women could learn to embrace the power and beauty of being pregnant…and that’s coming from someone who definitely didn’t feel good, beautiful, or happy when I was expecting.


Maddy May 2, 2012

Great tips, Melinda! Just forwarded this information to a client who’s maternity session is coming up soon :)


Melinda May 1, 2012

You girls are so sweet! Thank you! This one was really fun for me to do right now : )


Ildiko May 1, 2012

Love it! Well done Melinda!


Amy Locurto May 1, 2012

Stylized Fashion Board {Maternity Edition}: It seems like everyone I know is pregnant these…


amy May 1, 2012

Clothes are SOOO much cuter for pregnant women now than when I had my babies. Great tips here. You look adorable Melinda!


Sarah King May 1, 2012

What a beautiful style board!


Life with Kaishon May 1, 2012

Super great tips! LOVE these style boards you do Melinda! You always knock it out of the park. You look fantastic pregnant.


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