maternity styling + what to wear

Maternity Photography Styles

To book your very special Maternity session there are a few styling questions we need to work through so that we can book the perfect location, at the perfect time, to create the most magical portraits. What sort of portraits would you love to create? What can you see hanging on the wall? 

My speciality is to design something unique for every woman crafted in my 'Art for Life' style.

Examples of the design options for your session are included below to help you decide. After the styles section of this page is the 'what to wear' section which will include more examples of styles so read all the way to the bottom before settling on a style. Once you know what style of imagery you love we are on our way! 

Styled Studio Photography

  • Styled studio session; usually with a black or white background, stylised and indoors. These sessions are all created in my home studio

Scenic outdoor location sessions

  • Scenic locations Glow sessions; any environmental background you can imagine including forest, beach, field or more architectural if you would like to use buildings or cityscapes

Milk bath Mamas

  • Milk baths can be included in your session, styled with floral wonderfulness. These sessions are all created in my home studio

Art for Life Location

  • A combination session created in my home studio includes a little bit of all those styles, or a combination of styles of your choosing; in-studio, milk bath, followed by sunset portraits on my property (a 27-acre estate with long grass, trees, privacy and beautiful outdoor bush scenery)
  • Wild Woman tailored sessions for women who want to celebrate their bodies:

head to the Wild Woman Page to learn more

What to wear?

Once you decide what style of photography you love the next question you are most likely to ponder will be; what will I wear?

Let's tick a few things off the list straight away. The things that all mamas should bring to every session are:

  • Underwear; nude bra and knickers, white and black options are always a bonus
  • If you are having a milk bath you need an extra change of clothes
  • Any special item that you would like to bring along as an option, like this beautiful piece that was worn at this mamas wedding and included in her maternity session

I recommend to all mamas to consider bringing at least one item to make your session completely unique to you. A special dress that fits you perfectly; fitted, flowy, skirt and top are all options {most mamas choose something fitted at the top at least}. An oversized shirt belonging to your partner is also popular.

Speaking of partners... partners + children are welcome in Art for Life Maternity sessions. Your images should reflect your family so you can style the family attire to taste. Some things to keep in mind are; clashing colours, patterns and balance. As long as everyone is wearing something in the same tonal range it will work. Neutral colours are recommended so that the people in the images are featured. Also, choosing block colours instead of patterns and stripes. This will help to create a balance in the images. We want people to stand out, not clothes. Mama can be in the same tonal range, or different to everyone else to feature, either way, it's up to you. Have a look through my website and social media images to get an idea of what other families do if you would like inspiration.

The stylised maternity gowns you can see in the portfolio and on social media can all be paired with a nude slip or tight dress underneath for the modest mama. They belong to my personal collection and you are welcome to choose up to two options from the gowns below.

The Burgundy Beauty

A statement piece, this stunning gown is made from lace and sheer. We pair this with nude underwear or a nude slip underneath for modesty, where necessary. Off the shoulders with kitten sleeves, it is fitted with a long train. A nude, strapless bra is required. Medium size in a stretchy material.

White Two-Ways

This gown is showcased in the first image on this page :)

Open at the front, this gown can be worn as a dress or a skirt, quite often as both. This allows for bare stomach poses. One of two gowns used for 'the flick' shot with a length of soft, sheer, feel. A nude, strapless bra and nude, white or pretty knickers are required for this gown. Mamas who choose this gown are encouraged to bring along a unique bra or midriff top option to match.

Woman in White

Elegant and modest, this masterpiece is fully lined, off the shoulders with beautiful bat sleeves and a train. Medium size in a stretchy material. A nude, strapless bra is required for this gown.

The Blue Butterfly

The ultimate 'flick shot' gown. An open, sheer gown, with two lengthy pieces of material perfect for creating movement and texture. A nude, or pretty pair of knickers and a nude strapless bra are required for this gown. This gown can be used as a skirt with a pretty bra or midriff top combination.

Lovely in Lace

A signature piece, this tight fitted dress is sheer lace. We pair this with nude underwear or a nude slip underneath for modesty, where necessary. A nude, strapless bra is required for this gown.

Peach Pastel Perfection

One of the 'ladies' of the range, this pastel piece is absolute perfection. Open at the front, it's one of the non-sheer pieces for the more modest mama. Kitten sleeves for that touch of elegance. A nude, strapless bra is required for this dress along with nude or pretty knickers.

Designer Darling

A really gorgeous texture, this gown is just a statement piece. It's sheer but it can be paired with a nude slip, nude knickers + bra or tight white dress underneath. It's not tight so the sheer lace combination work to create a romantic silhouette.

Range of Robes

For a little hint of lace and elegance you can choose from a range of sheer robes. These pieces are most commonly used in milk baths but are a beautiful option for studio and location portraits.

original outfits mamas bring

You can create a totally personalised experience by bringing options of your own. Here are some examples of other mamas and the way they personalised their images.

Hot Tip – Hair + Makeup

The glorious portraits that will be created at your session will be memories to cherish for a lifetime, and for your children's lifetimes. You can trust that you are in good hands and that you will feel beautiful when you look at the finished images. Some mamas feel nervous that is totally natural, especially if you want to look your best. One really hot tip to help with that is to think of your session as a whole day for you. A moment for you to pamper yourself and feel good from the inside out. Go to a spa, get that facial, get your hair done and drop by Mecca or Napoleon and get your makeup done on the way to your session (if that's your thing). Or, have a warm bath with bubbles and come with moisturiser and no makeup at all. Whatever makes you feel good. If you feel good then you're one step closer to those beautiful images. 

It's okay if you don't feel good on the day! Don't worry... but this hot tip helps a lot of mamas get in the mood x What did you love? lets get styling email me your design dreams
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