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Maternity Boudoir Photography Ideas

Motherhood will transform your life. Physically and emotionally. Document your journey into parenthood with a series of portraits. As our bodies become mothers, we grow in ways both physically (that belly!) and emotionally. In each of our life milestones, we step into the unknown. A new us awaits. We have some maternity boudoir photography ideas as a way to mark this incredible step on our journey.

We are always thrilled to work with moms-to-be on their maternity boudoir photos! There are maternity portraits and then there are boudoir maternity sessions. You may have had ideas about doing a maternity boudoir session before you were pregnant, or when you were pregnant with your first but when it’s all happening it can be hard to think of that changing body as beautiful. Your maternity photography session will make you remember this special time in your life.

You may have waited for years for this brief few months – and it’s worth commemorating. Now let’s dive right into some maternity boudoir photography ideas for your upcoming photo shoot.

Maternity Boudoir Photography Ideas

The whole point of doing a maternity boudoir photography session is documenting the change in your body – and the focus will be on your changed body. Intimate portrait sessions, like maternity boudoir photography, are the perfect way to remember this time in your life. Here are some maternity boudoir photography ideas and things to keep in mind.

  1. Mindset
  2. Timing of Pregnancy
  3. Comfort
  4. Clothing
  5. Colors
  6. Fit
  7. Fabrics
  8. Maternity Lingerie

Let’s talk about each of these maternity boudoir tips and ideas.

1. Your Mindset Matters

Your body has changed. There’s no doubt about that. You may have bigger breasts, you certainly have a bigger belly. You may have stretch marks (tiger stripes), cellulite, you may be retaining water – and that is all ok. It’s to be expected. Pregnancy is a time to let your body be as it is – to accept and embrace the changes that are underway.

2. Timing of Pregnancy

Maternity sessions are best scheduled between 32-36 weeks. But if you’re a human, and I assume if you are reading this you are, you know that our bodies are all a bit different – so the exact timing for the fullest belly and the most comfort will depend on how quickly your body is changing. We suggest to start planning and book your photographer around the 5-month mark so you can get the photographer you want.

3. Comfort

Change happens fast in the last weeks of pregnancy. Moving or staying still can become difficult and you might be uncomfortable in certain poses or take longer to move between them. The good news is that most maternity posing is gentle. If you need to move, shift weight or take a break – tell your photographer.

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4.Clothing

Decide on a look and a color palette. A floor-length lace dress, something that hugs all your new curves, maxi dresses and off the shoulder top and dresses are popular. Dresses, an off the shoulder cozy sweater, lingerie and a beautiful robe that can drape over your belly or be translucent so light can come through to create a silhouette – all of these work well for a maternity boudoir shoot. Have a color or color palette in mind. Whatever you choose to wear, the point is to show off the change in your body and in your belly.

5. Colors

Since the focus of your maternity boudoir shoot is the belly, let’s not let anything divert attention from that. Stick with solid colors to focus the attention on your shape. Neutrals (ivory, ecru, blush, navy) are always a good bet.

6. Fit

Form-fitting clothes with a little stretch will give a beautiful silhouette. Flowing and draping clothes can also flatter, choose dresses and shirts with an empire waist.

Most sleeve lengths will work, though strapless, long sleeve and sleeveless work best.

If you’ll be showing off a bare belly, wear loose clothing prior to the portrait session so you don’t have any marks on your belly.

boston maternity boudoir fine art portraits

7. Fabrics

It’s always about texture and drape and variety. Silk, rayon and cotton fabrics flow and drape beautifully around a pregnant body. 

boston maternity boudoir fine art portraits

8. Sexy Maternity Lingerie

Being pregnant can be sexy. We can provide some great options for your upcoming maternity boudoir shoot.

Want some additional maternity boudoir photography ideas? Our Boston boudoir photography studio can help. Contact us today, and we can get started shooting photos.

A women posing in bed wearing black lingerie and striped long sleeves.

Boudoir Mood & Style Quiz

It’s not the wardrobe. It’s the mood.

Options for your portrait session can seem overwhelming.

You might not be a lingerie person. And that’s totally ok! We want to help you find the vibe that feels right for you.


Whatever your style is, whatever your comfort level, this quiz helps you find the right look just for you to express yourself. So let’s get this party started!

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